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Biden Has a Chance to Oversee Biggest River Restoration Project in U.S. History

Removing four dams would promote salmon recovery, clean energy, agriculture and Indigenous rights. By Amy Souers Kober It’s hard to put into words what wild salmon mean to the Pacific Northwest. They are the heartbeat of the region’s rivers, and…

Making Juneteenth a holiday was the easy part — but will real justice follow?

The horrors of slavery and the harms from subsequent racial injustices cannot be met with symbolic gestures like holidays. Real restitution must come in the form of reparations—which neither party seems interested in. By Sonali Kolhatkar After the United States…

Climate Crisis Can Lead to Improved Social Cooperation and Economy

A new study on the effects of climate crises in ancient Mesopotamia found increased cooperation and a more widespread distribution of power. By April M. Short The going assumption is that the impacts of climate disasters on institutions and economics…

To Save Planet, Solve Twin Crises of Climate Change and Species Loss Together, Say UN Scientists

Some climate solutions can actually harm biodiversity. But there are synergistic solutions that can tackle both issues. By Reynard Loki The natural world is undergoing two enormous crises that are currently threatening the natural world: climate change and biodiversity loss.…

Meet the Communists Who Now Govern Chile

Javiera Reyes, who is 31 years old, is the new mayor of the Santiago municipality of Lo Espejo in Chile. “I grew up in a home where [former President of Chile] Salvador Allende was always the good guy,” she told…

There Is No Labor Shortage, Only Labor Exploitation

Conservatives and corporate employers are weaving an insidious web of myths, lies and exaggerations to justify maintaining low-wage jobs. By Sonali Kolhatkar For the past few months, Republicans have been waging a ferocious political battle to end federal unemployment benefits,…

Forests Are Crucial to Combating Climate Change—Will Biden Rise to the Challenge?

Unsustainable logging by the forest products industry is driving massive carbon emissions. By Reynard Loki Covering a third of the planet’s land surface, forests are massive carbon sinks, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide and keeping it out of the atmosphere…

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was a Violent Act of Racist Economic Injustice

An underappreciated factor in the racist violence of the 1921 Tulsa massacre is how white supremacist forces decimated Black wealth. By Sonali Kolhatkar One hundred years after the worst instance of racist mob violence in 20th-century America, the Tulsa Race…

Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger

Since the end of April, Colombia’s streets have smelled of tear gas. The government of Colombian President Iván Duque imposed policies that put the costs of the pandemic on the working class and the peasantry and triedto suffocate any advancement…

A Caring World Needs a Sharing World to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

A virus that mutates forever is a perpetual money-making machine for Big Pharma. Everybody else wants the world’s population to be vaccinated to control the spread of the pandemic. By Prabir Purkayastha After three months of dithering, the Biden administration…

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