I HAD FORGOTTEN what it was like to hear an articulate, knowledgeable US president speak. While current President Trump was in Helsinki making secret deals and confounding the world and his press conference with Mr. Putin, former President Barack Obama was in South Africa speaking at the 100thbirthday celebration honoring Nelson Mandella.

GUEST COMMENTARY--After its triumphant tour over hundreds of thousands of U.K protesters and their bloody brilliant signs, the Baby Trump blimp - scowling face, yuge diaper, teeny hands clutching toxic phone and all - is coming to New Jersey to torment the noxious baby himself at his Bedminster golf club, where Trump often weekends on, lest we forget, your and my dime. In a couple of days, a GoFundMe page by local activists has raised over $8,000, or almost double their original goal, and still going strong - to bring the 20-foot masterstroke to Trump's home turf. 

GUEST COMMENTARY--Wearing a t-shirt that read "White Supremacy Is Terrorism," Therese Patricia Okoumou, the dauntless 44-year-old immigrant from Democratic Republic of Congo who scaled the Statue of Liberty in a July 4th protest against the current regime's barbaric immigration policies, was released from custody Thursday without bail. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUEST COMMENTARY FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY--It is truly a confounding time to be alive, to be an American.

We are watching as a president of the United States openly lies, fabricates and exaggerates while two-fifths of the population cheers him for it.

He spurns our allies and embraces our adversaries and people shrug.

GUEST COMMENTARY--In January 2006, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. At a break, then-Sen. Joe Biden came up to me and said it was all an exercise in Kabuki theater. He said everyone in the room knew that Alito was going to be a very conservative justice. He said the Republicans were pretending that he was open minded and had no ideology, while the Democrats were trying to ask questions to trip Alito up and he was too smart for that.

GUEST COMMENTARY--Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), has defeated powerful Congressman Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in New York, the word “socialism” is in the news. But few Americans know what it actually means.

Interviewed by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez explained:

 

GUEST WORDS--This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. (Photo above: Author Medea Benjamin, center, demonstrating for Palestinian rights.)

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