Rethinking Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny

What kind of democracy is possible when the institutions that are crucial to a vibrant civil society are vanishing? Source:  Moyers & Company/Henry Giroux Many of the great peace activists of the 20th century, extending from Mahatma Gandhi and Paulo Freire to Jane Addams and Martin Luther King Jr., shared a passion for education as an Read more »

How the Nazis Used Jim Crow Laws as the Model for Their Race Laws

Bill Moyers in conversation with author James Whitman about his new book “Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law Source:  Moyers & Company/Bill Moyers To get to the core of race in America today, read this new book by James Whitman. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Read more »

Sanders: To Lift ‘Outrageous’ Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All

“Each and every American must be able to get the education they need to match their skills and fulfill their dreams.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jon Queally In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and future generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared on Tuesday night that Read more »

ACLU Sues Kansas Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Law Barring Boycott of Israel

The law, part of a wider pattern of targeting the non-violent BDS movement, decried as “attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate” Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to challenge a Kansas law that requires any company or individual who contracts Read more »

How Many Hours Americans Need to Work to Pay Their Mortgage

Source:  Howmuch.net/Raul Many people define the American dream as owning your own home, not to mention a comfortable lifestyle, healthy children, and a secure retirement. But the ability to afford a home—let alone all those other things—depends entirely on where you live and your level of income. This makes apples-to-apples comparisons across the country extremely difficult. How Read more »

How Hurricane Response Efforts Are Sorting People into Deserving and Undeserving Poor

Source:  Talk Poverty/Maria Foscarinis Hurricanes Irma and Harvey delivered a devastating one-two punch to Texas and Florida, forcing millions to evacuate and leaving thousands displaced. Now, as emergency responders try to help hurricane victims cope with the aftermath of the storm, previously homeless residents are taking a particularly hard hit. In Florida, as officials rushed to open emergency Read more »

Moment of Truth for the Federal Reserve

Source:  AntiMedia/Shaun Bradley For those who believe in the virtue of central bank economic stimulus, the moment of truth has finally arrived. Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen announced late last month that the Fed plans to start shrinking its balance sheet for the first time since it expanded from less than $900 billion in 2008 to an Read more »

Iranian President: ‘Entire World Will Condemn America’ if Trump Kills Nuclear Deal

“We have achieved benefits that are irreversible. Nobody can roll them back, neither Trump nor 10 other Trumps.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson Amid reports that President Donald Trump is planning to decertify the Iran nuclear accord sometime this coming week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Saturday that any attempt to undermine the deal will earn the United States Read more »

US Troops Ambushed in Niger, Pentagon Confirms

Source:  Military.com/Brendan McGarry U.S. and coalition troops were ambushed in Niger, the U.S. Defense Department confirmed on Wednesday evening. U.S. Africa Command didn’t immediately confirm a New York Times report that three Green Berets were killed and two wounded in the attack. But the command said a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in the Read more »

White New Orleans Has Recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Black New Orleans Has Not.

Neither the epic storm nor the city’s recovery have remedied systematic racial prejudices that have undermined African-Americans’ efforts to rebuild and return home. This post originally appeared at Talk Poverty. Republished in Moyers and Company 96,000. That’s how many fewer African-Americans are living in New Orleans now than prior to Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall 11 years ago Read more »