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Russian assault of Zaporizhzhia Power Plant intensifies global fears of radioactive disaster

Russian forces reportedly seized control of a Ukrainian nuclear power plant on March 3 shortly after a triggering a fire at the facility, intensifying global fears of a massive and unprecedented radioactive disaster. The fire, which Ukrainian officials said was sparked by Russian shelling, was extinguished on March 3, but concerns remained about the potential for a leak of radioactive material if operators at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are unable to safely cool power units at the site. During a press conference on March 3, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the blaze started after...

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Putin’s biggest fan: Why Trump would happily oblige his Russian benefactor in a second presidency

President Vladimir Putin has put his nuclear deterrence forces into high alert on February 27, 2022. Only five days earlier, on February 22, Trump called Putin “savvy” and his flagrant violation of international law “genius.” “You gotta say, that’s pretty savvy,” Trump said the day after Putin illegally declared two regions of Ukraine to be independent countries and thereby created a false pretext for an imminent and unprovoked invasion. “This is genius,” Trump added. “Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine … Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.” At a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser the following evening, he...

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Got War? Why America continues to champion what MLK called the “madness of militarism”

The final big legislative achievement of 2021 was a bill authorizing $768 billion in military spending for the next fiscal year. President Biden signed it two days after the Christmas holiday. Dollar figures can look abstract on a screen, but they indicate the extent of the mania. Biden had asked for “only” $12 billion more than President Trump’s bloated military budget of the previous year — but that wasn’t enough for the bipartisan hawkery in the House and Senate, which provided a boost of $37 billion instead. Overall, military spending accounts for about half of the federal government’s total...

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No Maus: Latest book-banning tirade by GOP targets pulitzer-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust

“When we ban books in schools before we ban guns, we admit we are more afraid of our children learning than we are of them dying.” – Baratunde Thurston The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on January 26 countered a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, directing educators to its resources for teaching about the Holocaust and warning that it was more important than ever for students to learn this history. The McMinn County school board’s decision to remove Maus from its eighth grade classrooms over its depiction of the atrocities committed by...

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Why American policies must change for an End-of-War Declaration with North Korea to succeed

As the U.S. and South Korea continue to discuss an end-of-war declaration, they have a real opportunity to close this last chapter of the Cold War. However, the Biden administration is squandering this opportunity by continuing the same playbook that has failed for decades and resulted in a nuclear-armed North Korea: ramping up military deployments, adding more crippling sanctions, and continuing hostile rhetoric. To lower the chance of renewed military conflict and work toward lasting peace in Korea, the Biden administration must not only sign an end-of-war declaration but also reorient policy toward diplomacy and peace. While an armistice...

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Pandemic Payday: Oxfam’s report shows Ultrawealthy earned $1.2B a day while inequality killed millions

A new report explains how inequality contributed to the death of 21,000 people each day of the pandemic while the wealthiest collectively got $1.2 billion richer every 24 hours. Oxfam International’s latest report on global inequality finds that while the 10 richest individuals in the world more than doubled their collective wealth since COVID-19 hit in 2020, the related result of this billionaire surge has been a deadlier and more prolonged pandemic for the rest of the world in which the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fell, over 160 million people were forced into poverty, and billions of...

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