Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Military spending by the United States soared to $732 billion in 2019, which accounted for 38% of the global military expenditure. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images)
April 27, 2020

"The COVID-19 crisis has made clearer than ever the flaws in our system, one that prioritizes military spending and global instability over the well-being of our people."
Alon Levy, Eric Goldwyn
A sign advising passengers to wear face masks is displayed on a New Jersey Transit bus in Atlantic City. Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

[Canada faces similar challenges.]

Apr. 24, 2020

Chuck Collins, Omar Ocampo, Sophia Paslaski - Institute for Policy Studies
Billionaire Bonanza Report Cover

Key Findings:

• Between 1990 and 2020, U.S. billionaire wealth soared 1,130 percent in 2020

dollars, an increase more than 200 times greater than the 5.37 percent growth of

U.S. median wealth over this same period.


• Between 1980 and 2018, the tax obligations of America’s billionaires, measured as

a percentage of their wealth, decreased 79 percent.


• Between January 1, 2020 and April 10, 2020, 34 of the nation’s wealthiest 170

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A sign on a farm trailer reading "Food grows where water flows" hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)
April 17, 2020

"We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we're on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts."

The western United States is likely being gripped by an "emerging" megadrought partly fueled by the climate crisis, says a study published Friday.

Researchers claim the region's 19-year drought, from 2000–2018, already rivals that of any over the past 1,200 years.

Chris Brooks
Labor Notes interviewed leading intellectual troublemaker Noam Chomsky about how the coronavirus is exposing the failures of capitalism and what we can do about it. Photo: Andrew Rusk (CC BY 4.0)

April 13, 2020

For decades Noam Chomsky has been a leading intellectual troublemaker. His books and speeches have helped to explain how a world run by corporations and billionaires has led to endless war and catastrophic climate change. Now he is helping to explain how corporations and billionaires are actually making the coronavirus pandemic worse by pursuing savage policies that benefit themselves at the expense of everyone else.

Khury Petersen-Smith
Nationalism will only make a global pandemic worse. We are all in this together, and our foreign policies should reflect that. (Photo: via EuroYankee)
April 13, 2020

As we take steps to control the virus, these devastating U.S. foreign policies need to be immediately reversed.


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