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Articles by Norman Solomon
Don't Let President Biden Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes
Norman Solomon · More than being a time of hope—or fatalism—the inauguration of President Joe Biden should be a time of skeptical realism and determination.
Bernie's Decision: Retreat Should Not Be Confused With Surrender
Norman Solomon · In these important battles we wage, we will often lose—but we must not give up.
As a Corporate Tool, Buttigieg Is Now a Hammer to Bash Sanders
Norman Solomon · The corporate establishment has not yet figured out how to defeat Bernie Sanders in the primary, but the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana appears dead set on damaging the progressive frontrunner as much as possible.
Democratic Party "Leadership" Is Upside Down
Norman Solomon · No matter how intense the top-down pressure gets from Speaker Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, we should insist from the bottom up that members of Congress stand their ground for progressive principles.
The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
Norman Solomon · “Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats.”
Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to 'Russiagate' Enthusiasts—Whether They Like It or Not
Norman Solomon · "The latest U.S. air attack on Russia’s close ally Syria was as much politically aimed at Moscow as at Damascus."
Behind the Media Surge Against Bernie Sanders
Norman Solomon · It’s routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to smear progressive activists under the guise of “news” coverage. But why the New York Times? And why the special venom for Bernie Sanders?
Russia-Bashing Helps Wall Street Democrats
Norman Solomon · National Democrats have used hyperbolic Russia-bashing to shield themselves from blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat and to block progressives from pulling the party away from Wall Street, writes Norman Solomon.
Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy - It's Bound to Backfire
Norman Solomon · This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on political...
Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites
Norman Solomon · We still don’t have any sort of apology or retraction from the Washington Post for promoting “The List” -- the highly dangerous blacklist that got a huge boost from the newspaper’s fawning coverage on November 24. The project of...
The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV
Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon · It's become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King's birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader."
Obama's Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press
Norman Solomon · There’s something profoundly despicable about a Justice Department that would brazenly violate the First and Fourth Amendments while spying on journalists, then claim to be reassessing such policies after an avalanche of criticism—and...
The Next Step for Peace in Syria: Stop the "Lethal Aid"
Norman Solomon · Now that public pressure has foiled U.S. plans to bomb Syria, the next urgent step is to build public pressure for stopping the deluge of weapons into that country.
Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz -- and May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress
Norman Solomon · Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole.
'You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning': An Open Letter to President Obama
In Oslo, the World’s Most Important Peace Prize has Been Hijacked for War
Norman Solomon · In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press.
The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World
Norman Solomon · Rarely has any American provoked such fury in Washington’s high places. So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber—and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find...
'Terrorism' and the Perpetual Emotion War Machine: It's Time to Renounce the Failed War on Terror
Norman Solomon · As a perpetual emotion machine -- producing and guzzling its own political fuel -- the “war on terror” continues to normalize itself as a thoroughly American way of life and death. Ongoing warfare has become a matter of default...
The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink
Norman Solomon · After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion -- and reflexive “doublethink,” which George Orwell described as willingness “to...
A Letter I Wish Progressive Groups Would Send to Their Members