A New Generation of Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend California’s Forests

The deforestation of the Amazon is recognized around the world as a catastrophe for global climate change. Far less recognized is the threat of deforestation of temperate rainforests, such as the enormous coastal forest that stretches from Northern California to Alaska. By some estimates, temperate rainforests sequester from 2 to 7 times as much carbon … Continue reading “A New Generation of Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend California’s Forests”

How the White Nationalists Who Love Trump Found Inspiration in the Group That Gave Us Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the ceremonial reception of Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lunguin at the presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 21, 2019. Photo: Manish Swarup/AP Question: What is the connection between controversial Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who is visiting Houston this Sunday for the “Howdy, Modi” summit, as … Continue reading “How the White Nationalists Who Love Trump Found Inspiration in the Group That Gave Us Narendra Modi”

Why I Decided Not To Delete My Old Internet Posts

While working for the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden helped build a system to enable the United States government to capture all phone calls, text messages, and emails. Six years ago, he provided documents about this electronic panopticon to journalists, and the shocking revelations that ensued set off massive changes — changes in attitudes and … Continue reading “Why I Decided Not To Delete My Old Internet Posts”

William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception.

Before the acting director of national intelligence decided to stonewall Congressional requests to see a mysterious whistleblower complaint deemed “urgent,” he reportedly took the highly unusual step of seeking guidance from the White House and Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel. Acting DNI Joseph Maguire’s decision not to share the substance of the complaint with Congress … Continue reading “William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception.”

Georgia Supreme Court Urges State to Stop Stonewalling In Devonia Inman Case: “Let Justice Be Done”

In an extraordinary order issued Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court denied the state’s latest effort to prevent Devonia Inman from proving his innocence in a murder that sent him to prison for life. The ruling itself is brief, but is accompanied by two powerful concurring opinions — one written by the chief justice, the other … Continue reading “Georgia Supreme Court Urges State to Stop Stonewalling In Devonia Inman Case: “Let Justice Be Done””

Documents Shed New Light on Critical Moment in Pete Buttigieg’s South Bend Political Career

After taking over as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, in 2012, Pete Buttigieg made a decision that has dogged his political career ever since: He demanded the resignation of the city’s first black police chief, Darryl Boykins. Amid outrage from the black community, Boykins quickly rescinded his resignation; Buttigieg instead demoted Boykins to work with … Continue reading “Documents Shed New Light on Critical Moment in Pete Buttigieg’s South Bend Political Career”

Two Years After the Hurricane, Puerto Rico’s “Generation Maria” Leads a Climate Strike

One of the most important moments in 16-year-old Tristán Queriot’s climate activism came at the international airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in mid-July. Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education, Julia Keleher, was flying back to the island from Washington, D.C. to stand before a federal judge and confront corruption charges. Queriot and the other … Continue reading “Two Years After the Hurricane, Puerto Rico’s “Generation Maria” Leads a Climate Strike”

Why VSCO Girls are Going on Strike for the Climate

The Boomers had their hippies. Gen X had its unwashed, nihilistic slackers. Millennials have our phone-obsessed, narcissistic avocado toast munchers. Gen Z–it seems–has its VSCO Girls. Today, thousands of people in cities around the country are joining a strike for the climate, inspired by the Friday for Futures movement sparked by 16 year old activist … Continue reading “Why VSCO Girls are Going on Strike for the Climate”

The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK.

At the start of this year, more than 600 environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Sunrise Movement — sent a letter to Congress saying they will “vigorously oppose” federal climate legislation that promotes “corporate schemes” like carbon-capture and storage. Congress was not chastened. This past July, tucked in the Senate’s $287 … Continue reading “The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK.”

Brazil’s Army Wanted to “Occupy” the Amazon Before. Leaked Audio Reveals Their Plan to Try Again.

BBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is planning to push industrialization and development in the interior of the country’s Amazon basin. It is far from a new project. For more than a century, a series of Brazilian governments have sought to move into the country’s interior, developing — or, to be more precise, colonizing — the Amazon. … Continue reading “Brazil’s Army Wanted to “Occupy” the Amazon Before. Leaked Audio Reveals Their Plan to Try Again.”

Hospital Plans to “Use the Transferring of Critically-Ill Premature Infants” to Paint Nurses Union as “Shameless,” Secret Strategy Memo Reveals

Around 2,300 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center are preparing to go on strike Friday, citing issues over short-staffing, unsafe working conditions, and forced overtime. The Medical Center, which is affiliated with a university that has a multibillion-dollar endowment, and which recently undertook an expansion proposed at $269 million, is refusing to negotiate … Continue reading “Hospital Plans to “Use the Transferring of Critically-Ill Premature Infants” to Paint Nurses Union as “Shameless,” Secret Strategy Memo Reveals”

Purdue Pharma Hired PR Firm That Rebranded BP After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical firm that manufactures OxyContin and allegedly helped fuel widespread addiction to painkillers, has turned to some of the same corporate spin doctors hired by BP after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The relationship was revealed in a legal document disclosed on September 15 when Purdue filed for bankruptcy protection. The filing, … Continue reading “Purdue Pharma Hired PR Firm That Rebranded BP After Deepwater Horizon Spill”

EPA Allowed Companies to Make 40 New PFAS Chemicals Despite Serious Risks

The chemical caused lab rats to lose weight. When pregnant rats were exposed to it, their pups lost weight, too, and their pups’ skulls, ribs, and pelvises tended to develop abnormally. The compound, referred to by the number “647-42-7” in Environmental Protection Agency records, also caused discoloration of the teeth, increased liver weights, decreased how … Continue reading “EPA Allowed Companies to Make 40 New PFAS Chemicals Despite Serious Risks”

How Chicago Police Created a False Narrative After Officers Killed Harith Augustus

Harith Augustus, a 37-year-old African-American barber, was shot to death by police patrolling 71st Street in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago on July 14, 2018. A statement issued later that day by the Chicago Police Department stated: The officers approached a male suspect exhibiting characteristics of an armed person, when an armed confrontation ensued … Continue reading “How Chicago Police Created a False Narrative After Officers Killed Harith Augustus”

Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.  Israeli voters returned to the polls this week for the second time in five months to elect the 120 members of the Knesset, the country’s legislative body. The outcome remains too close to call, but it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu, … Continue reading “Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?”

Democratic Candidates Fail to Impress Workers Who Are Dissatisfied With Trump

When one heckler yelled, “You’re an asshole!” at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at Philadelphia AFL-CIO’s first ever Workers’ Presidential Summit on Tuesday, the entire room roared back with chants of the senator’s name. This was the most charged moment in a day of presidential candidates pitching union members including steel workers, drywall technicians, communications workers, … Continue reading “Democratic Candidates Fail to Impress Workers Who Are Dissatisfied With Trump”

Saudi Arabia Denies Its Key Role in Climate Change Even As It Prepares for the Worst

Anyone who was still questioning whether climate change can exacerbate violent international conflicts has only to look at Saudi Arabia, where drones struck oil installations in the eastern part of the country on September 14. While the Trump administration is blaming Iran, Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on Saudi Aramco, the state-owned … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia Denies Its Key Role in Climate Change Even As It Prepares for the Worst”

Saudi First: Trump Wants to Start a War With Iran When MBS Gives the Order

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrive for a meeting on “World Economy” at the G-20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo: Eliot Blondet/AFP/Getty Images Who remembers “The Bow”? In April 2009, three months into his first term in office, Barack Obama found himself in the midst of … Continue reading “Saudi First: Trump Wants to Start a War With Iran When MBS Gives the Order”

The Military Has Done Little to Prepare As Climate Change Threatens Guantánamo

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So begins Naval Station Guantánamo Bay’s hurricane preparedness guide, which it circulates to the military officers and dependents stationed at the base. The quip, a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, smacks of irony given the current U.S. administration’s approach to climate change — to deny it … Continue reading “The Military Has Done Little to Prepare As Climate Change Threatens Guantánamo”

The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around

Joe Biden this weekend continued to draw attention to the complicated role he has played in the country’s history of race relations. On Thursday night, he drew criticism when he was asked what Americans can do about the legacy of slavery, and answered by suggesting parents put on a record player for kids, and that … Continue reading “The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around”

A Top Joe Biden Staffer Is a Supporter of India’s Authoritarian Leader Narendra Modi

A new adviser to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the director of outreach to the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, is a strong backer of extreme right-wing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Amit Jani took to Facebook in May to celebrate the authoritarian leader’s reelection.  Jani, whose hiring as AAPI national vote director was announced last week, comes … Continue reading “A Top Joe Biden Staffer Is a Supporter of India’s Authoritarian Leader Narendra Modi”

NRA Ramped Up Facebook Advertising Immediately After Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

The National Rifle Association nearly doubled its spending on pro-gun Facebook propaganda for three weeks after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, according to analytics provided to The Intercept. The social advertising surge began just one day after the El Paso massacre, which left 22 people dead, and on the same … Continue reading “NRA Ramped Up Facebook Advertising Immediately After Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton”

Only a Green New Deal Can Douse the Fires of Eco-Fascism

Organizers are expecting huge numbers to turn out for the Global Climate Strike, beginning on September 20 and continuing through September 27. It builds on the first global climate strike, which took place on March 15, and attracted an estimated 1.6 million young people, who walked out of class at schools on every continent. But … Continue reading “Only a Green New Deal Can Douse the Fires of Eco-Fascism”

Threatening New War for Oil, Donald Trump Calls His Own Offer of Iran Talks “Fake News”

As he threatened to bomb Iran at Saudi Arabia’s behest, President Donald Trump also intensified his battle with objective reality on Sunday, by railing against what he called “The Fake News” media for “saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, ‘No Conditions.’” Since there is video of Trump saying exactly that in June, … Continue reading “Threatening New War for Oil, Donald Trump Calls His Own Offer of Iran Talks “Fake News””

Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know

Over a century before we reached the brink of ecological catastrophe, Rabindranath Tagore had a glimpse of where we might be headed. Tagore, an Indian author and cultural reformer who lived during the period of British colonialism, was among the last of a generation able to examine the industrialized world from the outside. He issued … Continue reading “Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know”

How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office

Mike German, a former FBI special agent, had four years on the job when he took an assignment that would change his life forever. It was 1992. A jury in Simi Valley, California, had just acquitted a group of mostly white Los Angeles police officers for the videotaped beating of a black construction worker named … Continue reading “How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office”

Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir After India Revoked the State’s Special Status

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir — On the eve of Eid al-Adha last month, 17-year-old Asrar Khan lay in a vegetative state at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, a hospital in downtown Srinagar, Kashmir’s largest city. The unconscious teenager was barely hanging on to life, connected to a ventilator and blinded in one eye — the … Continue reading “Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir After India Revoked the State’s Special Status”

Joe Biden’s Stunningly Racist Answer on the Legacy of Slavery Has Been Overlooked

For the Washington Post, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered “the kind of performance his supporters have been waiting for — combative when needed and in the thick of the action throughout” during Thursday’s presidential debate. Cable news commenters largely agreed. The New York Times was slightly less kind, subtitling its analysis “Strong start, but … Continue reading “Joe Biden’s Stunningly Racist Answer on the Legacy of Slavery Has Been Overlooked”

An Asylum Officer Speaks Out Against the Trump Administration’s “Supervillain” Attacks on Immigrants

Asylum officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, were reeling after John Lafferty, director of the asylum division, was replaced on Monday by Andrew Davidson, former deputy associate director for USCIS’s fraud detection and national security directorate. Then came the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday reinstating the Trump administration’s “third-country” rule, which effectively denies asylum to all Central … Continue reading “An Asylum Officer Speaks Out Against the Trump Administration’s “Supervillain” Attacks on Immigrants”

Donald Trump Just Admitted That It Makes Sense for America’s Enemies to Get Nuclear Weapons

On Thursday, President Donald Trump did something truly shocking: He told the truth. When asked why he fired John Bolton, his former national security adviser, Trump said: He made some very big mistakes. When he talked about the Libyan model for Kim Jong Un, that was not a good statement to make. You just take a … Continue reading “Donald Trump Just Admitted That It Makes Sense for America’s Enemies to Get Nuclear Weapons”

Greta Thunberg on the Climate Fight: “If We Can Save the Banks, Then We Can Save the World”

We are living through some scary times. As Greta has told us so often: “Our house is on fire.” And I firmly believe that there are three things that have to align if we are going to douse the flames. First, we need the courage to dream of a different kind of future. To shake … Continue reading “Greta Thunberg on the Climate Fight: “If We Can Save the Banks, Then We Can Save the World””

Democratic Debate: Is Joe Biden OK?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   The Democratic candidates met in Houston on Thursday night for a third round of televised debates. This time the format was limited to a single night with 10 participants, which meant that for the first time, all the top-tier … Continue reading “Democratic Debate: Is Joe Biden OK?”

Creepy Republican Ad During Democratic Debate Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The strange Republican obsession with attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reached a new low in a commercial break during the Democratic presidential debate in Houston on Thursday night. The widely reviled commercial, which aired on ABC and was paid for by donors to the GOP New Faces PAC, opened with a photograph of the young Latinx … Continue reading “Creepy Republican Ad During Democratic Debate Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

Senate Democrats Draft Pro-Athlete Instagram Influencers Into Climate Fight

On Thursday, after a summer of extreme heat, the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis convened to hear from a group of people especially affected by climate change. They were not members of low-income communities or communities of color, people who have been hit by hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters. They were current … Continue reading “Senate Democrats Draft Pro-Athlete Instagram Influencers Into Climate Fight”

With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were

The Center for Immigration Studies, a far-right, anti-immigrant group, was frequently cited by major U.S. newspapers in the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency — without mention of the group’s deep ties to the Trump administration, according to a report released Thursday. Ninety percent of news articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, … Continue reading “With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were”

Netanyahu Hints Trump Peace Plan Will Allow Israel to Annex Key West Bank Territory

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, hinted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan, set to be unveiled after next week’s Israeli election, would give him the green light to annex the Jordan Valley, nearly a quarter of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian and Israeli activists condemned a map of the proposed annexation presented … Continue reading “Netanyahu Hints Trump Peace Plan Will Allow Israel to Annex Key West Bank Territory”

Joe Biden Is Demanding Financial Transparency While Concealing His Own Wealth

Former Vice President Joe Biden is telegraphing that he plans to attack his rivals on the debate stage for a lack of transparency into their finances. Biden is expected to go after Sen. Elizabeth Warren in particular, Bloomberg reported, for failing to disclose details of private income during the 1990s and 2000s from the types … Continue reading “Joe Biden Is Demanding Financial Transparency While Concealing His Own Wealth”

The FBI Was Deeply Involved in CIA Black Site Interrogations Despite Years of Denials, Guantánamo Defense Lawyer Says

On Monday morning, two days before the 18th anniversary of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Pakistani engineer accused of masterminding the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., appeared in a Guantánamo Bay courtroom sporting a black turban. Seated near him was his new lead attorney, Gary D. Sowards, a death penalty specialist who … Continue reading “The FBI Was Deeply Involved in CIA Black Site Interrogations Despite Years of Denials, Guantánamo Defense Lawyer Says”

Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him

In March 2003, in a secret CIA prison cell in Poland, a small frog jumped out of a drain and an interrogator caught it. “No, no,” said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks. “Let it stay.” He asked that the frog be returned to the drain. Later that day, an unnamed … Continue reading “Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him”

A Memoir From Hell: Samantha Power Will Do Anything for Human Rights Unless It Hurts Her Career

“The Education of an Idealist” — a new memoir by Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the U.N. from 2013 to 2017 — could have been among the greatest books ever written about politics. Power took an idiosyncratic path into the U.S. foreign policy nomenklatura after winning a Pulitzer Prize for her 2002 book, “‘A Problem From Hell’: … Continue reading “A Memoir From Hell: Samantha Power Will Do Anything for Human Rights Unless It Hurts Her Career”

John Bolton Tried His Best to Draw the U.S. Into a War. Luckily, He Failed.

President Donald Trump parted ways with his hawkish national security advisor John Bolton on Tuesday, ending a 17-month tenure that included additional troop deployments to the Middle East, saw the U.S. repeatedly threaten “military action” against the Venezuelan government, and brought the country within minutes of bombing Iran. In May 2018, less than two months … Continue reading “John Bolton Tried His Best to Draw the U.S. Into a War. Luckily, He Failed.”

Jon Ossoff is Back: “I’m Still Standing and I’m Ready to Fight”

Jon Ossoff, who narrowly lost a high-profile Georgia congressional special election in 2017, is running for one of two U.S. Senate seats up in the state in 2020. Ossoff will be challenging incumbent David Perdue, a dollar-store magnate who’s held the office since 2015. The early retirement of Johnny Isakson has opened a second seat, … Continue reading “Jon Ossoff is Back: “I’m Still Standing and I’m Ready to Fight””

Koch Data Mining Company Helped Inundate Voters With Anti-Immigrant Messages

In recent years, Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist megadonor to Republicans and libertarian causes, has carefully recalibrated his public image, releasing a variety of statements to assert that he supports immigration and opposes President Donald Trump’s blatant scapegoating of undocumented immigrants and foreigners. At the same time, however, Koch’s sprawling political network’s in-house technology company has mined consumer data to motivate … Continue reading “Koch Data Mining Company Helped Inundate Voters With Anti-Immigrant Messages”

Trump Was Foolish to Invite the Taliban to Camp David but the War in Afghanistan Must End

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, takes the stage after being introduced by former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2016. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The hashtag #TalibanTrump began trending over the weekend, after Donald Trump made a bizarre and very public admission on … Continue reading “Trump Was Foolish to Invite the Taliban to Camp David but the War in Afghanistan Must End”

Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn’s Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress

It’s a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. The towering 32-year-old veteran who’s running for Congress in New York’s 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as … Continue reading “Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn’s Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress”

The Washington Post Nominated Glenn Kessler for a Pulitzer Prize

Earlier this year, the Washington Post nominated Glenn Kessler and his “Fact Checker” team for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in the National Reporting category. Kessler was not named as a finalist by the Pulitzer committee, which meant that the nomination was never made public. Marty Baron, the Post’s editor, confirmed the nomination. The thrust of the … Continue reading “The Washington Post Nominated Glenn Kessler for a Pulitzer Prize”

Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, But His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos

Asked this week to respond to criticism of his judgement on Iraq, like his senate vote to authorize the use of force in 2002, and his much-derided later proposal to divide the country in three along sectarian lines, Joe Biden laughed and assured Asma Khalid of NPR that “the vast majority of the foreign policy … Continue reading “Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, But His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos”

Livestream: The Right to a Future — With Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg

The Intercept invites you to watch a special event in New York City hosted by Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein, author of the forthcoming book “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” and headlined by trailblazing climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.” Together … Continue reading “Livestream: The Right to a Future — With Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg”

Exxon Mobil Is Funding Centrist Democratic Think Tank, Disclosures Reveal

The Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank that grew out of the party’s pro-business wing in the 1980s and ’90s, received $50,000 from Exxon Mobil in 2018 via its parent organization, the Third Way Foundation, according to the oil giant’s 2018 Worldwide Giving Report. Exxon Mobil did not return The Intercept’s multiple requests … Continue reading “Exxon Mobil Is Funding Centrist Democratic Think Tank, Disclosures Reveal”