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A leftist with a background in journalism. I read a lot of comic books as a kid, so I am always standing up for the little guy. rafaelpine.writer@gmail.com
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Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson has made a career of essentially spreading lies and controversies that in recent years have flirted with the border between extreme conservatism and white supremacy. But last week, his rhetoric hit a new low.

According to the Fox News host’s recent rant, democrats are secretly orchestrating the massive immigration to the US that has been seen over the past years with an alleged obscure purpose — to bring new “obedient voters from the Third World”.

He then asserted the belief that naturalized immigrants are purposefully diluting his and other Americans’ political power.

Carlson does not…


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It is irrelevant how green you think you are — if you have surplus money, you will tend to spend and consume further, and this in turn will be bad for the ecosystem. A number of studies have revealed that money is the most significant factor that influences how you impact the environment.

Small behaviors like eating less meat and more organic vegetables matter little in the face of the levels of consumption of fossil fuel, electricity, and other goods incentivized by owning a significant fortune.

If you are rich, the psychological effects of owning such wealth also tend to…


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I waited for the day Donald Trump would be defeated and banished to fascist purgatory with almost the same amount of enthusiasm I had when I was about to get my Sega Genesis for Christmas in the mid 90s. When the results of the election became official, I was truly happy, so much that I decided to celebrate by drinking more martinis than I should.

But when the hangover ended two days later, I was hit by a worrisome thought.

“What if all of this, the celebrations, the mass resistance, the protests, the millions who suffered and agonized while gaining…


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In these unprecedented times, we should take the opportunity to celebrate the defeat of Donald Trump — the first American President who was hesitant to condemn neo-nazis, who doubled the rate of drone strikes in Yemen, and brought the country to the brink of war with Iran. For four years, he demonized minorities, separated immigrant parents from their children, and used the White House as a megaphone to bully our collective mental health on a daily basis.

However, although it is relieving to have a bit of human decency back in the White House, we’re back at the same starting…


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Far-Right extremists account for the vast majority of politically motivated murders on national soil, according to research. And the narrative of “Antifa” constituting an organized violent existential threat to the U.S. remains mostly an unfounded conspiracy theory disseminated by ultra-conservative media and politicians.

However, on August 29, the city of Portland, Oregon, apparently witnessed an exception. Aaron Danielson, a 39-year-old Trump supporter affiliated with the group Patriot Prayer was killed by Michael Reinoehl, a 48-year-old Antifa activist. Both of those men had been sturdy participants in the long-running street battles between leftist and far-right groups.

Portland, An Ideological Battleground

Reinoehl was a beaten-down middle-aged…


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A few weeks ago, in the wake of the Trump administration’s reaction to the Portland protests, I heard several more people drawing comparisons between our current political climate and fascism. These claims have been somewhat recurring throughout the past four years.

Most of those who are more educated in history believe that these assertions remain, for the most part, inaccurate. The president may be a threat to democracy and human rights in his own way, but yet he apparently has never been in the same league as the more pragmatic menaces of Mussolini and Hitler.

However, this does not mean…


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The mortality rate of Covid-19 patients in some of the public hospitals in the poorer sections of New York City can be as much as three times higher than that of the more elitist private ones. Why does this happen?

The government-run facilities are the ones most likely to deal with infected people who are either covered by Medicare, Medicaid or, in some cases, have no insurance at all. The private sector, on the other hand, caters to the wealthier citizens who are either covered through their employers or privately.


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Abuse of power, unnecessary violence and unidentified extrajudicial detentions -, those are some of the events being witnessed by people protesting against systemic racism on Portland in the wake of George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’s deaths. The perpetrators were sent there by Trump in late June through an executive order. The city’s Mayor, Ted Wheeler, describes the situation as “an egregious overreaction” and “a direct threat to democracy.”

The protesters' actions throughout the past weeks have largely been peaceful. However, the Department of Homeland Security has justified dispatching a new federal task force citing fears of destruction of government property…


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In January 1991, Jeremy Delle, a 15-year-old sophomore from Richardson High School, Texas, shot himself with a Smith & Wesson Model 19-4 .357 Magnum revolver in front of his English class. The event inspired Pearl Jam frontman, Eddie Vedder, and bassist, Jeff Ament, to write the track which would end up becoming the band’s debut album third single.

In that same year, Pearl Jam became one of the bands launched into stardom in the wake of the explosion of the Grunge movement. The group had emerged from the ashes of another of Seattle’s promising bands, Mother Love Bone, whose tenure…

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