Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies. He edits its Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords services, contributes regularly to both outlets, and works with IPS experts to develop writing for mainstream and progressive publications.
Feeling bleak? Well, 2021 wasn’t all bad — here are a few astounding things ordinary people won at home and abroad.
The longer it takes the world to get vaccinated, the more variants we’ll see.
Now our obligation is to those Afghans living with the consequences of our four decades of intervention.
The warning from democracy advocates is clear: Kill the filibuster and pass the For the People Act, or our democracy won’t survive.
Biden is lukewarm about expanding the Supreme Court, and Nancy Pelosi says she won’t schedule a vote on it. Still, Republicans are fuming.
A personal recollection on the day that launched the Iraq War — and its lessons for us 18 years later.
If we don’t expand our democracy now, we might lose it for generations to come.
Donald Trump has been defeated, but American democracy remains in peril. Here’s how we can reverse the trendline.
“Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. And buy a subscription to your local newspaper.”
Americans were taught to associate “socialism” with dictatorship and “capitalism” with democracy. Are those days over?
As impeachment fades to a footnote, Trump’s most effective critics won’t be rehashing Ukraine. They’ll be organizing workers.
Trump is counting on the working class he’s betraying most aggressively. Can the left get out of affluent suburbia and back to its roots?
Trump is betraying his voters and threatening millions of lives. Call him on it before it’s too late.
Before Trump, the Supreme Court was already chipping away at democracy. If nothing changes, we’re on track for a generation of right-wing minority rule.
Hard data shows ending our wars would be smart politics — and the first step toward repairing a moral calamity.
Democrats need to take Trump’s crimes against people and the planet as seriously as those against Joe Biden.
Trump’s not the only one terrified of these four congresswomen — leading Democrats apparently are, too.
My two-year old child will be the age I am now when the climate catastrophe comes, and that realization is taking a toll.
Trump’s recent moves encouraging war crimes rather than prosecuting them do a disservice to service members.
Leading Democrats treated Russia as Trump’s worst crime, even sprinkling in some neo-Cold War rhetoric, while dismissing movements doing the real work of resistance.