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Consumer Protection Isn't Here to Stay

If the GOP had their way, a two-week old regulation that allows consumers to join class action lawsuits over financial fraud would be toast.
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Is This What 'Liberation' for Mosul Looks Like?

ISIS may be on its way out, but the Iraqi city has a long hard road ahead.
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What Makes a 'Good Jew'?

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West.
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On Fighting Inequality, Which Nations Do More than Pay Lip Service?

Two global groups have joined to create a first-ever yardstick for holding our world's top politicos accountable, nation by nation, for narrowing our grand divides.
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Republicans are Right: Going to College Hurts

Women owe two-thirds of the nation’s outstanding $1.3 trillion student loan debt.
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Donald Trump and the Triumph of Anti-Politics

In this fairy tale from 2050, the invisible monster of climate change continues to ravage the land.
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How We Can Transition to a “Bottom Up” Economy

Three ways to rewire the economy for equality and ecological sustainability.
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Tenants March to Stop Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords

While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers.
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Can Trump Actually Cut (Good) Deals on Diplomacy?

From North Korea to Russia to the Middle East, there's no shortage of deal-making needed. But beware the fine print of anything with Trump's insignia.
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Now Eric Trump is Accused of Stealing from a Cancer Charity

Just another chapter in the weird stories of the first family.
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The New Predators in an Old Mortgage Scam

The Contract Buyers League thought they stamped out predatory contracts for deeds, but thanks to private equity firms, these practices targeting low-income communities of color have resurfaced.

Fed Up with Washington, DC? Look to Washington State.

In the face of gridlock at the federal level, Seattle is leading the way towards a more just economy.
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Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations

The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin.
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Can the EU Pass a Speculation Tax?

As EU negotiators struggle to reach the finish line on a financial transaction tax agreement, 52 industry professionals issue a joint statement in support.
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Hazardous to My Mental Health

Trumpcare would strip access to essential mental health services for people like me.
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One Year Into Duterte's Bloody Regime

There are countless reasons why President Duterte’s Drug War isn’t helping Philippine society—and a $140 million reason President Trump might be willing to look the other way.
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A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

By putting such a sinister face on it, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to rein in America’s post-9/11 war machine.
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Why I’m (Reluctantly) Sitting Out ‘Wonder Woman’

As a Palestinian, I can't set aside my identity for two hours and root for an actor who spoke up for violence against people like me.
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Trump's Master Class in Tax Deceit

Three ways the president is selling tax cuts for the rich when no one actually wants them.
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How to Honor Otto Warmbier

How should the United States respond to the detention and subsequent death of an American student who visited North Korea?

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    July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Sudhouse

    Come celebrate the power of art in a night of performance recognizing creative social justice action of the written word, film, song, and more.

  • Teach-in: Examining Surveillance As A Tool of Empire

    July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Washington Peace Center

    IPS's Netfa Freeman will speak about the history of U.S. counter-intelligence used to repress communities and ways we can resist.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Third Days of Action Against the Blockade

    September 11 @ 10:00 am - September 16 @ 9:00 pm at Various Venues Around Washington DC

    Five days of interesting activities with a central focus on the effects of the blockade on the health of all the Cuban people.

  • 41st Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

    September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Fichandler Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

    IPS honors two outstanding champions of human rights and celebrate the work we do along with our allies to advance justice, peace, and dignity for all

  • SAVE THE DATES: The 7th Annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

    October 5 @ 5:00 pm - October 9 @ 11:00 pm at Various Venues Around Washington DC

    The Institute for Policy Studies joins this unique showcase of the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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