Here are the progressive "log-ons" that we visit regularly, in no
particular order. We recommend them all. And if you are especially
generous, think of sending in a subscription and/or donation to these
websites and/or their hard-copy publications. There are no Republican
fat-cats supporting these worthies.
The Smirking Chimp
deserves a daily visit. Direct links to national and international news
and commentary. Editor Jeff Tiedrich updates it daily. Much of it is
high quality journalism (which one has to look far and wide to collect
these days) -- from such sources as the New York Times, the Washington
Post, the Guardian (UK), etc.
Truthout. An excellent source of progressive
news and opinion, from the American press, the foreign press, and the
internet, as edited by Marc Ash. Also some worthy original pieces. If
you sign up, Truthout will send a daily e-mail of new
listings with links.
Democratic Underground. Another fine source of
original opinion pieces, forums, reader discussion groups, timely news
items, and the slashing satire on Mondays of Earl G's "Top Ten
Conservative Idiots." Edited by Skinner (David Allen) and Earl G.
Some refreshingly sassy commentaries on the politics and cultural
climate of the day. A subscription to their "Premium Edition" costs
$30, without which easy access to the full text of the best articles is
unavailable. Without a subscription, you will have to deal with
ads. Edited by Joan Walsh.
BuzzFlash. Another tremungous list of timely articles
(linked) and links to other sources. An excellent "first stop" for a
session of surfing. Edited by Mark Karlin.
Crooks and Liars: Specializes in audio and video
clips. Keeps a close eye on CSPAN and the cable news channels for timely
and newsworthy items.
The Crisis Papers features original essays and blogs by
the editors, Ernest Partridge, Ph.D and Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. It also
contains this "Dissenting Internet" list, Recommended Blogsites, and
David Swanson's invigorating mix of news, opinion, and helpful activist
hints, including many pieces by Swanson, one of the most dedicated and
creative activists out there.
Democracy Now. News, opinions and interviews by
the invaluable journalist/commentator Amy Goodman from her converted
firehouse radio/TV studio. Goodman, Juan Gonzales, and their associates
have their fingers right on the pulse of what's going wrong, and what
can be done about it.
David Brock's well-financed and
well-staffed website, devoted to picking apart the right-wing, neo-con
media outlets. Brock used to be a HardRight hatchetman -- his book,
"Blinded by the Right" was a dynamite expose of that seamy world. He
knows where the bodies are buried.
Counterpunch. Solid articles from the left-wing
perspective, with a real bite. Edited by Jeffrey St. Clair and
Online Gadfly is the website of Ernest Partridge, the
co-editor of The CrisisPapers. Features an abundance of brief
opinion pieces on politics, economics, the environment, etc., as well as
longer scholarly works on environmental ethics, moral philosophy, peace
studies and public policy.
American Politics Journal.. Despite the stuffy,
academic-type title, this site offers beaucoup links and sassy
commentary from the left side. Edited by Gene Gaudette.
Nation has now become one of the premier publishers of
liberal and progressive thought. The new online edition appears each
Alternet. A great portal of liberal articles in a wide
variety of fields of interest (media, environment, politics, etc.).
Also an excellent collection of video clips. Edited by Don Hazen.
Common Dreams . A good repository of liberal/left
articles re-posted from publications and websites.
Paine. Another "don't miss" source of free-wheeling
Truthdig. Robert Scheer's lively compiliation of news and
opinion, with lots of Scheer, Chris Hedges and others.
Project for the Old American Century POAC). Taking off
from PNAC (with lots of articles about that neo-con group), PAOC has its
finger on the pulse of the crisis facing America. Great graphic
posters. Edited by Tj Templeton.
A super site from New Zealand. Heavy coverage of New Zealand and Asian
politics, but also lots of solid reporting and analysis of American war
aims and 9/11 coverup and voting fraud in the U.S. Edited by Alastair
The Guardian (UK). England's
an incisive analysis of U.S. politics and worldwide machinations, with
fresh and definitely non-American insights.
Magazine.. A wide-ranging list of links and articles from
a radical left perspective that covers world and domestic events. Lots
The Online Journal features an abundance of
no-holds-barred critiques of establishment politics and the corporate
owners/sponsors thereof. Edited by Bev Conover.
Media Transparency is another excellent "gateway
site" to current articles and commentary on political issues, from a
progressive perspective. If you've had about your fill of "the myth of
the liberal media," Media Transparency is an ideal place to turn for
material for a refuting argument.
Indymedia. This is the central site for
websites around the U.S. and the globe. They operate as "a collective
of independent media organizations" and hundreds of journalists offering
grassroots, non-corporate coverage.
Memory Hole. This invaluable website "rescues"
previously "disappeared" documents and websites, so that we all can see
what isn't supposed to be seen. Also passes on valuable information
that may in the future go missing.
The Edge. Hard-hitting exposes and analyses from
Earth Island Institute, with emphasis on politics and environmental
The Green-Dog Democrat: Joe Burgess' excellent
compilations of same-topic stories, along with periodic bulletins and
alerts. Great for background research.
Naomi Klein, the author of the best-selling "The Shock
Doctrine" now has her own website where she offers a wide variety of
political observations from around the world.
Still more progressive websites noted (for the
moment) without comment: