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Esther Vivas: What Remains of All Our Outrage?

However, real change does not come about only through conquering institutions, but through gaining support from a mobilized society. What remains of all our outrage? A regime in crisis, not ready yet to fall, but ready to be reconfigured

Michael Winship: All The Presumptive Nominee’s Men

You will know our presidents and presidential candidates by the company they keep

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Paul Street: Hillary Clinton’s Not-So-Strange Right-Wing Bedfellows

Democratic Hillary Clinton supporters got churlish when they heard media reports last spring that Clinton was favored over Donald Trump by the right-wing billionaire Charles Koch and by leading arch-imperial foreign policy neoconservatives like Robert Kagan, Max Boot, and Eliot Cohen. But unpleasant as many mainstream corporate and Clintonite Democrats might find such “strange bedfellow” Read more…

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Upcoming Events for Progressives

EVENTS   SOCIALISM – The Socialism Conference is scheduled for July 1-4 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions. Contact: [email protected]; http://www.socialismconference.org. CUBA – The 27th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba is traveling through the US from July 5-15. The Caravan will educate about the important role US citizens can play in lifting the U.S. blockade Read more…

Mateo Pimentel: HISTORY HANDBOOK: Seeing Red: Nixon and the Presidential Election in Chile, 1970

That Nixon facilitated the ousting of Allende via collusion with the Chilean military and Allende’s political enemies comes as no surprise to students of the American war in Vietnam

Rivera Sun: HISTORY HANDBOOK: White Rose Leaflet Campaign, 1942

In June 1942, a pair of German university students formed the White Rose, a German resistance movement that used a series of leaflets to decry Nazi militarism and call for an end to the war.

David Blight: HISTORY HANDBOOK: The First Decoration Day, 1865

Americans understand that Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day,” as my parents called it, has something to do with honoring the nation’s war dead. It is also a day devoted to picnics, road races, commencements, and double-headers. But where did it begin, who created it, and why?

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Elizabeth Martinez: HISTORY HANDBOOK: Scapegoating Immigrants, 1992

In Los Angeles during the 1992 uprising, many longtime Mexican American residents said, “We’re not the ones rioting, it’s those immigrants”—meaning Mexicans and Central Americans. At a rally where Dolores Huerta was speaking, an African American woman stood and screamed angrily at Huerta, “Go back to Mexico. We need our jobs.” Incidents like theseand there Read more…

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Edward S. Herman: Public Editors & Structural Bias

Sullivan claims that the NYT has and should maintain “abiding attention to society’s have nots.” To the war on labor and decline of labor unions, which they have scanted for years?

William Boardman: “Historic” Empty Suit Visits Hiroshima

The U.S. chose an almost undamaged city full of civilians as the target that would best bring the Japanese to their knees. Now that is something to “ponder,” as Obama suggested, but chose not to do. It doesn’t take much pondering to begin to wonder whether incinerating thousands of civilians might not be a war crime

T.J. Coles: Why The Poor Stay Poor

The devastating wars raging across the Middle East can be explained in large part by America’s commitment to a doctrine of global militarism called “full spectrum dominance

Ellen Isaacs: Migration: A Reflection of Capitalism

The news is full of tragic and shocking stories of the flight of refugees, such as the 12.6 million Syrians internally or externally displaced and 800 drowned this year in the Aegean sea. Today, more desperate refugees are seeking shelter in Europe than at any time since World War II. According to the United Nations Read more…

Chris Brooks: Long-Term Organizing

Corporate grocery chains are continuing their offensive, with Kroger the latest example. The company wants concessions, even though it doesn’t need them—it’s making record profits and just gave its CEO a handsome raise.

Tom H. Hastings: Field Report from the Dick Cheney Hunting Instruction Manuel

I live in a town of suspenders. The police chief is the current best example. He was just suspended for shooting his buddy in the back

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Martha Rosenberg: What Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Opiod Epidemic

Twenty years ago, none of the pain conditions now presented as requiring opioids would have been presented that way. Nor were between 40 and 52 people a day dying from opioids

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Behind Brazil’s Crisis

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended from her office while she goes on trial by the Senate. If convicted, she would be removed from office, which is what is meant in Brazil by “impeachment.” Anyone, even Brazilians, who have been trying to follow the last several months of political maneuvering may be excused if they are somewhat confused by the many turns this process has taken

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Ramzy Baroud: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab Catastrophe

On May 15th of every year, for the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine.

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Noam Chomsky: Plenty of Possibilities

We can be very optimistic. Things like this have happened before and they’ve been overcome

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Roberto Savio: Brexit and EUexit

All the xenophobic right wing parties have expressed their enthusiasm for the Brexit, which is going to give them more push

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Peter Dreier: Three Strategies to Beat the NRA

Gun safety advocates who until now have relied largely on traditional lobbying need to broaden their strategy to include partnerships with gun owners and civil disobedience

Sergi Cutillas: What’s at Stake in Spain

A guide to Spain’s election

Akiba Solomon: I Assumed It Was Racism—It Was Patriarchy

Why are some women more invisible than others? To grow new anti-patriarchal movements like Black Lives Matter, we need to start opening our eyes

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Robert Fisk: What does the Middle East think of Brexit? A lot more than you’d assume

Gulf governments to whom Britain and especially David Cameron have traditionally grovelled took a predictably rosy view of Britain’s potential catastrophe.

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John Pilger: Why the British said no to Europe

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy

Daniel Denvir: Enough with the spectacle: How about we just ban all assault weapons instead?

The Dems’ campaign should inspire nothing but cynicism — our gun problem has nothing to do with terror watch lists

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Kshama Sawant: Beyond Bernie: Still Not With Her

Since the June 7 California primary, the historic upheaval that coalesced around Bernie Sanders’ campaign has continued to defy the demands of the political establishment, but has also increasingly turned into a search for the way forward. After a powerful, year-long mass campaign over the hostile terrain of a rigged primary, our political revolution is at Read more…

Richard Eskow: Brexit and the New Global Rebellion

A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger

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Bernie Sanders: Bernie Sanders Is Not Dropping Out Tonight

Sanders tells Stephen he is still very much a candidate for the nomination, and will take his 1900 delegates to the convention to push for change

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Pepe Escobar: Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU

So what started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing political earthquake

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Conn Hallinan: The Brexit: A Very British Affair

The Brexit vote was a British affair (and promises to be a messy one). The Spanish election is a continental affair that will have reverberations worldwide.

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Henry A. Giroux: The Violence of Forgetting

What I have called the violence of organized forgetting signals how contemporary politics are those in which emotion triumphs over reason, and spectacle over truth, thereby erasing history

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Sarah Lazare: Refugees and Migrants Wake Up to Brexit and Brace for What Comes Next

Some are left asking, “What has happened to my home?”

Lamont Lilly: Movement for Black Lives Yields New Targets of the State

Those on the front line must be defended, by us, the people, the community

Loren Balhorn: Die Linke: Ten Years On

A decade after its formation, can Germany’s Die Linke manage its contradictions and live up to its promise?

Vanessa Baird: Brexit to hell

Farewell cosmopolitan Britain – hail mean, delusional (and rather elderly) little England

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Kathy Kelly: What’s at Stake

The continuously assertive military posturing of NATO undermines and conflicts with the mission and development of instruments for international negotiation and constructive cooperation

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Alfredo Lopez: An Emancipation Proclamation for the Digital Age

The problematic relationship of Black people and the Internet persists

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Vandana Shiva: The great seed piracy

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the new World Bank when it comes to using finances to influence policies in agriculture

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Paul Street: Miranda, Obama, and Hamilton: an Orwellian Ménage à Trois for the Neoliberal Age

Miranda’s Hamilton is in this sense a perfect cultural wrap up to the ugly neoliberal Obama years. It is a brilliant ahistorical monument to Orwellian, fake-progressive bourgeois identity politics

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Robert Fisk: The relationship between Israel and Lebanon is deteriorating again – and it’s civilians who will suffer

The Lebanese-Israeli border has endured its quietest, most peaceful history over the past decade – in gentle contrast to the constant cross-frontier wars over the border of the previous quarter century

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Bernie Sanders: Here’s what we want

“What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want

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David Bacon: Why are Mexican Teachers Being Jailed and Killed for Protesting Education Reform?

A striking teacher from Michoacán demonstrates in Mexico City in front of a line of police. Canadian and US teachers have organized the TriNational Coalition to Defend Public Education to support Mexican teachers’ efforts to defeat proposals to introduce standardized testing and remove job protections, which have come from USAID and private foundations promoting corporate Read more…

Shane Burley: Historic Justice for Janitors campaign inspires a new generation of janitorial organizing

With SEIU’s Raise America campaign, which looks to raise the standards for union janitors across the country, the Justice for Janitors legacy holds critical lessons for how public campaigns win concessions

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Murtaza Hussain: Students in California Might Face Criminal Investigation for Protesting Film on Israeli Army

The incident is only the latest in which officials at UC Irvine and other major universities around the country have taken harsh measures against pro-Palestinian activists

Samantha Nutt: The real harm of the global arms trade

In some parts of the world, it’s easier to get an automatic rifle than a glass of clean drinking water

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Patrick Bond: Flight of corporate profits poses biggest threat to South Africa’s economy

The only short-term solution is a radical tightening of exchange controls against corporations and wealthy individuals

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Nick Turse: The Numbers Racket

AFRICOM Clams Up After Commander Peddles Contradictory Statements to Congress

Pete Dolack: Killing ourselves with technology

What do we do when technology spirals out of our control? Or, to put it more bluntly, when does humanity’s ability to build ever more dangerous weapons become a self-fulfilling prophesy? Albert Einstein is said to have remarked that he didn’t know what weapons the third world war would be fought with, but the fourth Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Hillary’s third way

It says a great deal about American society that Hillary Rodham carries the last name Clinton. When she married Bill Clinton in 1975, Hillary Rodham kept her own last name. Born in Chicago and educated at Wellesley College, she was influenced by the second-wave feminist movement. A student of political science at the celebrated all-women’s Read more…

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