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Tony Romano: We All Have a Right to the City

What are the systemic challenges to democratic and equitable control over public space? What kind of popular mobilizations can build towards systemic alternatives guaranteeing the human right to housing?

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

WHISTLEBLOWING – June 1-7 is International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Events and actions are planned all over the world. Contact: Stand Up For Truth, c/o Institute for Public Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, DC 20045; 202-347-0020’ [email protected]; http://standupfortruth.org. JUSTICE – The Justice Conference will be held in Chicago, June 3-4. The Justice Conference is Read more…

Eric Laursen: Exposed

Early in Exposed, his fascinating and disturbing new book on surveillance, social media, and the state, Columbia University legal scholar and critical theorist Bernard Harcourt includes two illustrations

Jeremy Kuzmarov: The Profiteers

Sally Denton’s book The Profiteers, demonstrates that the Bechtel Corporation—which spent an estimated $6.2 million in political contributions and $6.2 million in lobbying during the last election cycles—should be in the same class of villains.

Pete Dolack: Capitalism’s Fuel

The official Pentagon budget for 2015 was $596 billion, but actual spending is far higher.

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Rory Fanning: The War in Our Schools

By now, I can tell that the kids are truly paying attention, so I let it all out. “The Taliban had surrendered a few months before I arrived in Afghanistan in late 2002, but that wasn’t good enough for our politicians back home and the generals giving the orders. Our job was to draw people back into the fight.”

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Noam Chomsky: The Costs of Violence

The global war on terror sledgehammer strategy has spread jihadi terror from a tiny corner of Afghanistan to much of the world, from Africa through the Levant and South Asia to Southeast Asia. It has also incited attacks in Europe and the United States. The invasion of Iraq made a substantial contribution to this process, much as intelligence agencies had predicted

William Boardman: Saudies Should Kill Civilians More Slowly…?

Sounds a little like a joke (and in a sense it is): Two U.S. senators introduce a resolution based on fraudulent representations of reality, seeking to make the president insist that the Saudis bomb fewer civilians in Yemen

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Edward S. Herman: Foreign Engagement v. Aggression

The United States has been intervening and fighting wars abroad almost continuously since World War II. This has involved frequent aggressions, using standard definitions of the word, with many of them extremely destructive But these cannot be designated “aggression” in our well-honed propaganda system

Sharon Kelly: Toxic Teflon

New information emerged recently about toxic contamination from chemicals used to manufacture Teflon pots and pans and many other consumer, military, and industrial products

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Jack Rasmus: Is the U.S. Economy Heading for Recession?

Recently, the government announced that the U.S. economy rose from January-March 2016 at a mere 0.5 percent annual growth rate. Since the U.S., unlike other countries, estimates its GDP based on annual rates, that means for the first quarter 2016 the U.S. economy grew by barely 0.1 percent over the previous quarter in late 2015. Read more…

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Paul Street: Kagame Visits Harvard

Never underestimate the global myopia and indifference that lurks beneath the surface of the United States’ supposedly Leftist higher educational system

John Dear: The Life And Death of Daniel Berrigan

Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday

John Passant: Panama Papers: Capitalism Working for the Obscenely Rich

The Panama Papers show us, once again, that capitalism is a system of absolute greed. It is a system where capitalist governments help their mates to hide their income and wealth while all the time businesses pretend they are paying their “fair share” of taxes.

Laura Finley: Changing the Conversation About the “Woman Card”

The “woman card.” It’s so much nonsense. Donald Trump is merely the latest to accuse a woman of playing identity politics because she, well, actually discussed the fact that the U.S. still has much to improve in terms of gender equality.

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Lawrence Wittner: Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of Politics by the Press

On the night of April 22, three days after the presidential primary, seven words buried at the end of a Times Union blog let slip the fact that Sanders had won the 20th Congressional district

Robert Koehler: Opening the Closed Political Culture

In just over a dozen words, the paper managed not only to trivialize everything two presidential candidates stood for, and not only to reference the myth that Nader caused Al Gore to lose an election he didn’t in fact lose, but also to obliterate the last six months of a presidential campaign that had permanently shaken up the political status quo

Karen Dolan: It’s Time to Get Cops Out of Schools

There’s only one way to make sure no more young girls are body-slammed by uniformed officers

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Michael Albert: The Bernie Question – We Should Innovate not Debate

Let’s avoid sterile debate and splintering. Let’s innovate and seek real change.

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Patrick Bond: Imperialism’s Junior Partners

The response to the Brazilian coup shows that the BRICS powers are not a real alternative to US imperialism

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Jack Rasmus: Greek Debt Negotiations: Will the IMF Exit the Troika?

Expect an intensification of austerity for Greece between now and 2018

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Ramzy Baroud: Time to End the ‘Hasbara’: Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story

Not only are Palestinians expected to demolish many years of Israeli disinformation but also to construct their own narrative that is free from the whims of factions and personal gains.

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Vandana Shiva: Seeds of suicide

A common question is: Why do farmers adopt Bt cotton which harms them? But farmers do not choose Bt cotton. They have to buy Bt cotton as all other choices are destroyed

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Badri Raina: Heat, Hate, Humbug

The just croak in crevices, the rogues stride above

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Yanis Varoufakis: Privatization, Human Rights & Capitalism

Interview on privatization, human rights, media, experience with the EU and capitalism’s ability to reform

Robert Parry: NFL’s War Against Science and Reason

Perhaps it’s because I just watched the movie, “Concussion,” which tells the story of the National Football League’s haughty denial of the science proving football-related brain damage – and the NFL’s abuse of the truth-tellers – but I still can’t understand why so many people side with Commissioner Roger Goodell in the absurd “Deflategate” case Read more…

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Vincent Emanuele: Activism and vision: an interview with Michael Albert

Interview on vision and strategy on how to move forward on the left

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Kathy Kelly: Hammering for Peace

The fire our friends wanted to ignite was inside us. With what work can we replace war? If we are no longer training for war, what else could we be doing?

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William D. Hartung: The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

Slush Funds, Smoke and Mirrors, and Funny Money Equal Weapons Systems Galore

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Joanne Landy: The Foreign Policies of Sanders, Trump, and Clinton: America and the World In 2016 and Beyond

A U.S. government that carried out a different foreign policy based on principles of democracy and social and economic justice could indeed come about only through a “political revolution”

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Tamara Pearson: Media Wars: The Role of the Left When Venezuela’s Imperfect Revolution is Under Attack

The best way to counter the media war on Venezuela is to do what they don’t do: offer in depth, contextualised, critical coverage

Dick Nichols: The Democratic Platform Committee Now Has a Progressive Majority. Thanks, Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders indicated in early May that his campaign was “going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Read more…

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Chip Berlet: US History Groomed the Insidious Lure of Trump’s Bigoted Right-Wing Populism

Helping organizers and strategists to understanding the lure of right-wing populism and how it bends people toward bigotry

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Jonathan Cook: Religious zealots ready for takeover of Israeli army

Israeli commentators pointed out that, with Lieberman’s inclusion, the government will be the most extreme in Israel’s history – again.

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Michael A. Lebowitz: Building alternatives to neoliberalism in Latin America

Interview on the opposition to neoliberalism and the prospects for a socialist alternative in Latin America today

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Gary Olson: Psychopaths R Us

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is offering a new course this Fall: BUS 415: Concealing Your Psychopathic Identity

Paul Buhle: Labor’s Sell-Out and the Sanders Campaign

Rebelliously democratic union locals and a handful of internationals offer an alternative to the slow death of American unionism

Michael Hudson: The Financial Invasion of Greece

MF’s concern about Greek debt is bogus, this is full scale financial war, forcing Greece give up ports, pensions, properties and much more

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Sonali Kolhatkar: The Real 9/11 Conspiracy

Our post-9/11 military incursions all point to the singular fact that the “War on Terror” has been a “War of Terror”

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Aviva Chomsky: The Battle for the Soul of American Higher Education

Student Protest, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Rise of the Corporate University

Robert Hunziker: Fukushima Flunks Decontamination

The Abe government is desperately trying to clean up and repopulate as if nothing happened

Rebecca Klein: Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It’s Getting Worse

Six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, a U.S. agency finds we still have a two-tiered education system

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Ben Dangl: Openings and Labyrinths of Latin America’s Left

The leftist wave wasn’t without its grave pitfalls and perhaps structural flaws. Maybe it will take this crisis to build an even more enduring political front and movement alternative

John Horgan: Dear “Skeptics,” Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More

A science journalist takes a skeptical look at capital-S Skepticism

Alexandra Jacobo: Bernie Sanders Responds to Nevada Convention Debacle

Bernie Sanders released a lengthy statement on the recent Nevada convention disaster

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Patrick Cockburn: Sir Richard Dearlove is right, visa waivers for Turks are dangerous

There is something bizarre about EU policy when it comes to migration from this part of the world

Roger Lancaster: Imagining the Socialist Bathroom

Instead of epitomizing an oppressive gender system, public bathrooms should be open to all and enjoyable to use

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Jeremy Brecher: This Is What Insurgency Looks Like

The action denied the right of the existing powers and principalities – be they corporate or governmental – to use the authority of law to justify their destruction of the earth’s climate

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Peter Bohmer: A Year Later: The Struggle for Justice Continues

A year ago, two young black men, Andre Thompson and Bryon Chaplin were shot by white police officer, Ryan Donald

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Richard Falk: On (Not) Loving Henry Kissinger

It is indeed strange that the only point of public convergence between free-swinging Trump and war-mongering Clinton should be these ritual shows of deference to the most scandalous foreign policy figure of the past century

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