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Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Violence is Not New, It’s the Cameras That are New”

Today we spend the hour with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the explosive book about white supremacy and being black in America. Titled “Between the World and Me,” it is written as a letter to his teenage son, Samori. In July, Ta-Nehisi Coates launched the book in his hometown of Baltimore. He spoke at the historic Read more…

Walden Bello: APEC: Arena for Competing Geoeconomic Visions

Why does APEC survive after failing to become a free trade area? Is it that big powers find it useful to recruit allies for rival visions?

Justin Podur: Elections Theater

Are fair elections too hard for the international community to manage?

Nadine Bloch: 100 years later: 5 timeless lessons from Joe Hill

As a songwriter, poet, public speaker and organizer, Hill was a cultural worker who knew the power of harnessing creativity

Gareth Porter: How terror in Paris calls for revising US Syria policy

The issue of whether Assad must go as part of a settlement has been a fixture of US Syria policy ever since 2011

Roberto Savio: Military Security and Human Security

It is interesting to note that in the world’s various stock exchanges, beginning with the City in London, the value of the shares in the military industry are on the rise

Saed Bannoura: Israel To Coordinate With Google, YouTube, To Censor Palestinian Videos Of Conflict

All foreign journalists who report in the Occupied Territories are required to register with the Israeli military

Pepe Escobar: Why Turkey Stabbed Russia in the Back

Russia’s and Turkey’s objectives in fighting the Islamic State group are diametrically opposed

Heather Digby Parton: The unprecedented nightmare of Donald Trump’s campaign

The bizarre spectacle of Trump’s candidacy has one word on everyone’s mind: “Fascism”

Gary Leupp: Ben Carson, Joseph in Egypt, and the Attack on Rational Thought

By engaging in that rite next year—-supporting Trump or Carson or Rubio or Cruz or Clinton or Sanders—one will vote not so much for a candidate as for the system itself

Jeremy Kuzmarov: The Pentagon’s Brain

Annie Jacobsen’s important new book, The Pentagon’s Brain, confirms the worst of Eisenhower’s fears, showing how the top secret Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commanded billions of taxpayer dollars

Peter Olney: The Primary Route

This is an easy read, 187 pages with great photos and tons of wry humor.

Michael Galli: The Night in New Hampshire Where Media Missed the Point

I raced down the hallway and found Shay, a senior. “I would like to know,” she said, “what PR firm he has hired and how that influences him on the campaign?”

Noam Chomsky: Rekindling the Radical Imagination

For the radical imagination to be rekindled and to lead the way out of this desert, what is needed is people who will work to sweep away the mists of carefully contrived illusion, reveal the stark reality, and become directly engaged in the popular struggles

Michael Albert: Socialism?!

With Bernie Sanders calling himself a socialist, not to mention calling for a “revolution,” and Bill Gates saying socialism may be the only salvation against climate change, something is certainly happening— but what?

Van Gosse: What’s In A Name: Bernie Sanders, Socialist Candidate

It’s a fine irony that after years of allegations that President Obama was a covert “socialist,” we now have the genuine article

William Boardman: Defending The Empire Against Freeing the Innocent

What do you say about the blameless man who was held at the Guantanamo concentration camp for 13 years, without trial, without charges against him, without credible evidence?

Jack Rasmus: Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy

The global economic crisis that erupted in 2008-09 is not over; it is merely shifting

David Barsamian: ISIS, Syria, & Journalism

The pattern that I had been seeing from the beginning of the conflict was that it was being framed not in relation to facts on the ground so much as in relation to the context of the history of the Iraq War,

Robert Koehler: The Moral Rabbit Hole

The New York Times reported recently that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan—14 years on—are under orders to be “culturally sensitive”

Paul Street: Benghazi and Blowback Blues

Benghazi and the larger context surrounding it also raised unpleasant questions about the Obama administration’s violation of federal law requiring Congressional oversight of the CIA

Ramzy Baroud: Listen to Syrians: Media Jackals and the People’s Narrative

Certainly, it is already late for too many Syrians whose stories were buried with them, but it is not too late for many who are still alive. We need to listen to the Syrian people, who have been at the receiving end of death,

Mel Gurtov: Facebook is Listening to You

One thing we have become all too used to is that our reality can be manipulated to create the appearance of something else entirely.

Michael Winship: When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood

Much of Bleecker Street, for example, once a Village thoroughfare of bohemia immortalized in songs by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and Iggy Pop, is now a mini-Fifth Avenue of upscale boutiques and chain stores

Pete Dolack: Not Ruthless Enough For Wall Street?

Financiers have been punishing Walmart in part because the company has raised its minimum wage to $9 an hour. Plans to increase abysmally low pay has Wall Street in an ornery mood because profits might be hurt

Victoria Law: Going Home

On October 6, the Justice Department announced that nearly 6,000 people in federal prisons will be going home early. The move, U.S. officials told the Washington Post, is an effort to both reduce overcrowding and to provide relief to people who received harsh drug war sentences over the past three decades. In 2014, the U.S. Read more…

Bill Berkowitz: Sovereign Citizen’s Domestic Terror Threat

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in late September, Thomas David Deegan, a man described by authorities as an anti-government sovereign citizen, was arrested and accused “of plotting to overthrow the state government in West Virginia, hoping to establish a prototype for extremists to follow in other states.” At the same time, the Read more…

Eric Rodriguez: It Took Two Hours to Get My Hands on an AK-47

It’s time that our politicians acknowledge that it’s way too easy to get guns—legal and illegal—in this country

Edward S. Herman: More Nuggets From the Nuthouse

I’ve long been intrigued by the ways in which neo-liberal class warfare is normalized and even made to seem an advance in social welfare.

Joel Chaffee: December Announcements

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Ramzy Baroud: Forget ISIS: Humanity is at Stake

Not only did the Americans destroy the central piece of our civilizational and collective experience that spanned millennia, it took pleasure in degrading us in the process

Marina Sitrin: Against Thanksgiving – for Indigenous People’s History

There is a conscious choice to ignore the history and politics of Thanksgiving, together with the history that surrounds it

Victor Wallis: The Trump Phenomenon

Trump’s prominence also reflects the combined complicity of both major parties in the deepening crisis of capitalism

Patrick Bond: China Sucked Deeper into World Financial Vortex, as BRICS Sink

Could Beijing adopt an anti-imperial currency policy – or next week, will it become a tighter sub-imperial ally of Western financiers?

Kelly Hayes: On Holiday Myths and State Violence

One of the common refrains that Indigenous people in the United States are confronted with when they speak to this country’s history of genocide and repression is the claim that the harms Natives have historically endured are confined to the past. We are told that we are no longer living out the reality or the Read more…

Sarah Yozzo: Thanksgiving: celebrating the privilege to forget

Capitalism eats the lives of occupied peoples, collateral damage in a process of wealth accumulation

Naomi Klein: Now Marches Are Banned at the Paris Climate Conference – What’s at Stake

Hollande is silencing those facing the worst impacts of climate change and its monstrous violence

Vijay Prashad: At the edge of peace

Anticipation sweeps Colombia over peace talks with the FARC-EP rebels. This time the hope is that the terrifying example of the 1980s will not be repeated

Juan Gonzalez: Puerto Rico’s Economic “Death Spiral” is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism

Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece?

Harsha Walia: Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks

Climate refugees and displaced peoples bear the brunt of environmental violence

Gregory Wilpert: On Venezuela

Interview that looks through the complexities to the essentials on the current situation in Venezuela

Cynthia Peters: This is How You Stay Focused

Recent news threatens to fragment our attention and make us numb. But we can refuse to get scattered and helpless

Joe Emersberger: Venezuelan Opposition Say Surprising Things Ahead of Elections

As key legislative elections approach, lies spread by international press are debunked by long time government critics

Juan Cole: This Year Thanksgiving overlaps Paris Climate Summit: Let’s be Thankful we can Do Something

Thanksgiving in the American popular tradition hasn’t only been about being thankful for food abundance. It has been gratitude for survival and adaptation in an alien clime

Alex Doherty: Workless Utopias and the Return of the Future

A review of “Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work” by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

George Monbiot: False Promise

The belief that economic growth can be detached from destruction appears to be based on a simple accounting mistake

Vijay Prashad: Showdown on the Syrian border

Impossible to ignore the grave implications of this event – a Russian jet shot down by the Turks around the Syrian-Turkish border. Stern faces all round as NATO’s military council meets to discuss the first time in decades that a member nation has shot down a Russian plane. Russia’s President Putin calls the Turkish government “accomplices Read more…

Roxanne Dunbar-ortiz: Imperial Myths: the Enduring Lie of the US’s Origin

This origin story of the United States, forms the core of US counterinsurgency, regeneration through violence, which produces responses that allows the aggressor to assume the mantel of the aggrieved

Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America

Sam Law: In defense of the Grayzone: between ISIS and the West

The targets of the Paris attacks were not primarily the civilians killed but the world they inhabited — one not yet divided into two civilizations

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