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Cathy Breen: Arriving in Erbil and Wondering: What Lies Ahead

Wherever I look, tall, unfinished concrete buildings, accompanied by construction cranes, loom over the city. It is somewhat eerie because I see no movement inside or around any of the buildings, none whatsoever

Jonah Birch: A French Spring

Popular protests have erupted against efforts to dismantle France’s labor code

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Eva Golinger: My Country, My Love: a Conversation with Gerardo and Adriana of the Cuban Five

It was nearly nine o’clock that Wednesday December 17, 2014 when I saw a tweet by Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban spies who had been imprisoned in the United States for over a decade. THEY RETURNED! I had to look twice. Could it be true? I quickly started searching in newspapers and digital Read more…

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Badri Raina: The Trumpet Snarls

An unlovely trumpet sounds The knell of decency Across the chosen land

Derek Royden: “Yes We Can!” From Spain to Britain to America, a Revitalized Left Is Emerging

In Europe and North America alike, movements battling neo-liberalism and authoritarian xenophobia will need to become more than the sum of their leaders

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Ben Dangl: How Bernie Sanders and Occupy Wall Street Cracked Open America’s Political Imagination

Thanks to Sanders’ efforts, terms like socialism, capitalism, the 1%, and oligarchy have been further popularized and widely understood

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Yanis Varoufakis: Europe’s “Hot Spot” Refugee Registration Centers are “Concentration Camps”

Interview on the refugee crisis in Europe, and so-called hot spots that are registration centers for refugees in his country

Abby Cuniff: How New England students are taking fossil fuel divestment a step further

We cannot remain silent, on or off campus. Complicity allows for climate destruction and upholds the legacy of colonial violence in the Northeast and abroad

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Brazilian Senate to Vote on President Rousseff’s Impeachment

A look at why Rousseff’s impeachment is a highly political process and not a legal one and how this “legislative coup” can be compared to others in recent Latin American history

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Tom Engelhardt: The Real Meaning of Donald Trump

He’s a Sign of American Decline (Just Not in the Way You Think)

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John Feffer: The Pentagon’s Twisted Potlatch

The bloated military budgets no longer bear much relationship to actual defense, at least not for the big spenders

David Downs: The Science behind the DEA’s Long War on Marijuana

Experts say listing cannabis among the world’s deadliest drugs ignores decades of scientific and medical data. But attempts to delist it have met with decades of bureaucratic inertia and political distortion

Malik Jalal: This Is What It Feels Like to Be Hunted by Drones

Singling out people to assassinate, and killing nine of our innocent children for each person they target, is a crime of unspeakable proportions

Shane Burley: Inside the growing tenant movement fighting to end mass displacement

The goals of collective action and solidarity have been key

Thom Mitchell: Sketching The Fight: Bill McKibben On How To Save The Planet

“We’d won the argument in 1990. The science was crystal clear on what was going on. We were not in an argument, we were in a fight, and the fight – as fights always are – was about money and power”

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Bernie Sanders: Earning Support

Bernie Sanders says Clinton will have to defy the oligarchs if she is to earn active campaigners from his supporters

Dan Kovalik: The Rise and Fall of Liberation Theology in Latin America

The retreat of Liberation Theology due to American policies and the Vatican has been a great loss to the world. I do hope that this spirit and vision will be reclaimed

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Rebecca Gordon: The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t

The Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zubaydah

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Mark Weisbrot: Washington’s Dog-Whistle Diplomacy Supports Attempted Coup in Brazil

The day after the impeachment vote in the lower house of Brazil’s congress, one of the leaders of the effort, Senator Aloysio Nunes, traveled to Washington, D.C. He had scheduled meetings with a number of U.S. officials, including Thomas Shannon at the State Department. Shannon has a relatively low profile in the media, but he Read more…

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Robert Fisk: When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting?  In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years.  At least 340 were wounded.  The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch Read more…

Ken Butigan: Historic Vatican conference calls for nonviolence and ‘just peace’

The “Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference” was an astonishing experience, and we hope that it will bear great fruit in the Catholic Church and the larger world

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Fidel Castro: The Cuban people will overcome

Remarks by Fidel Castro Ruz during the closing of the 7th Party Congress

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Richard Falk: If Obama Visits Hiroshima

There are mounting hopes that Barack Obama will use the occasion of the Group of 7 meeting in Japan next month to visit Hiroshima, and become the first American president to do so. It is remarkable that it required a wait of over 60 years until John Kerry became the first high American official to Read more…

Sam Pizzigati: The Death Gap

The richest Americans now live 10-15 years longer than the poorest

Mohammad Badrul Ahsan: Panorama of Perfidy in the Panama Papers

Capitalism and hypocrisy are intimately built on each other. That relationship persists because we’re hopelessly reluctant to tell the face from the façade

David Miranda: Brazil’s Elite and the Drive to Impeach President Dilma Rousseff

Ultimately, Brazil’s elite political and media classes are toying with the mechanics of democracy

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Sue Sturgis: Democracy Movement Making Gains

More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for an end to money’s chokehold on U.S. politics and for restoration of voting rights. The protests represented one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in recent U.S. history. Read more…

Shane Burley: Tenants Fight Mass Displacement

The human context of housing policy and practices…

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Roberto Savio: Destruction of Our Planet

The environment and the future – economic misdirection…

Nikolay Savov: The Klinika squat: revitalizing anti-capitalism in Prague

An autonomous social center in Prague that revitalized the city’s anti-capitalist politics and culture has come under attack from the establishment

Baher Kamal: Climate: Africa’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk

“No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa”

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Robert Fisk: Obama knows 9/11 was linked to Saudi Arabia – its massive oil reserves are behind his official visit

Saudi Arabia’s million barrel a day output, plus its strategic location in the Middle East, means the West must pay obeisance to the regional head-choppers

Jon Queally: Death to America: Suicide Surge Parallels Era of Economic Woes

Across nearly all demographics, thirty-year trend shows increasing numbers of people living in the United States would rather not live at all

Salim Lamrani: How does US pursue ‘regime change’ in Cuba through ‘normalization’?

US-Cuba relations and how these relations are the continuation of the past painful US policies against Cuba

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Badri Raina: Sheikh Peer of the Twenty Third

You died the day you were born. And immortalized The day you died

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Sue Sturgis: After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states

More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for an end to money’s chokehold on U.S. politics and for restoration of voting rights. The protests represented one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in recent Read more…

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Alexandra Bradbury: Can Teamsters Save the Right to Retire?

Over 2,000 retirees and Teamsters from 20 states rallied in front of the U.S. Capitol April 14, calling on the Treasury Department to stop their pensions from being slashed by 50 to 70 percent

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Jack Rasmus: The IMF and Troika Have Greece in Their Crosshairs — Again!

WikiLeaks reveals new austerity measures are planned for the southern European nation.

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Medea Benjamin: President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading

One concrete outcome that President Obama could pursue on his visit to Saudi Arabia is saving the lives of three Shia youth sentenced to be executed

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Vijay Prashad: Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are Suddenly Involved in a Tense Geopolitical Drama

There’s a reason we’re suddenly talking about 9/11 all over again

Adam Johnson: When ‘Both Sides’ Are Covered in Verizon Strike, Bosses’ Side Is Heard More

In labor disputes, massive multinationals have the ability to spend millions of dollars on PR, while those representing the workers don’t.

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Robert Fisk: Finally, Israel and Palestine is a US election issue

The ‘last taboo’ is not broken, but it’s splintering

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Ben Dangl: The Right Rises Up as Latin American Left Faces Setbacks

The entire premise of 1990s neoliberalism was corruption and a war on the poor

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Paul Street: Kagame Goes to Harvard

A recent event at the pinnacle of “liberal” academia offers a depressing epitome of the cold moral obliviousness and imperial complicity that marks U.S. higher education

Various Contributors: The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another

We start from the premise that Canada is facing the deepest crisis in recent memory

D.D. Guttenplan: Bernie Sanders Is Doing Something More Than Just Running for President

As the senator barnstorms New York state, he’s staging a modern-day, secular revival

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Pratap Chatterjee: Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows

In Washington’s Drone Wars, Collateral Damage Comes Home

Ana Saggioro Garcia: The impeachment crisis shaking Brazil

The carnival of reaction on display by conservative Congressional deputies during the vote only demonstrates the contempt in which Brazil’s elite hold the vast majority of the population

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Kshama Sawant: The (un)Democratic Primary: Why We Need a New Party of the 99%

Despite a decisive victory Tuesday providing further confirmation of her likely nomination, in many respects Hillary Clinton emerges from the New York primary more damaged, her party more divided, than she entered it. What came to be called The Battle of New York has served only to further expose what millions of people in the Read more…

Various Contributors: What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changes

Immediate measures for moving towards socialisation By John Weeks , Eric Toussaint , Stavros Tombazos , Pritam Singh , Benjamin Selwyn , Alfredo Saad Filho , Patrick Saurin , Sabri Öncü , Susan Pashkoff , Ozlem Onaran , Thomas Marois , Philippe Marlière , Francisco Louça , Stathis Kouvelakis , Andy Kilmister , Michel Husson Read more…

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