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John Pietaro: The Pervasive Reality of Strange Fruit”

The song “Strange Fruit” lives on as legendary poetry and music that makes perhaps the strongest argument against race hatred of any artwork. Though it will forever be associated with Billie Holiday, the piece’s relevance calls for it to be renewed and relived, over the course of generations and, likewise, struggles.

Midge Quandt: A Review of “Latin America’s Radical Left”

The radical left in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador enshrines participatory democracy in their constitutions; and it rejects the state-centered strategy of the old left. It also repudiates neo-liberalism

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Jack Rasmus: The Greek Debt Interim Agreement

Greece and Syriza have not sold out. To declare such is premature at best and counterproductive politically at worst. Yes, Greece blinked at the February 28 deadline. If it hadn’t what would have been the consequences?

Stephen Bergstein: Supreme Court To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage

By late June 2015, the Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Constitution recognizes the right to same-sex marriage. Although same-sex marriage is a true culture war issue, the chances are good that the Court will extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

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David Swanson: How Did Syria Get Here?

Syria was shaped by the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement (in which Britain and France divided up things that didn’t belong to either of them), the 1917 Balfour Declaration (in which Britain promised Zionists land it didn’t own, and the 1920 San Remo Conference at which Britain, France, Italy, and Japan used rather arbitrary lines to create the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon, the British Mandate of Palestine (including Jordan), and the British Mandate of Iraq.

Eric Bonds: The Wastes of War in Iraq and Afghanistan

Journalists have described how the fumes from burning trash settled over the Ballad air base like fog, and how soldiers would try to filter out some of the pollution by placing wet towels over air-conditioning intakes at night, which would turn black by the morning.

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Paul Street: Beyond False Dichotomies

The reality in most cases is that there are many in-between or other alternative options, not just two mutually exclusive ones…. There are two ways in which one can commit a false dilemma. First, one can assume that there are only two (or three, though that case is strictly speaking be a ‘false trilemma’) options when there really are many more

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Michael Albert: An Interview with John Pilger

It doesn’t matter who has been in the White House—Barack Obama or Teddy Roosevelt—the U.S. will not tolerate countries with governments and cultures that put the needs of their own people first and refuse to promote or succumb to U.S. demands and pressures.

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Linda Gordon: Anti-Woman Terrorism

The proper definition of terrorism, often forgotten, is not only inflicting violence on civilians but doing so in order to intimidate, frighten and coerce others into conformity to the values of the terrorists. When the 19th-century Russian anarchist terrorists assassinated Tsarist agents, they did so in order to make others less willing to serve the Read more…

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Kathy Kelly: The Front Page Rule

When Clarke invokes the “front page rule,” it seems to be his acknowledgement that peace protesters like members of Code Pink play a valuable role informing public opinion. Believing that the means you use determines the end you get, they hold out for alternatives to war and killing

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Ramzy Baroud: Obama’s Admission On Middle East Violence

Not only does the conventional wisdom in U.S. media blame the bloody exploits of IS on the region itself, as if the U.S. and western interventionism are not, in any way, factors at least worth pondering

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Bill Berkowitz: Drone Assassinations Are Being Carried Out in Our Name

According to a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, “At least 2,464 people have now been killed by U.S. drone strikes outside the country’s declared war zones [Afghanistan and Iraq] since President Barack Obama’s inauguration six years ago.”

Edward S. Herman: Trans-Pacific Partnership versus Equality and Democracy

The TPP would encourage further out-sourcing and job and tax revenue loss, a further weakening of labor’s bargaining power, windfalls for the wealthy from enhanced copyright and patent protection, along with reduced government revenue for social spending

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Norman Solomon: CIA Evidence From Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

An emerging big irony of United States of America v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is that the government has harmed itself in the process of gunning for the defendant

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Michael Albert: Do Not Drone Me

Drones are on the verge of being able to stay in the air for weeks and maybe months on end. They can not only have weapons for shredding people like a giant disposal might, but also super cameras

Andy Piascik: Looking Back at the Vietnam War

Discussions of Vietnam are hardly academic exercises; the US is currently on a global rampage and falsifying history is part and parcel of the effort to whip up support for the next war

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Patrick Bond: Will a “climate movement across the movements” produce Seattle-style shutdowns or a Paris cul de sac?

“…we need to give people hope that there is a purpose to the mobilisation”

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William D. Hartung: Military Strategy? Who Needs It?

The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe”

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Bruno Jäntti: Netanyahu’s anti-Semitic rhetoric

To counter anti-Semitism, all of us need to make it absolutely clear that Israeli war criminals like Netanyahu do not, by any stretch of the imagination, represent the world Jewry

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Immanuel Wallerstein: A Possible Agreement Between Turkey and the Kurds

If the deal goes through, the Kurds will have achieved linguistic and cultural rights. It remains to be seen how much the economic situation of the ordinary Kurds will improve.

Seymour Hersh: The Scene of the Crime

A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past

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Vijay Prashad: Gaza: no justice until US drops Israel at UN

International criticism of Israel’s summer offensive will come to nothing if the US continues to protect its ally with its UN veto

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Glenn Greenwald: Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

Israel targets the U.S. government for invasive electronic surveillance, and does so more aggressively and threateningly than almost any other country in the world

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George Monbiot: Treating soil like dirt

The macho commitment to destructive short-termism appears to resist all evidence and all logic. Never mind life on Earth; we’ll plough on regardless

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Marjorie Cohn: Israel’s Blatant Flouting of International Law Requires Presidential Response

After 50 years of denial about Israel’s arsenal of nuclear weapons, the US Defense Department has finally admitted that Israel has nuclear weapons

Suzanne Goldenberg: Students occupy Swarthmore College in fossil fuel divestment protest

Wave of sit-ins by divestment campaigners starts at US college founded by Quakers and whose alumni include UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres

Henry Norr: Some Things NPR Doesn’t Tell Its Listeners 
About the “Iranian Nukes” Controversy

The biggest problem is not so much what the media have been reporting as what they leave out: not just critical perspectives, but also undisputed facts that are essential to understanding the situation

Liam Cooper: Greece: Solidarity centres push change from below

I visited Athens recently as part of a solidarity delegation from the British party Left Unity. On January 25, the day before radical left party SYRIZA’s election victory, two of us were fortunate enough to take part in a tour of some of the self-organising structures in Athens supported by the Solidarity for All network. Read more…

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Vincent Emanuele: USSR, Ukraine, Iraq and Activism

An Interview with Sergio Kochergin

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Ramzy Baroud: Netanyahu the Mythbuster: ‘Special Relationship’ No More

Using an imagined Arab threat as a fearmongering tactic is an Israeli political staple

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Juan Cole: Washington’s 2 Air Wars: alongside Iran in Iraq, Saudis in Yemen

The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions

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Justin Podur: The North American, All-Administrative University

In an administrative world view, then, closing down an english department or a math department and allocating those resources to a parking lot is a perfectly rational thing to do

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Preeti Kaur: Race, Immigration and Vulnerability as Scapegoats for Economic Crisis

Racism exists, and we should talk about it. Instead, those in power, are scapegoating those experiencing poverty, immigrants and refugees as over burdening a highly indebted State.

Marwan Bishara: Yemen and Beyond

Saudi Arabia, in coordination with several other Arab states, has started airstrikes against Houthi controlled positions and bases to stem the tide of their military advance

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Taylan Tosun: A Multi-Faceted Crisis Surrounding Turkey

There is a growing crisis on the political scene, i.e., concerning the classical political parties and representative system in Turkey

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Naomi Klein: Let’s kick oil while the price is down

Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we’re not treating it as a real emergency

Andrew Smith: Selling repression around the world

The UK’s role, and that of UK arms companies, in promoting tear gas and weapons for state repression around the world

Joseph Lacey: Juncker’s call for an EU army is an affront to democracy

It is not the outcome of a genuine international democratic debate that should concern us, but guaranteeing that such a debate is had in the first place

Michael Hirsch: The Seattle Socialist

Fifteen months after her election to the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant is still attracting support

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Ryan Gallagher: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

Canada’s electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyberweapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world to gather intelligence, breaking into networks in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa, the Read more…

Chris Brooks: Volkswagen in Tennessee: Productivity’s Price

The Chattanooga plant provides a window into the state of the art of brutal productivity-maximizing management schemes

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Jack Rasmus: TPP Trade Negotiations At Critical Juncture

Concluding a TPP deal in 2015 is right up there—along with across the board corporate tax rate cuts—at the top of Corporate America’s ‘must have’ list for this year

Rachael Boothroyd: But What About the Oil?

US Senators Get to the Heart of the Matter in Wake of Venezuela Sanctions

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Marina Sitrin: Nac & Pop Sin Patron

It has for sure been a struggle and is all the time, and as I said before, we started from zero, but what we have is a desire to go forward, the will and, so we do

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Howard Zinn: Finishing School for Pickets

Excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings

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Eric Mann: Danny Schechter Lives

A Voice for Liberation: From Vietnam to South Africa

Eric Toussaint: Why should the Greek debt be audited?

About thirty Greek and International experts will take part in the commission and a preliminary report is expected in June. Citizen participation is fundamental to a rigorous and independent audit process

John Hanrahan: Whistleblowers and the Press Heavyweights

Why do these stars of the news media so readily brush off concerns about our dangerous warfare/surveillance state revealed by Snowden, Manning and the others?

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Phyllis Bennis: Jim Crow in the Holy Land

The naked racism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-minute electioneering was repellent. But more horrifying was the fact that it worked

Juan Thompson: Brooklyn’s Aniah Ferguson Isn’t an “Animal,” or Even an Adult—She’s a Troubled Girl

“I hope she gets help because this ain’t life. At least it shouldn’t be”

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