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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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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
“…we need to give people hope that there is a purpose to the mobilisation”
The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe”
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
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.
A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past
International criticism of Israel’s summer offensive will come to nothing if the US continues to protect its ally with its UN veto
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
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
After 50 years of denial about Israel’s arsenal of nuclear weapons, the US Defense Department has finally admitted that Israel has nuclear weapons
Wave of sit-ins by divestment campaigners starts at US college founded by Quakers and whose alumni include UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres
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
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…
An Interview with Sergio Kochergin
Using an imagined Arab threat as a fearmongering tactic is an Israeli political staple
The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions
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
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.
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
There is a growing crisis on the political scene, i.e., concerning the classical political parties and representative system in Turkey
Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we’re not treating it as a real emergency
The UK’s role, and that of UK arms companies, in promoting tear gas and weapons for state repression around the world
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
Fifteen months after her election to the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant is still attracting support
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…
The Chattanooga plant provides a window into the state of the art of brutal productivity-maximizing management schemes
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
US Senators Get to the Heart of the Matter in Wake of Venezuela Sanctions
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
Excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings
A Voice for Liberation: From Vietnam to South Africa
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
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?
The naked racism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-minute electioneering was repellent. But more horrifying was the fact that it worked
“I hope she gets help because this ain’t life. At least it shouldn’t be”