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Vladimir Safatle: We Accuse

Brazil’s new government is the product of a parliamentary coup and a bankrupt political class

Belen Fernandez: Israel: 68 Years Old and as Backward as It Gets

Israeli independence was made possible via the destruction of more than 500 Palestinian villages and the expulsion of approximately 750,000 people

Stephen Zunes: Turkey’s Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

The forces of reaction are gaining strength in Turkey, but so is the democratic resistance

Kinetic Justice: We Are Engaged in a Struggle for Our Lives

Alabama prison strike organizer speaks from behind bars

Steven Hill: The Sharing Economy Will Screw Us All—and It’s Retirement We Have to Be Really Worried About

As more of us fight for scraps, Social Security is more important than ever

Doug Johnson Hatlem: Clinton Does Best Where Voting Machines Flunk Hacking Tests

Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders election fraud allegations

Michael Albert: Failing Ourselves?

Fearing the successes of the Sanders campaign will dissipate has highlighted our need for developing shared program able to sustain lasting organization. But the daily pressures of trying to survive and organize with few resources, poor health care, no daycare, and great debt already consume most activists’ every available minute. So how can we also Read more…

William deBuys: Privatizing America’s Public Land

How the Raid on Malheur Screened a Future Raid on Real Estate

Noam Chomsky: Interview on the Middle East, Obama, and Michael Ratner

“If you look over the past, say, the roughly 75 years of my, more or less, consciousness, it’s—in general, I think the arc of history has been bending towards justice”

Ramzy Baroud: Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’

Despite all attempts at separating the current conflict in Palestine from its larger Arab environs, the two realities can never be delinked since they both go back to the same historical roots

Stathis Kouvelakis: What’s Next for Nuit Debout?

Following the footsteps of similar movements elsewhere, Nuit Debout is the most important challenge to French elites in years

Walden Bello: People Are Likening the Next Philippine President to Donald Trump. Here’s Why

A hapless elite, an angry electorate, and a brash front-runner with little regard for democratic norms: The latest Philippine election sounds a lot like America’s

Steve Early: Left Cover for Hoffa? The Rise and Fall of a Model Teamsters Local

Review of Fighting For Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working Class Citizenship, by Bob Bussel

Patrick Cockburn: Corrupt elites will fight hard to stop the dismantling of the looting machines

Can corruption be controlled by reform or is it so much the essential fuel sustaining political elites that it will only be ended – if it ends at all – by revolutionary change?

Roberto Savio: Fear Is not a Good Counsellor

The main support base for Donald Trump comes from people that feel that they have been left behind by the system and have fears for the future

John R. Hibbing: A surprising number of Americans dislike how messy democracy is. They like Trump

Trump also gets support from the quarter of the American electorate who believe that governing is so easy that it shouldn’t be bogged down by discussion, compromise and understanding various points of view

George Monbiot: How Did We Get Into This Mess?

The following is an excerpt from the new book How Did We Get Into This Mess? by George Monbiot (Verso Books, 2016): The question has changed a little since Rousseau’s day, but the mystery remains. Why, when most of us enjoy greater freedom than any preceding generations except the previous two or three—freedom from tyranny, Read more…

Joao Pedro Stedile: “Now it’s time for permanent mobilization”

We have to gather all the energy we can because a period of struggle and political, social and environmental crisis is coming

Noam Chomsky: US Elections and Who Rules the World

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. Our guest for the hour, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author, professor emeritus of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His latest book, Who Rules the World? So, that’s an interesting question for 2016, since the president of Read more…

Patrick Walker: Why Bernie Sanders Should Stay in the Race-and How He Can Win

Those who want to see the Sanders campaign continue through Election Day need to urge Sanders to meet with Jill Stein and to not endorse Clinton

Patrick Bond: Protests rise against World Economic Forum’s implausible ‘Africa Keeps Rising’ meme

Grassroots protesters all over Africa are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity, instead demanding that policies meet their basic needs

Michael Albert: What Is Wrong With Us?

Does our style of engagement with others contribute to the left’s inattention to developing sustainable effective mechanisms of large scale lasting change?

Marjorie Cohn: Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice. The last time I saw Michael was shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. We Read more…

Manuela Zechner: Finding warmth in a dark place: a glimpse of #NuitDebout

Paris had been so tough and so stuck. Recharging on the energies of a square full of people in buzzing encounter, it refound a collective way of being

David Swanson: Bush-Obama Powers Will Pass to Next President

Remember when coups and assassinations were secretive, when presidents were obliged to go to Congress and tell lies and ask permission for wars, when torture, spying, and lawless imprisonment were illicit, when re-writing laws with signing statements and shutting down legal cases by yelling “state secrets!” was abusive, and when the idea of a president Read more…

Paul Street: Hillary and the Corporate Elite

It’s not surprising that Wall Street prefers the friend that it knows

Alice Speri: How the High Cost of Justice Pushes the Poor into Prison

A national survey published by the National Center for Access to Justice this week found that people in poverty have virtually no access to civil aid attorneys

Badri Raina: Braveheart Bernie

A festival of good sense marches from Nebraska to Maine

Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

Edward Snowden: Why the media isn’t doing its job

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Emily Bell spoke to Edward Snowden over a secure channel about his experiences working with journalists and his perspective on the shifting media world. This is an excerpt of that conversation, conducted in December 2015. It will appear in a forthcoming book: Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Read more…

Shaun Richman: One Day Longer

The Verizon strike is a war of attrition — and the future of the labor movement is at stake

Ramzy Baroud: Beware Israeli Doublespeak: A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy 

Criticizing violent political movements and the behavior of any state that violates international law and human rights is a moral duty. Israel will not be the exception

Richard Falk: The Holocaust Remembrance Day Speech of Major General Yair Gola

It would seem that the kind of political imagination that would generate hope for the future of humanity is currently on life-support

Danica Jorden: Women and Children First: Homeland Security Targets “Family Units” for Deportation in May and June

The agency is sending ICE) agents out on a second wave of raids against immigrants, this time with the specific aim of apprehending and imprisoning Central American women and their children

Cenk Uygur: Brazillian Impeachment Is Actually A Corporate Coup

The change in government marks a dramatic political shift in Brazil

Chad Nicholson: Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

Grant Township Supervisors passed a first-in-the-nation law that legalizes direct action to stop frack wastewater injection wells within the Township

TeleSUR English: In Just One Day, Brazil’s Post-Coup President Sent the Country Back Decades

Michel Temer has waged an all out attack on the country’s most progressive social and political achievements

Omar Barghouti: Interview With BDS Co-Founder

Despite having lived in Israel for 22 years with no criminal record of any kind, Omar Barghouti (above) was this week denied the right to travel outside the country. As one of the pioneers of the increasingly powerful movement to impose boycotts, sanctions and divestment measures (BDS) on Israel, Barghouti, an articulate, English-speaking activist, has frequently traveled around Read more…

Connor Kilpatrick: Burying the White Working Class

Liberal condescension towards white workers is code for a broader anti-working class agenda

Frida Berrigan: What the obituaries missed about my uncle, Dan Berrigan

Father Dan Berrigan’s life, legacy and gifts were celebrated at Saint Francis Xavier Church in New York City on Friday, May 6. The church is supposed to fit only 700 people, but more than a thousand crammed in, packing the aisles and sides, sitting and standing through the more-than-two-hour-long service. Communion took half an hour, Read more…

Sam Pizzigati: Dr. Billionaire, Meet Dr. Salk

Can we conquer disease without concentrating wealth in a precious few pockets? Not-so-distant history offers a clear and encouraging answer

João Feres Júnior: Brazil Coup: The First of Many Blows Against the People

What is going to happen to Brazil in the near future?

Parminder Jeet Singh: A borderless economy that will be controlled

What is urgently required is to construct political institutions that are adequate to the new digital realities

David Swanson: Just War Lies

How can any entity claim just and defensive motivations while leading arms profiteering and proliferation?

Mark Weisbrot: Economic policy could determine the political results in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government faces many challenges, but none so important or urgent as economic recovery

Carlos Aznárez: Now, in Brazil, the Battle for Democracy is Fought on the Streets

That’s the real Brazil, with its Landless and its Homeless, with its metal workers from the ABC union or the combative Mercedes Benz workers, who cried out loud that “there will be no coup”

Richard Falk: Making the Most of Obama’s Hiroshima Visit

[Prefatory Note: I sent the following message to the White House today, and encourage readers of this blog to do the same <www.whitehouse.gov>This symbolic visit by Obama creates a major opportunity to advance a denuclearization agenda, and we should take as much advantage as possible. I am against the mainstream advice that suggests that the Read more…

Roberto Savio: Greece, the Punching Ball of Germany

Greece is again in the media, because a new negotiation is due between the embattled country and its creditors

Glenn Greenwald: Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed

In 2002, Brazil’s left-of-center Workers Party (PT) ascended to the presidency when Lula da Silva won in a landslide over the candidate of the center-right party PSDB (throughout 2002, “markets” were indignant at the mere prospect of PT’s victory). The PT remained in power when Lula, in 2006, was re-elected in another landslide against a different PSDB candidate. Read more…

Gary Olson: C.I.A. Seeks to “Keep Fear Alive”

According to C.I.A. director John Brennan, the quota for creating new ISIS recruits is falling behind, and “this threatens an ominous and even crippling ’enemy vacuum’ for the United States.” Even though U.S. drone strikes continue to kill scores of innocent people, not enough of their relatives are seeking revenge by becoming suicide bombers, hence Read more…

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