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William Barber: The Strange Career of James Crow, Esquire

After the Supreme Court razed the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Jim Crow came skulking back to the South

Shawn Gude: Social Democracy in Middle America

The Iowa Caucus shows promise for radical politics in the United States

Vincent Emanuele: A Letter to the Left Concerning Bernie Sanders and Organizing

There are future radicals in the midst. Who’s going to organize them? Who will be their mentors?

Aviva Chomsky: All the News That’s Fit to Print

How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers

Ramzy Baroud: The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

What all of these former hunger strikers seem to have in common is their concern with the freedom of an entire group of desperate, oppressed and outraged people

Paul Street: Signs of a Gathering Storm: Iowa Caucus Report

Something left and radically democratic is up with young folks and others and it’s not going to disappear with the eventual fading of Bernie

Paul Mason: Europe’s refugee story has hardly begun

With a million new refugees expected in Europe this year, Greece faces a diplomatic onslaught and an existential crisis

Jack Rasmus: The $10 Trillion US Tax Giveaway – $10 Trillion More Proposed

How U.S. Congress and Presidential Candidates keep the cash flowing to corporations and investors

George Monbiot: Rigging the Market

Oil, the industry that threatens us with destruction, is being bailed out with public money

Russell Mokhiber: Heather White and the Human Costs of Electronics

Heather White is a graduate of Harvard and MIT. Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics (Indiegogo 3min trailer) from Whopaysfilm on Vimeo. She speaks fluent Chinese. She knows first hand the supplier networks in China — the factories that supply your iPhone and iPad and other cell phones and digital devices. And Read more…

Juan Cole: Obama Condems hatred of Muslim-Americans, Affirms their Importance to Nation

President Obama spoke Wednesday at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by billionaire real estate developer Donald J. Trump and others among the Republican presidential candidates. Trump has scapegoated all Muslim-Americans for the violence committed by a tiny fringe. He has called for Muslims to be excluded Read more…

Francisco Dominguez: Right Wing Majority in Venezuela’s National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

A powerful coalition of domestic forces in cahoots with Washington has unleashed an economic war against Venezuela’s progressive government since 2012

Ira Chernus: America’s New Vietnam in the Middle East

A Civil War Story About the Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement

Conn Hallinan: Hillary and the Urn of Ashes

They sent forth men to battle.                            But no such men return;                            And home, to claim their                                    welcome. Comes ashes in an urn.” –Ode from “Agamemnon” in the Greek tragedy the Oresteia by Aeschylus   Aeschylus—who had actually fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle Read more…

Pete Dolack: Let Them Eat iPhones

Competitive pressure accounts for some corporate mergers — the capitalist imperative to grow or die does not abate even for the biggest corporations

Ruth Needleman: Canoas: A Government of, for and by the People

Oakland, New York, Minneapolis, among others, are exploring the possibility of “participatory budgeting,” an initiative to shift decision-making on development projects from the government to the community

Russell Mokhiber: Clarence Ditlow Wants VW, Takata and GM Execs Jailed for Corporate Crime

The Center for Auto Safety’s Clarence Ditlow wants executives at VW, Takata and General Motors jailed for corporate crime.

Alon Ben-Meir: The Dire Consequences Of Revenge And Retribution

What is unfathomable is how revenge and retribution could presumably reduce the vicious cycle of violence

Gregory Button: The Flint Water Crisis is Not Without Parallel in Michigan History

Much of the uncertainty and harm of the present day disaster in Flint could have been averted if officials were aware of the pitfalls of their predecessors

Dave Zirin: Brazil in Peril: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Zika Virus

The legacy of the 2016 Brazil Olympics could be the spreading of the Zika virus across the hemisphere’s most vulnerable populations

Amanda Girard: Black Lives Shattered: How the Clintons Built Their Legacy on White Supremacy

Even over 200 years later, Hillary Clinton seems to have had the same colonialist attitude toward Haiti as her predecessors

Edward S. Herman: Western Aggression: The Highest Form of Terrorism

The propaganda system is in fact a constituent of the permanent war system, hence a reliable supporter of wholesale terrorism

Marjorie Cohn: Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Clinton’s Your Choice

President Hillary Clinton would continue our “perpetual war.” She would do everything in her power to ensure the robust survival of the American empire

Henry A. Giroux: Exile as a Space of Disruption in the Academy

Mimicking the instrumental logic of a business culture, too many administrators lack the vision, totality of knowledge, or will to address what role the university should play in a democracy

David Bacon: Why The B-52 Failed

Photo of the bombing of Hanoi Station on Christmas Day 1972, from the Hoa Lo Museum in Hanoi. On the plane to Hanoi earlier this month, I opened my copy of the New York Times to find an article by Dave Philipps: “After 60 Years, B-52’s Still Dominate the U.S. Fleet.” The piece stuck with Read more…

Erica Chenoweth: Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option: One Way to Change the Discourse about the World’s 60 Million Refugees

This is a situation that calls for policies that embody compassion, respect, protection, and welcome—not fear, dehumanization, exclusion, or revulsion

Vijay Prashad: China’s road to the Middle East

China’s quiet days seem over

Adolf Alzuphar: Leftwing Haitian singer Emerantes De Pradines

Understanding De Pradines’s importance begins with Haiti’s social history

Peter Gelderloos: The CUP: up to its neck in politics

In giving up its capacity to act as an independent force, the CUP is repeating a familiar theme of leftist parties getting bogged down in institutional politics

Patrick Cockburn: Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?

Kurdish forces, close to sealing the border, must beware – President Erdogan is unpredictable

Norman Pollack: Infanticide: A Policy Choice

This is the story of Flint, a nightmare of prostituted government (literally) in the service of money via a context of political-structural debasement

Norman Solomon: The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party’s Biggest Insurrection in Decades

The Bernie campaign could be a watershed for progressive organizing through the rest of this decade and beyond. That will largely depend on what activists do — in the next weeks, months and years

David Swanson: What Does a Progressive Budget Look Like?

U.S. military spending is extremely high by historical standards

Paul Street: No Surprise, No Disappointment

The sooner the candidate madness fades the better, as there are numerous issues and problems around which to organize serious Left movement action

Preeti Kaur: Child Neglect, Abuse, and Torture in the UK?

Shocking footage at a youth custody center in England highlights the growing decay of detention facilities in the U.K.

Nomi Prins: Democracy of the Billionaires

The Most Expensive Election Ever Is A Billionaire’s Playground (Except for Bernie Sanders)

Yanis Varoufakis: How The Greek People’s Magnificent “No” Against Austerity Became “Yes”

This program that was agreed to in August was designed to fail

Uri Avnery: The Pied Piper of Zion

For outside pressure to be effective, they must be able to connect with the fight inside, publicize it and gain support for it. They can give new hope to those who are despairing. Nothing is more vital

Josh Fattal: The radical left has Bernie Sanders all wrong

Without Sanders’ political revolution, we can rest assured that we’ll have another four years of cycles of repression, resistance and left critiques of politicians who they now say make no difference anyway

Molly Ball: Trump on the Brink

Trumpism is an ideology—not just a catharsis

RT.com: Thousands march to protest state of emergency in France

Thousands of people marched in 70 French cities, including Paris, to demand immediate action to stop France’s ongoing state of emergency and openly voice outrage over government plans to revoke the French citizenship of dual nationals, many of them Muslims, convicted of terrorism. Up to 20,000 protesters – many of them members of human rights Read more…

Jack Rasmus: Attacks on US Public Workers and Unions Intensify

There is a renewed focus on limiting union resources and political action

Justin Podur: War Is Still Not the Answer

Antiwar sentiment may mostly have evaporated, but war is as horrible as ever

Gilbert Achcar: The terrible illusion of the Arab Spring

The revolutionary process is bound to continue for decades to come

Yanis Varoufakis: On Greece, Syriza, Podemos and the Democracy in Europe Movement

Is any European democrat happy with the situation in which all important decisions are taken in complete darkness and secrecy?

Richard Falk: The Complex Problematics of Palestinian Representation

The issue of representation has been rendered acute partly due to Israeli policies of fragmenting the Palestinian people, and then complaining that they have no partner with whom to make peace

Michalis Spourdalakis: Rekindling Hope: SYRIZA’s Challenges and Prospects

The necessity for renewed party building and organizational development is a prerequisite to reconnecting with the strategy that propelled SYRIZA into the government

John Wight: The Demonization of Vladimir Putin

While Vladimir Putin and his government are not beyond criticism, theit misdeeds pale in comparison to the record of Western governments in destroying one country after the other in the Middle East

Ralph Nader: Hillary’s Corporate Democrats Taking Down Bernie Sanders

If and when Bernie Sanders is brought down by the party he is championing, the millions of Bernie supporters will have to consider breaking off into a new political party

Patrick Bond: BRICS Faces External Capitalist Crisis, Growing Internal Strife

Brazil, Russia, India and China quietly step on African heads to get more IMF voting power, as one instance of the anti-Western rhetorical charade

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