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James Petras: Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

The Senate Report on CIA torture will not result in any resignations, let alone prosecutions or trials

ETAN: ETAN statement on Rule of Law in Timor-Leste

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network is concerned that recent events in Timor-Leste weaken the country’s hard-won constitutional democracy

Johannes Hautaviita: Israel’s Impunity Enables War Crimes to Continue

The systematic and deliberate nature of Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians are both carefully documented and, by now, starting to enter the mainstream

Paul Street: Latin America Leads in Opposing US Torture and Surveillance

As the first global region to feel the imperial presence and fury of the United States and to see US power embedded in its own social and political life, Latin America logically leads the world in rejecting US power

Danny Schechter: Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again: Which Should We Listen To?

It’s been nearly 40 years since what the American media called “The Fall of Saigon” and the Vietnamese referred to as the Liberation. I saw it then as the Fall of Washington

Pepe Escobar: Go West, Young Han

As Washington “Pivots” to Asia, China Does the Eurasian Pirouette

Preeti Kaur: Accountability and Fair Trials: CIA Torture

The worst details of the CIA’s torture program still have not seen the light of day

Alpha Winston: Front & Center at the Oakland Protests

The Politics of a Police State

Bruno Jäntti: The Peace Process Industry

Rejecting International Law and Palestinian Rights

Joe Emersberger: Capitalism Must Die Or We Will

Cuba’s CO2 emissions are about half the global level on a per capita basis

Danny Katch: A new movement demands to be heard

Report from New York on the December 13 day of protests against police violence, along with accounts of demonstrations in cities across the U.S.

Gustavo Duch: Ebola: The route begins in our cars

Changes in the ecosystem of the area, comprised of a mosaic of small family farms and great biodiversity, the creation of uniform monocultures and impoverished people are the factors that favored the spread of the virus

Julianne Hing: In L.A., Civilians Will Have Power Over Sheriff’s Department

The scandal-plagued Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will soon have a separate board to police it after the county Board of Supervisors approved a civilian oversight board

David Rosen: The Latest Get-Rich Scheme

An increasing number of people are realizing that the entrepreneurial hucksters promoting “sharing” are abusing the deeper meaning of “trust”

David Swanson: Intersection of Mistakes With Misdeeds

The problem is not just that we’re paving the planet rather than saving lives. And it’s not just that paving one’s way out of traffic predictably generates more traffic. It’s also that we’re destroying the planet’s climate in the process

Various Contributors: Thousands march to protest against police brutality in major US cities

Thousands of Americans took to the streets

Atilio Boron: Empire and Legitimation of Torture

The report emphasizes the ineffectiveness of torture while circumventing the ethical or political considerations of the issue

Various Contributors: Political crisis and new elections

The new ‘Red-Green’ minority government in Sweden lasted only two months

Vandana Shiva: Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker

Ted Snider: America’s Ironic Sanctioning of Venezuela

America has made such a banality out of hypocrisy that there is no longer any irony: only naïveté for having expected something different

Hannah Fair: Kayaks versus coal ships

Climate Warriors are taking direct action against the fossil fuels industry

Ted Glick: Disruption and Sacrifice

Yes, we can make a new world if we’re willing to undertake the kinds of action called for, actions that become a major component of the new normal of social justice and climate activism in this decisive teens decade

Seth Sandronsky: An Interview with Dawn Paley, Author of Drug War Capitalism

  Dawn Paley is a Canadian author.  Drug War Capitalism (AK Press, November 2014) is her first book.  We conducted an e-interview as protests grew against police and military policies in Mexico and the U.S.  The drug war on both sides of the border has played no small role in generating such dissent. Seth Sandronsky: Can you Read more…

Danica Jorden: Dilma Cries Upon Receipt of Truth Commission Report

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was overcome during her speech on Wednesday at the ceremony to honour the completion and reception of the National Truth Commission’s report

Rebecca Gordon: American Torture — Past, Present, and… Future?

Beyond the Senate Torture Report

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: No More Eric Garners

To end police violence, we must end policing as we know it.   Coming within days of each other, the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have produced a genuine crisis in American policing. Its defenders are scrambling to hold onto whatever fraying threads Read more…

Jason Berry: How Far Can A Pope Go?

Does a reform-driven pope have the power to change doctrine?

Various Contributors: Lima Agreement Fails Humanity and the Earth

The result of the Lima conference was yet another decision that weakens international climate rules, fails the planet, and threatens humanity’s future

Patrick Bond: Ricardo Hausmann’s Tall Tales about South Africa

Misunderstanding Foreign Economic Relations and Worker Productivity

Milan Rai: Building Powerful Organizations

It’s not just a matter of scale, it’s also about rootedness

Tariq Ali: We Can’t Breathe

The response of tens of thousands of young US citizens to the recent outrages in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York is much more important and interesting than the vapours being emitted in DC

Victoria Collier: Convicted With No Evidence by an All-White Jury

Black Community Leader Faces Life in Prison

Alpha Winston: Guantanamo Bay is the Real Scandal

Let’s cut the bullshit—America’s shame and disgrace has been ongoing for years. It’s really not that hard to understand

Z. C. Dutka: U.S. Congress Passes Venezuela Sanctions, Obama Expected to Sign

Late on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to introduce sanctions against Venezuela

Friends of the Earth International: It’s Time for the People to Lead the Way

Lima climate talks did nothing to stop climate disaster

Kathy Kelly: Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

Each time I’ve left a U.S. prison, I’ve felt as though I was leaving the scene of a crime

Cory Fischer-hoffman: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Rafael Ramírez, and African nations ask the developed countries to take responsibility for their disproportionate levels of greenhouse emissions

Isaiah Poole: The Ominous ‘Cromnibus’

A Budget Bill That Should Have Died

Chris Herring: Fallacies of the Jungle Eviction

Expelled from all other public spaces by the region’s criminalization of the poor, they have now been pushed into more remote, dangerous, and unsanitary jungles

Jo-Marie Burt: Latin America’s Lessons for the United States

The Senate report on torture obligates the United States to prosecute those who sanctioned its use. Latin America’s efforts can help show us how

Michael Albert: Breathe

Rebellion needs to become resistance. Contestation needs to feed construction. Upsurge needs to birth persistence

Paul Street: Promise and Danger in a New Civil Rights Movement

The hopeful and promising aspects of this movement are significant

Alpha Winston: MLK and the Politics of Looting

Lessons from the Berkeley protests

Seamus Milne: Sending troops to protect dictators threatens all of us

CIA torture, crushing democracy and Britain’s new military base in Bahrain all deliver a toxic message

David Swanson: Torture “Architect” Mistaken in Claim Nobody’s Punished for Drone Murders

He’s wrong that no one is punished for drone murders. The protesters are.

Felimon Pineda: Direct Action in the Berry Fields

They steal our wages—and then turn around and donate money to the churches, the hospitals, the school district. They are donating money so that the community has their back, but it’s money they have stolen from us

George Monbiot: Why whale poo matters

Not only does nutrient-rich whale poo help reverse the effects of climate change – it’s a remarkable example that nothing in the natural world occurs in isolation

Ben Swann: The Root of Police Militarization

A look at the root of police militarization and why even if military equipment is removed from police departments across the nation, militarization will not come to an end

Don Fitz: GMO Contamination Denial: Controlling Science

Three well-known GMO studies form a pattern of authors’ being harassed, intimidated and even having their findings “retracted” or withdrawn by a scientific journal after being published

Liam Flenady: Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s ‘The Era of the People’

‘Citizens’ revolution’ and ecosocialist vision

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