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Salim Muwakkil: Meet the Group of African-American Organizers Building Black Support for Bernie Sanders

Will grassroots organizing within the black electorate be able to challenge Clinton’s hegemony?

Nick Coles: Steinbeck and the Refugee Crisis

The Grapes of Wrath blasts the interlocking systems of land ownership, finance capital, and political cronyism

David Swanson: The War to End Slavery Didn’t

What ended mass slavery was the nonviolent educational and moral force of the civil rights movement a century later

Robert J. Burrowes: Disaster Capitalism: Outsourcing Violence and Exploitation

A review of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe

Justin Podur: The most dangerous moment in Colombia’s peace talks

Regional political changes that could sink the accord

Joe Emersberger: Toxic Waste Dumped on poorest Ecuadorians for 26 years but Chevron has yet to pay

Imagine a vigilante group somehow dumping sixteen billion gallons of oil all over the neighborhoods where Chevron executives live…

Noam Chomsky: George Orwell, the Suppression of Ideas and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

Orwell’s observations on thought control under freedom come to mind in considering the raging debate today about the Iran nuclear deal

Dan Froomkin: Pope Decries “Shameful and Culpable Silence” on Arms Sales “Drenched in Innocent Blood”

“This is why some people don’t want peace: They make more money from war, although wars make money but lose lives, health, education.”

George Monbiot: Meet the ecomodernists: ignorant of history and paradoxically old-fashioned

The people behind a manifesto for solving environmental problems through science and technology are intelligent but wrong

Walden Bello: What the Class Politics of World War II Mean for Tensions in Asia Today

In the Philippines, the grandson of a despised collaborator has endorsed the remilitarization of his country’s former occupiers

David Bacon: The Radical Roots of the Great Grape Strike

This is an expanded version of an article in the Insight section of the San Francisco Chronicle:  http://sfchron.cl/1QHt9Jt Fifty years ago the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965.  Mexican workers joined them two weeks later.  The strike went on for five years, until Read more…

Naomi Klein: ‘Now is not the time for small steps. Now is the time for boldness’

Speech given by Naomi Klein on September 5 to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney. Thank you so much Ann and everyone else at FODI [the Festival of Dangerous Ideas], my publisher Penguin and all the other amazing speakers who are part of this festival. And I want to thank you for Read more…

Victor Wallis: Bernie Sanders between the Democrats and the Left

We cannot ignore the campaigns, but we must not let them prescribe how we use them

Allie Yee: For Latino voters, environment as important as immigration

In Florida, Latino voters have expressed their environmental concerns at the ballot box

Joel Chaffee: Events and Other Items of Interest

Events EDUCATION – The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its 25th annual conference in New Orleans, October 1-4. Contact: http://nameorg.org. LGBTQ – The 27th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 1-8, in Atlanta. Contact: info@outonfilm.org; http://outonfilm.org/. IROQUOIS – The 2015 Conference on Iroquois Research will be held October 2-5, Read more…

Paul Buhle: Two Books On Labor

An old question: is there a vital “workerism,” self-guided and instinctively radical, apart from socialist, communist or other left-wing political groups and can it make great reforms, even hold power in a workplace or city or national state?

Robert Hunziker: America’s Purple Politics

America’s illusory two-party system is so badly corrupted and perverted with such lowly debauchery, undermining any semblance of democracy, it is like a reign of terror that has emerged underneath people’s noses. There is no election when both parties are one. It’s Purple Politics buttoned up. Deep down, people understand this rigged system only too well.

John Malkin: Master & Slave

Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act overturns over 150 years of domestic law that prevents the U.S. military from carrying out domestic policing.

Jeremy Kuzmarov: The Revival of American Militarism

Jimmy Carter’s illness has prompted an array of retrospectives of the man and his presidency both positive and negative. Missing from many of these commentaries is the fact that his presidency was crucial to the revival of American militarism after Vietnam, even though Carter wants to be remembered as a peace president and spoke out Read more…

Denny Riley: The Saturday Before

On the Saturday before the Sunday of the Pride Parade, the Pride Celebration happened in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and the surrounding grid of streets. From a stage in front of city hall live music blasted out over rows and rows of canopied booths where it appeared everything was for sale but washers and dryers. Booths purveyed savory ethnic dishes and ballpark food, healthy and not so healthy beverages, clothes, crafts, trinkets, sunglasses, hats, books, posters and miniature icons from India and little pipes

Ellen Isaacs: Hurricane Sandy Is Still Drowning The Poor

It is a few months short of three years since Hurricane Sandy barreled down on NYC. The flooded subways have new barriers. The submerged hospital generators are back in order. The boardwalks along the shore are up and trod by beachgoers once again. But what of the thousands of poor renters, most on public assistance, who lost their homes that day? I don’t know all their stories. I only know one intimately, and it is not a happy story.

Sean Posey: Mainstreaming Domestic Terrorism

In April 2009, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report leaked to the public entitled “Right Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was released within months of President Obama’s inauguration, sketching the broad strokes of a nascent white nationalist backlash

Yohannes Woldemariam: Caring About Animals, Dehumanizing African Asylum Seekers

What is yet to enter the public discourse is Western complicity for the circumstances that generate refugees. The contributions of the U.S.-British “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq and the U.S.-British-French “Mission Accomplished” in Libya to the refugee exodus is rarely acknowledged.

Peter Rugh: Not For Sale

When I was a teenager I used to skip class, nestle under a desk in my high school’s library where the school administrators wouldn’t find me and open up a tattered copy of Leaves of Grass. The way Walt Whitman wrote about America was so blithe and idealistic, operatic, and direct that I had to read the words aloud, which I did in a low voice so no one would overhear me

Kathy Kelly: Let It Shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine! This past summer, collaborating with Wisconsin activists, we decided to feature this refrain on signs and announcements for a 90-mile walk campaigning to end targeted drone assassinations abroad, and the similarly racist impunity granted to an increasingly militarized police force

Carl Finamore: Banks Displacing People

we know making money often means subverting the general good as in displacing thousands of poor seniors and moderate-income families from their homes. And that, we must insist, makes it our business.

John M. Laforge: Mass Destruction for the Whole Family

These nuclear war theme parks are part of a deliberate attempt to trivialize nuclear weapons and to dumb down popular understanding of their environmental and human health legacy

Edward S. Herman: After All We Did For Them in Fallujah!

any sensible person should recognize that a U.S. leadership that stands firmly with Saudi Arabia, and had earlier supported Saddam Hussein when he was attacking Iran, couldn’t be expending resources for any democratic objective

Paul Street: Posing as the Great Emancipator

What’s behind Obama’s supposed late-presidency epiphany on the evil of racially biased mass imprisonment? What drove the president’s “sudden desire to look like the Great Emancipator” (Margaret Kimberly)—this even while he offers close to nothing in the way of actual liberation

Eva Golinger: The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict

It all began in 1835 when the British Empire sent a German-born naturalist and explorer to conduct geographical research in the South American territory it had colonized and named British Guiana. In the course of his explorations, a map was drawn that well-exceeded the original western boundary first occupied by the Dutch and later passed to British control.

Jeph Bennett: Forget Big Oil; Big Food Aims for the Gut

Introducing Big Food: giant corporations that steal land from the world’s poor to profit from current massive corrupt farming subsidies and future global drought

Ramzy Baroud: Islamic Pretense and Upcoming Wars in Libya

Libya is currently split, politically, between two governments and, geographically, among many armies, militias, tribes and mercenaries. It is a failed state par excellence, although such a designation does not do justice to the complexity of the Libyan case, together with the root causes of that failure.

Pete Dolack: Dump the Kid And Get Back To Work

The presidential campaign season is well underway in the United States, and never in human history will more money be spent to say less. And only 16 more months to go. A perennial favorite of the worst electoral system money can buy is the race among the candidates to be the most in favor of motherhood and apple pie

David Swanson: Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade

Weapons of war encourage, initiate, escalate, elongate, and exacerbate wars for profit

Nick Turse: U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

2015 Proves to Be Record-Breaking Year for the Military’s Secret Military

Steve Ellner: It is Necessary to Contextualize the Pragmatic and Populist Policies of the Chavista Government

Steve Ellner is a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and is a retired professor at the Universidad de Oriente. He has published scores of journal articles and over a dozen books, his last being the edited Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty First Century, published Read more…

Noam Chomsky: History Doesn’t Go In a Straight Line

Interview on Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, and the potential for ordinary people to make radical change

Peter Bohmer: Undermining U.S. Power

The increasing consciousness of the huge inequality of income and wealth in the US is a legacy of Occupy Wall Street

Ramzy Baroud: Subduing al-Quds: Israel’s High-stake Game in al-Aqsa and Why Netanyahu May Prevail

The fact that plans to conquer even the remaining symbols of Palestinian nationhood and spirituality have finally reached al-Aqsa is particularly alarming

Milan Rai: Iraq war questions Chilcot won’t ask, let alone answer

The untold story of the UN weapons inspectors’ crucial ‘work plan’, and how it was undermined and finally buried by Bush and Blair

David Swanson: Does the Pope Know a Boy Is About to Be Crucified?

No other institution does more to destroy the habitability of the planet for future generations.

Maria Hengeveld: How Nike’s Neoliberal Feminism Came to Rule the Global South

The exploitative essence of Nike’s feminism hasn’t changed all that much the past twenty years

Robert Fisk: ISIL, the Syrian Refugees and a Changing Canada

Robert Fisk has covered the Middle East for close to 40 years, from the Lebanese Civil War to the emergence of ISIL and beyond, and has won more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent. With British newspaper The Independent since 1988, Fisk is probably the only journalist to have interviewed Osama Read more…

Juan Cole: Top Signs Pope Francis is an Honest Conservative

The positioning of Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis, as a “liberal” or “progressive” in American politics is incorrect and indeed a little bizarre. The Pope is a conservative. In fact, he has railed against “adolescent progressivism” and against secularism, which he calls “the devil.” Pope Francis opposes contraception, including the homely condom, as well as abortion Read more…

Richard Falk: Jeopardizing Japanese ‘Abnormality’: Rejoining the War System

Japanese abnormality remains a most precious reality, a beacon pointing toward the kind of ‘new realism’ that the 21st century urgently requires

Caroline Donnelly: Belgian Privacy Commission accuses Facebook of using NSA tactics to spy on users

The BPC said it hoped the lawsuit will compel Facebook to amend its privacy policies, and overhaul how the firm handles users’ data

Saree Makdisi: Cowardly brutality exposed: The viral video that should change the Israel/Palestine debate forever

A stun grenade flipped into faces of a child and his family. We should never discuss this debate the same way again

Jenna McLaughlin: China Pressures U.S. Companies to Buckle on Strong Encryption and Surveillance

Chinese President executives press U.S. tech companies to comply with suppressive Internet policies

Sarah Kliff: A drug company raised a pill’s price 5,500 percent because, in America, it can

If you want to be angry about the drug price, Shkreli isn’t the most sensible target — he’s taking advantage of a system that allows drug makers to name their price

Noam Chomsky: “We Should Recognize the Other Candidates are Not That Different”

It’s a radical insurgency; it’s not a political party

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