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George Monbiot: Ground Control

Revitalising communities is not just an election strategy. It is a programme for change in its own right; even without a sympathetic government

Willie Osterweil: Countries Around the World Are Revoking Freedom of Assembly

Faced with mounting unrest and unwilling to offer reforms, democratic governments are rolling back traditional rights

James Bamford: Why NSA surveillance is worse than you’ve ever imagined

Until the public fully grasps and understands how far over the line the NSA has gone in the past — legally, morally and ethically — there should be no renewal or continuation of NSA’s telephone metadata program in the future

Sean Starrs: Making the World Safe for Big Business

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is about expanding US hegemony in East Asia

James Thindwa: Why White Americans Don’t Believe in ‘Personal Accountability’ for Police

White America must stop letting reverence for law enforcement distort their perceptions and start believing that black victims of police brutality aren’t making this stuff up

Linn Washington Jr.: Thirty Years After MOVE Bombing: What Has Law Enforcement Learned?

The events of May 13, 1985, are a case study in the failures of police, prosecutors and judges—failures that we continue to see today

Justin Podur: We are all Farkhunda

What occurred was a sustained mobilization exponentially larger and more powerful than the gang of misogynists who murdered her

Dick Nichols: Lessons from Spain

Grassroots democracy and the movements against capitalism

Norman Solomon: Don’t Grade Justice on a Warped Curve

Assessing the Case of Jeffrey Sterling

Marjorie Cohn: Congress Should End Metadata Collection

So the government is collecting data that is not “relevant to an authorized investigation,” but it argues that it might be of use later when a specific terrorist suspect or terrorist plot is being investigated

Staughton Lynd: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary

Review of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary, by Lara Vapnek

Vijay Prashad: Trapped in Libya: the flotsam of the West’s wars

The US continues to see merit in the violence in Syria (by training new fighters), but has only taken in 546 Syrian refugees. This is an object lesson in hypocrisy

Ingeborg Beugel: Have some respect — also for the Greeks, please!

For five years, the Greeks have been publicly shamed, insulted, humiliated and spat upon by the rest of Europe. It is high time to show some respect

Julia Evelyn Martínez: Motherhood Is A Right, Not A Duty

In patriarchally-based societies, motherhood is no longer a right but an obligation

Shamus Cooke: Syrian War Set to Re-Explode

Obama has been a proxy war president that has torn apart the Middle East as badly as his predecessor did

Conn Hallinan: Yemen Re-Draws Middle East Alliances

Yemen War: Redrawing The Fault lines

David Swanson: Populist Except for Pentagon

Populist agendas tend to emerge in times of demobilization for election distraction

Vicken Cheterian: The second battle for Kobane

After Kobane’s resistance, it is now time for reconstruction

Ramzy Baroud: The Arab Boat

It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

Ann Jones: “Farkhunda is Our Sister”

A “Martyr,” a Murder, and the Making of a New Afghanistan?

Ilan Pappe: The western awakening and what it means for Israel/Palestine

Even after the three horrific attacks on Gaza, 2008-2009, 2012, and culminating with the attack in the summer, the cumulative effect has still left the mainstream politics in the same place they were in 20 years ago

Jonathan Cook: Israel seeks in Nepal to whitewash its crimes in Gaza

The efforts of Israeli soldiers to save children in Nepal should be commended – but not if it gives them and their compatriots an excuse to turn a blind eye to Palestinian children suffering amid the rubble of Gaza

Norman Solomon: The Latest Blow in the Government’s War on Journalism

It’s a warning shot—not only against whistleblowing, but against basic communication with journalists by government employees

Medea Benjamin: Citizen Diplomats Cross Korea’s DMZ Calling for Reconciliation

The women involved in Women Cross the DMZ include peace activists, writers, professors, lawyers, gender equality advocates, former diplomats, UN representatives, and humanitarians

Bruno Jäntti: Elections for the twentieth Israeli Knesset: mainstreaming fascist rhetoric

For all of us working towards a just, inclusive solution to the Palestine tragedy, this election result should motivate all of us to work harder

Christian Parenti: Climate Change, Militarism, Neoliberalism and the State

Interview on ideology, climate change, Marxism, activism, the state, militarism, violence and the future

Paul Street: Hillary Clinton and the Manipulation of Populism

One Democrat at a top Wall Street firm even told Politico that Hillary’s politically unavoidable populist rhetoric “is a Rorschach test for how politically sophisticated [rich] people are…”

Johannes Hautaviita: Finnish NATO-integration and democracy

Finland has not declared that the stationing of NATO’s nuclear arms on its soil as forbidden

Seymour Hersh: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Immanuel Wallerstein: Geopolitics is a Fluid Game: Negotiations and Their Enemies

Quite often the enemies of negotiations win out

Anonymous. Anonymous: Your call to customer service can make or break my paycheck

Your call could be the call that pushes me to the next level of bonus, earning me $100 extra, or it could be the one that brings what was going to be a $700 bonus down to just a $70 bonus

Ben Norton: Netanyahu appoints Ayelet Shaked—who called for genocide of Palestinians

Netanyahu continuously refers to the Israel Defense Forces as “the most moral army in the world.” Israeli soldiers recall shooting Palestinian civilians in Gaza because they were “bored”

Chelsea Manning: We have the right to criticize government without fear

The suppression of the press and sources by criminal prosecutions cannot be tolerated

Jérôme Roos: The Greek Endgame: Time to Choose Between Default and Defeat

For five years now, financial markets, European policymakers and the international media have been obsessed with the risk of an impending Greek default

Vincent Emanuele: Questions Concerning the State

How can we better understand, and accept, that in a world of what will soon be 8 billion people, it’s increasingly difficult to simply discard an institution as large, complex and essential as the state?

Michael Albert: Interrogating Participatory Economics

An in-depth interview on participatory economics

Alex Doherty: Super Sad Neoliberal Self

A review of Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Ted Glick: FERC’s Unprecedented Action Shows Their Weakness

How do you know when a campaign you are waging is having an impact? When the target of your campaign cancels a regularly scheduled meeting because you are openly organizing to bring a large number of people to it

Richard Falk: The Semantics of Struggle

Language is a tool used by the powerful to keep unpleasant realities confined to shadow lands of incomprehension

Gideon Levy: Stop whining. Long live Israel’s new and honest government

Israel’s new government won’t spout hollow slogans about peace, human rights, and justice. The truth will be thrust in the faces of Israelis – and the world

Stuart Munckton: Britain: Tories win, but Scotland turns left

While imposing crippling cuts and the austerity measures on the majority, under the Tories the super-rich have doubled their wealth

Jack Rasmus: US Economy Collapses Again—4th Time in 4 years

Data released last week by the US government showed the US economy came to a near halt in the first three months of 201

Jane LaTour: The F-Word: Why It Matters

Two terrific books arrive at the same time on a similar topic and serve as complementary entry points to a similar topic

Laurie Penny: Don’t give in

Don’t let the bastards get you down – choose action over despondency when coming to terms with the general election result

Shepherd Bliss: Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

Since it takes about 30 gallons of water to produce one glass of wine, extensive water use by wineries as events centers was a major concern of the gathering

Juan Conatz: From Wisconsin to Baltimore: which lessons learned?

The Wisconsin uprising of 2011 provides valuable lessons for the Black Lives Matter movement across the US, especially about the directions not to take

Badri Raina: Widen the Circle, Broaden the Left

The Communist Party of India-Marxist has a new helmsman. Sitaram Yechury, a less forbidding man than his predecessor, carries with him the sunny goodwill of many inside and outside the Party. Many among the general middle classes, who view politics rather exclusively in terms of “leadership”, even those who are more familiar with the structures Read more…

Sarah Grey: Four Myths About the “Freelancer Class”

Freelancers increasingly come from working-class backgrounds, work for low wages, and share the primary interests — and the precarity — of the wider working class

Valerie Bell: After Baltimore, a Call to Reclaim Mother’s Day

It’s my responsibility to demand an end to this cycle of violence, institutionalized racism, and police militarization

Hamza Hamouchene: The wretched of the sea: An Algerian perspective

Here, as elsewhere in Africa, economic neglect and despair at corrupt authoritarian regimes compels the continent’s young people to risk death to escape to Europe

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