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Norman Solomon: Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

Sterling was one of the CIA’s few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency

Costas Lapavitsas: Greece is being blackmailed. Exiting the eurozone is its way out

Instead of acceding to the troika’s devastating demands, Syriza should free the country from the trap of the common currency – if the Greek people agree

Walden Bello: Great Power Rivalry Threatens Smaller States in Western Pacific

The latest chapter in the superpower collision is Washington’s strategy of holding low altitude aircraft passes on spots in the South China Sea where China is building military structures over reclaimed land

Ellie Mae O'Hagan: For a Global Fight For a Woman’s Right To Choose

It’s time for women across the world to unite to forge a global pro-choice movement

Glenn Greenwald: The Greatest Obstacle to Anti-Muslim Fearmongering and Bigotry: Reality

The think tank New America issued a report today documenting “the lethal terrorist incidents in the United States since 9/11.” It found that a total of 26 Americans have been killed by “deadly jihadist attacks” in the last 14 years, while almost double that number — 48 — have been killed by “deadly right wing attacks.” Read more…

Various Contributors: Statement of The Committee of Concerned Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff of Brooklyn College

Please join the movement to save worker education at CUNY

Adam Johnson: Federal Documents Debunk Baltimore ‘Gang Threat’ Narrative

The fever pitch of panic resulting from the anonymous “gang” threat and “the purge” narrative is what ultimately led to curfews and a severe dampening of the largely lawful and peaceful protests in the wake of Freddie Gray’s funeral

Labor for Bernie: Over 1,000 local union leaders and members back Bernie Sanders for President

Grassroots labor initiative urges Democratic primary support for Sanders by AFL-CIO and national unions

Adam Serwer: Why We’re Finally Taking Down Confederate Flags

Slavery was the cause of the war, white supremacy was the cornerstone of Confederate society

Jane LaTour: Feminism Unfinished; What Women Want

Two terrific books have arrived at the same time and serve as complementary entry points to a similar topic. Feminism Unfinished…

Eric Laursen: Why Things Are Going to Get Worse…And Why We Should Be Glad

Ask 50 people when the capitalist era began, and you’ll probably get close to 50 different answers, ranging from Italy in the 15th century to England in the 18th.

Nizar Visram: EU’s Military Strategy to deepen Mediterranean Tragedies

More than 800 migrants died on April 19 this year when their overcrowded boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. The tragedy sent soaring this year’s Mediterranean death toll which was by then around 1,500

Andrew Breiner: Why We Should Spend Billions More On Trains

Getting cars off the roads would help combat climate change and improve air quality. Government policy could make this happen. From Acela to Alaska, U.S. train travel offers a practical, affordable, and green alternative to travel by car and plane.

Amien Essif: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

If you were airdropped blindfolded into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library

Lawrence Wittner: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

John Potash: The Baltimore Riots, Resident Info Beyond Mainstream Media

Despite the nearly 24-hour-a-day national television coverage of the situation in Baltimore, there was much the media didn’t cover. Some of these omissions, or facts only mentioned once and never repeated, appeared against the media owners’ more right-wing political agenda.

Peter Bohmer: Police Shooting in Olympia, WA; It Can Happen Anywhere

At 1:15 AM on May 21, on the west side of Olympia, Washington, white police officer Ryan Donald shot two young unarmed Black brothers, Andre Thompson, 24, and Bryson Chaplin, 21.

Karima Bennoune: The Women’s Court

From 1991 through 2001, a series of conflicts, including the Bosnian War, were fought on the territory of the Former Yugoslavia. During that time, ethnic, sexual and economic violence against women was rampant and rape was used as a tool for “ethnic cleansing.”

Paul Street: From Watergate to Deflategate

One useful measure of a political culture’s moral level is the nature of what counts as a terrible outrage, disgrace, or scandal in that culture

William Boardman: No Progress on Nuclear Weapons Control As Planned

In a world where six of the world’s nine nuclear-armed states are already directly or indirectly engaged in armed conflict, even the best case scenario is a disaster. The nuclear-armed U.S. and Russia are facing off over Ukraine. The nuclear-armed U.S., UK, France, and Israel are supporting Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, with nuclear-armed Pakistan weighing its options.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: The Wars Come Home

As Baltimore was bracing for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) was preparing for battle

James Petras: Peace Negotiations or War Preparations?

On May 21, 2015, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) bombed the base camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killing 26 guerrillas. Three days later, FAC bombed other FARC bases killing 14 more guerrillas.

Joris Leverink: Water Politics

Mesopotamia, the “Land of Two Rivers,” cradle of modern civilization and currently home to probably as many conflicts as there are ethnic groups, religious factions and nation states

Celine-Marie Pascale: U.S. Language Policy

According to the U.S Census, in three decades, no single racial or ethnic group will comprise the majority of the U.S. population. In many parts of the U.S. this reality has already arrived. Many countries—including Belgium, Switzerland, India, Bolivia, and Ethiopia—are multicultural and multilingual societies. The United States prides itself on being “a nation of immigrants,” yet it has cultivated a multicultural, monolingual society

Ian Angus: Hijacking The Anthropocene

What can lobbyists do when science contradicts their political messages? Some simply deny the science, as many conservatives do with climate change. Others pretend to embrace the science, while ignoring or purging the disagreeable content. That’s what the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) is doing with one of the most widely discussed issues in 21st century science, Read more…

Z Staff: Z Summer Special

Special rates for summer subscriptions

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Current events, book, film releases, summer conferences, etc

Hilary Wainwright: Higher aspirations: politics beyond the ballot box

As with the Scottish referendum, electoral defeat can be transformed into political success. A new movement is rising

Lee Sustar: Centuries of Injustice

This is not a protest movement about the actions of a racist gunman, but the renewal of the long struggle for racial justice and equality

Scott Ritter: ‘We ain’t found shit’

The intelligence about the ‘possible military dimensions’ of Iran’s nuclear program is of questionable provenance and most of it is more than a dozen years old

Juan Cole: As 700 Die in Pakistan from Extreme Heat, Pakistanis Deny Climate Change

Despite the severe dangers to Pakistan posed by climate change, opinion polls show that only about a quarter of Pakistanis view the issue as a powerful threat

Pete Dolack: Building workplace organizations anew

Once we realize we don’t need capitalists to make decisions for us, and learn to organize collective self-defense, getting rid of bosses and running enterprises ourselves enters our imagination

Gareth Porter: Why the US Military Opposed New Combat Roles in Iraq

The resistance of top US military officials to deepening US military involvement in the war against ISIS came in the wake of a major policy debate within the Obama administration

Pamela D. Palmater: Stephen Harper Continues Canada’s Legacy of Genocide and Denial

Institutionalized racism in Canada is perpetuating the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women

Nadia Prupis: Following Student-Led Campaign, Columbia to Divest from Prisons

Columbia University on Monday announced that it would divest from the private prison industry and ban reinvestment in companies that operate prisons

Cory Fischer-hoffman: The US Social Forum: Building the People’s Platform for 2016

The Unites States Social Forum (USSF) is taking place this week in Philadelphia and San Jose, in collaboration with other sites throughout North America

Nomi Prins: All In

The Bush Family Goes for Number Three (With the Help of Its Bankers)

Elif Genc: Meet the Women of HDP

Gender, Resistance and Radical Democracy

Bruno Jäntti: Bad flags and the good flag

Whatever the future holds for the Confederate flag, perhaps the US public might also want take a moment to ponder its culture of worshiping that good ol’ Stars and Stripes

Sonali Kolhatkar: How Politicians, Media, and the Gun Lobby Enable Racist Terror

Just as the civil rights movement seized on the horror of the Alabama church bombing to galvanize change, so must we ensure that the Charleston terrorist attack is the last of its kind

Joe Emersberger: On Desmond Tutu’s Embrace of Venezuela’s Far Right

Hopefully, Desmond Tutu will start researching much more thoroughly before commenting on Latin America

Patrick Cockburn: Why join Islamic State?

Despite the PYD’s insistence that it is more than just a Kurdish nationalist party, sectarian and ethnic loyalties are at the heart of the multi-layered civil wars convulsing Syria and Iraq

Mumia Abu Jamal: Charleston and the American Soul

As slavery funded and built America, the underlying principle was the devaluation, exploitation, and oppression of Black life

George Monbiot: Curb Your Malthusiasm

The media’s campaign of vilification associates social security with disgrace, and proposes even more humiliation, exhortation, intrusion, bullying and sanctions

Fanny Malinen: The importance of the Greek debt audit

While the world’s media focuses on the bailout negotiations, a debt audit is underway to prove much of Greece’s debt illegitimate, illegal and odious

David Adler: The Revolutionary Election That Wasn’t

Despite a year of social unrest, this month’s Mexican elections mostly preserved the status quo. What happened?

Nikos Raptis: Patriotism, Hypocrisy, and Cowardice in Our Societies

Samuel Johnson defines patriotism as “love for one’s country; zeal for one’s country” and scoundrel as “a mean rascal; a low petty villain”

Conn Hallinan: ‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis

U.S. foreign policy is dangerous, undemocratic, and deeply out of sync with real global challenges

Taylan Tosun: The Winners of Turkey’s National Elections: The Kurds

The Peoples’ Democratic Party obtained 13.1 per cent of the total votes which amounts to about 5.6 million voters

Marina Sitrin: Assemblies and Elections: Questions for the Left

How can we change society so as to run it ourselves, horizontally, based in assemblies using forms of direct democracy?

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