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Andrew Stewart: Why the Oscars Don’t Deserve People of Color

When one understands that the Oscars were founded as pro-capitalist, then a certain disparity becomes obvious

Carlos Aznárez: What is happening in Haiti is a genuine anti-imperialist popular rebellion

Port au Prince and other Haitian cities are today the scene of the biggest popular uprising in decades of the suffered Haitian nation. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to show their revulsion against the present government headed by Michel Martelly, who decided, against the thinking of the vast majority, to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The war against ISIL

Interview on his public spat with the Turkish president, the war against ISIL and Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Matt Karp: Bernie in the Age of Clinton

Tidbits from Bernie Sanders’s memoir, Outsider in the White House

Gregory Button: The Flint Water Disaster: a Perfect Storm of Downplaying, Denial and Deceit

Tragically, the situation could have been avoided if the state had followed the EPA mandate to install corrosive preventative measures when lead levels in drinking water exceed recommended levels

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Paul Street: Hillary Goes Hopey-Changey in Iowa

Obama has always sold his authoritarian and regressive state-capitalist and imperialist agenda as the “pragmatic” policy platform of “a progressive who knows how to get things done.”

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Jeremy Brecher: “Making the Promises Real”: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement

A labor climate program can draw together workers, unions, and allies around protecting jobs by protecting the climate

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Noam Chomsky: Is European Integration Unraveling?

Interview on Europe’s migration and refugee crisis and other current European developments, including the ongoing financial crisis in Greece

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim: How Bad is Venezuela’s Economic Situation?

Venezuela’s central bank just did something totally unexpected: it released updated economic figures showing the country has sunk into its worst economic crisis in decade

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Hilary Wainwright: Democracy is dead, long live democracies!

Building a real democracy in the face of corporate and financial power will require a rethinking of power and agency

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Robert Fisk: Is Algeria’s military making its move on ageing President Bouteflika?

Crashing oil prices – and 60 per cent of Algeria’s budget is dependent on oil and gas – is not going to endear the “coffin president” to his people

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Andrew J. Bacevich: Out of Bounds, Off-Limits, or Just Plain Ignored

Six National Security Questions Hillary, Donald, Ted, Marco, et al., Don’t Want to Answer and Won’t Even Be Asked

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Steve Early: Browsing Bernie’s Bookshelf

One by-product of the Sanders-Clinton contest is a bulging “Bernie bookshelf.”

Jannis Milios: Austerity Unbroken

Syriza was elected a year ago today, only to retreat in the face of European pressure. Is there a way forward for the Greek left?

Richard Braude: A Barricade in Limbo: The Occupiers of La Locanda

The angry and defiant voices of the occupiers of La Locanda, may be the only hope for the ending such a system

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Belen Fernandez: Happy Birthday, Guantánamo

Gitmo is an offshore penal colony that’s close enough to administer with ease, but far enough away to exist on the margins of legality

Amy Roat: Philly Teachers Go For It

We’re laying the groundwork not just to win the election, but also to transform the PFT into a member-driven union that can finally organize to combat the powerful forces working against us

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Edward S. Herman: Western Aggression is the Highest Form of Terrorism

The U.S. invaders of Iraq in 2003 proudly announced a “shock and awe” purpose in their opening assault, clearly designed to instill fear; that is, to terrorize the victim population along with the target security forces

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Walden Bello: The Big Blowback

When the late Chalmers Johnson introduced the word “blowback” to the analysis of Washington’s relations with the rest of the world…he saw as the most dangerous blowback the destabilization of American democratic processes by the multiple consequences of Washington’s adventures abroad.

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Brian Tokar: Paris: Hope or Hype

The world the diplomats inhabit couldn’t be farther removed from the places where the impacts of continuing climate chaos are felt the most. In that world, people are working harder year by year to grow food and sustain their lives in the face of an increasingly unstable global climate.

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Vincent Emanuele: I Helped Create ISIS

When I was stationed in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines from 2003-2005, I didn’t know what the repercussions of the war would be, but I knew there would be a reckoning.

Laurence h. Shoup: Wall Street’s Think Tank

I have a number of interesting stories, but will just recount two here, the first involving a French student, and the second Dwight D. (“Ike”) Eisenhower, Allen Dulles and Harry S. Truman.

Jeremy Kuzmarov: Base Nation

Vine’s book brings up to date the work of the late Chalmers Johnson, who exposed the extent of the military base network and its contribution to “blowback” in his trilogy on the American empire.

Stephen Bergstein: Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

The story of how southerners flouted Brown v. Board of Education is familiar, but the disregard that white residents and community leaders in Prince Edward County had for black children is breathtaking

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Nina Martin: A Showdown For Reproductive Rights

For advocates of women’s reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of “annus horribilis”: marked by tough new limits on abortion, a debilitating Planned Parenthood scandal, and a shooting at a Colorado clinic that left three people dead.

William Boardman: Environmental Terrorists in Paris

Having absolute authority to take ameliorative steps on their own initiative, the plunderers swamp the credulous media with claims that an unwieldy conference with a track record of 23 years of failure is the only possible way to find a solution to the dangers of climate change.

Jack Balkwill: Popular Resistance

Kevin Zeese has long amazed me because of the number of things he does to make a better world

Andy Piascik: The Northern Student Movement

Tens of thousands of young Americans were inspired by the lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina and spread throughout the South. NSM Students at Yale University were no exception and some of them got together in the Fall of 1961 to form the NSM.

Julia Nakad: Street Medics

Street medic groups have been on the front line of many groundbreaking movements, from the Civil Rights and New Left movements, to modern day movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring

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Juan Cole: Excluding Millions

Republican candidates for president Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, as well as other bigots on the far right are nothing new in American history. Rather, they remind us of the worst and most shameful detours of the American Republic in the past.

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Lawrence Wittner: Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: “Negroes Need Not Apply:” The EU-Africa Malta Conference

Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, offers the solution of pouring “hundreds of millions in additional aid into Africa to try to discourage hundreds of thousands of people from heading to the EU.”

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Items of interest to progressives

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Bill Berkowitz: Police Killing People of Color

Just as police violence is epidemic, so is the cover up of such violence. It took more than a year for a video to surface showing how Chicago police brutally murdered African-American 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shooting him 16 times

Marcello Musto: The Threatening Advancement of the Far Right in Europe

The second round of the French regional elections in December 2015 ended with a defeat for the National Front. Nevertheless, this party is now a concrete threat for France and Europe. Under Marine Le Pen’s leadership, it shot up to 17.9 percent in the 2012 presidential elections, became the largest French political party at the Read more…

Larry Cohen: Bernie Sanders and the Big Short

The Big Short provides the narrative for how Wall Street keeps that growth going, with little increase in real value, but lots of high salaries and high living that all count towards GDP.

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Radha Surya: Death by Saffron: Campus Politics in the Time of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Some images never become stale, never lose their power to re-awaken emotion and rekindle anguish. India has been bequeathed an image of this nature by the heart-rending death by suicide of Rohith Vemula on January 17, 2016 on the campus of Hyderabad Central University (HCU).  Rohith Vemula, vibrant activist and promising research scholar, was a Read more…

Joris Leverink: Turkish PM Tries to Frame Syrian Kurds for Istanbul Bombing

Unanswered questions and irregularities about the Istanbul bombing leave room for interpretation – used by Turkish government to set the agenda

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Tom Engelhardt: Failed States and States of Failure

“We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines

Shobhan Saxen: The Two Trials of Adlène Hicheur, Scientist, Muslim, Forever Suspect

A scientist from CERN, accused of association with a terrorist group in 2009 and jailed in France before being freed, tells his story

Michael Donnelly: The Cowliphate and Poisoned Kids: Twin Assaults on The Commons

How did a city of 100,000 come to have its water supply poisoned?

Jedediah Purdy: Sanders and the Theory of Change: Radical Politics for Grown-Ups

The movement that the campaign helps to create can develop and give voice to a program that the same people will keep working for, in and out of election cycles

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Milan Rai: Homegrown Terrorism: How Not to Stop It

The men who have carried out al-Qaeda-style attacks in Europe all grew up irreligious. It’s not about Islam as a religion, but as a community.

Pete Dolack: Inequality and the World Economic Forum

“Let no billionaire be unheard” would seem to be a far more accurate slogan for the World Economic Forum to adopt

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Saudi-Iranian Collaboration: A Forgotten Story

On January 2, 2016, the Sunni government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) executed the leading imam of the Shia community in KSA. The Shiite government of Iran denounced this execution, as did governments throughout the world, and avowed there would be consequences. Since that time, the rhetoric has continued to escalate, and the Read more…

Brian Martin: Why understanding gut reactions is key to building powerful movements

People’s intuitive feelings about right and wrong are powerful influences that affect recruitment into social movements

Robert D. Bullard: Flint’s water crisis is a blatant example of environmental injustice

How race and class have shaped the ongoing public health disaster in Flint

Martin Espada: On Struggles Past & Present

Interview on the struggles and injustices up to the present day, including the police killings of unarmed African Americans and the spate of U.S. mass shootings

Anna Plowman: Bangladesh’s Disaster Capitalism

The fight for climate justice is inseparable from the fight against capitalism

Larry Elliot: Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world’s population, says Oxfam

Oxfam said a three-pronged approach was needed: a crackdown on tax dodging; higher investment in public services; and higher wages for the low paid

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