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Helena Smith: ‘Everyone’s outraged’: angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma’s revival

Greece faces its toughest austerity measures yet, with €5.4bn of budget cuts backed by the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras

Alice Speri: Striking Prisoners In Alabama Accuse Officials Of Using Food As Weapon

“We just refuse to be the components in the institution of slavery”

Jeffrey R. Webber: Life After Dilma

Brazil’s left must prepare itself for a post-impeachment landscape

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: Mother’s Day is Another Day to Struggle for Justice When Your Child is Behind Bars

An emerging grassroots, family-based movement, sustained by the love of mothers across the nation, reminds us that mothers are leaders as well as nurturers, teachers as well as advocates

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Don Fitz: Historic Preservation Wins Big in U City

Prop H does more than change politicians. It empowers citizens to have veto power over a type of decision that politicians can make

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Noam Chomsky: US Military Presence in Europe & the Case of Edward Snowden

Snowden, it’s important to recall, performed an enormous service, a patriotic service in fact, to the people of the United States and the world

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Steve Early: A Tale of Two Teamsters: Building a Community-Minded Union in Mid-Century St. Louis

A look at Fighting For Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working Class Citizenship, by Bob Bussel

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David Swanson: Seymour Hersh Erases Public’s Role on Syria

We once again owe the great reporter Seymour Hersh a serious debt for his reporting, in this case for his London Review of Books articles on President Barack Obama’s war making, now published as a book called The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Despite the title, three of the four articles are about Syria. But Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Has the Left Run Its Course in Latin America?

Hardly. Despite recent setbacks, it has led the region’s “second independence,” benefiting hundreds of millions

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Most Honest Politician in Latin America Will Be Removed By the Most Corrupt

Brazil’s Supreme Court is able to intervene on procedural grounds in Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, not on the merits of the case

John Litchfield: French Government Forced to Use Emergency Powers to Push Through Labour Law Changes

Hard line union federations say the changes would, in effect, end the principle of a single nationwide body of legal protections for workers

David Frum: The Great Republican Revolt

What happens to an elite whose followers withdraw their assent? Does it self-examine? Or does it take refuge in denial?

Fran Quigley: From Cancer Patient to Medicines Activist

It is Hannah Lyon’s first-ever experience with public speaking, but she clears her throat, clutches her notes, and plunges in. “Hello. My name is Hannah, and while I might not look like it, I am a cancer patient.” Lyon’s audience was gathered in front of her on a Washington, DC sidewalk to commemorate World Cancer Read more…

RT.com: ‘Nuit Debout’ goes global: France’s youth-led movement urges worldwide protests on May 15

The French protest movement “Nuit Debout” (Up All Night) plans to go international, urging people around Europe and the world to take to the streets to protest austerity, among many other grievances, on May 15. In the photo: A woman faces French anti riot policemen as they block the access to the Place de la Republique Read more…

Marco Teruggi: Venezuela On Fire

Something is going to give in Venezuela. It’s a feeling that can be perceived in the air, in talks, on the streets, in public transport, in the people…

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Noam Chomsky: The Costs of Violence

Masters of Mankind (Part 2)

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Juan Cole: Sadiq Khan and Trump: Why KKK Donald’s values are Unacceptable

The charismatic young mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling out Donald Trump for his bigotry toward Muslims. He says he plans to visit the United States this fall before the presidential election, because in case Trump wins, he won’t be able to. He had told Time magazine earlier, “If Donald Trump becomes the president Read more…

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Jill Stein: Thinking and voting outside the two-party box

Dr. Jill Stein is a leading member of the Green Party and its likely presidential candidate in 2016. A longtime activist, including around issues of health care reform and ecological justice, Stein ran for several offices as a Green in Massachusetts, before becoming the party’s presidential nomination in 2012, where she won 456,169 votes. She Read more…

Max Elbaum: Trump, Racism and the Left in 2016

The perilous consequences of a Trump presidency should be a wake-up call for the left

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Howie Hawkins: Safe States, Inside-Outside, and Other Liberal Illusions

There is no shortcut through the Democratic Party to building a mass party on the left. That shortcut is a dead end

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Roberto Savio: Islamophobia is a Political Tool

The rising tide of nationalism, populism and now Islamophobia, which has paralyzed the traditional political system, is not only the decline of democracy. It is also a path to insecurity

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Leo Panitch: Corbyn and Sanders Reigniting Democratic Socialism

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are laying the groundwork for economic democracy and a breakthrough into socialism

Robert Hunziker: The Ugly Truth Behind The Greek Bailout

Christine Lagarde, the Queen of Troika and the Head Honcho of the IMF, on May 6th, threatened to pull the IMF out of the Greek rescue plan, with a straight face, calling it a “rescue plan.” Oh, please! Yet, it is extremely doubtful the IMF would ever entirely pull out since the plan really bails Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: N.C. produces flawed study to dismiss cancer-cluster fears near Duke Energy coal plants

Is it surprising that people living near these plants report unusual patterns of illness?

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Noam Chomsky: American Power Under Challenge

Masters of Mankind (Part 1)

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Paul Street: Break Free or Burn in Hell: a Message From Canada

We cannot depend on the carbon-caked corporate and financial powers that be

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Juan Cole: London’s Muslim Mayor is nothing New

1300 yrs of Muslims who Ran Major European Cities

Kali Holloway: Compared to Rest of World Americans are Delusional, Prudish, Selfish Religious Nuts: Study

More than any European country, Americans, at 57 percent, said they disagreed with the idea that “success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control”

Dilar Dirik: Challenging privilege: on solidarity and self-reflection

Solidarity fundamentally means to empathize and respect each others’ struggle and to understand ourselves as fighting on the same side

Lourdes Huanca Atencio: Peru: In Defense of Land, Culture and the Female Body

Rooted in an ancestral cosmovision of their indigenous communities, a central struggle has been the fight for their subsistence, in maintaining land, water and seed sovereignty

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Jack Rasmus: Is Donald Trump at War with the Republican Party?

One of the several things that are unique in this 2016 electoral cycle is that a majority, if not a big plurality, of American voters are becoming increasingly fed up with the two party system

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Kshama Sawant: Debate Whether to Vote for Clinton If She is Democratic Nominee

A debate between Kshama Sawant and Mike McGinn

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Tamara Pearson: Mexico Already Has a Giant Wall, and a Mining Company Helped to Build It

Some walls are made of concrete and razor wire. Others are made of soldiers, violence, bureaucracy and misinformation. While Grupo Mexico has built a long wall to stop migrants from getting on or off its long distance train, “The Beast,” the Mexican government’s Southern Border Plan is also making it much harder for Central American Read more…

Kim Moody: U.S. Labor: What’s New, What’s Not?

This revival of grassroots activism along with new forms of rudimentary class consciousness and political openness could spill over into permanent worker organization

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Bernie Sanders: Community Conversation on Poverty

In 2014, over 35 percent of the residents in McDowell lived in poverty, including nearly half of the children

Christian Borys: Poles Are Taking to the Streets in Massive Numbers to Protest the Country’s Shift to the Right

“At best, this government will isolate Poland, but at worst they can be quite harmful for Europe”

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The Possibilities of Anti-Austerity Politics: A Spanish Drama

Spain is in economic terms far more important for Europe and the world than Greece. As this drama plays out in Spain, the world will be watching, reacting, and drawing lessons.

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Juan Cole: Will Climate Change make the Mideast Uninhabitable & trigger mass exodus?

Researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute and their scientific partners have found that even with just a 3.6 degree average rise in global temperatures, parts of the Middle East could become too hot to live in. Warming won’t be even around the world. Some places will warm more and faster than others. The Middle East Read more…

Phillip Smith: It Costs $84,000 to Cure Hepatitis C Through U.S. Insurance: I Did It for $1,500 Ordering the Same Drug From India

How I got around one of the most obscene examples of Big Pharma overreach

Dave Lindorff: Takin’ it to the Street

Bringing Sanders’ ‘political revolution’ to the streets of Philly

Simon Jones: RISE: New Politics for a Tired Scotland

RISE has substance. Whether it can work with the communities which need it remains to be seen

Adam Szetela: Beyoncé’s “Formation” and the Boutique Activism of the Left

“Formation” does, in the end, embody the meaningful intervention that identity politics can stage. It is, for many black Americans, empowering

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Richard Falk: Dreaming of the Next UN Secretary General

“I solemnly swear to exercise in all loyalty, discretion and conscience the functions entrusted to me as Secretary-General of the United Nations, to discharge these functions and regulate my conduct with the interests of the United Nations only in view, and not to seek or accept instructions in regard to the performance of my duties Read more…

Robert M. Schwartz: FMLA Doctor’s Notes: What Unions Need to Know

A look at the Family and Medical Leave Act

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Michael Albert: What’s Next?

Should Sanders bow out or carry on? If Clinton gains the nomination, should Sanders actively support her, hold his nose and urge voting against Trump, run as an independent, or run as a Green – and should this happen in all states or only in selected safe states? For that matter, should there be a Read more…

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Stathis Kouvelakis: Overturning a World

France’s Nuit Debout movement has the potential to not just defeat a single law, but to move beyond defensive struggles.

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Nomi Prins: Gimme Shelter (From the Tax Man)

Disappearing Money and Opportunistic Candidates

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Ben Dangl: Defying the Spies: Free Thought as Resistance in the Age of Surveillance

Dreaming, speaking, acting, creating freely and autonomously outside of this influence is a kind of resistance

Dick Nichols: Greece: vulture creditors jostling for their next feed

It has taken only nine months for relations between the near-bankrupt Greek state and its creditors — the “Quartet” of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Stability Mechanism (ESM) — to lurch to the brink of crisis. These relations are covered by the third bailout memorandum between Greece Read more…

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