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John Ikerd: The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture

Americans are being subjected to an ongoing multimillion-dollar propaganda campaign designed to “increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture”

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Podemos wave

Podemos is the end result of a learning process originated in the Global South which eventually made it possible to creatively channel the outrage that ran through the streets of Spain

William deBuys: The Politics of Extinction

An Introduction to the Most Beautiful Animal You’ll Never See

David Swanson: The Washington Post Will Kill Us All

When you’re starting wars on the grounds that if you don’t start a war now someone else could theoretically start one later, you have set up a logic of Armageddon

Robert Fisk: Which superpower will win the battle of hypocrisy?

The 125,000 civilian casualties of the two Chechen wars elicited far less passion in the West than the fatalities in Syria

Gareth Porter: The real story behind the Republicans’ Iran letter

The real story is how enforcers of Likudist policy on Iran used a young Republican politician to try to provoke a breakdown in nuclear talks

Glenn Greenwald: The Orwellian Re-Branding of “Mass Surveillance” as Merely “Bulk Collection”

There is a clearly coordinated theme that has arisen in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand as the last defense against the Snowden revelations

Adam Fishwick: Latin America goes bottom up

Latin American development has, over the last decades, been defined by its experimentation

Paul Street: The IS Shock, the ‘New Cold War,’ and the Unmentionable History of US Empire

The United States’ complicity, along with its satellites and allies, in the rise of ISIS, goes back at least to the late Cold War era

Joe Emersberger: Francisco Toro and the NYT

Trying to “Win Ugly” in Venezuela since 2002

Bruno Jäntti: ‘Radicalization’ – A Buzzword Singling out Muslims?

Traveling from the EU or the US to Middle Eastern countries to willingly and knowingly take part in illegal military operations. Radicalisation? God forbid, no! Unless we are talking about Muslims, of course

Leonidas Oikonomakis: Europe’s pink tide? Heeding the Latin American experience

The rise of Syriza and Podemos closely mirrors the experience of the Latin American left. Can grassroots movement in Europe avoid the same pitfalls?

Chris Spannos: Assange on Asylum

Julian Assange talks about why he chose Ecuador for asylum and the ongoing U.S. investigation into WikiLeaks

Pete Dolack: The Art of Becoming Human

That 22 veterans commit suicide per day is a grim reminder not only of the harsh demands of military life but that the Pentagon effectively throws away its veterans after using them

Salinas Duda: Black Lives Matter marches on streets of Madison

The murder of Tony Robinson shows once again that violence against people of color is a function — not a quirk — of the US law enforcement system

Kim Scipes: Chuy Comes to Logan Square, Is Greeted by Excited Crowd: “The Coalition of Chicago is Back!”

There’s a movement building to elect Chuy Garcia mayor—and it looks like it will not only get the job done, but will make sure he keeps moving forward after the election

Immanuel Wallerstein: Combating the Islamic State: The Real Options

The Islamic State is pursuing its clearly stated objective of a greatly expanded caliphate by using extreme brutality deliberately

Pankaj Mehta: Big Data’s Radical Potential

Today, big data is used to boost profits and spy on civilians. But what if it was harnessed for the social good?

Nadia Prupis: ‘Patriot Act 2.0’?

Senate Cybersecurity Bill Seen as Trojan Horse for More Spying

Dan Cantor: 8 Lessons American Progressives Can Take From Greece’s Syriza and Spain’s Podemos

We could learn a few things from the way Syriza is standing up to the powers-that-be in European capitalism

Kathy Kelly: Possibility of Escape

During my four stints in U.S. federal prisons, I’ve witnessed long-term inmates’ unconquerably humane response when a newcomer arrives

Michael Albert: Activist Education

Dare to make it happen, even in the face of uncertainty

Patrick Bond: Disconnecting the minerals-energy-climate dots

Intersectionality missing-in-action at Cape Town’s Alternative Mining Indaba

Ezequiel Adamovsky: Using Nisman’s Death for Political Purposes

Both the government and corporations “compete at co-opting federal judges”

Michael T. Klare: Big Oil’s Broken Business Model

The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

Sebastian Budgen: Greece: Phase Two

The Left, in Greece and elsewhere, must urgently begin to develop alternative narratives of internationalism, of European-ness, of solidarity

Paul Street: Beyond Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave burst that childish white historical bubble with a relentlessly true-to-life and death portrayal of 1840s and 1850s slave traders, slave-owners, and slave-drivers as ferocious and perverse sociopaths

Chris Kromm: Selma, behind the scenes

Selma isn’t just a memorial site: It’s a struggling, majority-black city that brings into sharp relief the conflicted legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement

David Swanson: Which Party Do You View Iran Through?

So how do Americans view Iran? Many view it, like all governmental matters, through the lens of either the Democratic or the Republican Party

Medea Benjamin: Tom Cotton is the Worst Bully in the Senate

10 Reasons Why

David Gilbert: Beyond Reform

Essays Call for a Sweeping Reassessment of Incarceration

Joe Emersberger: On National “Emergencies” in a Fake Democracy

Obama has lied, with demented extravagance, in order to declare a “national emergency”

William Boardman: Rahm Emanuel, the Face of Democratic Fascism, Deserves to Lose

Rahm Emanuel is a particularly nasty piece of work as a political being. Why would anyone think it a good idea to be governed by a nasty piece of work?

Gar Alperovitz: Inequality’s Dead End—And the Possibility of a New, Long-Term Direction

The real option on the table involves building what amounts to a new kind of economy—a “next system,” if you like—that is constructed, institutionally, from the ground up

Kim Scipes: Homan Square Police Site and the Mainstream Media’s Lack of Concern

Chicago Media Exposed for its Deceitfulness

Justin Podur: Cease Fire, Resume Genocide

My dream is that Gaza would have an independent health care system that would be run by Gaza that wouldn’t be dependent on foreign aid, not dependent allowing supplies in through the occupier

Giannakopoulos Georgios: The Next Four Months

Though many were hard to accept, recent compromises have bought the Greek government valuable time

Glenn Greenwald: Maybe Obama’s Sanctions on Venezuela are Not Really About His “Deep Concern” Over Suppression of Political Rights

The worst media offender in this regard is The New York Times, which explicitly celebrated the 2002 U.S.-supported coup of Hugo Chavez as a victory for democracy

Kevin Zeese: Stop The Fast Track To A Future Of Global Corporate Rule

We need to maintain persistent pressure on Congress to oppose fast track. When we stop fast track, there should be a broad discussion of our vision for a globalized world structured to support universal human rights and protection of the planet

George Monbiot: Keep fossil fuels in the ground to stop climate change

There is nothing random about the pattern of silence that surrounds our lives. Silences occur where powerful interests are at risk of exposure

Chris Gilbert: Sea-Change in Venezuela

What to Make of the White House’s Recent Declarations?

Milan Rai: The ‘Jihadi John’ Feeding Frenzy

One of the signs of ‘brainwashing under freedom’ is that only a narrow range of views are expressed in the media

Spiegel Staff: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO — and by extension, the entire West — in danger of losing its credibility

Alexis Tsipras: Reparations

Speech of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras on the War Reparations owed by Germany to Greece. The speech was given as part of the Inter-party Parliamentary Committee for Claiming the German Reparations, today, March 10 of 2015.  (You can find the original text, in Greek, here.)   Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen MPs, I take the floor today Read more…

Atilio Boron: US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela

History shows that when the U.S. denounces a country,…

Mark Weisbrot: Venezuela a Security Threat?

Obama’s absurdity…Venezuela as a threat to U.S.

Noam Chomsky: Free Speech in the U.S.

The state of free speech in America today, Obama’s U.S. foreign policy, Israel and the rise of anti-semitism and more

Paul Street: Barack Obama, Monty Python, and the U.S. Threat to Venezuela

The United States President recently told his fellow US-of-Americans that Venezuela – yes, Venezuela – is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States”

Frida Berrigan: Uncle Pentagon

Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State

Spyros Lapatsioras: Syriza’s Only Choice: A Radical Step Forward

The policy of the government can only remain hegemonic if it supports the interests of the working majority in a struggle against neoliberal strategy

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