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Chris Hedges: Make the Rich Panic

There may be good people within the system, but that is not the point. It is the system that is rotten. It must be replaced

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Serge Halimi: Which way out of this mess?

The lack of immediate results and loss of clear points of reference have blunted enthusiasm for transforming society, and the world

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George Monbiot: Code of Silence

Almost all the issues worth debating are left unmentioned in this election

Los Angeles Black Worker Center: #BlackWorkersMatter

The report shows that organizing to build the power of black workers is the only way to challenge the structural racism that perpetuates black social, political and economic inequity

Caitlin Goldblatt: The Struggle Continues in Baltimore

n recognizing that they’re fighting structural problems that won’t be solved by more people of color in political office, the movement in Baltimore has demonstrated its clarity of mission

Ashley Smith: The Problem with Bernie Sanders

We need to win the new left born out of Occupy, public-sector union struggles and the Black Lives Matter movement to breaking with the Democratic Party and building an electoral alternative as a complement to struggle from below

Paul Jay: Was Baltimore’s Curfew a Dress Rehearsal for Martial Law?

Discussing the legality of Freddie Gray’s arrest

Dan Clawson: The Computers are Listening

How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Ed Vulliamy: The rebellion in Baltimore is an uprising against austerity

Gentrified cities, the fall of manufacturing, the filling of jails with black men – all fuelled the violence that followed the killing of Freddie Gray

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Marjorie Cohn: The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

Baltimore’s sordid history of racial and class oppression, combined with the war on drugs, made for a deadly combination

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Noam Chomsky: Science at MIT: From the Cold War to Climate Change

Discussion on how scientific research at MIT has been affected for the past 50+ years by its relationship with outside funding agencies, in particular the US military

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Florian Zollmann: Terrorism and Islam in Western Europe

Terrorism is much closer related to Western power projections in the Middle East than to Islam

Richard Rothstein: From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation

Federal housing subsidy policies still disproportionately direct low-income black families to segregated neighborhoods and away from middle class suburbs

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Vijay Prashad: General Strike of the Rich Alumni

We dissent too little. We accept too much. We allow our institutions to treat students like customers and consumers and not citizens

Eugene Nulman: Why Political Campaigns Matter: A Lesson on Trust for Left Parties

Earning the public’s trust is not just important to gaining political power in order to try to make improvements through reform, but important in developing a new political culture of continuously earned trust

Bhaskar Sunkara: Bernie for President?

A vibrant Sanders campaign would be a sign that bleak job prospects and the squeezing of American workers are creating a political constituency for change

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Ted Glick: Bernie Steps Up; How About Us?

At the ripe old age of 73, Bernie Sanders has decided to rise to the urgency and seriousness of the times by running for President

Deborah L. Shelton: Guilty of mental illness

Addressing mental health issues before people are incarcerated should be the solution

Chris Heller: The Onion Is Not a Joke

How a fake newspaper is turning into a real media empire

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Noam Chomsky: ‘I Don’t Look at Twitter Because It Doesn’t Tell Me Anything’

Interview on the current media landscape

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Bruno Jäntti: Virulent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism

It seems that Hollywood knows no limits when it comes to dehumanizing Middle Eastern peoples and adherents of Islam

Joris Leverink: Kazova workers claim historic victory in Turkey

Their ultimate aim is to become a role model for others: autonomous and independent

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Joe Emersberger: Must the Venezuelan Right be Golpista?

Spreading misinformation and panic drives up borrowing costs and could encourage fringe elements of the military to use it as a pretext for a coup attempt

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Tom Engelhardt: Who Counts?

Body Counts, Drones, and “Collateral Damage” (aka “Bug Splat”)

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Richard Falk: Apartheid and the Palestinian National Struggle

This strategic bonding was greatly facilitated by Israel’s military prowess as revealed in its victorious wars, especially the 1967 War

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Glenn Greenwald: Cowardly Firing of Australian State-Funded TV Journalist Highlights the West’s Real Religion

That’s why Scott McIntyre was fired: because he questioned and disputed the most sacred doctrine of the West’s religion

Joan Shipps: Baltimore gang members sound ‘like Noam Chomsky’ compared to the cops

Citing the damage wrought by decades of oppressive policies, including poverty and police brutality, Crips, Bloods, and Black Guerrilla members in Baltimore have banded together to find collaborative solutions to the problems facing their city

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Henry A. Giroux: On the Struggle for a Cohesive Left

Interview on the failures of the liberal class, the limitations of our existing commercial/corporate media structure, and the need for alternative approaches to education

Garikai Chengu: The Rise of the African-American Police State

Far from being a “post-racial” nation, American race relations are at a new low

Don Quijones: Angela Merkel’s NSA Nightmare Just Got A Lot Worse

Europe’s economic powerhouse Germany still remains, to all intents and purposes, a militarily occupied country, with as many as 21,500 British soldiers and 50,000 US troops still stationed on its soil.

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Vincent Emanuele: No Alternatives to US Empire: Bernie Sanders and the 2016 Elections

Therein lies the hope: people connecting struggles and working effectively to resist domination and oppression

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Nikos Raptis: Greece: A possible Route

Will the Emperor and his Janissaries be successful in their effort to stop SYRIZA, Alexis, Zoe and all of us Greeks in our effort to move to a better society and to, even, become a catalyst for ecumenical hope?

Sam Harris: Exchange with Chomsky

Liberalism parades itself…

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Strange Lightness of History

To what extent have the colonized learned from the colonizers the arrogance of racism?

Merle Ratner: 40 Years After End of Vietnam War, Let’s Not Forget Who Helped Stop It and the Vietnamese Who Still Suffer

Perhaps the most tired of all the myths the right is trying to perpetuate is that anti-war activists’ actions dishonor U.S. soldiers

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Juan Cole: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

Sanders supported the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer but thought the Israeli army was a little heavy-handed and ‘over-reacted’

Nick Beams: US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

The advanced stage of discussions in US foreign policy circles over the pursuit of an ever-more aggressive policy toward China has been revealed by the recent release of a chilling report

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Tom Hayden: History Repeats? Activist Tom Hayden on Police Brutality Protests from the 1960s to Baltimore

“Baltimore today was everywhere in 1967, 1968″

Robert Borosage: The Sanders Challenge

Sanders has decided that the stakes are high enough and it is time to take that risk. Whether you support him or not, don’t discount him. He’s the real deal and this is a big deal

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Linda Gordon: Police Killings And A New Civil Rights Movement

In Ferguson, Baltimore, Los Angeles, young women of color have emerged as leaders and strategists, offering a new kind of civil rights politics—one that incorporates feminism, gay and transgender rights, and an emphasis on building grassroots leadership

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John Pilger: The Message of Anzac: Put Out More Flags, or Shut Up

Australia, a nation without enemies, is now spending $28billion a year on the military and war and armaments in order to fulfill a tragic, entirely colonial and obsequious role, now as Washington’s “deputy sheriff” in the Asia-Pacific.

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David Swanson: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders

The real question is not whether the next President will be a walking disaster, but what sort of popular movement will have been developed to resist it

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David Bacon: These Things Can Change

One group of immigrant workers, recruited as guest workers, is being pitted against another group—the migrants who have been coming to work at the company for many years

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Meredith Tax: The Revolution in Rojava

You’d think it would be big news that there’s a liberated area in the Middle East led by socialist-feminists, where people make decisions through local councils and women hold 40 percent of leadership positions at all levels

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Marjorie Cohn: Agent Orange: Terrible Legacy of the Vietnam War

40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, we must support the Vietnamese people who continue to suffer some of the most horrific legacies of that war

Patrick Heller: BRICS from below: counterpower movements in Brazil, India and South Africa

Recent protest waves in Brazil, India and South Africa reveal clear patterns of what can be called counterpower movements, movements that explicitly challenge the instrumentalization of political power

Nikos Katsiaounis: Greek Book Publishing in a Time of Crisis

The Greek social and material crisis has forced many book stores and publishers to close while writers and readers are considering new political ideas

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Bill Fletcher: Baltimore: Race, Class & Uprisings

These efforts need to be brought together as part of the building of a broad united front for justice and power, a movement that in addition to protesting atrocities is guided by a sense of hope and a vision of a new day

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Michael Albert: Baltimore’s Two Audiences

Generating collective views about aims and methods and embodying the shared commitments in lasting organizations is what can turn riots into sustained resistance and more

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Marina Sitrin: Revolutionary May Day in Berlin: It Began with a Riot

The participation in Revolutionary May Day in Berlin has consistently increased in number

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