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Rafael Pepper-Clarke: Is Pearson Another Word For Stalker?

A 5th grader looks at the right to privacy

Belen Fernandez: Guantanamo’s 10-second makeover

It seems there might be better locations to start a war on discrimination and harassment than an illegal offshore detention facility that shouldn’t exist in the first place

Melissa Sanchez: Two educators vie for aldermanic seats in runoffs

Stamps says the runoff elections – both for aldermanic candidates and the mayor’s seat – are crucial for turning the tide on what she sees as the privatization of city services, starting with the educational system

Solaiman M. Fazel: The War in Yemen is Political, Ecological: Forget Sunnis and Shiites

If Yemen is to achieve water and political security, the country has to overcome the deep historical grievances and implement a viable power sharing model

Oliver Laughland: Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn

Lawsuit with 800 plaintiffs seeks damages for individuals, spouses and children of people deliberately infected with STDs through US government program

Matt Peppe: The Crimes the New York Times Believes Should Go Unpunished

For the Times editorial board, as for much of the American public, blind worship of American power is more important than their professed concern for the rule of law

Linda Gordon: Police Violence and Police Unions

The solution is not that complicated in principle: the US needs to build a system of holding police responsible for violations of the law and human rights

Gareth Porter: Manufacturing a ‘Good Adversary’ in Tehran

The real story behind America’s 30-year Cold War with Iran

Ezequiel Adamovsky: The Nisman Case: Deflating Rapidly

Right-wing media in Argentina sought to exploit the death for political purposes, with wild and unsubstantiated claims, but they haven’t been successful

Richard Falk: Opposing Impunity for Geopolitical Criminality

It should surprise few that Israel’s backlash against the ICC is supported by the United States

Farooq Sulehria: Peshawar School Tragedy

Frequent remote-control bombings and Fidai missions have claimed over 70000 lives in Pakistan since 9/11

Anand Gopal: The Real Afghan War

How an American Fantasy Conflict Created Disaster in Afghanistan

Richard Eskow: What Everyone Should Know About the Student Debt Crisis

The Federal Reserve recently released new data on student debt, and it shows that the situation is even worse than many people realized

Michael Schulson: “Facebook’s power is to sort what people see and to screen information. That’s basically what Google does, too”

There’s a way in which the everyday experience becomes more attuned to the logic of quantification and advertising

Daniel Johnson: Workers in the New Turkey

Already a country hostile to workers, Turkey has now effectively banned the strike

Gareth Porter: Iran won upfront sanctions relief, but with potential snags

One thing the US text makes clear is that the issue of Iranian research and development on advanced centrifuges research & development remains unresolved

Juan Cole: What if US & UN Sanctioned Israel over its Nukes as they did Iran over Enrichment?

For decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel, which probably had an atom bomb by about 1970

Kim Scipes: Standing Room Only for Sue Sadlowski Garza, Karen Lewis, Chuy Garcia, and Bernie Sanders: Jammed Hall as 10th Ward Turns Out in Celebration, Determination

They want to work with people to make this a better world, and I think there’s an opening that needs to be recognized, supported and joined

Nadia Prupis: In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations

Rather than focusing on urban usage, Brown should go after the industries which contributed the most to the drought

Nicholas Fitz: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

The researchers found Americans overestimate the amount of upward social mobility that exists in society

Alfredo Lopez: Barbie the Spy!

Police state surveillance now involves our children

Ragina Johnson: California Is Burning

Why water supplies are drying up in the state that is home to one in eight Americans–and what needs to be done to press for an alternative

Noam Chomsky: On Everything

Noam Chomsky is interviewed by a very prominent physicist on a variety of topics

Bill Fletcher: Guns, Settlers & Race

Gun ownership in the U.S. was a defining feature of whiteness

Eva Golinger: Obama’s Legacy Set to Fail in Latin America

If the Obama administration truly wants to be a regional partner, then it will have to accept and respect what Latin America has become: strong, united and bonded by a collective political vision of independence and integration

Petar Stanchev: Mr. Anarchist, we need to have a chat about colonialism

Western anarchists still prefer to retreat into their own ideological ivory towers and claim superior knowledge and righteousness through empty statements about the “spineless” radicalism of other people — especially those in the Global South

Badri Raina: My God Problem

These thoughts are occasioned by my most recent week-long embrace of the valley of Kashmir (March 22-28), among whose people I am, despite some five decades or more of living in metropolitan India. My visits and my engagement with Kashmir remain relentless, and my language, despite a half century of marriage outside the Kahmiri fold, Read more…

Vijay Prashad: The Sultans of Arabia intervene in Yemen’s domestic conflict

With Yemen in danger of entering a new order outside Riyad’s control, Saudi Arabia had to act. All talk of Iranian proxies and Shia-Sunni divides obscures Yemen’s real conflict.

Harry Targ: Indiana Progressives At A Crossroad

Building A Fusion Politics-Based Movement

Alain Badiou: Dangerous Days Ahead

Interview on whether a radical break from the eurozone is possible

Charles Pierce: The Warren Effect

Here Is A Bluff That Needs To Be Called

Phyllis Bennis: Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we’ve got to protect it

William Blum: Cold War 2.0

f I were still the jingoistic nationalist I was raised to be I think I would feel somewhat embarrassed now by the blatant obviousness of it all

Michael Albert: What’s Free?

The odd situation that gargantuan operations make it look like “free” is sensible – Google, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. You don’t pay for them, or don’t think you pay, anyhow – so why pay for anything else – especially coming from the left?

Florian Zollmann: The Scourge of Militarism

The vast military machine needs to be dismantled. This can only be achieved by the concerted and peaceful efforts of an international grass roots movement

Joe Emersberger: Nice about Katharine Viner, but Ads keeps the Guardian’s Lights On

We urgently need a mass media that does not chase after ad revenue or well-off subscribers

Shamus Cooke: Fight “Right to Work” in Oregon With “$15 and a Union”

Right to Work is not inevitable in Oregon. There is still time to go on the offensive

Julian Assange: ‘I still enjoy crushing bastards’

There is not any pretense anymore that there is equality before the law

Lee Fang: How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance, Snowden Be Damned

American spy agencies have been pushing laws to encourage corporations to share more customer information

Nora Barrows-friedman: Defying college’s threats, California students build mock Israeli wall

Student activists at Pitzer College in southern California are risking administration sanctions this week to bring attention to Israel’s violations of the rights of Palestinians

Steve Fraser: Plutocracy The First Time Around

Revisiting the Great Upheaval and the First Gilded Age

Vijay Prashad: The Geopolitics of Iran’s Nuclear Program

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs held a lecture entitled:
The Geopolitics of Iran’s Nuclear Program with Vijay Prashad

Cynthia Peters: Liberation and Mental Health

A Review of “Social Justice in Clinical Practice”

Noam Chomsky: On Institutional Stupidity

It’s a kind of stupidity that’s entirely rational within the framework within which it operates: but the framework itself ranges from grotesque to virtual insanity

Paul Street: Name That System and/or Work to Overthrow It

Movement-building would seem the major order of the day

Ben Dangl: Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views from a Regional Election

Following the election, new checks and balances to MAS party power may continue to open up spaces of dissent, debate and contestation that will deepen Bolivia’s wider process of change

Arun Gupta: Why Promoting Healthy Food like Junk Food Won’t Work

What does threaten junk food are stringent federal nutrition standards, soda taxes, limits on advertising to children, banning toy giveaways with fast-food meals, healthier school lunches, subsidizing the purchase of fresh foods by food-stamp recipients

Vijay Prashad: Party of paranoia

The nuclear deal, built on compromise, is an essential first step towards a bargain for the region. It is precisely what the party of paranoia opposes

Pepe Escobar: Howling in Donetsk

I saw whole families holed up in fully decorated Soviet-era bomb shelters too afraid to go out even by daylight, traumatized by the bombings orchestrated by Kiev’s “anti-terrorist operations”

Robert H Wade: The Ukraine crisis is not what it seems

The tortured history of the present conflict began before the overthrow of President Yanukovich

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