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Vicente Navarro: What is Going On in Spain?

The End of an Era and the Beginning of Podemos

David M. Kotz: Plummeting Oil Prices Could Bring Radical Change to Russia

The current crisis, like the two before it, demonstrates the peril facing any petrostate, which is always vulnerable to events outside its control

Errol Babacan: The False Friends of Kobanê

The significance of the struggle in Kobanê cannot be overstated. But real international solidarity won’t come in the form of military intervention

Patrick Bond: South African Oil Spill Pollutes Rich Whites’ Playground

But suburban Durban’s disaster reveals wider planetary abuse and eco-racism

David Swanson: Do Americans Hate Children?

Yes, I know you love your children, as I love mine. That’s not in doubt. But do you love mine and I yours? Because collectively there seems to be a problem

Paul Street: Climate Change and “Everything Else,” Including Capitalism

It’s not about more versus less; it’s about better versus worse

Edward Snowden: Edward Snowden on Cyber Warfare

Large-scale cyber attacks with suspected ties to nation states are growing increasingly prevalent

Abby Martin: The Order to “Support the Troops” is Killing Veterans

The only heroes of today’s wars are those who resist them

Vijay Prashad: Looming shadows

Nothing less than a regional compact is necessary to deal with the I.S., but the politics between the states in the region block any such development

Juan Cole: Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris

The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public

George Monbiot: Produce More, Consume Less

How our governments’ crashing contradictions destroy their climate policies

Patrick de Oliveira: The Paranoid Style in Brazilian Politics

The slow decline of the Brazilian Workers’ Party has emboldened the country’s growing right wing

Diane Krauthamer: Hands Up, Fast Food!

The Fight for $15

Eric Jaffe: Americans Don’t Pay the True Cost of Driving

Any gas tax that fully corrected for the social costs of car reliance would upend life as Americans know it

Jack Rasmus: Shadow Bankers now run Ukraine

The IMF, the European Commission, and the USA have been intensifying their demands that Ukraine’s Poroshenko government expand and accelerate the IMF’s April 2014 plan to ‘restructure’ the Ukrainian economy

Marina Sitrin: Legal Solidarity – Needed in the Streets, Jails and Courts

Solidarity is our boundless power to act collectively to protect each other and make change in society.

Vijay Prashad: Double standards in the world order

The powerful are not accountable

Michael T. Klare: Carbon Counterattack

How Big Oil Is Responding to the Anti-Carbon Moment

Lansana Gberie: VS Naipaul and Africa

How can one sum up Naipaul’s long, almost obsessive, engagement with Africa, a continent he clearly does not like?

Ayşan Sönmez: The Middle East War and Displaced Yazidis

The Çınar Camp in Diyarbakır and the Bus Terminal Camp in Mardin – The Yazidis Return Home

Milan Rai: Abolishing Nuclear Weapons – Useful and Not-So-Useful First Steps

The most urgently-required negative security assurance (NSA) is a promise by all the declared nuclear weapon states never to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear weapon state

Frank Vyan Walton: [White] Woman Goes on Shooting Spree, yet somehow isn’t automatically Killed By Police

How, pray tell, could this alleged perpetrator, who unlike all the previous examples was not only armed with a genuine real weapon – had used it multiple times – how is it this woman wasn’t instantly dead as soon a police had a good clear shot at her?

Les Leopold: The Finance Industry Is Gorging Itself on Your Future

Change becomes much more possible if and when we are able to transform every discussion about debt into a debate about creating public banks to replace Wall Street’s financial stranglehold

Arthur Goldhammer: Let’s not sacralize Charlie Hebdo

In mourning the tragedy, let us not forget that Charlie Hebdo was shocking, obscene and offensive because the world is — as today’s shocking, obscene and offensive tragedy makes clear

Nidia Bautista: Led by Latinos, US Cities Organize to End Plan Mexico and Support Ayotzinapa

While protestors in Mexico have amplified their demands, multiple protests have been organized abroad in more than fifty countries

Jérôme Roos: Is Social Democracy Still Possible – or Permissible – in Europe Today?

Greece and Spain find themselves in a six-year depression.

Nikos Raptis: A Divine River and a Memory

In our crooked societies, old and present, the “owners” of the works of art are the Gages, the David Rockefellers, Hitlerite Nazi thieves, British Noble thieves, etc., or Pericles of ancient Athens

Vincent Emanuele: U.S. Policy and Practice

Activists must develop alternatives to society’s dominant ideologies, institutions and cultural practices

Pervez Hoodbhoy: The Peshawar School Massacre Was Not Pakistan’s 911 Moment

Massive militant establishments now hold the Pakistani state hostage

Tom Engelhardt: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Welcome to the National Security State of 2015

Badri Raina: How Bharat Came to Grief

Seven thousand years before they Could properly light a spark With stones, we had aeroplanes. The crafts  flew invisible-spiritual, Carrying  realized rishis across Galaxies, leaving neither body Nor wreck in sight, only emanations; Alas, that in modern times  that ancient Marvel  came to be sold as Star Trek, Wherein conjured  imitations fly To  fake stations Read more…

Ramzy Baroud: Time to Move Out: The Problem with Mahmoud Abbas and His Authority

The problem with Abbas, however, is bigger than Abbas himself. The ailment lies in the very political culture and class that sustained and benefited from political corruption for over 20 years

George Monbiot: The Child Inside

Why can’t we shape the places that shape our lives?

Kim Scipes: They Rule: The 1% vs. Democracy

Review of They Rule: The 1% vs. Democracy by Paul Street

Alexis Tsipras: SYRIZA is a Europe that is changing.

Alexis Tsipras delivered the keynote speech to the SYRIZA Congress January 3-4 2015, before the coming elections. It was the opening salvo of the electoral campaign

Bill Fletcher: On the NYC Police Killings & the Haymarket Massacre

Public opinion can be quickly, and rather easily, manipulated against progressive mass movements

Derek Summerfield: If children’s lives are precious, which children?

The question is whether we are willing to pay the price of extending to all the world’s children the sensibilities we apply to our own

Ann Robertson: The Strategic Significance of the Fight for $15

The fight for $15 is a battle actually unfolding before us, the kind of battle we have not witnessed for decades

David Swanson: Presidents Are Gods

Should it not disturb us that we’ve given single individuals for 4- or 8-year runs more power than King George III ever dreamed of?

Maryn McKenna: The Coming Cost of Superbugs: 10 Million Deaths Per Year

If you weren’t taking antibiotic resistance seriously before, now would be a good time to start. A project commissioned by the British government has released estimates of the near-future global toll of antibiotic resistance that are jaw-dropping in their seriousness and scale: 10 millions deaths per year, more than cancer, and at least $100 trillion Read more…

Claudia Chaufan: Why Did Swiss Voters Reject Single-Payer Health Care?

We must increase our outreach to the disenfranchised, to those who don’t think their voices make a difference

Guillem Murcia: Gag Law

Spain’s government tries to push back the tide

Michael Albert: Russell Brands’ Revolution

Host Chris Spannos interviews radical leftist Michael Albert about comedian and actor Russell Brand’s controversial new book, “Revolution”

Emilye Crosby: 10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Selma voting rights campaign started long before the modern Civil Rights Movement

IPS Correspondents: Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication

The goal is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018

Rami G. Khouri: Time for serious Palestinian leadership

There is no price to be paid if a country does not support the Palestinians in the Security Council

Norman Solomon: Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower

The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government’s siege against whistleblowing

Jack Rasmus: China Chasing Its Shadows

A look at China’s efforts since 2010 to tame its foreign ‘shadow banks’ that have been playing a central role in creating financial bubbles in its residential housing, local infrastructure, and currency markets

David Swanson: The Atlantic Can’t Figure Out Why U.S. Loses Wars

It is utterly bizarre that the least successful, most wasteful, most expensive, most destructive public program is largely unquestioned and generally trusted and revered by most of the public

Gareth Porter: The real politics behind the US war on IS

No military or counter-terrorism analyst believes that the military force applied in Iraq and Syria has even the slightest chance of defeating IS

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