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Karima Bennoune: “Truth needs witnesses”: the murder of Saïd Mekbel

The column Saïd Mekbel published the day before he was assassinated in 1994 remains sadly topical today

Jim Naureckas: An ‘Entertaining’ Lesson on How Cops Can ‘Win the Media’ After They Kill

That does sound like fun–learning how to best manipulate the media after your colleagues have killed a human being

Daniel patrick Welch: Whitey to Whitey: Yes it’s us: y’all need to change, and that Right Soon

White Americans have essentially never internalized the Kerner Report. Assembled by Lyndon Johnson to address what was laughably referred to as the Negro Problem, the panel very quickly saw that this was a joke. There is no Negro Problem in the US, but rather a white people problem. FIFTY years ago (let that sink in), Read more…

Patrick L. Smith: New York Times propagandists exposed

Well, well, well. Gloating is unseemly, especially in public, but give me this one, will you? It has been a long and lonely winter defending the true version of events in Ukraine, but here comes the sun. We now have open acknowledgment in high places that Washington is indeed responsible for this mess, the prime mover, Read more…

David Swanson: Israel’s Secret

On the Side of the Road tells the story of the founding of Israel in 1948 through the memories of those who killed and expelled the people of Palestine

Paul Street: Campus Town Amnesia

John Deng Down the Memory Hole

Ramzy Baroud: The Mockingjay of Palestine

“If we burn, you burn with us”

Parthena Xanthopoulou-Dimitriadou: Anarchist prisoner’s hunger strike sparks riots in Athens

Clashes broke out in Exarchia last night after a solidarity march for the anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos, who has been on hunger strike for 24 days.

Mike Marqusee: From the archives: Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism

It’s important to remember that, until the mid-1970s, Muhammad Ali was more reviled than admired in his native land, and enjoyed far more respect abroad

Jessica Johnson: 5 Reasons Feminists Should Join the Fight for Justice in Ferguson

Ferguson is about all of us, and Ferguson is about more than one incident

Kate Shea Baird: ‘Let’s win back Barcelona’: the rise of Guanyem

On a wave of political struggles, a new municipal platform — Guanyem Barcelona — was launched this year with a “democratic rebellion” as its goal

Fania Davis: This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism?

Nick Chiles: Another Shocker: No Indictment of NYPD Officer

Like a devastating one-two punch, a grand jury in Staten Island has decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner

George Monbiot: Breaking the Silence

No wonder landowners are scared

Vijay Prashad: India and the Islamic State group

In late November, Areeb Majeed returned to his home in western India after a brief sojourn among the legions of the Islamic State group. Majeed, 22, had gone to Iraq on pilgrimage with three friends in late May after apparently making contact with the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS) online. From Baghdad, the Read more…

Z. C. Dutka: Pemon Indigenous Occupy Airport in Venezuela

“We Have Had Enough of Broken Promises”

Chuck Idelson: As Latest UN Climate Change Meet Begins, Naomi Klein’s Book is Worth Another Look

With so much at much at stake, why have world leaders done so little to embrace comprehensive, mandatory solutions?

Dan La Botz: The Mexican Crisis Deepens

Tens of thousands are in motion throughout Mexico, demanding justice from the government, and many around the world support them

Rebecca Solnit: Anywhere But Here

The following Rebecca Solnit piece is slightly adapted from photographer Michael Light’s new book, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain

Guy Rundle: The Meaning of Black Friday

When Black Friday devours Thanksgiving, capitalism consumes one of its sustaining myths

Juan Thompson: Why the Ferguson Riots Were Justified

No justice. No respect.

Preeti Kaur: India: Sterilization, Development, Population Control and Discrimination

Tragic deaths of 15 sterilized women in India reveal pervasive discrimination and inhumane family planning policies

Florian Zollmann: Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre

As journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti observed in 2004, “Fallujah was once called the city of minarets. It once echoed the Euphrates in its beauty and calm. It had plentiful water and lush greenery. It was a summer resort for Iraqis. People went there for leisure, for a swim at the nearby Habbaniya lake, for a kebab Read more…

Gregg Shotwell: A Fighter All My Life

A Fighter All My Life is the memoir of Sam Johnson, a black man from the South who became a Detroit auto worker and dissident union activist

Charles Davis: Amazon’s Frightening CIA Partnership

Capitalism, corporations and our massive new surveillance state

Kate Aronoff: Ferguson protests escalate despite holiday weekend

Contrary to some major news coverage, protesters around Ferguson, Mo., were far from quiet this past holiday weekend

Sebastian Rosemont: Chilean Activists Change the Rules of the Game

Although many of the protests of 2011 — the year of Occupy Wall Street — have faded, Chilean students and workers managed to win many of their demands

Danai Limneou: Hunger strike in Greece: for a breath of freedom

Twenty days ago anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos went on hunger strike to demand his educational furlough

Juan Cole: Putin, Blocked by Europe, turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

The Russian annexation of Crimea and heavy interference in the Ukraine has had a significant consequence for its hydrocarbon industry

Bel Trew: The Crooks Return to Cairo

Egypt’s government is happily letting exiled billionaires and convicted Mubarak cronies buy their way back home

Michael Eric Dyson: Dehumanizing the Black Lives of America

On Ferguson, Police Brutality and Race

Michael Albert: Hypocrisy, Pathology, and Prospects in Inspiring Action

We need more effort going to motivating belief in the efficacy of overcoming our problems with positive gains

Kathy Kelly: Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

Ironically, one of the institutions in U.S. society which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military

Justin Podur: The Power of Crazy Ideas

A review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein

Tom Hayden: The CIA’s Student-Activism Phase

In the 1960s, the agency sought to fight Communism through the students’ rights movement. There’s little reason to think its tactics have changed

Nikos Raptis: Education: The Perennial Problem

What is important is that the students start from scratch by themselves. They “invent the wheel” themselves

Robert Reich: Patrolling the Boundaries Inside America

The boundary separating white Anglo upscale school districts from the burgeoning non-white and non-Anglo populations in downscale communities is fast becoming a flashpoint inside America

Steve Bogira: Can Chuy beat Rahm in the race for mayor?

“Chuy” Garcia is a formidable candidate

Murtaza Hussain: Wall St. is Taking Over Pension Plans

“There is a massive transfer of power and wealth happening from the public to Wall Street, through pensions”

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James Petras: The Pentagon and Big Oil: Militarism and Capital Accumulation

There is no question that, in the immediate aftermath, following U.S. military conquests, wars, occupations, and sanctions, U.S. multinational corporations (MNC) lost out on profitable sites for investments.

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events HUMAN RIGHTS – The10th Biannual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC X) will be held December 12-14 in Savannah, GA. The Goal of SHROC is to bring together human rights organizers to discuss common issues and develop more effective strategies for building a human rights movement in the Deep South. Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue Read more…

Dylan Murphy: Kiev Regime Faces Military Defeat and Economic Collapse

With all eyes focused on the Middle East, it appears to have gone quiet in the Ukraine with a ceasefire announced in early September. However, fighting does continue on the ground and the Kiev junta faces a tough winter in which to keep hold of power.

Mateo Pimentel: A Story Grows in Arizona

The state’s legal landscape shifted drastically in 2010 when voters marginally succeeded in legalizing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (Prop 203, commonly). According to CNN reports at the time, the Arizona ballot measure—to legalize the consumption of medical marijuana—passed with only 50.13 percent of the vote. Prop 203 was effectively the only ballot to sneek Read more…

Robert Ovetz: Reviving the Power to Strike

Robert Ovetz reviews Strike Back by Joe Burns. “There is a hidden secret in our union movement and Joe Burns has shined a light on it. Our unions will not recover power until we again embrace worker self-organization”

Olivier Uyttebrouck: The End Of The Line For Chino’s Storied Union

The southern New Mexico mining town of Santa Rita no longer exists, even as a ghost town, except in the memories of Terry Humble and others who lived there. The ground beneath Santa Rita has been blasted, shoveled, and trucked away over the last century to feed the world’s demand for copper,

Bill Berkowitz: Stealth Evangelism 3.0

In 1990, a young Ralph Reed, newly hired by Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition to oversee its daily operations, told the Los Angeles Times that, “What Christians have got to do is take back this country, one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time, and one state at a time.

Ramzy Baroud: “Islamic State” Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

The entire American nation-building experiment was, in fact, a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country’s army, entire official institutions, and the construction of an alternative political class that was essen- tially sectarian.

The entire American nation-building experiment was, in fact, a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country’s army, entire official institutions, and the construction of an alternative political class that was essentially sectarian.

Paul Street: When Words Don’t Mean Anything Anymore

Nothing mocks disingenuous, power-serving politicians more than their own past words. President Barack Obama is a remarkable case in point.

Erica Weiland: You Have Already Been Drafted

Rich and powerful people will always find a way to profit from, rather than pay in any manner for, wars. Furthermore, I want to point out that we are already making great sacrifices for our current war. We have already been drafted and we are already paying war taxes. According to the War Resisters League, for the 2015 fiscal year, approximately 45 percent of every income tax dollar paid to the U.S. government will end up being spent on war

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