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Mark Evans: How Rejecting Psychopathology is Counter-Productive to Critical Psychiatry

All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things.  That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave.  Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer.  These people Read more…

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter?

NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach

Tom Hayden: Arab Winter

The “Arab winter” that began last year with the US-backed military coup in Egypt, is falling fast over Gaza

Asma Afsaruddin: The Pretender-Caliph and Islamic History

The truth about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Ray McGovern: Facts Needed on Malaysian Plane Shoot-Down

As usual, the mainstream U.S. media is rushing to judgment over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in war-torn eastern Ukraine

Alex Elkins: Fifty Years of Get-Tough

Remembering Harlem and the Urban Street Justice of the 1960s Riots

Bill Roberts: A Different Cancer Story

Mike Marqusee shows us in The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer, it is not necessary, or even healthy, to accept the enforced isolation of most treatment regimens

Marina Sitrin: Direct Action to Survive in Detroit

So, while the government of the US goes along with policies that mirror Israel at war with an entire people, We, the people of the United States, led by Detroit, are joining our sisters and brothers from Greece and Spain, creating real democracy and showing that real power is from below

Phyllis Bennis: Starting The Clock: The Gaza Crisis

History is determined by when you start the clock

Jack Rasmus: Militarization of the Police

Jack Rasmus welcomes guest, Ali Issa, of the War Resisters League, to discuss the growing militarization of police forces in the USA today

Edward Snowden: Edward Snowden in exile

A look at and an interview with Edward Snowden

Ewan Robertson: Maduro Extends Planned “Shakeup”

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has extended the date upon which significant changes to the government and state administration will be announced

Juan Cole: Falluja and Gaza

Why Counter-Terrorism fails when the Problem is Political

Robert Pogue Harrison: The Children of Silicon Valley

The twenty-first century has only aggravated the political, moral, social, and environmental concussions of the twentieth

Eleanor Bader: Stoking Fire: What’s Missing From Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’

Hard Choices is a fascinating glimpse into 21st-century politics that affirms Clinton as a conventional player whose administration—should she choose to run for president, and should she win—will be little different from the administrations of her male predecessors

Seth Sandronsky: Feeding Pentagon Capitalism: California and Palestine

In the Gaza Strip, 1.7 million Palestinians are the targets of Israeli Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds aircraft

Ray McGovern: Roots of Ukraine Crisis

Absent from U.S. media encomia for recently deceased former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is any mention of the historic deal he reached with his U.S. counterpart James Baker in 1990 ensuring that the Soviet empire would collapse “with a whimper, not a bang” (Mr. Baker’s words). Mr. Baker keeps repeating that the Cold War Read more…

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Death and Destruction in Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Invasion

More than 240 Palestinians have been killed in air strikes, nearly 77 percent of them civilians, including almost fifty children

Mehdi Hasan: Shamefully Complicit in Its Crimes

We single out Israel because, shamefully, we are complicit in its crimes

Paul Street: Deleting the Imperial Perpetrator

The message is clear: the US has no obligation to take in or otherwise care for the massive influx of child migrants from Central America

Joe Emersberger: When will the UN pay for its crimes in Haiti? When will anyone?

Since 2010 the UN has been dodging responsibility for a cholera outbreak that has killed 8,500 Haitians and sickened more than 700,000

Stephen F. Cohen: Downed Malaysian Plane Raises Risk of War

Interview with Professor Stephen Cohen on what this incident could mean for the region

Raji Sourani: Interview with Raji Sourani in Gaza

“We are just soft targets: we are very cheap”

Tom Walker: Mythbuster: Israel’s attack on Gaza

Taking apart the excuses Israel is using to justify its massacre

Andy Piascik: Freedom Summers, 1964 and 2014

Before the latest attack on voting rights, the United States already ranked disgracefully low among nations of the world in voter turnout

Nafeez Ahmed: Netanyahu’s Real Goal

So far, around 1,400 Palestinian homes have been completely destroyed, damaged or left uninhabitable, including health facilities and ambulances

Carl Finamore: San Francisco Workers Aim High

There can be no doubt that protest movements have successfully placed on the national agenda the idea of giving American workers a raise

AFSC: Besieged and Blockaded

When war breaks out there is a tendency to focus on the nitty-gritty detail of tit for tat. But all wars have a back story

Pepe Escobar: BRICS against Washington consensus

The BRICS Development Bank – with an initial US$50 billion in capital – will be not only BRICS-oriented, but invest in infrastructure projects and sustainable development on a global scale

Ahmed Hadi: Israel Bombs Water Infrastructure

To either prepare for a ground invasion or to simply to make life for Gazans harsher than it already is, Israel decided to bomb the wells that provide tens of thousands of people in Gaza with water

Eduardo Galeano: If I Were Palestinian

Since 1948, the Palestinians have been condemned to live in never-ending humiliation

Greg Shupak: A Plague on One House

“Both sides” aren’t to blame in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel is

Glenn Smith: On China’s Doorstep, Youth Movements Are Flourishing

Young activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan are increasingly combining their efforts to protect local autonomy and democracy

Tom Hayden: Hijos De Las Guerras

The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy

Phyllis Bennis: Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

Our movement isn’t strong enough yet to end US enabling of the carnage in Gaza—but the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step

April Glaser: In Defense of A Neutral Net

The Federal Communications Commission is about to make a critical decision about whether Internet providers will be allowed to discriminate against certain websites

Amira Hass: Why the West Bank isn’t erupting against Israel

The Palestinian public lost its faith in its leadership’s schizophrenic discourse, which denounces the occupation on one hand, and abides by its dictates on the other

Ahmed Hadi: Health Catastrophe in Gaza after Israel bombs Water Infrastructure

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza live under the threat of water scarcity due to the fact that Israeli fighter jets bombed wells that provide water to several residential areas in the Gaza Strip

Juan Cole: Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach & Israel’s Precision War

The shelling of boys on a beach is symbolic of the aggressive paranoia of the Likud government

Kathy Kelly: Harassing the Drones

The problem is not that Mary Anne lacks appreciation for the law of the land. She’s exercising her First Amendment right to assemble peaceably for redress of grievance. The problem is that Judge Gideon refuses to challenge military elites

Michael Albert: Leninism, Anarchism, or What

A look at the different world views that can divide people

Neve Gordon: On ‘human shielding’ in Gaza

The crux of the matter is that in the context of contemporary asymmetric warfare, the weak do not have many options

Dahr Jamail: A Nation on the Brink

How America’s Policies Sealed Iraq’s Fate

Phyllis Bennis: NBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as Israel Invades

WIth Israeli tanks rolling into Gaza, NBC has pulled the reporter who has done more than any other to show the human costs of the conflict there

Norman Finkelstein: Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New “Peace Offensive”?

Interview on the broader context of decades of occupation and recent events highlighting the expansionist goals of the Israeli government in the Palestinian land under its control

Sue Halpern: NSA Surveillance: What the Government Can’t See

Perhaps it is time to acknowledge that the issue is not one of legality but of the failure of the law itself

Gideon Levy: Dark Days: Why Gideon Levy Isn’t Going Back To Ashkelon Any Time Soon

The man came right up close to me, to the point where I could smell his fetid breath. He took a wad of bills out of his pocket and peeled off a few green 20-shekel (almost $6) notes. I should use them to buy myself an apartment in the Gaza Strip, he told me. “Go Read more…

Tom Hayden: U.S.-China Climate Talks Creep Forward

With the US and China responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions, the future likely turns on bilateral diplomatic progress towards the December 2015 global summit

Jon Queally: World Council of Churches to Divest from World’s Dirty Fuels

Representing more than half a billion people, the decision is called ‘major victory’ for global movement calling for transition away from oil, coal, and gas

Shamus Cooke: Obama’s Influence Abroad is Evaporating

There was once a time, not too long ago, when the U.S. government’s ability to steer the policies of other nations was near absolute

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