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Paul Blest: The Myth of the Progressive Capitalist

The same companies that oppose North Carolina’s bathroom bill bankroll the politicians who passed it

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Bill Fletcher: Why Progressives Need a National Electoral Strategy—and Fast

We face a potential right-wing populist threat

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Ted Glick: This Is An Uprising

Review of This Is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping The Twenty-First Century, by Mark and Paul Engler

Pete Dolack: There’s no place for clean water under ‘free trade’

That last ruling provides the essence of “free trade” agreements — the accumulation of corporate power to override all democratic controls over health, safety, environmental or labor safeguards

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Ramzy Baroud: The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World

The danger of impunity is not merely the lack of legal accountability, but the fact that it is the very foundation of most violent crimes against humanity, including genocide

William Astore: What’s the Meaning of Failure?

A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline

William Black: “Liberal” Economists Cheered the New Democrats’ Deregulation of Finance

It is important to understand the intersection of the economic and political contexts in spring 1999 in the United States

Jonah Walters: Ortega’s Betrayal

Today’s Sandinista leaders are a far cry from the revolutionaries that once inspired the international left

Mackenzie Baris: Five Reasons to Care About the Verizon Strike

As the teams of working people at Verizon stand together, it’s important that we have their backs

Danny Katch: Standing up to Verizon’s war on unions

Why almost 40,000 Verizon workers are on strike — and need your solidarity

Conor Lynch: Bernie Sanders vs. the plutocracy: Why General Electric’s CEO is lashing out at the democratic socialist

Sanders has taken GE to task for its anti-middle class machinations. His message is too important to ignore

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Kshama Sawant: On Trump, Bernie and Building Socialism in the US

Interview on building socialism in a capitalist country, her critical support for the Sanders campaign, and why she believes change will ultimately have to come from outside the Democratic party

Lauren McCauley: ‘Just the Beginning’

400 Arrested on Capitol Steps Protesting Big Money in Politics

Dave Lindorff: The Story about Democratic Convention Pledged Delegates that Nobody Talks About

Clinton’s only ahead of Sanders thanks to 6 Deep South states irrelevant in November

Daniel Rivero: This is the scariest sentence you will ever read about the internet

Our generation has told ourselves that the value and beauty of social media is that it offers authentic, real-time perspectives from real people

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Juan Cole: Arab Youth view ISIL as major Mideast Obstacle, want less Religion

Overwhelming majorities of youth want their national leaders to expand personal freedom and human rights for women

Robert Hunziker: Greece Loses its Soul

The streets of Greece recurrently experience rioting, which has now morphed into the Necktie Movement, as lawyers, notaries, insurers, and engineers join in street protests

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David Bacon: Vietnam’s Labor Newspaper

Lao Dong belongs to the official union federation, but it maintains an independent critical voice

John Hanrahan: As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigns for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Oppose

“I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. Having overseen imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a force that is vastly inferior in air forces and air defenses to that which exists in Syria, it’s Read more…

Kai Newkirk: Democracy Spring: Over 400 Arrested at U.S. Capitol Protesting Corruption & Money in Politics

The protest brought together activists from about 140 organizations

UCLA Labor Center: Get to Work or Go To Jail

The criminal justice system can lock workers on probation, parole, facing court-ordered debt, or child support debt into bad jobs

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Don Fitz: Cuba’s Medical Mission

The Ebola experience is one of many covered in John Kirk’s new book Health Care without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism

Benjamin Sourice: #NuitDebout: a convergence of struggles takes shape in France

The #NuitDebout movement took root from a simple question: “how do we scare them?” The answer was obvious: by spending the night on our feet!

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Ilan Pappe: “This situation is not temporary, it is the future”

Interview on the unilateral policy favoured by the Netanyahu government, which is committed to retaining control of historical Palestine in its entirety and approves of the restoration of authoritarian Arab regimes

Ted Fertik: Outsmarting Governor 1%

New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s minimum-wage and paid-leave concessions are signs he feels threatened from the left

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Gary Olson: The Zika Virus: A No-Brainer, Moneymaker?

Alert: This is a satire. [Note: The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency and some four million people may be infected this year. Zika may cause brain damage and unusually small heads in newborns—called microcephaly. Women who become infected while pregnant are at especially high risk.] Eli Lilly, Read more…

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Joseph Gerson: Cambridge City Council Divests From Nuclear Weapons Production

Encouraging news from the disarmament movement

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Yanis Varoufakis: Why we must save the EU

The European Union is disintegrating – but leaving is not the answer

Meryl Nass: White House Makes a Big Deal of New Heroin Efforts

But Says Nothing about Stemming the Flow or Why We’re Still at War in Narco-State Afghanistan

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Victor Grossman: The Left and Right in Germany

Following German state elections three weeks ago the politicians are still sorting things out and pasting new coalitions together

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Patrick Cockburn: How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda

Local elites which hide their stolen wealth in offshore financial centers destroy their own credibility and power

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Bill Fletcher: What Wins

Looking into the future, the benefits of attaining inspiring program will make each new hour applied to seeking change far more effective

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John Pilger: Starvation in Australia: Utopia’s dirty secret

It is as if the enduring existence of a people who have survived and resisted more than two colonial centuries of massacre and theft remains a spectre on white Australia

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William D. Hartung: How Not to Audit the Pentagon

Five Decades Later, the Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead

Luiz ignacio lula Da silva: Lula Interviewed Greenwald

Interview on various aspects of the corruption scandal, the impeachment campaign, the accusations against him, his and PT’s political future, and the role of Brazil’s dominant right-wing media in inciting a change of government

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Raul Zibechi: Building New Worlds in the Favelas

This debate is part of all new movements in Latin America: how much energy should be spent building something unique and how much should go to dealing with state institutions

Eva María: Chavismo From Below

Why some Venezuelan socialists have broken with President Nicolás Maduro

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Noam Chomsky: German Weapons Exports to Israel & Saudi Arabia and the Refugee Crisis

Interview on the impacts of arms and weapons exports into Saudi Arabia and the refugee and Syrian crisis that is engulfing neighboring states as well as the European continent

Brian Goldstone: Justice for All

Ending the scourge of mass incarceration will require seeking justice not just for the innocent but for the guilty

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Bill Fletcher: For a “Third Reconstruction”

Fear is a driving force in the USA and the fear of terrorism obscures so much of what is really at stake in matters of foreign policy

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George Lakey: What if Americans protested like Icelanders?

Those who remained at home decided to roll up their sleeves, supplement their inadequate electoral systems with nonviolent campaigns and push the 1 percent out of dominance

ROAR Collective: Protesters take to the streets across Europe — in photos

Tens of thousands of people have occupied the streets of major European capitals in recent days. Could this spring mark the start of a new cycle of struggles?

Nadia Prupis: #ResignCameron: Thousands Call for Prime Minister to Step Down

In wake of Panama Papers, protesters gather in London

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Juan Cole: If ISIL falls before November, how will it affect the US Election?

If al-Raqqa and Mosul fall, it seems inevitable that this development would much help the Democrats

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Robert Fisk: The ‘one for one’ refugee policy means we’re picking and choosing among desperate people

As the journalist Wolfgang Bauer reminds us, the Syrian people witness the horrors of the Paris and Brussels attacks every single day

Jeff Abbott: Guatemalan Campesino Organizations Mobilize to Demand Agrarian Reform, Energy Nationalization

The campesinos were continuing a decade-long struggle to demand that the Guatemalan government nationalize the electrical system

Pete Dolack: No planet for optimists: Coastal flooding may come sooner than we fear

There is no alternative to a massive change to industrial activity — no amount of re-forestation can come close to canceling out the effect of industrial activity

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Charles Glass: Nagmachons

Cablegate, the Afghan War Diary and other WikiLeaks exposures have made little difference to public policy

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Richard Falk: Reading Jeff Halper’s ‘War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification’

[Prefatory Note: The review below was published in the current issue of Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and Islamicate World. I am posting it here because I believe that Jeff Halper’s book deserves the widest possible reading. It explains clearly and convincingly one of the deepest and least understood roots of Israel’s diplomatic Read more…

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Glenn Greenwald: A Key Similarity Between Snowden Leak and Panama Papers: Scandal Is What’s Been Legalized

The key revelation is not the illegality of the specific behavior in question but rather the light shined on how our political systems function and for whose benefit they work

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