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Robert Borosage: Does the Democratic Party Platform Matter?

Sanders won’t get everything he wants, but he’ll get a lot of it

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Robert Fisk: Of course Germany refused to deny the Armenian genocide

Notably Angela Merkel – who still prays that Erdogan will keep back the refugees from the EU – chose to stay absent from the vote

Bernardo Alvarez: OAS Threatens to Suspend Venezuela While Ignoring Recent Ouster of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff

Interview on the situation in Venezuela and the actions of the OAS

David Weigel: Sanders: DNC Vetoed Union Leader Pick for Platform Committee

Sanders revealed that the DNC had actually vetoed his nomination of a key labor ally, and said he was told not to pick anyone else from the labor movement

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Noam Chomsky: The Legacy of the Obama Administration

Electoral campaigns, especially in the US, are being run by the advertising industry

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Greg Palast: Placebo Ballots: Stealing California from Bernie Using an old GOP vote-snatching trick

Alert! California poll workers have been told to give all independent voters “provisional” ballots if they want to vote in Democratic Party. That’s illegal – and will insure that Sanders voters’ ballots end up in the garbage, uncounted. A special bulletin for California voters. And for the rest of you, how this same trickery – Read more…

Antonis Broumas: Neoliberal Europe and the far right: two sides of the same coin

The success of the far-right’s pseudo-communal proposal is dialectically interrelated with the cannibalistic neoliberal project of Europe’s ruling elite

Steve Fraser: Bernie, The Donald, and the Sins of Liberalism

An American Version of Class Struggle

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Conn Hallinan: A Very Brazilian Coup

On one level, the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff seems like vintage commedia dell’arte: the Lower House speaker who brought the charges, Eduardo Cunha, had to step down because he has $16 million stashed in secret Swiss and U.S. bank accounts. The man who replaced Cunha, Waldir Maranhao, is implicated in corruption around the Read more…

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Eric Mann: Sanders v. Clinton on Palestine: No Contest

A look at statements from the speech Bernie Sanders proposed to deliver to AIPAC and Hillary Clinton’s speech to AIPAC

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Sue Sturgis: The human rights crisis in Music City’s booming hotel industry

The hospitality industry is booming in the tourist center of Nashville, Tennessee, with 39 hotels currently under development, according to Nashville Business Journal’s Crane Watch. Most of the hotels being built are either upscale or upper midscale. But the people who do the hard and sometimes dangerous work of keeping Music City’s hotels clean — Read more…

Sarah Jaffe: Why the Verizon Worker’s Victory is A Big Deal

By executing a pretty smart strike plan and staying on message in the media, we were able to inflict real damage on the company and protect the interests of members

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David Swanson: Democratic Party ignored its 2012 platform

Obama has normalized lawless imprisonment, not “reformed” it. His actions and this rhetoric have turned crimes into policy options

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Norman Solomon: Norman Solomon vs. Tom Hayden on Clinton vs. Sanders

This is a very important campaign and progressive movements are strengthening the campaign and being strengthened by it

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The Increasingly Unstable United States

Changing the whole world would in fact transform the United States, but only if we stop longing to go back to a golden era, which was not so golden for most of the world

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Amira Hass: African American-Palestinian Ties Prove the Vanquished Also Write History

The ties and connections that African Americans and Palestinians are building show that in spite of the victors, the vanquished are also writing history

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Vijay Prashad: Left Retakes Kerala

The left, far from being defeated as the business media suggests, is feeling the buoyancy of the Red Spring in Kerala

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Alexandra Bradbury: Retirees Win Round One

Who could have predicted a year ago, as Congress-sanctioned pension cuts gathered momentum, that thousands of retired truckers self-organizing in diners and union halls across Middle America would manage to apply the brakes? “We’ve taken just normal, everyday grandmothers and grandfathers, and we’ve made citizen lobbyists out of them,” said Wes Epperson, a retired member Read more…

Rene Wadlow: Austria Elects a New Green President Against the Rising Right

Van der Bellen is the first President of a European country from a Green Party. We will have to see if the cosmopolitan values of Green Party platforms will have a new champion

Jennifer C. Berkshire: Boston to Protestings Students: You’re Not Worth it

The students who’ve been protesting this spring may not use words like “portfolio district” or even “education reform,” but they are fluent in the language of diminishing opportunity

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Don Fitz: The 3,000 Who Stayed

How does a poor Latin American country make a transformative medical revolution?

Dick Nichols: Spain: As Podemos and United Left join forces, is a left government in sight?

The “second round” election on June 26 could open the door to the final breakdown of the two-party system and the beginning of a deep-going democratisation

Stanley L. Cohen: The Road Home for Prisoner 19846 052

I don’t give a shit about your dog. You pay us in full by the end of the day or report here with your clothes… home confinement is done. If you don’t show… you’re a fugitive.” With these words Katasha R. Artis, the dramatically under trained ex jock who serves as the Director of the Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: Preparing for the Next Memorial Day

In the aftermath of the Memorial Day military parades, a critical task for the coming year is to build a renewed, more vibrant, interracial, and multi-generational peace movement

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Ben Dangl: After Empowering the 1% and Impoverishing Millions, IMF Admits Neoliberalism a Failure

The IMF suggests neoliberalism has been a failure. But it has worked very well for the global 1%, which was always the IMF and World Bank’s intent

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John Feffer: The Coming Drone Blowback

The U.S. conducts drone strikes worldwide with relative impunity. But when the first strike hits the United States, the real blowback will begin

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Ramzy Baroud: Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’

The ‘Nakba’ is not merely a Palestinian experience; it is also an Arab wound that never ceases from bleeding

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Vijay Prashad: The right to intervene

Humanitarian intervention has often been used as a pretext for regime change. A short history of the global community’s struggle to agree on the ground rules

Stuart Hodkinson: The resistible rise of urban dispossession in Europe

The effects of the housing crisis across Europe in light of a new report, ‘Resisting Evictions Across Europe’

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Kathy Kelly: Building Trust in Afghanistan

U.S. people should earnestly ask how the U.S. could help build trust here in Afghanistan

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Andrew J. Bacevich: Milestones (Or What Passes for Them in Washington)

A Multi-Trillion-Dollar Bridge to Nowhere in the Greater Middle East

Sue Branford: Brazil: Recolonising a continent

Examining the past failures and future prospects of the left in Brazil in the face of a concerted US-backed right-wing offensive

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Martha Rosenberg: What Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

The Pharma-driven opioid epidemic may be as big a con as the mortgage housing bubble collapse

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Juan Cole: Dear Mr. Holder: Why Ed Snowden can’t get a Fair Trial in your National Security State

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview that what NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden did was illegal but added “”We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate we engaged in and by Read more…

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner: Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks

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Rory Fanning: When Soldiers Resist

This Memorial Day, let’s remember the courageous war resisters who said no to the slaughter in Vietnam

Various Contributors: Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement

Company agrees to add 1,300 new call center jobs on the East Coast, 10.9% raise over four years, first contract for wireless retail workers

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Vandana Shiva: Women Around the World Are Leading the Fight Against Corporate Agriculture

Agro-biodiversity bolsters food security at many levels

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John Feffer: The Music of Hopelessness

From the comfortable alt-rock of PJ Harvey to the hypnotic antagonism of Anohni, new protest music offers a relief from the official rhythms of war and peace

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Nick Turse: Two Men, Two Legs, and Too Much Suffering

America’s Forgotten Vietnamese Victims

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: A Balance Sheet for May 28

The way forward lies in building a sustainable and active democracy, an economy for peace rather than war

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Robert Fisk: President Erdogan knows that visa-free travel for Turkey could solve his ‘Kurdish problem’

Europe’s growing Kurdish diaspora would be vastly increased if the crushed and war-suffering masses of Diyarbakir could find their way to Germany, Denmark and Sweden

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Uri Avnery: The Center Doesn’t Hold

“The best lack all convictions, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity!” Is there a better description of what is happening in Israel now? Yet these words were written, almost a hundred years ago, by the Irish poet W. B. Yeats. Yeats was writing shortly after the terrible slaughter and destruction of World War Read more…

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Badri Raina: Prepare, the Muslims are Coming

While Donald Trump forges ahead to be the world’s most powerful CEO and then to keep the world’s Muslims from entering America, India’s own Sangh Parivar “trains” its young  saffron shirts to do one better—namely to prepare, rifle and lathi in hand, against our own Muslim Indians. Last week saw a clutch of Bajrang Dal fasios in fierce drill to ward off Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Let Them Drown

We need integrated solutions, solutions that radically bring down emissions, while creating huge numbers of good, unionised jobs and delivering meaningful justice

José Antonio Gutiérrez D.: Insurgency, conflict and communalism in Colombia

For decades, the FARC has led the revolutionary struggle in Colombia, but now farmers are taking over control by means of communal assemblies.

Lee Fang: Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal

The emails show an aggressive effort to engage private energy companies and use Poland as part of a larger campaign to sell fracking throughout the region

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Juan Cole: Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal

The MIC is so powerful that sooner or later they will get a candidate into the White House and turn some ramshackle third world piggy bank upside down and shake out its billions into their accounts

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Gar Alperovitz: Unjust Cause

Interview on the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Chris Brooks: Long-Term Organizing Bears Fruit for Grocery Local

“We do everything in our power to show the employer that we aren’t going to rest and they won’t catch us off guard”

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