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Serge Halimi: Why firefighters are against free trade

The French demonstrators in the Nuit Debout movement (Up All Night) hope that a convergence of struggles will enable them to extend their appeal beyond the young and university-educated, and become part of an international dynamic. One of their campaign issues — the rejection of free trade treaties (1) — may help those objectives. The intricacies Read more…

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David Swanson: What Is a Global Citizen, and Can it Save Us?

If people would stop speaking in the first person about the crimes of their country’s military, and start identifying with all of humanity, we might achieve peace

Tony Romano: “We all have a right to the city and must fight to win it!”

We must evolve our model to be more flexible to allow people anywhere to organize

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Matt Taibbi: Wall Street and Race

Clinton left a rhetorical door open for Sanders to connect Wall Street and race, but he didn’t do it

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Juan Cole: The End of American Iraq: Poor Shiites invade Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

The Bush administration presided over the installation of an Iraqi spoils system more rowdy and rapacious than anything Andrew Jackson ever imagined

Jim Pope: The Big News in the Union Rift Over the Working Families Party

If anybody can provide the organizational infrastructure and political expertise to reap long-term gain out of the Sanders campaign, it is the WFP

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Jim Hightower: Why Bernie Sanders Will, Should and Must Refuse To Drop Out Against Hillary Clinton

The keepers of the Established Order fear a grassroots uprising by no-name “outsiders”

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Glenn Greenwald: To See the Real Story in Brazil, Look at Who Is Being Installed as President — and Finance Chiefs

This fraud being perpetrated here is as blatant as it is devastating

Cathy Breen: Stories by the Fire


The families behind curtains like these, in camps, or in repurposed or unfinished buildings, have for the time a desperately welcomed measure of security

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James Anderson: The Evolution of Union Co-ops and the Historical Development of Workplace Democracy

The challenges unionized co-ops historically faced, however, continue to affect the evolution of real-life alternatives to traditional capitalist business

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Joao Pedro Stedile: “Dilma’s mistake was to promote class conciliation”

It’s time to put more energy into bringing awareness and organizing people, because in the coming years we’ll see a new rise in mass movements in our continent

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Robert Fisk: Saudi efforts to ‘modernise’ its economy away from oil are just PR tactics

For years, oil analysts have suggested that Saudi reserves are nothing like the kingdom claims them to be

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Charles Glass: Andrew Bacevich and America’s Long Misguided War to Control the Greater Middle East

There is a loyal cadre of intellectuals and pundits favoring war after war, laying the moral ground for invasions and excusing them when they go wrong

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Bernie Sanders: Bernie Sanders Rally in Oregon

Bernie Sanders Rally ‘A Future to Believe In’ in Springfield, OR, April 28

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Yanis Varoufakis: Massive IMF Bailouts are “Ponzi Austerity” Scheme

Negotiations between Greece and international creditors hit an impasse over the bankers’ demands for extra austerity measures

Noelle Solange Didierjean: The Race to the Bottom

Bike couriers risk life and limb for unpredictable pay, little job security, and almost no workplace protection

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Dave Zirin: Meet Two Women Tackling Misogyny in Sports Journalism

Women don’t want white knights to ride and and defend us. We just want a voice to defend ourselves

Robert Borosage: Clinton’s Defense of Big Money Won’t Cut It

Hillary Clinton’s heated defense of the money she has raised from Wall Street and other interests won’t cut it. Her protests contradict the basic case that virtually all Democrats and reformers have made for getting big money out of politics. It is vital that voters not be misled by them. Normally, liberal politicians defend setting Read more…

Claire Bernish: Trump and Hillary Refuse to Explain Why They Both Share the Same Address in Delaware

Reportedly dozens of Fortune 500 companies — Coca-Cola, Walmart, American Airlines, and Apple, to name a few — use Delaware’s strict corporate secrecy laws and legal tax loopholes

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Noam Chomsky: All Decent Things

the Left is the movement that is in favor of all decent things—freedom, justice, peace. Of course we have to define it for ourselves, but traditionally it’s the movement that’s been in favor of more freedom, more justice, more equality, more participation, more control over our own lives—all decent things. That’s the Left.

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Edward S. Herman: News Fit to Print But Not Printed, Part Two

In Part 1, I began with a case where the New York Times belatedly acknowledged that it had failed to print news fit to print, news which, not coincidentally, contradicted a party-line theme the editors had enthusiastically and uncritically supported five years earlier

Patrick T. Reardon: The South Side

Moore tells the history of how racial segregation came about here and considers a variety of ways through which it might be reversed

Sam Cossar-Gilbert: #NuitDebout

Over the last months France has been rocked by mass protests, occupations, and strikes

Esther Kersley: Drones, Drugs, & Death

The war on terror’s methods of mass surveillance and remote warfare are not unique. The U.S. is also addicted to covert tools in its “war on drugs,” with disastrous consequences. In April 2015, USA Today broke a story with the headline: “U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades.” At first glance, it appeared to Read more…

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Paul Street: Obama in Cuba

It’s not very often that you hear or see a salaried corporate media operative defend Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s Cuban Revolution and its accomplishments. That’s why I did a double take when I read an opinion piece titled “Cuba’s Success Lost in Media Frenzy”

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Jack Rasmus: Neoliberal Economists v. Bernie Sanders

The irony of the Krugman/Gang of Four attack is that Sanders’s proposals represent what were once Democratic party positions and programs—positions that have been abandoned by the party and its mouthpiece economists since the 1980s as it morphed into a wing of the neoliberal agenda.

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Juan Cole: With Us Or Against Us?

Thirteen years after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, it is worth considering its full impact on this country and on the region. Bush-Cheneyism had a number of key pillars

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Steve Early: The Last Hurrah in Richmond?

Even Bernie Sanders, now the nation’s foremost critic of big money in politics, seems taken aback by the scale of Chevron spending on Bates’s behalf.

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Mark Engler: Claiming Our Victories

Ever so often we see an explosion of protest that propels an urgent issue to the fore of public debate

Pete Dolack: No Planet for Optimism

When it comes to global warming, what else don’t we know? What science does know, and what it can infer from studying archeological records, already makes anybody who thinks the long-term habitability of Earth is more important than short-term profits very worried.

Edward Morris: Why Bernie’s Right About Glass-Steagall

Most observers think Sanders is on a quixotic quest and, with Wall Street’s political power, the chances of any revival of Glass-Steagall are, like his election to the presidency, slim. Yet Sanders has a strong argument, one that can be effectively made using Citigroup

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John Pilger: A World War Has Begun

Few seem aware that the bikini swimsuit was named to celebrate the nuclear explosions that destroyed the Bikini island.

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Michael Lesher: Blindness of Privilege

Because the recent shootings at the Peachtree Mall in Columbus, Georgia haven’t been blamed on Muslims, they’ve never been described in the press as acts of “terror,”  in fact, they haven’t received much national attention at all. But they have stimulated a good deal of frightened commentary in the affected region, much of it depressingly Read more…

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David Swanson: Israeli Lies Fall As Corporate Media Falls

The new film narrated by Roger Waters, The Occupation of the American Mind, traces the rise of Israeli war propaganda in the United States. This propaganda, which has skillfully swayed U.S. public opinion in support of Israeli wars and occupations, has in fact been not so much a matter of skill as a matter of Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Native Americans : America’s Invisible People

On a cold winter’s night in December 2014, the police officer who maintain that Allen Locke lunged at him with a knife, killed Locke inside his house at Lakota Community Homes in Rapid City, North Dakota. No charges were filed against the officer

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events and other items of note for progressives

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Alfredo Lopez: Where the Bern is Fizzling

If you’re flying the flag of “different and progressive politics”, you have to organize a campaign that emanates, not from a candidate winning people over, but from people, communities and movements educating the candidate

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Michael T. Klare: Debacle at Doha

The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

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Ramzy Baroud: Did the Arabs Betray Palestine? – A Schism between the Ruling Classes and the Wider Society

The outcome of the ill-fated ‘Arab Spring’ was a massive letdown, if not betrayal, not just of Palestinians but of most Arabs

Pete Dolack: Verizon sticks it to its workers because $45 billion isn’t enough

Conservative ideology insists the question should be “Why does someone have something you don’t have” (such as a pension), instead of “Why do you not have something that you should be entitled to but don’t have”

Cathy Breen: Arriving in Erbil and Wondering: What Lies Ahead

Wherever I look, tall, unfinished concrete buildings, accompanied by construction cranes, loom over the city. It is somewhat eerie because I see no movement inside or around any of the buildings, none whatsoever

Jonah Birch: A French Spring

Popular protests have erupted against efforts to dismantle France’s labor code

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Eva Golinger: My Country, My Love: a Conversation with Gerardo and Adriana of the Cuban Five

It was nearly nine o’clock that Wednesday December 17, 2014 when I saw a tweet by Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban spies who had been imprisoned in the United States for over a decade. THEY RETURNED! I had to look twice. Could it be true? I quickly started searching in newspapers and digital Read more…

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Badri Raina: The Trumpet Snarls

An unlovely trumpet sounds The knell of decency Across the chosen land

Derek Royden: “Yes We Can!” From Spain to Britain to America, a Revitalized Left Is Emerging

In Europe and North America alike, movements battling neo-liberalism and authoritarian xenophobia will need to become more than the sum of their leaders

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Ben Dangl: How Bernie Sanders and Occupy Wall Street Cracked Open America’s Political Imagination

Thanks to Sanders’ efforts, terms like socialism, capitalism, the 1%, and oligarchy have been further popularized and widely understood

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Yanis Varoufakis: Europe’s “Hot Spot” Refugee Registration Centers are “Concentration Camps”

Interview on the refugee crisis in Europe, and so-called hot spots that are registration centers for refugees in his country

Abby Cuniff: How New England students are taking fossil fuel divestment a step further

We cannot remain silent, on or off campus. Complicity allows for climate destruction and upholds the legacy of colonial violence in the Northeast and abroad

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Brazilian Senate to Vote on President Rousseff’s Impeachment

A look at why Rousseff’s impeachment is a highly political process and not a legal one and how this “legislative coup” can be compared to others in recent Latin American history

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Tom Engelhardt: The Real Meaning of Donald Trump

He’s a Sign of American Decline (Just Not in the Way You Think)

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