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Marianne Lavelle: Lyme Disease Surges North, And Canada Moves Out Of Denial

Untreated, Lyme disease can spread to joints, the nervous system, and even the heart

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David Swanson: When We’re All Musteites

I had people tell me I was a Musteite when I had at best the vaguest notion of who A.J. Muste had been. I could tell it was a compliment, and from the context I took it to mean that I was someone who wanted to end war

Kate Jenkins: The Freelancer Economy is Here. Should We Celebrate?

Early this month, the Freelancers Union released the results of an Edelman study which found that an astounding 34 percent of the U.S. workforce is now comprised of “freelancers”

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Marina Sitrin: The Power, Beauty and Challenges of the Climate March & Flooding of Wall Street

Reflections from Rebecca Solnti, Lisa Fithian, Sandy Nurse and Amanda Rouse

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Joe Emersberger: The Hazards of Corporate Media Consumption

Just stick to reading the corporate press and you’ll be very well insulated

Kate Aronoff: Mobilizing for Racial Justice in the Face of Tragedy

In setting achievable goals, OSA has set itself up to continue building momentum in their longer fight for racial justice

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Tom Engelhardt: Failure Is Success

How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century

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Shamus Cooke: Obama Reconsiders Attacking Assad

Sometimes bad ideas die slowly

Daniel Gutiérrez: The War on Migrants

Migrant workers in cities like Tijuana bear the brunt of global capitalism’s assault on labor

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David Swanson: Imagine There Are No Countries

The U.S. peace movement is currently drenched in nationalism, uses “we” to mean the U.S. military, and thinks of “global citizen” as a bit of silly childishness. That needs to change. And fast

Cora Currier: The Ghost Of Ronald Reagan Authorizes Most NSA Spying

U.S. intelligence agents have broad authority to spy on U.S. companies as long as they are “believed to have some relationship with foreign organizations or persons”

Kali Holloway: Racism is so insidious, even black people underestimate it

Another day, another senseless killing. These days, firsthand experiences with covert racism make defensiveness not just understandable, but warranted

Hassane Zerrouky: Kurds Accuse the Turkish Military Of Supporting DAESH

The offensive launched by DAESH Jihadists against Syrian Kurds is said to be supported by the Turkish military

Various Contributors: A National Call: Save Civilian Public Education

The combined impact of the military, conservative think tanks and foundations, and of corporatization of our public educational systems has eroded the basic democratic concept of civilian public education

Tithi Bhattacharya: 100,000 marched in Kolkata saying ‘Hok kolorob’ Let there be uproar

On September 20, 100,000 people marched in Kolkata, India against police violence and for gender justice

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Kim Scipes: A Review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

“You know your government has failed when your grandma starts to riot”

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Glenn Greenwald: The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria

Administration officials began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS

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David Swanson: A Good End Date for the New War Is Today

We’ve been so strategic over the past decade that everybody in the United States knows the war on Iraq cost U.S. lives and money, but most have only the vaguest idea of how it destroyed Iraq

Cory Fischer-hoffman: Hundreds of Rural Families in Venezuela Retake Idle Land for Agricultural Production

Supporters of the recent takeover emphasize the urgency to expedite land expropriations considering the shortages and economic war that Venezuela currently confronts

Nicolas J.S. Davies: Why the Showdown with Islamic Extremists Is the War the Pentagon Was Hoping For

As the U.S. escalates its bombing campaign against ISIS (or IS or ISIL), U.S. officials seem to have found an enemy we can all love to hate and fear

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John Holloway: Cracking Capitalism Vs. The State Option

With left parties on the rise in Spain and Greece, John Holloway reflects on his influential 2002 thesis: can we change the world without taking power?

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Murtaza Hussain: How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat

And the Corporate Media Went Along

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Fred Magdoff: Some suggestions for an ecologically sound and socially just economy

The environmental movement is lacking any kind of meaningful vision as to what a truly ecologically sound and socially just society would look like

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Richard Falk: Living Together on Planet Earth

Global policy is mainly shaped outside the UN by a bewildering array of formal and informal actors that participate in a variety of ways in international life

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George Galloway: Statement on Isis airstrikes

Statement in UK Parliament on Isis airstrikes

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Sarah Lazare: As US Bombs Iraq and Syria, Who Exactly Is Being Killed?

Pentagon provides scant information about people dying at its hands, while reports of civilian casualties emerge from the ground

Angela Caputo: Thousands Charged with Drug Possession Walk Free

It’s no surprise that drug possession is the No. 1 reason people were in Cook County Jail last year

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Paul Krugman: Our Invisible Rich

Most Americans say, if asked, that inequality is too high and something should be done about it

Ronnie Kasrils: Gaza and the ‘Crime Of Crimes’

Russell Tribunal on Palestine finds that Gaza is on the brink of a genocidal apartheid

Ming Chun Tang: Occupy Central: Hong Kong’s Fight Against Neoliberalism

As protesters flood the streets of Hong Kong demanding free elections in 2017, the international media puts on its usual spin

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Richard D. Wolff: Four-Day Workweeks: Change for the Better?

Changes in the capitalist system’s operating procedures, rules and regulations are always presented as if they were in everyone’s interest

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Mark Evans: Economic Norms for Mental Health Promotion

We know that social exclusion is bad for people’s mental health. It follows therefore, that an economic system that is inclusive will help remove this social determinant of mental illness

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Marjorie Cohn: I’m Just a Kid”: Tariq’s Ordeal

Do those shared values include slaughtering civilians, torturing children, and holding people in custody indefinitely without charges?

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Juan Cole: Why Obama Underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq

President Obama admitted on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the US had underestimated the military potential of ISIL

Charles R. Larson: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Edward E. Baptist’s brilliant book, The Half Has Never Been Told, soars because of the author’s decision to root his analysis in the human dimension

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Jack Rasmus: Barack Obama as ‘Jimmy Clinton’

Capitulation to corporate interests by Democratic presidents in their final two years in office has become a pattern in recent decades

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William deBuys: The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964

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Badri Raina: How is the Cookie Crumbling?

Is it too foolish to think that a day might come when Modiji will do more than say what he has said, namely, come to believe the truth of his words?

Florian Zollmann: The Rise of German Imperialism

On 31 August 2014, the German government decided to supply the Northern Iraqi Kurds with arms shipments in support of their struggle against the Islamic State

Joel Jaeger: Arms Trade Treaty Gains Momentum with 50th Ratification

With state support moving at an unprecedented pace, the Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force on Dec. 24, 2014, only 18 months after it was opened for signature

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Alexandra Bradbury: Alarming Trends in Package Delivery

High-Flying Drones and Basement Wages

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Bruno Jäntti: What do WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden Reveal about US Political Culture?

Although WikiLeaks has been the target of a considerable amount of attention in the US and the EU, it is noteworthy that the principle of the rule of law barely figures in this debate

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Paul Street: Krugman Needs New Sunglasses: Science Fiction, Ecocide, and Cheap Change

Spaceship Earth” presents its own urgent social and ecological justifications for massive public works programs and investments

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Vijay Prashad: Turkish-Syrian Border “The Great Hole” in Obama’s UN Speech

Obama’s comments at the UN on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease

Jessica Bernstein: New Yorkers Call Lyme Disease the New Plague

Sick Lyme patients are fighting a David and Goliath war against the CDC and HMOs

Carl Drott: Fighting Power in Kobanî

In northern Syria, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) have held their ground against intruders for over two years, despite lacking any kind of external support

Bruce Watson: Google, GE And Others Contribute To Climate-Change Deniers In Congress, Report Finds

Some of America’s pro-sustainability companies are helping to fund climate denial

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Cynthia Peters: White People and the Perils of Post-Ferguson Parenting Advice

A private conversation between you and your kids is exactly that – private. Racism is not private at all. It often plays out interpersonally

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Michael Albert: From Each to Each?

Parecon’s institutions instead not only get the allocative tasks accomplished justly, they also facilitate desirable personal and social commitments and habits

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Vijay Prashad: Tough guy Modi is the man of the moment for wealthy Indian Americans

Concerns about his role in a vicious 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom and his poor environmental record are swept away as Modi’s feelgood effect sweeps the US

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