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Florian Zollmann: Vision and Strategy for Media Change

Academics and activists should strive for changes in the current media system. However, proposing media change is a complicated task

Kathy Kelly: Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Heads to Prison for Protesting U.S. Drone War

Kelly and another activist were arrested after offering bread and an indictment against drone warfare

Vijay Prashad: Is India set for historic policy change on Israel?

As a leader of the Global South and a traditionally staunch supporter of Palestinian rights, a change of policy would be significant. But it’s not likely. Not yet

Milan Rai: Class and Leadership

A look at U.S. activist Betsy Leondar-Wright’s Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups

Sam Mitrani: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People

The police were created to protect the new form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid to late nineteenth century from the threat posed by that system’s offspring, the working class

Jack Rasmus: Coporations 5, Workers -1

Dissecting key provisions in the Republican Congress’s recently passed ‘Omnibus’ Appropriations bill

Jenny Brown: Review of 2014: Deep Trouble But Stirring Troublemaking

The year had a spirited and determined feel. Every time we turned around there was another sit-in or strike, ingenious job action or raucous flash mob

Alfred W. McCoy: How to Read the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Introduction: The recent Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture is arguably the single most important U.S. government document released to date in this still-young 21st century. Yet even with all its richly revealing detail about the CIA’s recourse to torture since 9/11, the report’s impact on the ongoing U.S. debate over impunity is muted Read more…

Mark Evans: Support the AllTrials Campaign!

Public Health v. Private Profit

Eva Golinger: Desperate to Save His Legacy, Obama Chooses Cuba

Cuba may be Obama’s life jacket, but the ship has sailed

Alex Doherty: Britain Returns to the Gulf

The creation of the new naval base in the Kingdom of Bahrain will likely inflame the broader Sunni population of the Middle East

Horace Campbell: The Cuban Opening and the Struggles for a New Social Order

In Cuba it will be crucial for the organization of workers, small farmers, students and cultural workers to strengthen their organizations and institutions so that the working poor are not offered up as cheap labor to Global Capital as in China

Heidi Boghosian: Grassroots Message Against Police Violence—and All Violence—Stands Firm

The peaceful demonstrations and direct actions carried out by tens of thousands of people of all ethnicities in recent months are born of a frustration with a system that guarantees impunity to state agents who kill young African American men

Chris Hedges: Answering Questions from Viewers

Answering questions like: “Do you believe the US or Israel will attack Iran?” and “Is there any hope for Bradley Manning?”

Paul Street: Worthy and Unworthy Victims From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

Marina Sitrin: Accountability for Murder When the State Fails

How HIJOS organized to break a social silence and hold the murderers of the Argentinean military dictatorship accountable

Jack Rasmus: The Republican Congress’s First Salvos: Corporations +5, Workers -1

The Omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress indicates clearly that the Republican Legislative Offensive is being rolled out faster than otherwise might have been predicted

David Swanson: Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

The U.S.-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they’ve decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they’re just sure you’re going to love

Pepe Escobar: Russia, China mock divide and rule

In September Chinese Prime Minister Li Keiqiang signed no fewer than 38 trade deals with the Russians

Peter Dreier: What We Can Learn From Ella Baker In A Post-Ferguson Era

“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest”

Robert Reich: The Republican’s Magical Mystery Tour

Dynamic scoring would make it easier to enact tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, because the tax cuts wouldn’t look as if they increased the budget deficit

Steve Early: Sounding the Alarm about Union Decline

Two new books lament the current state of working class organization and suggest various methods of resuscitation

Walden Bello: How the US-China Deal Subverted the Lima Climate Talks

Before the UN Climate Change Conference even began in Peru, the US and China had already made a climate deal

Badri Raina: Republic at Crossroads: Who is at the Wheel?

I cannot recall if political India has ever before had a more momentously contentious ending to a calendar year

Juan Cole: After Cuba, Obama Can Make History by Recognizing Palestine

Palestinians, as stateless, not only lack most basic human rights, they do not even have a right to have such rights

Doug Allen: Nelson Mandela: His Meaning For Us Today

When assessing the meaning and significance of Nelson Mandela for us today, we are confronted with many contradictory questions: Which Nelson Mandela? Which Mandela narrative?

Chris Hedges: Journalism Should Be About Truth, Not Career

Chris Hedges tells Paul Jay about his criticism of the Iraq War and the events that led to him leaving the New York Times

Lauren McCauley: Amid Uproar, Nicaragua to Break Ground on Massive Canal ‘Scheme’

Opponents of the project say inter-ocean canal will displace tens of thousands, violates the constitutional rights of indigenous people

New York TImes Editorial: Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments

Vijay Prashad: America’s shame

The U.S. Senate’s report reveals that the CIA’s inhumane torture regime “to save American lives” had the blessings of the administration but produced very little intelligence.

Andrew Gavin Marshall: The Brutes in Blue

The institutionalization of racism, slavery, and policing predates the formation of the United States itself

Zaid Jilani: ‘Selma’ Portrays the True Martin Luther King Jr

A Radical Despised by the Political Establishment

Christine Ahn: Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s “Pivot to Asia”

Last month, the citizens of Okinawa awarded a landslide victory to a governor who wants U.S. troops off the pristine island

Danielle Adams: Bayou Rising draws attention to climate change

Hundreds of climate activists gathered in southern Louisiana for an event dubbed Bayou Rising with the theme “The seas are rising, and so are we”

Alexandr Litoy: The Kremlin has nothing to fear from left-wing opposition

Russia’s present troubles would suggest that the left-wing opposition finally has a chance to be heard. But how is that possible when so many of them have been in bed with Putin for years

Alexander Main: One step forward, one step back in US-Latin America policy

Allowing legislators stuck in a Cold War mentality to steer U.S. Venezuela policy is dangerous and risks wrecking the good will that the administration’s Cuba detente is generating throughout the region

Erdağ Göknar: Turkey again goes down Path of the One-Party State

The AKP not only has a vision to maintain its hold on power until 2023, the centennial of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, it actually has an advertising campaign that promotes this vision

Cynthia Peters: Power Anywhere Where There’s People

An Interview with Ayana Aubourg, a member of Youth Against Mass Incarceration

Justin Podur: Hacktivism

A review of: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous

Jack Rasmus: Oil Deflation, Russia’s Recession, and Ukraine Depression

Reviewing the continuing collapse of global oil prices and its effect on the emerging recession in Russia, continuing economic stagnation in Europe, and the deepening Depression in the Ukraine economy

Paul Street: Sorry, Mr. President: 2 + 2 = 4

Among the privileges of power are the rights to violate elementary sense, distort the facts of history, and engage in rank hypocrisy without the slightest hint of shame

Marjorie Cohn: Drone Warfare: Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective

Interview on Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues

Bruno Jäntti: Powerlessness and Confusion: The EU and Israel

Unless there is an awakening in the EU regarding both the severity of the plight of the Palestinians and EU’s immense clout vis-à-vis Israel, the situation in Israel-Palestine will only deteriorate

David Swanson: Golden Age of Pearl Harbor

On February 5, 1941, Rear Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner wrote to Secretary of War Henry Stimson to warn of the possibility of a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor

Assata Shakur: An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: “I Am a 20th Century Escaped Slave”

Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color

Nicola Nasser: Fighting ‘Islamic State’ is not the Israeli priority

The Israeli top priority is to dictate its terms to Syria to sign a peace treaty with Israel before withdrawing its forces from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Palestinian territories and Lebanese southern lands

Andrew Cockburn: East vs. West, Again

Just a few months earlier, the outlook for the defense complex had looked
dark indeed

Alias Recluse: In Greece, as the state collapses, the neighborhoods organize

An interview with a member of the Athenian assembly movement

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events and new releases of interest to progressives

Edward S. Herman: Justice Belied

Edward S. Herman Reviews a book on the “Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice

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