Category: Commentary

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Edward S. Herman: Western Aggression is the Highest Form of Terrorism

The U.S. invaders of Iraq in 2003 proudly announced a “shock and awe” purpose in their opening assault, clearly designed to instill fear; that is, to terrorize the victim population along with the target security forces

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Walden Bello: The Big Blowback

When the late Chalmers Johnson introduced the word “blowback” to the analysis of Washington’s relations with the rest of the world…he saw as the most dangerous blowback the destabilization of American democratic processes by the multiple consequences of Washington’s adventures abroad.

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Vincent Emanuele: I Helped Create ISIS

When I was stationed in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines from 2003-2005, I didn’t know what the repercussions of the war would be, but I knew there would be a reckoning.

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Juan Cole: Excluding Millions

Republican candidates for president Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, as well as other bigots on the far right are nothing new in American history. Rather, they remind us of the worst and most shameful detours of the American Republic in the past.

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Lawrence Wittner: Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: “Negroes Need Not Apply:” The EU-Africa Malta Conference

Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, offers the solution of pouring “hundreds of millions in additional aid into Africa to try to discourage hundreds of thousands of people from heading to the EU.”

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Bill Berkowitz: Police Killing People of Color

Just as police violence is epidemic, so is the cover up of such violence. It took more than a year for a video to surface showing how Chicago police brutally murdered African-American 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shooting him 16 times

Marcello Musto: The Threatening Advancement of the Far Right in Europe

The second round of the French regional elections in December 2015 ended with a defeat for the National Front. Nevertheless, this party is now a concrete threat for France and Europe. Under Marine Le Pen’s leadership, it shot up to 17.9 percent in the 2012 presidential elections, became the largest French political party at the Read more…

Larry Cohen: Bernie Sanders and the Big Short

The Big Short provides the narrative for how Wall Street keeps that growth going, with little increase in real value, but lots of high salaries and high living that all count towards GDP.

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Z Staff: Help Celebrate Z’s 39th Birthday

Celebrate Z’s January 2016 Birthday with a donation; whatever you can afford.

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