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Paul Street: From Watergate to Deflategate

One useful measure of a political culture’s moral level is the nature of what counts as a terrible outrage, disgrace, or scandal in that culture

William Boardman: No Progress on Nuclear Weapons Control As Planned

In a world where six of the world’s nine nuclear-armed states are already directly or indirectly engaged in armed conflict, even the best case scenario is a disaster. The nuclear-armed U.S. and Russia are facing off over Ukraine. The nuclear-armed U.S., UK, France, and Israel are supporting Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, with nuclear-armed Pakistan weighing its options.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: The Wars Come Home

As Baltimore was bracing for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) was preparing for battle

James Petras: Peace Negotiations or War Preparations?

On May 21, 2015, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) bombed the base camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killing 26 guerrillas. Three days later, FAC bombed other FARC bases killing 14 more guerrillas.

Joris Leverink: Water Politics

Mesopotamia, the “Land of Two Rivers,” cradle of modern civilization and currently home to probably as many conflicts as there are ethnic groups, religious factions and nation states

Celine-Marie Pascale: U.S. Language Policy

According to the U.S Census, in three decades, no single racial or ethnic group will comprise the majority of the U.S. population. In many parts of the U.S. this reality has already arrived. Many countries—including Belgium, Switzerland, India, Bolivia, and Ethiopia—are multicultural and multilingual societies. The United States prides itself on being “a nation of immigrants,” yet it has cultivated a multicultural, monolingual society

Ian Angus: Hijacking The Anthropocene

What can lobbyists do when science contradicts their political messages? Some simply deny the science, as many conservatives do with climate change. Others pretend to embrace the science, while ignoring or purging the disagreeable content. That’s what the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) is doing with one of the most widely discussed issues in 21st century science, Read more…

William Boardman: Saudis Try Yemen Peace Initiative

Seldom has such a clear case of criminal war, of naked aggression, drawn such yawns from the world at large

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Seth Sandronsky: Van Jones’s Blind Spot

The American government’s (federal, state and local) race to incarcerate black and Latino communities exists within the struggle between capital and labor. The former has triumphed over the latter in the past 40 years through deindustrialization, deregulation and privatization

Adam Hudson: U.S. Wages “War on Terror” in the Philippines

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Philippines joined the U.S. in the global War on Terror. The effort became a subterfuge for the Philippine government to wage its own Argentina-style dirty war against political opponents.

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