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Rebecca Solnit: The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises

To make personal changes is to do too little. Only great movements, only collective action can save us now

Danny Schechter: Body Counts Rise As Chaos Deepens: Is There A Way Out?

It’s almost as if the US strategists have beheaded themselves when it comes to fashioning a sensible strategy that could work instead of the current one that is guaranteed not to

Avraham Burg: The dissenters are Israel’s citizen heroes

The debate over disobedience and its boundaries, and about democracy and its limits, is reduced, among us, to the military sphere exclusively. That is a mistake.

Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports

The following is a short excerpt from a classic, The Chomsky Reader, which offers a unique insight on a question worth asking

Chris Hedges: Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis.

Immanuel Wallerstein: The United States Heading for a Crash in the Middle East

President Barack Obama has told the United States, and in particular its Congress, that it must do something very major in the Middle East to stop disaster

Fernando Vegas: What is Socialism Nowadays? (II)

The best lesson taken from the French Revolution is to enhance Democracy and the more direct the better; Socialism is only possible moving side by side with Democracy

Preeti Kaur: Accountability: Light and Shadows

For too much time two consecutive U.S. governments have been able to conceal much of what happened “in the shadows of the intelligence world”

Vijay Prashad: Obama’s Syrian Dilemma

No easy political agreement can come in Syria

Rachel Smolker: After the People’s Climate March, Then What? Flood Wall Street

Here’s to a fierce, invigorating and boldly targeted step for the climate justice movement

Tadzio Mueller: In Germany, the Answer to Global Warming Is Blowing in the Wind

At the most abstract, technical level, the Energiewende is the movement-driven and concurrently government-supported transition of the German electricity system

George Monbiot: How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – that supports independence except the Sunday Herald

Naomi Klein: The Great Clash Between Capitalism and the Climate

Klein discusses her new book, “This Changes Everything”

Gordon Asher: A Proposal: Voting ‘Yes, BUT’

How do we not get the neoliberal Scotland envisaged in the SNP’s White paper?
And, more long term, how do we overcome a capitalist Scotland at the hands of any of the political parties?

Sam Wetherell: Exit Stage Right: The Case Against Scottish Independence

If the Left is being asked to consider something as idealistic, exciting, and destabilizing as an independent Scotland, then why temper this excitement with a potentially ugly, nationalist taint

William Blum: Ukraine and Neo-Nazis

It is my hope that many of you who are not now activists against the empire and its wars will join the anti-war movement as I did in 1965 against the war in Vietnam

Brian Tokar: Defying Apocalypse

The coming week’s events in New York City raise the hope of taking that project to a whole new level

Marjorie Cohn: Obama Declares Perpetual War

President Barack Obama escalated the drone war he has conducted for the past five and a half years by declaring his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State

Bill Fletcher: Israel, land-grabs and the ‘Wild West’

Looking at Palestine from this side of the Atlantic, the Israeli expansion seems to parallel the US experience with the idea of nation-building and progress

Billy Bragg: Scottish nationalism and British nationalism aren’t the same

For me, the most frustrating aspect of the debate on Scottish independence has been the failure of the English left to recognise that there is more than one type of nationalism

Ryan Devereaux: Bombing People Isn’t Like Casual Sex

Aside from being a creepy comparison of sex and warfare, Hayden’s comment reflects a dangerous tendency

Abby Scher: At Least Some Unions Step Up for Big Climate March!

Some green radicals from labor groups say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector

Thomas Hanna: Kentucky City Begins Operating New Municipally-Owned Gas Station

A conservative-leaning city purchases a fuel center in an effort to drive down gas prices for local residents

Jerry Haber: On Offensive Speech and Ethnic Sensitivities — Part One

Offence is subjective, from which follows that not every offence carries the same weight, and indeed some offence may be morally praiseworthy

Steve Early: Chevron Sounds Alarm Against East Bay “Anarchism”

In our post-Citizens United era, the nation’s second largest oil producer is now free to spend $1.6 million (or more, if necessary) on direct mail and phone alerts

The Guardian: ‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’

Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundaries

Manos Cizek: Inmate No Longer Here

Interview on Occupy and the struggle for prison justice: ‘We’re going to see a big movement. It’s coming, that’s clear’

Vince Emanuele: Beheadings: Ours and Theirs

It’s really important for Americans to recognize the brutality inherently connected with shooting, bombing, drone-striking and rocketing human beings

Naomi Klein: Breaking a Taboo

Klein challenges everyone who cares about climate change to strive for a seemingly impossible redistribution of political and economic power

Lawrence Wittner: Nationalist Illusions

Can anyone acquainted with American history really take this nationalist drivel seriously?

Federico Fuentes: Brazil: Marina Silva’s Rise is a Result of the Left’s Failures, Not Success

The demands and desires of those that may end up voting for Marina are legitimate, and the left would do well to think about how they could win over this natural ally to supporting a genuine proposal for change

Edward Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling The Truth About Mass Surveillance

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance

Joe Emersberger: The Way Honest Reporters Spread Lies

All that is required for dishonest journalists to prosper is for honest ones to stick to saying what is politically safe

Nicola Nasser: Palestinian Reconciliation at Crossroads

If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose “peace with Israel” over national reconciliation

Shamus Cooke: Progressive Democrats Follow Obama to War in Syria

The two-party system is completely united on the fundamentals of government; spending more on war and cutting everything else

Yates Mckee: After the People’s Climate March, Flood Wall Street

Come for the climate march, stay for the flood

John Cavanagh: Golden Weapons of Destruction Take Aim at El Salvador

Why do companies have the right to sue countries over environmental protection measures?

Julian Assange: Google Concerns

The Amcha Initiative, the Zionist organization that has repeatedly intimidated, spied on and harassed students and faculty, appears to be escalating its campaign

William Blum: America’s Deadliest Export and the Endless War on Terror

This is an extract from America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy — The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else by William Blum (Zed Books, 2014)

Ted Glick: Pricing Pollution, Cutting Carbon

There are many things which need to be done if we are to break the hold of the oil, gas and coal industries over government

Media lens: “Dark Omens and “Horror Shows”

Scottish Independence, Power and Propaganda

Uri Avnery: God Wills It!

Religious conflicts are irrational. Each side believes in an absolute truth, and automatically considers everybody else as infidels, enemies of the only true God

Don Hazen: Why It’s Delusional to Think a Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment Can End Citizens United

Citizens United has delivered our democracy to billionaires. But there’s a danger in pushing reform that won’t work

Bernie Sanders: A Progressive Estate Tax

Unless we reduce skyrocketing wealth and income inequality, the United States will be well on its way toward becoming an oligarchic form of society

Eddie Bautista: Why We March

Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril

World Health Organization: Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone

Cuba will send a medical team of 165 people to Sierra Leone to help in the frontline in the Ebola response efforts

Various Contributors: There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto

We, the youth of America, have grown up in war, war war

Paul Street: And Then Came Sharpton: Helping Keep Blacks in Their Place

The Black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, a predominantly Black St. Louis suburb, were injured and insulted in at least eight key ways this summer

John Feffer: Africa by Malaria and HIV/AIDS

Every day, 2,000 African children die from diarrhea. Every minute, an African child dies of malaria

Richard Falk: An Open Letter to Rabbi Ira Youdovin

If we yearn for a world more dedicated to peace and justice, and more focused on human survival, we all need to learn to listen with our hearts as well as our heads

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