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Norman Solomon: Should journalists care if sources go off to prison?

The conceit that it’s possible to defend press freedom while turning a cold shoulder to whistleblowers is short-sighted

Cory Doctorow: “I Am Skeptical That Capitalism Has a Future”

Interview on the surveillance state, Edward Snowden, and the core values of a utopian society

Leonidas Oikonomakis: Nicaragua and the ghosts of revolution

Over two decades after a devastating civil war, the people of Nicaragua are still plagued by the haunting memories of what could have been

Samir Amin: Tunisia, As Expected

Mass protests have returned in Tunisia

Uri Avnery: Optimism of the Will

When the world’s highest diplomat says that there is a world-wide consensus for the Two-state Solution, I have the right to enjoy a moment of satisfaction. And optimism

Richard Falk: Israel shoots the messenger: An open letter to Ban Ki-Moon

Dear UN Secretary General, Having read of the vicious attacks on you for venturing some moderate, incontestable criticisms of Israel’s behaviour, I understand well the discomfort you clearly feel. Not since Richard Goldstone chaired the group that released the report detailing apparent Israeli war crimes during its massive attack on Gaza at the end of Read more…

Leonard Peltier: My 40 Years in Prison

Looking back on the 40 years of efforts on my behalf, I am overwhelmed and humbled

Joris Leverink: Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast escalates

The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and Read more…

Domenic Poli: Deerfield threatens to arrest anyone on private property without permission in connection with gas pipeline

Local police will be used to protect property owners who refuse to allow Kinder Morgan pipeline surveyors or any other agency or individual onto their land

Paul Street: Dare to Interpret and Change History

We must aim not merely to shake power from bottom up but to take power both from the bottom up and the top down

Naomi Klein: 2016: Time to take the leap

Ahead of this year’s leap day on 29 February, bestselling author Naomi Klein and her team speak to Marienna Pope-Weidemann about the significance of The Leap Manifesto. ‘Freeze tar sands expansion’, Ottawa, Canada, November 2015. by The Leap Manifesto Facebook Page Naomi Klein has declared war on what divides us and in doing so has become Read more…

Shamus Cooke: The Labor Movement’s Pearl Harbor Moment

Unions must be transformed back into the mobilizing and fighting organizations that earned them the rights the Court is now attempting to take away

Robert Fisk: After entering Aleppo with Russia’s help, the Syrian army may set its sights on Raqqa

After losing up to 60,000 soldiers in five years of fighting, the Syrian army has suddenly scored its greatest victory of the war – smashing its way through Jabhat al-Nusra and the other rebel forces around Aleppo and effectively sealing its fate as Russia provided air strike operations outside the city. The rebel supply lines Read more…

Vijay Prashad: Fault line of race

Black Lives Matter” is a cry from the heart of the frustrated black population. A white population in despair takes refuge in the toxic language of racism

Frida Berrigan: Time spent in Guantánamo is time no one gets back — whether soldier or prisoner

All those innocent men released from Guantánamo and still struggling to find their footing in strange lands — and still struggling to heal from severe trauma

William Barber: Reverend Barber’s Blueprint for Reconstructing a Racist America

Fourteen steps to mobilize in the streets, at the polls, and in the courtroom

Jonathan Cook: The Liberal Hounding of Julian Assange: From Alex Gibney to The Guardian

A grand jury has been secretly arraigned in Virginia, the home of the CIA, that is dredging up long-discarded laws to charge him with espionage, even though he is not a US citizen

Noam Chomsky: Super Bowl Special & Cam Newton: The Bridge to Somewhere

Noam Chomsky talks about the gladiatorial spectacle before us, re-lives his early love affair with baseball, talks about the phenomena of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and his Super Bowl pick

Vijay Prashad: How Politics Across the U.S. and Europe Are Shifting Away From the Center

The Extreme Center is dying. At its ends emerges a politics of anti-austerity. What divides the Right and the Left is their attitude to society, whether to pursue inclusive and diverse social worlds or not

Immanuel Wallerstein: A Left Electoral Strategy? France and the United States

The parallel with Sanders is that the French group may be tapping into the same popular discontent that Sanders has used to make his bid

Roberto Savio: Europe is disintegrating while its citizens watch indifferent

Will the European Union survive? Probably, but it will be more a kind of common market for finance and business rather than a citizen’s project

James North: Jewish West Bank settlers are as smug as white South Africans in 1980

The settlers are absolutely certain the Israeli government will never uproot them, and behind that is the unspoken conviction that the United States will never put significant pressure on Israel

Elizabeth Mpofu: La Via Campesina: Building an International Movement for Food and Seed Sovereignty

We are organized and we know what we want

Garry Leech: Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

A Cruz victory in November would result in a serious shift to the right for the United States with regard to both domestic and foreign policies

Michael Albert: Thinking about Sanders

On what logic should we base our attitude to the Sanders campaign? And once our attitude is clear, what should we do about it?

William Blum: Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist?

Why does a person raised in a capitalist society become a socialist?

John Pilger: Freeing Julian Assange: The Last Chapter

The Assange case is rooted across the Atlantic in Pentagon-dominated Washington, obsessed with pursuing and prosecuting whistleblowers,

Bridget Anderson: The fear of ‘not enough to go round’

Global inequality lies at the root of our anxiety over migrants

Alfredo Lopez: The ‘Bern’ and the Internet

There are three major Internet issues that every candidate must take up: net neutrality, universal access and privacy

Giuliana Sgrena: The second Tunisian revolution

Five years after the Arab Spring that shook the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia is bursting up in flames again. The images that arrived from the city of Sfax, where a young merchant set himself on fire Wednesday after his goods were confiscated by the authorities, is reminiscent of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, Read more…

Henriette Johansen: Europe’s colonial amnesia and its repercussions for the migrant and refugee crisis

The daily updates I receive from volunteers working in Calais and on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios are heart-breaking. As I sat to write this, a volunteer nurse from Denmark described her night shift to me, driving up and down the coast of Chios, turning off all lights with the other volunteers in Read more…

William Barber: The Strange Career of James Crow, Esquire

After the Supreme Court razed the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Jim Crow came skulking back to the South

Shawn Gude: Social Democracy in Middle America

The Iowa Caucus shows promise for radical politics in the United States

Vincent Emanuele: A Letter to the Left Concerning Bernie Sanders and Organizing

There are future radicals in the midst. Who’s going to organize them? Who will be their mentors?

Aviva Chomsky: All the News That’s Fit to Print

How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers

Ramzy Baroud: The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

What all of these former hunger strikers seem to have in common is their concern with the freedom of an entire group of desperate, oppressed and outraged people

Paul Street: Signs of a Gathering Storm: Iowa Caucus Report

Something left and radically democratic is up with young folks and others and it’s not going to disappear with the eventual fading of Bernie

Paul Mason: Europe’s refugee story has hardly begun

With a million new refugees expected in Europe this year, Greece faces a diplomatic onslaught and an existential crisis

Jack Rasmus: The $10 Trillion US Tax Giveaway – $10 Trillion More Proposed

How U.S. Congress and Presidential Candidates keep the cash flowing to corporations and investors

George Monbiot: Rigging the Market

Oil, the industry that threatens us with destruction, is being bailed out with public money

Russell Mokhiber: Heather White and the Human Costs of Electronics

Heather White is a graduate of Harvard and MIT. Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics (Indiegogo 3min trailer) from Whopaysfilm on Vimeo. She speaks fluent Chinese. She knows first hand the supplier networks in China — the factories that supply your iPhone and iPad and other cell phones and digital devices. And Read more…

Juan Cole: Obama Condems hatred of Muslim-Americans, Affirms their Importance to Nation

President Obama spoke Wednesday at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by billionaire real estate developer Donald J. Trump and others among the Republican presidential candidates. Trump has scapegoated all Muslim-Americans for the violence committed by a tiny fringe. He has called for Muslims to be excluded Read more…

Francisco Dominguez: Right Wing Majority in Venezuela’s National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

A powerful coalition of domestic forces in cahoots with Washington has unleashed an economic war against Venezuela’s progressive government since 2012

Ira Chernus: America’s New Vietnam in the Middle East

A Civil War Story About the Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement

Conn Hallinan: Hillary and the Urn of Ashes

They sent forth men to battle.                            But no such men return;                            And home, to claim their                                    welcome. Comes ashes in an urn.” –Ode from “Agamemnon” in the Greek tragedy the Oresteia by Aeschylus   Aeschylus—who had actually fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle Read more…

Pete Dolack: Let Them Eat iPhones

Competitive pressure accounts for some corporate mergers — the capitalist imperative to grow or die does not abate even for the biggest corporations

Ruth Needleman: Canoas: A Government of, for and by the People

Oakland, New York, Minneapolis, among others, are exploring the possibility of “participatory budgeting,” an initiative to shift decision-making on development projects from the government to the community

Russell Mokhiber: Clarence Ditlow Wants VW, Takata and GM Execs Jailed for Corporate Crime

The Center for Auto Safety’s Clarence Ditlow wants executives at VW, Takata and General Motors jailed for corporate crime.

Alon Ben-Meir: The Dire Consequences Of Revenge And Retribution

What is unfathomable is how revenge and retribution could presumably reduce the vicious cycle of violence

Gregory Button: The Flint Water Crisis is Not Without Parallel in Michigan History

Much of the uncertainty and harm of the present day disaster in Flint could have been averted if officials were aware of the pitfalls of their predecessors

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