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Jack Rasmus: The New Colonialism: Greece & Ukraine

What both Greece and Ukraine represent is the development of new more direct management of wealth extraction, and the transfer of that wealth in the form of financial assets

Eduardo Gudynas: Sow Extractivism, Reap Violence

It is slowly becoming evident that today’s extractivism [economy based upon the extraction and export of natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals] is advancing in a context of increasing violence. This is not an exaggeration: distinct forms of violence are being employed to impose and protect extractivism, a situation in which popular mobilization Read more…

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Chris Hedges: The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power, buttressed by the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and global capitalism, is unraveling

Andrés Antillano: Economic Recession and Increased Repression Are the Spark for Social Explosions

Andrés Antillano, chair of the Department of Criminology at the Central University of Venezuela School of Law, discusses the relationship between violence, criminality, and the state in Venezuela under the Bolivarian Revolution. On the basis of his field work, the social scientist analyzes the crime surge in Venezuela as well as the Maduro government’s recent Read more…

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Richard Falk: The Nuclear Challenge (6): 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Fukushima and Beyond

The terrifying nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 associated with the reactor meltdowns, hydrogen explosion, and release of radioactivity at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex was an anguishing complement to the awful collective memories of the Japanese people arising from the atomic attacks seven decades ago. We can only wonder about the lingering effects on Read more…

Agnès Sinai: Climate change conflicts

Climate change refugees and war provoked or exacerbated by drought and crop failures are already with us, and they will worsen through this century

Kevin Watkins: The EU’s phoney war on people smugglers

The victims in that war are not the people traffickers but the people forced into their hands by the policy inertia gripping the EU’s leaders

Russ Wellen: Pope Francis Blesses Environment, McKibben Gives Pope His Blessing

Laudato Si’, the papal encyclical letter written by Pope Francis, is helping to move global warming to the forefront of the world’s consciousness

Kathleen Wallace: The Id(iots) Emerge

The escalating rhetoric of the crazies is very concerning

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Joe Emersberger: The Economist Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel to Attack Rafael Correa

Correa’s government is already one of most successful in Ecuador’s history because it has rejected the neoliberal dogmas promoted by the Economist

René Rojas: Challenging Chile’s Neoliberal Consensus

New movements in Chile are fighting to bring down the country’s post-Pinochet establishment

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Juan Cole: Austrian Truck Tragedy echoes Palestinian Story, reminding us of 7 mn still stateless

Often the great refugee crises, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, end by the refugees returning home when peace descends. The Palestinians don’t have that prospect

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Owen Jones: Refugees are human. This simple fact seems to have been forgotten

It is horrific that people are drowning and suffocating to reach safety. These stories should be a reminder that migrants are not just statistics

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Conn Hallinan: How Austerity Economics Is Fraying Europe’s Social Contract

It’s a new kind of barbarism, one that sacks countries with fine print

Renee Maltezou: With election near, Tsipras faces widening rift within Syriza

Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras has seen off a threat from far-left rebels but his anti-austerity-turned-pro-bailout Syriza party is struggling through a deeply divisive identity crisis weeks before a national election

Jean-Michel Dumay: Francis, the whistleblower pope

Francis is determined to restore the Vatican’s place in international diplomacy, reform the administration in Rome and make the world a better place

Grahame Russell: Rios Montt Case Symbolic of Impunity Guatemalans Must Overcome

Corruption and impunity are not a “crisis” in Guatemala; they have been and remain the “norm”

Sarkis Zeronian: Syriza Purges ‘Traitors’ Ahead Of Election, Varoufakis Will Not Stand

The left-wing Syriza party says Yanis Varoufakis and others who voted against Greece’s latest bailout package will not be allowed to run for parliament under the Syriza banner in the upcoming snap election. For his part, Varoufakis said he would stand in the “sad” elections anyway. The former Greek Prime Minister and head of the left-wing Syriza Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: A Feminist Re-Frame on the Little Pink Pill

The FDA’s decision to approve a drug designed to increase women’s libido is not a feminist victory. But it reminds us of what we need to be fighting for

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Serge Halimi: A choice of billionaires

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both spent around $1bn on their 2012 presidential campaigns. Rather than fund a candidate in 2016, New York billionaire Donald Trump decided to stand himself

Mehlab Jameel: US Empire: drone strikes, torture and prison industries

Torture and abuse of U.S. prisoners at home and abroad are not the acts of a few bad apples, but examples of systemic, state-sanctioned violence

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Michael Parenti: How The Free Market Killed New Orleans

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Today the media are full of commentaries about it. Yet now like then, our pundits leave out the real story. I wrote this in 2005.

Paul Buhle: Labor Power=Workplace Democracy?

Reviews of “An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy” and “New Forms of Worker Organization, The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism”

Janet Biehl: Liberated learning in Rojava

The new women’s science of jineolojî and the revolutionary transformation of education in Rojava, western Kurdistan

Adam Johnson: Katrina’s ‘Golden Opportunity’: 10 Years of Corporate Media Celebrating Disaster

So many corporatists think this “miracle” was not just an incidental positive but was, all things considered, worth it

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Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Our Athens Spring’

This speech was delivered on August 23, 2015, by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, at the Festival of the Rose, at Frangy-en-Bresse, in the French department of Saône-et-Loire

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Badri Raina: Glad Tidings

Let us our hopes keep well in place, In the midst of doom and gloom: However cramped our days may seem. There is always some untrampled room

T. Deniz Erkmen: Fighting at Funerals: Turkey plunges back into Conflict

It has been a month since the government of Turkey has ended the tenuous peace process with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), by bombing Qandil mountains in Iraq and rounding up Kurdish activists

Jordan Flaherty: Failing New Orleans

It’s a story of systemic racism that began long before the storm

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Cyril Mychalejko: Central American ‘Springs’ Foregone

Democracy in the region has continuously been deemed a threat by Washington, so much so that state terror has been used to crush it

Jay Arena: A People’s Reconstruction

A real post-Katrina revitalization of New Orleans would have meant more jobs and public services, not cutbacks and privatization

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Jérôme Roos: Lessons from Syriza’s defeat

Far more than regaining state power to exit the euro, the challenge for the Greek left is to build the social power that can sustain a radical rupture

Paul Bermanzohn: Hiding in plain sight: the history of the War on Drugs

The War on Drugs was a direct response to the African American uprisings of the 1960s. Its racist and repressive effects continue to be felt today

Jane LaTour: Trade Union Women

The stories of the fight for equal pay with men and the role of trade unionists and their allies in that struggle have receded in peoples’ consciousness

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Patrick Bond: Resource-Cursed South Africa Suffers More Mining Massacres

From Marikana to mineral price crash and jobs meltdown

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Carl Finamore: High-End San Francisco Development Implodes Affordable Housing Victory

Along with obtaining city funding for affordable housing and fighting against high-end developments such as the “Beast on Bryant,” organizers say Prop I is the next big step to slow down the “bleeding of displacement”

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Marina Sitrin: Movement-to-Movement Solidarity with Greece: The Waiting is Over

It is time to deepen the construction of alternative power from below, in Greece, and with links globally

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Staughton Lynd: People Power

Review of “People Power: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky”

Sam Husseini: Lousy Food, Small Servings — Sanders Foreign Policy: Backing Saudi Intervention

Sanders doesn’t seem to take money from Lockheed Martin — though he’s backed their F-35, slated to be based in Vermont — but his stance on Saudi Arabia must bring a smile to the faces of bigwigs there

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Cornel West: Endorsing Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump

Interview on the state of politics in America

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Glenn Greenwald: Jorge Ramos Commits Journalism, Gets Immediately Attacked by Journalists

Ultimately, demands for “neutrality” and “objectivity” are little more than rules designed to shield those with the greatest power from meaningful challenge

Danica Jorden: The Ramos – Trump Exchange: GOP Candidate’s Muddled But Clearly Xenophobic Message

“If we as reporters do not take a stand and ask the difficult questions, we are not doing our job.”

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Ramzy Baroud: ‘Islamic State’ Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya

Another war is in the making in Libya: the questions are ‘how’ and ‘when’?

J.J. Goldberg: “We’ll die for this land”: when slum dwellers revolt

South African media often depict poor black protesters as angry and irrational. Supporting their struggle requires challenging this discursive trope

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Paul Street: Overworked and Out of Time: a Democracy Issue

The long-shot United States Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been telling the large crowds attending his rallies that American workers put in the longest hours in the industrialized world. He’s on solid ground. According to the International Labor Organization, “Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per Read more…

Tom Youngman: Housing gains in Spain

The Spanish housing movement is fighting evictions and campaigning for the right to housing for all

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Juan Cole: Defending Natalie Portman on Holocaust: Sometimes it can be subverted to fear-mongering

Actress Natalie Portman has kicked off a controversy with remarks about how remember the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, in which the National Socialists murdered 6 million. Her critics have run off on tangents and presented a lot of red herrings. Portman did not question the distinctiveness of the Holocaust, but rather outlined what she Read more…

Keith A. Spencer: Why the Rich Love Burning Man

Burning Man became a festival that rich libertarians love because it never had a radical critique at its core

Michael Busch: El Salvador Struggles to Break Legacy of Civil War Violence

While protest movements are gaining steam in its regional neighbors, El Salvador descends further into social crisis

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