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Cynthia Peters: Fighting Class War While “Walking on Two Legs”

Much of the organizing in the U.S. is guilty of focusing on short-term outcomes and not thinking about how the work is developing the people who are doing it

Conn Hallinan: Portugal: Europe’s Left Batting 1000

Left parties garnered more than 50 percent of the vote, and the austerity policies that have paralyzed the country for four years took a major hit

Belen Fernandez: How to Become a Specially Designated Global Terrorist

Global terrorism designations are never applied when the U.S. wipes out wedding parties in Afghanistan or slaughters Pakistani children in drone strikes

Louis Proyect: The End of Academic Freedom in America: the Case of Steven Salaita

In the twenty-one years I spent at Columbia University, there was always some professor or another coming under attack from the Israel lobby—starting with the famous brouhaha of Edward Said throwing a rock or two at an Israeli military watchtower near the border with Lebanon. AIPAC would have had you believe that this was not Read more…

Vijay Prashad: The US bombed a hospital

It is not the first time, and won’t be the last, that no one will be held to account for the heinous crimes of war

Jason Cone: “Even War Has Rules”

Press briefing delivered by Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA executive director. Good morning, and thank you for being here. As noted, I am Jason Cone, the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known internationally as MSF. As you have probably already seen this morning, Doctors Without Borders is Read more…

T. Jameson Brewer: Taking on TFA

Disillusioned Teach for America alumni are striking back at the organization’s neoliberal narratives

Gary Leupp: The Six Most Disastrous Interventions of the 21st Century

The status quo means continued official cultivation of American ignorance of the world, and exploitation of knee-jerk patriotic stupidity

Linda Gordon: The Pope, Patriarchy, and Saving the World

People who care about preserving our world and ending violence need to keep demanding that the Catholic Church align itself with sex equality

Daniel Raventos: The Basic Income Debate: Political, Philosophical and Economic Issues

The real snag is that people at the bottom, might start transforming society and the economy according to their own lights and in defense of their own dignity

Florian Zollmann: Yemen in the Crosshairs

Saudi-Arabia’s onslaught on Yemen could not proceed without US and UK support

John Feffer: Mouth Wide Shut

Under Obama, whistleblowers face a total of 751 months behind bars — compared to 24 months for all other whistleblowers combined since the American Revolution

Immanuel Wallerstein: Resurgence of the World Left?

The sweeping triumph on September 24 of Jeremy Corbyn to be the leader of Great Britain’s Labour Party was stunning and totally unexpected. He entered the race with barely enough support to be put on the ballot. He ran on an uncompromisingly left platform. And then, standing against three more conventional candidates, he won 59.5% Read more…

Paul Street: Hope in Abandonment: Cuba, Detroit, and Earth-Scientific Socialism

United Nations Human Development Index shows that Cuba is the only country on the planet to combine a standard of living and quality of life consistent with “high human development” with a globally sustainable carbon footprint

David Swanson: Nobel Peace Prize for Peace

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning to “the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”

Richard Falk: After 70 Years: The UN Falls Short, and Yet…

(Prefatory Note: A shorter somewhat modified version of this post was published in Al Jazeera Turka, but only in Turkish translation. The thesis set forth is that the UN has disappointed the expectations of those who took seriously its original promise of war prevention, but that it has over its lifetime done many things that Read more…

Marwan Bishara: Welcome to the New Middle East

How Palestinisation, Afghanisation, and Balkanisation are reshaping the Arab world

Sonali Kolhatkar: 14 Years of US-Led Death and Destruction in Afghanistan

The U.S. has “accidentally” bombed weddings and civilian convoys, and then dismissed human casualties as “collateral damage”

Sean Purdy: Rousseff and the Right

Corruption scandals and neoliberal economic policies have weakened the Workers’ Party government in Brazil

Yoav Litvin: Israeli Occupation for Dummies

The losers are undoubtedly the Palestinians. The winners are all those in Israel and elsewhere that favor racist expansionist policies that promote a segregated, undemocratic society

Michael T. Klare: Welcome to a New Planet

Climate Change “Tipping Points” and the Fate of the Earth

Ramzy Baroud: Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People’s Narrative

But how could a story that is so thoroughly covered and discussed round the clock in so exhaustive a fashion be so far removed from the reality at hand?

Vincent Emanuele: Reflections on Violence and Security: Chicago and Iraq

Until alternative examples can be shown, people will continue to rely upon the existing policing and security structures and institutions

Robert Jensen: Dealing with Climate Change Deniers

Whatever the source of an individual’s climate denial, the question is how those of us who aren’t experts can engage in constructive dialogue with deniers

Juan Cole: What is Russia’s Strategy in Syria & Why does Egypt Approve?

Russian MiGs for the first time on Wednesday gave close air support to the Syrian Arab Army as it attacked rebels north of Homs. The Russians also continued their airstrikes against rebel-held Idlib Province. And, the Russians for the first time launched cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea on rebel targets. Over the Read more…

Ernesto Villegas: Bachaqueo is the Free Market is its Worst Dimension

Source: Contrapunto A note from the interviewer: His face, as a product of mediatic exposure, is one of the most well known among Chavismo. Nonetheless, beyond the ranks [of Chavismo], there are relatively few who know that this journalist, not long ago absorbed by his role in the government, is far from a latecomer in Read more…

Dan Hind: Conventional wisdom: our chance to redraw the British state

Jeremy Corbyn has said that he wants to organise a constitutional convention. We should seize the opportunity

Pepe Escobar: The NATO-Russia face off in Syria

Russia’s spectacular entry into the war theatre threw elaborate plans into disarray

Amira Hass: Palestinians are fighting for their lives; Israel is fighting for the occupation

That we notice there’s a war on only when Jews are murdered does not cancel out the fact that Palestinians are being killed all the time.

David Adler: Do We Have a Right to the City?

Mexico City’s experience shows that you can’t establish a “right to the city” without taking on the power of capital

Patrick Cockburn: Syria crisis: Let’s welcome Russia’s entry into this war

The Russians and Iranians should be integrated as far as possible into any talks about the future of Syria

Nick Riemer: How to Justify a Crisis

Leading progressive intellectuals are using their influence to disparage refugees and excuse elites

Tamara Pearson: Peace at Stake in Venezuela’s Upcoming Assembly Elections

Venezuela’s National Assembly or parliament isn’t like most others. “It has a very important place in Venezuelan society,” Blanca Eekhout told teleSUR English in an interview. The assembly came out of a nationwide process, involving all sectors of society – including those that had for so long been excluded from decision making, such as workers, Read more…

Paul Street: Yes, There is a Ruling Class

A look st Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council of Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014, by Laurence Shoup

Eugene Nulman: Worse than a Pig’s Head: David Cameron’s Crimes

Yes, the UK’s Prime Minister had intimate relations with a dead pig’s head (allegedly). But it gets worse

David Swanson: Can Corporatized Universities Allow Criticism of Israel

The University of California is seeking to ban criticism of Israel

Grace Lee Boggs: Remembering Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015)

“We Have to Change Ourselves in Order to Change the World”

Juan Cole: No, Donald Trump, Mideast wouldn’t be more Stable under Saddam & other Dictators

Donald Trump alleged this weekend that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still around or if Bashar al-Assad could be restored in Syria. The mistake Mr. Trump is making is to think ahistorically, that is, to think as though societies do not change Read more…

Dilar Dirik: Forget the UN! Meet the Self-Determining Refugees in Kurdistan

Rejecting the victim narrative, PKK-supported refugee camps in Kurdistan have taken control of their fates by creating their own autonomous system

Frida Berrigan: Parenting on the Brink

Wrestling With Fears Too Big to Name

Adolph Reed: The James Brown Theory of Black Liberation

We shouldn’t reduce historical narratives solely to questions of black agency. It’s bad history — and can lead to even worse politics.

Jane McAlevey: Having the Hard Conversations

Fight for 15, labor’s crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing

Jan Resseger: What Arne Duncan Wrought

The nation faces an epidemic of teacher shortages and despair among professionals who feel devalued as states rush to implement teacher-rating policies

Kathy Kelly: 22 People Killed by US Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

The U.S. has long shown itself the most formidable warlord fighting in Afghanistan, setting an example of brute force that frightens

David Swanson: The Incomprehensible Idea: What Opposing All Wars Means

This is the Cuban missile crisis with way more nukes, way crazier elected officials

Kim Scipes: Latin America’s Radical Left

A Review of Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-first Century, and We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution

Alexandre Conceição: Brazil: ‘We need to fight the coup plotters and shift the government’s economic program,’ MST leader says

Interview on the current political situation in Brazil and the left’s response

George Monbiot: On Bullshit

Eat less meat and fish, drink less milk. No request could be simpler, or more consequential. Nothing we do has greater potential for reducing our impacts on the living planet

Bill Fletcher: Puerto Rico’s crisis stays off of the USA media’s radar

Despite a desperate economic crisis, comparable to Greece’s, we only get an episodic look at what is crushing the nation of Puerto Rico

Phyllis Bennis: Bombing Hospitals All in a Day’s Work

The attack on the hospital, with its horrific civilian casualties, is the inevitable result of an air war against heavily populated cities

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