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Bill Fletcher: The Gagging of Rasmea Odeh

If we say that you are a terrorist, you are

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Taylan Tosun: Peace Process in Turkey: Where Are We Now?

About two years ago, the Turkish government and PKK, declared a cease-fire and expressed their willingness to solve the Kurdish question

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Paul Street: Forces, Relations, and 21st Century Eco-socialism

The great transition required for a decent future – the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy – is technically achievable

Matthew Willgress: Venezuela: revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

The choice in Venezuela – which is both reflected in, and of great importance to, other progressive struggles across Latin America – is therefore stark; social progress versus extreme reaction and US intervention

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Neve Gordon: Déjà Vu in Jerusalem?

In the latest round of violence, the Israeli government has been rebuked by its own security chief

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Jack Rasmus: Ukraine Crisis Deepens

Ukraine’s real economy and its citizens suffer severely as a result, with all indications that the economic crisis there will get worse, perhaps much worse, before it ever begins to get better

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Ursula K. Le Guin: Remembering Freedom

Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in parentheses Read more…

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Amira Hass: Behind the silent reaction of the Palestinian street

So why are those who oppose murdering civilians at prayer keeping silent now? Because they share the despair and anger that pushed the Abu Jamals to attack Jews in a synagogue

Alex Doherty: ‘We just weren’t in the real world…’

War continues in Afghanistan, and the Taliban are in a relatively good state

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Patrick Cockburn: Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader

CIA has hugely underestimated the number of jihadis, who now rule an area the size of Britain

Jon Queally: Students in the UK March for ‘Free Education’

“We are determined to build a movement too big to ignore”

Alyssa Figueroa: Ferguson Organizer: ‘Police Are Preparing for War’

‘We don’t see any interest from police in shifting their relationship with the communities they serve.’

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Nicola Nasser: Gaza bombings rock Palestinian reconciliation

The fifth column that benefits from Palestinian division and that feels threatened by its end is still searching for opportunities to sabotage Palestinian national reconciliation

Emilio Godoy: Inequality in Mexico Is All About Wages

“What better social policy could there be than one that directly tackles the distribution of income?”

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William Blum: Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again

We do have representative government. The question is: Who does our government represent?

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Yesenia Barragan: From Ireland to Detroit: The Global Struggle Over Water

Ireland and Detroit have emerged as the latest battlefields in this global struggle

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Why NATO is a Danger to World Peace

Renouncing NATO as a structure would be a first step towards sanity and the world’s survival

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Ramzy Baroud: Talk of a Third Intifada

Ta-da, there it is: Palestinian history for dummies

Institute for Middle East Understanding: Collective Punishment & Ethnic Cleansing

Between October 2001 and the end of January 2005, Israel destroyed 664 Palestinian homes as a form of collective punishment

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Vijay Prashad: Those American boots. That Iraqi soil

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told politicians in Washington that US troops might move to the front-line of the fight against the Islamic State group

Gideon Levy: In Israel, only Jewish blood shocks anyone

Killings of Palestinians by soldiers and policemen will never shock Israel. The propaganda machine will whitewash everything, and the media will be its mouthpiece

Husna Haq: Sioux tribe calls Keystone XL approval ‘act of war.’

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is not alone in its opposition to the pipeline

Charlie Cooper: Lockheed Martin to Grab Chunk of Privatized NHS

Doctors have expressed dismay at reports that an international arms firm is considering a bid for a £1bn NHS contract to run GP support services in England

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Uri Avnery: Wine, Blood and Gasoline

Jesus turned water into wine. Netanyahu is turning water into gasoline and pouring it on the flames

Campaign for Peace & Democracy: CPD Mexico Statement

We are writing at this critical moment to invite you to sign the CPD statement “End the Killing of Students Now: Peace, Justice, and Democracy for Mexico.”

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Kathy Kelly: Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan

There are numerous, obvious solutions to problems in Afghanistan which NATO countries could consider

Dan Clawson: No More Backroom Deals

A draconian proposal threatened Massachusetts teachers. Here’s how they defeated it

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Ben Dangl: Who Rules the World?

With a $4 billion price tag, the recent US midterm election was the most expensive in the country’s history

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George Monbiot: Growth: the destructive god

Why are we wrecking the natural world and public services to generate growth, when that growth is not delivering contentment, security or even, for most of us, greater prosperity?

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Greg Grandin: This Mass Grave Isn’t the Mass Grave You Have Been Looking For

During just the six year term of Mexico’s last president, Felipe Calderón (2006–12), who declared a war on the cartels, there were at least 26,000 disappearances and 83,000 homicides.

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Glenn Greenwald: Congress Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance

Here’s what matters instead

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Staughton Lynd: The Wobblies in their Heyday

Review of The Wobblies in their Heyday:  The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era, by Eric Chester

Ben Norton: Chances Are the FBI Has Files on Your Favorite Human Rights Activist

Anti-War” and “Civil Rights” activists have been blessed with their own special categories in this vault of FBI “criminal” records

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Michael T. Klare: Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

The Grand Oil Party Takes Washington by Storm

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Chris Spannos: Bread, Education, Freedom: 41 Years After the Greek Junta

Tens of thousands of Greeks annually protest the U.S.-backed “Regime of the Colonels” of the ‘60s and ‘70s

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Greg Palast: The Secret Lists that Swiped the Senate

The purge proved decisive in North Carolina, Colorado, Kansas and elsewhere

Various Contributors: Why We Mobilize

“We will converge, many thousands strong, at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia in November because justice will not be delivered unto us. We will come to demand it.”

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Ted Glick: An Open Letter to Naomi Klein

A best-case scenario would be that a popular mass movement arose worldwide which not just forced an end to the fossil fuel era but went on to transform human society

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Justin Podur: Colombia: The Early Signs of a Violent Peace

The peace talks need to be accompanied by peaceful behavior

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Marina Sitrin: The Commons and Defending the Public

Can one move from public to commons by going through the state?

Randall Kennedy: Black America’s Promised Land

Not so long ago, black Americans were giddy witnesses to what many regarded as a miracle. Election night, November 4, 2008, seemed to be a millennial turning point as a majority of Americans entrusted an African American with the nation’s highest office and greatest powers. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that Read more…

Phil Mattera: Bankers Gone Wild (Again)

Before long we will read of a settlement, and the banks will move on to a new way of cheating their customers

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Badri Raina: Letter to Nehru, Fifty Years After

They have never forgiven you for making that other prophetic annunciation either: that the danger to India is not from communism but from communalism

Jon Queally: Study: More Homeless Children Now Than Any Point in US History

A new report on child homelessness in America finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually

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Laura Gottesdiener: Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal

A Journey Across a City Divided

Ari Paul: Serve the People

Homelessness isn’t an accident. It’s the result of a brutal economic system and conscious state policy

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Vijay Prashad: Continent of the Islamic State

The tectonic shifts that continue to create the Islamic State are to be found in the harsh repression of ordinary grievances, whether against corruption or for better wages

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Gareth Porter: US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks

The PMD issue thus appears to be another justification for the United States to avoid dismantling the sanctions regime

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John Pilger: The Siege of Julian Assange is a Farce

For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state

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Joe Emersberger: Assessing Russell Brand’s Revolution

Brand has been taken to task for not voting, but he advocates giving citizens many more opportunities to vote directly on issues

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