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James K. Galbraith: Reading The Greek Deal Correctly

Greece won a battle – perhaps a skirmish – and the war continues. But the political sea-change that SYRIZA’s victory has sparked goes on

John Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission

Norman Solomon: CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

In its zeal to prosecute Sterling for allegedly leaking classified information about Operation Merlin, the U.S. government has damaged its own standing with the IAEA

Gideon Levy: Israel is galloping to the next war in Gaza

Israel is heading to the next violent eruption with the Palestinians as though it is some sort of natural disaster that can’t be avoided

Katha Pollitt: Fifty Shades of Basic

Let’s say you’re a woman who wants to have a handsome man worship your body, desire you intensely, focus on you sexually with incredible skill, and bring you to earthshaking orgasm in about thirty seconds. You never have to exert yourself on his behalf—his satisfaction happens automatically as a byproduct of yours. If porn for Read more…

Johann Hari: Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them

The rise of addiction is a symptom of a deeper sickness in the way we live–constantly directing our gaze towards the next shiny object we should buy, rather than the human beings all around us

Sarah Lazare: Netanyahu Admits Sabotage of Iran Talks His Primary Mission

‘It is my obligation,’ says Israeli prime minister, ‘to do everything that I can to prevent this agreement’

Silvia Boarini: Israel destroys protest camp, Palestinians vow to rebuild

Israeli Border Police surround the gateway to a protest camp in Abu Dis in preparation for the eviction of activists. The camp was established at the beginning of February. Bringing together activists, Palestinian Authority officials, residents of the Jerusalem suburb Abu Dis and the local Bedouin communities, the camp was built to protest Israel’s de Read more…

Kari Lydersen: Chuy García Could Actually Win His Runoff with Rahm Emanuel

The next six weeks will provide a critical referendum on whether people really want to “take back” their city, and give García and other independents the chance—beyond listening and criticizing—to begin the hard work of building a city that works for everyone

Peter Storm: Student protests escalate in Amsterdam

We are seeing the most serious student struggles that the Netherlands has experienced for many years

TeleSUR English: Venezuelan Officials Present Evidence of Coup Plot

Officials presented recorded testimony from detainees, as well as recorded phone conversations between opposition party leaders

Arianna Skibell: “We are fighting for our lives”

The little-known youth movement rising against police brutality

Georgios Papanicolaou: Golden Dawn and the “Dark Forces”

Syriza is not just an experiment in anti-austerity and pro-democracy government. It is an experiment in how a progressive social order can be brought into existence

George Monbiot: Our government’s big green idea: let’s subsidise natural disasters

Britain pays billions to support farming, and then billions to repair the catastrophic damage it causes

Jack Rasmus: The Greek Debt Interim Agreement: Necessary Step or Sell-Out?

Negotiations are not over, they have just begun. And so has the fight

Etienne Balibar: ‘Syriza wins time—and space’

This is an opportunity to measure the advance of alternative forces, without whom the activity of the parties and governments fighting austerity will itself be condemned to powerlessness

Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Anything’s better than austerity’

Greek finance minister insists deal with troika has not compromised his leftist principles

Paul Mason: Missing from the Greek deal: figures

The shock in Syriza’s upper echelons was real. It was the shock of realisation that, Germany was stronger than Italy and France combined, and that there really is no space inside the euro for a radical left government

Yiannis Bournous: The EU agreement, structural reforms and the Syriza effect abroad

We need to create the broadest unity in promoting an alternative against austerity

Vijay Prashad: Paying the price of a failed Libya

Amid chaos caused by mismanagement, intervention, international rivalries and civil war, ordinary people who hoped for a better Libya are dying

Patrick Cockburn: Private donors from Gulf oil states helping to bankroll salaries of up to 100,000 Isis fighters

IS appears to have the human and financial resources to fight a long war

Joe Emersberger: Why Does Latin America Reject US Belligerence toward Venezuela?

Even the OAS, until quite recently a reliable U.S. lap dog, rejected Washington’s sanctions against Venezuela

Seumas Milne: Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service, according to a top-secret Mossad document

Robert Leonard: “People are really getting angry”

The question is whether Iowa, for all its proud progressive tradition, will give a candidate like Sanders a real look in the 2016 caucuses

David Renton: The Eurozone Debate

Syriza is divided over whether Greece should leave the eurozone — and at what cost

Russell Mokhiber: Duke Energy Pleads Guilty In Coal Ash Spill

Duke Energy will plead guilty to federal criminal charges in connection with last year’s coal ash spill in the Dan River as well as other unauthorized discharges. You wouldn’t have known about the guilty plea from reading America’s leading newspapers

Cynthia Peters: The Class War and Door-Knocking During Blizzards

The home is where we live our lives. Unfortunately, it is also a key place where we have to fight for our lives. It’s one of the fronts in the class war, and you can join the fight

Paul Street: Nine Years – to Avert Catastrophe with Revolution

Slowly but surely and at an ever-accelerating pace, the leading issue of our or any time – anthropogenic global warming (AGW) – shapes our experience and limits our future

Amira Hass: A protest camp as a test of Palestinian solidarity

Is the new camp Al-Quds Gates for real or just a photo-op for Fatah and PA officials to cover up their adjustment to Israel’s creeping annexation?

Joe Emersberger: David Usborne ‘Reports’ from Caracas

The international media would applaud a coup in Venezuela

Leo Panitch: A Different Kind of State

On Syriza, party building, and how socialists should approach state power

Vijay Prashad: Libya: The battlefield of the New Arab Cold War

The only way to tackle the “Islamic State” in Libya is to produce a political process

David Swanson: Cuba Through the Looking Glass

Seeking to change Cuba is openly the policy of the U.S. government, and from the Cuban point of view it amounts to an effort to overthrow the Cuban government

Eduardo Maura: Podemos: Politics by the people

Less than a year after its formation, a populist left-wing party is claiming more than 200,000 members and topping the opinion polls in Spain

Chris Gilbert: The Coup d’Etat Attempt in Venezuela

The possibility of a military coup followed by hurried elections – a two-stage overthrow – could be what is behind the U.S. driven media campaign against Venezuela

Michael Albert: What, Actually, Would It Mean to Win?

Winning should mean establishing new institutions able to accomplish necessary tasks of society

Andrew Lichterman: Ukraine: Time to Step Back from the Brink

The deep injustices of the global economy will not be addressed until some genuinely different social and economic alternative emerges from the stagnation and decay of the neoliberal order

Alan Maass: The Eurogroup noose tightens around Greece

The political and financial institutions of Europe have been exposed once again for their cruel pro-banker priorities and utter contempt for democracy

Tom Walker: No, Syriza has not surrendered

‘Give Greece a chance’ has been one of the slogans aimed at the European Central Bank et al. It applies just as much to us on the left.

Bruno Jäntti: American anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Racism

It seems that Hollywood knows no limits when it comes to dehumanizing Middle Eastern peoples and adherents of Islam

Alfred W. McCoy: The Real American Exceptionalism

From Torture to Drone Assassination, How Washington Gave Itself a Global Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

Richard Falk: ‘Lawfare’ and Liberation

Issues of law and ‘lawfare’ are recurrent features of foreign policy debates in the United States

Vijay Prashad: The night is long

Rural Egypt, now battered with the reduction of the cotton subsidy, had been relatively immune to Tahrir. Now things might change

Yves Smith: Benchmarking the Greece/Eurogroup Bailout Memo and Process

There is no way of putting a pretty face on this document. It represents a huge climbdown for Syriza

Peter Maass: ‘Citizenfour’ Wins Academy Award

Laura Poitras, a founding editor of The Intercept, won an Academy Award for her documentary “Citizenfour,” an inside look at Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower

Pepe Escobar: Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?

New Silk Roads and the Chinese Vision of a Brave New (Trade) World

Preeti Kaur: Switzerland, Media and the Revolving Door

As the Telegraph’s handling of the HSBC tax evasion scandal shows, the propaganda model remains relevant today

Paul Street: Hollywood’s Service to Empire: Two Examples

US citizens are being more than merely entertained when they sit before the nation’s 40,000 commercial movie screens

Roberto Savio: Global Governance and Common Values: the Unavoidable Debate

In the long run if real, lasting world governance is an aim, the debate will have to again become one of our shared values in order to achieve harmonious coexistence. This is the lesson from history

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