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Recent ZNet

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

Glen Ford: The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

The truth is, the rulers of the United States are as much a death cult as the Islamic State, although U.S. imperialism is infinitely more dangerous

Luciana Bohne: The logic of the imperial security state

What to think of a policy that bombs countries and leaves them to their fate?

Joris Leverink: The revolution behind the headlines: autonomy in northern Syria

An important detail which is often overlooked is that the people of Rojava did not separate themselves from Syria; they declared their autonomy and not their independence

David Swanson: Not Very Funny

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it”

Florian Zollmann: Denying History: Cuba in the German Liberal Press

Cuba was depicted as a terror state and a nefarious actor. The USA, on the other hand, was described as a benign actor with noble aims such as to bring democracy and reforms to Cuba

Binnaz Saktanber: ‘Cease and censor’ in Turkey’s war on social media

Turkey has a track record of ruthlessly cracking down on social media users, and both Twitter and Facebook appear happy to play ball with the censors

Isaiah Poole: Walmart Worker Victory Shows What We Can Win If We Keep Fighting

American workers have just scored a run in the middle innings of a battle for economic justice and dignity

Michael Roberts: Greece: ‘third world’ aid and debt

The debt liability is there forever – like the proverbial albatross on the back

Paul Street: Tall Tales: The Moral Autism of the Brian Williams Affair

Williams never subjected the U.S. government’s blatantly bogus arguments for illegal war to remotely serious critical scrutiny

Joe Emersberger: Kicking Away the Ladder in Haiti

In addition to US-led coups and economic sanctions, the destruction of local agriculture is a huge part of Haiti’s economic disaster since 1980

Paul Mason: Greece gets its deal.. But if the detail’s wrong ‘we’re finished’

The strategic crisis is not over. But the damage to trust and solidarity, with one nation – Germany – being seen to attempt to force another’s electorate into total surrender – is real

Jeremy Scahill: The Great SIM Heist

U.S. and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe

Richard Falk: When a Terrorist Is Not a Terrorist

I find it deeply disturbing that while the Chapel Hill tragedy is given marginal media attention except among groups previously worried about Islamophobia and racism

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