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Michele Hall: This Morning at Harvard Law School We Woke Up to a Hate Crime

I am constantly reminded of the legacy of white supremacy that founded this school and still breathes through every classroom and lecture hall

Jack Rasmus: The TPP and the New Global Corporate Government

The signing of the TPP agreement in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 4, 2015, represents in a sense the founding “Constitutional Convention” of global corporate government

David Swanson: Chicago Restricts Drones: Who’s Next?

Chicago media outlets are reporting that drones have been banned from most of Chicago’s skies and cannot fly over you or your property without your permission. The text of the ordinance, however, makes exceptions for police that will require eternal vigilance. Local legislative action around drones began in U.S. cities in early 2013 with the Read more…

Joris Leverink: Desperate EU Begs Turkey’s Help in Dealing with Refugee Crisis

After the Paris attacks, European countries are desperate to stem the flow of refugees. Turkey’s aid is requested, but will this do any good?

Victor Wallis: Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a “Democracy”

Support for US whistleblowers will need to be as global as the reach of the policies and the weapons that they expose

Ramzy Baroud: Rohingya and the Burmese Generals: How to Forge a Democracy and Get Away with It

The most recent elections have been, by far, the most successful of the generals’ democracy schemes in recent years

Gilbert Achcar: France Returns to the State of Exception

The discourse of war is already upon us. But it must be resisted

Charles Glass: Outside Powers Must End Their Proxy Wars in Syria

A FRENCH NEWS CAMERAMAN burst into the bar of Beirut’s Commodore Hotel, where his colleagues gathered most evenings, on November 17, 1983. “At last,” he shouted, cupping both hands upward, “someone with balls!” French warplanes had just bombed the town of Baalbek, site of magnificent Roman ruins but also of a Shiite Muslim militant barracks. Read more…

George Monbiot: There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you think

While all eyes are on human numbers, it’s the rise in farm animals that is laying the planet waste

Pepe Escobar: In the fight against ISIS, Russia ain’t taking no prisoners

Paris 2015 – as well as Sinai 2015 – essentially is a side effect of Baghdad 2003. Putin knows it. For now, the task is to smash those mongrel imperial offspring once and for all

Belen Fernandez: Catalonia’s declaration of independence

What the world could really use are more secessions from the neoliberal order

Vijay Prashad: Rebuilding Syria in the age of BRICS and mortars

Bridges need to be built. The West is not capable of this, neither are the Russians

Oliver Tickell: “Shooting to Kill:” Operation Get Corbyn

The ferocity and intensity of the attacks is, on the contrary, intended precisely to prevent rational debate and forestall any reasonable discussion of the issues

Alix Mazounie: Climate Activists Vow to Continue with Protests Ahead of Paris Talks

Climate activists insist the right to protest and freedom of speech must be upheld even during a state of emergency

Dave Zirin: ‘Ne Vous Laissez Pas Manipuler’ AKA #StayWoke

To “stay woke” in the aftermath of the Paris attacks is an act of conscious resistance against an ugly tide

Jim Naureckas: Coverage of Russian Plane Bombing Shows What a Difference an Enemy Makes

When the victims of terror come from an official enemy state, it’s clear that different media rules apply

Brittney Cooper: Stop mocking “safe spaces”: What the Mizzou & Yale backlash is really about

People who mock “p.c. culture” are ignoring the racial recklessness—and lack of safety—suffered by people of color

Kathy Kelly: Japan’s Right to Renounce War

While the U.S. Defense Secretary chides China for engaging in land reclamation in the South China Sea, the U.S. presses Japan to abandon its pacifist constitution

David Swanson: 5 Things to Do About ISIS, or Can an American Without a Gun “Do Something”?

I would use the weapon that eliminates enemies by turning them into something other than enemies

Dick Nichols: Portugal: Anti-austerity left alliance rejects right-wing government

If Cavaco Silva finally manages to resist all this pressure from his friends and appoint Costa prime minister the incoming government will be a PS administration supported from outside by the Left Bloc, PCP and Greens

Yesenia Barragan: What is Peace Without Justice in Colombia?

The Colombian government’s dark history of murdering dissidents should give us pause before celebrating peace

Ted Glick: Renewable Energy Builds World Peace

“And through conversations with others in the growing climate justice movement, I began to see all kinds of ways that climate change could become a catalyzing force for positive change—how it could be the best argument progressives have ever had. . . The urgency of the climate crisis could form the basis of a powerful Read more…

Tom Engelhardt: A Post-Paris “Clash of Civilizations”?

It’s the Islamic State’s Dream and Marco Rubio Agrees

Jonah Birch: Turning Tragedy Into War

The tragic attacks in Paris call for a politics of international solidarity and antiracism — not a new wave of war and repression

Rosa Burç: Turkey’s Future? State Authoritarianism or Democratic Autonomy

The Turkey-Kurdish conflict has become a fight over two fundamentally different visions for the future of the country and region

Michael Albert: Students Unite

Go students! Go activists! Go and never stop!

Arundhati Roy: Things That Can And Cannot Be Said

Is it more evil to contaminate the water supply, to bomb a place with depleted uranium, to cut off the supply of medicines, to say that half a million children dying from economic sanctions is a “hard price”, but “worth it”

Roberto Savio: A Politically Incorrect Reflection on the Paris Massacre

The media everywhere are now unanimous in their condemnation of the Paris massacre three days ago, calling for unity of the West and intensification of military action against the Islamic States (IS). But would that solve the problem of terrorism? And it is not also time to make reflect on the responsibilities of the West Read more…

Nicolas Hénin: I was held hostage by Isis. They fear our unity more than our airstrikes

While we are trying to destroy Isis, what of the 500,000 civilians still living and trapped in Raqqa? What of their safety?

Juan Cole: Top 10 Reasons Governors are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees

Some half of US governors have announced their opposition to their states taking in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. Although they can bother refugees, they can’t actually dictate to people who are here legally where they can live. But anyway, here are the reasons for which these announcements are a form of political hysteria Read more…

Nadia Prupis: After Paris, Rights Groups Warn Against Knee-Jerk ‘National Security’ Overreach

“Not a single person calling for more legal powers for security…can explain how those powers would actually prevent atrocities.”

Ben Norton: This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you

We talk democracy, then overthrow elected governments and prop up awful regimes. Let’s discuss the actual history

Eric Stanley: “Captive Genders”

CeCe McDonald, Chelsea Manning and Others Map Road to Trans Liberation

Robert Reich: The Perils of Circus Politics

Half the money to finance the 2016 election so far has come from just 158 families

Alex Nunns: The one thing that won’t stop terror is more war

The airwaves are full today of facile people saying that what happened in Paris is an attack on Western freedom and culture, so there’s no point in thinking any more deeply about it

Iona Craig: The Agony of Saada

U.S. and Saudi Bombs Target Yemen’s Ancient Heritage

Rand Wilson: Will Labor Back Bernie?

The movement for labor to endorse Bernie Sanders is part of an effort to bring political decision-making back to the rank-and-file

John Pilger: From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”

ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya, committed an epic crime against humanity

Auset Marian Lewis: Are Times Really “Achangin’”?

Mizzou and Yale skirmishes were the result of a series of racial incidents ignored by an administration probably drinking the “post-racial” brew

Preeti Kaur: Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Confederalism, Gender justice, and Ecology

As a result of these new principles of justice, and new alternative conflict resolution commitments, women and girls are not automatically blamed

Paul Street: A President’s Gutless Paean to Courage

Obama’s just doing his job: keeping the war machine turning and the bodies burning – and the cost-plus “defense” and “security” contracts rolling in

Jérôme Roos: Don’t Make Refugees Pay for Terror They Flee

Closing borders and blaming Muslim immigrants for the Paris attacks would give ISIS the “civilizational conflict” it craves

Nick Turse: Does Eleven Plus One Equal Sixty?

AFRICOM’s New Math, the U.S. Base Bonanza, and “Scarier” Times Ahead in Africa

Glenn Greenwald: Stock Prices of Weapons Manufacturers Soaring Since Paris Attack

Note how immediate the increases are: The markets could barely wait to start buying

Robert Naiman: Let’s Acknowledge That the Russians Love Their Children Too

Apparently some folks in Beirut couldn’t get themselves completely jazzed about the global outpouring of sympathy for Parisians following the ISIS-Daesh attacks there on Friday. “What about us?” these Beirutis asked. “Are we chopped liver? Don’t we have eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Aren’t we fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, Read more…

Juan Cole: Is Daesh/ ISIL a modern Raiding Pirate state?

Some analysts trying to understand Daesh (ISIL, ISIS) had suggested that it differs from al-Qaeda in its emphasis on taking and holding territory, thus becoming a state– something that al-Qaeda was largely uninterested in. They expected the self-proclaimed “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to concentrate his resources on local statebuilding. The Daesh attack on Paris, assuming Read more…

Bernie Sanders: Eliminate Islamic State, Don’t Turn Our Backs on Refugees

The senator and Democratic Party presidential candidate also denounced “cheap political talk” and “demagoguery and fear mongering”

Jim Naureckas: Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

At the time of the attacks in Paris, FAIR’s website led with a piece by Ben Norton (11/13/15) about US reporting on the ISIS bombing in Beirut—noting references to the civilian neighborhood targeted by the bombing as a Hezbollah “stronghold” (MSNBC, 11/13/15), “bastion” (Reuters, 11/12/15) or “area” (NPR, 11/12/15). Given this framing—and the generally limited Read more…

Various Contributors: After the massacres of Paris: dread, revolt, action – statement from Attac France

For what is within our reach, more than ever, we must fight against “humanitarian” imperialism, against destructive productivism, for a society that is sober, free and equa

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