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Patrick Bond: Protests rise against World Economic Forum’s implausible ‘Africa Keeps Rising’ meme

Grassroots protesters all over Africa are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity, instead demanding that policies meet their basic needs

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Michael Albert: What Is Wrong With Us?

Does our style of engagement with others contribute to the left’s inattention to developing sustainable effective mechanisms of large scale lasting change?

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Marjorie Cohn: Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice. The last time I saw Michael was shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. We Read more…

Manuela Zechner: Finding warmth in a dark place: a glimpse of #NuitDebout

Paris had been so tough and so stuck. Recharging on the energies of a square full of people in buzzing encounter, it refound a collective way of being

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David Swanson: Bush-Obama Powers Will Pass to Next President

Remember when coups and assassinations were secretive, when presidents were obliged to go to Congress and tell lies and ask permission for wars, when torture, spying, and lawless imprisonment were illicit, when re-writing laws with signing statements and shutting down legal cases by yelling “state secrets!” was abusive, and when the idea of a president Read more…

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Paul Street: Hillary and the Corporate Elite

It’s not surprising that Wall Street prefers the friend that it knows

Alice Speri: How the High Cost of Justice Pushes the Poor into Prison

A national survey published by the National Center for Access to Justice this week found that people in poverty have virtually no access to civil aid attorneys

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Badri Raina: Braveheart Bernie

A festival of good sense marches from Nebraska to Maine

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Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

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Edward Snowden: Why the media isn’t doing its job

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Emily Bell spoke to Edward Snowden over a secure channel about his experiences working with journalists and his perspective on the shifting media world. This is an excerpt of that conversation, conducted in December 2015. It will appear in a forthcoming book: Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Read more…

Shaun Richman: One Day Longer

The Verizon strike is a war of attrition — and the future of the labor movement is at stake

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Ramzy Baroud: Beware Israeli Doublespeak: A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy 

Criticizing violent political movements and the behavior of any state that violates international law and human rights is a moral duty. Israel will not be the exception

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Richard Falk: The Holocaust Remembrance Day Speech of Major General Yair Gola

It would seem that the kind of political imagination that would generate hope for the future of humanity is currently on life-support

Danica Jorden: Women and Children First: Homeland Security Targets “Family Units” for Deportation in May and June

The agency is sending ICE) agents out on a second wave of raids against immigrants, this time with the specific aim of apprehending and imprisoning Central American women and their children

Chad Nicholson: Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

Grant Township Supervisors passed a first-in-the-nation law that legalizes direct action to stop frack wastewater injection wells within the Township

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TeleSUR English: In Just One Day, Brazil’s Post-Coup President Sent the Country Back Decades

Michel Temer has waged an all out attack on the country’s most progressive social and political achievements

Omar Barghouti: Interview With BDS Co-Founder

Despite having lived in Israel for 22 years with no criminal record of any kind, Omar Barghouti (above) was this week denied the right to travel outside the country. As one of the pioneers of the increasingly powerful movement to impose boycotts, sanctions and divestment measures (BDS) on Israel, Barghouti, an articulate, English-speaking activist, has frequently traveled around Read more…

Connor Kilpatrick: Burying the White Working Class

Liberal condescension towards white workers is code for a broader anti-working class agenda

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Frida Berrigan: What the obituaries missed about my uncle, Dan Berrigan

Father Dan Berrigan’s life, legacy and gifts were celebrated at Saint Francis Xavier Church in New York City on Friday, May 6. The church is supposed to fit only 700 people, but more than a thousand crammed in, packing the aisles and sides, sitting and standing through the more-than-two-hour-long service. Communion took half an hour, Read more…

Sam Pizzigati: Dr. Billionaire, Meet Dr. Salk

Can we conquer disease without concentrating wealth in a precious few pockets? Not-so-distant history offers a clear and encouraging answer

João Feres Júnior: Brazil Coup: The First of Many Blows Against the People

What is going to happen to Brazil in the near future?

Parminder Jeet Singh: A borderless economy that will be controlled

What is urgently required is to construct political institutions that are adequate to the new digital realities

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David Swanson: Just War Lies

How can any entity claim just and defensive motivations while leading arms profiteering and proliferation?

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Mark Weisbrot: Economic policy could determine the political results in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government faces many challenges, but none so important or urgent as economic recovery

Carlos Aznárez: Now, in Brazil, the Battle for Democracy is Fought on the Streets

That’s the real Brazil, with its Landless and its Homeless, with its metal workers from the ABC union or the combative Mercedes Benz workers, who cried out loud that “there will be no coup”

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Richard Falk: Making the Most of Obama’s Hiroshima Visit

[Prefatory Note: I sent the following message to the White House today, and encourage readers of this blog to do the same <www.whitehouse.gov>This symbolic visit by Obama creates a major opportunity to advance a denuclearization agenda, and we should take as much advantage as possible. I am against the mainstream advice that suggests that the Read more…

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Roberto Savio: Greece, the Punching Ball of Germany

Greece is again in the media, because a new negotiation is due between the embattled country and its creditors

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Glenn Greenwald: Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed

In 2002, Brazil’s left-of-center Workers Party (PT) ascended to the presidency when Lula da Silva won in a landslide over the candidate of the center-right party PSDB (throughout 2002, “markets” were indignant at the mere prospect of PT’s victory). The PT remained in power when Lula, in 2006, was re-elected in another landslide against a different PSDB candidate. Read more…

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Gary Olson: C.I.A. Seeks to “Keep Fear Alive”

According to C.I.A. director John Brennan, the quota for creating new ISIS recruits is falling behind, and “this threatens an ominous and even crippling ’enemy vacuum’ for the United States.” Even though U.S. drone strikes continue to kill scores of innocent people, not enough of their relatives are seeking revenge by becoming suicide bombers, hence Read more…

Sonia Singh: L.A. Car Wash Workers Turn Up Pressure

In Juan Hernandez’s first car wash job, he and his co-workers used to put in nine-hour days for $40 in cash. Workers would often arrive at 8 a.m.—but have to wait three or four hours to start working, with no fixed schedule. “When I began to work in this industry, there was practically no control Read more…

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Robert W. Mcchesney: Capitalism Is a Bad Fit for a Technological Revolution

In this interview, Robert McChesney, author with John Nichols of People Get Ready, discusses their new book, its challenge to the idea that technological advances always benefit humans and a framework to envision a digital age that will benefit workers over the super-rich. Mark Karlin: Let me start with the grand question raised by your book Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Remembering Michael Ratner: Radical Lawyer, Global Activist, Loyal Friend

Beyond his passion for justice and his powerful insistence on standing up to oppression and oppressors, Michael was a funny and incredibly loyal friend

Peyman Jafari: Iran After the Elections

Iran’s radical left must build on the space opened by reformists in recent elections

Ben Norton: Nominating Clinton risks “disaster simply to protect the status quo” Sanders campaign says

The Sanders campaign insists Bernie is “best positioned to beat Trump,” and is preparing for a contested convention

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Robert Fisk: Europe’s Catholic leaders are undoing the good work of Pope Francis over the migrant crisis

Cardinal Dominik Jaruslav Duka, the Archbishop of Prague, demeans Muslims and claims the Pope’s efforts are ‘just a gesture’

Salar Mohandesi: The Afterbern

With such exceptionally high stakes, the far left, usually so minuscule and ineffectual in this country, needs to devise a shared, coherent organizational strategy

David Morris: What’s the Best Move Bernie Sanders Can Make Right Now to Strengthen the Progressive Movement?

What should Bernie do? That seems to be the question of the month. Permit me to weigh in. Here’s what we know at this point in the campaign. For Sanders to have any chance of winning the support of superdelegates, he must arrive at the convention with more elected delegates than Hillary. To do that, Read more…

George Katsiaficas: Thank You Barack Obama for Showing Us That Peace is War

In this upside-down world, Obama is seen as a man of peace, while the Black Panthers are remembered as violent

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Richard Falk: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Daniel Berrigan

Dan was an exceptional human being, transparent in moral and spiritual coherence, mindful in his attentiveness to the suffering and wellbeing of others, a powerful and unforgettably vivid and loving presence, a challenge to our daily complacency

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Vijay Prashad: Despair and Unrest

The statistics explain the anger. Seven women are killed every day in Mexico. Over the past three decades, over 45,000 women have been killed

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Steve Early: Toxic Entanglements: Big Oil’s Democratic Primary Favorite in California

Chevron’s history of social irresponsibility and political-influence buying reveals much about the policy outcomes it could obtain with an old friend in the White House

Pete Dolack: We all pay for low wages

The relentless scramble to survive competition eventually closed the brief window when rising wages were tolerated and government investment encouraged

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Tom Engelhardt: Washington’s Military Addiction

And The Ruins Still to Come

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Patrick Cockburn: How close is Isis to losing the war?

The real test over the coming months will be the extent to which the US and Russia have the desire and capability to enforce a ceasefire

Helena Smith: ‘Everyone’s outraged’: angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma’s revival

Greece faces its toughest austerity measures yet, with €5.4bn of budget cuts backed by the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras

Alice Speri: Striking Prisoners In Alabama Accuse Officials Of Using Food As Weapon

“We just refuse to be the components in the institution of slavery”

Jeffrey R. Webber: Life After Dilma

Brazil’s left must prepare itself for a post-impeachment landscape

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: Mother’s Day is Another Day to Struggle for Justice When Your Child is Behind Bars

An emerging grassroots, family-based movement, sustained by the love of mothers across the nation, reminds us that mothers are leaders as well as nurturers, teachers as well as advocates

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Don Fitz: Historic Preservation Wins Big in U City

Prop H does more than change politicians. It empowers citizens to have veto power over a type of decision that politicians can make

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Noam Chomsky: US Military Presence in Europe & the Case of Edward Snowden

Snowden, it’s important to recall, performed an enormous service, a patriotic service in fact, to the people of the United States and the world

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