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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

Jack Mirkinson: Why the media’s apocalyptic Paris response should be making you very nervous

Following the horrific events in Paris, establishment press figures have been united in one thing: A call for war

Michael Weiss: How ISIS Picks Its Suicide Bombers

A man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic State’s security services has stepped forward to provide an inside view

Laura Gottesdiener: One Night in Kunduz, One Morning in New York

Two Versions of the U.S. Destruction of a Hospital in Afghanistan

Belen Fernandez: Beirut and Paris: A Tale of Two Terror Attacks

Where was the global sympathy when a terror attack left at least 44 people dead and 239 others injured in Lebanon?

Kim Katrin Milan: The Movement in Mizzou: Reflections on Resistance

The University of Missouri’s Black students’ road to racial justice has been paved with direct action and prioritizing persistence over patience

Tamara Pearson: The Colors of Tragedy

The media’s hierarchy of tragedy reflects and perpetuates a political hierarchy in which some lives supposedly matter more

David Swanson: Bernie Sanders Mentioned the Military Budget

If U.S. President were not a mythical position but a serious job, the job interview would include asking the candidates their basic plans of action. This would start with, “What will you encourage Congress to spend a couple of trillion dollars on each year?” At the moment, about half of federal discretionary spending is spent Read more…

Bret Weinstein: Let’s not get it wrong this time

The terrorists won after 9/11 because we chose to invade Iraq, shred our Constitution

Houcine Abassi: Strong unions strengthen democracies and deliver peace

Giving working people a say is the best path toward a more equal and just world

Phyllis Bennis: After Paris Attacks, a Call for Justice—Not Vengeance

The years after September 11 are a powerful reminder that an ‘all-out war’ on terror only creates more terrorism

Jonathan Cook: Outrage at Paris attacks masks our racism

If we want to stop the attacks, and avoid turning our own societies into the oppressive dictatorships we have supported across much of the rest of the globe, then we need to stop interfering, pillaging, manipulating and abusing

Glenn Greenwald: Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Attack Snowden

The more important point of inquiry is to ask why they are so eager to ensure that everyone but themselves receives scrutiny for what is happening

Tariq Ali: ‘Isis in Paris’

The West is NOT morally superior to the jihadis. Why is a public execution with a sword worse than an indiscriminate drone attack? Neither can nor should be supported

Patrick Cockburn: Paris attacks: Isis has created a new kind of warfare

For the first time urban terrorism, guerrilla tactics and conventional fighting have been combined in a lethal blend

Marjorie Cohn: Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

President Obama has the constitutional power to shut down the prison there and return Guantanamo to Cuba

Justin Podur: The End of Universal Jurisdiction

Spain has struck down its case against Rwanda and the doctrine that once kept war criminals awake at night

Florian Zollmann: Boots on the Ground in Syria

Western colonial strategy has helped break-up the Middle East

Seumas Milne: Now the Truth Emerges: How the US Fuelled the Rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

Endless western military interventions in the Middle East have brought only destruction and division. It’s the people of the region who can cure this disease

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