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Immanuel Wallerstein: Ethnicity: Impassioned, Impermanent, Important

Ethnicity refers to one of the basic realities of the modern world-system. We are all embedded in one or several groups that have a presumed (if remote) kinship base. These days we tend to refer to such groups as “identities.” Quite often, our feelings of loyalty to such groups become quite impassioned. We seldom recognize Read more…

Juan Cole: The Palmer Raids: When Trump’s Grandfather and Wives could have been Profiled

Trumpism is about repealing the 14th Amendment; maybe it is about repealing the Constitution in favor of whatever Trump thinks the law should be on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Sue Sturgis: How politicians helped create a climate of hate for LGBT people

Number of people killed in the June 12 massacre at Pulse, an LGBT dance club in Orlando, Florida, by a man who reportedly expressed animus toward LGBT people and who may have been a gay or bisexual person himself: 49 Number of people injured in the shooting, which took place on the club’s Latin-themed night Read more…

Jeff Abbott: Honduran Indigenous Activist Wins Human Rights Award for Struggle Against Corporate Destruction of Land

In 2015, Romero and her community were able to successfully stop the construction of the hydroelectric dam

Cara Lisa Berg Powers: ‘T’ Is For The Troubling Changes On ‘Sesame Street’

Take down the lights, knock down the studio walls, and let’s take it back to the street

Cherrie Bucknor: The Price We Pay

A new report from CEPR estimates that the reduction in the overall employment rate caused by the barriers faced by former prisoners and people convicted of felonies costs the United States $78 to $87 billion in annual GDP

Bill Scher: Think You’ve Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein

The Green Party candidate insists it’s her year to get noticed—and she may make it onto 47 state ballots

Roberto Savio: Not Politically Correct Reflections on Brexit

Allow me a rare personal anecdote. In 1965 I met Lord Hume, who had just left the post of Prime Minister and we had a mutual sympathy. Lord Hume invited me for lunch at the Chamber of Lords. Over an extremely delicious rump of Scottish lamb, I asked if I was allowed to ask a Read more…

Omar Barghouti: BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement

Introduction Israel’s attacks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other human rights defenders living under occupation, such as Al Haq staff, have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, including the direct threats made by leading Israeli officials against BDS activists and in particular against the movement’s co-founder Omar Barghouti. Beyond the headlines, Read more…

Dror Ladin: Latest CIA Torture Docs Show “Evidence of War Crimes” & Level of Brutality That Even Shocked Bush

This is evidence of war crimes. And yet no one’s been prosecuted

Megan Carpentier: Let’s drug-test the rich before approving tax deductions, US congresswoman says

Gwen Moore to propose bill requiring tests for returns with itemized deductions of more than $150,000, in response to right’s ‘criminalization of poverty’

Todd Gitlin: Election 2016 Insinuation, Conspiracy, Delusion: Welcome to the ‘Truth’ According to Donald Trump

In all fascist and para-fascist movements, the only truth that matters is the truth that the savior-masters have unearthed

Badri Raina: Remain, Remain

There was a time to leave The Holy Roman Empire; Capital was pressing, And the John of Gaunt was Full-throated in praise Of the “sceptered Isle.” Drake and Raleigh ruled The seas, and the East India Company inaugurated Britannia and the Empire. The fruits of separation from Europe were real and lasting. Alas, that sun Read more…

Kathy Kelly: Why go to Russia?

Ordinary people everywhere should do all that we can to demand that all international disputes be resolved by non-military means

Renaud Lambert: French President Threatens to Outlaw Protests Against Labor Reforms

There are plenty of things happening on the political front. But this struggle against the law now is mainly led by trade unions

Robin D.G. Kelley: Cedric J. Robinson: the Making of a Black Radical Intellectual

Cedric J. Robinson spent a lifetime believing and demonstrating that we could invent, manufacture, conspire, and organize way beyond the possibilities

Max Zahn: Anti-Israeli occupation group struggles to reconcile movement building and allyship

IfNotNow’s strategy is simple: force American Jewish institutions to oppose Israel’s occupation by turning public opinion against them

Robert Fisk: Why our nuclear deal with Iran is turning to dust

Many of Europe’s largest banks won’t do business with Iran for fear of breaching other US sanctions, which have nothing to do with the nuclear agreement – but a lot to do with US agencies and prosecutors

Alex Gourevitch: From Strike to Shop Floor

From resisting new management attacks to organizing wireless employees, Verizon workers still have a lot to mobilize for

Derek Rosenfeld: The Drug War Started 45 Years Ago Today—Here’s How to End It For Good

No matter how much money we spend and how many people get arrested, drugs have been around for thousands of years and they always will be

Asoka Bandarage: Change The System – Not The Climate

We are seeing the realities of climate change: rising temperatures, declining Arctic sea ice, extreme weather events, heatwaves, wildfires, floods, droughts, stronger storms and hurricanes and so on. According to UN estimates, there will be 1 billion ‘climate refugees’, i.e. victims of disasters induced by climate change in the world by 2050. India is now Read more…

Bernie Sanders: The Political Revolution Continues

Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end

Noam Chomsky: An Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting)

Among the elements of the weak form of democracy enshrined in the constitution, presidential elections continue to pose a dilemma for the left

David Swanson: Orlando Killer’s Secret Shared by Other Terrorists

As with becoming a whistleblower or an activist or an artist there must be numerous reasons why any individual becomes a terrorist — whether military, contract, or independent. Various irrational hatreds and fears (and promises of paradise after death) and the ready availability of weaponry certainly play roles. But did you know that every single Read more…

Ross Domoney: Clashes at general strike in Paris

Heavy clashes occur between protesters and police as hundreds of thousands take to the streets to oppose a proposed change in France’s labor law

Various Contributors: Beyond Extreme Energy Responds to Sen. Barrasso’s Attack

These McCarthyite, fear-mongering tactics are uncalled for and a pose a threat to constitutionally protected free speech

Sonia Shah: From Zika to Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs: Welcome to the New Age of Contagions

Today’s deadly new pathogens aren’t just a scientific challenge, they’re a political one

John Feffer: Orlando and the Future of Terrorism

It’s tempting to use a harsh epithet like “terrorism” to describe the actions in Orlando. Perhaps “mass hate crime” would be more accurate

Vijay Prashad: Tens of Thousands of Child Refugees Are Missing in Europe, and Many More Are Suffering a Plight Beyond Imagination

Only a deeper look at the problem and a serious international effort to address questions of poverty and war can provide the path out of the current madness

Sam Ben-Meir: Is Trump a New Kind of Fascist?

The new fascism we are witnessing today should not be confused with the fascism of yesteryear. But perhaps it is no less dangerous in the long run

Marjorie Cohn: New York Governor’s Unconstitutional Order Enables Israeli Occupation

BDS should be embraced as a nonviolent strategy to challenge the Israeli occupation

Andrew Cockburn: The Pentagon’s Real $trategy

Keeping the Money Flowing

Samantha Winslow: Teachers Take On Student Discipline

Teachers and students meet to discuss the behavior and the root problems that might cause students to act out—such as stress, anxiety, or problems at home

Kate Aronoff: It’s Not Over

The Sanders campaign isn’t the end of the line. We can use its momentum to unite movements and build broad support

Miguel Urbán Crespo: When France moves, all of Europe shakes

In order to change the world, we need friends in many countries

Ramzy Baroud: Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Gaza remains a place of poets, artists, dabka dancers and untamable spirits of utterly resilient and refreshingly stubborn people

Timothy Braatz: The Confessions of Brock Turner and a Culture of Punishment

To understand the influence of the culture of punishment, imagine a culture obsessed with rehabilitation instead

George Monbiot: Money’s Reach

The European Union looks thoroughly rotten – until you compare it to the alternatives

Dan Grazier: Senators Vote to Keep Bomber Price Secret

The committee members voted 19 to 7 to prevent the American people from knowing how much of their money will be sunk in this latest questionable weapons project

Suzanne Goldenberg: Biggest US Coal Company Funded Dozens of Groups Questioning Climate Change

The funding spanned trade associations, corporate lobby groups, and industry front groups as well as conservative thinktanks and was exposed in court filings last month

Roxanne Dunbar-ortiz: Yes, Native Americans Were the Victims of Genocide

This paper, written under the title, “U.S. Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies,” was delivered at the Organization of American Historians 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO on April 18, 2015. US policies and actions related to Indigenous peoples, though often termed “racist” or “discriminatory,” are rarely depicted as what they are: classic cases of imperialism Read more…

Soraya Chemaly: When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence is the Red Flag We Aren’t Talking About

In a new article for Rolling Stone, journalist Soraya Chemaly writes, “The Washington Post reported Monday that ‘although family members said [Omar] Mateen had expressed anger about homosexuality, the shooter had no record of previous hate crimes.’ But that depends on how you categorize domestic violence.” Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, has come forward to describe Read more…

Dick Nichols: Spain: Can the Left’s economic plan turn back austerity?

The left-wing coalition Unidos Podemos (United We Can), is currently polling over 25% and looks set to surpass the vote of the social-democratic Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE)

Cornel West: Why the US Empire Is More Ripe for Right-Wing Revolution Than from the Left

Interview on Bernie Sanders’ neopopulism and Donald Trump’s neofascism

Phyllis Bennis: Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

G4S, where Omar Mateen worked as a security guard, profits from both U.S. border militarization and the Israeli occupation

David Swanson: ISIS and U.S. Weaponry: At Home and Abroad

When someone commits mass murder in the United States and is tied, however significantly, to a foreign terrorist group, there remains a section of the U.S. population willing to recognize and point out that no ideology, fit of hatred, or mental derangement can do the same damage without high-tech weaponry that it does with it. Read more…

Patrick Cockburn: Distortions over Isis involvement in Orlando play into the hands of the jihadists

Western states are refusing to confront their Sunni allies in the Middle East whose well-funded ideology creates the conditions in which terrorism flourishes

Kali Holloway: The Twins of Fascism: The New, Frightening President of the Philippines and the Donald Have Much in Common

The Philippine President Duterte, like the GOP nominee, bullies the media when they do their job and threatens violence

Michael Albert: Lesser Evilism

As a first step, can we transcend the perspective that says beating Trump by having Clinton elected is one option, and fighting for real and lasting change and even for a new society, is another?

Conn Hallinan: Spanish Elections: EU Watershed?

For the past quarter of a century there have been few watershed moments in Spanish political history. Like a well-choreographed pas de deux, the center-left Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and right-wing Popular Party (PP) have taken turns governing the country. But the 2015 election changed all that. Upstart parties on the right and left crashed Read more…

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