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Various Contributors: Build an Active, Democratic, Principled Left

The anti-water charges movement, which has seen hundreds of thousands mobilise and become active in campaigning, has transformed politics in this country

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John Pilger: Celebrating real heroes like the one we’ve just lost

If you want to meet the best Australians, meet Indigenous men and women who understand this extraordinary country and have fought for the rights of the world’s oldest culture

Kevin Gosztola: Amidst Media Backlash, Key Part of Hersh’s Report on Bin Laden Killing Corroborated

Columns solely focused on Hersh should be regarded as attacks on an investigative journalist, who has dared to poke holes in myths surrounding the assassination operation that killed bin Laden

Deborah James: ‘Expose U.S. hypocrisy in WTO talks’

Interview on the ongoing fight in the WTO around the question of food security

Isidro López: The Future of Podemos

Podemos can still change Spain for the better. But it won’t do so by chasing the political center

Joey Mogul: Reparations: A Blueprint to address systemic police violence

The City of Chicago made history May 6 when it passed legislation providing reparations to survivors of racially motivated police torture committed between 1972 and 1991

David Roberts: The awful truth about climate change no one wants to admit

We are facing a situation in which limiting temperature even to 3°C requires heroic policy and technology changes

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Jeremy Brecher: How Climate Protection Has Become Today’s Labor Solidarity

Union action on climate change has proliferated across the country

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Steve Ellner: Maduro and the market: Can Chavistas keep the revolution on track?

It’s a point of honour for Venezuela’s government that despite the sharp plunge in oil prices and acute shortages of goods, President Nicolás Maduro has ruled out austerity measures

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Dan La Botz: Left, Independent Political Action Conference: Unprecedented Cooperation

The Future of the Left/Independent Politics Conference represented an important step forward not only for independent politics but also for cooperation on the left

Ethan Young: Three Conferences and a Postscript

The announced result of the conference is a network of activists with plans to keep in touch and organize another conference

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David Swanson: Top 10 Activist Errors

The number one error, engaged in by the majority of people, is failing to be an activist

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Paul Farmer: The Caregivers’ Disease

If we are to honour the memories of those who died from this caregivers’ disease, we would do well to muster the resources and resolve to build strong healthcare systems in those parts of the world that have never known them

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Yanis Varoufakis: A Blueprint for Greece’s Recovery

Brussels Keynote, May 7, 2015

Steven Leyva: The Small Fires

I remember, I remember that remembering can be a radical act of healing

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Richard Falk: Parodies of Parity: Israel & Palestine

Acting as if Palestinians were equally responsible with Israelis for the persisting struggle of the two peoples is not only misleading, but exhibits a fundamental misunderstanding

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Juan Cole: Palestinians welcome Pope’s Recognition of their State

The Arabic press widely and favorably reported the news that the Vatican has recognized Palestine as a state in a new treaty with it, despite a strong protest from Israel

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Marina Sitrin: Fifteen Years of Community Controlled Water in Cochabamba

Marina Sitrin interviews Marcela Olivera, an activist in Bolivia’s water wars of 2000 and their ongoing legacy

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Paul Street: A Racially Blind Night in the Life of the “P”BS Newshour

It might seem bizarre to see race and racism omitted from discussions of urban poverty and the New Jim Crow criminal justice system on the supposedly liberal “public” broadcasting network

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Vijay Prashad: Brutal in Baltimore

Across the board the poor pay higher prices for mortgages, automobile loans, furniture, appliances, electronics, financial services, groceries and insurance

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished

Darnell L. Moore: While We Focus on Shootings, We Ignore Victims of Police Sexual Assault

We must insist that violence against women matters because women’s bodies and sexual autonomy matter — despite an apparent insistence they don’t

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Gideon Levy: The more Israel represses the Nakba, the stronger the memories

May 15 – the date of the declaration of the State of Israel – is Nakba Day, the anniversary of the Palestinian people’s catastrophe

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George Monbiot: Ground Control

Revitalising communities is not just an election strategy. It is a programme for change in its own right; even without a sympathetic government

Willie Osterweil: Countries Around the World Are Revoking Freedom of Assembly

Faced with mounting unrest and unwilling to offer reforms, democratic governments are rolling back traditional rights

James Bamford: Why NSA surveillance is worse than you’ve ever imagined

Until the public fully grasps and understands how far over the line the NSA has gone in the past — legally, morally and ethically — there should be no renewal or continuation of NSA’s telephone metadata program in the future

Sean Starrs: Making the World Safe for Big Business

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is about expanding US hegemony in East Asia

James Thindwa: Why White Americans Don’t Believe in ‘Personal Accountability’ for Police

White America must stop letting reverence for law enforcement distort their perceptions and start believing that black victims of police brutality aren’t making this stuff up

Linn Washington Jr.: Thirty Years After MOVE Bombing: What Has Law Enforcement Learned?

The events of May 13, 1985, are a case study in the failures of police, prosecutors and judges—failures that we continue to see today

Dick Nichols: Lessons from Spain

Grassroots democracy and the movements against capitalism

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Norman Solomon: Don’t Grade Justice on a Warped Curve

Assessing the Case of Jeffrey Sterling

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Marjorie Cohn: Congress Should End Metadata Collection

So the government is collecting data that is not “relevant to an authorized investigation,” but it argues that it might be of use later when a specific terrorist suspect or terrorist plot is being investigated

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Staughton Lynd: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary

Review of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary, by Lara Vapnek

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Vijay Prashad: Trapped in Libya: the flotsam of the West’s wars

The US continues to see merit in the violence in Syria (by training new fighters), but has only taken in 546 Syrian refugees. This is an object lesson in hypocrisy

Ingeborg Beugel: Have some respect — also for the Greeks, please!

For five years, the Greeks have been publicly shamed, insulted, humiliated and spat upon by the rest of Europe. It is high time to show some respect

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Julia Evelyn Martínez: Motherhood Is A Right, Not A Duty

In patriarchally-based societies, motherhood is no longer a right but an obligation

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Shamus Cooke: Syrian War Set to Re-Explode

Obama has been a proxy war president that has torn apart the Middle East as badly as his predecessor did

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Conn Hallinan: Yemen Re-Draws Middle East Alliances

Yemen War: Redrawing The Fault lines

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David Swanson: Populist Except for Pentagon

Populist agendas tend to emerge in times of demobilization for election distraction

Vicken Cheterian: The second battle for Kobane

After Kobane’s resistance, it is now time for reconstruction

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Ann Jones: “Farkhunda is Our Sister”

A “Martyr,” a Murder, and the Making of a New Afghanistan?

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Ilan Pappe: The western awakening and what it means for Israel/Palestine

Even after the three horrific attacks on Gaza, 2008-2009, 2012, and culminating with the attack in the summer, the cumulative effect has still left the mainstream politics in the same place they were in 20 years ago

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Jonathan Cook: Israel seeks in Nepal to whitewash its crimes in Gaza

The efforts of Israeli soldiers to save children in Nepal should be commended – but not if it gives them and their compatriots an excuse to turn a blind eye to Palestinian children suffering amid the rubble of Gaza

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Norman Solomon: The Latest Blow in the Government’s War on Journalism

It’s a warning shot—not only against whistleblowing, but against basic communication with journalists by government employees

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Medea Benjamin: Citizen Diplomats Cross Korea’s DMZ Calling for Reconciliation

The women involved in Women Cross the DMZ include peace activists, writers, professors, lawyers, gender equality advocates, former diplomats, UN representatives, and humanitarians

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Bruno Jäntti: Elections for the twentieth Israeli Knesset: mainstreaming fascist rhetoric

For all of us working towards a just, inclusive solution to the Palestine tragedy, this election result should motivate all of us to work harder

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Christian Parenti: Climate Change, Militarism, Neoliberalism and the State

Interview on ideology, climate change, Marxism, activism, the state, militarism, violence and the future

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Paul Street: Hillary Clinton and the Manipulation of Populism

One Democrat at a top Wall Street firm even told Politico that Hillary’s politically unavoidable populist rhetoric “is a Rorschach test for how politically sophisticated [rich] people are…”

Johannes Hautaviita: Finnish NATO-integration and democracy

Finland has not declared that the stationing of NATO’s nuclear arms on its soil as forbidden

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