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Conn Hallinan: BRICS and the SCO: Let A Thousand Poles Bloom

This past summer, the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—created an alternative to the largely U.S. controlled World Bank and International Monetary Fund

Gary Younge: Run, Karen, Run!

Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis is eyeing Mayor Emanuel’s job

Jonathan Cook: Israel and the G-Word

We need a better word than ‘occupation’

Jan Clausen: Why We Invited Mumia Abu-Jamal

How can we uncover and name the often hidden ways in which race and class assumptions are buried within these reactions?

Julianne Malveaux: Voter Suppression – 2014

The Supreme Court blocked an appeals court ruling that would have restored seven days of voting in Ohio

Martha Woodall: Phila. Students Protest Canceling of Contract

Hundreds of high school students went on “strike” Wednesday to support their teachers

Russell Saltamontes: A Union County

Decades of workplace and community organizing to improve the standard of living for working-class people finally reached a point of direct confrontation with local elites

Various Contributors: Help Kobanê!

Exert Pressure on Your Governments in order to Prevent a Massacre in Kobani and a Re-escalation of the Civil War in Turkey

Paul Street: Twenty Fourteen

The planet’s top prison state keeps as many Black men behind bars today as were US slaves in 1860

Joris Leverink: Hope and despair grips Kurds as Kobanê continues to resist

A report on the battle for Kobanê and the Kurdish struggle for democratic autonomy

Steve Early: Sanders & Kucinich: Pioneering Progressive Mayors

Rally Support For East Bay Progs

Sue Sturgis: Americans for Prosperity’s trail of voter misinformation goes far beyond NC

A network of groups backed by Pope’s family foundation, as well as lawmakers backed by Pope’s electoral spending machinery, were instrumental in pushing through a raft of voting restrictions, which are still embroiled in litigation

Molly Knefel: Why are Police Using Military-Grade Weapons in High Schools?

Students lead a push to get school cops to return their artillery

Josep Maria Antentas: Spanish State and Catalonia independence referendum – 9-N: obedience and disobedience

There is much more at stake than the discussion on the independence of Catalonia

Ian Sinclair: Protecting British citizens? British foreign policy in the Middle East

It’s worthwhile looking into the government’s claim that protecting British citizens is its top priority

Ramzy Baroud: Nothing about Us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative

The exclusion of a real Palestinian narrative is cemented by those who are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause

Dave Zirin: Israel’s War on Gaza is Not a Game

Scenes from the NBA preseason protest

Jon Swaine: Ferguson protest leaders: ‘We’ll take our anger out on people who failed us’

Organisers tell New York rally not to expect a ‘casual revolution’ and vow greater demonstrations over police shooting of teen

Mark Weisbrot: Why Dilma Rousseff could win Brazil’s presidential election

The country has widely reported problems, but improvements in income and conditions for many workers mean a lot of Brazilians have done well over the past decade

Ben Norton: Israel, Where Half of the Population Wants to Send Obama Ebola for His Birthday

he struggle for just, accurate coverage in the US corporate media—and for the hearts of the minds of the American people—is slowly, but surely, being won

John W. Whitehead: Should We Just Follow Orders?

The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day

Juan Cole: Does the Houthi Takeover of Yemen’s Sanaa Endanger World Trade?

The fall of the Yemeni government to radical Zaidi tribesmen from Saadah in the north has gone relatively unremarked in the US mass media

Z. C. Dutka: Leader of Pro-Government Collective, Four Others Killed in Police Standoff

An eight hour standoff took place in a Caracas building between the special investigative police body (CICPC) and a pro-government armed collective

Michael T. Klare: Obama’s New Oil Wars

Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia

Taylan Tosun: Kobane, Turkey, Peace, Justice?

In the last two days, hundreds of Kurds took the street mainly in Kurdish cities and towns of Turkey to protest Turkish state’s support to IS

Vandana Shiva: Of Food, Farmers and WTO’s Doublespeak

Seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty

David Lindorff: Accusing Hong Kong Activists of Being Tools of US Policy is Both Ignorant and Dangerous

What we on the left who oppose US empire should be doing is not undermining the indigenous activists in Hong Kong

David Graeber: Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?

Amid the Syrian warzone a democratic experiment is being stamped into the ground by Isis. That the wider world is unaware is a scandal

Mark Engler: How did Gandhi win?

Gandhi accepted a settlement that had limited instrumental value but that allowed the movement to claim a symbolic win

Mumia Abu Jamal: Goddard Commencement Speech

Help be the change you’re seeking to make

Ben Dangl: Why Evo Morales Will Likely Win Upcoming Elections in Bolivia

Overall, it is the success of Morales’ party in bringing about positive change that will lead to electoral victory

Carla Murphy: Here’s More On That St. Louis Symphony Flash Mob

What’s next for the upcoming Weekend of Resistance?

David Swanson: Operation Odysseus’ Butcher Shop

War propaganda maintains that the other side only speaks the language of violence

Ben Debney: Crises Worthy and Otherwise – Climate Change vs Terror Scare

What we have then is not only a climate crisis, but also a crisis of freedom

Glenn Greenwald: Key Democrats Leave No Doubt Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine

The last thing the Washington political class and the economic elites who control it want is for this war to end

Richard Byrne Reilly: The Cookie is Dead

Here’s how Facebook, Google, and Apple are tracking you now

George Monbiot: Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy

Kathy Kelly: Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court

“I feel we’re compelled by our conscience“

Victor Grossman: Humpty-Dumpty and the Fall of Berlin’s Wall

Why did the GDR go under?

Francine Mestrum: Separating Rights?

Economic rights cannot be separated from social rights

Rob Urie: Capitalist Denial and Climate Chaos

A New Political Economy is Needed

Metin Turcan: Kurdish Activist Violence Brings Kobani Conflict to Turkish Streets

Violent Kurdish protests spread to many cities in Turkey, including Ankara and Istanbul

Patrick Cockburn: Isis on the verge of victory in Kobani

US strategy lies in ruins

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

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous Read more…

Jérôme Roos: Kurds rise up across Europe to demand action against ISIS

Turkish-Kurdish peace process appears to be on verge of collapse

Pervez Hoodbhoy: Siege of Islamabad: What Next?

Thousands of fanatical followers, led by the cleric-cricketer combination of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan, hold Islamabad hostage

David Swanson: Thoughts of a Beheaded Head

Why when we’re alive do we act as if the whole thing isn’t insane?

Joe Emersberger: Economics: A Dismal Profession, Not Dismal “Science”

Unfortunately, even if the economics profession were greatly reformed, we could not rely on corporate journalists to report the consensus among economists accurately

Norman Finkelstein: Is Boycotting Israel the Right Way to Fight for Palestinian Rights

Two prominent professors and authors, Ilan Pappé and Norman Finkelstein, go head to head.

– See more at: http://newint.org/argument/2014/10/01/argument-israel-boycott-rights/#sthash.a2q7QhBq.dpuf

Tyrell Haberkorn: Martial Law and the Criminalization of Thought in Thailand

Neither coups nor dictatorships are unusual in Thailand

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