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Roberto Savio: Is a Referendum a Valid Tool for Democracy?

William Shakespeare would have loved to witness the Brexit. Many of his themes are evidently present: friendship and treason; truth and lies; deception and betrayal. David Cameron invents a referendum as a trick to get more power from the EU, and unify the Tory party under his leadership. He ends up instead out of Europe, Read more…

Badri Raina: Pursuit of irrelevance

The insistence on ideological purity could prove fatal for India’s Left

Donald Grady II: A Black Police Chief on the Dallas Attacks

One veteran officer speaks from the heart, on the intersection of race and policing

Marta Figlerowicz: The Gatekeepers Aren’t Gone

Viral content seems democratic. But it’s still mostly controlled by big media companies

Robin Hahnel: Economic Growth, Climate Change, and Capitalism

In this interview, radical economist Robin Hahnel argues that ecological sustainability is perfectly compatible with increases in economic well-being

Pete Dolack: CETA’s specter of corporate dictatorship still haunts Canada, EU

CETA, like its cousins TTP and TTIP, would cement into place the right of multi-national corporations to dictate to governments without any democratic input

Henry A. Giroux: The Racist Killing Machine in the Age of Anti-Politics

Let’s hope that the current crisis we are witnessing as it appears to unfold daily will transform cries of collective outrage into a social movement that is organized around a call for economic and social justice

David Swanson: If Afghan Lives Mattered, Dallas Lives Would Matter

The man who murdered police officers in Dallas, Texas, this week had earlier been employed in a massive operation, now in its 15th year, that has killed many thousands of people in Afghanistan. He was trained to kill by the U.S. military using U.S. tax dollars. He was conditioned to believe violence an appropriate response Read more…

Kim Scipes: Open Letter to the Chicago Teachers Union

The purpose of a union is to give workers’ power at their workplace. From there, a strong and progressive union will expand its concerns into the community and fight for social justice

John McDonnell: The leadership battle

A look at the attempted coup against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Juan Cole: The Real Problem with the Iraq War: It was Illegal

The Bush-Blair war of aggression in turn authorized many others, and other countries have sometimes openly cited the Iraq War as justification for their own belligerence

Farooq Tariq: Migration, fundamentalism & terrorism in Asia

A mass working-class alternative in the shape of trade unions and political parties linked with social movements is the most effective manner to counter religious fundamentalism

Jane Slaughter: Three Recent Wins Prove Old-Fashioned Union Power Isn’t Dead Yet

Unions should use this power. That’s how you build the kind of movement that can inspire more workers to join

Glenn Greenwald: Washington Has Been Obsessed With Punishing Secrecy Violations — Until Hillary Clinton

A system that accords treatment based on who someone is, rather than what they’ve done, is the opposite of one conducted under the rule of law

Sirry Alang: The massive toll of police brutality

The fatal shootings — like in Louisiana and Minnesota — destroy minority communities, both physically and mentally

Michael Albert: Reply to Responses

I thank those who took time to reply to the essay I offered, “We Need a United Left.” I hope it is helpful to provide some brief reactions to the comments. When Bill Fletcher Jr. says we have to make a tactical decision to support Clinton to stop Trump, I take it that he means Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Bohmer Replies

What I find missing from Michael Albert’s commentary is an acknowledgement and a validation of the moral outrage felt by many people, mainly but not only young people, that they are being told to choose between  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  You are right that Hillary Clinton will do less harm than a Trump presidency but the Read more…

Conn Hallinan: The Brexit & Spain: Europe On The Edge?

The xenophobia stems from the anger and despair of people who have been marginalized or left behind by the globalization of the labor force

Maya Evans: Without Due Process

From Mass Incarceration to Assassination

Liam Barrington-Bush: Defeating fear: lessons from Mexico’s housing movement

Los Panchos has taken back land and collectively built thousands of homes since the late-1980s. What could Global North movements learn from its successes?

Kate Shea Baird: Spanish elections: ceiling or turning point for the ‘new politics’?

Creating a real democracy is about more than winning elections. It’s about changing how politics is done from below, starting with our daily lives, in our homes, neighbourhoods and cities

Vijay Prashad: End of exceptionalism

The U.S. does not have the economic or political power to thrust its agenda on a multipolar world and this is not because, as Donald Trump claims, of the policies of Barack Obama

Jeff Faux: Orlando and the War

The massacre in Orlando triggered a predictable sandstorm of political and pundit opinion on the causes and prevention of these horrible events

Andrew J. Bacevich: Presidential Candidates Push American Supremacy, Not National Defense

Interview on how both parties are committed to maintaining U.S. global hegemony through military power

Gary Olson: Israel and U.S. Schmooze About Arabs and Indians

Rabbi Irgun Kahane-Ariel, Israel’s Deputy Minister for Occupation Affairs, sat down with George Armstrong Winthrop, Acting Director of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), for their annual confab in Washington, D.C. A partial transcript of their conversation became available to the author. K-A: Shalom! Ma nish (Hello! What’s up), my friend? Hey, did you hear that Read more…

Vanessa Baird: Smiley-faced monopolists: how Google, Facebook and Amazon won the world

Real change requires a shift in social norms and a realization that the monopolizing billionaires who are providing us with ‘so very cheap’ or ‘for free’ have a totalitarian agenda

Kathy Kelly: Don’t Move

Lives of innocent people caught up in these brutal wars do not matter provided the safety and property of the people outside, and of the people sent in to quell disorder, are rigorously protected

Don Fitz: De-Privatize!

In the middle of June 2016 the US House Committee on Natural Resources approved HR 3650, an effort to expand privatization of public lands. The bill would transfer control of “up to 2 million acres of eligible portions of the National Forest System” from the federal to state governments. Since state governments cannot afford firefighting Read more…

David Swanson: Impeach and Prosecute Tony Blair

The key supporter of U.S. war plans was the UK, and there is some possibility that a UK refusal to join in this crime might really have done some good

Joseph Gerson: Imperial NATO: Before and After Brexit

Spiraling tensions that come with military alliances, arms races, military-industrial complexes and chauvinistic nationalism can be overcome with commitments to mutual respect

Tom Engelhardt: Whose Century Is It?

Life on an Increasingly Improbable Planet

Janaya Khan: Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder responds to Pride action criticism

“Our action was in the tradition of resistance that is Pride. We didn’t halt progress; we made progress”

George Monbiot: Chilcot’s judgment is utterly damning – but it’s still not justice

The inquiry made it as clear as its terms allowed that Tony Blair committed the crime of aggression. Can he now be held to account?

Tariq Ali: Tony Blair is a War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War

While Iraq is marking a third day of mourning, a long-awaited British inquiry into the Iraq War has just been released

William Blum: If you like Obama you’ll love Trump

If we look at what comes out of the mouth of The Barack is there any reason to castigate The Donald for his supposedly outrageous or weird way of expressing himself?

Nick Turse: Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy

The Charmed Life of David Petraeus

Marjorie Cohn: How Justice Scalia’s Absence Has Affected the Supreme Court’s Decisions

If Justice Antonin Scalia had survived to participate in the remainder of the 2015-2016 Supreme Court term, his vote would have made a significant difference in the resolution of several cases. Moreover, if the Senate had confirmed Merrick Garland to fill Scalia’s seat, some of those cases might well have turned out differently. From unions’ Read more…

Ramzy Baroud: People above Politics: Political Deal will not hamper the Turkish-Palestinian Bond

Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and for Gazans, in particular.

George Monbiot: Labour Savers

The Labour Party can survive, but only if it’s prepared to form an alliance with other parties

Juan Cole: H. Clinton and Ed Snowden: Some Animals are more Equal than others

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly attacked Ed Snowden for being careless with government information. So it is ironic that she has been found guilty of being . . . careless with government information. She, of course, will suffer no consequences, since she is part of the ruling class. Here’s an ironic juxtaposition: FBI Director James B. Read more…

Immanuel Wallerstein: Brexit: Symptom, Not Cause, of Turmoil

Great Britain’s withdrawal from Europe deals a further blow to the ability of the United States to maintain its dominance in the world-system

Marjorie Cohn: Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

As expected, the administration’s numbers are significantly lower than tallies documented by leading nongovernmental organizations

Roxanne Dunbar-ortiz: July 4th: No Time for Celebration for Indigenous Peoples in US

July 4 symbolizes the beginning of the “Indian wars” and “westward movement” that continued across the continent for another century of unrelenting U.S. wars of conquest

Immanuel Ness: Working-Class Militancy in the Global South

A profound movement is emerging among workers in developing countries, demanding radical action on grievances outside the system of established unions

Richard Falk: Smearing BDS Supporters

It is notable that this latest phase of Palestinian national struggle is mainly being waged nonviolently, and in a manner that accords with the best traditions of constitutional democracy

Kevin Mathews: Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford to Live Anywhere in the U.S.

Housing should be a right, not a privilege

Nika Knight: Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too

Arms dealers flood war-torn Middle East with weapons and then lobby EU to militarize borders against refugees—profiting from both ends of conflict

David Bacon: The Fight Isn’t Over for Farm Worker Overtime

ARVIN, CA – Two farm workers pull weeds in a field of organic potatoes. By mid-afternoon the temperature is over 100 degrees. Workers wear layers of clothes as insulation against the heat. For the state’s first hundred-plus years, certain unspoken rules governed California politics. In a state where agriculture produced more wealth than any industry, Read more…

Paul Street: Against the Quadrennial Intra-Leftist Bloodletting

it really doesn’t matter which side of the debate you back if we don’t get our act together to form “ongoing, dedicated, popular movements that don’t pay attention to the election cycle”

Ted Glick: Can the Green Party Make a Course Correction?

I have serious problems with the current direction of the national Green Party, but first some personal history. In 2000 I joined the Green Party. I had been working with it for many years before then, but it wasn’t until the Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke Presidential campaign that year that I felt moved to join the Read more…

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