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Alex Doherty: The Tax Deductible Occupation

The FIDF runs a fundraising program that allows for donors to “Adopt a Brigade” of Israeli forces

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Joe Emersberger: Breaking the Silence about Colombia and Ourselves

The USA’s human rights record at home is terrible in some important (and quickly worsening) ways, but if one includes its victims beyond its borders then it is indisputably the most dangerous rogue state in the world

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Greg Palast: From White Sheets to Spreadsheets

The struggle for civil and human rights did not begin 50 years ago, and it will not end in another 50. It is a centuries-long story of advance and retreat

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Gareth Porter: The long history of Israel gaming the ‘Iranian threat’

Netanyahu bears personal responsibility for having created a conflict with Iran that had never existed before. But it is not the conflict that he has been alleging all these years

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Richard Falk: Netanyahu: The Day After (Revised)

There already exists an unreflective consensus in the United States that any effort by Iran to cross the nuclear threshold would provides ample justification for launching an aggressive war against Iran

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Glenn Greenwald: The “Snowden is Ready to Come Home!” Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit

What rational person would ever willingly submit themselves to a penal state that imprisons more of its citizens than any other in the world, run by people with this mentality?

Stathis Kouvelakis: Syriza on a Tightrope

It remains to be seen if the Syriza government — but also the party itself and the social movements — will prove able to use these four months to develop an alternative strategy that can break out of this stranglehold

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Zehra Doğan: Êzîdî women’s journey of pain and resistance

While images of Êzîdî women in the media have largely portrayed them as voiceless victims, the stories of the hundreds of women who have escaped or resisted Daesh attacks remain less widely told

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Michael Albert: Bad Today, Okay Tomorrow

Discussions about social policies and choices are often considerably confused by a mismatch of context

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Pratap Chatterjee: Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?

A New Form of War May Be Producing a New Form of Mental Disturbance

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Steve Early: Can Police Training Put The Cuffs on Racial Bias?

Whether an individual officer is white or black, he or she views young whites and blacks differently because the latter “look like so many others the officer has locked up”

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Vijay Prashad: The Nuclear Club: India welcomed, Iran shunned

The parallel between the treatment of India and Iran demonstrates that the entire “Iran nuclear crisis” is a geo-political game

Graham Readfearn: Doubt over climate science is a product with an industry behind it

What’s clear – and has been clear for well over a decade – is that the climate science denial industry is largely an extension of a program developed in the 1960s by big tobacco

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Chris Hedges: Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

“If nothing happens in the United States, if nothing new is created to challenge systemic excesses and empire, it will be a bad situation for all of us,” he said. “One is doomed if nothing happens in the U.S.”

Manuela Zechner: Barcelona en Comú: the city as horizon for radical democracy

Barcelona en Comú, the municipal movement formerly known as Guanyem, has opened up a new set of intertwining horizons for radical democracy in the city

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Richard Gott: Hugo Chavez and Leftist Soldiers in 20th Century Latin America

In Latin America, governments following an alternative strategy have been re-elected time and time again, suggesting that it is both effective and popular

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Alfredo Lopez: Venezuela’s Continuous Coup

The evidence is overwhelming that the rich and powerful of Venezuela have followed a continuous, constantly morphing plan to de-stabilize the country and take over the government by any means necessary and that the United States government knows about that plan, supports it and, as much as it can, is assisting in it

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Irene Gendzier: Plain Talk on The Visit

The March visit of the Israeli PM to Washington has aroused opposition among Israel’s supporters in Congress as well as Democratic Party activists

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Vijay Prashad: Fuelled by chaos

THE United States government no longer has an embassy in Damascus (Syria), Tripoli (Libya) or Sana’a (Yemen). These three countries are in the front line of what the U.S. government sees as its War on Terror

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Medea Benjamin: Americans Can Go to Cuba — Just Not for Tourism

Cubans and Americans alike are delighted with the opening

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Thalif Deen: Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

Described as the worst ever recorded in the region, the drought is said to have destroyed agriculture in the breadbasket region of northern Syria

Jeff Miley: Can the Revolution in Kurdish Syria succeed?

An overview of the political and social ideologies underpinning the Kurdish revolution

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Atilio Boron: Annotations on the Thwarted Coup in Venezuela

Having refused to recognise the verdict of the ballot boxes, Washington not only transgresses international law, but it also becomes a promotor and accomplice to the insurrectionists

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Nikos Raptis: The Greeks Meet the WASPs

Any generalizations to the tune that “war is cruel, barbaric, etc. what should one expect?” are not only dishonest but a tacit acceptance of that cruelty and barbarism. I feel that we should be wary of the persons that react this way

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Tom Hayden: The Crazy “Rationality” of Chris Kyle’s Murder

Our soldiers are killing themselves or each other

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Ted Glick: The Keystone Pipeline of Natural Gas?

The issue of FERC is more than an issue for communities impacted by their decisions. It is a basic social justice issue, an issue of corruption of democracy

Chris Gunness: Gaza in Ruins After Receiving Only 5% of Pledged Reconstruction Funds

Interview on the causes and consequences of the fact that only about 5% of pledged donations have reached Gaza

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Lucas Koerner: Venezuela Continues to be Chavista, According to New Poll

This figure means that even in the midst of acute economic difficulties, the PSUV retains a strong lead over the opposition

Costas Lapavitsas: Greece must break free from the euro

We are deluded to think we can achieve real change within the common currency. Syriza should be radical

Ruth Wilson Gilmore: The Worrying State of the Anti-Prison Movement

Four areas of particular concern about the state of the anti-prison movement

Robert C.: Electoral Action Conference on Building Alternatives to the Two-Party System

The conference will build issue-based coordination among disparate movements, candidates, and left/progressive parties…

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Justin Podur: Online Privacy Is Worth The Extra Work

If people assume they have the right to privacy and join the free software movement, it is better for everyone

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Amira Hass: ‘Escalation’ is when Palestinians lose self-restraint

The IDF sees itself as only reactive: not responsible for escalation and certainly doesn’t initiate it

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Eva Golinger: US Aggression Against Venezuela: Fact, Not Fiction

The U.S. has a substantial history of aggression toward Venezuela

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Medea Benjamin: Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System after 50 years

Raul Castro is trying to find a middle way, stimulating the economy while preserving revolutionary gains like free healthcare and education

Rachael Boothroyd: “US Human Rights Abusers Not Welcome in Venezuela”

Prior to the discovery of the coup, the US embassy was reported to have attempted to bribe senior military and government officials to partake in insurrectionist actions against the government

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Conn Hallinan: Turning the European Debt Myth Upside-Down

Over the past few weeks, demonstrators in Greece, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Great Britain, Belgium, and Austria have poured into the streets to support Syriza’s stand against the Troika

Guy Standing: Taskers: The Precariat in the On-Demand Economy

On-demand taskers must be available at most times of day and night or risk losing income or future opportunities

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Patrick Cockburn: Looming battle for Mosul will unleash ‘a million refugees’

The savagery of the sectarian and ethnic conflict in Iraq is now such that no community feels safe under the rule of another, preferring to take to the roads in a bid to survive

Joseph Todd: The Poor Fetish

Commodifying working class culture

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Richard Falk: Netanyahu’s Visit to the United States

The Netanyahu visit has encouraged various forms of wishful thinking

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William Greider: Wrong-Way Obama?

The misdirection of government power suggests that many leaders don’t believe things were changed that much by the 2008 breakdown. They’re complacently doing the same stuff that failed more than eighty years ago

Lynn Stuart Parramore: Americans Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers

What’s the future of religious institutions in the U.S.? Answer: None

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Walden Bello: Bloody US-Directed Raid Destabilizes Philippine Politics

A raid to “neutralize” an international terrorist that went awry has severely discredited the administration of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III

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Milan Rai: Converging on Conversion

It is crucially important that we develop, demand and organise programs that can bridge the gap between the grim realities we confront today, and a decent society with a real chance of survival

Debbie Bookchin: Bookchin: Living legacy of an American revolutionary

Interview with Debbie Bookchin, who provides valuable insights into her father’s political legacy

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Shamus Cooke: Who’s Scarier: Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?

The 1% despises unions much more than they hate ISIS

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Tom Engelhardt: My War on Terror

Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

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Fred Magdoff: A Rational Agriculture Is Incompatible with Capitalism

The first decision to concentrate on one or two crops automatically means that a more ecologically sound and complex rotation of crops is not possible

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Carl Finamore: Five Years In – How’s the Affordable Care Act Doing?

The daunting economic and political power of insurance companies means we have a lot of grassroots organizing to do

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