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Recent ZNet

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

Ann Jones: “Farkhunda is Our Sister”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seymour Hersh: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Immanuel Wallerstein: Geopolitics is a Fluid Game: Negotiations and Their Enemies

Quite often the enemies of negotiations win out

Anonymous. Anonymous: Your call to customer service can make or break my paycheck

Your call could be the call that pushes me to the next level of bonus, earning me $100 extra, or it could be the one that brings what was going to be a $700 bonus down to just a $70 bonus

Ben Norton: Netanyahu appoints Ayelet Shaked—who called for genocide of Palestinians

Netanyahu continuously refers to the Israel Defense Forces as “the most moral army in the world.” Israeli soldiers recall shooting Palestinian civilians in Gaza because they were “bored”

Chelsea Manning: We have the right to criticize government without fear

The suppression of the press and sources by criminal prosecutions cannot be tolerated

Vincent Emanuele: Questions Concerning the State

How can we better understand, and accept, that in a world of what will soon be 8 billion people, it’s increasingly difficult to simply discard an institution as large, complex and essential as the state?

Michael Albert: Interrogating Participatory Economics

An in-depth interview on participatory economics

Alex Doherty: Super Sad Neoliberal Self

A review of Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Ted Glick: FERC’s Unprecedented Action Shows Their Weakness

How do you know when a campaign you are waging is having an impact? When the target of your campaign cancels a regularly scheduled meeting because you are openly organizing to bring a large number of people to it

Richard Falk: The Semantics of Struggle

Language is a tool used by the powerful to keep unpleasant realities confined to shadow lands of incomprehension

Gideon Levy: Stop whining. Long live Israel’s new and honest government

Israel’s new government won’t spout hollow slogans about peace, human rights, and justice. The truth will be thrust in the faces of Israelis – and the world

Stuart Munckton: Britain: Tories win, but Scotland turns left

While imposing crippling cuts and the austerity measures on the majority, under the Tories the super-rich have doubled their wealth

Jane LaTour: The F-Word: Why It Matters

Two terrific books arrive at the same time on a similar topic and serve as complementary entry points to a similar topic

Laurie Penny: Don’t give in

Don’t let the bastards get you down – choose action over despondency when coming to terms with the general election result

Shepherd Bliss: Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

Since it takes about 30 gallons of water to produce one glass of wine, extensive water use by wineries as events centers was a major concern of the gathering

Juan Conatz: From Wisconsin to Baltimore: which lessons learned?

The Wisconsin uprising of 2011 provides valuable lessons for the Black Lives Matter movement across the US, especially about the directions not to take

Badri Raina: Widen the Circle, Broaden the Left

The Communist Party of India-Marxist has a new helmsman. Sitaram Yechury, a less forbidding man than his predecessor, carries with him the sunny goodwill of many inside and outside the Party. Many among the general middle classes, who view politics rather exclusively in terms of “leadership”, even those who are more familiar with the structures Read more…

Sarah Grey: Four Myths About the “Freelancer Class”

Freelancers increasingly come from working-class backgrounds, work for low wages, and share the primary interests — and the precarity — of the wider working class

Valerie Bell: After Baltimore, a Call to Reclaim Mother’s Day

It’s my responsibility to demand an end to this cycle of violence, institutionalized racism, and police militarization

Hamza Hamouchene: The wretched of the sea: An Algerian perspective

Here, as elsewhere in Africa, economic neglect and despair at corrupt authoritarian regimes compels the continent’s young people to risk death to escape to Europe

Michael Albert: Best or Worst of Times?

Activism is present all over the world, in some places it is even knocking on the future’s door

Joe Emersberger: Time to Ditch Lesser Evilism in USA

It took years after Clinton’s victory, and after Obama’s, for anything resembling a “fight the like hell” sentiment to materialize – for it to sink in that the “lesser evil” really is evil, not simply “flawed”, “imperfect” or “compromised”

Juan Cole: Great Moments in Colonialism

Netanyahu has again allied with the far, far right Ha-Bayit Ha-Yahudi or the Jewish Home Party

Richard Seymour: The End of Labour

Both Labour and the Conservatives are in the middle of a long-term crisis, neither has done anything to reverse that, and the question in this election was: whose crisis is worse?

Cora Currier: U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda”

The U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist as a member of Al Qaeda and placed him on a watch list of suspected terrorists

Rania Khalek: Israeli-trained police invade Baltimore in crackdown on Black Lives Matter

Building on the deepening bond between the Palestinian and Black liberation struggles, Palestinian civil society organizations issued a declaration of support for those struggling against racial injustice in Baltimore

Michael Lesher: Israel’s Settler-Colonialist Culture

It took an earthquake in Nepal to uncover some of the emotional bedrock at the bottom of Israel’s settler-colonialist culture

Paul Street: Bernie Sanders Enlists in the Hillary Clinton Campaign

The “socialist” Sanders stood oddly to the right of the position taken in Iowa in 2007 by the former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards

Hector Navarro: I’m Encouraging a Rebellion at the Bases of the PSUV

The revolution is feasible, but it requires sacrifices

Arun Gupta: The Only Article You Need to Read About the 2016 Election

Elections are about moving candidates, social movements move the whole system

Nomi Prins: The Clintons and Their Banker Friends

The Wall Street Connection (1992 to 2016)

Stathis Kouvelakis: It’s Time

What is at stake in Greece is the possibility of a radical change and the opening of a route towards a political overturn and emancipation of its people, its working classes, but also the future of workers across Europe

Bruce A. Dixon: Loretta Lynch is Condoleeza Rice With A Law Degree

Loretta Lynch is the lawyer who writes the fine print on the “get out of jail free” cards the Justice Department hands out to banksters, speculators and too-big-to-jail CEOs

Raul Zelik: Podemos and the ‘Democratic Revolution’ in Spain

Podemos is one of the spaces of the democratic revolution in Spain and probably the most important one

Asa Winstanley: Israeli defense minister promises to kill more civilians and threatens to nuke Iran

Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday said Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any future assault on Gaza or Lebanon

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Black Faces in High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People

Black political operatives operate in the same terrain as their white competitors. They compete to stay in the good graces of wealthy donors while maximizing political connections to bolster their campaign war chests

Middle East Monitor: Israeli soldier: We bombed civilian targets in Gaza for entertainment

The Israeli army launched a 51-day war on the Gaza Strip on 7 July 2014, resulting in the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians and wounding about 11,000 others

Ramzy Baroud: Birzeit Wins Again: Students of the West Bank Unite

Despite the limited margins of freedom in Palestine, Birzeit roared once more, reflecting a larger trend of courage and fearlessness that began in Gaza, but is echoing in every corner of the West Bank

Immanuel Wallerstein: Syriza: The Greek Melodrama, or Who Really Wants What?

One has to choose one’s priorities. Syriza’s is to minimize the pain of the great majority. This seems to me a much more admirable priority than preserving the sanctity of debt repayment

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