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David Swanson: Bernie Sanders Mentioned the Military Budget

If U.S. President were not a mythical position but a serious job, the job interview would include asking the candidates their basic plans of action. This would start with, “What will you encourage Congress to spend a couple of trillion dollars on each year?” At the moment, about half of federal discretionary spending is spent Read more…

Bret Weinstein: Let’s not get it wrong this time

The terrorists won after 9/11 because we chose to invade Iraq, shred our Constitution

Houcine Abassi: Strong unions strengthen democracies and deliver peace

Giving working people a say is the best path toward a more equal and just world

Phyllis Bennis: After Paris Attacks, a Call for Justice—Not Vengeance

The years after September 11 are a powerful reminder that an ‘all-out war’ on terror only creates more terrorism

Jonathan Cook: Outrage at Paris attacks masks our racism

If we want to stop the attacks, and avoid turning our own societies into the oppressive dictatorships we have supported across much of the rest of the globe, then we need to stop interfering, pillaging, manipulating and abusing

Glenn Greenwald: Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Attack Snowden

The more important point of inquiry is to ask why they are so eager to ensure that everyone but themselves receives scrutiny for what is happening

Tariq Ali: ‘Isis in Paris’

The West is NOT morally superior to the jihadis. Why is a public execution with a sword worse than an indiscriminate drone attack? Neither can nor should be supported

Patrick Cockburn: Paris attacks: Isis has created a new kind of warfare

For the first time urban terrorism, guerrilla tactics and conventional fighting have been combined in a lethal blend

Marjorie Cohn: Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

President Obama has the constitutional power to shut down the prison there and return Guantanamo to Cuba

Justin Podur: The End of Universal Jurisdiction

Spain has struck down its case against Rwanda and the doctrine that once kept war criminals awake at night

Florian Zollmann: Boots on the Ground in Syria

Western colonial strategy has helped break-up the Middle East

Seumas Milne: Now the Truth Emerges: How the US Fuelled the Rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

Endless western military interventions in the Middle East have brought only destruction and division. It’s the people of the region who can cure this disease

Jonathan Nack: Activists Meet to Plot a New Electoral Strategy for the Oakland Left

Over 100 activists met to seek a path to electoral success in Oakland on Saturday, Nov. 7, at a community forum at the First Congregational Church of Oakland

Bruce Shapiro: Don’t Tell the Student Protesters at Yale to ‘Grow Up’

 They are already plenty grown up. It’s their adult critics who are behaving like children

Auset Marian Lewis: The Era of the Dog Whistle

Whether we are talking about Ferguson, Missouri or a South Carolina schoolroom, Yale University or the University of Missouri, we find that violence against people of color by thought, word and bullet is a recurring national theme.  With the issue of Yale white students wearing racist Halloween costumes, free speech is now on trial. The Read more…

David Swanson: Non-French War Deaths Matter

We are all France. Apparently. Though we are never all Lebanon or Syria or Iraq for some reason. Or a long, long list of additional places

Zach Cartwright: Students Take Over US Campuses Demanding Free College

To view the videos in this article, go to US Uncut An unprecedented wave of action is sweeping across 120 college campuses today. Participants in the nationwide “Million Student March” (#MillionStudentMarch) are uniting around three demands: tuition-free public colleges and universities, cancellation of $1.3 trillion in student debt, and a $15 an hour minimum wage Read more…

Ashoka Jegroo: Million Student March sweeps across nation’s college campuses

The Million Student March organizers are also making sure that the recent upsurge in student activism doesn’t stop here

Amira Hass: Were All Palestinians Killed in Hebron Recently Really a Threat to Soldiers?

IDF says Palestinians attacked them with knives and were shot, while Palestinians question whether the people even had knives at all

A. W. Gaffney: Will Obama Give Israel even more American Weapons and Dollars to Kill Palestinians?

President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on November 9 in the White House and is considering the Israeli request to give a 50% increase of nearly $1.5 billion in U.S. military funding bringing the U.S. donation to the killing of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to $4.5 billion a year. As Read more…

Michael Lesher: Grieving for Kristallnacht, past and present

In the West Bank and Gaza today, the destruction of homes, mosques, schools, buildings, olive orchards – just about everything owned by the indigenous population – is a constant reality

Yves Smith: Greece and Creditors at Loggerheads Again; Troika Wants More Foreclosures

Greece and its lenders are again at odds over the latest “bailout” funds, which is €2 billion that was scheduled to be approved for release by the famed Eurobgroup

Corey Robin: Corporations and Governments Are Still the Real Threats to Free Speech–Not Campus Activists

I find this statement in a New York Times oped (11/12/15), coming from Suzanne Nossel, the head of PEN America, to be absolutely stunning: Some of the most potent threats to free speech these days come not from our government or corporations, but from our citizenry. Anyone who can write a sentence like this simply Read more…

Paul Campos: Why Are White Men Dying Much Faster Than Latinos?

The members of the Other White America live in a world that, by most standard economic and cultural measures, has gotten worse for them than it was for their parents and grandparents

Cynthia Peters: Sticks, Stones, Words

Words may not be violent, but they exhaust us and help internalize our oppression. Fight back with solidarity

Dick Nichols: The Spanish state versus Catalonia: a decisive battle has begun

On October 27, the ongoing war without guns between the Spanish state and Catalonia entered a critical new phase. On that day the newly elected pro-independence majority in the Catalan parliament published a draft resolution that “solemnly declared the beginning of the process of creating an independent Catalan state in the form of a republic” Read more…

Paul Street: The Wages of Whiteness is Early Death

One key task for a responsible Left today is to open up a solidarity with fellow workers and poor of all races and ethnicities in rejection of capitalist divide-and-rule

Tom Engelhardt: It’s a $cam!

The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century

David Swanson: Veterans Day Is Not for Veterans

When the U.S. changed Armistice Day into Veterans Day, the holiday morphed from a day to encourage the end of war into a day to glorify war participation

Kim Scipes: The Activist’s Handbook

The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century

Ashley Smith: Quebec’s strike wave rolls toward a showdown

A new round of public-sector strikes begins in Montreal

George Monbiot: Moral Blankness

As David Cameron’s letter shows, he takes no responsibility for his own policies. Like pain, responsibility is to be applied selectively

Conor Friedersdorf: Free Speech Is No Diversion

Defenders of the First Amendment aren’t distracting from attention from racism—they’re preserving the tools necessary to struggle against it

Conn Hallinan: The Saudis Are Stumbling. They May Take the Middle East with Them

America’s leading Sunni ally is proving how easily hubris, delusion, and old-fashioned ineptitude can trump even bottomless wealth

Stephen D'arcy: The Rise of the Post-New Left Political Vocabulary

Reflecting on the chasm of mutual incomprehension that divides today’s Left from the Left of the 1960s and 70s, we should resist any rush to judgment

Ramzy Baroud: Remaking the Middle East: How the US Grew Tired and Less Irrelevant

It will take years before a new power paradigm fully emerges, during which time US clients are likely to seek the protection of more dependable powers

Jonathan Cook: Smart Resistance: a Palestinian Call for ‘Unarmed Warfare’

It is precisely by demonstrating an irrepressible humanity that Palestinians can again discover hope, reclaim their dignity and win freedom

Karen Dolan: The Harsh Reality of ‘Ban the Box’ Reform Efforts

One in three Americans has a criminal record. That’s one hundred million Americans

Angelique Chrisafis: Portuguese MPs force minority government to quit over austerity

Alliance of socialists and communists brings down centre-right coalition weeks after general election

Jim Wolpman: Do You Seriously Believe That Wall Street Can Save The Planet From Global Warming?

What is needed are specified commitments which add up to 2°C., and a timetable to ensure progress along the way

Bill McKibben: Why Exxon Is the Next Big Climate Fight

I’ve thought for a long time that if we could ever get this thing looked at on the merits, finally, we would win

Tyler Ingraham: ‘Model Cities’: The Biggest Threat to Democracy in Honduras?

The idea for these neoliberal ‘model cities’ took force after the US-backed military coup that ousted President Zelaya in 2009

Yvonne Ridley: To France’s motto of “liberty, equality, fraternity” must now be added “hypocrisy”

The cries of “liberty, equality, fraternity” are now beginning to ring hollow in France where the powerful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been criminalised by a French court

Simon Chandler: The More Robots We Bring into Society, the More We’re Forced to Behave Like Them

Because of this increased tendency toward repetition and inflexibility, the AI or robot assistant will make its “master” more repetitive and inflexible

Dave Zirin: Why Does Anybody Play Football Anymore?

Football has never been more popular. And it has never felt less like a game.

Brian Tokar: Is the Paris Climate Conference Designed to Fail?

We have a long way to go, and not much time, but if anything can help raise our hopes that it’s not too late, it is the power of social movements to intervene to change the story

Carl Finamore: Fight for $15 – Labor’s Big Bang or Not

Will AFL-CIO Jump In?

John Feffer: Splinterlands

The View from 2050

Badri Raina: The Republic Strikes Back

Indian democracy breathes again

Bruno Jäntti: Islamic State Group: A Political Agency

Western leftists tend to see the Islamic State group merely as a legacy of U.S. foreign policy. But the group is much more than that

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