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Amr Kotb: Me, my mom, and President Sisi

This time I was not backing down; I had to get to the bottom of why – after all of this- she still supported Egypt’s former army chief

Venezuela Solidarity Campaign: Unite, Britain’s largest union, Supports Maduro & Venezuela

Unite the Union, the largest union in Britain and Europe, this week unanimously passed a motion to support the government of President Nicolas Maduro and re-affirming their support for the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Jeffrey St. Clair: Field Notes From a Mirage

The dream is coming to an end. A reckoning is fast approaching. The water is running out

Maryn McKenna: Coalition Asks for Global Action on Antibiotics

“Individual Actions Are Doomed to Failure”

Barry Yeoman: Moral Monday Movement Launches a New Freedom Summer

Fifty years after the murders of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, North Carolina activists move from civil disobedience to big voter mobilization push

Daniel Hind: Life after Facebook

What would an alternative to Facebook look like? Where would it come from?

Milan Rai: Christian Terrorism?

Double standards and faith-based violence

Gabi Zimmer: Interview with Gabi Zimmer

Recently re-elected at the head of the GUE/NGL parliamentary group, Gabi Zimmer (Die LINKE) delivers insights on the new GUE/NGL’s composition

Pepe Escobar: Arab Spring, Jihad Summer

Now there’s IS. And we start all over again, not in the Hindu Kush, but in the Levant. With a new Osama

Cherise Charleswell: America’s Campus Rape Policy

Before one even begins to discuss the root causes of rape– the personal motivations, the sociocultural beliefs and practices that may attribute to the act; one has to realize and acknowledge that rape is a brutal act of violence

Ewan Robertson: OAS, Venezuela Declare Solidarity with Argentina in U.S. Hedge Fund Dispute

The Organization of American States (OAS) has declared its solidarity with Argentina in its debt repayment dispute with a U.S.-based hedge fund

Stephen F. Cohen: The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities

The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment

Paul Rogers: A World War in Iraq?

Iran, Russia, Syria, US Scramble against ‘Islamic State’

Sonali Kolhatkar: Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here

Interviewing Greenwald. In Orwell’s world, “nobody actually knew whether they were being watched at all times. In fact they didn’t know if they were ever being watched”

Ted Glick: July 4th and Its Contradictions

I always have contradictory feelings about July 4th

John Feffer: East Germany’s Stasi a Quarter Century After It Was Dissolved

Reporter David Crawford exposed the Stasi’s real estate assets, pensions, and the names of its agents working undercover

Justin Wedes: We Must Support Detroit’s Fight For The Right To Water

The bailout isn’t coming from above, people. Let’s do this ourselves

Nikos Raptis: The Crooked Straight …

However, there is a factor of paramount importance in the problem of criminality in a society and in the process of meting out punishment. This factor is prevention

Chris Floyd: New SCOTUS Ruling Fuels Sectarian Rise

What we see in the Wheaton College ruling is a Court-blessed manifestation of a hatred that goes beyond misogyny

Michael Albert: What Is Revolution?

I mean by the word revolution, instead, a change in defining institutions in either of four key spheres of social life: economy, polity, culture, or gender/kinship.

Ralph Nader: Two November Chances for Progressives

There are few electoral challengers or pressures directly pushing progressive redirections for our declining political economy, beset with rising poverty and plutocracy

Juan Cole: Can Tony Blair Mess up Egypt even Worse?

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Gareth Porter: U.S. Demand for Deep Centrifuge Cut Is a Diplomatic Ploy

With only a few weeks remaining before the Jul. 20 deadline, the Barack Obama administration issued a warning to Iran that it must accept deep cuts in the number of its centrifuges

Robert Reich: Freedom, Power and the Conservative Mind

Conservatives who claim to be on the side of freedom while ignoring the growing imbalance of economic and political power in America are not in fact on the side of freedom

Z. C. Dutka: Venezuelan Farmers on Disputed Land Say They Have No Intention of Vacating

The peasants, or campesinos, claim that Peña Aly acquired the 3,600 hectares through corruption and intimidation

Louis Proyect: Sectarian Delusions on the American Left

Another International Socialist Organization Internal Bulletin has been leaked to the public over on the External Bulletin website

Sheldon Richman: Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War

From 1898 to 1931, Smedley Darlington Butler was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. By the time he retired he had achieved what was then the corps’s highest rank, major general, and by the time he died in 1940, at 58, he had more decorations, including two medals of honor, than any other Marine. Read more…

Charity R. Carney: The Troubling World of Corporate Christianity

Can Americans tell the difference between religion and consumption?

Jon Queally: ‘Collect It All’

NSA Targets Those Seeking Web Privacy

Jason Hickel: Are Economic Growth and Social Justice Incompatible?

Professor Jason Hickel and activist Alnoor Ladha discuss the fallacy of economic growth, the battle for social justice and how to organize against the neoliberal system

Jérôme Roos: Palestine: Caught Between Selective Sympathy And Collective Punishment

Once again the savage murder of young civilians is being used as a political ploy by hardliners and extremists on both sides of this asymmetric conflict

Michael Albert: Parecon: Envisioning A Life Beyond Capitalism

ROAR interview exploring the idea of participatory economics

Medea Benjamin: On July 4, Be a Patriot

Stop Another US Military Intervention in Iraq

Democratic Socialists of America: Overturning the Court’s Undemocratic Attacks on the Rights of Women and Workers

DSA Statement on the End of June 2014 Supreme Court Rulings

Juan Cole: When Will Palestinians get their Fourth of July?

The Palestinians do not have any of these rights, whether God wants them to or not

Danny Schechter: Frederick Douglass Echoes Through The Ages

Of all the oratory and debate on “our” independence, nothing in the literature surpasses the speech by abolitionist, editor and former slave, Frederick Douglass,

Tony Iltis: Behind Iraq’s crisis: New US war is no answer

The 2003 invasion cost 1.5 million Iraqi lives and made the Middle East and the world more dangerous. This latest military intervention must be opposed

Patrick Tucker: The Military Doesn’t Want You to Quit Facebook and Twitter

The Defense Department is already using social media to track your mood.

Z. C. Dutka: Maduro Initiates Government “Shake-Up” in Venezuela for July

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday the need for “a complete and profound revolution within public administration”

Katha Pollitt: Where Will the Slippery Slope of ‘Hobby Lobby’ End?

It’s not reassuring that a CEO’s views of a fertilized egg get deference today, but workers’ contraceptive coverage is left to the fates

Elaine Yu: Occupy Central

The migrant workers in democracy’s blind spot

Joe Emersberger: Whitewashing Venezuela’s Right Wing

In the heated media war over Venezuela, studies produced by well-funded NGOs (usually with ties to powerful states) have been regularly cited by the western corporate media to paint a grim picture of the country

Ezequiel Adamovsky: Vulture Funds Against Argentina

The law of predatory capitalism

David Swanson: Pay No Attention to the Apocalypse Behind the Curtain

The United States doesn’t need another peace prize for a war maker, it needs a popular movement for the abolition of war

Noam Chomsky: On Israel-Palestine and BDS

Those who are sincerely dedicated to the Palestinian cause should avoid illusion and myth, and think carefully about the tactics they choose and the course they follow

Michael Albert: Thoughts and Deeds 2: Perspectives

This is part two of a five part interview. It mainly deals with attitudes to some political perspectives and a possible alternative

Stephen F. Cohen: The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities

The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment

Cecily McMillan: Statement from Rikers

That bridge right there, that divides the city from Rikers Island does not only divide two worlds, today I hope to bring them closer together

Ramzy Baroud: On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor’s Beat up Car

Ramadan was an exacting platform through which poverty and deprivation were devalued so that when Ramadan was over, we felt grateful for the little we had, before we resumed our struggle for the rights and freedoms we truly deserved

Laurie Penny: Facebook: When do we start to worry?

When you clicked the little box that said you agreed to Facebook’s terms of service, you agreed to be a lab rat

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