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Andrew O'Hehir: The NYPD’s mini-rebellion, and the true face of American fascism

The NYC cop crisis taps into a vein of authoritarian longing — but the real risk of fascism may be harder to see

Paul Mason: Enter Europe’s new populist left movement

However inexperienced, naive, and lacking in machine-party discipline the new populist left in Europe is, it is setting the agenda

Bill Fletcher: The Torture Debate in the USA

For the U.S. public, to recognize the futility of torture is to call into question their own silence during the 2000s

Richard Falk: Terrorism, Torture, and the Problem of Evil in Our Time

A look st Confessions of a Terrorist: a novel by Richard Jackson

Joe Emersberger: Leftists Must Expose Budget Deficit Scams

Here are some ways to expose deficit scams

Immanuel Wallerstein: Cuba and the United States Resume Relations

The mutual decision was the outcome of 18 months of quite secret negotiations, sufficiently secret so that the announcements were a surprise

Michael Yates: The Achievements of Native Hawai’ians

One of the achievements of all of these currents and agitations has been the gradual demolition of the worldview of the colonizers and imperialists

Jamelle Bouie: Why I Am Optimistic About the Future of Race Relations in America

The black struggle for equal rights—for full partnership in the American experiment—obviously isn’t over

Linda Gordon: Hopeful News

Hand in Hand, a network of five bilingual, bicultural schools for Israeli Jews and Palestinians…

Conn Hallinan: Dispatch Awards 2014

Each year Dispatches From the Edge gives awards to individuals, companies and governments that make following the news a daily adventure. Here are the winners for 2014

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims

Journalists who mindlessly repeat government claims like this are guilty of many things; ignorance of what they are doing is definitely not one of them

Juan Cole: What would Happen if the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

The world wouldn’t end for Israeli leaders if they were convicted, but the consequences would be real and unpleasant, and over time could have a substantial impact

Palestinian BDS National Committee: The amazing things we achieved together in 2014

2014 was a year that saw continued resistance and unprecedented international solidarity with Palestine and huge steps forward for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement

Seamus Milne: The challenge to the old order is growing

The powers that be will fight back against attempts to change the status quo, economically or globally

David Masciotra: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

Whenever there is a combination of a culture of violence and an ethic of heartlessness, fatal abuse of authority will escalate, and the legal system will fail to address it

Josh Zeitz: How ‘Selma’ Diminishes Dr. King

MLK was a political genius. Why does the film obscure that?

Dennis Kucinich: New Year’s Resolution for America

When anyone of us resolves toward self-improvement, it can impact the lives of those we love. How much more impact can we have, if in the new year we work to recreate the future of this country we love, by resolving to take bold steps in a new direction in a new year? In 2015 Read more…

James Fallows: The Tragedy of the American Military

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously

Rebecca Solnit: Women are Telling their Story Now

Women’s voices assumed an unprecedented power in 2014

Michael Albert: How Bad? Worst. How Good? Best

A new kind of resolution for persistent struggle for gains that reduce suffering in the present while simultaneously developing mindsets, attitudes, and organizational means and commitment sufficient to keep on struggling right through to creating new defining institutions for the future

Ramzy Baroud: “Dos” and “Don’ts”: Things I Learned Writing about the Middle East

Remain humble, and always welcome the opportunity to learn new things

Roger Toussaint: Police Unions and the Challenge of Solidarity

When unions serve the interests of the few, they lose their way and their ability to be forward-looking

Joe Pinsker: The Financial Consequences of Saying ‘Black,’ vs. ‘African American’

A study found that “Black” people are viewed more negatively than “African Americans”

Lisa Mittendrein: If Syriza wins the Greek election, what will happen next?

Exploring the possibilities for a government of the left

Arun Gupta: Is the Anti-Police Violence Movement a New Chapter in the Black Freedom Struggle?

The notion Blacks are a threat is embedded so deep in the American psyche that a jury found it was not criminal for George Zimmerman to stalk and kill Trayvon Martin

Florian Zollmann: Vision and Strategy for Media Change

Academics and activists should strive for changes in the current media system. However, proposing media change is a complicated task

Vijay Prashad: Is India set for historic policy change on Israel?

As a leader of the Global South and a traditionally staunch supporter of Palestinian rights, a change of policy would be significant. But it’s not likely. Not yet

Milan Rai: Class and Leadership

A look at U.S. activist Betsy Leondar-Wright’s Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups

Sam Mitrani: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People

The police were created to protect the new form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid to late nineteenth century from the threat posed by that system’s offspring, the working class

Alfred W. McCoy: How to Read the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Introduction: The recent Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture is arguably the single most important U.S. government document released to date in this still-young 21st century. Yet even with all its richly revealing detail about the CIA’s recourse to torture since 9/11, the report’s impact on the ongoing U.S. debate over impunity is muted Read more…

Mark Evans: Support the AllTrials Campaign!

Public Health v. Private Profit

Alex Doherty: Britain Returns to the Gulf

The creation of the new naval base in the Kingdom of Bahrain will likely inflame the broader Sunni population of the Middle East

Horace Campbell: The Cuban Opening and the Struggles for a New Social Order

In Cuba it will be crucial for the organization of workers, small farmers, students and cultural workers to strengthen their organizations and institutions so that the working poor are not offered up as cheap labor to Global Capital as in China

Heidi Boghosian: Grassroots Message Against Police Violence—and All Violence—Stands Firm

The peaceful demonstrations and direct actions carried out by tens of thousands of people of all ethnicities in recent months are born of a frustration with a system that guarantees impunity to state agents who kill young African American men

Marina Sitrin: Accountability for Murder When the State Fails

How HIJOS organized to break a social silence and hold the murderers of the Argentinean military dictatorship accountable

Jack Rasmus: The Republican Congress’s First Salvos: Corporations +5, Workers -1

The Omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress indicates clearly that the Republican Legislative Offensive is being rolled out faster than otherwise might have been predicted

David Swanson: Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

The U.S.-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they’ve decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they’re just sure you’re going to love

Pepe Escobar: Russia, China mock divide and rule

In September Chinese Prime Minister Li Keiqiang signed no fewer than 38 trade deals with the Russians

Peter Dreier: What We Can Learn From Ella Baker In A Post-Ferguson Era

“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest”

Robert Reich: The Republican’s Magical Mystery Tour

Dynamic scoring would make it easier to enact tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, because the tax cuts wouldn’t look as if they increased the budget deficit

Steve Early: Sounding the Alarm about Union Decline

Two new books lament the current state of working class organization and suggest various methods of resuscitation

Badri Raina: Republic at Crossroads: Who is at the Wheel?

I cannot recall if political India has ever before had a more momentously contentious ending to a calendar year

Juan Cole: After Cuba, Obama Can Make History by Recognizing Palestine

Palestinians, as stateless, not only lack most basic human rights, they do not even have a right to have such rights

Doug Allen: Nelson Mandela: His Meaning For Us Today

When assessing the meaning and significance of Nelson Mandela for us today, we are confronted with many contradictory questions: Which Nelson Mandela? Which Mandela narrative?

Lauren McCauley: Amid Uproar, Nicaragua to Break Ground on Massive Canal ‘Scheme’

Opponents of the project say inter-ocean canal will displace tens of thousands, violates the constitutional rights of indigenous people

New York TImes Editorial: Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments

Vijay Prashad: America’s shame

The U.S. Senate’s report reveals that the CIA’s inhumane torture regime “to save American lives” had the blessings of the administration but produced very little intelligence.

Andrew Gavin Marshall: The Brutes in Blue

The institutionalization of racism, slavery, and policing predates the formation of the United States itself

Zaid Jilani: ‘Selma’ Portrays the True Martin Luther King Jr

A Radical Despised by the Political Establishment

Christine Ahn: Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s “Pivot to Asia”

Last month, the citizens of Okinawa awarded a landslide victory to a governor who wants U.S. troops off the pristine island

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