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Bill Fletcher: Lack of Clear Progressive Direction

Here are a few quick thoughts on the November 4th election. (1) There is almost always a low turnout during a midterm election and the party which controls the White House tends to lose.  This is definitely true but should not let us off the hook. (2) The Democratic base largely stayed home except in certain Read more…

Pervez Hoodbhoy: Why does Malala Yusufzai’s Nobel Bother so Many on the Left?

It is surely time for one-track leftists to learn that we live in a multiple-tracked world

Lance Selfa: Looking past the myths about Election 2014

A look at the factors that went into this drubbing for the Democrats and how they will affect U.S. politics

Jérôme Roos: The Winds Over The Mediterranean Are Blowing Left

The meteoric rise of Spain’s new leftist force, Podemos, may yet spell the end of the two-party regime the country inherited from Franco’s dictatorship

Ramzy Baroud: Political Prophecies: Sealing the Fate of al-Aqsa

Israel’s decision to shut down al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, 30 October, is a gross violation of the religious rights of Palestinian Muslims

Robert Borosage: Debacle: Get Ready for the Real Fight

Debacle. Bloodbath. Call it what you will. Democrats, as expected, fared poorly in red states in an off-year election. Worse, unpopular Republican governors survived. This was ugly. Yes, the electorate was as skewed as was the map. Many Republicans won office with the support of less than 20 percent of the eligible voters. Voters over Read more…

Leigh Phillips: The Solution is Democracy

Democracy isn’t a barrier to solving global issues like climate change. It’s humanity’s best hope

Danny Schechter: The Day After

Say Good Bye To What Was Posing as American Democracy

Vincent Emanuele: All of My Friends are Dying

Meanwhile, my friends continue to die—my Iraqi friends, my Afghan friends, my Syrian friends, my Libyan friends, my Pakistani friends, my Palestinian friends, my Somalian friends, my veteran friends…

Steve Early: Crude But Not Effective

Big Oil’s “Air War” Fails To Sink Richmond Progressives

Juan Cole: How a Republican Congress could Entangle the US further in the Middle East

How could the change affect foreign policy?

Ayşan Sönmez: The War in the Middle East and the Breakdown of Humanitarianism in Turkey: Impressions of Suruç

It is unclear when the war in the Middle East will end and how much longer this outflow of refugees will continue

Bill Fletcher: Remembering Hope and Tragedy in the Caribbean

The destabilization efforts were noteworthy for the manner in which the mainstream, elite media was used to paint a picture

Shamus Cooke: The U.S. Elections: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Third parties don’t spring out of the air. They are built by organizations with pre-existing resources and large memberships

Rebecca Burns: They’re Still Redlining

Wall Street has developed new forms of housing discrimination to profit off communities of color

Stephen Leahy: Dirty Energy, Dirty Tactics

It’s a dirty war against environmental organisations and their supporters

Z. C. Dutka: The Difference Between Repression and Revolution

By purging security forces of corrupt officials, the government is pledging to dismantle some of the most powerful mafias in the Caribbean region

Alena Samuels: The Little Union That Could

National Nurses United are gaining strength as other organizations around the country lose clout

Wendy R. Weiser: Did New Voting Restrictions Make a Difference?

A quick look at the numbers shows that in several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement

David Swanson: Free College or Another New War

What does the United States spend its money on that these other countries do not?

Alexander Beunder: Bolivian authoritarianism: not just a right-wing charge

Some see a renewed mobilization of the masses as the only way to return to the original goals of the process of change

Rania Khalek: Drone-Strike Feminism

The latest US bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, aka ISIL) as a feminist rescue mission may be the worst of Obama’s justifications

Maia Williams: The Other Side of Ebola: Ooga Booga Journalism

In the social imagination of white supremacist cultures, such as in the U.S. and Europe, Blackness stands as a visual marker of difference, of other, of threat

David Swanson: Which Is Worse, a Libertarian or a Humanitarian-Warrior?

Can dismantling the military without investing in diplomacy and aid and cooperative conflict resolution actually avoid wars?

Roberto Savio: Understanding the Irresistible Attraction of Radical Islam

There are four historical reasons to understand how the anger and frustration now all over the Muslim world leads to attraction to the Islamic State (IS) in poor sectors

Brendan Fischer: Billionaire Pours $9.5 Million into Election

“…you will be amazed at how much influence you can have”

George Monbiot: A Gunpowder Plot Against Democracy

This bill of corporate rights threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped

Noam Chomsky: The Leading Terrorist State

To this we may add the world’s greatest terrorist campaign: Obama’s global project of assassination of “terrorists”

Jared Bernstein: Full employment: The recovery’s missing ingredient

Unemployment is down and gross domestic product is up, yet there isn’t much progress in real wages and incomes of most working families

J.J. Goldberg: 106 IDF Ex-Generals, Spy Chiefs Urge New Peace Bid

“We’re on a steep slope toward an increasingly polarized society and moral decline”

Tom Hayden: Citizenfour and Kill the Messenger

These are outstanding films for anyone engaged in confronting the global surveillance state

Robin Hahnel: ‘Told You So’ Is Bitter Sweet

‘After I wrote the first edition of The ABCs of Political Economy in 2002 came the “rush” of vindication: I warned about the dangerous downside potentials of liberalising the financial system. But did anyone listen? No. And sure enough the world suffered the worst financial crisis in five generations five years later. I explained why insisting on Read more…

Madeleine Thomas: Climate depression is for real

Just ask a scientist

David Alexandre: ‘Podemos’ phenomenon leads to a new workers union: SOMOS

The relatively new left-wing party continues to makes ripples in Spanish politics

David Swanson: Things, Not People, You Can Vote For

Check whether there isn’t perhaps something actually worth voting for, or a way to make there be such a thing next time

Federico Fuentes: Why Predictions of Ebb in ‘Pink Tide’ Proved Premature

The last two months have seen the reelection of left-leaning governments in Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay

Tom Engelhardt: The Pressure to Escalate

The Phantasmagoric World of Washington

Justin Doolittle: The Corporate Assault on Latin American Democracy

The Latest Phase

Kate Aronoff: ‘Citizenfour’ — a real-life thriller for the Obama era

“Citizenfour” is the third in Poitras’s trilogy about post-9/11 America

Murtaza Hussain: Activists Humiliating Israeli Shipping Giant

The successful protest action against Zim is part of a global movement for an economic boycott of Israel

Paul Carr: Everybody Sucks, Except Matt Taibbi

Recalling the history of Taibbi and First Look

Rebecca Solnit: Feminism: The Men Arrive!

Hooray! Uh-Oh!

Luigi Russi: Finance and the privatization of rural livelihoods

The disappearing boundaries between financial speculation and development aid are an unsettling testimony to the rapid financialization of agriculture

Steve Early: Picketing, Not Partnering, in Honolulu

The contradictions of Hawaii’s healthcare system and the struggles of its workers

Angela Davis: On Friendship and Creativity

Interview about their past collaboration, their longstanding friendship, and their bedrock belief in the power of literature

Atilio Boron: Brazil: A Pyrric Victory and What Comes Afterwards

Dilma’s victory was distressing and difficult

Trevor Timm: Does the CIA want Republicans to win the midterms?

If the Republicans win back the Senate, the CIA knows it will win big too

Matt Carr: Europe’s Migrant Graveyard

Since the end of the Cold War, the Mediterranean has become the most lethal of Europe’s barriers against irregular migration

Tony Iltis: What a revolution looks like

The three Rojava cantons stand out as the site of a revolutionary transformation that has gone further than in the rest of Syria,

Patrick Cockburn: As executions rise, allies must focus more closely on warring anti-IS forces

In many respects the situation in Saudi Arabia is getting worse rather than better

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