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Rachael Boothroyd: Venezuela’s Transition to Democracy: Latin America’s Best Kept Secret

It’s only now, in direct democracy, that the people of Venezuela are starting to have the power and influence to demand justice and a history written in their own image

Various Contributors: 30th Anniversary of Bhopal Chemical Disaster Prompts Actions Around the World

Tens of Thousands in Bhopal Still Suffering from Toxic Chemical Exposure

Marina Sitrin: Against Thanksgiving

There was never a giving and there should be no thanks

Cynthia Peters: Parents: This Is How They Mess with our Minds

Raising a child in a moral way is not just up to parents, its up to society

Robert P. Jones: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson

If perplexed whites want help understanding the present unrest in Ferguson, nearly all will need to travel well beyond their current social circles

Mark Dudzic: Employers Keep Shifting Costs under Affordable Care Act

Until we win single-payer Medicare-for-All, health care benefits will continue to be the biggest cause of strikes, lockouts, concession bargaining, and givebacks

James Risen: The War on Terror and Press Freedoms

James Risen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for exposing the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program, has long been one of the nation’s most aggressive and adversarial investigative journalists. Over the past several years, he has received at least as much attention for being threatened with prison by the Obama Justice Department (ostensibly) for refusing to reveal the source of Read more…

Various Contributors: Statement by Birmingham students on why they have occupied their University

We advocate for an education system which is free, democratic and accessible

Tim Wise: Black Reality and White Denial in America

That so much of white America cannot see the shapes made out so clearly by most of black America cannot be a mere coincidence

Tom Wetzel: What is Class Oppression?

The capitalist elite were forced to make concessions in the ‘30s-‘40s because of a threat to the very existence of their system

Medea Benjamin: Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars

The talk about resetting President Obama’s security team is misplaced; we should be focusing instead on resetting his bellicose policies

Asad Haider: Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

It is time for us to pro­claim once again that the strug­gle against racism requires a mass move­ment against cap­i­tal­ism

Michael Albert: A Rock and a Hard Place…

How do we conduct activism seeking limited gains and given the personalities and means we have, yet in ways that lead toward transformation?

Henry A. Giroux: “Young People Have Been Marginalized”

Interview on corporate interests on the privatization on Education, the attack on the importance of schooling and the marginalization of youth under the current political and economical system

Jérôme Roos: Blackface Tradition Lays Bare Deep-Seated Racism in Netherlands

Every fall, the Dutch celebrate the arrival of Sinterklaas – the local version of Santa Claus – on a steamboat from Spain. On a Sunday morning in mid-November, thousands of children will line up along the waterfront of some old Dutch town to welcome the holy man with his characteristic red bishop’s hat, white beard, gray horse Read more…

Tom Engelhardt: What If It Weren’t Us?

For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two major wars in the Greater Middle East

Dr. Hakim: ‘A More Expansive Mission’ in Afghanistan?

President Obama has authorized ‘a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned’

Fernando Vegas: What is Socialism Nowadays (IV)

The Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Hugo Chavez in 1999 clearly opted to undergo political, economic and social changes within the scope of Socialism through a gradual process

Paul Krugman: Rock Bottom Economics

The Inflation and Rising Interest Rates That Never Showed Up

Gregory Wilpert: teleSUR English Interview

Interview with Gregory Wilpert, Director of teleSUR English

Jenee Desmond-Harris: Why Darren Wilson wasn’t charged for killing Michael Brown

Wilson was a police officer. And the law is relatively easy on police officers who kill people in the line of duty

Joe Emersberger: Compare and Contrast: Human Rights Watch on Mexico and Ecuador

HRW statements about Ecuador’s policing are out of proportion compared to their statements about the disappeared students in Mexico

Mark Evans: Ending Economic Exploitation

Is it possible to create system that does not exploit people or the planet?

Bachi Karkaria: ‘Mumbai is on the verge of imploding’

Will the city finally get its life-saving leisure space and affordable housing? Or will it be one more land-grab hastening its death by “development”?

Alec Johnson: Blockadia on Trial: What the Jury Did Not Hear

The chance to have a jury of my peers find me not guilty, setting a powerful precedent across the country, was absolutely worth all the perils

Stephen Roblin: The Poverty of Debate: Washington, UNITA, and the American Press

Excerpts from Piero Gleijeses’ Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

Carly Schwartz: Protesters Shut Down Three New York City Bridge

Hordes of New Yorkers marched from Union Square to Times Square

Atika Shubert: Israel demolishes homes as killers’ families pay price for terror attacks

“Violence only creates more violence. Adding more pressure only creates a bigger explosion”

Juan Thompson: “Burn This Shit Down”

Protests engulf Ferguson

Andrew J. Bacevich: Malarkey on the Potomac

Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air

Milan Rai: Radical Routes and the Shell of the Old

The network of radical co-operatives began in the 1980s with a group of unwaged activists

Pepe Escobar: Washington plays Russian roulette

The logic of escalation is on

Les Leopold: America’s Warp Speed Decline into an Unequal Society

Corporate power is bad, but the financial industry is behind the atrocious wealth divide

Michelle Chen: Excluded and Exploited

Temporary relief means little when the overarching structure of immigration laws continues to fuel economic exploitation and racial segregation

Dahr Jamail: Tortured and Raped by Israel, Persecuted and Imprisoned by the United States

“There is Islamaphobia, and it’s moved from being a personal tool of oppression to structural and institutional”

Adrian Carrasquillo: How The Immigrant Rights Movement Got Obama To Save Millions From Deportations

A battle raged among allies, publicly and behind the scenes, to shift focus from a legislative overhaul strategy to making the idea of executive action inevitable. This is how it happened

Moshe Z. Marvit: A Boss’s Campaign to Destroy a Union

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the UPMC has engaged in a series of discriminatory practices against workers who have been trying to organize a union since 2012

Bill Fletcher: The Gagging of Rasmea Odeh

If we say that you are a terrorist, you are

Taylan Tosun: Peace Process in Turkey: Where Are We Now?

About two years ago, the Turkish government and PKK, declared a cease-fire and expressed their willingness to solve the Kurdish question

Paul Street: Forces, Relations, and 21st Century Eco-socialism

The great transition required for a decent future – the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy – is technically achievable

Matthew Willgress: Venezuela: revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

The choice in Venezuela – which is both reflected in, and of great importance to, other progressive struggles across Latin America – is therefore stark; social progress versus extreme reaction and US intervention

Neve Gordon: Déjà Vu in Jerusalem?

In the latest round of violence, the Israeli government has been rebuked by its own security chief

Jack Rasmus: Ukraine Crisis Deepens

Ukraine’s real economy and its citizens suffer severely as a result, with all indications that the economic crisis there will get worse, perhaps much worse, before it ever begins to get better

Ursula K. Le Guin: Remembering Freedom

Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in parentheses Read more…

Amira Hass: Behind the silent reaction of the Palestinian street

So why are those who oppose murdering civilians at prayer keeping silent now? Because they share the despair and anger that pushed the Abu Jamals to attack Jews in a synagogue

Alex Doherty: ‘We just weren’t in the real world…’

War continues in Afghanistan, and the Taliban are in a relatively good state

Patrick Cockburn: Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader

CIA has hugely underestimated the number of jihadis, who now rule an area the size of Britain

Jon Queally: Students in the UK March for ‘Free Education’

“We are determined to build a movement too big to ignore”

Alyssa Figueroa: Ferguson Organizer: ‘Police Are Preparing for War’

‘We don’t see any interest from police in shifting their relationship with the communities they serve.’

Nicola Nasser: Gaza bombings rock Palestinian reconciliation

The fifth column that benefits from Palestinian division and that feels threatened by its end is still searching for opportunities to sabotage Palestinian national reconciliation

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