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Solidarity With Chinese Workers' Struggle: Workers in a Workers’ State

The Chinese state has dramatically escalated repression against workers organizations

Jérôme Roos: Is China’s Stock Market Turmoil a Sign of What’s to Come?

The first weeks of 2016 may well be remembered as the beginning of a dramatic third phase in the global financial crisis

Victor Grossman: Icy Times and Rays of Hope

2016 began here with an icy chill, not only with the weather but far worse, with human relations.  It also offered some, like myself, at least a few warm rays of hope. First the larger scene.  The huge influx of immigrants and asylum seekers, over a million in 2015, saw Germany effectively split in two Read more…

Juan Cole: Noam Chomsky slams Turkish Pres. Erdogan for Arresting Academics, supporting Extremism

Matthew Weaver of the Guardian reports retired MIT linguist Noam Chomsky’s reply to a personal attack by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan criticized Chomsky and other international scholars who signed a petition against the Turkish government’s current vendetta against Kurdish-Turkish citizens in the country’s southeast. Erdogan demanded that Chomsky come to southeast Turkey to see Read more…

Mark Weisbrot: Democratic presidential primary gets real

Sanders’ candidacy is catching on, just as Obama’s did in 2008

Vijay Prashad: From Roboski to Sultanahmet: Turkey as dry as tinder

The explosion tore through Sultanahmet, a popular tourist area in the heart of Istanbul

Molly Ball: The Pugnacious, Relentless Progressive Party That Wants to Remake America

The Working Families Party has pushed the political debate to the left in the states where it’s already active. Now-in the era of Occupy and Bernie Sanders-it’s ready to take that fight nationwide

Hazel Healy: Humanity adrift

Finding tragedy, hope, and answers on the frontlines of Europe’s refugee crisis in Lesvos

Marjorie Cohn: Revoke ExxonMobil’s Corporate Charter for Climate Destruction and Cover-Up

More than 50,000 people from around the world came together in Paris in December 2015 to address the single biggest threat to the survival of the natural world — the climate crisis. There is virtual unanimity among scientists that the burning of fossil fuels is causing the warming of the planet, and if critical steps Read more…

Richard Fidler: Can People’s Power save the Bolivarian Revolution?

Rightists’ election victory poses major threat to Venezuela’s advances

Eugene Nulman: 3 Reasons Podemos Hasn’t Ended Spain’s Two-Party System, Yet

The future of Podemos in Spain

Paul Street: Hate of the Union: the TPP is an Offense to the People

When Feelings Reflect Reality Introduced in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four, the word “doublethink” refers to the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time and to believe both of them. I don’t know about the belief part (see note 2, below), but Barack Obama’s seventh and thankfully Read more…

Joris Leverink: Renewed protest against fare hikes kick off in Brazil

Brazilians have taken to the streets in Sao Paolo to protest against bus fare hikes, almost two and a half years after similar protests first kicked off

Kshama Sawant: #SocialistResponse to the State of the Union with Kshama Sawant 2016

Sisters and Brothers, Obama’s final State of the Union was filled with optimism for the future of the United States. I share this confidence, but for very different reasons. My confidence is based NOT on big corporations or the prosperity of Wall Street and its billionaires. It is based instead on the immense potential power Read more…

Linda Martín Alcoff: How to Make Sense of Anti-Latino Racism

Attitudes toward Latinos in the United States are getting worse rather than better

James Jordan: Nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to say: How the broad climate movement has failed us

We must take to the streets again and again with demands that get to the heart of the problem

Justin Podur: Vaccinations and the War on Science

Donald Trump’s championing of the “anti-vaxer” cause takes advantage of scientific illiteracy

Janet Biehl: Thoughts on Rojava

Full of admiration, but not without critique: Janet Biehl shares some of her ideas on the Rojava revolution after her recent visits to the region

George Monbiot: Who’s driving high abortion rates? It’s the religious right

Who is most responsible for high abortion rates? The religious right.

David Vine: Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy

The Pentagon’s Dangerous “New” Base Plan

Chris Kromm: Nikki Haley’s troubled economic record in South Carolina

Republicans are putting Haley forward as a new, fresh face for the GOP of the future. But in the South, the core of her economic vision is eerily familiar: a low-road approach

Jonathan Rosenblum: Socialist Win in Seattle: Anomaly or Harbinger?

A socialist win in Seattle demonstrates that ordinary people are receptive to unapologetic left politics

Nick Dearden: Venezuela’s food revolution

Ultimately Venezuela realized, the only way to make the vision of food sovereignty a reality, is economic democracy

Glenn Greenwald: Al Jazeera America Terminates All TV and Digital Operations

The announcement marks a stunning and rapid collapse of what, from the start, has been a towering failure

Michael Albert: Venezuelan Errors and Prospects

We can work to ensure that the future of Venezuela is in Venezuelan hands

Patrick Bond: With Capitalism in Crisis, ‘Look East’ — but Blame the West

The Chinese financial meltdown is another instance of the system’s core contradictions, but one potentially big enough to pull it all down

Juan Cole: Obama: Islamophobia harms US Interests; Daesh/ISIL a dangerous Fringe

President Obama’s last State of the Union address this year was largely lacking in specifics and replete with high ideals and ambitious goals like curing cancer. But he did address some issues in everyday politics. One of the more powerful moments came when he implicitly attacked Donald Trump and several other GOP presidential candidates for Read more…

Robert J. Burrowes: The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

The commitment to make that nonviolent struggle more strategic has never been clearer. And it is this commitment that will make the difference. One day, West Papua will be free

Richard Falk: On Ghada Ageel’s edited Israeil Apartheid in Palestine

I commend Ghada Ageel for so bravely sharing her own story while guiding us on a comprehensive journey that takes us up to the present historical moment

Tom Anderson: Rebuilding Kobanê

Meeting people trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed

Nadia Prupis: What’s Your ‘Threat Score’?

Law enforcement agencies rolling out technology that lets them dig into metadata to determine a citizen’s potential for violence

Jeremy Brecher: Climate Insurgency after Paris

Actions in more than a dozen countries from the US to Turkey and from South Africa to Australia will “shut down the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects and support the most ambitious climate solutions”

Carl Finamore: Black Homes Matter

San Francisco’s Vanishing Black Population

Mark Harris: Barbarians of the World, Unite(d)

Drones and the Imperial Mind-Set

Patrick Bond: Why South Africa should undo Mandela’s economic deals

Is South Africa finally maturing to the point that the economic – not just political – compromises of the 1990s democratic transition can be reconsidered?

Michael T. Klare: The Oil Pricequake

Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices

David Swanson: A Homeland Is a Country That Allows Domestic Use of Military

It’s hard not to wonder whether a side benefit of the coming war game isn’t rehearsing for the next time citizens in kayaks interfere with a corporation intent on poisoning the earth’s climate with fossil fuels

Jonathan Cook: Welcome to Israel’s version of apartheid

A small scene from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unfolded last week on a Greek airport runway. Moments before an Aegean Airlines flight was due to take off, three Israeli passengers took security into their own hands and demanded that two fellow passengers, from Israel’s Palestinian minority, be removed from the plane. By the end of a Read more…

Kathy Kelly: Surveillance and Surveys

The U.S. invests billions in “intelligence” yet young Afghans provide more useful information about the majority of Afghans

Rick Shenkman: Ted Cruz’s Stone-Age Brain and Yours

Why “Collateral Damage” Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans

Ercan Ayboga: In Turkey, the state doesn’t talk—it only shoots

An eyewitness account from Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, where the state continues its onslaught on the Kurdish civilian population

Renaud Lambert: Making money, not things

Why is South America’s left in retreat?

Robert Fisk: ‘Regrettable’ is as far as our criticism of Saudi Arabia is allowed to go

“Regrettable” means it causes us sadness. It disappoints us. The implication is that the good old Saudis have let us down, fallen from their previously high moral principles

Sarah Lazare: Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Poses Profound Threat to Unions Nationwide

Whatever happens with the the case, rights campaigners urge that now is the time to be vigilant

Ashoka Jegroo: ICE-Free NYC protests raids on immigrant families and communities

“We’re going to continue to take action, and we’re not going to stop until every immigrant family in this country is safe”

Doug Henwood: On My Turn

Doug Henwood responds to a critical review of his new book on Hillary Clinton

Nora Barrows-friedman: New York bill would create official blacklist of Israel boycott supporters

Legal experts and activists say the measure is reminiscent of the McCarthy era and could have drastic consequences

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Left of the future: a sociology of emergences

The future of the left is no more difficult to predict than any other social fact. The best way to address it is by way of what I term the sociology of emergences, which consists in paying special attention to signs from the present that can be read as trends or the harbinger of whatever Read more…

William Blum: Donald Trump can still see how awful the American mainstream media is

Just as in the first Cold War, one of the basic problems is that Exceptional Americans have great difficulty in believing that Russians mean well

Mphatheleini Makaulele: African Women Organize To Reclaim Agriculture Against Corporate Takeover

Seed is not just about the crops. Seed is about the soil, about the water, and about the forest

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