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Richard Falk: Remembering 2004 (Badly)

Despite all, we can look to 2015 with some measure of hope, almost exclusively because there seems to be a slow awakening of civil society

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Conn Hallinan: Resolution in Syria?

The pieces for a political deal to end the Syrian civil war are coming together — if Ankara will let them

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Badri Raina: The Anti-Christ on “Good Governance Day”

Good governance means keeping an eye on those who take you not for granted, but ask “why, why, why.”

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Juan Cole: Why Kim Jong-Un was Really afraid of “The Interview”

A Humiliation Romp, not an Assassination Flick

Jeremy Kuzmarov: “Distancing Acts:” Private Mercenaries and the War on Terror in American Foreign Policy

Weiss was one of at least 48,000 corporate soldiers working in Iraq for more than 170 private military companies (PMCs), with another 30,000 to 100,000 serving in Afghanistan

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Vijay Prashad: US looks to Israel to justify torture

Footnotes in government reports are often the place where disgruntled bureaucrats leave clues. It is where bits of information that lead elsewhere are suggestively placed. Senior officials might not allow potentially controversial information into the body of a report. In the Senate report on CIA torture there is such a footnote. Early in the report’s Read more…

Gideon Levy: False arrests won’t stop us covering Israel’s occupation

The allegations against us: violating an emergency order and insulting a soldier. The law books contain no statutes about insulting a journalist

Scott Jay: Who gives the orders? Oakland police, City Hall and Occupy

The recent declaration of “war” by the NYPD police union shows how the police are a political institution who do not simply follow orders from elected leaders

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Paul Krugman: Conquest is for Chumps

More than a century has passed since Norman Angell, a British journalist and politician, published “The Great Illusion,” a treatise arguing that the age of conquest was or at least should be over. He didn’t predict an end to warfare, but he did argue that aggressive wars no longer made sense – that modern warfare Read more…

Michael Winship: It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade

“Among the group who produced the analytical tools that were used by the FBI in its analysis of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was Ayn Rand”

David Rovics: How Facebook Killed the Internet

For a brief period of time, we had access to the same audience, the same readers we had before, but now we could communicate with them virtually for free

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Tamara Pearson: An Alternative Article for Christmas

And most of all, an alternative Christmas article for those who are silenced

Mairead Maguire: Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus

It is precisely because of this ‘bad’ theology that we need, from our spiritual or religious leaders, a clear message and an unambiguous proclamation that violence is not the way of Jesus

Arthur MacEwan: Inequality, Power, and Ideology: An Update

In late 2014, there is reason to hope that the perverse ideology, market fundamentalism, has been somewhat weakened

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Steve Ellner: After Chávez

The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ in Venezuela

Miserable Shitehawk: FOX Affiliate Caught Faking “Kill a Cop” Protest Chant

If there’s an atmosphere of unnecessary hostility, it is the direct handiwork of police and their apologists

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David Swanson: Resolved: To Stop Imagining that Anything’s Been Resolved

It does not, however, add up to any argument that everything must inevitably continue unchanged, that nothing can be slowly or rapidly made over into a different sort of world

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Ramzy Baroud: 2014 in Palestine

To an extent, 2014 has been a year of clarity for those keen to understand the reality of the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’ but were sincerely confused by the contrasting narratives

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Jérôme Roos: Is the Fear in Europe Finally Changing Sides?

The prospect of a break with the neoliberal doctrine in the European periphery now seems closer than ever

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Michael Albert: Questions that Beg Answers

Some hypothetical questions for Alexis Tsipris of Syriza, about the party’s goals in society

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Dean Baker: The Trade Agreement Pinatas

TPP and TTIP are about getting special deals for businesses that they would have difficulty getting through the normal political process

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Dave Zirin: Athlete-Activists Can’t Be Scared Silent

Given the explicit calls for vengeance by the NYPD and the rush by the media to place the blame for the shooting on people protesting violence, athletes could use their stature to assert that this movement is just

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Police Aren’t Under Attack. Institutionalized Racism Is

Bad apples, bad training, and bad officials who blindly protect them, are the enemy. And any institution worth saving should want to eliminate them, too

Samuel Farber: The Alternative in Cuba

The resumption of US – Cuban relations is a real victory. But Cuban workers face renewed economic liberalization with little political opening

Various Contributors: Declaration of the Peoples Climate Summit

We shall continue to actively and permanently strengthen coordination of our struggles through 2015

Deborah Maccoby: The Method in Israel’s Madness

Review of Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza, by Norman G. Finkelstein

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Ewan Robertson: Venezuelan Parliament Renews Public Powers

The Venezuelan National Assembly began the task of renewing the state’s public powers today, despite the opposition’s abstention from the key parliamentary votes

Rosa Gilbert: Britain’s history of torture in Northern Ireland

CIA torture revelations direct our focus to the inhumanity of the US government, but the British state has set important precedents in Northern Ireland

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Patrick Bond: Has the IMF Reformed?

Or is its mandate still regime maintenance for financial imperialism?

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Gilbert Achcar: New but Still Cold

Ilya Budraitskis Talks to Gilbert Achcar Ilya Budraitskis: The question I want to start with concerns your opinion about Russia’s place in the global system. Today the main discourse on that subject is the discourse of the new Cold War. Do you think this is a relevant term and who has most to gain from Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Worst Venezuela Coverage of 2014

The US government constantly proclaims who the good guys and bad guys are in the world, often in complete defiance of facts and common decency

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Juan Cole: Is the NSA Responsible for N. Korea’s Hack of Sony Pictures?

The National Security Agency has been for two decades a powerful behind-the-scenes lobby for weak internet encryption and privacy protocols

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David Lindorff: The Predictable Start of Vigilantism

The answer is a wholesale reversal of course away from police militarization to a retraining of police so they see their role as being peace officers, not “law-enforcement” officers

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Levi Gahman: Locked Arms and Open Hearts – Students in the Okanagan Valley Mobilize for Ayotzinapa, against Neoliberalism

Students in the unceded Syilx territories of the Okanagan Valley mobilize to share their tears and rage with Ayotzinapa, and to speak out against ongoing colonial violence and the traumas of neoliberalism.

Ismaail Qaiyim: Black lives matter: speaking truth to power in the US

The protests all over the United States expose the thematic flaw in the American narrative

Dan Froomkin: Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch Over Maryland

In just a few days, the Army will launch the first of two massive blimps over Maryland, the last gasp of an 18-year-long $2.8-billion Army project intended to use giant airships to defend against cruise missiles

Noah Berlatsky: When Chicago Tortured

Chicago, as the president must know, has a dark legacy of torture and cover-ups for which the city is still trying to confront and atone

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Greg Gandin: The War to Start All Wars

The 25th Anniversary of the Forgotten Invasion of Panama

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Preeti Kaur: Working Less

Maintaining Productivity and Saving the World

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Leonidas Oikonomakis: Zapatistas host world festival of resistance and rebellion

This month, the Zapatistas are organizing a major international meeting in Chiapas: the World Festival of Resistance and Rebellion Against Capitalism

Chiara Milan: New social movements arise in Bosnia Herzegovina

New grassroots movements, assemblies and unions are arising in Bosnia Herzegovina. Other post-Yugoslav countries experience similar returns of the left

Various Contributors: Oakland Public Defenders Don #BlackLivesMatter Shirts, Join Nationwide Protest

“This is an issue that’s alive for us, so it’s important for us to say something.”

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John Feffer: Hungary Is the Second Leading Country in the EU for “Irregular Border Crossings”

People have been leaving East-Central Europe in droves to get better jobs and opportunities further to the west

Tom Slater: There is Nothing Natural about Gentrification

Cities are not natural organisms but arenas of political struggles

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Glenn Greenwald: Bush Versus Clinton: the Perfectly Illustrative Election

The 2016 election would vividly underscore how the American political class functions: by dynasty

Sandra Steingraber: New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking

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Jack Rasmus: Abenomics 2.0 – Austerity Japanese Style

As the global economy slows, the push for still more and newer forms of austerity continues worldwide

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Paul Street: A Tale of Two Protests

What a difference nine days can make in the life and death of a social movement

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Steve Early: Shummy’s Surrender

Democrat Governor Goes South on Single Payer

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