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Megan Hanna: Israeli soldiers tell Palestinians: ‘We will gas you until you die’

The use of force was so extreme that children from Aida’s two community centers and residents of nearby houses had to be evacuated to another part of the camp

Vijay Prashad: The detritus of regime change in Libya

Four years ago, as NATO prepared to bomb Libya, I asked a senior Western diplomat if he thought the experience of Iraq would inform this adventure. After all, regime change in Iraq had resulted in chaos – out of which had emerged, in 2006, the Islamic State of Iraq. Regime change produced chaos, which allowed the Read more…

Harold Meyerson: Can Sanderistas Create a True Leftist Movement?

Signing on for Sanders, if his volunteers are serious, isn’t like signing on for any other candidate. It should mean they’re signing on for rebuilding the long-gone American left

Amanda Girard: March for Free College Expands to Nearly 100 Campuses Nationwide

Students are planning to unite with groups that have already organized successful actions, forging strategic partnerships and making a commitment to join future calls for actions announced by those groups

Peter O’Connor: Will Turkey’s Elections bring Peace or More Conflict with Kurds?

It has been a bloody year for Turkey’s Kurds. Everyone involved claims to hope for peace. In the coming months, the world will see whether all these words translate into action.

Debra Loevy: Do Indian Lives Matter? Police Violence Against Native Americans

Our legal system is stacked against Native Americans, and that system is the culmination of a long history of oppression

Jack Rasmus: Pigs at the Corporate Tax Cut Trough

Can Europe slow U.S. multinational corporate tax rip-offs?

Medea Benjamin: Clinton Presidency Would Fuel the War Machine

A look at what can be expected from a Hillary Clinton foreign policy

Juan Cole: Syria: US Boots on Ground risks Conflict with Turkey, not Russia

If you imposed Syria on a US map, you could say that Obama and the Kurds are fighting ISIL in Maine, and Russia is giving air support to the Baath army against al-Qaeda and allied groups in Oregon

Richard Falk: Turkish Foreign and National Policy

[Prefatory Note: This is a modified text of an interview conducted by Semin Gumusel Guner of Al Jazeera Turka, and published online in abbreviated form on October 19, 2015. The situation in Turkey is increasingly precarious and troublesome: extremist violence; intensifying polarization; governmental uncertainty due to absence of electoral majority for governing AKP, and inability Read more…

Vijay Prashad: Mission impossible

On October 15, United States President Barack Obama stepped away from his campaign pledge to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan. He said that the nearly 10,000 troops that were now in the country would remain and that by the end of the year they would be reduced to half that number. During Obama’s Read more…

Buddy Bell: Living Under the Metal Osprey

My goal in travelling to Okinawa is to tell other people in the U.S. about that reality, of bases maintained on forcefully expropriated land

Serge Halimi: France, the diplomatic shadow

To find a precedent for France’s current diplomatic self-effacement, one would have to go back to the Suez crisis of 1956 or the Algerian war

Immanuel Wallerstein: Obama’s Impossible Options in the Middle East

Not only is the United States not a hegemonic power but it isn’t even the most powerful actor in this fragmented region. Its unwillingness to admit this reality to itself is a danger to the entire world

Patrick Cockburn: Too Weak, Too Strong

The state of the Syrian war

Jeffrey R. Webber: Bolivia’s Passive Revolution

Evo Morales’s government has increasingly incorporated conservative elements into the Bolivian state

Michael Albert: Talking with Elites?

When is it right, and when is it not so right, to talk to power — in particular, for example, with Hilary Clinton?

George Monbiot: Nothing to See Here

In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media

Justin Podur: Silent Compromises

As Israel’s actions become more indefensible, its supporters increasingly subvert decent values … What will the rest of us do?

Tom Engelhardt: Four Score and Seven Years Ago… at Disney World

The Demobilization of the American People and the Spectacle of Election 2016

Buddy Bell: The U.S. Ought to Un-Swivel Its China Pivot

For the last week, I’ve been walking on a peace march organized by the Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhist monks

Paul Street: Why Exxon Executives Deserve the Ultimate Punishment

On October 16, 1946, shortly after the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials, ten prominent members of the political and military leadership of Nazi Germany were marched to the gallows. Some of the former elite Nazis did not die quickly of an intended broken neck but strangled slowly. Since the trapdoor was too small, several of Read more…

Aaron Cynic: Fund Black Futures, Not More Cops: Protest Shuts Down Streets at Policing Convention

Hundreds of community activists marched through the city’s South Side to McCormick Place to call for police accountability and community investment

Peter Dreier: What is democratic socialism, American-style?

Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is generating lots of media attention, the word “socialism” is in the news. But few Americans know what it is or what Sanders means when he describes himself as a “democratic socialist.” In the early 1900s, socialists led the movements for women’s suffrage, child labor laws, consumer protection Read more…

Jim Naureckas: The Fake News Food Chain

From hoax site to Fox News to Donald Trump to NBC‘s mainstream audience

Bill McKibben: Imagine if Exxon had told the truth on climate change

Exxon made a conscious decision to adopt what a company public affairs officer called “the Exxon position”

Nadia Prupis: ‘Codifying’ Government Surveillance, Senate Passes CISA

“If President Obama does not veto this bill, he’ll be showing that his administration never truly cared about the open Internet,” rights group says

Pambana Bassett: In the Caribbean: What Are Reparations?

Belizeans and other Caribbean nation’s visions for reparations and Belizean hopes to garner government’s support

Ted Hesson: Haven’t heard about South Africa’s gripping protests?

An amazing thing happened in South Africa this month when the government tried to raise university tuition. Students fought back. And they won.

Rani Neutill: My trigger-warning disaster: “9 1/2 Weeks,” “The Wire” and how coddled young radicals got discomfort all wrong

I believed in trigger warnings when I taught a course on sex and film. Then they drove me out of the academy

Carl Finamore: Workers of America, Unite! Racism Is a Trade Union Issue

Remarks by panelist Carl Finamore at the Oct. 26, 2015 Black Lives Matter Forum sponsored by the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Danica Jorden: Climate: Disappointment in Bonn, Mass Action Planned for Paris in December

La Via Campesina and Attac are two of the networks coming to Paris in November and December to bring awareness of climate change and the UN negotiations to the public

Paul Street: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?

Humanity as a whole did not create global warming

Jérôme Roos: From Shanghai to San Francisco, Rent is Too Damn High

Fueled by years of record-low interest rates, a new housing crisis is rearing its head from London to Los Angeles

Ramzy Baroud: Confronting the Obvious Truth: Palestinian Authority vs. the People

The new leadership cannot be imposed from above, or achieved after deliberation with ‘moderate’ Arabs, but selected through an organic, grassroots process

Gary Olson: Missed Opportunities at the Democratic Debate

After putting the Benghazi e-mail issue to bed, Senator Bernie Sanders could have seized the opportunity to immediately follow up

Rob Prince: Haaretz Journalist Gideon Levy Reviled at New York BDS Appearance

The American right is shelling out millions upon millions of dollars to counter the BDS movement

Harry Targ: The Idea Of The Deep State And “Real Alternatives”

Progressives need to become familiar with the “deep state,” those semi-invisible centers of power that shape the public policy agenda and at the same time work against policies that challenge the fundamental rights of all citizens

Marc Bayard: Blacks, Low-Wage Employment and the Fight for $15

Half of all African American workers make less than $15 per hour, and many are in the food service industry, but it’s time to support a significant hike in the minimum wage

Pete Dolack: Work harder to be born into the right family

Centuries of one-sided extraction of natural resources, control of land and financial plunder have increased global inequality

Michael Albert: Participatory Economics Part 2: Addressing Criticisms

If Parecon is determined unworthy or un-implementable, okay – it should be dismissed as a vision and used only as a source of possible partial insights. But if it is both worthy and viable, it should be shared widely as a vision, and, in that capacity, help movements to win a better world

Alfredo Lopez: The TPP: An Attack on the Internet

Regulating trade and restricting communications

Juan Cole: Bush Lapdog Blair can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East

Blair never apologized for breaking international law by launching a war of aggression.

Mathijs van de Sande: Europe’s right-wing “civil war” against refugees

As right-wing leaders whip up the hatred, it is no longer exaggerated to claim that Europe is on the verge of a low-intensity civil war against refugees

Patrick Cockburn: Tony Blair’s Mind Has Been Paralyzed By What Happened in 2003

What is striking about Tony Blair’s latest comments about his role in the Iraq War is how little he had learnt about the country in the 12 years since the invasion. It could be added, however, that his accusers have not learned much either. He conflates two events that should be looked at separately. He Read more…

Chris Spannos: Three reasons why the Paris climate talks should put the migrant crisis at the top of its agenda

What role does climate change play in the displacement of people?

Eriel Deranger: The fight against tar sands is about more than the environment

Over the past half century a social justice revolution has unfolded and contributed to the realisation that environmental movements have serious shortcomings, including the role they play in the continued oppression of others

Elisabeth Garber-Paul: “Disaster Capitalism” on Why the European Plan for Syrian Refugees Is Doomed to Fail

Journalist Antony Loewenstein on how Western capitalism hurts, not helps, disaster-stricken nations

Tim MacGabhann: Mexico: The Storm That Wasn’t

After warnings and much concern leading into the weekend, Patricia appears to have been no more than a blowhard

David Marty: A European (Fairy) Tale?

With the signing of the secret TAFTA agreements, the EU might very well be embarking on a cruise that would seal the fate of Europe as we know it

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