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Recent Z Commentaries

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Paul Street: Single Standard Media Doublethink

How, I wondered, do they handle the Orwellian absurdity of the news they report?

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Jenny Brown: Taking a Bite Out Of Overtime Abuse

Contract provisions and laws can help. But those only get enforced if workers get organized and do it themselves

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Paul Buchheit: How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans

To the out-of-touch super-rich capitalists, those of you in the newest working generation thrive on social networking, good reputations, and picture-taking

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Paul Street: Gross Inequality All Too “Normal” Under Capitalism

You don’t have to be a Marxist or other kind of anti-capitalist to understand that capitalism is all about socioeconomic disparity

Hannah Gold: How Grassroots Power Is Shaping New York’s Marijuana Decriminalization Debate

Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of children, the policy represents a historic break in the city’s marijuana decriminalization debate. “That does Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: The Money Behind Big Oil’s Win On Atlantic Drilling

In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves along the Atlantic Coast

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Leonidas Oikonomakis: In Crete, A Naval Protest To Stop The Chemicals Of War

As NATO prepares to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons on board a warship in the Mediterranean Sea, a local movement in Crete stages a big naval protest

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David Swanson: Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died

When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him

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Noam Chomsky: BDS and Beyond

Michael Albert interviews Noam Chomsky for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24 1. Broadly, what is BDS – its aims, its means? As far as I can reconstruct the history, the first organized call for boycott of products of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories was in 1997 by the Israeli peace organization Gush Shalom, whose Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The U.S. Federal Reserve vs. Emerging Market Economies

The imminent end of QE, and the approaching rise in rates, will have a particularly severe impact on emerging market economies

Bill Roberts: A Different Cancer Story

Mike Marqusee shows us in The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer, it is not necessary, or even healthy, to accept the enforced isolation of most treatment regimens

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Marina Sitrin: Direct Action to Survive in Detroit

So, while the government of the US goes along with policies that mirror Israel at war with an entire people, We, the people of the United States, led by Detroit, are joining our sisters and brothers from Greece and Spain, creating real democracy and showing that real power is from below

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Paul Street: Deleting the Imperial Perpetrator

The message is clear: the US has no obligation to take in or otherwise care for the massive influx of child migrants from Central America

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Kathy Kelly: Harassing the Drones

The problem is not that Mary Anne lacks appreciation for the law of the land. She’s exercising her First Amendment right to assemble peaceably for redress of grievance. The problem is that Judge Gideon refuses to challenge military elites

Decca Muldowney: Low-Wage Struggles in UK

The sentiment that labor struggles should shift away from top-down organizing methods like massive, symbolic one-day strikes, has been growing in the United Kingdom

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David Swanson: If Iraq Were in Central America

If Gaza were in Maryland, would the United States still provide the weapons for bombing the homes there?

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Suren Moodliar: Can the US Keep the Water Flowing?

Looking more closely at the problem and relating Detroit’s experience to an altogether “successful” American city—Boston—suggests that the world has cause for concern about water in the United States

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Jack Rasmus: Putin, Ukraine and the Future of Europe

Will Europe become even more economically dependent upon the USA, more integrated with the USA economically, and politically and diplomatically even more an appendage of the USA?

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Sarah Lazare: ‘Escalating Resistance’ in Detroit

‘The issue of whether water should be a commodity or part of the commons raises the question of what kind of future we want.’

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Noam Chomsky: Gaza’s Torment, Israel’s Crimes, Our Responsibilities

It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israel’s behavior is “restrained,” in between the regular manufactured crises like this one

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Shamus Cooke: The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun

The attack on the U.S. labor movement just sharpened with the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court decision, aimed at the heart of concentrated union power — public sector unions

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Justin Podur: The Reordering of Iraq and Syria

How far back do we look to understand the breakup of Iraq and the declaration by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in June 29, 2014 of a caliphate?

Nadia Prupis: UK Moves to Legalize Mass Surveillance

New bill would reinstate controversial law struck down for invading privacy of citizens

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq

Albert interviews Chomsky: Virtually without exception, the US sledgehammer has severely harmed Iraqi society, going back 50 years to when direct US intervention began with support for a military coup

Jessica Davies: Women Lead Struggles to Transform the World

The women of El Barrio and the Zapatista women of La Realidad are two examples of how women in struggle all over the world are coming together to inspire and learn from each other

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Marina Sitrin: Today’s ‘Righteous’ Defenders of Refugees in Germany

What prompted me to write this however, was not the fear and anger I have been feeling, but the bravery shown in the face of such fear

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Paul Street: The White United States’ Real Founding Father: Lord Dunmore

Sadly, the fate and struggle of the early republic’s black and red victims foretold the future struggles of Asians, Latin Americans, and Middle Easterners caught on the wrong side of the United States

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Alfredo Lopez: FaceBook Experiments with Manipulating Your Mind

If the Internet’s content can affect your feelings, the manipulation of that content can exert powerful social control

Joris Leverink: “We want our freedom!” Refugees Resist in Berlin

The resistance of a group of refugees against the eviction of an occupied school building in Berlin is exemplary of migrant struggles across Europe

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Paul Buchheit: Five Facts for Deluded Education Reformers

There are at least five truths about education reform that suggest ignorance or delusion among its adherents

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Dave Zirin: ‘Psychological Attack’ to Oust Favela Residents

There is something very precious in the favelas that is becoming endangered by the worship of “speculation and real estate”

Andrew Willis Garcés: In Oregon, Activists Have Forced Sheriffs to Defy ICE

All the organizers interviewed for this article noted that they don’t expect the sheriffs to stop collaborating with ICE unless they keep the pressure on

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Nicole Troxell: Academic Sweatshop

My life as an adjunct

Pete Dolack: The Obama of New York City

He’s only been in office six months and I know we should be leery of making comparisons that risk becoming glib, but the consistencies are already too apparent to be ignored: Bill de Blasio is the Barack Obama of New York City. Both took office with expectations higher than were reasonable but have fallen short Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: Southern Waters Imperiled by Toxic Pollution

Pollution from industrial facilities is contaminating more than 17,000 miles of rivers nationwide, with the greatest toxic threat posed to watersheds in the South

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David Swanson: So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it’s hard to miss why it was kept secret

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Carl Finamore: Inequality by the Bay

This is a tale of growing inequality in one of the wealthiest cities in America

Michael Stewart: Teacher Strikes Make British Columbia Better

My whole life I watched my parents deal with insults about their vocation — from the media, from neighbours, from family members — lazy, glorified babysitters

Brandon Johnson: ‘School Deserts’ Hit Chicago’s Black Neighborhoods

Chicago’s Black students are sitting in a front-row seat for the devastating policy of privatizing our schools

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Paul Street: Giving Away the Game

Sometimes corporate politicos drop the Machiavellian ball and give away their game with revealing gaffes

Vik Birkbeck: A Story of Occupations and Evictions

As the current wave of anti-World Cup protests shows, the genie is out of the bottle — and it will take a lot more than violent evictions and police repression to silence the awakened and indignant multitude

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Gary Olson: Preventing Soldiers’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ending U.S. militarism is the only way to prevent the scourge of soldiers’ PTSD from reappearing in the future

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Nikos Raptis: Greece: The ‘Unbelievable” and Hope [?]

I shout loudly: Wake up all of you, wake up at last you the people of God, before it is too late…

Mark Dudzic & Jenny Brown: Fight for Health Care Justice Moves to States

Following the lead of tiny Vermont, advocates of Medicare for All are developing state campaigns to win health care that eliminates insurance companies and covers everyone

Jay Fletcher: Refugees are Abbott’s War

In Australia, refugees and asylum seekers are treated like the enemy in a war: the target of a highly resourced, military-led “deterrence” strategy

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Ben Dangl: Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America

Invisible empires, state power and 21st century colonialism

William Loren Katz: The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

Anyone who has gone through school in the United States knows that history textbooks devote a lot of attention to the so-called “Good War”: World War II

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Paul Street: Citizen Koch and the So-Called Public Broadcasting System

It shouldn’t be “news” that “P”BS receives large-scale sponsorship from big corporate capitalists

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Danny Schechter: Far Above Cayuga’s Waters

Cornell Reprises Race At The Big Reunion Weekend

Jeff Abbott: No No. 2 Pencils Required!

As the 2014 academic year nears an end, teachers from an increasing number of public schools across the United States, Canada and Mexico are resisting standardized tests

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