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Mina Khanlarzadeh: West-obsessed anti-imperialists and Kobane, “genuine natives” and “fake natives”

The global Left has no prospects other than commenting on sociopolitical affairs, and leftists, like most other people, are not actively part of any actual change-making in the current sociopolitical order. Even the idea of a sociopolitical order other than the existing various forms of capitalism seems like the script of a disturbing science-fiction movie. Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Religious freedom or religious coercion?

Nasir Khan, October 30, 2014 The whole history of mankind shows when Religion and State were united, the world saw only political and social oppression, injustice and disasters. The same thing is happening in many countries now where some people are killing others in the name of their religion and for imposing their brand of Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Democratic rule or theocratic rule for the Muslim people

Nasir Khan Islam is a religion, a great religion, but it not a political ideology for multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies of the present times. It contains some golden principles such as equality, fairness and justice that are applicable in politics because such universal principles are recognised as the pillars of democracy and open society. Read more…

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The Polemicist: The Irish Widow and the Liberian Fiancé: Ebola, CEO Disease, and the Public Good

Go to source   Outbreak The Ebola crisis highlights the absurdity of pretending that a private, for-profit health system can do what a real public healthcare system must. Remember the deadly-Ebola-like-virus movie where Dustin Hoffman and Renee Russo and Morgan Freeman and a whole state-of-the-art medical team, along with a small army (There’s always an army!) swoops in to Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Social protest and repression in Donbass

From the People & Nature site News about social protests is coming out of Donbass, the region controlled by separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. The protesters have faced violent repression and threats from the separatist governments whose policies they are challenging. On 4 October, local people in Sverdlovsk (in Luhansk region, in separatist-controlled territory) protested Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Ferguson means fight back: Thousands march in St. Louis against police violence

When Mike Brown was shot to death in Ferguson MO last summer, his hands up in surrender, he didn’t know when he awoke that morning that he would die that day as yet another victim of American racism. Neither did Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd or countless others, going back to when the first Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: America is No. 1 — But in What?

American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world.  Is there any evidence for this claim? Well, yes.  When it comes to violence and preparations for violence, the United States is, indeed, No. 1.  In 2013, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Sierra Club in Action

Green Time TV: Sierra Club in Action by Don Fitz The Sierra Club is the oldest and strongest environmental organization in the US. November 2014 episodes of Green Time TV take a close look at Sierra Club activities in the St. Louis area, including its work supporting wind power, encouraging energy efficiency, opposing coal ash, Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: The FBI and the Shattering of Students for a Democratic Society

The FBI and the Shattering of Students for a Democratic Society Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:40 (Image: JR / TO) By Aaron Leonard, Truthout | News Analysis This past August, when protests in response to the police killing of Michael Brown did not abate after the first few days, instead attracting forces such as the Read more…

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Rolf Auer: ISIL / ISIS is wrong

“What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate” Rolf Auer, 9 October 2014 My girlfriend and I were sipping lattes at the Living Well café. “Living well is the best revenge,” goes the popular saying. Certainly those of us living in the West would find this difficult to refute. The violent actions of ISIL / Read more…

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