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The Polemicist: Gaza Calling: It’s the Colonialism, Stupid!

Go to source   On how Gaza lays Zionism bare, in eight bites. Subjugate, expel, exterminate This summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza was a horror show. Whole families killed, whole neighborhoods levelled, schools and hospitals attacked, electricity, water, and waste treatment facilities destroyed, about 500 children killed, 3000 injured (1000 with lifelong disabilities), and 1500 Read more…

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Vincent Emanuele: Genocide, Ferguson and Climate Change: Old and New Challenges

Old and New Challenges During the last five-hundred years of colonialism and neo-colonialism, racism has played a central role in facilitating the expansion of Empire, resulting in dispossession of lands, devastated natural environments and human genocide. To be clear, racism exists within militarism; militarism being the mode through which capitalism dominates; and ecological and social Read more…

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Jon Doe: IOPS Member 2 Member campaign video with NYC chapter

This is part of the Participate!IOPS member2member interview campaign to encourage personal testimonials. There are thousands of IOPS members around the world, and we should get to know one another!  We did this video to let  everyone in other chapters to know get to know the wonderful people who make NYC-IOPS tick. We hope this Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: Austerity is class war

By Tapani Lausti Richard Seymour, Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made. Pluto Press 2014. Modern industrial societies are fantastically wealthy. Yet we are constantly told that we must not live beyond our means. Wealthy looking experts visiting television studios explain solemnly that there isn’t enough money to finance the simplest human Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Haiti, Islands, History

I’ve felt for some time that Haiti has historical significance beyond its size. Columbus landed on Hispaniola; Haiti was the first free black republic in history. It changed hands before that between a number of different imperialist powers: Spain, France and since then by the US in all but name. I’ve read that it is Read more…

David Dobereiner: BURNING UP THE PLANET AND SEARCHING FOR AN EMERGENCY EXIT

BURNING UP THE PLANET AND SEARCHING FOR AN EMERGENCY EXIT.   It is said we cannot sustain infinite growth on a finite planet. We have an economic system that must grow – or die. Therefore the system must be changed before the planet becomes denuded of the resources on which our lives depend and we Read more…

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Bob Simpson: When the Nuns on the Bus rolled into Chicago

“We are working on voter registration which is an action people can take easily. It’s so important because there is so much big money in our country trying to steer legislation away from the common good.”– Dr. Patricia M. Fishman, Sisters of Mercy Associate Nuns on the Bus? It sounds like a joke. But while Read more…

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Radha Surya: Tragedy in Kashmir

Letter to an unknown Kashmiri Dear friend, The stories and images coming out of flood ravaged Kashmir have been harrowing ones even for the observer.  We watched with anguish as your land was laid waste by the flood waters.  We were not among those who rushed over to assist you in person.  But do not Read more…

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Vincent Emanuele: The Jihadis Return: Patrick Cockburn’s Indispensable Book on ISIS

Both Iraq and Syria have been destroyed. Their economies, infrastructure, social institutions and cultural artifacts, obliterated. In  Patrick Cockburn’s latest book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising,1 he posits that Iraq and Syria will remain in crisis for the foreseeable future, and likely for decades to come. This latest work from the Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Run, Karen Run….with Chicago’s working class

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at the 2014 Mexican Independence Day parade in Chicago  When the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) denounced Chicago’s traditional racism and segregation as “education apartheid” and linked school closings to corporate privatization of schools and real estate speculation, it helped provide a clear narrative that I heard over and over again from Read more…

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