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Kevin Zeese: Transforming Trade While Stopping NAFTA II

Trade needs to guarantee people their right to public ownership and control of their own resources

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Victor Grossman: Sighs of Relief

Germany’s feverish political scene cooled off just a little. Two big sighs of relief permitted some people, at least temporarily, to stop chewing their fingernails

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Ramzy Baroud: The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?

Canada has not changed at all. It is our understanding of Canadian foreign policy that has almost always been marred with a true lack of understanding

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Robert Fisk: What tactics of Middle East dictators can tell us about May’s situation

Arab governments may face a few dissenters, but a rigged vote will ensure their survival. Our prime minister must envy this simple ‘democracy’

Nora Barrows-friedman: NYU students demand ditching investments in Israeli occupation

In a landslide vote, students at New York University have demanded divestment from corporations that profit from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights

Bridget Meehan: A Random Act of Kindness

A really nice thing happened in my local town. A random act of kindness. Some homeless people who were sleeping rough were put up for a few nights in a four-star hotel, meals included. The bill was footed by a local celebrity who, concerned about the rise in homelessness, wanted to draw attention to the Read more…

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Richard Falk: Sartre, Said, Chomsky and the Meaning of the Public Intellectual

Daniel Falcone: This month, a wide number of sources are reporting on Noam Chomsky in the celebration of his 90th birthday. What was your introduction to Noam Chomsky’s work? What initial work brought you into contact with Chomsky? Richard Falk: Actually, my first awareness of Noam Chomsky was in the late 1950s while I was teaching Read more…

Mónica Araya: Fossil-Free Costa Rica

How One Country Is Pursuing Decarbonization Despite Global Inaction

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Juan Cole: Senate Fingers Saudi Bin Salman as Murderer, Demands End of Yemen War

Maybe, despite their symbolic character, these resolutions are a turning point for the Yemen War, and for US diplomacy in general

Robert Koehler: Border Security

It’s the phrase “border security” that freezes my soul every time I hear it uttered, every time I see it in print

Frei Betto: Latin American Leftists Must Think Why Poorest Support Is Lower

Interview on the “self-criticism” that the Workers’ Party (PT) has to do to reconstruct itself in this context and how the influence of the evangelical churches impacts on politics

Toni Gilpin: New Owners for GM

Actual auto workers, and the American people, should run General Motors. Until recently we owned most of it.

Khury Petersen-Smith: 14,000 Golf Courses, 6,000 Refugees

The United States is a land of plenty, not scarcity — and undocumented immigrants are not the reason our hospitals and social services are crumbling

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Jérôme Roos: “The Gilets Jaunes have blown up the old political categories”

France’s neoliberal order trembles as the yellow vest revolt shatters established political conventions. The new terrain presents both dangers and opportunities

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Nomi Prins: Wall Street, Banks, and Angry Citizens

The Inequality Gap on a Planet Growing More Extreme

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Jean Bricmont: ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Emerged Spontaneously, without Leadership

The ‘yellow vest’ movement is an expression of decades of frustration with declining living standards due to the dismantling of France’s welfare state

Cat J. Zavis: Love Knows No Borders

A look at an interfaith action in San Diego today with over 400 faith leaders and activists representing an extremely diverse range of spiritual traditions in support of the human right to migrate and seek asylum

Sam Pizzigati: If Democrats Fracture, This Will Be the Fault Line

Should we treat the super rich as a distraction or a clear and present danger? No question more deeply divides the opposition to The Donald

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Ali Abunimah: Lessons from ‘The Lobby’ Documentary

While Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation into Israeli influence in the United States, “The Lobby – USA,” was completed in October 2017, it never aired

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David Swanson: Former Sanders Delegates Vote to Relaunch Bernie Delegates Network

Former Bernie Sanders delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention have voted to reactivate the independent Bernie Delegates Network

Red Pepper: US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

An economic recession and a brutal government crackdown have put the people of Rojhilat in a precarious situation

Giri Sreenivas: It’s time to take back your data

To safeguard our privacy, we need a decentralised internet where personal data is no longer stored on massive servers owned by a handful of corporations

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Paul Street: Blacking Out the Yellow Vests on Cable News

Corporate Media Doing its Job

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Marjorie Cohn: Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War

US tax dollars are supporting Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, which has already claimed the lives of some 85,000 children, and 12 million more people are likely on the brink of starvation. As Nicholas Kristof wrote in The New York Times, “the starvation does not seem to be an accidental byproduct of war, but rather Read more…

Negin Owliaei: Inequality at the Center of Chicago Charter School Strikes

Teachers won the first charter school strike in the U.S. by demanding everything from pay raises to sanctuary for students

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Steve Early: The Housing Affordability Crisis and What Millennials Can do About It

Skyrocketing prices for all three forms of housing have created a generational divide, with major political implications for progressive city governments and advocates of affordable housing

Julia Conley: The Sanders Institute’s Gathering Was About Saving the World

It was a small conference with big ideas and a deep sense of urgency. “We need to do it all,” said one attendee. “We just simply need to do it all.”

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Mark Weisbrot: Trump’s Trade Policy Towards China

A Distraction to Benefit the Rich

Gavin Lewis: Over-Representing Anti-Semitism Protests

The News Media’s Partisan Visual Vocabulary

Helen Brewer: How we stopped a brutal, inhumane and barely legal charter flight

Stopping a forced removal which threatened to place migrants in extreme danger

Imani Countess: Illicit Financial Flows Thwart Human Rights in Africa

Corporate malfeasance saps the African continent of billions in badly needed funds each year — and the U.S. is a top destination

Ben Doherty: US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit

Vanuatu’s foreign minister says worst offenders on global warming are blocking progress

Rebecca Nathanson: Activists Found Guilty of Terrorism-Related Offense

“We are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm”

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Badri Raina: A Hint of Spring

The spell is broken. The bewitching wand turns To wood. Paralyzed slumber Of years lifts an eyelid And sees into the dark subterfuge. There is a hint of spring in December. A breach in the overcast Reveals a newborn David, Firing sure slingshot Into Goliath’s heart. Hope seems no longer in vain. The Republic breathes Read more…

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Subhankar Banerjee: Biological Annihilation

A Planet in Loss Mode

Laura Finley: Congress Must Reauthorize VAWA

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that Republicans have attempted to block VAWA, literally using women’s lives as a bartering tool

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Gary Olson: A Few Thoughts on Politics and Personal Identity

Over my career I learned that college teaching permits one to hide behind a role without necessarily disclosing much about oneself

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Phyllis Bennis: Marc Lamont Hill Was Arguing for the Rights of Humans, Not of States

The important demand that CNN rehire Hill has obscured much of the actual content of his speech

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Dean Baker: Going with Patent Holders Against Workers

Trump seems to have made the concerns of companies like Boeing, who want more help maintaining their control over technology, his top priority

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Richard Falk: On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I do not think the Declaration is obsolete or even anachronistic, although it needs to be updated in various ways to take account of the distinct human rights challenges posed by the realities of the digital age

Emma Roller: Republicans Are Clinging to Power in Wisconsin

Expect to See More GOP Power Grabs

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Steve Ellner: The French Protests and the Politics of Alliances

What can be learned?

Michael Graff: A Recipe for Election Fraud

How a small rural county’s petty political feuds could shape the next Congress

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Amy Goodman: Thousands Protest at U.N. Climate Summit

This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language “welcoming” October’s landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid Read more…

Édouard Louis: Can the Yellow Vests Speak?

This movement must continue, for it embodies something right, urgent, and profoundly radical, because faces and voices that are usually reduced to invisibility are finally visible and audible

Cole Stangler: What’s Really Behind France’s Yellow Vest Protest?

It’s not just about the fuel tax; it’s about anger at ever-increasing burdens on the working class

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Laura Carlsen: AMLO’s Inauguration and the Future of Mexico

Mexico is well-positioned to become an example for upholding the human rights conventions and international laws that the Trump administration has vowed to dismantle.

Sam Pizzigati: Making Millions Misleading Cancer Patients

Cancer is also helping some Americans become exceedingly rich. And these Americans will do most anything to keep their windfalls coming, even prey on the fragile psyches of the families cancer strikes

Socialist Project Steering Committee: Taking on the GM Shutdown

Unifor, Oshawa and Community Control

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Tom Engelhardt: News From the Far Side of Nowhere

In a Crippled World, All the News That’s Fit to Splint

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