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Ron Daniels: In Defense of Kaepernick

The uproar continues over San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down, rather than stand, during the playing of the National Anthem. Kaepernick said his decision was intended to protest the continued injustices being inflicted on Black people, including police brutality and killings.  Though the negative tide has turned somewhat, his protest was Read more…

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Ann Jones: The War at Home

To force the VA to use its drugs, Big Pharma set up dummy foundations and turned to existing veterans’ organizations for support

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Noam Chomsky: Global Struggles for Dominance

It’s easy to say, “Let’s strike back with violence”—police repression, carpet-bomb them to oblivion (Ted Cruz), etc.—very much what al-Qaeda and ISIS have hoped for, and very likely to intensify the problems,

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Norman Solomon: The Debut of Our Revolution: Great Potential, But…

It’s all to the good that Our Revolution is encouraging progressives around the country to plan far ahead for effective electoral races, whether for school board, city council, state legislature or Congress

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Ramzy Baroud: War to Stop War: Libya’s Operation Odyssey Lightning

The Obama Doctrine is Ravaging the Middle East

William Boardman: New U.S. Policy: Kill the Kurds

The reality is that Syria is still a sovereign country with a legitimate government still in place. No matter what may be true about the Syrian government or the all-but-uncountable forces arrayed against it and within it, the government remains legitimate, which is why the U.S. and others keep calling for its overthrow.

Steven J. Friesen: Why The Guns-on-Campus Debate Matters

As of August 1, 2016, a new law allows concealed handguns in college and university buildings. We’re about to find out what difference guns in the classroom make in the relationships of students, faculty and staff—and in the character of higher education.

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Paul Street: Bob Kerrey, Fulbright University and the Neoliberal Erasure of History

According to witnesses from his unit and the village, Kerrey helped kill the elderly Bui Van Vat and gave the order to shoot women and children. A “baby was the last one alive,” unit member Gerhard Klann recalled

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Allie Yee: Refugees Stand Up

Each year since 2012, roughly 20,000 refugees have been resettled in the 13 Southern states

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Stephen R. Shalom: Some Left Arguments on the Election

Several left arguments on the U.S. election frankly leave me baffled.

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Marjorie Cohn: Killing Rules

In January 2013, President Barack Obama promised to make the rules for the United States’ targeted killing program “more transparent to the American people and the world”

Michael Winship: Big Business, Congress, and the EpiPen

Cash and carry has become nothing more than standard operating procedure in politics and government, and it’s wrecking the republic. The whole system is rotten to the core

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events, new book releases, and other items of interest to progressives

Kevin B. Blackistone: The Significance of Simone Manuel’s Swim is Clear if you Know Jim Crow

There is a reason why 70 percent of black teenagers, like those who died in Shreveport, and 60 percent of Hispanic teenagers can’t swim. But it isn’t due to some genetic disorder, as some actually believe

Mateo Pimentel: The Affordable Care Act: A Litmus Test for American Capitalism

There is a pressing issue in American health care

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Vijay Prashad: A Powder Keg

Milwaukee is a powder keg, long histories of racism, combined with recent incidents of police shootings. held the city on edge

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Sue Sturgis: Texas Billionaire Behind the Pipeline Standoff

Over the Labor Day weekend, security guards for a petro pipeline company used attack dogs and pepper spray against Native Americans resisting construction of a $3.8 billion pipeline through North Dakota, a project they say is desecrating land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux

Peter Rugh: The Counter-Revolution Against Black Lives Matter

Protections that inhibit investigating, charging, or firing police officers who have been accused of brutality are often written into union contracts.

Portside Moderator: PROMESA and Puerto Rico’s Debt

The U.S. law creating the control board, known by its acronym PROMESA, grants the oversight panel the power to cut pensions, labor contracts with civil servants, and social services, to restructure its $73 billion debt load.

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Noam Chomsky: Global Warming

If current tendencies persist, the outcome will be disastrous before too long. Large parts of the world will become barely habitable affecting hundreds of millions of people, along with other disasters that we can barely contemplate.

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Rebecca Gordon: Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

It’s hard to fathom even the basics of the American urge to lock people away in vast numbers.

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David Swanson: Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families…

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Henry A. Giroux: Politics as Pathology

The warfare state is built not only on the militarization of the economy but also on what my colleague Brad Evans calls “armed ignorance.” … symptomatic of an educational and spiritual crisis in the United States.

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Jeremy Brecher: Jobs, Justice, & Clean-Energy

The Clean Energy Future will provide many new jobs for each that is lost. There will, however, be fewer jobs in coal, oil, and gas extraction and burning and in nuclear energy.

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Jim Naureckas: Cherry Picking Trade Polls

Manipulating Polls to show what you want – the NY Times …

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Juan Cole: The Last Time…

The last time summer was this hot humans hadn’t left Africa…

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Walden Bello: How Middle-Class Chileans Contributed to the Overthrow of Salvador Allende

American intervention was one factor leading to the Chilean coup—but unrest on the part of middle-class Chileans was another

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Arun Gupta: The Left Underestimates the Danger of Trump

In reality, all the recent organizing gains will whither as the left is forced to wage losing defensive struggles against violent white nationalists

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Mark Weisbrot: Is Human Rights Watch Too Closely Aligned With U.S. Foreign Policy?

It is vitally important that human-rights organizations stick to their avowed principles and defend human rights without regard to the objectives of US foreign policy

William Barber: Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting, It Belongs to the Public

Understand, the public owns these videos. This is taxpayer money. It is wrong-headed. It is not the kind of openness that we need

Jon Queally: As Tribes Fight Pipeline, Internal AFL-CIO Letter Exposes ‘Very Real Split’

Leaked letter circulated within nation’s largest labor federation illustrates troubling disconnect when what working people deserve and what climate science compels are actually the same thing

Shaun King: It’s time for serious nationwide economic boycotts to end police brutality and racial injustice in America

It is time that we organize a passionate, committed, economic boycott. It must be painful. It must be unified

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Dave Zirin: A symbol that spread through the sports world

Interview about the tide of protest that has rolled over football at all levels and far beyond since Kaepernick’s action

LisaGay Hamilton: Why I am on the Women’s Boat to Gaza

In twenty-four hours, I will join the women on the third leg of the trip to Messina, Sicily, and from there the Zaytouna-Oliva will proceed to its final destination: Gaza

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Juan Cole: Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading toward 6,000

The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will help call in air Read more…

Pete Dolack: Global warming will accelerate as oceans reach limits of remediation

If we are to be serious about reversing global warming, we have to create an economic system based on human need that is stable as a steady-state system and under democratic control, rather than our present authoritarian system

Sonia Singh: Farmworkers Taste the Fruits of Victory

After three years of tireless organizing, 500 farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Washington state have finally won union recognition

Alexander C. Kaufman: Elizabeth Warren Seems To Be Staking Out Her Place In A Clinton Presidency

Earlier this summer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) became the spear tip of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, skewering Republican nominee Donald Trump in repeated head-to-head battles on Twitter. Now, the progressive firebrand appears to be staking out her role in a potential Clinton administration as a bulwark against the influence of Wall Street. “We believe Sen. Elizabeth Read more…

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Vincent Emanuele: The Riots Will Continue

The issues of policing, systemic racism, systemic economic inequality and political corruption will only become more prominent as existing institutions become increasingly militarized and violent

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Sarah Lazare: Charlotte Cops Dig In, Won’t Release Video; Opposition to Police Terror Builds

“One of the major problems with reporting on police violence is the degree to which police statements are treated as the gold standard of information instead of being treated with the skepticism they deserve”

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Victor Grossman: An Omen for the 2017 German Federal Elections?

Last Saturday, one day before the Berlin vote, there were demonstrations against CETA and TTIP in seven major cities, supported by many organizations on the left

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Jim Naureckas: Dakota Access Blackout Continues on ABC, NBC News

Rock legend Neil Young released a song called “Indian Givers” in support of the Dakota Access mobilization. The chorus of the song repeats, “I wish somebody would share the news.”

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Dave Zirin: Bigots Beware: White Athletes Are Becoming Sympathetic to Anthem Protests

Do you want to make 1968 Olympic medalist John Carlos angry?  Describe the iconic black-gloved fist that he pumped to the heavens as a “Black Power salute.” As he has explained to me often, “Black Power is a beautiful thing. But in 1968, raising your fist meant ‘power to the people.’ I wanted my fist Read more…

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George Monbiot: Carmageddon Beckons

Car use takes a huge toll on our health and on the planet. We need to kick our addiction to driving

Ed Yong: The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science

A simulation shows how the incentives of modern academia naturally select for weaker and less reliable results

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Kim Scipes: The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration

A review of The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration, by John Marciano

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Michael Ansara: The lousy reason I didn’t vote in 1968 — and why Sanders supporters shouldn’t fall for it

I thought there was no difference between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. I was wrong.

Vincent Warren: Protests Erupt over Police Killings of Terence Crutcher & Keith Lamont Scott in Tulsa & Charlotte

Protests escalated in Charlotte, North Carolina, when hundreds took to the streets to express outrage over the police shooting of 43-year-old African American Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday

Noelle Hanrahan: ‘The Bodies of Prisoners Are Commodities’

Every single budget decision in local, state, county, federal–is based almost entirely on what we’re spending for our prisons

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