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Aviva Chomsky: How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

If we truly want to challenge racism, oppression, and inequality, we should turn our attention away from the few hundred marchers in Charlottesville and towards the real sources and enforcers of our unjust global order

Juan Cole: Trump Deepens Racial Divide Again

In a long, rambling speech full of falsehoods, Trump again equated immigrants with criminals and blamed them for joblessness among whites

Lee Fang: Trump Threatens Funding

Donald Trump is threatening to withhold grants that fund local police if California passes legislation to become the first “sanctuary state”

Shelagh Huston: “Democracy is coming to the USA”

The real Leonard Cohen lyric we should be listening to

Matthew Hoh: Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy

Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​

Lucy Morgan Edwards: Afghans’ suffering has no end

The president’s decision to expand US military intervention condemns Afghanistan to escalating conflict, and its people to further misery and death

Dean Baker: China Bashing

Not highlighting the distributional aspects of our policy on intellectual property is an enormous failure of the media even using the real numbers

Ezra Kronfeld: Americans, Criminals, and Thelma & Louise

Many Americans will pay no concern for the cruelty and suffering that our society’s criminals face; yet this same “tough on crime” culture frequently sympathizes with fictional criminals in film and television

Terrence McCoy: The road to hate

For six young men, Charlottesville is only the beginning

Sonia Singh: Solidarity’s No Heavy Lift

Last year personal trainers at Canada’s largest chain of gyms became the first fitness workers in North America to unionize, joining Workers United

Marjorie Cohn: Time to Impeach Trump

The GOP is at a critical juncture. It must decide whether it wants to become the official party of the white supremacists

Dominic Rushe: Working six days a week and homeless

Fran Marion and Bridget Hughes are leading voices in Stand Up Kansas City, part of the Fight for $15 movement that aims raise the minimum wage across the US

Richard Falk: Evolving International Law

The politics of effective control often cruelly override moral and legal norms that stand in its way, and this is what has happened over the course of the last hundred years with no end in sight

Juan Cole: Trump flip-flops on Afghanistan

In his speech on Monday night, Trump was primarily attempting to manipulate American domestic politics

John Feffer: Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy

The Times They Are A-Changin’ in North Korea

Dana Cook: Encounters With Dick Gregory

The late comedian, civil rights/anti-war activist, and nutritional guru Dick Gregory is remembered by Joan Rivers, Malcolm X, Lena Horne, Howard Zinn, Bill Lee and others. Victor Lownes, Playboy executive Carwash attendant no more  …Dick Gregory, one of America’s top comedians, will never turn his back on Playboy, that I’m sure. When I booked him to appear Read more…

Eric Foner: White Nationalists & Neo-Confederates

Interview on how racism is part of the Trump family DNA

Jeffrey b. Perry: Theodore W. Allen’s Work

On Centrality of Struggle Against White Supremacy Growing in Importance on 98th Anniversary of His Birth

Trita Parsi: Iran as a Regional Power

The Trump administration, leading Democrats and much of the foreign policy and military establishment believe the U.S. should be more aggressive towards Iran

Amir Oren: U.S. Generals Lead Unprecedented Revolt

Army brass knows that if every Back soldier quit in protest over Donald Trump’s comments, the U.S. military would collapse

Victor Grossman: Charlottesville and Thuringia

The sirens and shouted curses from Charlottesville resounded all too audibly even here in far-off Germany. Little imagination was required; how well we know such brutal faces, twisted with hatred, the racist epithets and threats! Sometimes we even heard the ugly words in German: Sieg Heil! Scenarios like that, not only as echoes from the Read more…

Fran Quigley: Big Pharma Can Be Beaten

This Union Proved It

Juan Cole: Why no Eclipse Denialists?

The Same Science predicts Global Heating

Molly Conisbee: The new municipalism

The history of citizens taking collective control of local services

Vandana Shiva: Food and farming: Two futures

What we eat, how we grow the food we eat and how we distribute it will determine whether humanity survives or pushes itself and other species to extinction

James J. Zogby: A Crime to Support Palestinian Human Rights

S720 opposes calls by the United Nations to boycott or “blacklist” companies that support Israeli activities in the territories occupied in the 1967 war

Anthony Dimaggio: A Plea for Nonviolence

Fighting Fascism in Trump’s America

Amelia Tait: Online radicalization of young, white women

Alt-right women are less visible than their tiki torch-carrying male counterparts – but they still exist

John Light: A Conservative Local News Empire?

Progressive media watchdog groups, Rupert Murdoch and conservative news outlets all want to stop a merger between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media

Francis Boyle: No War Against Afghanistan

A speech delivered by Prof. Francis A. Boyle at the  Illinois Disciples Foundation, Champaign, Illinois on October 18, 2001, copy-edited by NY Transfer News, NY Transfer News Collective. NO WAR AGAINST AFGHANISTAN! Introduction Thank you.  I’m very happy to be here this evening once again at the Illinois Disciples Foundation, which has always been a Read more…

Ted Glick: Ten Points on Charlottesville

The Week Since and the Future

Gerald Epstein: The Infrastructure of Fascism

“Progressive-appearing” economic proposals from Trump are likely to be thinly veiled attempts to suck in unsuspecting allies in support of a neo-fascist, authoritarian movement that is increasingly showing its true colors

Badri Raina: Independence Day

May the Good Indian Show Us the Way

Vijay Prashad: Germany’s documenta 14

A chilling reminder that history repeats itself

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim: Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved Friday a decree that will allow it to legislate on national security issues

Briahna Joy Gray: A Weapon Against The Left

Reaction to criticism of Kamala Harris shows how the voices of progressive people of color are erased

Julianne Tveten: Silicon Valley’s Worker Revolt

Unionization is a momentous feat for any labor sector, and in Silicon Valley it’s downright Herculean

Juan Cole: Trump fires Bannon

Who are the Winners & Losers Globally?

Felipe "Feggo" Galindo: Remembering Rius

A friend and colleague of Mexican cartoonist Eduardo “Rius” Del Río, who died last week at the age of 83, remembers his work and prodigious influence on political cartooning

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: A Pledge of Solidarity

An Appeal for a Pledge of Solidarity with Brazilian University Professors and Researchers

Vijay Prashad: Human Carnage From Billionaires

From Yemen to Haiti and everywhere in between, the poorest citizens are punished for unknown crimes

Immanuel Wallerstein: Dilemmas of the Radical Left

The efforts of the radical left today affect the choice of the replacement system in the middle run

Richard Falk: Charlottesville Through a Glass Darkly

I suggest that Zionists fond of smearing critics of Israel as ‘anti-Semites’ take a sobering look at the VICE news clip of the white nationalist torch march through the campus of the University of Virginia the night before the lethal riot in Charlottesville. In this central regard, anti-Semitism, and its links to Naziism and Fascism, Read more…

Gerald Epstein: Bannon Fired from White House

Interview about Bannon’s firing and potential trade war with China

Angaza Laughinghouse: Drop the Charges

Organizing to Protect the Durham Freedom Fighters

Sam Husseini: “Violence” and “Free Speech”

Many have focused on President Donald Trump’s statements on Charlottesville condemning the “violence” from “both sides”. Which is understandable, since the killing of Heather Heyer and overwhelming violence came from white supremacists. But virtually no one has scrutinized the first half of his remarks: Trump criticizing the “violence” of others. How is it that Trump Read more…

Jeff Abbott: Occupying Guatemala’s Capital

Guatemala’s Government Palace and the Street: Indigenous Campesinos Occupy Capital to Protest Land Conflicts

Rann Miller: Colin Kaepernick Can’t Get a Job

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick got countless kids talking about white supremacy. Now they’re learning that speaking out comes at a cost

Robert Fisk: US massacre of Moro Muslims

The Philippines was the first imperial war fought by the United States

Gillian Russom: Teachers Swap Strategies

With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share strategies for fighting back

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