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Ken Loach: If We Don’t Understand Class Struggle, We Don’t Understand Anything

Interview on populism, the gig economy, and the importance of transnational solidarity in his movies and beyond

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Jonathan Cook: Corbyn’s Labour Party is Being Made to Fail –By Design

The media’s ever-more outlandish slurs against Corbyn and the Labour party’s imminent capitulation on the IHRA’s full definition of anti-semitism are not unrelated events. The former was designed to bring about the latter

Ed Hedemann: In Memoriam: David McReynolds

The Gay Socialist Pacifist Who Twice Ran for President, Dies at 88

William Astore: Why Can’t We Just Play Ball?

The Militarization of Sports and the Redefinition of Patriotism

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Joao Pedro Stedile: A way out for Brazil

The country needs a new project of development for the people. More subordination, submission and exploitation of the people will not be a way out for Brazil

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Juan Cole: Why is the US Helping Saudis Kill Children, Allying with al-Qaeda?

The US Department of Defense is, in short, and unindicted co-conspirator in Saudi and UAE war crimes

Ian Millhiser: Jim Crow-like assault on black voting in Georgia

A Georgia election board proposed shutting down seven of the nine polling locations in an overwhelmingly black rural county

Eric Toussaint: The Evolution of the Government of President Ortega

In order to win the presidential election of November 2006, Daniel Ortega succeeded in making his election acceptable to the ruling classes, and in particular to the COSEP (Superior Council for Private Enterprise), the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, represented by Cardinal Obando y Bravo, former presidents Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños, and the Read more…

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Badri Raina: Ahead of 2019, BJP Is Out to Rearrange the Electorate

From bringing in non-Muslims from neighbouring nations to allowing proxy voting rights to NRIs, the ultimate goal seems to be to expand the voter base

Andrew Fan: 14 Times More Likely to Use Force Against Young Black Men

Internal Chicago police files document thousands of police uses of force over more than a decade. Nearly 90 percent were against people of color

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Glenn Greenwald: Should We Worry About Silicon Valley Regulating Speech?

Debate on how the left should consider free speech issues in the context of online platforms

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Kim Scipes: Zinnophobia

It is rare to get an intelligent, well-sourced and coherent discussion of issues today such as the role of history in education, politics and scholarship, but David Detmer of Purdue University Northwest has provided such with this book

Harold Meyerson: Elizabeth Warren Proposes a Second New Deal

Her new bill would compel corporations to dump “maximizing shareholder value” and put worker representatives on their boards

Jeffrey St. Clair: Roaming Charges: Running Out of Fools

+ Aretha Franklin is dead and America will never be as great again. + Aretha made her first recording when she was 14. She emerged almost fully formed as an artist, with killer chops on the piano and a voice that had the power of Howlin Wolf’s and fluidity of Sam Cooke’s… + For the Read more…

Richard Pithouse: New Frame

We will strive to keep a clear and vigilant eye on the lived experience of oppression and resistance, and to develop new frames for making adequate sense of our time and place, and prospects for a better future

Angel Prado: “The commune holds the solution to the crisis”

A grassroots Chavista leader reflects on the future of the communal project and the contradictions in the Bolivarian Process

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Badri Raina: Rafale: Mid-Air Magic

How can Rafale be a scam, Unless Vinod Rai says so first? And public money in private hands Is always in the national interest.   That was a time of paralysis, Now decisions are made mid-air; When gratis comes from the top It can never be less than fair.   Cabinet, Parliament, Committees– They gridlock Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Hopes and Anxieties

For over half a century, Noam Chomsky, celebrated linguist and current Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair at the University of Arizona, has provided intellectual and moral leadership to critics of American foreign policy. In the interview below, conducted in his office at the University of Arizona on August 7, 2018, Chomsky Read more…

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Angela Davis: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin “Will Forever Animate Our Collective Sense of Desire for Change”

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad: The racial wealth divide

Without investment, blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, and other people of color, never will be able to catch up to the historic strong white middle class that we like to think back upon

James Risen: It’s Time for a Crusading Press to Fight Back

Crusading journalism is what is needed now

Billy Corriher: Making sense of West Virginia Supreme Court impeachment

If any justices are impeached the result would likely be a court that puts the interests of corporations over those of ordinary West Virginians

Boots Riley: Riding Through Oakland

Take a ride through Oakland with Boots Riley, frontman of the politically-charged hip-hop group ‘The Coup’, as he reflects on his music, his future, and his relentless revolt against capitalism

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Vijay Prashad: American War Machine Is Ramping Up

Everything this administration does is geared toward intimidation and war

Stella Paul: Reclaiming Their Rights One Village At a Time

The answer is to stand united and vigilant against any possible landgrab efforts

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Patrick Bond: Africa’s pioneering Marxist political economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018)

Samir Amin’s celebrated life was amongst the most trying, but also rewarding, of his generation’s left intelligentsia

Bruce Levine: Why Anti-Authoritarian Doctors Are So Rare

In my training to become a psychologist, I discovered that students, trainees, and subordinate mental health professionals who challenged authorities routinely got labeled as having “authority issues”

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Jonathan Cook: Corbyn’s Labour party is being made to fail – by design

The media’s ever-more outlandish slurs against Corbyn and the Labour party’s imminent capitulation on the IHRA’s full definition of anti-semitism are not unrelated events. The former was designed to bring about the latter

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Tom Engelhardt: The War Piece to End All War Pieces

Or How to Fight a War of Ultimate Repetitiousness

Rob Arthur: 130 Chicago Officers Account for 29 Percent of Police Shootings

While more than 95 percent of all Chicago police officers never fired their gun from 2004 to 2016, 130 officers have done it more than once

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George Monbiot: We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen?

The opportunities to load our food with sugar have boomed

Dan DiMaggio: Building a Rapid-Response Network to Defend Immigrant Workers

As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members. In Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center has created a rapid-response network it calls “Sanctuary in the Streets” (SiS). The worker center, founded in 2014, organizes restaurant workers and farmworkers in the Read more…

Jeff Cohen: Elite Party or Party of the People?

Democrats Gather in Chicago

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Alleen Brown: A New Film Examines Sexual Violence and the Bakken Oil Boom

In the mid-2000s, the area surrounding the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota began to undergo a massive transformation after corporations figured out they could access vast wells of oil from the Bakken shale formation using fracking technology. Politicians celebrated as high-paying jobs flooded the area, but women in the community saw a darker side Read more…

Jonah Raskin: “Fuck Wine Grapes, Fuck Wines”

The Coming Napafication of the World

Negin Owliaei: Lancaster Shows How to Say No to Geo Group

A Pennsylvania county goes up against a giant of the private prison industry, and comes out victorious

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Juan Cole: Attack on Free Press Turns Liberty to Tyranny

Ben Franklin made sure that “political libel,” which is really political free speech for the most part, was never criminalized in the United States

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John Feffer: The Best of All Possible Worlds?

The powerlessness of positive thinking in the age of Trump.

Gershon Baskin: All of his achievements

Netanyahu has succeeded to be in office for nine years without presenting a single Israeli peace initiative

Frederik Blauwhof: Germany: Resisting the nazis on the shop floor

A look at the rise of the far right in Germany and the trade union movement’s response

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Pepe Escobar: Economic war on Iran is war on Eurasia integration

The Trump administration’s maneuvers are a testament to how China’s New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.

Evan Malmgren: DSA-Backed Candidate Julia Salazar Challenging Silicon Valley

This state Senate candidate articulates an agenda that could help us catch up with technological changes in society

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Gary Olson: Are We Governed by Secondary Psychopaths

Political struggles against empathy-numbing neoliberal ideology and the economic system it serves can create conditions that enhance the flourishing of empathy and love, the foundation for our better selves

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Marjorie Cohn: Will Trump Be Charged With Conspiracy?

In addition to the case for Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, evidence is mounting that the president participated in a conspiracy to violate the federal election law. Mueller could either ask a grand jury to indict Trump as a co-conspirator or to name the president as an unindicted co-conspirator. Federal Read more…

Shireen Al-Adeimi: Outrage Mounts Over U.S. Role in Airstrike on School Bus

The massacre of school boys between the ages of 6 and 11 was one of the worst attacks on children in the history of Yemen’s brutal war

Shane Burley: As the far-right descends, police target counter-protesters

As anger around the continuing far-right street action and police overreach grows, it is likely that this groundswell in Portland — and across the country, in what has been given the hashtag #AllOutAugust — will only escalate

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Badri Raina: Presto

Such was the oratory of the day That as the syllables smashed A thud was heard in the market-place— The price of onions crashed.   So fierce were the masticated words, And so vigorously deployed, That idle millions glued to them Felt they were all employed.   So threatening was the demeanour, So  puissant the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Taking on the Mobilized Capitalist Class in Elections

Interview on the continued aftershocks of the Sanders campaign as well as the problematic issue of BDS and how progressives and third parties can reorganize and repurpose forward thinking stances to refocus on future elections

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Ramzy Baroud: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed

The power and effectiveness of this kind of solidarity goes even beyond Gaza and Palestine

Patrick Williams: From muggers to gangs: It’s the same (police) story

Blaming ‘gangs’ for social problems further divides communities and fails to tackle the root causes of violence

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