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Marjorie Cohn: As Trump Aids and Abets Turkey’s War Crimes, the UN Must Act

Nearly two weeks have passed since Turkey launched its ground and air attack on Rojava, the autonomous region of northeast Syria, following Trump’s sudden removal of 1,000 U.S. troops from the area.

Michael Albert: Next American Revolution on the Big Screen…

The following is a transcription of the 29th episode of the podcast RevolutionZ. Other episodes typically present comments about social and economic vision, activist strategy, and/or the election cycle we are now enduring. This episode is different, not only shorter, but different in kind, as you will see below. Please give it a read, and Read more…

Raina Shoemaker: Why I’m Voting No on UAW’s Deal With GM

A “Third-Tier” Worker Speaks

Richard Falk: When Is It ‘Politically Correct’ to Be Politically Correct?

My answer is that it is normally desirable to be politically correct only when it is morally correct to be so. Even such a moral criterion can produce divergent responses

Olivia Paschal: Black Southern mayors issue endorsement ‘roadmap’

Some of the South’s most prominent Black mayors, in four states with the earliest and most competitive primaries, are telling presidential candidates seeking endorsements that they’ll first have to show how they plan to invest in their communities

Jen Moore: North American Companies Pay Off Latin American Police to Harass Critics

In countries like Peru, extractive industries contract police to suppress Indigenous protesters and detain international observers — including me

Amira Abo el-Fetouh: Will Massive Lebanese Demos end the Country’s Era of Corruption?

This state has failed in fulfilling its duties and granting the rights of its citizens. The conflict will not end until the people have a non-failing state, a state of justice governed by law rather than families and gangs

Ryan Grim: Grassroots Pressure on Washington

Sanders: I Wouldn’t Make Obama’s Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington

Bernie Sanders: Talking Politics and 2020

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020 with The Intercept’s Ryan Grim

Francisca Perales: “We Want Democracy to Be Restored”

Protesters in Chile Decry Inequality Amid Military Crackdown

Sam Levin: ‘Work or go to jail’

How LA courts force thousands to do unpaid labor

Paul Dobson: Venezuela Government Hosts International Commune Congress

Maduro affirmed that popular power is “the soul” of the Bolivarian project

Frances Madeson: Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells

Protesters were assaulted on October 11 by police armed with guns, tear gas and water cannons

Lillian Cicerchia: The Abortion Rights Movement Must Rethink Its Strategy

In the face of an aggressive assault by the right, the abortion rights movement should abandon its defensive stance and advocate fully integrating abortion into the country’s healthcare system

Medea Benjamin: Trump’s Fake Withdrawal From Endless War

Despite his endless promises to end these wars, Trump has instead been dropping more bombs and missiles on other countries than Bush II and Obama put together—a terrifying feat

Arnold R. Isaacs: MACA or Making America Crueler Again

The White House Targets Refugees, Green Card Applicants, and Poor Immigrants

Robert Hunziker: XR Co-Founder Discusses Climate Emergency

Extinction Rebellion intends to continue civil disobedience until governments of the world declare a “climate emergency.” It almost seems as if it’s their fate in life

Jane McAlevey: Chicago’s Teachers Are Making History. Again.

Rank-and-file workers are finally taking back their unions, and strikes are spreading across the country as a result

Latefa Guemar: The Algerian Hirak

Young people and the non-violent revolution

Juan Cole: As Netanyahu Era Ends in Israel, Anti-Arab Racism Causes Political Deadlock

Former Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the far right Likud Party, has failed to form a government. His rival, former general Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, will now get a chance

Edward Snowden: Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy

This Is Our New Battleground

Anthony Thigpenn: The Left needs a united front in every state

This piece is a response to “The Left Needs a Statewide Strategy” written by Eric Blanc and Puya Gerami and published in Jacobin

Ryan Grim: Ocasio-Cortez on Why She Backed Sanders Over Warren

Sanders is the only candidate in the field who has been fighting consistently for working people for decades, making him the ideal leader of multiracial, working-class movement

Robert Fisk: Trump has Frittered Away the American Empire

This presidency looks like the manic days that presaged the fall of Rome

Steve Scott: We Know They Lied

A song that tackles the devastation wrought by political parties in the U.S.

Badri Raina: All Quiet on the Northern Front

All are quiet on the northern front, Our guns do the talking. Those disloyal to the guns Are cornered dead men walking.   Crowds, contentions, protests, marches— These afflict weak-kneed nations Like Hong Kong, Britain, Spain, America, All slave to democratic passions.   Against their disruptive cacophonies We have a single mind; Minister, media, bureaucrat, Read more…

Kathy Kelly: Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition

The seven defendants, in everyday life, practice nonviolence while serving people who are often the least cared for in our society

George Monbiot: Arresting Destruction

Today, I aim to get arrested. It is the only real power climate protesters have

John Feffer: How to Displace the Great Replacement

It Really Does Boil Down to Us Versus Them

Joseph Healy: Pride in an Irish border town

This summer, Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. Here, he explains how life on the border has changed – and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic

Norman Solomon: Pete Buttigieg Is a Sharp Corporate Tool

Buttigieg burst on the national scene early this year as a new sort of presidential candidate. But it turns out he’s a very old kind — a glib ally of corporate America posing as an advocate for working people and their families

Jonathan Cook: US Democrats cultivated the barbarism of Isis

There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media’s framing of Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria

Bue Rübner Hansen: Tsunami of dissent floods streets of Catalonia

The uprising against the convictions of Catalan leaders was predicted. But by rioting, parts of the independence movement has entered uncharted territory

Sharon Lerner: How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts

Audio from a meeting of recycling leaders obtained reveals how the soda giant’s “green” philanthropy helped squelch what could have been an important tool in fighting the plastic crisis

Coco Das: #OUTNOW

We must seize on the impeachment crisis now erupting, taking history into our own hands and turning dread for the future into a force for hope

Andrea Germanos: Ocasio-Cortez Backs Bernie Sanders at NYC Rally

With Alexandria, with Ilhan, and others on board, we’re going to put together a coalition that is going to win and win big,” Sanders said ahead of the event

Extinction Rebellion: Rebellions don’t end – they regenerate

‘Burn-out’ is a major risk in movements such as ours, where our hearts can demand more selfless action at the cost of our own individual well-being. It’s for this reason that regeneration is our third core value

Brian Terrell: The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National “Black Eye”

The number of overseas US military bases, estimated at more than 800 in some 70 countries, is hard to gauge, given that they often are camouflaged as bases of the host country

Kurdistan Workers’ Party: PKK letter to the American people and President Trump

“We are not guilty of terrorism; we are victims of state terrorism. But we are guilty of defending our people”

Sam Pizzigati: Can an Economic Stat Help Narrow Our Grand Economic Divide?

Egalitarian-minded economists are pushing for a ‘GDP 2.0’ — and getting some lawmaker help

Nick Estes: U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West

Indian boarding schools held Native American youth hostage in exchange for land cessions

Yvo Fitzherbert: The ceasefire that never was: betrayal in Rojava

After being stabbed in the back by the US — twice — the Rojava administration is left with little choice but to turn to Assad in the face of Turkey’s invasion

Crawford Kilian: How Left-Wing Parties Abandoned Working Class Voters

A new book argues that parties across the spectrum have been catering to elites

Bill McKibben: Changing What It Means to Be Human

Interview on why the human race may be reaching its final stages

Anakwa Dwamena: Closing Rikers

Competing Visions for the Future of New York City’s Jails

Badri Raina: The Gods We Make

When a man you voted for Begins to speak of himself In third-person perfect, Know that the creature of your vote Is now God’s own Elect.   Henceforth, whenever he harangues With stern, opaque eye, He sees you not as flesh and blood But as bondman to Deity.   Having soared beyond recall, Like a Read more…

Damien Gayle: Extinction Rebellion protester removed from Big Ben’s tower

Police move in after Ben Atkinson scaled scaffolding on Houses of Parliament

Richard Falk: Interpreting Turkey’s Military Operation in Syria

Trump’s diplomacy, as usual, irresponsibly sent the most mixed possible signal to all interested parties

Juan Cole: “Shameful” Pence Agreement

Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority Leader Chuck Schumer lambasted the pause in fighting by Turkey negotiated by vice president Mike Pence “sham ceasefire”

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