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Marjorie Cohn: Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s ‘Poster Child’

Zubaydah was tortured repeatedly at the “black sites,” where the CIA subjected him to waterboarding 83 times

Arlie Russell Hochschild: Donald Trump in the Bayou

The Tea Party, a Sinkhole in Louisiana, and the Contradictions of American Political Life

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Jim Hightower: Why Can’t Our Economy Promote Equality and Shared Prosperity?

Meet “Take On Wall Street,” a grassroots movement preventing America’s plunge into plutocracy

Various Contributors: What is the Alt-Right?

Donald Trump is a hero to the Alt-Right

Keisha N. Blain: 52 years ago, this speech changed the course of black voting rights in America

Fannie Lou Hamer was ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired,’ and she told the 1964 Democratic National Convention

Azadeh Shahshahani: An International Tribunal Declares the Impeachment of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff an Illegitimate Coup

The grounds for it are baseless, and many of the legislators pushing it are themselves under indictment for serious crimes

Richard Heinberg: Is the Oil Industry Dying?

The peak oil controversy stages a comeback as the industry confronts a future of higher costs — and low prices

Janet Reitman: Zika: The Epidemic at America’s Door

Zika may have already infected 80,000 Americans, just in Puerto Rico, and Congress has refused to act — what if Miami or New York is next?

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Joseph Stiglitz: Reform or Divorce in Europe

To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement

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Richard Falk: Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism

[Prefatory Note: I am posting on my blog a short article just published in a very good journal devoted to terrorism, Perspectives of Terrorism. It was originally presented at a conference in Washington, DC, and later revised. As always, civil comments welcome.]     Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism Abstract The introduction of this Read more…

Joris Leverink: Fabricating illusions of people power in post-coup Turkey

Nationalist sentiment, mass rallies and divisive politics have dangerously polarized Turkish society in the weeks since the failed coup attempt

Elias Ioakimoglou: Greece Was the Prologue

Austerity experiments in Greece set the stage for a radical restructuring of Europe by elites

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Jack Rasmus: Bernie Sanders ‘OR’ Revolution: A Statement or a Question?

Supporters of Bernie Sanders’ presidential election campaign launched on Wednesday what it declared to be the next phase in the progressive political movement in the United States

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David Swanson: Fredric Jameson’s War Machine

The way to a progressive economic future in which the rich are taxed and the poor can prosper can only come through redirecting the unfathomable funds that are being dumped into war preparations

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Yves Engler: Jewish groups’ reckless accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ sets us down a dangerous path

The primary public use of “anti-Semitism” today is to denigrate those defending a people facing the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism

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Norman Solomon: Sanders Launch of ‘Our Revolution’ a Step Forward and a Step Backwards

The overall structure and objectives of ‘Our Revolution’ are encouraging, but Sanders retreated from positions he took towards the end of his presidential campaign by not addressing U.S. foreign policy and wars

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Marjorie Cohn: Death to the Death Penalty in California

The United States has no uniform law on the death penalty. Each state is free to choose whether or not to execute people. Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty

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Medea Benjamin: U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood

Saudi Arabia is using billions in U.S. aid to fund their onslaught of innocent civilians in Yemen, but it’s not too late for Congress to stop this madness

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Vijay Prashad: Turkey’s Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds

As the United States backs a Turkish military incursion into Syria targeting ISIS-held areas along the border, Turkey says it’s also concerned about Syrian Kurdish militias at the border who are backed by the United States

Digby: American white nationalism isn’t isolationist

Trump’s nationalism is absolutely about ethno-purity

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Glenn Greenwald: Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation?

As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the tactic of Clinton-loyal journalists is to highlight the charitable work done by the foundation, and then insinuate — or even outright state — that anyone raising these questions is opposed to its charity. James Carville announced that those who criticize the Read more…

Alice Speri: “Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits

In the summer months, 84 inmates at the Price Daniel Unit, a medium-security prison four hours west of Dallas, share a 10-gallon cooler of water that’s kept locked in a common area. An inmate there can expect to receive one 8 oz. cup every four hours, according to Benny Hernandez, a man serving a 10-year Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The predictions have come to pass: Turkey is now in Syria and this is what it means for the Middle East

The Turks don’t want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds

Dan DiMaggio: Labor Goes to Summer School

One hundred fifty labor activists from the Mountain States gathered in Reno in July for a week of courses on labor law, labor history, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, internal organizing, and more. The yearly Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School, founded in 1957, is the last surviving of five regional schools established by the Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Before Orlando

For nine years Mateen worked for G4S Security, a British-based corporation that contracts with the U.S. and Israeli governments for work that often violates human rights on a massive scale

Martha Baskin: Massive Deployment of U.S. WMDs

“20 miles west of Seattle is the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S.”

Sam Pizzigati: For the Wealthy, A Taxing New Worry

Thanks largely to Fleischer, this preferential tax treatment of “carried interest” has now become the single most notorious loophole in the federal tax code

Jonathan Marshall: Failed Coup

The Incirlik air base in southeast Turkey—from which U.S. pilots launch bombing raids on ISIS forces in Syria—is home to about 50 B-61 hydrogen bombs. That makes it NATO’s largest nuclear storage facility, with about a quarter of all theater nuclear weapons in the alliance’s stockpiles

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events VETERANS/ANTI-MIL – The IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) National Convention will be September 2-5, in Stony Point, NY. Contact: PO Box 3565, New York, 10008-3565; 646-723-0989; http://www.ivaw.org/. COMMUNITY CONFERENCE – The annual Twin Oaks Community Conference will be held September 2-5. The conference is committed to equality, participatory government, ecology, and non-violence. Contact: Read more…

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Michael Albert: Thinking About the Elections

There are countless possible answers as to what one might usefully do in these times. Try to preserve and enlarge the momentum that has developed largely from the Sanders campaign, while also trying to ensure that Trump loses.

Eleanor Bader: A Review of In Motion

In Motion provides a vivid glimpse of a world that no longer exists

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Seth Sandronsky: A Review of Facing the Anthropocene

Ian Angus’s book about humanity and our planet is a must-read.

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Steve Early: On Citizen Activism

Becoming A Citizen Activist is full of useful tips about how activists and allied politicians can collaborate on issue-oriented campaigns

Al Gedicks: Acid Train Blockade Anniversary

The protest began when the Ogichidaa (Protectors of the People) from the Bad River reservation blockaded trains traveling through their reservation carrying sulfuric acid

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Marjorie Cohn: The Content of Trump’s Character

Trump’s character is racist, sexist, and just downright mean. A Trump presidency would pose an unimaginable danger to the people of this country.

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Juan Cole: Mike Pence: Evangelical Sharia

Pence and other people of faith are welcome to believe and practice as they will in the United States—that’s one of the purposes of the United States. But they are not welcome to establish an official religion here and impose that religion’s laws on everybody; preventing that kind of thing is also one of the purposes of the United States.

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Jack Rasmus: Trump, Trade, & Working Class Discontent

It has now become clear that the 2016 U.S. presidential election is unlike preceding elections

Marc Norton: Trump and Manzanar

Manzanar, for those who may be a little sketchy on their history, is one of the internment camps set up by the federal government during World War II

William Boardman: Politics of Fraud Produces No More Gun Safety

Having succeeded in making no changes in gun laws, Democrats appear to have no Plan B. The Democrats’ filibuster and the Senate vote were pseudo-events,

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Edward S. Herman: Containing the U.S.

who is going to contain the United States? The U.S. political system has failed its populace and the world and has imposed no brakes on the war machine

Stephen Bergstein: Surprises at the Supreme Court in 2016

the United States Supreme Court ended its 2015-16 term with a slew of high-profile opinions that for the first time in years did not leave progressives in a state of distress.

Jon Letman: The U.S. in Korea

The “pivot” (also called the “Indo-Asia-Pacific Rebalance”) is centered on exerting a greater U.S. economic, diplomatic, and military influence in the world’s most populous and economically vibrant region.

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Vandana Shiva: Biodiversity & GMOs

Gene Drives have been called “mutagenic chain reactions,” and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear world. The Guardian describes Gene Drives as the “gene bomb.”

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Michael Albert: “Our Revolution”: Potential Promise and Possible Problems

I am convinced if it develops positively “Our Revolution” can in those ways continue the momentum of the Sanders campaign fulfilling a very worthy aim

Larry Cohen: “Our Revolution”? Bernie Sanders Launches New Organization, But Key Staffers Quit in Protest

Interview on reports of political turmoil within Bernie Sanders’s team

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Brian Terrell: What Makes a Hate Group?

The actions of the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department show a disturbing pattern that is reminiscent of the chilling effects of McCarthyism in the 1950s and the COINTELPRO activities of the FBI in the 1960s

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Jill Stein: “The Spoiler” Speaks

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on her campaign and building an alternative to the two corporate parties

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Vijay Prashad: Ankara’s climbdown on Assad

Turkey warms up to Russia and Iran in a bid to exit before a total rout of its proxies in Syria

Yusef Quadura: Barcelona’s Wide Front

Barcelona en Comú has channeled the city’s militant social movements to mount a successful electoral project

George Lakoff: Pay Close Attention—Trump Means Exactly What He Says

Trump is swaying millions with his calculated rhetoric

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