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James A. Haught: Right Wing Laws to “protect religious freedom” Enable Fundamentalists to Discriminate

Across America, right-wing politicians pass “religious freedom” laws that have a single purpose: to let narrow-minded believers discriminate against gays — an intolerance that is illegal for other people under human rights laws

Badri Raina: A Republic Day Like No Other: Not the State but ‘We the People’ Will Take Center stage

The farmers’ movement, of the people, by the people, and for the people, may also have a few lessons in political wisdom for floundering opposition parties

Asha Ralph: If Biden Wants to End Death Penalty, He Must Also End Death by Incarceration

For every seven people in prison, one is serving a death-by-incarceration sentence

Chicago Teachers Union: CTU rank-and-file votes to save lives, continue to teach safely and remotely

Educators call on Mayor Lightfoot and CPS to adopt CDC health metric, agree to rigorous testing and allow educators to return as they’re vaccinated, among other concerns

Benjamin Fearnow: Sanders, Warren Warn Senate Majority Will Be Used in ‘Very Aggressive Way’ if GOP Blocks Stimulus

Both Sanders and Warren said the timely passage of another massive stimulus bill is more important than waiting on GOP lawmakers mired in gridlock

Alfred W. McCoy: While America Was Sleeping

Waking from a Four-Year Fever Dream to Find Global Power Gone

Don Fitz: Is This Revolution Truly Rinky-Dink?

A review of Rinky-Dink Revolution, by Howard Waitzkin (2020, Daraja Press with MR Essays)

Lawrence Reichard: My Favorite Moderate

For 73 days friends have been emailing and texting from all over the world asking what the hell it is with my home state of Maine and its senior Senator Susan Collins

Medea Benjamin: Rob Malley for Iran Envoy: A Test Case for Biden’s Commitment to Diplomacy

eace-loving Americans should shore up Biden’s resolve by supporting Malley’s appointment

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II: Biden Admin Must Not Sacrifice Racial & Economic Justice for False Unity

The only way to ensure domestic tranquility is to establish justice. It is pretending that we can address the nation’s wounds with simplistic calls for unity

Elif Selin Calik: Is the pandemic an opportunity to shift from oil to greener energy?

It is crucial to an understanding of the global consequences of the coronavirus pandemic to consider the transition to alternative energy sources for the benefit of future generations

Daniel Bessner: How the QAnon Cult Stormed the Capitol

Perhaps the strangest thing about the media coverage of the Capitol Hill rally was how little of it focused on the visible presence of QAnon. What’s behind the Q cult, and how can we confront it?

Astra Taylor: You Are Not a Loan

Activists and academics discuss the crisis of higher education and the growing movement to cancel student debt and make college free for all

Nicholas Stender: Chicago public school reopening battle rages on

Why is Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot so intent on reopening schools as soon as possible when a vaccine is around the corner and the CDC estimates that 100,000 more people will die by February 13?

Sue Sturgis: Who’s funding the Senate’s Sedition Caucus?

Number of U.S. senators, all Republicans, who announced beforehand that they would challenge the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden, though they offered no evidence of fraud: 14

Christian Stalberg: Revolution as Selfless Service

Review of Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerillas, by Alpa Shah

José Luis Granados Ceja: Biden’s Immigration Declarations Open Up New Political Terrain for Organizers

The U.S. will need to both undo the damage already done by Trump and move away from the type of imperialist foreign policy championed by both Republicans and Democrats

Rod Driver: The Illusion of Democracy: Government by the Rich for the Even Richer

A look at the main problems with US and British democracy

Ramzy Baroud: The ‘Insurrection’ and Its Discontents: ‘American Exceptionalism’ Revisited

The storming of the US Congress will have global repercussions, not least among them the collective rejection of the outdated notion of American exceptionalism

George Monbiot: Long-Suffering

Long Covid is devastating the health and lives of many thousands of people, and highlights the terrible neglect of patients with chronic conditions such as ME/CFS

Tom H. Hastings: Feeding two birds with one hand

The work needed to convert from threatening to kill billions of people with illegal weapons to serving all citizens with virtually carbon-free and radioactive-free energy would be massive.

Gary Leupp: Basic Notes on Victoria (“Fuck the EU!”) Nuland

The addition of Nuland stinks to high heaven

Elena Herrada: Dispatch from Detroit

Why is the city moving forward with constructing homes for rich white people while displacing the rest of us?

Robert Pollin: Is the Biden Plan Big Enough?

Why is Wall St. OK with a Higher Deficit?

Mike Ludwig: Biden Has Extended Eviction Moratorium — Now It’s Time for More

“This is not a time for incrementalism, this is a time for systemic overhaul.”

Jonathan Cook: The ‘humanitarian’ left still ignores the lessons of Iraq, Libya and Syria to cheer on more war

Vilifying “official enemies” while safely ensconced inside the “defence” umbrella of a belligerent global superpower and hegemon is a crime against peace, against justice, against survival

Andrea Mazzarino: Indirect Deaths

The Massive and Unseen Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars at Home and Abroad

Francesca Emanuele: The truth wins out

A look at the recent attacks on Bolivia’s Movement for Socialism – and how the country’s voters were ultimately undeterred by disinformation tactics

Yves Engler: It’s time for Canada to sign the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty

Nuclear weapons remain a serious threat to humanity and the TPNW represents an important step toward abolishing them

Jeff Schuhrke: The Labor Movement Has a Game Plan for the Biden Era

This time, unions intend to get something done

PSL San Antonio: Texas schools are peddling lies to “normalize” COVID at the expense of communities

Please Help ZNet Source: Liberation News Local, state, and national officials are lying to Texas communities about COVID in schools. As part of their forced economic “reopening,” officials and administrators are scrapping safety plans, distorting statistics, intimidating teachers, holding funding hostage and ignoring the science of COVID spread in order to send as many children Read more…

Ralph Nader: New Auto Safety Report Demands Biden Strengthen Federal Programs Now

Biden promises a New Day from Trumpism. Let’s see if he and his team can provide America with a New Day of Public Safety from callous corporatism on the nation’s roadways

Anna Clark: Don’t Forget About Flint

The Roots of Its Water Crisis Remain Unaddressed

Ardeshir Mehrdad: Iran: Three waves of urban protest, 1992-2019

The sufficient condition for success is the ability to move beyond divisions and cracks

Gershon Baskin: There is an opportunity for Palestinian democracy with elections

While there is a great deal of skepticism regarding whether or not the elections will actually take place, there is already a flurry of action on the ground of initiatives to launch new political parties and jockey for positions within the existing political frameworks

Paul Lauter: Moving Past Hate: Lessons from the 1960s

To achieve the goals of a “Green New Deal,” of “#Me, too,” of the “Coalition to Stop Gun Violence,” and, most of all, of “Black Lives Matter” will require a patient and on-going struggle

Juan Cole: Biden’s own Moderates and Hardliners Battle it Out on reviving Iran Nuclear Deal

Two and a half days into the Biden administration, it is already clear that the Problem of Iran is going to loom large over its foreign policy

Rivera Sun: The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of our failure to limit the spread of COVID-19

Sonali Kolhatkar: The Republican Dam on Immigration Is Cracking, and Now They Will Pay for Their Racism

We saw what Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric did to the country over four long years. The GOP has no right to oppose Biden’s plan for mass legalization

Mike Giglio: What’s Next for the Militias?

The Capitol riot has forced a reckoning inside America’s militant groups

William rivers Pitt: Biden’s First Day Was a Good Sign — Let’s Keep Up the Pressure

It’s time to issue our bold demands, including those we know that Biden can’t or won’t address by executive order. It’s time to build momentum from the ground up. Let’s go

Cal Winslow: The 1970s: Decade of the Rank and File

The 1970s were a high-water mark for the US labor movement, with work stoppages, wildcat strikes, and sit-downs spreading up and down the country, involving workers in all industries

Michael Albert: Strategy: Some Key Strategic Issues

We are not reformists where each effort exists unto itself. We are seeking a new society. Each effort either contributes to that, or it has fallen short

Jodi Archambault: Biden Canceled Keystone XL. Indigenous Leaders Demand Same for DAPL

“The best thing that he can do is drop the appeals to this and stop the oil from flowing now.”

Michael Lighty: How to Win Medicare for All Under President Biden

With a Democratic White House and Congress, we have an opportunity to organize like never before to finally achieve a universal, single-payer healthcare system. Let’s seize it

Dean Baker: Trump Crazy and Intellectual Crazy

Structuring patents and copyrights in ways that redistribute an enormous amount of income to people with skills in math and science was a policy choice. It was not the blind path of technology

David Stansfield: Knock Yourself Out

There are two ways to accomplish this: join the army or play American football

Nasim Ahmed: Israel is an apartheid state, says B’Tselem

Time to ditch the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism?

David Badash: Biden’s LGBTQ Executive Order Is Just the Start

Here Are the Other Pro-Equality Actions the Administration Is Taking

Robert Hunziker: Complex Life Threatened

Earth’s ability to support complex life is officially at risk

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