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Conn Hallinan: The Syrian Chess Board

So the devil is still very much at work in a war that has lasted more than seven years, claimed up to 500,000 lives, displaced millions of people, destabilized an already fragile Middle East, and is far from over

Jonathan Rosenblum: Praise the Workers, Not Amazon

Amazon’s wage concession followed continued high-visibility mobilizations by Fight for $15 against McDonald’s and other corporate targets

Mehdi Hasan: Are Democrats Ready to Get Radical?

A discussion on whether the Democrats will take a left turn and use their impending majority in 2019 to not just restrain or even impeach Donald Trump, but to push for a bolder, more progressive agenda

Common Dreams Staff: “UnTrump the World”

Hundreds of Thousands March in Berlin Against the Far Right

Thomas Palley: Brazil is Falling Under an Evil Political Spell

Since the end of the last dictatorship, Brazil has enjoyed three decades of social progress. That history means voters know the answer if only they are asked the magic question

John Stephens: Why we’re losing the fight against TB

The global response to a disease that largely effects the most marginalized populations of poorer countries shows a basic lack of respect for human rights on the part of international institutions

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Naomi Klein: Trump, Kavanaugh, and the Rule of Pampered Princelings

As more and more inherited wealth is passed, tax-free, from one generation to the next, we can expect to see much more of such shamelessness

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Juan Cole: Future of Climate Activism

Dutch Court orders Gov’t to Reduce CO2 Emissions Dramatically

Sam Pizzigati: Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World

Either we become a far more equal world or we have no future

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Steve Ellner: Venezuela under siege

The siege-like conditions which Venezuela has been subjected to from both foreign interference and domestic opposition present a myriad of challenges for the country to move forward

Barbara Kantz: The Deportation Crisis

Report From Long Island

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George Monbiot: Farmed Out

The government’s Agriculture Bill seeks to replace regulation with public money. Who will contest this new protection racket?

Jenny HIll: Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right

More than 100,000 people have been marching in the German capital Berlin to protest against xenophobia and the increasing influence of the far right

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Dave Zirin: Sports History

Interview on Ali, Kap, MJ & More

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Badri Raina: Some Puzzling Aspects of the Sabarimala Controversy

What is it about menstruating women that obliges those who oversee the daily ablutions of the deity to keep them out of sight?

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Charles Glass: World War II’s Covert Ops Failing in Post-War World

Before President Barack Obama authorized clandestine operations to defeat Syrian President Bashar al Assad in 2013, he asked the CIA to write the history of its secret wars. The classified document, say those who have read it, is a record of failure from Albania to Cuba to Angola to Nicaragua. Yet Obama went ahead with Read more…

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Glenn Greenwald: Mental Health Professionals Denounce CNN

It’s the precise behavior that has driven people with mental health issues underground, hiding in shame, and too afraid – for good reason – to seek the treatment they need and deserve

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Billy Corriher: Taking aim at Southern supreme courts

Now that the Judicial Crisis Network has succeeded in helping to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court over unprecedented opposition, JCN will resume its long-term effort to put conservatives in charge of state supreme courts

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Richard Falk: Trump’s Idea of World Order Endangers the Human Future

[Prefatory Note: This post is an interview with Daniel Falcone that was published in slightly modified form in Counterpunch on October 4, 2018]   Trump’s Idea of World Order Endangers the Human Future  Q 1. What are your general thoughts on Trump’s recent UN talk and how world opinion received it? A: The Trump speech Read more…

Sandra Cuffe: Uniting for Memory and Justice in Guatemala

One word in particular kept coming up in Spanish over and over. Justice. Justice. Justice. Justice. Justice. Justice. Justice. Justice

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Paul Street: For Popular Sovereignty, Beyond Absurdity

Why in the name of anything remotely akin to democracy should Kavanaugh and his eight high court colleagues holds these powerful positions for life?

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Rebecca Gordon: A Chance to Swing the Senate

Cooks and Casino Workers Take on Trump

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Kevin Zeese: Severe Restrictions On Protests In Washington, DC

The National Park Service has proposed major changes in rules for protests in Washington, DC that would severely undermine constitutionally protected First Amendment rights

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Juan Cole: Ron DeSantis’s Policies Helped Summon Hurricane Michael

Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis advocates doing nothing in his state to reduce state-wide carbon dioxide emissions

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John Feffer: Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?

What that Protestant Reformation can teach us about the durability of far-right movements — and the order they seek to replace

Norman Solomon, Jeff Cohen, Pia Gallego, Sam McCann and Donna Smith: Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later

Progressive momentum could lead to historic breakthroughs in the midterms and beyond. Realizing such potential will require transforming and energizing the Democratic Party

Justin Anderson: WaPo Picks a Side in Maryland Race

The Side That’s Offering Billions to Amazon

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Patrick Cockburn: After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?

All Iraqi governments are, to a greater or lesser extent, fragile because of religious and ethnic differences, but the new government is a sign that Iraq is stabilising after four decades of violence and division

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Badri Raina: Rafale Three

Internal documents are disloyal things, They spill the crony beans; Macron must these documents burn For more morsels of our means.   When we say government to government, We mean boss to boss; And any boss worth his politic salt Knows well his gain or loss.   They would have us investigate The “murky” goings-on; Read more…

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Kate Aronoff: Fossil Fuels Are a Threat to Civilization

The IPCC authors promise that we will see coastal cities swallowed by the sea, global food shortages, and $54 trillion in climate-associated costs as soon as 2040.

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Walden Bello: Understanding the Global Rise of the Extreme Right

The far right is on the rise from North America to Europe to Asia. Each case is different, but they share key similarities — and require similar responses

James Hansen: We Need to Act Now to Preserve Our Planet

Interview on what must be done to save the planet from destruction

Meagan Day: Bernie’s New Internationalist Vision

Right-wing populism is advancing across the world. Bernie Sanders wants to fight back

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Ramzy Baroud: That Single Line of Blood

In that single line of blood that links Nassir al-Mosabeh and Mohammed al-Durrah, there is a narrative so compelling, yet often neglected

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Vijay Prashad: There is No Legitimate Reason to Impose Sanctions on Iran

A friend in Tehran tells me that he marvels at the attitude of the United States ruling establishment towards Iran. ‘Why do they hate us so much’, he asks? It is a fair question. His country, he says, is not perfect, but it is certainly not a threat to the world. The current government – Read more…

Pete Tucker: Partisan Pollsters Fail Black Progressive Candidates

In the Trump era, young and nonwhite voters appear to be heading to the polls in numbers great enough to upend pollsters’ predictions

Maria Luísa Mendonça: Brazil’s Eroding Democracy

Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula

Josh Hoxie: No One In The U.S. Should Be Poor, Period

Amazon’s wage hike is welcome news, but nobody’s well-being should depend on the whims of billionaire CEOs

John Buell: After Mitch McConnell’s coup

Democratizing the Court, Democratizing America

Kevin Anderson: A “Marshall Plan” for Climate Change

About 70 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide come from about 20 percent of the world population

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Glenn Greenwald: Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory

Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global.

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Vijay Prashad: How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico

And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route

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Juan Cole: Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

The New Islamophobia Looks Like the Old McCarthyism

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Lawrence Wittner: What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans?

The U.S. Labor Department reported, between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the real wages of American workers actually declined

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Marjorie Cohn: No Checks and Balances with Kavanaugh

Janine Jackson: Donald Trump’s public mockery of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified she was assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, was an acutely despicable spectacle in an administration that is no shirker when it comes to despicable spectacle. But the Kavanaugh hearings, the FBI “investigation” into allegations against him, the whole process, Read more…

Saurav Sarkar: Virginians Show the Real Face of Poverty

Over 40 percent of Virginians struggle to get by — a problem made worse by voter suppression and military-first spending priorities

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Jack Rasmus: The Post-US Midterm Elections Bombshell

The emergence of a right wing grass roots movement, better organized and well financed, and willing to engage in violent confrontations against other protestors and demonstrators in the streets, may soon be upon us

Mark Howden: New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change

The choices we make today are shaping the future for coming generations. As the new report makes clear, if we are serious about the 1.5℃ target, we need to act now

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Kevin Zeese: Another Rigged Corporate Deal

The Framework Remains Trade for Corporations While Undermining Health, the Environment, Food, and Worker Rights

Michael H. Fox: Plea Bargains and Wrongful Convictions

A Lesson from Japan

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