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John Pilger: The killing of history

The “meaning” of the Vietnam war is no different from the meaning of the genocidal campaign against the Native Americans, the colonial massacres in the Philippines, the atomic bombings of Japan, the levelling of every city in North Korea

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Events Listings

Events and other items of interest to progressives

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Ben Dangl: Masters of War

Senate Defense Budget Set to Exceed One Third of Global Military Spending

Robert Koehler: Reclaiming the truth about Vietnam

The Full Disclosure campaign rips away the lies that allow America’s wars to continue: GIs slogging through jungles and rice paddies to protect the ideals we hold dear

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Tom Engelhardt: Empire of Madness

Fiddling Through the Smoke in 2025

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Vijay Prashad: Chaotic Battle for Territory

The Turkish army build-up in Reyhanli sends a message to the rebels in Idlib province

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John Feffer: Time to Deal With North Korea

North Korea has demonstrated that it’s quite pragmatic. It will work with anyone — churches, multinational corporations — if it’s a win-win deal

Josmar Trujillo: Facilitating Paid Informants

Local news channels that become appendages to a police department will find it difficult to report independently on brutality or corruption

Harry Blain: What Happened to Arms Trade Treaty?

Four years ago, the U.S. and the UK signed a landmark treaty to restrict the sale of arms to rights abusers. So why are they still profiting off the atrocities in Yemen?

Eoin Higgins: Education in Torture

At Harvard, Chelsea Manning Lost Her Fellowship. At Fordham, a Former CIA Torture Proponent Kept His

John Wight: Trump at the UN

Nuremberg Redux

Bertrand Dellinger: Some Thoughts On RPS/2044

Note: The new book RPS/2044 An Oral History of the Nexr American Revolution is available on Amazon now and has its own website as well. Here, one of the interviewees (from the future) comments on the book. Late in the oral history titled RPS/2044, the book’s interviewer, Miguel Guevara, asked me the origin of the phrase “planting the Read more…

Nicolas Lalaguna: War on Drugs, Part 5: 1998-2010

From 1773 to 1946, a large part of the building and maintaining of empires had been done by addicting and exploiting large sections of humanity

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Don Fitz: Killing at Any Time

Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time

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Gar Alperovitz: The Pluralist Commonwealth

Bringing together of different forms of democratic ownership, from neighborhood to community to region and beyond. At its core is a vision of community, one made real by the forms of economic life it nourishes

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Badri Raina: Gauri Lankesh, State, and Civil Society

Has Gauri Lankesh, in her martyrdom propelled India to rethink and rebuild democracy?

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Steve Early: Nader’s Museum

Ralph’s museum, organized as a non-profit educational institution, is a fitting tribute to his life’s work—and a challenge to others to carry it on

Dick Nichols: Catalonia referendum

Resisting the Spanish government siege

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Ramzy Baroud: Courting the Global South

Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?

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Tim DeChristopher: Mitigation, Adaptation & Suffering

Interview on how the progressive movement’s strategies need to change in now that climate change’s real impacts are more obvious to the American public

Kate Aronoff: The Real Battle Is in the EPA

Whether Trump stays in the agreement means little if the chief means of compliance — the Clean Power Plan — is gutted

Eric Foner: The Legend of Robert E. Lee

The ups and downs of his reputation reflect changes in key elements of Americans’ historical consciousness

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Juan Cole: Iraq Supreme Court strikes down referendum

The Iraqi Supreme Court has ordered that the referendum on independence planned for September 25 be halted

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Patrick Cockburn: Iraqi Kurdish referendum

Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

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Marjorie Cohn: Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon?

When Donald Trump plunged a dagger through the hearts of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s victims and all justice-loving people by pardoning the racist serial lawbreaker, many threw up their hands in resignation. The president’s constitutional pardon power is absolute, they thought. Not so, argue lawyers and legal scholars in two proposed amicus briefs filed Read more…

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Ann Jones: Afghanistan Again?

The American Military’s Repetition-Compulsion Complex

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Phyllis Bennis: Trump’s Threat is Illegal

Donald Trump’s comments at the UN General Assembly violate international law, and the world should hold him to account

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Juan Cole: Trump blasts Iran

The speech was a weird amalgam of white nationalism and Neoconservatism. It abandoned the isolationism of the former and eschewed the idealism of the latter

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Martha Rosenberg: Making People Unhealthier Across the Globe

Developing countries are a hot market for Big Food’s high-calorie junk food

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Edward Snowden: ‘There Is Still Hope – Even for Me’

Interview on life in Russia, the power of the intelligence apparatuses and continuing to battle against all-encompassing surveillance by governments.

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Richard Falk: Apartheid and the Future of Israel/Palestine

Until there is exerted enough pressure on the Israeli government to change course drastically, there is no genuine prospect for a political solution to the conflict

Josh Hoxie: Join the Civilized World

America is ready for Sanders-style universal health coverage.

Todd Gitlin: The Disgrace of ‘60 Minutes’

Steve Bannon gets a bully platform and runs rings around Charlie Rose

Janet Contursi: Nonviolence is not pacifism

Nonviolent direct action is struggle. It is courage. It is thoughtful and creative strategizing. It is for the future of humankind

Gregory Elich: Trump’s War on the North Korean People

It is not diplomacy that the Trump administration seeks, but to crush North Korea

Ajamu Baraka: The Empire’s Hustle

Why Anti-Trumpism Doesn’t Include Anti-War

Alex Emmons: The Senate’s Military Spending

The Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanders’s campaign promise to make tuition free at public colleges and universities

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Jack Rasmus: Greek Debt Crisis

Why Syriza Continues to Lose

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Naomi Klein: Watering Down Paris?

Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Bill & the Future of the Democratic Party

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Chaotic Uncertainty

We need to concentrate our analyses and our actions on what makes it more likely that the progressive side of the bifurcation outweighs the reactionary side in the middle-term resolution of the struggle

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Badri Raina: The Short Shelf-life of Post-Truth

It is extremely rare to hear murmurs of discontent from within the Bharatiya Janata Party. Which of course does not mean that discontent does not ever exist. A brave BJP Member of Parliament has, if you like, broken the hard ice and let out the best known secret of our times: “Modi does not like Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Poster boy for white supremacists

The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer

Nicole Knight: Lawmakers’ Attacks on Abortion Clinics

Fifty-six independent abortion clinics have closed over the past two years, and 145 have shut down since 2012

Lauren Kaori Gurley: University Deportation Threats

Washington University in St. Louis is one of a growing list of institutions that are normalizing attacks on immigrant communities

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Patrick Cockburn: Stepping up atrocities

The weaker Isis becomes the more it will want to show that it is still in business

Judy Ancel: Blocking ‘Right to Work’

In 2018 Missouri can help reverse the pendulum in the Midwest, not only to undo right to work but also to revitalize its labor movement

Abe Low: My liberal white male rage

I’ve been fantasizing about punching Nazis, and more. Am I a solution or part of the problem?

Nick Licata: The Underground Press

The legacy of the underground press was to question all authority and seek answers based on independently verifiable knowledge and not on what was being provided by those in power

Nicolas Lalaguna: War on Drugs, Part 4: 1984–1998

Between 1982 and 1985 cocaine consumption in the U.S. doubled to 72 tons per year, and the number of users increased by 38 percent to 5.8 million people

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John Pilger: Why Palestine is Still the Issue

When the Palestinians rise again, as they will, they may not succeed at first — but they will eventually if we understand that they are us, and we are them

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