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David Dayen: Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures

With Nobody to Call to Stop Them

Glenn Sacks: LA Teachers Go On Strike for First Time in 30 Years

On Monday, the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike for the first time in 30 years. United Teachers of Los Angeles is demanding significantly lower class sizes and proper staffing of schools. LAUSD claims it agrees with most of our demands, but simply can’t afford them. The “we have no money” mantra is so powerful, it’s practically LAUSD’s Read more…

Patrick Cockburn: Refugees are in the Channel thanks to the Actions of the West

Though the US and its allies are unlikely to win victories against Iran or Bashar al-Assad, by keeping a permanent crisis simmering they ensure many civilians risk everything to flee to Europe

Paul Kiel: As Shutdown Drags On, IRS Aids the Rich While Targeting the Poor

tAn appeal from the mortgage industry has resulted in hundreds of IRS staffers returning to the agency to carry out income verifications for lenders

Dilar Dirik: Kurdish MP on hunger strike prepared to “protest to the death”

Imprisoned HDP MP Leyla Güven is in critical condition after 68 days of hunger strike to demand an end to the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

Dan La Botz: DSA Two Years Later

Where Are We At? Where Are We Headed?

Danica Jorden: It Has Begun: One in Five Million Protest in Serbia

Tens of thousands of protestors are packing the icy January streets of Belgrade, Kragujevac, Niš and other Serbian cities in demonstrations that began in early December demanding an end to what to they call a dictatorship

Alexandra Natapoff: How Misdemeanors Turn Innocent People Into Criminals

I think that we should imagine and understand that the people in the misdemeanor system are not a “they”; they are an “us.” And that insight, to me, is the heart of the most important kind of criminal justice reform

Richard Falk: Toward Geopolitical Disengagement: Uncertain yet Desirable

For the first time in the 21stCentury it is possible to envision positive developments in the region as reducing the level of violence and turbulence

Greg Grandin: How Not to Build a “Great, Great Wall”

A Timeline of Border Fortification

Vijay Prashad: 5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall

On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies

Ted Rall: Here is the Progressive Agenda

Progressives: you are no longer the ugly stepdaughter of the Democratic Party. You own the joint.
Now’s the time to demand what’s yours, what you want and what’s right

Elizabeth Oglesby: A Coup in Guatemala is the Real Emergency

U.S. policy must support those in Guatemala who are struggling to maintain the rule of law, and Congress must demand that Guatemala’s anti-impunity commission be allowed to continue its work

Olivia Alperstein: The EPA Rule Change That Could Kill Thousands

Younger generations deserve to grow up protected from these harmful and deadly substances. The EPA wants to make mercury and air toxics deadlier again. We can’t let that happen

Badri Raina: Hurry Up please, No Time

Remember the days, not too far back, Although eons in consequence, When there were coffee houses in town, And we dawdled for interminable hours, Over interminable cups, without A bouncer’s hint that we must leave. In the coldest chill and penury, The warmth of our converse made Everything rich. And, gadgetless, We pined to see Read more…

Sam Pizzigati: U.S. Tax Policy Can Turn on a Dime

Has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Turned It?

George Monbiot: Don’t Breathe

Pollution is now the biggest threat to children’s health. So why is it so neglected?

Raphael Mimoun: How the yellow vests are reinventing French politics

While mainstream French and international media have largely characterized the yellow vests as violent troublemakers, many people throughout France see the movement as a long-needed popular uprising against a deeply unjust political and economic system

Marjorie Cohn: If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He’ll Be Breaking the Law

Congress refuses to enact legislation containing the nearly $6 billion that Donald Trump is demanding for an unnecessary wall on the southern US border. In response, Trump is considering whether to declare a national emergency, take money Congress has appropriated for other purposes, and divert it to build his wall. But under US law, the Read more…

Olivia Heffernan: Are we prepared to pay the price for farmworker justice?

“We need an awakening of consciousness for everyone to understand how important we are as workers of the land.”

Danny Feingold: Battle Lines in U.S. Public Education War

Superintendent Austin Beutner and his allies have made it clear they do not believe that the LA Unified School District in its current incarnation is worth investing in—or even preserving

Badri Raina: Where Fearless Minds Suffer

Shah Faesal’s Move Reflects a Diminishing of the Republic

Greg Grandin: Washington Trained Guatemala’s Mass Murderers

And the Border Patrol Played a Role

Tamara Pearson: Distorted Western Media Coverage of Poor Countries

The coverage ends up distorting how we understand global forces, culture, and history

Glenn Greenwald: Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons

The Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans

Matt Myers: The rise of the student worker

The student population today is unrecognisable from that of a generation or more ago. And it is central to any socialist project for the future

Paul Street: Bordering on Fascism

Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

Jack Rasmus: Trump’s Deja Vu China Trade War (Part I)

Trade policy under Trump in 2018 is compared with similar US trade offensives under Nixon in the 1970s, targeting Europe, and Reagan in the 1980s targeting Japan

Joao Pedro Stedile: “Activists shall not fear, we are fighting for justice”

MST will not back off from social struggle

Gary Olson: On the Infantile Politics of Compulsive Trump Bashing

Trump bashing, as smugly gratifying as it might be, only obscures this basic truth and handicaps our thinking about the best way to unite in struggle against a common class enemy

Vijay Prashad: 150 Million Say No to Despotism in India

If a new trade union law goes into effect, India will essentially abandon any commitment to workplace democracy

Medea Benjamin: The new Congress needs to create a green planet at peace

The time has come for a New Peace Deal that repudiates endless war and the threat of nuclear war

Rebecca Gordon: A Twenty-First-Century Incredibility Chasm

Life in the United States of Trump

Joseph Stiglitz: From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

The grassroots movement behind the Green New Deal offers a ray of hope

Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin: Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise

The difficulties for the Cuban people are increased by the ongoing United States-led embargo against Cuba

Ingar Solty: Talking About Power

The Social Democrats have collapsed. Die Linke is divided. Will the German left ever be able to contend for power?

Robert Koehler: A Green Future Is One Without War

We can’t just shrug that war is politically untouchable. Doing so — avoiding all serious discussion of militarism, both its costs and its consequences — leaves the global noose dangling

Badri Raina: Tough Going

When cactus breaches a desert breast Its green is far more keen Than spring that comes routinely To a land that is always green.   A flame that mocks a dark environ Is more trenchant and stark Than a thousand lights that grace a hall With no knowledge of the dark.   The success of Read more…

Marjorie Cohn: Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain in Afghanistan

Politicians and pundits alike have roundly criticized Donald Trump for stating he will pull our troops out of Syria and cut US forces in Afghanistan by half. James Mattis immediately resigned as secretary of defense, writing in a letter to Trump, “you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better Read more…

Roy Keene: Why are We Still Logging Our Forests?

After 45 years of observing and evaluating federal logging, contemplating today’s climate science and considering what’s fair for all of us, I wonder — why are we still logging our woods?

Isadore and Isaac Claudia: Addenda Not Needed Now for Abominations

Blatant behavior carries the day… no apologies necessary, no finesse required now

Varshini Prakash: Pelosi’s Actions on Climate Fall Inexcusably Short

We’ve seen people struggling to breathe clean air and drink fresh water, fresh and clean water, and are not seeing the Democratic Party step up with the level of climate ambition that we actually need

Ramzy Baroud: When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are ‘Brothers’

Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model

Madeline Will: Nation’s Top Teachers Will Hold ‘Teach In’ at Child Detention Camp

In February, educators will gather outside a massive detention camp for migrant children and stage a 24-hour “teach in”

Anne Helen Petersen: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

This isn’t a task to complete or a line on a to-do list, or even a New Year’s resolution. It’s a way of thinking about life, and what joy and meaning we can derive not just from optimizing it, but living it. Which is another way of saying: It’s life’s actual work

Pavan Kulkarni: After doctors, teachers launch nationwide strike in Zimbabwe

Their main demands include a rise in salary from $500 to $3000 and payment in US dollars rather than in bonds. Teachers and doctors in Zimbabwe receive among the lowest pay in the world for their professions

John Buell: Is Tax Justice Key to our Democratic Prospect?

Perhaps the most compelling argument for serious tax reform is political. The vast accumulation of wealth at the top is matched by inordinate concentrations of political power

Michael Albert: Interview with Michael Albert at launch of Collaboration for Change

You could lose, lose, lose and completely lose. But if you learn from what’s happening and you take lessons, then potentially the pattern of seeming losses prepares you to win

Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik: Confronting extinction

We need to shake up the economic and political systems driving the climate crisis

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