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Kate Aronoff: Andrew Cuomo Sees What’s Coming

He Doesn’t Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It

Immanuel Wallerstein: Lula Arrested: How Successful a Coup?

Brazil merits our collective close attention and our active solidary participation

Lorenzo Zamponi: Italian movements after the triumph of the Five Star Movement

The new populist party captured public anger against austerity and corrupt elites more successfully than the radical left. So where next for the left as Pasokification takes hold?

Badri Raina: The Cruelty of Metaphors

Metaphors are cruel things, never easy to deploy. It will have to be said that the genius of deploying metaphors after all distinguishes a Shakespeare from an Amit Shah

Jeremy Corbyn: Diplomacy, not bombing, the way to end Syria’s agony

More legally questionable and reckless military interventions are not what British people want from their government

Robert Mackey: Russia Has “Irrefutable Evidence” U.K. Staged Chemical Attack

Russian officials said on Friday that their government can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held enclave in Syria last week was a hoax staged by British spies. The defense and foreign ministry officials declined, however, to say what the evidence was, or expose it to public Read more…

Michael Albert: Elections

This is chapter twenty three of the book RPS/2044: An Oral History of the next American Revolution. RPS/2044 has its own book page, with front matter, reviews, essays, interviews, testimonials and place for user interaction with the interviewees. Mayor Bill Hampton, Celia Curie, Lydia Luxemburg, Bertrand Dellinger, and Malcolm King discuss electoral participation. Bill, what have Read more…

Tarek R. Dika: Syria and the Politics of International Law

The American bombing campaign has no standing in international law whatever. Just because one country has broken international law, it does not follow that other countries have a right to attack it

Kate Aronoff: Striking Teachers Forcing States to Rethink Giveaways

As in West Virginia and Kentucky, the fight over public funding for basic needs is inextricably linked to the politics of energy in Oklahoma

Juan Cole: Iraq on Syria Strikes

We’ve seen this Movie and it doesn’t End Well

Alexandra Moore: A public reckoning in North Carolina

A commission against torture in North Carolina may serve as a model for how citizen-led initiatives can create transparency and accountability for abuses of power in government

Michael Roberts: OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality

It’s a question of political will and political action

Matthew Desmond: Eviction

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute

Naomi Klein: The Battle for Paradise

The post-Hurricane Maria recovery is seized by one overarching question: Who is Puerto Rico for: islanders or wealthy outsiders?

Norman Solomon: Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to “Russiagate” Enthusiasts

Whether They Like It or Not

Hilary Wainwright: Believing in ourselves

Believe in your own capacities, believe in everybody else’s, and work in a collaborative way to change society

Alice Speri: Detained, Then Violated

1,224 Complaints Reveal a Staggering Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of Those Accused Worked for ICE

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are “Real Resistance”

In the continuing teachers’ rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Read more…

Badri Raina: Asifa, My Child

Asifa, my child, I wish I was not writing about you But holding you to my chest. Asifa, I wish you were watching Joyfully as I ripped apart The hyenas and hung their Entrails at the temple door, So the gods therein would  smell The stench of their complicity. What wicked deity could Give you those Read more…

Valerie Vande Panne: Oklahoma’s Revolution Going Much Further

Oklahoma is gearing up for changes across the state in the 2018 midterm

Samantha Winslow: Indiana Teachers ‘Go Green’

The Indiana State Teachers Association developed a tracking system called “Go Green” to help local leaders get membership back up

Robert Fisk: Hypocrites and chemical warfare in the Middle East

Not a soul today is mentioning the terrible war fought between 1980 and 1988, which was fought with our total acquiescence. It’s almost an ‘exclusive’ to mention the conflict at all, so religiously have we forgotten it

Marjorie Cohn: Illegal and Deadly

Trump’s Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack

Alice Speri: Black Students Demand Changes to Racist Discipline in Schools

In the 2016-2017 school year, Milwaukee Public Schools suspended 10,267 students, including one of every three ninth-graders

Lewis M. Steel: Reviving Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign

The movement looks to rebuild the cross-racial civil rights alliance that disintegrated during a half-century of counter-revolution. Their radical vision is more necessary than ever

Valerie Vande Panne: How Privatization Sparked Teacher Uprising

For more than a decade, state legislators—Democrats and Republicans alike—have marched the state off the proverbial financial cliff

Patrick Huff: ‘Now is the time of monsters’

The future at a crossroads in Rojava

Amelia Smith: Outrage Over Douma But Not Children of Gaza & Yemen

While the US and the UK are appalled by this weekend’s attack on Syria, they have no qualms about selling billions of dollars worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia

Tom Engelhardt: A Tale of American Hubris

Or Five Lessons in the History of American Defeat

Justin Anderson: Who Will Take on Tech and Media Monopolies?

After decades of regulatory neglect, Big Tech is finally coming under the microscope

Jonah Raskin: Disneyland on Alcohol

A sober journey Into the Hospitality-Industrial Complex

Scott Ritter: Trump’s Rush to Judgment on Syria Chemical Attack

President Trump’s rush to judgment on Syrian guilt is being done in a highly politicized environment

Michael Albert: Reforms, Revolution, Violence

This is chapter twenty two of the book RPS/2044: An Oral History of the next American Revolution. RPS/2044 has its own book page, with front matter, reviews, essays, interviews, testimonials and place for user interaction with the interviewees. Lydia Luxemburg, Andrej Goldman, Peter Cabral, and Juliet Berkman discuss reforms, revolution, and violence. Lydia, the question of Read more…

Marjorie Cohn: International law experts say military attack on Syria would be illegal

We are practitioners and professors of international law. Under international law, military strikes by the United States of America and its allies against the Syrian Arab Republic, unless conducted in self-defense or with United Nations Security Council approval, are illegal and constitute acts of aggression. The unlawful killing of any human being without legal justification, Read more…

John Feffer: Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China

Those China tariffs aren’t surprising. What’s bizarre are the people praising Trump’s recklessness and reviving his political fortunes

Dean Baker: Rich People Complaining About Deficit

There is no honest way to discuss the burden of the debt without also talking about the burdens created by these government-granted monopolies

Adam Johnson: ‘Modernization’ Is Media Code for Military Build-Up

For some reason, the media treats shelling out trillions on the military like it’s a simple iPhone update

Zeynep Tufekci: Facebook Doesn’t Sell Your Data. It Sells You

Interview on how company’s profit really works

Juan Cole: Why Trump can’t reverse Syrian regime dirty win in Ghouta

The Trump administration and the May government in the UK seem poised to launch missile strikes on Syria in the near future. It probably won’t matter

Billy Corriher: Trump erasing racial diversity from South’s federal courts

The 5th Circuit is already the most conservative circuit court in the country, and Trump is pushing it further to the right

David Dayen: The Facebook Worm Started to Turn Today

While senators displayed a disappointing reluctance to govern on Tuesday, the disquiet over Zuckerberg’s comments suggested that the hearing represented a beginning and not an end

Andrea J. Ritchie: Justice for Decynthia Clements

Demanding Safety, Not Police Bullets, for Black Women in Distress

Valerie Tarico: Here’s Why Some Progressives Are Tearing Each Other Apart

Progressives are telling two different stories about the world we live in and the future we are trying to create. In important ways, they clash

Justin Podur: Envisioning a Future Participatory Society

A review of RPS 2044: An Oral History of the Next American Revolution, by Michael Albert

Ramzy Baroud: Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine

As thousands of Palestinians walked peacefully into the deadly ‘buffer zone’ along the Gaza border into the sights of Israeli snipers, their intention was clear: to be seen by the world as ordinary citizens, to show themselves as ordinary human beings

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Condemned by the courts, absolved by history

The Lula da Silva case blatantly shows that something is rotten in the Brazilian judicial system

Ellen Brown: Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet

Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just Read more…

Gerald Horne: The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism

The years between 1603 and 1714 were perhaps the most decisive in English history. At the onset of the seventeenth century, the sceptered isle was a second-class power, but the Great Britain that emerged by the beginning of the eighteenth century was, in many ways, the planet’s reigning superpower.1 It then passed the baton to Read more…

Candice Bernd: Red-State Teachers Continue to Press Their Demands

Walkouts, Protests Capture Public Support

Andrew J. Bacevich: What Happens When a Few Volunteer and the Rest Just Watch

The American Military System Dissected

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