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Robert Fisk: Lebanese nation has woken up

To have Saudi officials now trying to dictate the make-up of another Lebanese government suggests that they want to take on the role played out for decades by pre-civil war Syria

Common Dreams Staff: ‘Freedom for the Political Prisoners’

Hundreds of Thousands March in Barcelona

Gregory Lovett: Burn Pits and Betrayal

How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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David Swanson: War Stories

Stories to encourage questioning war-thinking

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Jane Slaughter: Relieving Racial Resentment in Unions

What can unions do to create the understanding that leads to unity?

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Rebekah Barber: The South’s history-making winners

A wave of wins for progressives in state and local races across the nation that also brought historic victories for people of color and LGBT candidates across the South

Lee Carter: Long-term impact

An interview with the democratic socialist who just knocked off one of the Virginia GOP’s legislative leaders

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Patrick Cockburn: The anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia

The problem in resource-rich states is that corruption is not marginal to political power, but central to acquiring it and keeping it

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Juan Cole: Renewable Success Stories

The average Swede emits over 4 tons of carbon dioxide a year. That is better than Europe’s average 6 tons and ‘way better than the US average of 16 tons per year per person

Andre Damon: US brands RT a “foreign agent”

A chilling move against free speech

Paolo Lubrano: Women and Girls Hardest Hit Refugees

Of the nearly half a million Rohingya refugees who’ve fled across the border and have sought refuge in Bangladesh, women and girls are the most at risk, sleeping under open skies, roadsides, and forest areas with little or no protection

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Badri Raina: Nature’s Conspiracy

Charged with Yogic energy, They set out with buckets in hand To paint secular city and town In spiritual saffron brand.   Every shop-front, every sign, Every billboard, every bus Was retrieved from secular infamy With a shining coat of saffron dress.   Then they came to a part of town Where there was only Read more…

Dick Nichols: Europe’s critical battle for democracy

Any socialist, any progressive, any democrat will be doing what they can to help tip the balance in favour of what would be an enormous victory over Europe’s forces of darkness

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Marjorie Cohn: Robert Mueller Is Moving Toward Donald Trump

Last week’s indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime associate Richard Gates, together with the guilty plea by former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, sent shock waves through the White House. It turns out that since July, Papadopoulos has been serving as a “proactive cooperator.” Special counsel Robert Mueller filed Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: Politics of racial division backfired

Margin by which Northam defeated Gillespie, who ran a racially charged campaign that focused on restricting immigration and defending Confederate statues: 54-45

Steven Tufts: Unions and the Gig-Economy

The Case of AirBnB

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Juan Cole: Roy Moore could still Win

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for senate in Alabama, was rocked by scandal this week, as a woman accused him of initiating sexual contact with her when she was only 14. Moore was twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow the constitution, and he has pulled stunts such Read more…

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Bill McKibben: Future of the Paris Climate Accord

Several U.S. delegations are scheduled to attend despite the fact that President Donald Trump says he is pulling the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord

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Vijay Prashad: Big Pharma’s Pushers

The Corporate Roots of the Opioid Crisis

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Jonathan Cook: Israel instructs diplomats to support Saudis

Israel has instructed its overseas embassies to lobby their respective host countries in support of Saudi Arabia and its apparent efforts to destabilise Lebanon

Kerry "Shakaboona" Marshall: How prisoners organized to elect a DA

This campaign can be a blueprint for other prisoners, their families and community groups to wage a grassroots radical criminal justice reform campaign

Rupert Neate: Wealthier than poorest half of US

Trump tax change proposals will exacerbate disparities

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Jack Rasmus: Who Pays?

The Trump-US House $4.6 Trillion Tax Cut

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Subhankar Banerjee: Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere…

Will the Trump Administration Take Down the Arctic Refuge?

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard: Expanding Crackdown on the Left

The reality of how things play out in the United States is that he right-wing can walk proudly around with guns, and the left, which is really, really peaceful in the United States, is met with extreme repression

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David Swanson: A New Armistice Day

The U.S. Congress called Armistice Day a holiday to “perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations,” a day “dedicated to the cause of world peace”

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Ramzy Baroud: ‘Creeping Annexation’

Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

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Norman Solomon: Democratic Party in Crisis

Interview on a new report, “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis,” which examines the role of Democratic Party loyalists in the party’s 2016 defeat

Jennifer Chisholm: A Sustainable Favela?

How favela residents in Rio are fighting back against threats of eviction by forging new identities based on ecological preservation

Theodoros Karyotis: The Right to the City

The importance of grassroots urban struggles

Peter Certo: Republicans Admit It’s All About Rich Donors

It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it

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Robert Fisk: Not all it seems

A look at Saad Hariri’s resignation as Prime Minister of Lebanon

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Gary Younge: My Harrowing Journey Through White America

The rise of the alt-right is no coincidence. For millions of Americans, race is all they have

Josep Maria Antentas: Whither Catalonia?

The independence movement is principally based in the middle class, public employees, and youth

Michael Byrne: Organizing tenants in the rentier society

Against the backdrop of a deepening housing crisis, new grassroots organizations are emerging to challenge landlords and governments and to organize tenants

Jeff Cohen: Progressives Win on Election Day

Can they Win the Democratic Party?

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Henry A. Giroux: Trump’s first anniversary

Democracy on life support

Robert Koehler: The illusion of armed salvation

Arming ourselves both intensifies our fear and increases our literal danger

Chuck Collins: Trouble in the Offshore Paradise

Leaked documents underscore the need to crack down on tax dodging instead of passing another giveaway for the wealthy

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John Feffer: If Asia Leads, the World Will Follow

China and South Korea could be game changers on climate — and create a more peaceful region in the process

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Rebecca Solnit: Still an illegitimate president

The 2016 US presidential election was so corrupted in so many ways, small and large, that there is no reason to respect its outcome

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Steve Ellner: Social Programs in Venezuela

Venezuela’s social programs have successfully expanded popular participation in the direction of radical democracy but suffer from a lack of institutional checks and balances

Dmytro Khutkyy: Participatory budgeting

An empowering democratic institution

Jan Oberg: Heading Toward Nuclear War: Why?

We’re in the worst, most dangerous situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sitting down and hoping for the best is neither responsible nor viable or wise

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Juan Cole: Trump not invited to Climate Summit

The US is the sole country in the world outside the accord

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Lawrence Wittner: The Day I First Picketed the White House

Why It Wasn’t a Bad Idea

Carles Puigdemont: This is about democracy

Spain has imposed a political agenda that goes against the will of the majority of Catalans. We will defend our rights to the end

Manipadma Jena: The Urbanization of Malnutrition

Rapid urbanization is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns

Stephanie Basile: Unions Lead in Hurricane Relief

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as Puerto Rico faces government neglect, unions’ relief efforts have been critical

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Patrick Cockburn: Greatest threat to peace in Iraq

Donald Trump picking a fight with Iran

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