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Peoples Dispatch: Mumia Abu-Jamal granted a chance to appeal his case

Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent 37 years in prison after being falsely convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981

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Badri Raina: Earthspeak 2019

America is busy being great again, The Jacobins are back in France, Britain searches for herself, Putin peers askance.   China sits on a pretty pile, India was always great, The rest of the world fidgets furtively, Wondering at its fate.   Nature fires shards of ice Into the hottest tea, The Earth snarls “boy, Read more…

Robert Koehler: A Loose Cannon For Peace?

What has to happen next is that building peace becomes the norm

Hilary Klein: Lessons to Learn on the 25th Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising

I believe the Zapatista movement has much to teach us about the enduring nature of this work and the patience that comes along with that understanding

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Bernie Sanders: 2019

In the New Year, let us resolve to fight like we have never fought before for a government, a society and an economy that works for all of us, not just those on top

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Juan Cole: Saudi Arabia muscles Netflix

Netflix has been forced to pull Episode 2 of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” for Saudi viewers because it criticizes the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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George Monbiot: Advertising and academia

By abetting the ad industry, universities are leading us into temptation, when they should be enlightening us

Pedro Rocha de Oliveira: Brazil’s road to neo-fascism

Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power in Brazil

Travis Waldron: Brazil: How A Modern Democracy Collapses

Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazilian democracy — and a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow

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Juan Cole: Is the Mideast ‘War on Terror’ Paradigm Ending?

Not only are there neo-isolationist currents in the American heartland and among the Libertarian fraction of the business classes, but the anti-imperialism of the 2018 New Left may also push in that direction

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Richard Falk: Reflections for the New Year: 2019

My private commitment for 2019 is to nurture humility, while trusting the formation of identities that link a progressive vision for our nation to a cosmopolitan embrace of humanity, with a major infusion of empathy

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Richard Falk: In Praise of the Syria Withdrawal

Trump’s withdrawal of American troops from Syria that defied the bipartisan consensus that has shaped U.S. foreign policy since 1945 poses the biggest challenge to the Trump presidency, especially as it shook Israel’s confidence and coincides with woes of Wall Street

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Dean Baker: More Fun with the Stock Market Plunge

The hysteria over the drop in the stock market is either people in the media displaying their ignorance or a political swipe at Donald Trump by people who apparently don’t think there are substantive reasons to criticize him

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Serge Halimi: Prisoner for free speech

The US authorities’ relentless pursuit of Assange is encouraged by the cowardice of many journalists who have abandoned him to his fate or even delight in his misfortune

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Joseph Nevins: The Problem with Border Security

Agents are effectively given license to act as judge, jury, and executioner, particularly when firing their weapons into Mexico

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Patrick Cockburn: Destroying Yemen

Yemen war: At least six times as many killed in conflict than previously thought, report says

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Richard Greeman: Seasons Greetings from France’s Yellow Vests: “We are not tired”

he French popular masses, already famous for their anger and cynicism, are furious at being taken for fools by their betters and joyful at feeling their own strength and solidarity. No one knows where all this will end

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Marjorie Cohn: School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract

In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the BDS movement

Zoya Teirstein: 6 times the environment won in 2018

Folks across the country, from local city leaders to state attorneys general, are out there chipping away at the biggest existential threat of our time. And they’re actually getting somewhere. Here’s proof

Laura Emiko Soltis: Georgia Denies Migrants Equal Access to Higher Education

Educational policies that violate international human rights laws need to be repealed so that every young person, regardless of where they are born or what papers they have, has equal access to higher education

Mohammad H. Fadel: Why Saudi Arabia is waging a war on Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

The shocking willingness to attack Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans and embrace American Islamophobia reveal a deeper and more depressing state of affairs between the Arab world and its expatriates

Ron Jacobs: Trump’s Military Moves

If the conflicts are outsourced to the private sector, one wonders where the Pentagon’s forces will be re-deployed to

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Medea Benjamin: On the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan

“We want to challenge Donald Trump … by pointing out that he continues to support the war in Yemen and the repressive Saudi regime”

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Harvey Wasserman: The Green New Deal Promises Peace and Progress

Will Nuclear Advocates Undermine it?

Norah Vawter: The Green New Deal: Let’s Shake Things Up

Is the Green New Deal too ambitious? No. We need ambition. The impending climate crisis is the biggest problem the human race has ever faced, and we can’t think small

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Lawrence Wittner: US First in War, Trailing in Modern Civilization

A lavish outlay on the military now constitutes about two-thirds of the U.S. government’s discretionary spending. And these other sectors of American life are in big trouble

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Kevin Zeese: Major Court Victory For Mumia

“Justice would best be served by allowing the petitioner (Abu-Jamal) re-argument before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,” wrote Tucker, “before a complete and clearly unbiased tribunal” or court.

Howard Lisnoff: The Big-Box Store Confrontation

Issues of War and Peace Among the Jeans

Gershon Baskin: Encountering Peace: No deal of the century

Today, there is no credible peace process and will not be as long as he and the world continue to see the role of US president as the primary arbiter of peace

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David Swanson: Isolationism or Imperialism?

You Really Can’t Imagine a Third Possibility

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Robert Fisk: Trump vs Mattis

Watch out when men of war come to the rescue

Rosalind P. Petchesky: An Appeal to Jewish Women to Support the 2019 Women’s March

Moving beyond an overwhelmingly white Women’s March seems to me something to celebrate

Dave Lindorff: Keep Walking, Nothing Important to See Here

Probably the best thing that can be said about Acting Secretary Shanahan is that he probably won’t be top dog at the Pentagon for long

Chloe Rockarts: Solidarity Pickets Protest Canada Post Strike Ban

When government legislation ordered Canadian postal workers back to work, other unions and labor groups across the country organized picket lines to support postal workers and the right to strike

Lindsay Koshgarian: Stop Wasting Money on the Pentagon

In this season of (hoped for) peace and goodwill, it’s worth looking for things our divided country can agree on. And since all of us want to be able to trust government to spend wisely, we might find common cause in a surprising place: the Pentagon budget. When you think of politicians railing against the Read more…

Paul Rosenberg: Subverting Public Will

It takes consistent grassroots pressure from below to really achieve the kind of change that’s needed

Willie Baptist: We can’t miss this moment

Interview on the historical importance of this moment in the US and across the world, and the need to take strategic, coordinated action

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Ramzy Baroud: Apartheid Israel or US Democracy?

Is protecting Israeli Apartheid more important to Americans than preserving the fundamental nature of their own democracy?

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Richard D. Wolff: We Need a More Humane Economic System

Not One That Only Benefits the Rich

Matt Broomfield: Rojava revolution was made by a struggling people, not American bombs

A hand-to-mouth existence is the source of its strength

Wouter Hoenderdaal: Bolsonaro’s Brazil: Chicago Boy-style Neoliberalism

If a new wave of neoliberalism sweeps Brazil, it will almost certainly reduce prospects for meaningful economic development that benefits the majority of people

Michael Whitney: The DNC Is Putting Its Thumb on the Scales Again

This Time in the Right Direction

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Badri Raina: Be Rather Ill Than Sick

In olden times illness reigned, Now sickness is the trend; Illnesses have inanimate cures, Sickness needs a friend.   Friends are now in short supply, Godmen take their place; But what is a godman next to a friend Who listens more than says.   So better be ill than be sick Is a friend’s advice Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent Revisited

Noam Chomsky’s ideas on the media in Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media have provided us with a guide, full of cautionary tales and ideas that are still controversial to this day

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Norman Solomon: Corporate Democrats Stifling Criticism

Should the candidates that mass media and party elites put forward as “progressive” be quickly embraced or carefully scrutinized? The question must be asked and answered

Paul Cudenec: Christmas with the gilets jaunes

A report from the protests finds a community spirit that bears little resemblance to the media’s depictions

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Dean Baker: Thomas Friedman Shows Us Why Democracy is Facing Huge Problems

When the columnist with the longest tenure at the country’s leading newspaper has no clue on the biggest issues facing the world, then it is a good sign that the elites in general have no idea what they are doing

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Angela Davis: The Movements of the Future

Interview on freedom struggles over the past 50 years, and where people’s movements are going next

Miles Rapoport: A New Playing Field for Democracy Reform

To win substantive reforms, our system is overdue for structural reforms. 2018 creates an opening

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Henry A. Giroux: The Language of Neoliberal Education

Neoliberalism functions not simply as an economic model for finance capital but as a public pedagogy that operates through a diverse number of sites and platforms

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