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Robert Fisk: Donald Trump’s arbitrary, cruel ban on refugees from Muslim countries sets a chilling precedent

This vile piece of legislation is not aimed at nations. It’s targeting refugees, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Juan Cole: German Ambassador 1933: “Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at ‘Immigrants’”

The excerpts of these two newspaper articles can be read as allegories for our own moment, substituting Trumpism for national socialism and Muslims for Jews

Juan Cole: The Sadism of Racist Exclusion: Courts Temporarily Block Trump

Picking on immigrants and refugees is the act of a sadistic bully, since they are the one fairly large group of residents of the United States whose constitutional rights are disputed. The executive order Trump signed late on Friday suspending entrance to the United States for citizens of seven countries and cancelling the US refugee Read more…

Marcelo Rochabrun: Trump Order Will Block 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents from Returning to America From Trips Abroad

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards

H. Patricia Hynes: War and Warming: Can We Save the Planet Without Taking on the Pentagon?

Our hope for turning the tide will come from local, community-based campaigns and actions

Martin Legall: The ZAD: an autonomous zone in the heart of France

In a heroic struggle of solidarity and resistance, locals and activists of the ZAD have been fighting against the construction of an airport for many years

Conn Hallinan: Blundering Into A War With China

Nonetheless, such a clash would be catastrophic. It would torpedo global trade, inflict trillions of dollars damage on each side, and the odds are distressingly high that the war could go nuclear

Chris Mahin: January 1948: Tragic death of immigrant workers inspires a song of solidarity

The fire began over Los Gatos Canyon. It started in the left engine-driven fuel pump. The plane crashed 20 miles west of Coalinga, California, on January 28, 1948. It came down into hills which, as one commentator noted, at that time of year are “a beautiful green, splendid with wildflowers … a place of breathtaking Read more…

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump’s Demolition Derby

In just a few days, Donald Trump seems to have set out to wreck government and turn over the remains to his plutocrat friends

Ryan Devereaux: “A Hostile Act”: Mexico Braces for Trump’s Border Wall

Less than one week into his presidency, Donald Trump has taken the first steps in making his vision of a massive barrier between the U.S. and Mexico a reality, signing an executive order Wednesday afternoon calling for the “immediate” construction of a sprawling border wall to separate the two nations. Though the move is likely to Read more…

Bhaskar Sunkara: Our Alternative

We need a socialist politics that challenges the Democratic Party’s leadership, not just the Right

Rebekah Barber: Nissan Workers in Mississippi build Southern support for union drive

Many workers have gone on record stating they believe a union would give them more protection and job security

Peter Pedemonti: Big, bold and migrant led: an interview with the New Sanctuary Movement

We learned under Bush that even when things are terrible at the federal level, we can have a real local impact

Phyllis Bennis: Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Already Trump is super-charging U.S. militarism, gutting diplomacy, and punishing the victims of wars Washington started.

Peter Certo: The Trouble with Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’

If Trump can sell a plain-as-day lie about his inauguration crowd, he can lie about anything — including things that hurt his own supporters

Moustafa Bayoumi: Donald Trump’s executive order means he is now officially gunning for Muslims

The action is nothing short of a Muslim ban by another name

Dave Zirin:  Yes, Tom Brady’s Friendship With Donald Trump Matters

The most successful quarterback in the NFL is being willingly used as a way to deodorize an agenda animated by division and hatred

Uri Avnery: President Kong

King Kong, the giant primate with the heart of gold, who scaled huge buildings and downed airplanes with his little finger

Heather Digby Parton: Behind Trump’s bogus investigation of voter fraud lies the GOP’s long crusade to keep people of color from voting

Voter-suppression zealot Hans von Spakovsky is among the key voices urging Trump to go after mythical voter fraud

Yanis Varoufakis: A New Deal to Save Europe

Each and every European country must be stabilized and made to prosper

Robert Fisk: Donald Trump’s presidency-by-tweet will be bad for Muslims, but great for Isis

A bad day for Muslims, I’d call it. The only mention they got in the inaugural tweet was pure Hollywood, and very dangerous. “Radical Islamic terrorism we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth”. Shorn of its Biblical reference – the face of the earth comes from Genesis, does it not? – it Read more…

Kim Scipes: Reflections on “Salt of the Earth” and a 1999 book titled The Suppression of Salt of the Earth by James J. Lorence

Revisiting this film might be one place to start the process of consolidating the resistance,

Alexander Kolokotronis: Democratize the union: let the rank-and-file decide!

To revitalize labor unions, workers themselves will have to be put in control. Applying participatory budgeting to dues allocation would be a good start

Ramzy Baroud: The Paris Peace Conference: Signaling an End to a Western-dominated Era?

But what are we to make of the Paris Conference? It was a sad display of a final French-European-American attempt at showing relevance in a region that has vastly changed

Les Leopold: If Progressives Want to Defeat Trump, They Must Win Back Workers

In opposing Trump, we must not slip into defending neoliberalism

Marjorie Cohn: State-Sanctioned Torture in the Age of Trump

The Obama administration’s refusal to bring the torturers to justice sends a clear message to future administrations — including the incoming one — that they can use torture with impunity.

George Monbiot: Our democracy is broken, debased and distrusted – but there are ways to fix it

Trump and Brexit are responses to a political system that’s imploding. But could a radical redesign wrest it from the liars?

Peter Dreier: Turning the March into a Movement

To fully seize the moment, progressive groups around the country need to work collaboratively like never before

David Cook Martín: Why Trump’s wall with Mexico is so popular, and why it won’t work

Extreme economic inequality, global conflict and environmental decline surpass the borders and capacities of any single country

Patrick Cockburn: Turkey faces long and difficult fight against Isis in Syria

The Turkish army is suffering unexpectedly serious losses in men and equipment as it engages in its first real battle against Isis fighters holding al-Bab

Richard Greeman: Not our President!

Part I.  Giant Demonstrations Challenge Trump’s Seizure of power One day after Donald Trump’s bellicose, nationalistic inauguration speech, with its racist overtones, millions of women and their allies took the streets in Washington, New York, and six hundred cities in the U.S. and world-wide. As Trump’s support plummeted to 32% in the polls, the N.Y. Times reported Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s America and the New World Order

C.J. POLYCHRONIOU: The president-elect’s cabinet is being filled by financial and corporate bigwigs and military leaders. Such selections hardly reconcile with Trump’s pre-election promises to “drain the swamp,” so what should we expect from this megalomaniac and phony populist insofar as the future of the Washington establishment is concerned? NOAM CHOMSKY: In this respect—note the Read more…

Bruce T. Boccardy: Public Sector Unions Confront Attacks

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that home health aides were not required to pay their “fair share” or agency fees in the public sector. This was the first successful attack on the agency fee law by so-called Right to Work organizations

Dean Baker: Protecting Professionals

Developing countries have been lending large amounts of capital to rich countries, especially the United States. Much of this has taken the form of developing countries buying dollar-based assets to be held as reserves by their central banks

William Boardman: U.S. Criminal Hypocrisy At Work in Syria and Yemen

On December 13, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, offered yet another stark exercise in imperial deceit

Mike Hembury: It Starts With Hope

In these dark times, in the vindictive death throes of fossil fuel ascendency, I would like to think that a future chronicler of global anti-oil resistance will look back and mark Standing Rock as the beginning of the end.

Pete Dolack: Inequality is Getting Worse

A newly released report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that median wages in the OECD’s 35 member countries are still below where they were in 2007

Pamela Sexton: Reflections 41 Years After Invasion Day, December 7, 1975

This December 7, I bent down in Timor-Leste to apologize for the crimes of my government against the East Timorese people. On that day in 1975, U.S.-armed and -trained Indonesian troops launched their illegal invasion

Zoltan Grossman: Fusing Identity and Class Politics in “Trumpland”

We should begin to ask ourselves: if we lived in Europe during the rise of fascism in the 1920s or early 1930s, what would we actually do to stop it?

Kate Shea Baird: America Needs A Network of Rebel Cities

The urgent questions that progressive activists in the U.S. are now asking themselves are, not just how to fight back against Trump, but also how to harness the momentum of Bernie Sanders’ primary run to fight for the change

Ramzy Baroud: Palestine 2017: Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe

Israel can be blamed for much, but Palestinians deserve much of the blame, too, for their own disunity, infighting and corruption.

Immanuel Wallerstein: China Is Confident: How Realistic?

If we look at the geopolitical arena, China has counted on being able to insist that other states recognize and implement its “one China” policy. Considering what the global situation was 50 years ago, China has done exceptionally well in this regard.

Mel Gurtov: Food Politics: The GMO Conspiracy

One of the longest-standing tricks of the corporate trade is to produce an item that is dangerous, breakable, or soon to be obsolete and then produce another item that will supposedly remedy the defect. That is what is happening with basic GMO-laden crops

Laura Finley: Copping Out

I wasn’t trying to offend anyone.” This seriously has to be among the most ludicrous cop-outs of all time

Adam Beitman: Top Five Things You Didn’t know about “Polluting” Scott Pruit

Pruitt is a tool of big oil who blatantly copied an industry letter and sent it to the White House and EPA.Pruitt made national headlines in 2014 when the New York Times reported on the secret alliance he formed with major oil and gas companies to attack environmental protections

Michael Winship: Protests Stopped the Predators, They Will Be Back

All indications are that our incoming president regards the White House as a pirate galleon built to increase his family’s trove of plunder many fold, and the notion seems to be rubbing off on Congress

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Events of Interest to Activists

Events MUSIC – The Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 15-19, in Kansas City, MO. Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-221-3655; fa@folk.org; http://www.folkalliance.org/. PROGRESSIVES – The annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will be held February 17-18, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers, Read more…

H. Patricia Hynes: In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See: Going Local, remaining Indivisible

Our agenda, going forward, is laser clear: rebuilding civil society in small, local groups and community organizations

Marjorie Cohn: The Injustices of Manning’s Ordeal

An order not to reveal evidence of war crimes would be an unlawful order. Manning had a legal duty to expose the commission of war crimes

Sarah Levy: The left can’t be dismissive

We can’t dismiss people because they aren’t as “woke” as we are. That might be a way to feel good about your own political development, but frankly, it’s not a way to actually win.

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