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Rhys Baker: Alternative State of the Union events promise resistance

Podiums were filled across Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30 to give Americans alternative viewing options during Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address

Jack Rasmus: Trump’s State of the Union Speech

Long on Theater, Short on Policy

Linda Gordon: Why Women Have Been Essential To White Supremacy

After women won the right to vote in 1920, the Klan quickly established themselves as the gatekeepers to this new, untapped swathe of the electorate

Ramzy Baroud: ‘Whitewashing’ Genocide in Myanmar

Without sanctions that target the government and military – not the people – coupled with legal action to prosecute Myanmar’s leaders, including Suu Kyi, before the ICC, the genocide of the Rohingya will continue unabated.

Fish Ip: Home: a black hole for workers’ rights

The convention brings the opportunity for people to come and discuss, and also it helps to bring in and document best practices within national law and policy

Christopher Zimmerly-Beck: Imagining a better world with Ursula K. Le Guin

I already miss Ursula K. Le Guin. Let’s read her work, immerse ourselves in the worlds she created, and celebrate the lessons she has to teach

Juan Cole: The Fascist underpinnings of Trump’s State of the Union

Trump’s rhetoric was just dressing up plutocracy as workers’ benefit, and some of it was love-bombing the egos of the white workers by putting down the black and brown workers

Chris Hedges: The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump

The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites. They get what they want. They do what they want

Bernie Sanders: What Trump Will Not Be Talking About in His State of the Union

“He will surely not be apologizing for the many lies he told American voters.”

Andrew J. Bacevich: How We Got Donald Trump

(And How We Might Have Avoided Him)

Kamran Matin: Why is Turkey targeting Afrin?

What do Erdogan, Iran and Russian have to gain from a bloody war on Afrin’s restive Kurdish population?

Kathy Kelly: A Treacherous Crossing

The “good guys” shaping and selling U.S. foreign policy and weapon sales exemplify the heartless indifference of the smugglers who gamble human life in exceedingly dangerous crossings

John Pilger: Mainstream Media and Imperial Power

Media in the West is now an extension of imperial power. It is no longer a loose extension, it is a direct extension

Victor Grossman: Groko or No Groko?

The mostly youthful NO GROKO forces have taken a tip from Jeremy Corbyn’s success in upsetting the hidebound and/or corrupt

Thomas Ferguson: Dark Money Key to Trump’s Win?

Oh, and the crippling inequality overseen by elites from both parties that has nothing to do with collusion, Robert Mueller, or Moscow

Vijay Prashad: Migrants Without Shoes

Six to nine million Ethiopians have needed food aid of one kind or another last year, as severe drought and poverty have combined to create a near famine situation

David Swanson: If the Second Amendment Was Meant for Genocide, Is It Sacred?

The Second Amendment was written in a society where guns — individually, in small groups, and in regulated militias — were used primarily and routinely to commit genocide and to maintain slavery

Martha Balaguera: A Refugee Movement Emerges

Central American asylum-seekers on a refugee caravan are part of an emerging regional social movement for forced migrants.

George Monbiot: System Failure

Is complex society on the brink of collapse?

Dean Baker: It’s Still the Yellen-Obama Economy

In spite of Trump’s get-tough rhetoric, the trade deficit actually rose by $50 billion in 2017 to $571 billion. It now stands at just under 3.0 percent of GDP

Eva-Maria Swidler: Reclaiming the Radical Critique of Education

We need to get past the idea that it is impossible to entertain and discuss a range of challenges to state-run and compulsory schooling while also fighting for free, equitable, universal access to humane and meaningful education

Michael Albert: Economic Campaigns

This is chapter Fifteen 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. In its fifteenth chapter 
Leslie Zinn discusses media makeovers. Anton Rocker discusses minimum wage
and workplace organizing. Anton Rocker, Read more…

Margaret Flowers: Our Movements Are Greater Than Trump

If we are to make a difference, we urge you to do what you can to build relationships in your community, to share and discuss information about the crises we face

Sonali Kolhatkar: More Warfare, Bombing, Deaths in Trump’s First Year

Our ignorance of the havoc Trump is wreaking overseas makes us more susceptible to the politicization of future retaliatory attacks

Arundhati Roy: The NGO-ization of resistance

The NGO-ization of politics threatens to turn resistance into a well-mannered, reasonable, salaried, 9-to-5 job. With a few perks thrown in

David Bacon: We Must Honor Those Who Fought White Supremacy

As Germany Honors Those Who Fought Fascism

Robert Fisk: Inside Afrin

The true victims of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria are revealed – refugees, babies, women and children

Juan Cole: No, Trump, Ice isn’t growing at Poles

And yes, we are boiling the earth

Residente: The U.S. Owes Puerto Rico

Interview about colonialism, Bernie Sanders, and the path to recovery after Hurricane Maria

Mark Weisbrot: Lula’s Prosecution a Travesty of Justice

Brazil’s political elite is going after Lula and the Workers Party to stop them from running in this year’s presidential election

Danny Sjursen: The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command)

And It’s Not the War on Terror

Steve Early: Raising Consciousness About The Color of Law

Housing bias in the suburbs, like race-based segregation of renters and home-owners in post-war Richmond, was no accident

Kevin Zeese: Preparing For The Storm With A New Economy

By building community wealth through democratized institutions, we also reduce the wealth divide and reduce the influence of big money over our lives

Pete Dolack: Infrastructure plan is a plan for corporate subsidies

The Trump administration’s plans to rebuild infrastructure in the United States have been leaked, and it appears to be as bad as feared

Jonathan Cook: The hollow ethics of Israel’s liberals

Is the terrible suffering Israel is now inflicting on African refugees not also the moment for liberal Israelis to appreciate that Palestinians have been enduring similar abuses for seven decades?

Nicholas Greven: The Southern Border Plan in the Trump Era

Increased security and militarization has exacerbated dangers for Central American asylum-seekers traveling through Mexico- and it’s about to get worse

Billy Corriher: N.C. legislature’s war on the courts

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, the state’s lawmakers passed a bill that created a voter ID requirement, cut early voting, and made it harder to vote in other ways

Robert Fisk: The battle against Isis on the ground is far from over

It’s below zero degrees on the vast dirt hillside above Totah but through the mist and freezing rain, I can see the Syrian general’s target, a small Isis-held village across a valley of mud. There’s a crash of artillery fire from his Shilka guns, and you wait several seconds before the shells fall behind a Read more…

Bryan Miranda: Dutch fight to shut down EU’s largest gas field

A march against Shell and Exxon’s gas drilling drew thousands in the northern Dutch city of Groningen on Jan. 19, after a heavy earthquake rocked the region

Michael Albert: Wrong Targets

Consider a radical writer crafting an article that explains how “Move On” isn’t radical, “Our Revolution” isn’t revolutionary, Democrats aren’t Democratic, the anti-Trump resistance overemphasizes Trump, Sanders isn’t seriously socialist, #MeToo is institutionally weak, BLM underplays class, unions underplay race, every demand does less than demand everything, and more. Suppose this radical writer pinpoints real Read more…

Marcel Cartier: Why I support Afrin & the Rojava Revolution

The dark clouds of 21st-century fascism are once again hanging over the heads of the people of northern Syria. As if the inhabitants of the region often referred to as Rojava haven’t suffered enough over the course of the past 7 years of war, the Turkish state has come to the conclusion that the time Read more…

Chris Hedges: Thought Police for the 21st Century

The abolition of net neutrality and the use of algorithms by Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to divert readers and viewers from progressive, left-wing and anti-war sites, along with demonizing as foreign agents the journalists who expose the crimes of corporate capitalism and imperialism, have given the corporate state the power to destroy freedom of Read more…

Geoff Dutton: The Net’s Good Old Boys

Dr. (Don’t Be) Evil Meets Dr. Strangelove

Jorge Martín: Venezuela: Which way forward?

In the face of the government’s inaction on the economic crisis, Venezuela is witnessing a resurgence of workers’ struggles

Debbie Prokopf: Shining Spotlight on Super Bowl Corporate Exploitation

Groups share a vision of stopping the exploitation of low-income communities of color—by the National Football League, by Super Bowl sponsors, and by the corporations that will profit from the influx of visitors

Robert Dodge: The Doomsday Clock Moves Forward

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has just moved their Doomsday Clock forward to two minutes till midnight

Marshall Auerback: Amazon Is a 21st-Century Digital Chain Gang

Amazon’s high-tech sheen hides its abusive labor practices

Patrick Cockburn: US is fuelling more wars in the Middle East

The present Turkish incursion shows that Ankara is not going to allow a new Kurdish state under US protection to be created in northern Syria and will fight rather than let this happen

David Sheen: Seinfeld boosts Israel’s “shoot to kill” fantasy tours

  Seinfeld, seen in a photo posted on Facebook by Caliber 3 then deleted, embodies a stream of American liberalism that abhors guns at home, but glorifies Israeli violence that targets Palestinians.   Jerry Seinfeld drew criticism earlier this month when it emerged that while in Israel to perform in Tel Aviv, the famous comedian Read more…

Leo Panitch: Trump Challenging Neoliberal Agenda?

President Trump will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, days after introducing significant tariffs on Asian imports. However, these tariffs and Trump’s overall economic agenda won’t challenge the world’s elite at Davos

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