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Patrick Bond: Economic meltdown looms in Zimbabwe

The palace coup, Mugabe’s demise and ‘nightmare’ versus ‘national unity’ scenarios

Penn Loh: Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

We have opportunities every day to build economies that lift each other up and spread joy

Michael T. Klare: The Trump Doctrine

Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again

Sujatha Fernandes: Trump’s Cold War Towards Cuba

The State Department announced a tightening of the US economic embargo against Cuba, which hurts average Cubans and reverts to failed Cold War policies

Nicolas J.S. Davies: Civilians Combatants In Wars Against America

Most of the people joining armed groups across the Middle East and Africa are only fighting at all because U.S. and allied forces are “fighting them there,” in their countries, cities, villages and homes

David Swanson: Against Thanksgiving

If everyone showed enough grasp of reality to turn the day after Thanksgiving into a day of mass nonviolent action for survival, rather than a day of extreme materialism, I’d have no objection to Thanksgiving

Omar Barghouti: BDS Against Israel: How Effective Is It?

The Israeli government, which adopted a very aggressive counterstrategy, “likes to believe it is somehow winning the fight against BDS,” but that view is “quite delusional”

Alana Toulin: Food Industry Where Trump Wants It

The rise of neoliberalism in the United States has led to the continued deregulation of the food industry and allowed cozy relationships between policymakers and Big Ag and Big Food lobbyists to flourish

Peter Lehr: Militant Buddhism is on the march

In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the notion that a non-Buddhist minority is the vanguard of an imminent invasion is very strong indeed

Kevin Zeese: Dissent Under Attack

Every attack must be turned into an opportunity for us to build the strength of people power

Zenobia Jeffries: The “Redneck Revolt”

The self-described anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-fascist group was founded in the summer of 2016 to challenge working-class White people to stand against White supremacy

Omar Barghouti: Cambridge’s Interference in BDS Event

Cambridge University threatened to shut down an event about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, citing concerns about the Palestinian moderator’s neutrality

Chris Slee: Understanding Abdullah Ocalan

Abdullah Ocalan has been held in a Turkish prison on Imrali Island since 1998

Gareth Porter: First Strike?

It isn’t yet possible to know definitely whether the Trump administration intends to strike first against North Korea

Donald Johnson: The rules are different

At what point do we accept that if we take such pride in “Our Democracy”, we are personally responsible for its actions up to and including genocide?

Sue Sturgis: Injustice of proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Percent of the population within a mile of the ACP’s route through North Carolina that’s Native American: 13.2

Juan Cole: The Saudi-US war on Yemen

Killing 130 Children a Day & Other Bleak Statistics

Patrick Cockburn: The greatest dangers in Middle East

The sort of Neo-con and right-wing think tankers, who in 2003 were saying that a war with Iraq would be a doddle, are back in business in Washington, pushing for war with Iran – and are stronger than ever

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events ECONOMICS – The Union For Radical Political Economics at the Eastern Economic Association will hold its annual conference January 5-7 in Philadelphia, PA. Contact: urpe.at.eea@urpe.org; http://urpe.org. TORTURE/GUANTANAMO – Witness Against Torture will return to Washington, DC, January 7–14 for the 2018 Fast for Justice, to offer public witness to close Guantanamo, end indefinite detention, Read more…

Michael T. Klare: Beyond Harvey and Irma

Until Trump moved into the White House, however, senior military officers in the Pentagon were speaking openly of the threats posed to American security by climate change and how that phenomenon might alter the very nature of their work.

Fran Quigley: Beating Big Pharma

There is enormous public support for drug pricing reform, with national polls showing that 77 percent of Americans consider drug prices to be unreasonable.

Noam Chomsky: Education and Economics

Take the very nature of corporations. They’re based on what’s called “limit liability,” meaning if you’re a partner in a corporation and the corporation carries out mass murder, the participants aren’t guilty of it. So corporate mass slaughter is a huge phenomenon

Pete Dolack: An Honest Conversation About Vietnam

More than four decades past the end of that imperialist adventure, having a serious discussion about it remains taboo.

Stephen Bergstein: Sexual Assault Victim Cannot Sue West Point

The facts of the case portray a misogynist environment at West Point, a Hudson Valley institution that trains future military officers

Jack Rasmus: The Trump-Goldman Sachs Tax Cut For The Rich

Trump has introduced his long-awaited tax cut, estimated between $2.0 to $2.4 trillion. Like so many other distortions of the truth, Trump claimed his plan would benefit the middle class, not the rich—the latest in a long litany of lies by this president. Contradicting Trump, the independent Tax Policy Center has estimated that in just Read more…

William Boardman: Flag Idolatry Is a Pathology That Crushes Real American Values

Mindless obedience has long been a goal of self-appointed patriots, wrapping themselves in the flag to defend indefensible domestic injustice or criminal wars (both of which we have more than our share these days). There is no meaning in the demand to “respect” any abstract symbol, much less one as drenched in horrifying contradiction as the American flag

Robert Koehler: The Violence Comes Home Again

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, as in the wake of all the high-profile mass shootings that preceded it, the big question looms: Why?

David Bacon: Don’t Punish the Dreamers

The “dreamers,” young recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, more than anyone are the true children of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) —they have paid the price for the agreement. Yet they are the ones punished by the administration of President Trump

Tom H. Hastings: Catalonia to Cascadia

Since last November many of us in many places in the U.S. have heightened dreams of secession, of new nation-states, new sovereignty.

Eleanor Finley: The Municipal Movements

Beneath highly visible mobilizations, grassroots and municipal forms of opposition to Trump are also taking shape. Under the banner of “sanctuary cities,” community-based organizations, faith groups, legal advocates, workers’ centers and engaged citizens have been setting up crisis networks to support immigrant families

Brandon Jordan: Hold The Line

Hundreds of residents gathered in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul for a rally to “Hold the Line” against a pipeline project called Line 3.

V.K. Ramachandran: The Tripura model

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tripura embarked on a unique path to peace, one that was not dependent solely on security measures but involved investment in human development

Lucas Koerner: Caracas Mayor’s Race

Chavista Candidates Challenge PSUV to Democratize Revolution

CJ Polychroniou: What will become of the EU?

Brexit and Catalonia are the most glaring recent examples of the irrepressibly dynamic forces of nationalism that continue to exert powerful influence

Jérôme Duval: Haiti: From trafficking to debt

This Caribbean country is not in debt, it is a creditor. It is France which owes it money

Norman Solomon: The Struggle in the Democratic Party

There’s a lot of foundation building that can and should be done, is being done in local races around the country

Yael Bromberg: Punishing Dissent

Defendants are facing over 60 years in prison

Docs Not Cops: Defending migrants’ access to NHS

Racist policies rely on economic arguments to justify decisions, pretending that they aren’t ideological, but simply economic common sense

Louis Mendee: Climate change driving suicides

The real human costs of climate change for the global south

Dave Kamper: Iowans Stick to the Union

Iowa’s Republican legislative majorities assumed that an aggressive anti-union law would persuade public employees to abandon their unions. Instead they created a backlash

Robert Fisk: Saad Hariri accepts exile

It’s worth remembering how much Saad Hariri liked – and quite probably still does like – Saudi Arabia

Michael Albert: Front Matter for the Future

Front Matter of the book RPS/2044

Steve Horn: Charging Anti-Pipeline Activists With Terrorism

The American Petroleum Institute has crafted a letter, signed by 84 members of Congress, suggesting that anti-pipeline activists should be charged with domestic terrorism

Frank Barat: No TAV

Feeding the fire of resistance in northern Italy

Marjorie Cohn: War Crimes Investigation?

In what Amnesty International’s Solomon Sacco called a “seminal moment for the ICC,” Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court for authorization to commence an investigation that would focus on US military and CIA leaders

Vijay Prashad: The Tantrum Felt Around the World

It is remarkable how a nation of 33 million has so easily been taken hostage by the whims of its Crown Prince

Immanuel Wallerstein: The Unexpected Democratic Sweep

The U.S. Elections 2017

Dean Baker: Trump Picks Crony to Audit His Taxes

The End of the Rule of Law in the United States

Mathew Lawrence: Overhauling economy for the 2020s

Explaining the challenges our economy will face in the coming decade

Miguel de la Torre: The death of Christianity in the U.S.

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered Read more…

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