Category: History

Scott Remer: Fighting for Utopia in Tough Times

Miracles in history might give us hope

Shepherd Bliss: Japanese American Internment Remembered, As Trump Rounds Up Immigrants

The internment was based on racist fears and lies, which the new president continues to propagate

David Swanson: Understanding Robert E. Lee Supporters

A statue that symbolizes racism and war to a great many of us has an enormously negative value

Kali Holloway: Time Is Already Running Out on Our Democracy

Americans must dispense with wishful thinking about institutions helping to curb Trump’s power

Kathy Roberts Forde: Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

The U.S. criminal justice system is riven by racial disparity. The Obama administration pursued a plan to reform it. An entire news organization, The Marshall Project, was launched in late 2014 to cover it. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and The Sentencing Project are dedicated to unmaking a system that unjustly targets people of color. Read more…

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

When the alternative collapsed and was no longer a threat, capitalism ceased to fear its enemies and returned to its predatory, wealth-concentrating madness

Bill Fletcher: The Phenomenon of Right-Wing Populism

Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in Read more…

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

Ama Biney: What Should Reparations for Slavery Entail?

It is essential for Africans and the world to know that Africans had a rich and complex history prior to the holocaust of the trans-Atlantic slave trade

Robert Fisk: We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others

Today, you can not only deny history – the Armenian and Jewish Holocausts, Anne Frank’s diary, the gas chambers of Auschwitz – you can also tell fibs, big or small, about almost anything which annoys you

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