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Medea Benjamin: Our Future vs. Neoliberalism

In country after country around the world, people are rising up to challenge entrenched, failing neoliberal political and economic systems, with mixed but sometimes promising results

Nick Engelfried: Why activism needs to be part of any meaningful climate education

Simply teaching kids about the science of the climate crisis isn’t enough. To prevent feelings of disempowerment, they need to see how they can make a meaningful impact

William Minter: Indigenous Movements Are Key to the Fight Against Fossil Fuels

The Biden administration and other governments may make climate pledges. But often it’s indigenous-led movements who will see that they’re kept

Ramzy Baroud: Empty Gestures or Substantive Change?

On the Nobel Prize in Literature and Its Discontents

Sonali Kolhatkar: Advocates for Haitian Asylum Seekers Call for Humane Treatment

“Why are some human beings more deserving of rights than other human beings?”

Chris Walker: Students in GA Protested Against Racism. Only the Black Pupils Were Punished

Black students only make up 33 percent of the student population — but the report found they accounted for 52 percent of all disciplinary actions taken by school administrators in the county

Patrick Parenteau: FEMA Ignores Puerto Rico’s Chance to Build a Clean Energy Grid

FEMA plans to spend $9.4 billion on fossil fuel infrastructure instead

Ethan Paul: Why Doesn’t Congress Oppose Biden’s “New Cold War”?

There has been almost no “meaningful dissent among Democrats” in Congress about “the need to make sure that we don’t let this beast run out of control.”

Kenny Stancil: Manchin Sparks Fury With Demands for Work Requirement

“Who besides a cartoon villain would ever think this is a good idea?”

David J. Elpern: Dermatology’s Academic Medical-Industrial Complex

Another Marker of a Wider Problem

William rivers Pitt: It’s Joe Manchin vs. the World, and Manchin Is Winning

For the time being and the foreseeable future, Manchin and his corporate sponsors hold the top cards. Unless something spectacular happens, there are no good ways out of this. The Joker was right: Everything burns

Hamilton Nolan: The Strike Wave Is a Big Flashing Sign That We Need More New Union Organizing

If you want more strikes, make more union members

Patrick Cockburn: The west can’t engage China on the climate while also demonizing them

Despite all the apocalyptic predictions of climate catastrophe, the moment when these countries really believe that they face an existential threat has yet to arrive

La Via Campesina: Food Sovereignty, a Manifesto for the Future of Our Planet

Food Sovereignty offers a manifesto for the future, a feminist vision that embraces diversity

Brett Wilkins: ‘Half-Measures Are No Longer Enough’

“The United States can restore its position as a global leader in conservation and prevent many of these extinctions, but it must take swift action that matches the extent and scale of the problem.”

Richard Falk: On Denigrating the Humanities

Self-satisfied economists and software engineers can collect Nobel Prizes and earn lofty salaries for their day jobs, superciliously denigrating humanists from the comfort of their deck chairs on the final cruise of the restored Titanic

Paul Edwards: Good Americans

What real difference is there between “USA, we’re Number One!” and “Deutschland Uber Alles”?

Ray Levy Uyeda: Is the ‘Defund the Police’ Movement Working?

Some cities are restoring police budgets that had been cut in response to last year’s uprisings, but that doesn’t mean the ‘defund the police’ movement hasn’t fueled innovation across the U.S.

Peter Maass: Colin Powell Was a Nice Man Who Helped Destroy Iraq

As secretary of state in 2003, Powell lied at the United Nations about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction

Jonathan Cook: After Corbyn, Israel lobby turns its guns on UK academia

The Jewish Chronicle warns that the dismissal of Prof David Miller is ‘just the beginning’

Daniel Ellsberg: To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles—Eliminate Them

Land-based nuclear weapons are world-ending accident waiting to happen, and completely superfluous to a reliable deterrent

Sam Pizzigati: A Smiling Sayonara from Private Equity’s Pioneers

After 45 years, the long-time head honchos of havoc at KKR are hanging up their spurs

Ken Livingstone: Bolivia shows us what is possible

Bolivia’s rapid social progress under a left-wing government and ability to suffer a right-wing coup then overcome it through mass mobilisation is a source of hope and optimism for the international left

Nathan Bernard: Bates College Admin Censors Student Reporters Covering Staff Unionization

A college administrator pressured the campus paper to take down a pro-union article and revise it to feature management-friendly talking points

Ryan Hamby: Teamster Insurgents Could Win Their Union Election

They’re planning for what comes after

Ron Jacobs: The American Way—2021

The concept we understood to be the USA is unraveling in a manner many might never have considered

Toni Gilpin: Toni Gilpin on Her New Book, The Long Deep Grudge

wanted to explore the contours of class war from both sides of the battle lines

Johannah-Rae Reyes: Building towards climate resilience in the Caribbean

The climate crisis is posing an existential threat to the Caribbean — labor unions have a crucial role to play in preventing and preparing for impending disasters

Ted Glick: No Line 3! No New Fossil Fuel Projects! Climate Emergency!

There ain’t no power like the power of the people when organized peoples, joining together, don’t stop

Sonali Kolhatkar: Why Record Numbers of Workers Are Quitting and Striking

Taken together with a sharp increase in union strikes, the mass resignations of individuals indicate a deep worker dissatisfaction across the nation.

Jake Johnson: Doctors Without Borders Slams US for Hoarding 500 Million Vaccine Doses

“The U.S. must immediately make public and concrete commitments to redistribute excess Covid-19 vaccines globally if it truly wants to end this pandemic.”

Hamilton Nolan: Dollar General Workers Stare Down Historic Union Vote

With little national attention, a Connecticut Dollar General store could soon help unions crack a vital low-wage industry

Badri Raina: Unfortunately for Modi and Shah, the Congress Simply Does Not Go Away

But to mount a credible opposition, the Congress Working Committee must resolve to hold internal elections for the party’s leadership based on a contest between policy planks

John Feffer: The Embarrassment of Riches

The wealthy rob governments of at least $200 billion a year in lost tax revenues. It’s time to force them to pay up

Juan Cole: Is Sec. of State Antony Blinken as bad as Mike Pompeo?

Silent on Israeli theft of Palestinian Land, Promoting Phony Abraham Accords

Larry Hamm: “Long March for Justice”

An update from New Jersey, where the People’s Organization for Progress is leading a 67-mile march to demand the state Legislature pass legislation to hold police accountable

Robert Reich: The Real Reason the Economy Might Collapse

The wealthy now own more of the economy than at any time since the 1920s. Meanwhile, millions in this country are barely scraping by

Jonah Furman: The John Deere Strike Shows the Tight Labor Market Is Ready to Pop

The end of the national mobilization around Covid-19 is releasing built-up pressures in workplaces nationwide

David Rovics: Tigard, Oregon: Ground Zero in the Fight for Affordable Housing

I think the course of the next few months will demonstrate that the aid available continues not to meet the growing need, and to truly address the housing crisis, we need laws to control the housing market

Medea Benjamin: How Feminists Can Support Afghan Women Living Under the Taliban

When the United States pulled out of Afghanistan, it froze billions of dollars in Afghan assets, grinding many of the country’s most essential operations to a halt and spreading misery. The US government must release those funds

Noam Chomsky: Ireland has robbed poor working people of tens of trillions of dollars

Interview on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the morality of Ireland’s tax regime and whether the human race can avoid the twin catastrophes of global warming and nuclear war

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II: America is now at the “most critical time, between life and death”

Founder of Poor People’s Movement says focusing so much on Trump and racism was a mistake — but “the fight is on”

Siqiñiq Maupin: “People vs. Fossil Fuels”

Over 530 Arrested in Historic Indigenous-Led Climate Protests in D.C.

Thom Hartmann: Wall Street’s Barons are Causing Homelessness: Can We Stop Them?

We’re seeing tent cities & massive homelessness in cities across America because a handful of Wall Street billionaires want to make a killing: Will America remove housing from their clutches?

Julia Conley: ‘Striketober’ in Full Swing as Nearly 100,000 Workers Authorize Work Stoppages

“You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions”

Dean Baker: The Preventable Horrors of the Pandemic and the Short Case for Open Research

By allowing the pandemic to spread largely unchecked in the developing world, we gave it the opportunity to mutate into more vaccine-resistant forms that will continue to reverberate in the months and years to come

Sharon Zhang: 10,000 John Deere Workers Walk Off Job as Strike Wave Sweeps US

Between John Deere, Kellogg’s, Kaiser Permanente and film and television workers, over 100,000 workers are striking or have threatened strikes in recent weeks

Bernie Sanders: Biden’s $3.5T plan to help working families depends on Democratic unity

It is no great surprise that not a single Republican in Congress supports this bill

Mel Buer: Cereal plant workers fight to raise the floor for all employees as sales soar

Workers at cereal giant Kellogg’s regularly pull 12-16-hour shifts seven days a week

Badri Raina: Dusshera 2021

They burn the wicked one Who does not exist. Those that deserve extinction Are not on their list

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