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Jeremy Brecher: Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor

As United States Energy Transfers Partners began building the Dakota Access Pipeline through territory sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the tribe began an escalating campaign against the pipeline. By this summer nearly 200 tribes around the country had passed resolutions opposing the pipeline and many hundreds of their members joined nonviolent direct action Read more…

Marjorie Cohn: President Obama: ‘Patron’ of the Israeli Occupation

Obama has chosen to serve as “patron of the occupation”

Richard Falk: The Enigma that was Shimon Peres

Peres never even wanted to reach a sustainable peace agreement with the Palestinians, but he fooled many people, including the committee in Oslo that selects the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Henry A. Giroux: Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance

As we learned in the recent debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton (a billionaire and millionaire), ignorance is the DNA of authoritarianism, serving to subvert the truth and obscure the workings of power

Emily Williams: Making Violence Visible: From #BlackLivesMatter to #StoptheBleeding Africa

We must confront the legacy of centuries of systemic injustice and end society’s denial that this past still shapes the present

Dean Baker: Post-Debate, NYT Scores Points on Trade–Not So Much on Accuracy

When the issue is trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Times throws out its usual journalistic standards to push its pro–trade deal agenda

Kali Holloway: The One Psychological Characteristic That Online Trolls Tend to Share

Science points to a certain vile tendency

Vijay Prashad: In a Hall of Mirrors

The haste to drop ballots into the boxes on election day should not be mistaken for enthusiasm; it is a sign of frustration

Rebecca McCray: Prison Guards in Alabama Join Inmates on Strike

While prisoners refuse to perform their jobs, some guards are not showing up to work

James Rose: Politics in the Echo Chamber: How Trump Becomes President

The truth is that Trump has gamed and framed the media and the lesson for all of us is to understand how that has been done and what does that mean

Vijay Prashad: A 50-Year Civil War That Killed Over 250,000 and Devastated Colombia Has Finally Reached a Peace Agreement

The question is, will the peace agreement last past the upcoming election

Robert J. Burrowes: Gandhi: ‘My life is my message’

Each of us has a choice. We can stand aside in the great fight for survival in which humanity is now engaged. Or we can be involved. What is your choice?

Nomi Prins: Madoff in the White House?

How Trump’s Conflicts of Interest Could Become Ours

Lee Sustar: Ready to strike for Chicago’s schools

A report on the looming showdown pitting the Chicago Teachers Union against City Hall–and how the teachers’ fight is tied to a wider struggle for justice

Robert Fisk: Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

Peres said the massacre came as a ‘bitter surprise’. It was a lie: the UN had repeatedly told Israel the camp was packed with refugees

Bill Meyer: I Am Not Your Negro

“I hope this film will help rephrase what is called the race conversation, which deep down is a class conversation”

Rev. William E. Alberts: Trump’s Road Rage to the White House

A grave threat to America’s security is the deep-seated anger of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  His road rage personality erupted at a Florida campaign stop, where, in “an off-script aside,” he was quoted: “‘With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they Read more…

Chris Brooks: Business-Backed ‘Anti-Union Union’ Falters at Volkswagen

Tennessee’s infamous anti-union union is fading away for lack of members. Will Volkswagen’s rationale for keeping out a real union crumble with it?

Juan Cole: How the JASTA override on Saudi could Bite Americans in the Ass

The US benefits from having the world’s reserve currency, but those at risk of being sued may well not only take their money out of the US but denominate it in Euros or Renminbi.

Richard Seymour: Can Corbyn survive the coup?

A vote by the members of Britain’s Labour Party, due to end later this week, will decide if left-winger Jeremy Corbyn remains leader of the party. Corbyn, a veteran of many union and social struggles and a member of parliament (MP) for more than three decades, stunned the whole British political establishment when he ran Read more…

George Monbiot: No fracking, drilling or digging: it’s the only way to save life on Earth

It’s a simple choice: stop all fossil fuel prospecting, or break the Paris agreement on climate change

Joseph Daher: Syria – Calling for an End to the Interventions is Not Nearly Enough

The end of the war is an absolute humanitarian and political necessity

Jérôme Duval: Doing without advice from Deloitte?

Nicknamed the “Big Four” Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and Price Water House Coopers (PwC) are the big four audit firms that operate in concert as an inescapable cartel in the world of multinationals and global finance. At first they were the “Big 8”, all dominated by the United States, which became Read more…

Sibylla Brodzinsky: Colombia Peace Deal Resounds in Farc’s Heartland

Like many people of this town and across Colombia who have suffered the war, it is hard for Segura to believe peace is possible. But he’s willing to try

Hilary Wainwright: The new politics isn’t just protest – it’s about change from the ground up

This is about creating lasting solutions that both prefigure and prepare for an end to austerity politics,

David Swanson: How We Could End the Permanent War State

I think it is terribly important to have the endpoint of a national campaign spelled out clearly and in enough detail to give it credibility

Adam Parsons: Standing in solidarity for a humanity without borders

The true burden of responsibility lies ever more heavily on the shoulders of ordinary people of goodwill

Binoy Kampmark: Re-electing Jeremy Corbyn: The Triumph Of Momentum

British Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn continues to survive the meteorites, and more nuanced weapons, directed at him

Patrick Cockburn: Saudi Arabia is showing signs of financial strain as its relationship with the US sours

Workers in the Saudi desert are not only no longer receiving wages, supplies of food and electricity have also been cut

Chuck Collins: Hillary Clinton Channels Her Inner Teddy Roosevelt

Clinton’s announcement to expand the federal estate tax on the wealthy is a bold step towards addressing today’s skyrocketing inequality.

Ben Morken: South Africa: Rising anger as mass student protests return

On Tuesday, September 20, mass student protests erupted across the country after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities can raise tuition fees by up to 8% next year

Thomas Geoghegan: 3 Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton That Have Nothing To Do with Hillary Clinton

By closing your eyes to the loss of a million little acts of mercy, are you not taking a morally dubious means to an even more politically dubious end?

Juan Cole: The Non Debate, Debate

There was no debate as the word is usually understood, where the two take turns setting out policy positions.

Nick Turse: America’s Winless Wars

Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A. After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloined) maxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”?

Stephen R. Shalom: Some Left Arguments on the Election

Several left arguments on the U.S. election frankly leave me baffled.

Noam Chomsky: Global Warming

If current tendencies persist, the outcome will be disastrous before too long. Large parts of the world will become barely habitable affecting hundreds of millions of people, along with other disasters that we can barely contemplate.

Eric Draitser: Life After the USSR

The reality of life in post-Soviet Eastern Europe is not at all what was promised.

Paul Buhle: Snowden

Oliver Stone’s film, with its underplayed, historically precise script and careful acting, makes its points through the adventures of two ostensibly ordinary Americans, a conservative-leaning geek and his progressive-inclined girlfriend. It is The System itself that supplies the heavies, because not even loyal Pentagon, CIA and State Department servants seem to be acting very much Read more…

Binoy Kampmark: Punishing the Punished

It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material.

Rebecca Gordon: Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

It’s hard to fathom even the basics of the American urge to lock people away in vast numbers.

David Swanson: Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families…

Henry A. Giroux: Politics as Pathology

The warfare state is built not only on the militarization of the economy but also on what my colleague Brad Evans calls “armed ignorance.” … symptomatic of an educational and spiritual crisis in the United States.

Jeremy Brecher: Jobs, Justice, & Clean-Energy

The Clean Energy Future will provide many new jobs for each that is lost. There will, however, be fewer jobs in coal, oil, and gas extraction and burning and in nuclear energy.

Jim Naureckas: Cherry Picking Trade Polls

Manipulating Polls to show what you want – the NY Times …

Juan Cole: The Last Time…

The last time summer was this hot humans hadn’t left Africa…

Walden Bello: How Middle-Class Chileans Contributed to the Overthrow of Salvador Allende

American intervention was one factor leading to the Chilean coup—but unrest on the part of middle-class Chileans was another

Arun Gupta: The Left Underestimates the Danger of Trump

In reality, all the recent organizing gains will whither as the left is forced to wage losing defensive struggles against violent white nationalists

Mark Weisbrot: Is Human Rights Watch Too Closely Aligned With U.S. Foreign Policy?

It is vitally important that human-rights organizations stick to their avowed principles and defend human rights without regard to the objectives of US foreign policy

William Barber: Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting, It Belongs to the Public

Understand, the public owns these videos. This is taxpayer money. It is wrong-headed. It is not the kind of openness that we need

Jon Queally: As Tribes Fight Pipeline, Internal AFL-CIO Letter Exposes ‘Very Real Split’

Leaked letter circulated within nation’s largest labor federation illustrates troubling disconnect when what working people deserve and what climate science compels are actually the same thing

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