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Norman Solomon: Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

In media and government, the journalists and officials who enable blacklisting are cravenly siding with conformity instead of democracy

Pratap Chatterjee: Publish, Punish, and Pardon

Nine Things Obama Could Do Before Leaving Office to Reveal the Nature of the National Security State

Marjorie Cohn: The Remarkable Legacy of Fidel Castro

History has absolved, and promises to continue to absolve, “El Comandante” Fidel Castro

John Feffer: Trump the Predictable

Without exception, Trump’s foreign policy picks are members of the far right: aggressive, Islamophobic, and contemptuous of diplomacy

Les Leopold: Will Trump’s PR Triumph At Carrier Mean The Democratic Party’s Demise?

No matter what our priority issue, we will need to devote time and resources to fight for universal programs that lift us all up

Kenneth Surin: Life and Politics in Appalachia

A lot of underprivileged people believed the conman—and so, at least for now, he is their man

Dave Archambault II: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II

Marjorie Cohn: Trump’s Secretary of Defense Presided Over Slaughter of Civilians in Fallujah

Mattis’ enthusiasm for battle may lead us into a war with Iran

Noam Chomsky: EU may fall apart due to failed neo-liberal policies

The surge in right-wing and anti-establishment sentiments as a result of failed neo-liberal policies in Europe is likely to lead to collapse of the EU

Nika Knight: Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Act as ‘Human Shields’ for Water Protectors

The “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” action has garnered widespread support, with the National Nurses United (NNU) union sending $50,000 to fund their expenses

Richard Falk: Turkish Realignment: Prospects amid Uncertainty

How this pragmatic repositioning of Turkey in relation to East and West, North and South, will finally crystallize remains highly uncertain

Eric Dirnbach: Real Power? Real Money?

A reflection on Participatory Budgeting in New York

David Rosen: The Return of HUAC?

Recently, right-wing radio host Michael Savage called for Trump to restore HUAC or a similar committee to focus on “hunting down subversives”

Lena Jackson: Being Undocumented in College Is Already Hard, and About to Get Harder

At age 13, Marco traveled with his grandmother, sister and uncle to Miami. Fleeing persecution in Guatemala, he traveled via Mexico to the US for a better life. Even without legal status, he prefers living here. Marco is now one of thousands of undocumented students attending college in the United States. Born in Mixco, a Read more…

Various Contributors: Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock

As Third Delegation of RN Volunteers Heads to North Dakota RNs Call to President Obama, Attorney Gen Lynch to Intervene National Nurses United today announced that it is donating $50,000 to support U.S. service veterans who are assembling this weekend as peaceful, unarmed defenders for the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Read more…

Jack Rasmus: Taming Trump: From Faux Left to Faux Right Populism

Like the Obama regime, the Trump regime will retreat to a neoliberal US elite regime. It will be a ‘Neoliberalism 2.0’

Janet Redman: Trump’s Energy Policy: More Shale Gas and a Return to Coal

We’ve seen the message from mayors from 30 different rural and urban cities, big and small cities, saying, “Trump, we need to work on climate”

Alex Jensen: The Great Deceleration

The food sovereignty movement turns on its head 500 years of colonialist food policy

Kali Holloway: Bernie Sanders Rips Trump for Smoke-and-Mirrors Carrier Deal: ‘Workers Should Be Very Nervous’

Saving just half the jobs while giving a huge corporate tax break is not going to help American workers

Four Arrows: The Loving Contagion of Courage: Veterans Standing for Standing Rock

At this point, 2,000 veterans from Veterans for Peace and Veterans Standing for Standing Rock have registered to take part in this operation

Juan Cole: Now that SecDef thinks Israeli Occupation is Apartheid, will the Lobby Blackballing Fail?

So can the sensible observers of the Middle East now be invited to dinner again and the Israel-Lobby blackballing of them be lifted?

Various Contributors: Clean energy and electric vehicles improving lives, killing fossils

The renewable energy revolution is now well underway, but many continue to underestimate just how fast and transformative it is going to be. Despite a conservative approach to energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has just announced that ‘we are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables’. A bold statement that Read more…

Tom Engelhardt: Was 11/8 a New 9/11?: The Election That Changed Everything and Could Prove History’s Deal-Breaker

What the Trump administration does to us in the years to come could prove a grim period to live through but a passing matter, at least when compared to the possible full-scale destabilization of life on Earth

Pete Dolack: A basic income is less than meets the eye

A basic income — the concept of everybody getting a regular check from the government regardless of circumstance — is one of those ideas that sound wonderful on the surface but proves to be much less so once we examine the details. An idea that seems to have gained more traction recently, a basic income is Read more…

Gar Alperovitz: Building a System-Changing Response to Trump and Trumpism at All Levels

As in the prehistory of all great eras of change, activists in that moment consciously worked to lay down the institutional foundations as well as the politics of a transformative new direction

George Monbiot: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

Donald Trump’s staff are drawn from an opaque network of corporate-funded thinktanks and fake grassroots campaigns

Richard Falk: Harmony with Nature: Toward an Earth Jurisprudence

[Prefatory Note: This post consists of my responses to four questions asked of 189 ‘experts’ around the world by a project of the UN Harmony with Nature Network, as assembled through the good offices of my friend, Barbara Baudot. To have access to the responses of others go to www.harmonywithnature.org. This corpus of work is Read more…

Cornel West: This is What Neo-Fascism Looks Like

Trump has already betrayed working people in terms of making sure, in his view, that Wall Street is in the driver’s seat

Robert Reich: Trump Ran as a Populist but Will Govern as an Oligarch

Trump is well on the way to having the wealthiest cabinet in memory

Dean Baker: Trump and Pence Put on a Show

Our trade negotiators weren’t suckers, as Trump seems to believe. They just weren’t working for the country’s blue-collar workers. We will have to see who they work for in a Trump administration

Alex Doherty: Book Review: Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

A review of Seymour’s analysis of the rise of Corbyn

Ray McGovern: Petraeus Redux?

Does Trump need more data than the continuing bedlam in Iraq and Afghanistan to understand that one can earn a Princeton PhD by writing erudite-sounding drivel about “counterinsurgency” and still flunk war?

Matt Taibbi: The ‘Washington Post’ ‘Blacklist’ Story Is Shameful and Disgusting

This is the ultimate in stupidity and self-annihilating behavior

Christopher Mele: Veterans Serve as Human Shields for Dakota Pipeline

As many as 2,000 veterans planned to gather next week at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to serve as “human shields”

Patrick Cockburn: Threats between Erdogan and the European Union ring hollow – they need each other

All sides are paying a price for letting the wars in Syria and Iraq go on for so long and doing so little to bring them to an end

Rachel Holmes: We let technology into our lives. And now it’s starting to control us

Internet giants are accessing vast amounts of personal data and using it to shape our behaviour. It’s reminiscent of East Germany under the Stasi

ACLU OK: The Heartbreaking Case of Tondalo Hall

Tondalo Hall was sent to prison for 30 years for failing to protect her children from child abuse while the abuser received two years in prison and eight years of probation with credit for time served

Alex Kotlowtiz: The Limits of Sanctuary Cities

Today’s sanctuary-cities movement shares the convictions of this campaign of the nineteen-eighties, but the means of resistance are quite different

Dick Nichols: Italian constitutional referendum: next win for ‘populism’?

“The mother of all wars”: that’s how, in the September issue of the left magazine Critica Marxista, constitutional law professor Claudio De Fiores described the campaign around Italy’s referendum on amending the country’s 1948 constitution. It was no exaggeration. As voting day (December 4) approaches, prominent Italian politicians opposed to the change are talking about Read more…

Angela Mayr: In Austria’s Rust Belt, Workers Swing Toward Right-Wing Populism

Many express disappointment with the E.U., immigrants, the government’s stalemate locked in an eternal grand coalition, the desire to change the system

Juan Cole: Why Russia and Regime want all of Aleppo before Trump is sworn in

For many hard line Republicans like Michael Pompeo (CIA) and Michael Flynn (NSA), Iran is the next war over the horizon, and al-Assad is seen as a strategic asset to Iran

Bob Wing: The System IS Rigged!—The Electoral College and the 2016 Election

The Electoral College is one of the most powerful legacies of slavery in the U.S.

Kate Shea Baird: America needs a network of rebel cities to stand up to Trump

With Trump in the White House and GOP majorities in the House and Senate, we must look to cities to protect civil liberties and build progressive alternatives from the bottom up

Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Victory & the Need to Rebuild the Democratic Party

In a Democracy Now! special, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday night in his most extensive broadcast interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. He began by speaking about Donald Trump’s election night victory and the need to rebuild the Democratic Read more…

Juan Cole: Is Jimmy Carter right that Obama should Recognize Palestine?

Carter is speaking out because a Trump policy on Israel-Palestine puts in doubt the legacy of his Camp David accords of 1978-79

Andrew J. Bacevich: Winning: Trump Loves to Do It, But American Generals Have Forgotten How

All signs indicate that, in one fashion or another, our combative next president will perpetuate the wars he’s inheriting

Fidel Castro: ‘Tomorrow is too late’ — When Fidel Castro urged urgent climate action at Rio in 1992

Use science to achieve sustainable development without pollution. Pay the ecological debt. Eradicate hunger and not humanity

Vijay Prashad: Fidel Castro – The Voice of the Third World

Fidel Castro was the mirror of Africa, Asia and Latin America’s aspirations

Janet Allon: Why Trump’s Nominee for Health Secretary, Tom Price, Is Completely Terrifying

Sen. Charles Schumer: “His appointment is akin to having the fox guard the henhouse.”

George Michael: The seeds of the alt-right, America’s emergent right-wing populist movement

Unlike old-school white nationalist movements, the alt-right has endeavored to create a self-sustaining counterculture

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