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Richard Falk: Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism

[Prefatory Note: I am posting on my blog a short article just published in a very good journal devoted to terrorism, Perspectives of Terrorism. It was originally presented at a conference in Washington, DC, and later revised. As always, civil comments welcome.]     Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism Abstract The introduction of this Read more…

Joris Leverink: Fabricating illusions of people power in post-coup Turkey

Nationalist sentiment, mass rallies and divisive politics have dangerously polarized Turkish society in the weeks since the failed coup attempt

Elias Ioakimoglou: Greece Was the Prologue

Austerity experiments in Greece set the stage for a radical restructuring of Europe by elites

Jack Rasmus: Bernie Sanders ‘OR’ Revolution: A Statement or a Question?

Supporters of Bernie Sanders’ presidential election campaign launched on Wednesday what it declared to be the next phase in the progressive political movement in the United States

David Swanson: Fredric Jameson’s War Machine

The way to a progressive economic future in which the rich are taxed and the poor can prosper can only come through redirecting the unfathomable funds that are being dumped into war preparations

Yves Engler: Jewish groups’ reckless accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ sets us down a dangerous path

The primary public use of “anti-Semitism” today is to denigrate those defending a people facing the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism

Norman Solomon: Sanders Launch of ‘Our Revolution’ a Step Forward and a Step Backwards

The overall structure and objectives of ‘Our Revolution’ are encouraging, but Sanders retreated from positions he took towards the end of his presidential campaign by not addressing U.S. foreign policy and wars

Marjorie Cohn: Death to the Death Penalty in California

The United States has no uniform law on the death penalty. Each state is free to choose whether or not to execute people. Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty

Medea Benjamin: U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood

Saudi Arabia is using billions in U.S. aid to fund their onslaught of innocent civilians in Yemen, but it’s not too late for Congress to stop this madness

Vijay Prashad: Turkey’s Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds

As the United States backs a Turkish military incursion into Syria targeting ISIS-held areas along the border, Turkey says it’s also concerned about Syrian Kurdish militias at the border who are backed by the United States

Digby: American white nationalism isn’t isolationist

Trump’s nationalism is absolutely about ethno-purity

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation?

As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the tactic of Clinton-loyal journalists is to highlight the charitable work done by the foundation, and then insinuate — or even outright state — that anyone raising these questions is opposed to its charity. James Carville announced that those who criticize the Read more…

Alice Speri: “Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits

In the summer months, 84 inmates at the Price Daniel Unit, a medium-security prison four hours west of Dallas, share a 10-gallon cooler of water that’s kept locked in a common area. An inmate there can expect to receive one 8 oz. cup every four hours, according to Benny Hernandez, a man serving a 10-year Read more…

Robert Fisk: The predictions have come to pass: Turkey is now in Syria and this is what it means for the Middle East

The Turks don’t want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds

Dan DiMaggio: Labor Goes to Summer School

One hundred fifty labor activists from the Mountain States gathered in Reno in July for a week of courses on labor law, labor history, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, internal organizing, and more. The yearly Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School, founded in 1957, is the last surviving of five regional schools established by the Read more…

Michael Albert: “Our Revolution”: Potential Promise and Possible Problems

I am convinced if it develops positively “Our Revolution” can in those ways continue the momentum of the Sanders campaign fulfilling a very worthy aim

Larry Cohen: “Our Revolution”? Bernie Sanders Launches New Organization, But Key Staffers Quit in Protest

Interview on reports of political turmoil within Bernie Sanders’s team

Brian Terrell: What Makes a Hate Group?

The actions of the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department show a disturbing pattern that is reminiscent of the chilling effects of McCarthyism in the 1950s and the COINTELPRO activities of the FBI in the 1960s

Jill Stein: “The Spoiler” Speaks

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on her campaign and building an alternative to the two corporate parties

Vijay Prashad: Ankara’s climbdown on Assad

Turkey warms up to Russia and Iran in a bid to exit before a total rout of its proxies in Syria

Yusef Quadura: Barcelona’s Wide Front

Barcelona en Comú has channeled the city’s militant social movements to mount a successful electoral project

George Lakoff: Pay Close Attention—Trump Means Exactly What He Says

Trump is swaying millions with his calculated rhetoric

Mark Weisbrot: Obama’s TPP campaign could drag down Democrats

One of the main purposes of the TPP is to bind the United States to a set of rules that our political leaders would have difficulty putting into law in the U.S.

Robert Fisk: Iraq’s hangmen are back and this time they’re becoming more efficient

Sunnis have been the principal victims of the largely Shia hangmen now carrying out the ‘democratically elected’ Iraqi government’s executions

Steven Rosenfeld: Sanders Launches ‘Our Revolution,’ Dedicated to a Progressive Agenda and Better Democratic Party

Reminds supporters of all they accomplished and work ahead

Norman Solomon: The Debut of Our Revolution: Great Potential. But.

If Bernie and Our Revolution continue to evade the present-day realities of “the madness of militarism,” their political agenda will be significantly more limited than what our revolution requires for a truly progressive future

Robin D.G. Kelley: What Does Black Lives Matter Want?

To see how “A Vision for Black Lives” is also a vision for the country as a whole requires imagination. But it also requires seeing black people as fully human

Ann Jones: How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

Making America Pain-Free for Plutocrats and Big Pharma, But Not Vets

Vijay Prashad: There’s Only One Way for the Catastrophes in Syria to End, and It’s Not Through Violence

Ross and the warfare liberals ignore the ugliness on the ground. For them, Syria is a chessboard

Ramzy Baroud: Punishing the Messenger: Israel’s War on NGOs Takes a Worrying Turn

With little or no accountability, Israel will continue with its fight targeting NGOs, threatening activists and restricting the work of anyone that dares to be critical

Andrea Mammone: “Go home!”: Being Foreign in Post-Brexit Britain

After studying the history of European far-right and nationalist politics for about a decade, I find that I am now living it

Richard Falk: Beyond Jewish Identity: Exceptionalism Revisited

Living part of each year in Turkey for more than twenty years has led my to think about the secular/religious divide that is very deep in Turkish society, and produces cleavages of understanding and polarizing enmities

Sarah Aziza: In historic victory, grad students at private universities win right to unionize

“There are tens of thousands of workers at private universities across the United States that will reap the benefits of unionization”

Ashley Smith: Vermont’s Cautionary Tale

The Vermont Progressive Party must choose between challenging the two-party system and being absorbed by the Democrats

Bernie Sanders: Our Revolution Launch Event

Bernie Sanders Video Message To Supporters

Sonia Shah: Do the Olympics Actually Make the World Less Healthy?

If Zika does expand thanks to the Olympics, it won’t be the first pathogen to exploit a mass sporting event

Tim Wise: Trump, David Duke and the Bigotry That’s Risen From the Shadows

‘There Was a Market for White Resentment’

Todd Miller: No Need to Build The Donald’s Wall, It’s Built

Trump’s America Already Exists on the Border

Sam Gindin: Beyond Social Movement Unionism

Bringing together weak unions and weak social movements isn’t enough. We need a new kind of socialist party

Richard Falk: The Sky Above Turkey

[Prefatory Note: An earlier version was published by Middle East Eye on August 10, 2016. It seems so important at this time for the sake of the future of Turkey that the West look at the country and its political circumstances in a far more balanced way than how the situation has been portrayed since the Read more…

Allie Yee: Refugees stand up to anti-immigrant sentiment in the South

(This is the second of a two-part report about refugees and the 2016 election. To read part one, “Refugees become a flash point in elections across the South,” click here.) For Ahmed Osman, coming to the U.S. was like coming to a new world. Originally from Somalia where civil war has displaced hundreds of thousands Read more…

Harris Freeman: Temp Organizing Gets Big Boost from NLRB

Whether or not this ruling survives appeal, many organizers agree that, to beat corporate divide-and-conquer, unions will need to bring temps and direct employees together

Michael Albert: Dear Us and Dear Bernie

Albert and Bohmer on Our Revolution: Shouldn’t consistent Sanders supporters, progressives, and leftists of all kinds forego destructive recriminations and instead constructively pursue the political revolution Sanders has proposed all along?

Peter Olney: Our Revolution is just getting started

Now that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has ended with Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee, Bernie Sanders’ campaign for “political revolution” moves to its next phase. Everyone who supported Labor for Bernie is very proud of the of the unprecedented grassroots effort to rally rank-and-file members on his behalf. A network of tens Read more…

John Pilger: Provoking nuclear war by media

What is most remarkable about the war propaganda now in floodtide is its patent absurdity and familiarity

Dave Zirin: Now That the Games Are Over, the Real Olympic Drama Begins in Rio

The Olympics are over, but they have set the stage for a wider social conflict over the future of the city

Ramzy Baroud: The Obama Doctrine is Ravaging the Middle East

Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place. We must boldly address the first to unravel the enigma behind the rise Read more…

Jack Rasmus: Who Profited From the $440 Billion Greek Bailout? Not Greeks

Hundreds of billions of dollars in loans haven’t helped the Greek economy or its people

Andrew Cockburn: “This is Our War & It is Shameful”

Interview on the U.S. Role in the War in Yemen

Juan Cole: The Idea of Peace in the Qur’an

In contemporary debates on the roots of Muslim radicalism and the character of the religion, it is important to go back to the Muslim scripture or Qur’an (sometimes spelled Koran). Like the Bible, the Qur’an has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated. The Qur’an is believed Read more…

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