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Patrick Cockburn: Trump uniting Arab world against US

The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will make it easier for Tehran to call for all Muslims, Shia and Sunni, to stand together in defence of the Palestinians and the holy sites

Jonathan Rosenblum: Biggest $15 Win Yet

Mainstream politicians often claim that we have to elect progressives to office first, before workers can win big legislation. Ontario workers and students just proved otherwise

Ben Norton: Media Downplay Class Warfare

The fallacy of “neutral,” “both sides” journalism rings loud and clear in corporate media reporting on the Republican Party’s tax plan. The GOP bill, passed by the Senate in the early hours of December 2 and described by major media outlets as a “tax cut,” is in reality an explicit handout to large companies and Read more…

Charles R. Larson: The Decline of Reading for Pleasure

The vast majority of Americans who read nothing are trapped in the same dark room

John Zangas: What Resistance Looks Like

A free exhibit called “Protest Matters” was organized by a local anthropologist to showcase items used at protests and how they promote change for public benefit

Phyllis Bennis: Why Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Is Dangerous

Trump’s decision is deliberately provocative, reckless and a danger to our national security.

Robert Koehler: Rebuilding Jim Crow Nation

The values at stake here aren’t simply American, but human

Victor Grossman: Crisis In Germany?

Unless ways are found to reach large numbers of the worried and dissatisfied, the menaces facing Germany – and perhaps world neighbors, near and far, will hardly be dispelled

Badri Raina: Hadiya mustn’t be in the dock

It is time to say that India’s democracy will never be truly credible until the republic adopts a provision akin to the American First Amendment

Rachel Leah: How Weinstein Got Away With It

Unbelievable new details about the producer’s web of co-conspirators

Harvey Wasserman: Warring Visions of Puerto Rico’s Future

Will the islands become a cutting-edge green-powered solartopia for the benefit of their long-time residents or a fossil-fueled robber baron playground?

Rachel Boothroyd: UN Expert: No Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Independent UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas made the comments after visiting Venezuela in November to assess the country’s social and economic progress

Jim Hightower: Attack on Democracy and Free Speech

The great virtue of the internet is that no one controls its content

Patrick Cockburn: Jerusalem Explained

The city where three religions collide, and violence is never far away

Shaun King: When Progressives Don’t Compromise

When the preferred progressive candidate doesn’t win, progressives too often proceed to tear down the establishment candidate

Anne Vigna: Brazil’s Parallels With Trumpism

The hard right is running the country without being elected after Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment last year. It has surprising support among the new lower-middle class

Michael Albert: The First Convention

Chapter six from RPS/2044

Joseph Essertier: Hot Asian Babes and Nuclear War in East Asia

The sheer scale of awfulness today is bringing the truth of war and sexual violence out into the open where it is finally being confronted head on

Daniel Ellsberg: Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation

As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers—Daniel Ellsberg

Aaron Schneider: Honduras in Flames

The chaos surrounding last week’s presidential elections in Honduras reflects a rightwing consolidation of power in the country, abetted by the United States

Todd Miller: The Era of Walls

Greeting Climate-Change Victims With a Man-Made Dystopia

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim: Mexico’s Death Projects

Local Activists Denounce Mining and Dam Boom in Puebla

Stephen Zunes: Reckless Action in Jerusalem

No other government in the world formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or has its embassy there, instead basing their diplomatic offices in Tel Aviv

Ilana Novick: Activists Vow to Fight Enforcement of Muslim Ban

Appeals to the ban drag on while families live in fear

Adil E. Shamoo: Starvation and Cholera in Yemen

War is taking Yemen back to the dark ages, with U.S. assistance

Sarah Kinosian: Honduras: post-election chaos deepens

Police refuse to obey government

Nick Roll: Arrests, Anger, Anxiety for Grad Students

Key area of concern is House plan to tax tuition waivers, which some have said would make it impossible for them to afford to stay in their programs

Taylan Dogan: Academics for Peace are on Trial in Turkey

The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor has indicted academics in Turkey on terrorism charges for signing a declaration. The academics are being charged with “propagating propaganda for a terrorist organization” and are facing 7.5 years of imprisonment. The declaration, known as “Academics for Peace Declaration”, was a reaction toward the violent and repressive measures taken by the Read more…

Jack Rasmus: Deficits and the US Debt

With the Senate and House all but assured to pass the US$4.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses, investors, phases two and three of the Trump-Republican fiscal strategy have begun quickly to take shape

Ramzy Baroud: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About

By stripping the Rohingya from any name affiliation that makes them a unique collective, it becomes possible, then, to deny them their rights, to dehumanize them

Juan Cole: Another way Trump will get us Killed

The White House says that the US is preparing to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize that city as Israel’s capital instead of Tel Aviv

Conn Hallinan: Rolling Snake Eyes in the Indo-Pacific

The exercise elevates the possibility of a confrontation between China, the U.S. and India, but also between India and Pakistan

Amanda Marcotte: A major threat to civil rights

If Masterpiece Cakeshop wins its Supreme Court showdown, businesses will have a broad right to discriminate

Morgan Humphrey: Harassment of Black Lives Matter Just Business as Usual

US law enforcement does an especially good job of quelling the dissidence of oppressed peoples, no matter how peaceful the leader

Jefferson Morley: Trump’s Private CIA

Oliver North and the recurring presidential dream of running secret operations “off the books”

Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society

Creating a “Hereditary Aristocracy” for the rich

Basav Sen: The U.S. Is a Climate Rogue State

It’s time for the world to consider sanctioning the U.S. and companies who benefit from its efforts to undermine climate action

Laura Finley: A Cultural Shift on Gender-based Violence

It is my hope that the increased conversation about these issues is indeed a cultural tipping point. Enough is enough

David Swanson: How I Became a Peace Activist

I work for peace because we sometimes win and sometimes lose but have a responsibility to try, try, try, and because trying is far more enjoyable and fulfilling than anything else

John Feffer: What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe?

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism

Henry A. Giroux: Gangster capitalism and nostalgic authoritarianism

Facing the challenge of fascism will not be easy, but Americans are marching, protesting and organizing in record-breaking numbers

Jonathan Cook: Netanyahu alliance with Christian evangelicals

The Netanyahu government, it seems, prefers as allies Christian evangelicals and the US alt-right, which loves Israel as much as it appears to despise Jews

Miranda S. Spivack: When ICE strikes

Volunteers hope to be there to help immigrants

Benjamin J. Cohen: Tax bill’s attack on higher education

In its essence, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act embodies a contemptuous disregard for intellectualism and expertise that over time can only erode the quality of the U.S. work force

Stuart McIntyre: Six Months in the “Resistance”

Many of these group leaders are eagerly looking for meaningful campaigns that are proactive, long-term and can be used to engage their membership

Jay Walljasper: Bicycling Will Continue to Soar in Popularity

The future of mobility is bigger than cars

Michael Albert: Reacting to Trump

This is chapter five of the book RPS/2044: An Oral History of the next American Revolution.

Margaret Flowers: FCC & Net Neutrality

The work to protect the Internet does not end if the FCC votes for Pai’s plan. Groups are already organizing challenges in the courts and talking to members of Congress about a legislative solution

Erin L. Thompson: The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open

What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs

Victoria Law: Stories of Sexual Violence & Survivors Behind Bars

Black women behind bars are rendered invisible, and their experiences of violence remain either ignored or blatantly disbelieved

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