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Jonathan Cook: Israel & Europe’s ugly ethnic nationalisms

Israel preserved a tribal idea of citizenship that followers of Trump and Europe’s far-right now seek to emulate

Richard Falk: Support Gaza Freedom Flitilla: Swee Angand Mazin Qumsiyeh

Two statements about the al-Awda Freedom Flotilla en route to Gaza are contributions from two heroic figures in the long Palestinians struggle

Nolan Rampy: Vermont nurses go Red-For-Med

The main demands of the nurses are safe-staffing levels and competitive wages needed to recruit and retain a well-trained, competent staff

Alex Henderson: Why Are Poor Whites More Depressed and Pessimistic?

The message many poor whites are receiving is that if you’re poor, you’re a loser and a parasite

Celia Bottger: Puerto Ricans Are Imagining a Sustainable Future

Puerto Rican movements are rebuilding their island in a way that not only enhances climate resilience, but also reclaims their political power

Andrew Smith: The deadly dangers of the ‘special relationship’

The ties which bind the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the US are a toxic mix of militarism and free trade

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Open Veins of Nicaragua

Neoliberalism cannot survive except through authoritarianism and repression

Robert Lipsyte: Another Season of Despair

Or a Pigskin Blue Wave?

George Monbiot: Progressive Grassroots Movements Are Sweeping the U.K. & U.S.

“The Old Order Is Disappearing”

Conn Hallinan: Trump & The Big Bad Bugs

Trump’s disdain for international agencies and treaties, plus cuts in public health programs and a relaxation of regulations on the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry, could create a worldwide medical catastrophe

Jim Hightower: We’re Becoming Trapped Inside Trump’s Deranged Reality

The autocratic property owner is making us forget how bonkers this country has actually become

Mathew Lawrence: We need total media reform

We can either realise a world where technology serves the many, or settle for one in which data oligarchs rule unchecked

George Lakey: What the Parkland teens can teach Medicare for All campaigners

A man passes out in church. An ambulance is immediately summoned, and he’s taken to the nearest emergency room where he is treated and discharged. But the real stinger in this story is the $1,633 bill he receives for the seven-mile ride to the hospital. All this really happened. What’s more, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Read more…

Badri Raina: Minister and Bureaucrat

When minister garlands convict. Democracy is at its peak; When bureaucrat speaks the truth. The iron-frame has a leak.   Some media mention the minister. Most bash the bureaucrat; Loyal spokesperson thunders How the minister is a patriot.   The voices that would rectify The sickening perfidy Find the caged parrot chasing them To the Read more…

Kim Scipes: Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society

Engaging with this book will help each of us further think out what we want to see in the future

Wayne Au: Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform

Interview on Gates’ educational failure

David Schultz: You Don’t Have to Overrule Roe to Overrule Roe

Look to see the Supreme Court continue to acknowledge the validity of Roe as precedent while effectively overruling it with judicially minimal decisions

Mark Weisbrot: U.S. Strategy of Regime Change

Interview on Trump’s threats to invade Venezuela

Gregory Shupak: In Wake of AMLO Victory, US Media Fear Chavismo

According to the authors, keeping Mexico “open for business” for “foreign investors” should be a priority, a call for maintaining the economic status quo in a country where nearly half the population lives below the poverty line

Ryan Devereaux: A Guatemalan Family Faces Endless Obstacles

Struggling to Recover their 9-Year-Old Boy From U.S. Custody

Nora Barrows-friedman: South Carolina forces universities to violate free speech rights

South Carolina passed a law this week codifying a discredited definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Jewish bigotry. “The law will inevitably violate students’ First Amendment rights if enforced to restrict or punish campus speech critical of Israel,” Dima Khalidi, director of the civil rights group Palestine Legal, told The Read more…

Michael Albert: Socialism?!

What is new, complements of Bernie Sanders and the last five years‘ activism is that such people no longer avoid the label socialist

Helena Norberg-hodge: Localization: a strategic alternative to globalized authoritarianism

The movement for economic localization will require many facets of strategic change-making: the spread of awareness, dynamic political campaigning, enlightened grassroots action and international collaboration

Ramzy Baroud: Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

As long as Europe continues to operate with a skewed definition of the crisis, the crisis will continue to grow, leading to far dire consequences for all of those involved

Ariel Dorfman: Human Zoos in the Age of Trump

Humans as “Animals,” Then and Now

Victor Grossman: Chicken Games and Rotten Eggs in Germany

Germany’s politicians played the chicken game last week, testing which party, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union or its Bavarian “sister party”, Horst Seehofer’s Christian Social Union, would be the first to swerve

Richard Falk: Are the 13 Demands to Qatar a ‘Geopolitical Crime’?

[Prefatory Note: the following post is part of an ongoing project assessing the international relations and international law Gulf Crisis that was initiated by a coalition of four countries, issuing a set of 13 demands directed at the government of Qatar. Qatar rejected the demands as contrary to its sovereign rights and international law, and Read more…

Badri Raina: Neither Anarchy nor Absolutism – Let Us Have Democracy

Two recent life-giving judgements of the truly honourable Supreme Court of India – one pertaining to deaths by lynchings, and the other to the imbroglio about governance structures in the capital – deserve special attention

Dan Plesch: An Urgently Needed Summit Strategy

Here’s what Donald Trump should really be talking about with Vladimir Putin and NATO

Amy Davidson Sorkin: Why Donald Trump Nominated Brett Kavanaugh

Donald Trump walked into the East Room of the White House alone at just past 9 P.M., stretching the suspense surrounding his Supreme Court pick about as far as he could. It was Judge Brett Kavanaugh, of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, who, if confirmed, should in the years to Read more…

The Nation: Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security

An open letter by Gloria Steinem, Noam Chomsky, John Dean, Governor Bill Richardson, Walter Mosley, Valerie Plame, and others

Mehdi Hasan: Why Is Nancy Pelosi So Afraid of Socialism?

The modern, liberal, progressive America so cherished by Democratic Party elites might not exist today — were it not for socialists

David Swanson: They Went to Jail for Justice

C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection I’ve read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. It’s called Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison

Norman Solomon: Democratic Party Elites Feel the Grassroots Heat

Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists

Michael Corcoran: Kentucky Governor Retaliates Against Poor

“A lot of people claim Matt Bevin hates the poor, but I think it’s worse than that. I think he may just feel no emotion for them at all.”

Bruce Vail: “No More Racist Bosses”

Why Workers at a Suburban Target Store Are Protesting

Zoe Konstantopoulou: If you love Greece, help us get rid of Alexis Tsipras

The Greek prime minister and Syriza have betrayed their people and their principles. They have to go

Dorothy Guerrero: Free trade is toxic

Hostile trade wars and American protectionism will double down on the damage done by decades of US-driven global free trade policies

Daniel Gutman: The Voice of Argentina’s Slums, Under Threat

La Garganta Poderosa: Community-Managed Magazine is the Voice of Argentina’s Slums

Robert Fisk: Nato’s deadly bombing of civilians at Varvarin

The wait for justice continues

Steve Early: A Call Center Coup

Ex-Teamster Boots Riley Tackles Telemarketing And its Discontents

Laura Flanders: Jeff Sessions Sets Back The Clock

POTUS may bait him publicly via tweet, but in private, at the DOJ, Sessions is a man on a mission to roll back civil rights, and that’s just what he’s doing.

Jonathan Cook: By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War

Andrew Jacobs: U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution

The United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa: Democrats ignore the left at their peril

Midwesterners aren’t scared of socialism — they’re hungry for it

Lawrence Wittner: Has Democratic Socialism a Future in American Politics?

Democratic socialist activity within the Democratic Party helped produce the kind of progressive politics and public policy that delivered significant economic and social gains to most Americans in the past. And it might well do so again today

Marjorie Cohn: Indefinite Detention of Migrants Violates International Law

Pursuant to its “zero-tolerance” policy, the Trump administration separated some 2,300 migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border since May 5, 2018. Widespread international condemnation ensued. On June 26, a federal judge in San Diego orderedthe government to reunite the families and established a timetable for reunification. On June 29, the Department of Justice Read more…

Steve Ellner: López Obrador’s Moment

It took Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) 12 years to become president-elect of Mexico, making history for Mexico’s Left as his party’s coalition also achieves a legislative majority. But the struggle has only just begun

David Swanson: Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State

Nonviolent activist organizing succeeds when it is open and public and grows large. Secrecy has always been a danger to organizing, and technology doesn’t change that

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