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Gilbert Achcar: Standing Against Barbarism

Both the Syrian regime and the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen aim to bury the aspirations of the Arab Spring

Minkah Makalani: The Many Costs of Campus Carry

We chose our profession believing that, while we might encounter resistance to new ideas, we could safely push our students to think more deeply about their inherited beliefs and assumptions

Nick Turse: The Worst Place on Earth

Death and Life in the Lost Town of Leer

David Swanson: Rigged

The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn’t rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others was good for their ratings. The CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves said of this decision: Read more…

Glenn Greenwald: Is Disclosure of Podesta’s Emails a Step Too Far? A Conversation With Naomi Klein

This sort of indiscriminate dump is precisely what Snowden was trying to protect us from

Ramzy Baroud: The many ‘truths’ on Syria: How our rivalry has destroyed a country

Regardless of how the war ends, Syria has been destroyed and its future is bloody and bleak

Richard Falk: Richard Falk: ‘History is on the side of the Palestinians’

“Apartheid, annexation, mass displacement and collective punishment have become core policies of the state of Israel.” Such a clear and uncompromising statement may be unusual for a high-flying academic and former top UN official, but it is typical of Richard Falk. With his tall, spare frame, neatly trimmed white beard and quiet, scholarly demeanour, Falk Read more…

Steve Payne: How Brazilian Bank Workers Learn to Dream Bigger

The bank workers union has developed a weekend training on how members’ workplace fights connect to a bigger picture

Phil Wilmot: Danes revive heroic WWII-era practice of smuggling refugees to safety

“We all have a right to security and a safe place for us and our children. We can’t just close up our borders and live comfortable lives”

Badri Raina: Fatal Choice

Are you a gentle rationalist? I am a GR too; Then there is two of us, don’t tell, They would kill us, you know. Being a rationalist or nationalist Involves a fatal choice Between the perils of a reasoned life And the supremacy of noise. Soon there will be policy To incarcerate the birds For Read more…

Kevin Young: When You Say “Lesser Evil,” Do You Mean It?

How we talk about electoral politics does matter

Steve Ellner: Steve Ellner Part II: Is the Bolivarian Revolution a Populist Failure?

Venezuela is a pioneer in attempting to construct socialism by democratic means in the context of sharp polarization and sharp conflict over such an extended period of time

Leonidas Oikonomakis: Zapatistas propose indigenous woman for Mexican presidency

“May the earth shake at its core…” was the title of the announcement. And, indeed, the news came like an earthquake — and not only for Mexican politics

Zoltan Grossman: Stop the Next President From Waging the Next War

Ten facts and observations if you’re tempted to buy in to a “no-fly zone” or “humanitarian intervention” against Syrian, Russian, and Iranian forces

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s bogus history lesson

Faced with Israel’s zero-sum policies and diplomacy, Palestinians have grown increasingly anxious about the future

Sandy Tolan: Throwing in the Towel

What the Bankruptcy of White House Policy Means for the Israelis and Palestinians

Robert Fisk: When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

The real purpose behind the much-trumpeted US-planned “liberation” of the Iraqi city, the Syrian military suspect, is to swamp Syria with the hordes of Isis fighters

Jason Wilson: Extremist Militias Recruiting in Fear of Clinton Winning Election, Activists Say

Extremist surge got national attention during the Oregon militia standoff and has continued to rise with Trump, with his legitimization of white nationalist politics

R. Burke: Book Review: People Get Ready

In their new book People Get Ready; the Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, Robert McChesney and John Nichols contemplate a coming scenario which had been foreseen by Karl Marx in the Grundrisse, his posthumously published outline for Capital: “but to the degree that large industry develops, the creation of real wealth Read more…

Arun Gupta: The Left Isolates Itself by Disregarding the Grave Dangers of Trump and Trumpism

The world is still suffering the effects of Reagan and Bush, and if Trump were elected, the Tea Party’s granny-starving, cop-loving, global-fracking, immigrant-criminalizing agenda would sail through Congress

David Swanson: Will the Gulf of Tonkin Fit into the Red Sea?

Just a geography question. Or maybe it’s a different sort of question. Do a web search for “USS Mason” and you will find countless “news” reports about how this poor innocent U.S. ship has been fired upon, and fired upon again, and how it has fired back “countermeasures” in self-defense. But you might stumble onto Read more…

Carlos Aznárez: Women Launch a National Strike Against the Criminous Patriarchy

If we don’t act, if we don’t listen to this red alert that the women of our society and of all of Latin America are giving, we will become, by omission, accomplice to every attack they suffer

Solly Granatstein: Divided But Fighting Back: An Interview With Inequality Documentary Filmmakers

Class and race collide across this country, sparking a raging conflagration of disparity that burns largely unchecked

Jim Naureckas: Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media

North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner stood up for the First Amendment by dismissing “riot” charges against Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman

Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas: Venezuela’s Maduro Approves 2017 Budget, Deepens Tax Revolution

The new budget will include “record breaking” investment in the public sector and significant changes to how government revenue is collected, the president revealed.

Patrick Cockburn: US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding Isis

There is a bizarre discontinuity between what the Obama administration knew about the jihadis and what they would say in public

Juan Cole: 7 Things to Know about Mosul

The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city of Mosul back from Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) has begun in earnest

Callum Cant: Students in the UK prepare for a new wave of rent strikes

Any movement tactic proposed today needs to suit a precarious student population that’s working more hours, carrying more debt and paying more for housing

Jamie Corey: Bayer Makes Deal With GMO Giant Monsanto

If Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto passes regulatory antitrust scrutiny, activists will have contend with an even bigger foe that dominates huge portions of the pharmaceutical and chemical business

Trevor Timm: North Dakota needs to immediately drop its outrageous charges

The only explanation seems to be that they want to silence First Amendment-protected speech and intimidate other journalists into not covering the protests

Noam Chomsky: Nader Interviews Chomsky

A broad discussion of media, war, activism, the Mideast and more…

Rebecca Gordon: Learning to Claim Our Victories

Or Why Fighting for Justice Is Like Surfing

Fred Magdoff: An Ecologically Sound and Socially Just Economy

Change will happen only if a large portion of the population believe in, and fight for, an environmentally sound and socially just society

Juan Cole: The Vanity of the Billionaires: Circuses and no Bread

If the billionaire oligarchs won’t any longer give out bread, they will gleefully supply circuses. And since the news is itself corporate, they win both ways

Dahr Jamail: ‘All the Warning Signs Are There, Loud and Clear’

The ocean conveyor belt is actually slowing down, which basically is a giant underwater current that transfers energy around the globe

Rivera Sun: Meet the Millennial Vote

Old millennials like me have been active for more than a decade, engaged in the struggle. We’re smart. We’re savvy. We’ve been working for years to protect our planet and communities

Matt Taibbi: Journalist Amy Goodman Shouldn’t Be Arrested for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story

If your primary interest is in doing this job correctly, you usually have to give up the access, the money and the audience

Emily Johnston: Why they shut down pipelines

It is my job as an older person to step up and put my body on the line to protect my children and all children

J. F. Conway: The Arctic Voyage of the Crystal Serenity

We are already confronting the consequences of global warming leading to dramatic weather changes

Samantha Winslow: Chicago Teachers Avert a Strike by Forcing the Mayor to Dig Deep

These fights are far from over. But it’s a real milestone that the teachers finally forced the city to find money it claimed it didn’t have

Jim Hightower: The Ethical Rot of Wells Fargo, From the Top Down

The bosses’ sales culture turned employees into a syndicate of bank robbers

Jim Naureckas: North Dakota’s War on 1st Amendment Goes From Bad to Worse

North Dakota State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson has dropped criminal trespassing charges against Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman—and is instead seeking to charge her with participating in a riot, Democracy Now! (10/15/16) reported today. Both sets of charges relate to Goodman’s coverage of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline project, which is opposed by a Native American–led Read more…

Glenn Greenwald: On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive Is an Easy Call

For years, WikiLeaks has been publishing massive troves of documents online — usually taken without authorization from powerful institutions and then given to the group to publish — while news outlets report on their relevant content. In some instances, these news outlets work in direct partnership with WikiLeaks — as the New York Times and The Guardian, among Read more…

Various Contributors: Turkey’s Attack on Rojava – A Threat to Radical Democracy in Mesopotamia

Rojava demands our solidarity – not out of altruism, but out of a belief in the possibility of an emancipated future

Jamelle Bouie: Donald Trump Is Setting a Time Bomb

His calls for racial voter intimidation on Election Day could explode in all our faces

Greg McKelvey: Portland, Oregon Under Siege: Calling on Mayor Charlie Hales to Resign

Open Letter to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, My name is Gregory Robert McKelvey. I am a 23-year-old law student, campaign manager and activist. I am also a born and raised Portlander. During the past few years I have been organizing with groups such as Don’t Shoot Portland, which fights for justice in this city. During Read more…

Michael Arria: Important Labor Fights Are Going Down at Ivy League Schools

Battles for fair pay and collective bargaining are popping off at the nation’s most elite universities

David Swanson: What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs

At first glance, Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs, which she refused to show us but WikiLeaks claims to have now produced the texts of, reveal less blatant hypocrisy or abuse than do the texts of various emails also recently revealed. But take a closer look. Clinton has famously said that she believes in maintaining Read more…

Vijay Prashad: Hope in times of crisis

A brief window is now open to glance back at 1974 to restore public trust in the country’s institutions

Pete Dolack: International tribunal seeks to build case against Monsanto

Capitalist markets are nothing more than the aggregate interests of the most powerful industrialists and financiers. And they have no interest in you knowing what is in your food, or even that it is safe

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