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Joe Emersberger: Dear Media: Venezuela is Not Haiti

Refuting propaganda about Venezuela, even during the years when it was rapidly reducing poverty, always felt like opening an umbrella in the middle of a hurricane

Stephen Zunes: Anti-war movement must listen to voices within Syria’s civil war

It behooves those of us in the peace movement to recognize the complexities of the Syrian conflict and to listen to the voices of the millions of Syrians who desire freedom from both Islamist extremists and the Assad dictatorship

Ray McGovern: Russian Throws Down the Gauntlet: Fly at Your Own Risk

If Russia finds itself in a major escalation of hostilities in the Middle East and/or Europe, the troubles may not end there

Olga Khazan: The Precarious Masculinity of 2016 Voters

Several recent surveys suggest that when men feel persecuted, they turn to Donald Trump for affirmation

Robert A. Karl: Beyond October 2: Possible Futures in Post-Referendum Colombia

Beyond the final results of the vote itself, October 2 thus demonstrated the resiliency of Colombian social life in the face of violence, and how those local, rural movements will still help to define a new Colombian democracy

Robin Hahnel: Participatory Economics and the Next System

What kind of “next system” would support the economics of sustainable and equitable cooperation?

Anand Gopal: A nightmare in the making for Mosul

Interview on the looming assault on Mosul and the likely consequences in Iraq, Syria and the region as a whole

Ramzy Baroud: The convoluted discourse: Was the Women’s Boat to Gaza an existential threat?

It seems that the stronger Israel becomes, the larger in size and more destructive in its military capabilities, the weaker and more threatened it perceives itself

Stephen Zunes: From Gaza to Aleppo: A Handy Guide for Defending War Crimes

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the bombing of civilian neighborhoods

Rev. Edward Pinkney: Convicted With No Evidence: a Very Dangerous Precedent!

We must continue to fight against this grave imbalance to ensure a humane, just future for people of color, for the homeless, for the poverty-stricken, for the weary and beaten populace of America

Juan Cole: Clinton brings back Gore, talks Green, but still Opposes Carbon Tax

We’ll have to do a lot of protesting whoever is elected. But likely one of the candidates will give us longer jail terms for the protests

Sarah Aziza: Binational vigil at US-Mexico border protests US state violence

Hundreds of activists gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border for a demonstration of multilateral unity

Patrick Cockburn: US and EU sanctions are ruining ordinary Syrians’ lives

The US and EU sanctions are imposing an economic siege on Syria as a whole which may be killing more Syrians than die of illness and malnutrition in the sieges which EU and US leaders have described as war crimes

Kamran Bokhari: Afghan Government Staring at the Abyss

The Taliban have actually been gaining ground in many provinces that share a border with Central Asian nations

Various Contributors: Prison Strike’s Financial Impact in California

September 9, 2016 was the start of the largest prison strike in U.S. history. Over 72,000 incarcerated workers in 22 states refused to provide their labor to profit the prison industrial complex. California forces 5,588 incarcerated workers to labor in exchange for little or no compensation. Another 4,000 earn $2 a day fighting Californian wildfires Read more…

Steve Ellner: Democratization of PSUV is Key to Chavismo’s Future

interview on the country’s current economic crisis, the recall referendum, and the future of the Bolivarian process

Henry A. Giroux: Trump’s Return to the Good Old Days and the Specter of Mass Terror

The embrace of his overt sexism and racism by large numbers of his followers does not augur well for the future of American politics

Gary Younge: A British Journalist Grapples With U.S. Gun Culture

Interview on how Miami Vice shaped his early understanding of U.S. gun violence, and why gun-control activists need their own narrative

Michelle Chen: Intersecting Criminalization: What Killed Ugandan Refugee Alfred Olango

The intersection where Alfred Olango found himself that day in the parking lot seems beyond coincidence: war, migration, race and America’s security state

Dilip Hiro: American Power at the Crossroads

A Snapshot of a Multipolar World in Action

Conn Hallinan: Spain’s Turmoil & Europe’s Crisis

The left needs to hurry lest xenophobia, racism, hate and repression, the four horsemen of the right’s apocalypse, engulf Europe

Jack Rasmus: The 2nd US Presidential Debate: A Political Telenovela in Real Time

Trump’s strategy was clearly to shore up his conservative base by returning to the extreme anti-Hillary rhetoric that got him the nomination

Robert Fisk: The invasion of Afghanistan 15 years ago was an arrogant, wretched adventure that caused a migrant crisis

Afghanistan will not become Islamistan or even Talibanistan. It will, when the West finally packs up and leaves, become Mafiastan. Perhaps it already is

Matt Taibbi: Six Million Adults Who Won’t Influence This Presidential Race

One in 40 Americans can’t vote because of a criminal conviction. But the rules aren’t exactly fair

Kevin Zeese: Elections Expose the Oligarchs

The 2016 presidential election has shown how the duopoly, the two parties that represent big business interests and the wealthiest, are corrupted in ways that prevent the people’s voices from being heard, their necessities from being met and the planet being protected from human greed. During the campaigns, leaks have given people a behind-the-scenes look Read more…

Pepe Escobar: Why the New Silk Roads terrify Washington

US global hegemony must always be perceived as an irremovable force of nature, like death and taxes

Jaskiran Dhillon: Dismantling Columbus and the Power of the Present

Interrogating Columbus Day is a key opportunity to think critically about current injustices that are anchored to the past in direct and substantial ways

Juan Cole: How Far will Americans take anti-Muslim Hate? Making them wear Green Stars?

The number of anti-Muslim attacks in the US is up by 80% since Donald Trump announced his proposed Muslim ban last fall

Chris Hedges: The Empire Strikes Back

Corporate leviathans and the imperialist agencies that work on their behalf are once again reshaping Latin America into havens for corporate exploitation

Bill Bigelow: Support Indigenous Rights: Abolish Columbus Day

If we are sincere in our claim that all lives have value, then schools need to refuse to honor the first European colonialist of the Americas, the “father of the slave trade”

Jamie Kalven: Watch Your Back

Chicago police bosses targeted cops who exposed corruption — how the code of silence is enforced

Shane Burley: How the Alt Right is trying to create a ‘safe space’ for racism on college campuses

While the left has dominated college campuses for decades, a certain shift will have to take place to counter this identitarian right-wing culture that the Alt Right hopes to foment

Various Contributors: Jeremy Corbyn: Speak Out On Syria!

Open Letter An open letter to the Leader of the Labour Party from concerned Labour Party members, Momentum activists and socialists. To add your name, please email speakoutonsyria@gmail.com   Dear Jeremy, We write as members of the Labour Party and Momentum, as socialist activists, or as other supporters of your leadership of the Labour Party. We agree Read more…

Chris Courtheyn: A Racial Analysis of Colombia’s Peace Plebiscite

Not ready to surrender anytime soon, the Colombian social justice movement deserves our international solidarity in this crucial moment of struggle over the type of ‘peace’ to prevail in Colombia

Michael T. Klare: The US and NATO are preparing for a major war with Russia

Massive military exercises and a troop buildup on NATO’s eastern flank reflect a dangerous new strategy

Lynn Koh: Defeat Trump: A Call From Grassroots Organizers

Defeating Trump is not enough. We need movements strong enough to fight a Clinton administration on several fronts

Immanuel Wallerstein: How Can Political Shift to the Right Be Stopped?

Establishing a new world-system requires organizing everywhere at the bottom level of politics and building alliances up from there, rather than down from state power

Nick Dearden: ‘Brexit red lines’ – the most progressive terms possible for the UK’s exit from the EU

Labour is now opposing toxic trade deals, but what sort of trade do we want?

Samantha Winslow: How D.C. Drivers Put the Brakes on Unsafe Buses

“If the whole point is just to save money, we are endangering the lives of the passengers and drivers,” said Battle-Mason. “Why are we doing it?”

Sam Biddle: Neighbor Describes NSA Contractor’s Arrest: “I Thought the Third World War Started”

Bennett recalls seeing “two dozen of these guys in camo uniforms, with rifles, come running across the yard knocking down his fence”

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion

The most aggressive and consistent enablers of this apartheid are found at the top of the U.S. political class

Samantha Winslow: Dining Workers Strike at Harvard, World’s Richest University

On October 5, instead of setting up breakfast for thousands of college students, 700 cafeteria workers at the richest university in the world kicked off their first strike in three decades.

Sarah Aziza: The Women’s Boat to Gaza activists are free and undeterred

On their webpage, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has pledged to continue its efforts “until Gaza is free”

Jim Hightower: Rebranding Bernie: The Sanders revolution will evolve into a sticky political movement

Cynics, beware: Sanders’ legacy endures with Our Revolution movement — watch as Berniecrats take state seats

CJ Polychroniou: Revisiting The New Deal: Lessons For A World In Dire Need Of Sustainable Social Change And Economic Development

Few policies and programs designed to promote economic recovery and social reform have attracted as much attention as those associated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal during the 1930s when the U.S. economy had plunged into its worst economic crisis in its history. And with good reason: the New Deal programs, although initially opposed Read more…

John Jordan: Resisting airport expansion, from the ZAD to Heathrow

Interview on squatting at the site of a planned airport in France

Steven Rosenfeld: Most Sanders Democratic Convention Delegates Are Not Ready to Vote for Clinton, New Poll Finds

As Sanders campaigns for her, diehards are not moved

Christopher Ketcham: Above the Law: On the Prospects of Prosecutorial Reform

What drives a prosecutor are the all-too-human traits: a desire for advancement, the building of reputation, the winning of status

Vijay Prashad: A lost opportunity

No one wants war anymore, but the referendum rejecting the landmark agreement between the government and the FARC could push Colombia towards a fractious peace

Richard Falk: The Geopolitics of Shimon Peres’ Legacy

The way Peres is being perceived and presented at the time of his death serves as a litmus test of how those on opposite sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide experienced Peres

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