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William D. Hartung: A Pentagon Rising

Is a Trump Presidency Good News for the Military-Industrial Complex?

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Vijay Prashad: Politics of refusal

The slew of hate crimes in the aftermath of the election suggests that there is now an army of Trump supporters who believe that it has the license to make America Great Again by attacking those whom it sees as the problem

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Neve Gordon: Israel’s New Friends

Progressive voices have tried for years to counter the insidious conflation of criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

Denise Vivar: Immigrants Fighting for Sanctuary Cities & Campuses to Protect Millions from Trump Deportation Push

There is growing resistance to Trump’s vow to detain and deport millions of people from the United States. Mayors from New York to Chicago to Seattle say they will refuse to cooperate even as Trump promises to cut funds from so-called sanctuary cities. Meanwhile, the movement is growing for “sanctuary campuses.” During his campaign, Trump Read more…

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Dean Baker: Why don’t we have free trade for highly paid professions in the U.S.?

While ensuring quality in these professions is important, there surely are ways to guarantee competence that don’t discriminate to the same extent as our current regulations

Ruth Needleman: Stop Genocide

From Honduras to Argentina, from Brazil to Colombia, labor, indigenous and black social movements are embattled

Alleen Brown: Medics Describe How Police Sprayed Standing Rock Demonstrators With Tear Gas and Water Cannons

The council estimated that 300 people were treated for injuries, including 26 who were taken to area hospitals

Anna Lau: A Kurdish response to climate change

Conversations with the Kurdish Liberation Movement on ecological society and democratic confederalism

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Stephen R. Shalom: Reflections on the Election

The challenge for the left is, and always has been, how do we protect people in the here and now while advancing the prospects for the more fundamental changes that we need?

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Norman Solomon: In Resistance to Trump, “Community” Should Be a Verb

Like a healthy forest, the resistance will depend on great diversity to thrive — a wide range of people engaging in a vast array of activities. And our resistance will need community

Amad Ross: Seattle students walk out united against Trump

A look at the walkout by thousands of students organized in the days after Trump was elected

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Jeremy Scahill: Mike Pence Has “Militant Agenda” Against Women, the Poor, Immigrants, LGBTQ People

You look at Pence’s evolution as a political figure, and in many ways it is the story of how the radical religious right gained such prominence

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Patrick Cockburn: Trump’s dangerous team of crackpots will spread corruption and start new wars in the Middle East

Foreign policy advisor John Bolton proposes carving out a Sunni state in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. As a recipe for deepening the conflict in the region, it could scarcely be bettered

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Phyllis Bennis: None of Trump’s Foreign Policy Appointments Match Campaign Rhetoric

Trump’s language of opposition to regime change and interventions is not represented by the appointment of his vice president or any of his cabinet picks

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Bernie Sanders: Let’s Rebuild our Infrastructure, Not Provide Tax Breaks to Big Corporations and Wall Street

This legislation would create and maintain at least 13 million good-paying jobs, while making our country more productive, efficient and safe

Various Contributors: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Future of Climate Change

It’s absolutely necessary to keep a high sense of urgency applied to our leaders, businesses, communities, and organizations to keep throwing their considerable weight behind this common goal

Sam Ben-Meir: From Neoliberalism to Self-Management

In the 1980s, British Prime Minister Thatcher and President Reagan depicted neoliberal or “free market” capitalism as the ideal system, a dogma that extends to the present despite its horrific failures and other options

Melvin A. Goodman: Trump’s Inner Circle: Here Come the Troglodytes

The appointment of a neo-conservative national security team points the Trump administration in an extreme hardline direction

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Michael Albert: Fuck Trump and the Donkey He Rode in On

Why not establish at least one overarching, multi issue, multi tactic organization to not only fight against reaction but also propose and try to win elements of positive program and vision?

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Sarah Kendzior: A Dark View from Flyover Country

White Anger, Racial Violence, Economic Despair — And the Worst Is Yet to Come

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Steve Early: The Chevron Way: Big Oil’s Vacation From East Bay Politics Won’t Last Long

If Big Oil paid its fair share, cities like Richmond would not be forced to reduce services, cut staff, or seek health care concessions from its employees

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Rebecca Gordon: Life Under Trump

Night Terrors and Daytime Hopes

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Alexandra Topping: Women’s rights group blocks bridges in domestic violence cuts protest

Sisters Uncut staged demonstrations in London, Newcastle, Glasgow and Bristol to highlight plight of BME victims

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Juan Cole: 5 Trump Headlines more outrageous than the “Hamilton” Tiff

Headlines that should have been above the “Hamilton” slamming match in all our newspapers, and should have been shared and retweeted on social media

Joanne Laurier: National Bird: “I don’t know how many people I’ve killed,” says US drone pilot

National Bird is a remarkable film for its concentration on one of the principal deadly tools in the prosecution of America’s endless wars

Democratic Socialists of America: A Summary of Democratic Socialists of America’s Strategy Document

For the foreseeable future our primary focus will be on building a vibrant, independent democratic socialist movement and helping to cultivate progressive coalitions capable of wielding political power at all levels

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Christian Parenti: Listening to Trump

Leaning into the mic, face flushed, speaking with unhurried and angry deliberation, Donald Trump told a cheering New Hampshire audience: “We’re gonna bring businesses back. We’re gonna have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire, that are now in Mexico, come back to New Hampshire. And,” pausing for applause, “you can tell them, to Read more…

Barry Eidlin: The Phantom Limb

Why it matters that the United States has no labor party

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Jeremy Scahill: Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History

Pence and his allies have warded off the return of another secular Clinton regime that their ideological and theological prophets once contemplated overthrowing

#IndianWinter: Standing Rock: the story of a heroic resistance

For nearly seven months, indigenous water protectors have been leading a heroic resistance to block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Sarah Kliff: Trump does have an Obamacare replacement plan — and it would cause 21 million to lose coverage

Trumpcare would cost more than Obamacare — and cover fewer people

Lauren Victoria Burke: Resisting Trump: Sessions’ Attorney General Nomination

Will Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Sen.-elect Kamala Harris lead a charge against the confirmation of a nominee with a racist past?

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Bernie Sanders: Sanders and Nurses Join Forces to Fight Trump and Establishment Democrats

National Nurses United also attempted to deliver a letter calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to not privatize Medicare and instead implement a single-payer system

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Robert Reich: Why We Need a New Democratic Party

What happened in America on Election Day should not be seen as a victory for hatefulness over decency. It is more accurately understood as a repudiation of the American power structure, including the old Democratic Party

Kristen Hope: Momentum Kids: the parental is political

Momentum Kids is not about indoctrinating children, but rather the more radical idea that children have an important role to play in shaping the future

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Shamus Cooke: Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment?

The Left can achieve miracles in this moment if it strategically grows and broadens the infant social movement

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Bernie Sanders Continues His Political Revolution

Sanders’ campaign proved that a presidential candidate can actually capture the imagination of increasingly disillusioned voters left behind by both major parties

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The U.S. Election: It’s over at last, or is it?

It’s a continuing struggle about the direction in which the future world-system (or systems) should and will be heading

Pete Dolack: The crises of neoliberalism won’t be solved by more neoliberalism

The belief that private funding — which, after all, is done to extract profit regardless of social or environmental cost — will make us live happily ever after should be left to the realm of fairy tales

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Walden Bello: How Obama’s Legacy Lost the Elections for Hillary

Instead of jobs and relief, the Obama administration offered only half-measures to struggling people in the Rust Belt and beyond

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Conn Hallinan: Spiraling Into Permanent War

Targeted assassinations by drones, the use of torture, extra-legal renditions, and the invasions of several Muslim countries have combined to yield an unmitigated disaster

Rafael R. Ioris: Occupying High School in Brazil

Facing extreme budget cuts by the illegitimate government of President Michel Temer, student activists are occupying schools in the name of public education

Michael E. Tigar: How Employers Limit Worker Rights, Using the Power of Government and Market Forces

The escalating attack on worker rights in the United States has taken several forms in recent years.  In some American states, right-wing politicians have passed laws denying public employees such as teachers, janitors, police, and firefighters the right to organize into unions and bargain collectively.  Some of these laws strip recognition and power from existing Read more…

Janine Jackson: ‘Yesterday We Were Stunned, Today We Organize’

Janine Jackson: Welcome to CounterSpin, your weekly look behind the headlines of the mainstream news. I’m Janine Jackson. This week on CounterSpin: Well, here we are. Much can and will and should be said about the, yes, presidential election of, yes, Donald Trump—including about media’s role. On this first post-election show, we’re going to focus Read more…

Kali Holloway: Normalizing the Abnormal: NPR Begins Its Whitewashing of Breitbart’s Racism

Trumpites all use the same technique; trot out blame the victim reverse racism.

Mark Brenner: This Is Not a Drill: Bracing for the Trump Era

he flaws in labor’s electoral strategy have never been more glaring

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Patrick Cockburn: Battle to drive Isis out of Tal Afar will be bitter and bloody

The city of Tal Afar has become notorious for sectarian hatred – with many worried that even an Isis defeat on the road to Mosul will not bring peace

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Bernie Sanders: Bernie Sanders’ Surprise Speech Outside the White House on Rejecting Dakota Pipeline & Trump

We feature a surprise address by Senator Bernie Sanders outside the White House on Tuesday during a global day of action against the Dakota Access pipeline that included demonstrations in over 300 cities. “Today we are saying it is time for a new approach to the Native American people, not to run a pipeline through Read more…

Lowell Flanders: Opposition, Not Deference

No, Mr. President! You are wrong! Entirely Wrong! I understand there is a natural tendency to put a brave face on the stunning rejection of your legacy and your party. From the start, you have always been willing to make conciliatory gestures to the opposition. Your hopeful electoral refrain, “there is not a liberal America Read more…

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