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Edward Murphy: Immigration Enforcement Unbound, Part 2

One mother’s recent deportation to her native Honduras reflects how the U.S. immigration regime not only separates families, but impels them to migrate to the United States in the first place

Leo Gerard: Sending Worker Stand-Ins to Spread Propaganda

Though membership had been declining for decades, unions added 262,000 members last year. And now they’ve got the support of 61 percent of Americans, up from a low of 48 percent in 2009

Eric Levitz: New Study Confirms American Workers Getting Ripped Off

The report lays waste to the idea that the plight of the American worker can be chalked up to impersonal economic forces, instead of concrete political decisions

Glenn Greenwald: MSNBC Encourages Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics

During the 2016 primary and general election campaigns, various MSNBC hosts were openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton. One of the network’s programs featured Malcolm Nance (pictured, above), whose background is quite sketchy but who is presented by the cable network (and now by NBC News) as an “intelligence expert” and former intelligence officer for the U.S. Navy. Read more…

John Pilger: The hidden history of the women who rose up

Where are those of us prepared to “utter unlawful oaths” and stand up to the authoritarians and charlatans in government, who glorify war and invent foreign enemies and criminalise dissent

Georgiann Davis: Sex and gender diversity is growing across the US

Across the United States, more people of all ages are identifying as something other than male or female

Martha Rosenberg: One in 8 Takes Antidepressants

Are They Working? Are They Safe?

Jonathan Cook: Sisi holds key to Trump’s Sinai plan for Palestinians

Reports suggest Trump could be about to unveil massive relief program, but on condition Palestinians work in Egypt under Israel’s ‘Greater Gaza’ plan

Danielle Corcione: Demonstrators Occupy ICE Building in Philadelphia Amid Police Brutality

All over the United States, groups of socialists, anarchists, communists, and other leftists are camping outside ICE offices to prevent agents and their detainees from entering and exiting the buildings

Patty Lovera: Our Food System Come From the Farm Bill

Janine Jackson: After House Republicans passed their Farm Bill, reportedly the first time the critical measure—involving everything from nutrition assistance to crop subsidies—has passed either chamber with only single-party support, Donald Trump tweeted, “Farm Bill just passed in the House. So happy to see work requirements included. Big win for the farmers!” Among other things, Read more…

Lee Fang: Law Enforcement Appointees Previously Worked for ICE Contractors

The firms that profit from the immigration enforcement agency not only have political support from the White House; many of their former lobbyists and consultants now occupy the upper echelons of the Trump administration

Annie Hewitt: Unarmed civilian protection

Nonviolent peacekeeping allows people to see humanity visibly manifested; unarmed peacekeepers must be decent and kind, they must listen actively and make all parties to a conflict feel as though they matter

Vijay Prashad: Governing As a Socialist?

The mobilization of people is fundamental to the politics of López Obrador

Kate Aronoff: Breathing New Radicalism Into Stale Climate Politics

A livable climate is something they see the government as having a responsibility to guarantee, alongside things like housing, health care, and higher education

Andrea Pitzer: Detaining Kids Without Trial

Has the Trump administration set up concentration camps in Texas for migrants?

Basav Sen: Puerto Rico Confronts New Hurricane Season And Old Injustices

The disastrous impacts of Hurricane Maria were made by inequalities of race, income, and access to U.S. political power

David Swanson: Monbiot’s New Story Uncut and Unrated

George Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis is part familiar; part original, creative, and inspiring; and pretty much all right-on and necessary

Immanuel Wallerstein: Donald Q. Trump, Prestidigitator

A prestidigitator is a public actor who seeks to make viewers believe that what they see is what he is really doing, but it is not. In the famous example, he saws the woman in half and then he shows you that she is still in one piece – due, he claims, to his exceptional Read more…

Sue Sturgis: The racist roots of the Janus ruling

Rank of black women among the demographic groups that will be most affected by the Janus ruling: 1

Paul Dobson: Venezuelan Communists Criticise Maduro’s Plan

Venezuela’s Communist Party has opposed plans by the government of Nicolas Maduro to incorporate leading members of the leftist Francisco de Miranda Front into managerial positions in 700 state industries

Gerald Epstein: Goodbye Regulations, Hello Impending Global Financial Crisis

As long as we have capitalism, we are going to have financial crises

Mathew Lawrence: Time for politicians to get real about the anthropocene

We can’t afford to keep investing in a high-carbon economy when the world is on the brink of disaster

Nick Dearden: The EU ‘migrant deal’ will ruin tens of thousands of lives

What people are fleeing, is precisely what our governments have created

Pete Dolack: World Bank solution for lack of jobs: Cut worker protections

What we have here are code words meaning make it easier to fire people

Kevin Zeese: Nationwide Protests: Pro-Immigrant Or Anti-Trump?

If the $4 billion spent on abusive immigration enforcement in the last year had been used to build the foundation of the US economy with a positive approach to immigration, we would all be better off

John Ackerman: Mexico’s Leftist President-elect Promises Sweeping Changes

This moment really synthesized a lot of decades of struggles in Mexico, struggles for human rights, struggles for social movements

Sergio Aguayo: Change is coming to Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won by convincing Mexico a change of regime was possible without a civil war

Marielena Castellanos: Protesting Operation Streamline

The call to end ICE was prominent throughout the rally and march

Marjorie Cohn: In Upholding Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court Ignored International Law

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Trump v. Hawaii, affirming Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, allows the United States to act in flagrant violation of international law. Under the guise of deferring to the president on matters of national security, the 5-4 majority disregarded a litany of Trump’s anti-Muslim statements and held that the ban does not violate the Read more…

Ted Glick: November 6: Knowing What Time It Is

From now until November 6 we need to be fighting hard for a massive repudiation at the polls of the Trump-run Republicans

Tom H. Hastings: Nonviolent American Revolution 2.0

Happy Interdependence Day. May we unite and find a new American freedom and justice for all with a peaceful revolution replacing violent values with those honoring and respecting all humankind

Jane LaTour: Labor History Happened Here—And Why It Matters

Providing some historical background and context to reporting about the lives of working people is a potent ingredient

Ramzy Baroud: ‘Deal of the Century’ is Not New and PA Leadership is Not a Victim

Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will fail. Palestinians will not exchange their 70-year long struggle for freedom for Jared Kushner’s cash

Juan Cole: Whitey on the Moon Again?

Trump has managed to project his racism even into the vacuum above the moon, and given how he has cheapened and coarsened the lives of working Americans, I have no sympathy for this new piece of Trumpism

Kshama Sawant: After the Amazon Tax Betrayal

We’ll be campaigning not only for a big business tax but also more broadly for a genuine “People’s Budget.” The budget vote happens in the fall, but the fight starts now

Jon Mitchell: Shaping Okinawan public opinion on the U.S. military presence

In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center published a manual for U.S. officials advising them on how to shape Okinawan public opinion about the large U.S. military presence on their island. Categorized For Official Use Only, the 60-page CIA report is titled A Master Narratives Approach to Understanding Base Politics in Okinawa. It Read more…

AFP: Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: study

Diabetes affects more than 420 million people globally and is one of the world’s fastest growing diseases

Laura Finley: The Most Anti-Woman President Ever

It’s hard to imagine a presidential administration that hates women more than the current one

Serge Halimi: The official fake news

The draft legislation reveals both the blindness of those who govern when challenged and their inclination to invent new coercive countermeasures

Reese Erlich: Leftist Wave sweeps Mexico

Can Lopez Obrador take on Corruption, Poverty… & Trump?

Patrick Bobilin: The Ocasio Effect: a New Yorker’s Perspective

This was the win we were looking for. This was the win we needed. This was the win we deserved

Ryan Gallagher: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

This story is the product of a two-year collaboration between U.S. news website The Intercept and the Japanese broadcaster NHK. The project began in mid-2016, and was initially focused on investigating three U.S. military bases in Misawa, Okinawa, and Yokota. In April 2017, we revealed that the bases were an integral part of the global Read more…

Amy Zhang: The next step for cooperatives is certification

Cooperatives have so much potential to sustainably lift people out of poverty

David Swanson: Why Ocasio-Cortez’ Platform Is So Great

War and war preparations eat up 60% of the funding that Congress members decide on each year

Zaid Jilani: Gentrifying Neighborhoods Powered Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ ideas and dogged campaigning were the engine which powered the upset

Richard Roman: Obrador and Mexico’s Watershed Election

Workers, peasants, the poor, and the Left need to seize the possibilities that an AMLO victory would create without without illusions of beneficence from above and with readiness to fight

Bob Peterson: Transforming Teacher Unions in a Post-Janus World

We are witnessing the rebirth of a struggle “about all workers, social justice, working conditions, and also what kind of society we want to live in.”

Sam Pizzigati: ‘Janus’ Will Juice Income Inequality in America

Any court ruling that limits how effectively unions can bargain on behalf of workers, even mainstream economists now recognize, concentrates wealth at our economic summit

William D. Hartung: Trump’s “Infrastructure” Plan

Pump Up the Pentagon

Barbara Koeppel: America’s Regime Change Toolbox

Since the end of the 19th century, when the U.S. embarked on empire, it has, one way or another, overthrown almost all the governments it didn’t like

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