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George Monbiot: How Wealth Inequality Fuels the Climate Emergency

“Everything we’ve been hearing here and at the previous 25 summits is basically distraction,” says Monbiot, adding that global leaders could “fix” the worst impacts of the climate crisis “in no time at all if they wanted to.”

Nick Chavez: The Present and Future of Engineers

The separation of expertise from practice is only “rational” by the logic of capital

Paul Buhle: The Forty Years War: Tariq Ali and Afghanistan

Tariq Ali’s book, The Forty Years War, is an event, within the larger event of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Peder Schaefer: Institutionalizing the Political Theory Project

How an ideological Trojan horse might breach Brown

Nnimmo Bassey: This Will Set Africa on Fire

Nnimmo Bassey of Nigeria Blasts Progress of Talks at U.N. Climate Summit

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John Feffer: Climate of Delusion

We all think that climate change is somebody else’s problem. We have to be persuaded otherwise

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Jake Johnson: Campaigners Rip New COP26 Draft as a ‘Polite Request’ for Climate Action

“This draft deal is not a plan to solve the climate crisis, it’s an agreement that we’ll all cross our fingers and hope for the best.”

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Brett Wilkins: Climate Coalition Demands Biden Halt ‘Outrageous’ Offshore Drilling Auction

The proposed lease sale, said over 250 groups in a joint letter, “shockingly offers more area than the Trump administration initially proposed.”

Matt McGrath: COP26: Fossil Fuel Industry Has Largest Delegation at Climate Summit

“Their influence is one of the biggest reasons why 25 years of UN climate talks have not led to real cuts in global emissions.”

Sameena Rahman: Tens of thousands of CA healthcare workers ready strike vs. Kaiser greed

As workers’ struggle spreads across the country, solidarity and unity with these workers can help defeat the corporate bosses who continue to place profits over the same people they called heroes at the onset of the pandemic

Prabir Purkayastha: Meta Isn’t Just About Rebranding Facebook—Could It Bring a Dystopian Future?

Facebook’s announcement has implications about digital life and work—provided it can attract younger users and gamer skeptics and overcome the hate speech and disinformation problems that could still plague Zuckerberg’s vision

Branko Marcetic: Last Week’s Elections Actually Gave Leftists Plenty to Cheer

For many on the Left, last week’s elections came like a gut punch. But zoom out beyond the high-profile races cable news pundits fixated on, and Tuesday saw many significant victories for left-wing candidates and policies

William I Robinson: Nicaragua: Chronicle of an Election Foretold

After silencing the opposition, Daniel Ortega claims victory for a fourth consecutive term

Greta Thunberg: “COP26 Is a Failure”

“This is not a conference. This is now a Global North greenwash festival.”

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Noam Chomsky: The Future of the World

Interview on climate change and the young activists working hard to fight it

Julian Brave NoiseCat: How Climate Activists Pushed the “Left Edge of the Possible”

The strongest climate provisions may have failed, but the past 10 years have proved that organizing can work

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Norman Solomon: Found in Translation: New York Times Says Democrats Shouldn’t Challenge Oligarchy

The editorial certainly reflected “longstanding values” — since the Times has recycled them for decades in its relentless attacks on the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

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Jonathan Cook: Elites buy us off with trivial protections – while they raid the common wealth

A wealth elite engineers our environment to perpetuate itself and sustain the power structures on which it depends

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Badri Raina: Why Do the ‘Nationalist’ Poor Speak in Defence of Price Rise?

The supporters of the price rise (read Hindutva brigade) argue that increased revenues that come from the indigent pocket are necessary for a benign state and the government to finance ‘so many’ welfare schemes

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Marjorie Cohn: Absent Any Proof, Israel Designates Palestinian Rights Groups “Terrorist”

In an effort to cut off the financial lifelines of six of the most prominent Palestinian human rights groups, the state of Israel has baselessly designated them as “terrorist” organizations

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Rebecca Solnit: The Politics of Pleasure

The role of art and beauty as forms of resistance

Mandy Smithberger: Reining in the Pentagon

Can It Possibly Happen?

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Steve Early: Danny Glover: Still Marching to a Different Drummer On Veterans Day

The quieter focus of the film The Drummer is the lasting physical and psychological impact of military service, under post 9/11 conditions

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CJ Polychroniou: Urgently Needed: A Global Green New Deal From Below

Restructuring the international economic order to avert cataclysmic climate change demands bottom-up participation

Greenpeace International: Glasgow first draft text: “exceptionally weak” with no mention of fossil fuel phaseout

“What the hell have they been doing? We are out of time. Glasgow must mean a total and immediate fossil fuel phaseout. That’s it.”

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Jonathan Cook: COP26: Military pollution is the skeleton in the West’s climate closet

Leaders at the COP26 summit have no intention of tackling the growing environmental impacts caused by their ‘defence’ spending

Niall Christie: Indigenous activists lead tens of thousands in mass climate demonstration

Please Help ZNet           Source: Morning Star Photo by Toby Parkes/Shutterstock   INDIGENOUS activists led tens of thousands of protesters through the streets of Glasgow on Saturday, alongside millions across the world to demand real action to tackle the climate crisis. The Cop26 Coalition said that the rally was aimed at Read more…

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Thomas Klikauer: Angela Merkel is Hitler’s Daughter – German Conspiracy Theories

At least since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories have become an ever increasing problem

Michelle S. Phelps: Why Voters Rejected Plans to Replace the Minneapolis Police Department

What’s Next for Policing Reform

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Brett Wilkins: Progressives Warn of GOP Attack on 2022 Elections

‘Our Democracy Faces an Existential Threat’

Sharon Zhang: Ocasio-Cortez Slams Right-Wing Democrats for Watering Down Build Back Better Act

“If BBB [is] gutted/dies, we may have just locked in US emissions and thrown away our biggest chance to combat climate change”

Oscar Fregozo: As Strike Looms, UC Lecturers Raise the Stakes

With negotiations entering their final stages, the pressure is on UC to produce an agreement that meets lecturers’ concerns or face a strike that could halt the education of tens of thousands of students across California

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Noam Chomsky: Fight the Class Struggle or Get it in the Neck

If you want a choice not to wear a mask, that’s okay, stay home, don’t endanger others

Greta Thunberg: COP26 is a ‘two-week-long celebration of business as usual

“Our leaders are not leading, this is what leadership looks like” referring to the gathering and protests

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Michael Albert: Self Review of No Bosses

I wrote No Bosses because I believe we need shared vision to sustain hope, orient strategy, and escalate commitment. I recently wondered, what if I were invited to review No Bosses? What would I say?

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis: A Project for Survival in These United States

Lifting from the Bottom So Everyone Can Rise

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Danica Jorden: Forget Me If You Can

Marília Mendonça Turned Cowboy Music on Its Head and Won the Heart of Brazil

Robert Koehler: The myth of redemptive violence

We may search for blame, but blame — scapegoating — is never a solution, just further homage to the myth of redemptive violence

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Jon Schwarz: We’ve All Pretended About Taiwan for 72 Years. It May Not Work Any Longer

The situation is genuinely ominous, especially since there has never been a direct confrontation between the U.S. and another nuclear-armed power

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Jake Johnson: ‘Unprecedented’ Shareholder Resolutions Call on Pfizer, Moderna to Share Vaccine Tech

“While a few are profiting handsomely, investors recognize the dangers of vaccine apartheid and are seeking to hold these companies accountable.”

Ngakiya Camara: Students Are Pushing US Colleges to Sever Ties With Military-Industrial Complex

We won’t stop until we turn the tide against war and militarism

Barbara Madeloni: Teachers Strike against a ‘Heartless’ School Board in Biden’s Hometown

It was a long time coming, but when 400 members of the Scranton Federation of Teachers marched out of the school board meeting Tuesday night singing “Solidarity Forever,” they were strike-ready.

Grant Miner: Columbia U. student workers launch second largest strike in the country

The SWC is demanding higher pay, more comprehensive healthcare, and non-monetary benefits like neutral third-party arbitration in cases of discrimination and harassment

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Jack Rasmus: How Democrat Progressives Got Out-Maneuvered by Their Corporate Wing

From an original bill with $3.5 trillion in social safety net and climate investments in the Reconciliation bill, progressives pared down their proposals to $1.75 trillion

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Juan Cole: Goodies for Greens in Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Act

Every pound of carbon dioxide not emitted is a fraction of global heating or climate destabilization that doesn’t happen. Some of the anti-carbon language in this act is unprecedented in federal legislation. Let us celebrate this

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Khury Petersen-Smith: People Worldwide Name US as a Major Threat to World Peace. Here’s Why.

I would argue that the U.S. has never been a democracy, and that a key reason is its basically permanent state of war, which began with its founding

Kenny Stancil: ‘Foolishness’: House Passes Infrastructure Bill But Postpones Build Back Better Act

“Passing the infrastructure bill without passing the Build Back Better Act first,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar, “risks leaving behind child care, paid leave, healthcare, climate action, housing, education, and a roadmap to citizenship.”

Harvey Goldberg: Ecuador President’s neoliberal economic reforms face broad opposition

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso’s support has eroded rapidly and he now is confronted by stiff opposition

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Richard Falk: Is This a Sputnik Moment?

Or a Paranoid Geopolitical Moment?

Peter Maass: After Afghanistan Disaster, the Pentagon Is on Track to Get Even More Money

The defeat in Afghanistan offers a chance to rethink America’s war machine, but Congress is on the verge of raising military spending to $740 billion

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