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Danica Jorden: Mother’s Day

Over half a million Argentinians came together in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on 10 May 2017, which is Mother’s Day in much of Latin America. Wearing white kerchiefs around their necks, they held them aloft and in unison cried “Presente”, representing the 30,000 missing loved ones who could not be there. The Read more…

James Kilgore: A Mythical Crime Wave

Sessions Ramps Up War on Drugs

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Greg Grandin: Venezuela’s Future

There’s no shortage of pastoral pundits worrying over the crisis in Caracas while ignoring the ongoing coup in Brazil

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Kshama Sawant: This is the Moment to Revolt

Interview on Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey

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Juan Cole: The Sadism of creeping Dictatorship

Everyone kept wondering what the first sign of descent into dictatorship would be. This is it. Government by sadism, government by humiliation, government by fear and caprice

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David Swanson: Impeach Trump for Right Reasons

The bigger concern, of tamping down the warmongering, of lowering the risk of nuclear conflict should be made to appeal to as many as can hear it

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Ramzy Baroud: New Charter: Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

Hamas’ new Charter seems like a scrupulously cautious attempt at finding political balances within extremely tight political margins

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Patrick Cockburn: Trump’s decision to arm Kurdish fighters

The US is choosing to support its Kurdish ally in Syria, in defiance of Turkey, whose aim is to prevent the establishment of a quasi-independent Kurdish state there

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Horizons Needed

The world’s eight richest people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population (3.5 billion people). Countries are destroyed (from Iraq to Afghanistan, from Libya to Syria, and chances are that the next victims will be either Iran or North Korea) in the name of values that are supposed to protect Read more…

Peter Temin: A “Dual Economy”

The author of “The Vanishing Middle Class,” explains how the US is moving towards two economies, one for the lower 80% and one for the upper 20%

Brishen Rogers: Basic Income in a Just Society

A decent future of work and welfare requires a basic income—and much more. We need a revamped public sector and a new and different collective bargaining system

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Juan Cole: Which Authoritarian Leader is Trump most Like?

Trump hasn’t yet done anything as egregious as al-Sisi or Erdogan. But he is clearly supporting them and perhaps learning from their tactics

Danny Sjursen: The Hazards of Military Worship

Everyone Loves the Troops and Their Generals, But History Indicates That Military Advice Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

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Shamus Cooke: Trump “Resistance” Slipping Through Our Fingers

Millions of people are looking for the hope that a strong political movement provides, but the window is shrinking

Glen Frieden: Hyping North Korean Threat

Between March 8 and April 27, NPR.org published 60 stories on US/North Korea relations

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George Monbiot: The Destructive Party

Those who claim to be “conservatives” would shred the very fabric of the nation

Various Contributors: An Open Letter on the Situation in Venezuela

An Open Letter to the LASA Executive Committee on the Situation in Venezuela

George Azariah-Moreno: A New Constitution for Venezuela

Light at the End of the Political Labyrinth?

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Serge Halimi: French President Elect

Macron takes 90% of the vote in bourgeois Paris but Le Pen got 56% of the workers across France

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Patrick Cockburn: Promising Unity

Suddenly the world is full of leaders from Theresa May to President Erdogan of Turkey claiming to unite their countries while visibly deepening their divisions

Conor Friedersdorf: The Destructiveness of Call-Out Culture on Campus

Reflections from undergraduates of the social media era

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Mark Weisbrot: A New Fight For France And Europe

It is primarily the economic policies of Europe, including France, over the past decade that have allowed the National Front to grow into a legitimate opposition party

Various Contributors: The first 100 days

President Trump’s top priorities include rolling back protections to workers’ wages, health, and safety

Brandon Jacobsen: Martin Luther King’s lessons on negotiation

Nonviolent direct action is perhaps the most effective way to stand up against the regressive and discriminatory plans of the Trump administration

Jean-Luc Melenchon: Don’t yield

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, spokesperson of the France Unbowed movement, who came fourth in the first round of the French presidential election, issued this statement on May 7 after the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the second round. Translated by Dick Nichols. This evening brings to a close the Fifth Republic’s most pathetic presidency, which would have Read more…

Craig Aaron: Nation’s Biggest Broadcaster

FCC Weakens Ownership Rules

Ted Rall: Trump Supporters: We Exist

Trump didn’t offer credible solutions. He hasn’t lifted a finger to help Rust Belters as president. What he did do was acknowledge their existence

Aarab Marwan Barghouti: The hunger strikers need us to speak out

A hunger strike that has involved more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is starting its fourth week, and Israeli authorities are continuing a crackdown against it

RoseAnn DeMoro: Marquis de Sade Health Care

The atrocious Trumpcare bill undermines Medicaid, employer-based coverage, and so much else

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William D. Hartung: War Is a Budget-Breaker

Never Has a Society Spent More for Less

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Dean Baker: Global warming must be addressed now

There are two enormous myths about global warming. One is that dealing with it is optional. The other is that the measures needed to slow the process will devastate the economy. Neither is true. On the first point, we are already seeing major changes in weather that are almost certainly related to global warming, both Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuela’s Withdrawal from the OAS Justified?

The Organization of American States is not a true multilateral body because the US largely controls it, often against the interests of individual member states

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Robert Fisk: Trump’s first foreign trip

Donald Trump hasn’t quite thought through his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican

Andrew O'Hehir: Fascist regime or showmanship?

The president’s inner circle may yearn for totalitarian rule — but for Trump, it’s all narcissistic play-acting

Charlotte Silver: Israel resorts to “psychological warfare”

Israel has refused to negotiate with or discuss the demands of the hunger strikers, referring to the prisoners as terrorists and calling the strike a media ploy

Madlen Davies: Big Pharma’s pollution creating deadly superbugs

Environmental standards do not feature in international regulations governing drug production

Peter Maass: Birth of a Radical

White Fear in the White House: Young Bannon Disciple Julia Hahn Is a Case Study in Extremism

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Andrew J. Bacevich: Forbidden Questions?

24 Key Issues That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Consider Worth Their Bother

Dick Nichols: New Catalan political space

One hurdle cleared on the road to left unity

Shaun Richman: Make the Road

Our greatest power is still the work we do and our occasional refusal to do it

Mattathias Schwartz: Nuking Hawaii

North Korea Wants to Convince the World It Can Nuke Hawaii. Donald Trump Is Happy to Oblige

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Juan Cole: ISIL Hijacked French Election

The biggest de facto backer of Le Pen’s hateful, far right nationalism is ISIL

Matthew Sedacca: Your Life Is Worth About $10,000

Why most of the tobacco epidemic remains in our future

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Amy Goodman: Pigs Don’t Fly but Their Feces Do

Despite the enormous impact on so many residents, factory farming has its loyal defenders in the North Carolina Legislature

Walt Hunter: The New Intellectuals

Political wars on college campuses aren’t really about free speech. They’re about what it means to be a student

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Richard Falk: Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

Israel’s most ardent and powerful backers are transforming the debate on Israel/Palestine policy into a cultural war of aggression

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Alleen Brown: Oklahoma Anti-Protest Law

The bill is part of a nationwide trend in anti-protest laws meant to significantly increase legal penalties for civil disobedience

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Juan Cole: The quest for 100% Renewables

Are some major industrial countries only a decade or two from getting all their electricity from non-fossil fuel sources?

Alex Kotch: Fossil Fuel Companies Spend Big

Boosting GOP in heated special elections for Congress

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Samantha Winslow: Winning Equal Pay for Immigrant Nurses

This grievance fight gave union activists a way to get recent hires involved and show them what the union is about

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