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Juan Cole: Some of the Times We almost had a Nuclear War

There is always a danger that if a weapon is in the arsenal, it will be deployed

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Vincent Emanuele: Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem

Neither the planet, nor humanity can endure another decade of liberal antiwar activism

Chase Strangio: Chelsea Manning Faces Indefinite Solitary Confinement & Extra Prison Time After Suicide Attempt

The perils and the damages of being forced to be punished through the denial of your core identity is something that has led to her depression

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Andrew J. Bacevich: The Decay of American Politics

The thicket of unreality that is American politics has now become all-enveloping

Various Contributors: Our Revolution is just getting started

When labor organizations decide to endorse candidates, after a democratic process open to the entire rank-and-file, it changes the whole dynamic of union-based political activism

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Jim Hightower: What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution? The populist insurgency is ratcheting up

What an amazing Democratic primary season it’s been, including this happy result: WE WON! “We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other “outsiders” who felt the Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, by, and for grassroots Americans. True, this progressive-populist coalition did not win the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Thinking About the Election

Steve Shalom and Michael Albert use a Q/A format to explore current issues of the U.S. election, Sanders, Clinton, Trump, and movements

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George Monbiot: The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us

The media largely relegate the greatest challenge facing humanity to footnotes as industry and politicians hurtle us towards systemic collapse of the planet

Donna Murch: Paying for Punishment

One of the enduring lessons from past struggle for social change is that where there is the greatest suffering, there is also the most creative and insightful response

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Vijay Prashad: It’s Bombs Away for the USA in Libya

Almost guaranteed to spread more misery across North Africa

Various Contributors: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice

A collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda

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David Swanson: Trumped

For decades we’ve heard the tired old refrain “We need leaders.” I’m afraid we won’t survive many more leaders. I think what we actually need is democracy

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Robert Fisk: No, Aleppo is not the new Srebrenica – the west won’t go to war over Syria

There are no ‘good guys’ among the Syrian warlords yet, despite all the evidence, we want to find them. It’s time to stop lying to the people of the Middle East

Sam Wetherell: When Donald Comes to Town

What Donald Trump’s ill-fated effort to transform Atlantic City into a personal cash cow says about the future of American cities

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Joao Pedro Stedile: We have to present a new project that can overcome neo-developmentalism

The crisis opens up a new time of change

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Turkey and Erdoğan: Rise and Fall?

Turkey is presently governed by the Justice and Development Party (AKP in its Turkish initials). The AKP was co-founded in 2001 by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He became Prime Minister in 2003 and served until 2014, when he became Turkey’s 12th president. The stories of Turkey, Erdoğan, and the AKP were closely linked during the past Read more…

Max Haiven: Black flags and debt resistance in America’s oldest colony

In the face of a neolcolonial debt regime imposed by the United States, Puerto Rico’s streets are alive with the spirit of resistance

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Richard Falk: Context Matters: Turkey After the Failed Coup

The legendary American pro-football coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi, famously remarked when asked about his sports philosophy, “Winning isn’t everything. It is the only thing.” In thinking about the Turkish failed coup I paraphrase Lombardi: “Context isn’t everything. It is the only thing.” Without an adequate depiction of context every inflamed political Read more…

Terry Connolly: Challenges to Duopoly Control

The conventions of the two major parties have ended and they have picked their candidates for the November general election.  The choice between them is a stark contrast in style.  You get to choose if you want Huey Long in an orange clown suit or Cruella de Vil in a pantsuit.  If you don’t like the candidates of Read more…

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Samantha Winslow: Portland Teachers Expose Lead in Schools

Periodic lead testing showed the presence of lead in Portland schools’ drinking water back in 2001. Between 2010 and 2012, the district found unsafe levels of lead in 47 schools

Jeremy Gilbert: The Two Souls of Labour

Corbyn supporters’ vision for the Labour Party is fundamentally at odds with that of its entrenched elite

Ash-Lee Henderson: Movement for Black Lives Calls for Reparations & “End to War Against Black People”

The list of demands also includes the abolition of the death penalty, legislation to recognize the impacts of slavery, investments in education initiatives, mental health services and employment programs

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Robin Hahnel: The Us Left And Presidential Elections: What Can We Learn?

More than 13 million Americans voted for a candidate to be their President who labelled himself a democratic socialist and called for a political revolution

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Norman Solomon: An open letter to Hillary from a Bernie delegate

Beyond the fleeting praise for Bernie, your message to his delegates in Philadelphia wasn’t hard to discern: my corporate centrist way or the highway

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Nick Turse: Breaking the Camouflage Wall of Silence

When AFRICOM Evaluates Itself, the News Is Grim

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David Swanson: But, Mr. Putin, You Just Don’t Understand

The purpose of war is indeed war itself. The justifications are always pretexts

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Mark Weisbrot: Is The Republican Party A Legitimate Political Party?

It is pretty clear that voter disenfranchisement is the bedrock of Republican power. As such, the legitimacy of the Republican Party is questionable

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Juan Cole: 6 Signs the Big Global Switch to Solar has already Begun

Economists have now demonstrated what we solar panel owners have known all along: people who put photovoltaic panels on their roofs actually save money for all the ratepayers

Nicholas Buccola: What is My Duty as a Progressive Voter?

Frederick Douglass grappled with a similar dilemma one hundred and sixty years ago

David H. Gans: How Scalia Made It Difficult to Bring Cases to Court

The late Supreme Court justice wrote a number of opinions that limited the ability of racial minorities, victims of police misconduct, and others to vindicate their constitutional rights

Adam Szetela: The Bullies’ Club

Just like Trump, UFC president Dana White built his fortune off exploitation and union-busting. No wonder they’re friends

Josh Bivens: A financial transaction tax would help ensure Wall Street works for Main Street

Summary What this report finds: A well-designed financial transaction tax (FTT)—a small levy placed on the sale of stocks, bonds, derivatives, and other investments—would be an efficient and progressive way to generate tax revenues. Gross revenues from a well-designed FTT would likely range from $110 billion to $403 billion. And net revenues (including offsets from Read more…

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Frida Berrigan: “Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”

Children, Toy Guns, and the Real Thing

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Richard Falk: Is Genocide a Controversial International Crime?

A look at East-West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, by Philippe Sands

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Walden Bello: Superpower Conflicts Are Driving Tensions in the South China Sea

The Philippines won a huge legal victory against China on a long-running territorial dispute. But Manila’s alliance with Washington may make it all for nothing

Matt Ford: Wisconsin’s Voting Laws Struck Down

A federal judge ruled Friday the state’s voter-ID law and other restrictions violated the Constitution

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Paul Street: Black, White, and Blue: Working Class Self-Defeat in Somerville

The lives of no racial or ethnic group seem to matter less to America’s soulless capitalist and imperial system than do those of Black Americans

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Patrick Cockburn: Turkey, once the great hope of the Middle East, is left weak and unstable

Erdogan thrives on crisis and confrontation, of which the failed coup is the latest example. But a state of permanent crisis is weakening and destabilising Turkey

Jasper Finkeldey: Naples rising: rebel youth movements buzz in the old city

Naples’ citizens suffer from the multiple hardships of unemployment, austerity and mismanagement. Social movements jump in where institutions fail

Daniel Denvir: Bernie’s big lesson: Socialists should occupy the Democratic Party, not abandon it

Now that the trail has been blazed, the next step for Bernie supporters is to take over the Democratic Party

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Bill Berkowitz: Riding Trump’s Wave, Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Runs for Senate

Immediately after Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and an early Trump supporter, tweeted: “Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders! Fair Trade! Couldn’t have said it better!” On the heels of the Republican Party’s Convention, Duke, promising to be a Read more…

Hamza Hamouchene: Tunisia: on the frontlines of the struggle against climate change

Kerkennah islanders are faced with a double threat to their existence: rising sea water levels and the extractive operations of fossil fuel companies

Various Contributors: Open Letter to Bernie Sanders from Former Campaign Staffers

We look forward to continuing the political revolution and working with your successor organizations, however right now the country still needs you to run for president

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Leonard Peltier: Letter from Leonard Peltier

Sisters, brothers, friends and supporters: June 26th marks 41 years since the long summer day when three young men were killed at the home of the Jumping Bull family, near Oglala, during a firefight in which I and dozens of others participated. While I did not shoot (and therefore did not kill) FBI agents Ronald Read more…

Marcelina Zawisza: Poland between social nationalism and the new left

Translation by Revolting Europe In ultra conservative Poland something is happening on the Left, with the birth of Razëm – which means Together – a new party that with over 4 percent of the vote has gained full rights of participation in the political and national media debate. Born from the social movements, inspired by Read more…

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Laura Carlsen: Both Parties Are Playing the Mexico Card

From immigration to the drug war, there’s a lot that needs fixing in the U.S.-Mexico relationship. But border walls, hate speech, and deportations won’t do it

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Vijay Prashad: A Story of Deceit

In the U.S., the debate over Iraq has been placed on mute

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Victor Grossman: From Germany: Horror and Sorrow

A report from Berlin on causes of the spate of violence striking Germany and across Europe

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Juan Cole: Russian & Iranian Press deplore Hillary Clinton Hawkishness; Israelis complain she’s Dove

How is the international press responding to the Democratic National Convention and the formalization of Hillary Clinton’s status as the party’s standard-bearer in the presidential campaign?

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Sue Sturgis: How special-interest money took over the party conventions

Percent by which private funding from outside the party committee is expected to increase over 2012 for this year’s Democratic convention: 12

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