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H. Patricia Hynes: In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See: Going Local, remaining Indivisible

Our agenda, going forward, is laser clear: rebuilding civil society in small, local groups and community organizations

Marjorie Cohn: The Injustices of Manning’s Ordeal

An order not to reveal evidence of war crimes would be an unlawful order. Manning had a legal duty to expose the commission of war crimes

Sarah Levy: The left can’t be dismissive

We can’t dismiss people because they aren’t as “woke” as we are. That might be a way to feel good about your own political development, but frankly, it’s not a way to actually win.

Kathy Kelly: White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting a Verdict

This morning, here in Minneapolis, I’ll learn whether six jurors believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Dan Wilson and I are criminals.  The court case stems from an action protesting the execution of Jamar Clark, age 24, who died in the early morning of November 15, 2015 outside a north Minneapolis apartment complex. Two Minneapolis Read more…

William J. Astore: The Dark [K]night of Donald Trump

Weapons, Warriors, and Fear as the New Order in America

Noah J. Karvelis: Privatized Thought: Betsy DeVos and the Reality of a Corporate Education

What seems like a utopian dream for the capitalist elite has taken shape in a push for privatized schools known as charter schools

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Leftier-Than-Thou Patronizing Has No Place in Movement Building

Movements do not come to us from heaven, fully formed and organized. They are built by actual people, with all their political questions, weaknesses and strengths

Naomi Klein: Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism

What stands out in the package of pseudo “relief” policies is the commitment to wage all-out war on labor standards and on the public sphere

Richard Falk: Trump’s Pre-Fascism and Progressive Populist Opportunities

It remains possible in the United States to organize, protest, and oppose without serious fears of reprisals or detentions

Winona La Duke: Trump’s Push to Build Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines is a Declaration of War

The person who’s going to benefit most from Keystone is Rex Tillerson, the new secretary of state

Bobbi Jean Three Legs: “Water is Life, Water is Sacred”

I can’t imagine what my great-grandchildren or anybody’s future grandchildren or those not born yet will be going through when they come into this world

Mark t. Harris: Dawn of the Resistance

History is made by those who refuse to accept social oppression and injustice, who resist adversity at all costs, and who keep fighting for justice

Yessenia Funes: Activists in U.S. Cities Respond to Trump’s Pipeline Orders

From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., people hit the streets to denounce the administration’s decisions

Annie Leonard: A Complete Disregard for Democracy

The vast majority of the world’s scientists say that 80 percent of remaining oils needs to stay underground. The last thing we should be doing is investing in more pipeline

Ana C. Dinerstein: Women on the verge: the essence of feminist struggle

The women’s march against Trump is not an exception. It signals an evolving tendency in feminist struggle and hints at what will come in the following decades

Rinku Sen: Why I Marched on Washington—With Zero Reservations

Reflecting on real feminist organizing and rejecting the notion that women of color were just window dressing at the Women’s March on Washington

Penelope Duggan: Women’s Marches: from protest to movement?

This protest movement is a sign of the possibilities to build movements, whether for the right to abortion in Ireland and Poland, against violence in India and South Africa, against feminicide in Mexico and for women’s rights as human rights everywhere

David Swanson: The War Horror Has Begun

Here we are on Day 5 of the Donald Trump presidency, and he’s got “special” forces of the U.S. military in two-thirds of the world’s nations

Patrick Cockburn: Syria peace talks begin in Kazakhstan with Russia taking center stage

Some key parties in the Syrian conflict are not represented in Astana – but Russia’s involvement shows it has been successful in fighting its way to the top table using military muscle

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: To Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons

There exists an ethical imperative to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons

Brian Knappenberger: Outright Lies, Constant Tweets & “Alternative Facts”: Inside Trump’s Orwellian War with the Media

Trump and his administration may end up provoking the Washington press corps, and the mainstream media, in general, into becoming an adversarial press, which is not what they want to do

Vijay Prashad: Donald Trump And The Decline Of American Unipolarity

US-driven imperialism is not at an end

Lauren McCauley: Trump Issues Media Blackout at Multiple Federal Agencies

Moves come amid growing concern that Trump and his appointees will suppress scientific innovation and research to advance their own ideological agenda

Laurna Strikwerda: Active bystander training key to building culture of solidarity

On Jan. 21, millions of men and women marched in cities around the world for women’s rights and a vision of justice and equality. The march in Washington, D.C., was one of the largest the city has ever seen, and it demonstrated that there is tremendous energy in speaking up for social justice. Since the Read more…

John Feffer: Donald Trump Against the World: The Birth of a New Nationalist World Order

There couldn’t be less empathy for the people out there involved in the drama. It’s all about the money and that piercing sense of conquest

Steve Ellner: Venezuela’s National Dialogue: Disaggregating Key Issues

At first glance, intense political polarization in Venezuela appears to leave little room for compromise or a peaceful resolution to the current political crisis facing the nation. What many believe to be at stake is nothing other than the continuation or termination of the rule of Nicolás Maduro. Statements by top leaders of both the Read more…

David Swanson: The So-Called Intelligence So-Called Community’s Dumb Isolated View of the Future

These people may be paid billions of dollars by us primarily to keep secrets, but they don’t keep their contempt for democracy secret very well

Yasser Munif: Syria and the Left

Behind the humanitarian disaster of the Syrian civil war is a political crisis the Left urgently needs to understand

Raghav Kaushik: Syria And The Antiwar Movement

While everyone agrees that Syria is a humanitarian disaster, there has been a complete fracturing of the left when it comes to analyzing the conflict. Unfortunately, the debates have been unusually vicious and sectarian making rational discussion difficult. The specifics of Syria account for only a part of the viciousness of the debate. At heart Read more…

Patrick Cockburn: Why the rise of Donald Trump and Isis have more in common than you might think

Inequality has increased everywhere with politically momentous consequences

Juan Cole: Trump to CIA: We now have 2nd Chance to take Iraq’s Oil

The last time intelligence was highly politicized, the pressure came from Bush-Cheney and produced a faulty National Intelligence Estimate on Iraqi ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that the Agency has never lived down

Chris Brooks: A Rank-and-File Army of Organizers

How much stronger would our unions be if they didn’t rely so heavily on staffers with little or no experience in their industries? What if more organizing was done by the members themselves?

Pope Francis: Pope Francis: “The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior”

On Friday, just as Donald Trump was being sworn into office in Washington DC, Pope Francis was granting EL PAÍS a long interview at the Vatican, during which he called for prudence in the face of widespread alarm over the new US president. For an hour and 15 minutes, inside a modest room in Casa Read more…

Susan Zupan: Chicago Women’s March

250,000 march in Chicago

Sarah Hampson: For Women’s March on Washington protesters, the fight is far from over

The overwhelming success of the WMW, and the sister marches around the world, totalling an estimated two million people, has led to discussion – and concern – about how to ensure the momentum doesn’t wane

Sarah Frostenson: The Women’s Marches may have been the largest demonstration in US history

Almost every state in America hosted a Women’s March

Ted Glick: Take That, Trump! We Believe That We Can Win

With a spirit of searching-for-unity, appreciating the importance of the concept of a united front in this perilous and dangerous time, there is no question we can do it. If we dare to struggle, dare to act, dare to unite, we can win

Yanis Varoufakis: We need an alternative to Trump’s nationalism. It isn’t the status quo

Only a third insurgency promoting a New Deal that works equally for Americans and Europeans can restore to a billion people living in the west sovereignty over their lives and communities

Miya Yoshitani: What Does Environmental Justice Organizing Look Like in the Time of Trump?

What our communities need so intensely right now are real examples of a vision for a new culture and society, right in their own neighborhoods. They need to be able to touch and feel and experience them and also experience building them as participants in our democracy

Jim Sleeper: The die is cast: why Trump can’t help but try dictatorship

America’s founding fathers read intently Gibbon’s account of how Augustus eviscerated the Roman republic’s remaining premises even while persuading them that he was restoring their freedoms. Now we know why

Tom Engelhardt: The Future by Committee

The Collective “Wisdom” of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Shepherd Bliss: Welcome to the Start of the Third American Revolution: The National and One Local Women’s Marches

It remains to be seen if this was merely a well-organized, highly successful one-day event, or the start of a truly non-violent mass movement

Chris Spannos: Mass Surveillance and “Smart Totalitarianism”

Under neoliberalism, state and corporate power have fused to impose new forms of social control, using technology to transform private life into a system of total domination

Eric Fink: Greensboro City Workers Form a Union

The Greensboro organizing effort owes its success to the rank-and-file culture and grassroots orientation that are the hallmarks of UE Local 150

Eve Ensler: The Women’s March heralds a renaissance of resistance

We are marching today so the next generation of girls don’t wake up with poisonous nightmares, but with radiant dreams

Juan Cole: All the terrible things Trump plans to do to Women (besides that one)

The administrative and legal changes proposed by Trump or his cabinet nominees will inflict harm on millions of American women

Immanuel Wallerstein: China and the United States: Partners?

The United States dreams of reproducing a Yalta-like arrangement with China

Zaid Jilani: Donald Trump Preaches Angry Nationalism, While Practicing Goldman Sachs Capitalism

With a cabinet whose combined net worth is greater than that of a third of America combined, it’s likely that many, many Americans will continue to be ignored

George Monbiot: Donald Trump’s mission? To keep the US in the fossil age

While China invests heavily in renewable energy, the fossil economy in the US will be given the green light to squeeze every last cent from oil and coal

Jeremy Scahill: Trump Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lied to the Senate

There are many reasons Betsy DeVos’s nomination to serve as Donald Trump’s education secretary could be justifiably quashed by the U.S. Senate. Her long public record indicates she is a religious Christian zealot who does not believe in the actual separation of church and state, wants public monies funneled into religious schools, and has contributed Read more…

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