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Richard Falk: How the United States Government Obstructs Peace for Israel/Palestine

Obstacle to Peace is the book we have long needed, utterly indispensable for a correct understanding of why the conflict has not been resolved up to this point

Benjamin Selwyn: Rethinking Recovery: Poverty Chains and Global Capitalism

Reorienting value generated within ‘global poverty chains’ is essential to improve the lives of an impoverished world labor force

Robert Fisk: We love to talk of terror – but after the Munich shooting, this hypocritical catch-all term has finally caught us out

It all comes down to the same thing in the end. If Muslims attack us, they are terrorists. If non-Muslims attack us, they are shooters. If Muslims attack other Muslims, they are attackers

Sue Sturgis: Striking a Blow Against Debtors’ Prisons

Amount that Jennings, Missouri, has agreed to pay out to people jailed because they were unable to pay court fines and fees they owed: $4.75 million Number of people who will receive payments under the settlement: almost 2,000 Days they collectively spent in jail over the last five years: about 8,300 Month in which Equal Read more…

Jonathan Marshall: Turkey’s Nukes: A Sum of All Fears

Although Turkey offers an egregious case of nuclear risks, questions about nuclear weapons deployment should go well beyond that country

Jack Rasmus: Trump, Trade, and Working-Class Discontent

Trump is in that great U.S. presidential candidate tradition, promising voters what they want to hear and then, if elected, doing whatever the economic elites want them to do

Juan Cole: Top 6 Graphs that Refute Donald Trump’s Lies about the United States

AP’s Fact Check found that as usual Donald Trump’s statistics in his GOP acceptance speech are way beyond the ‘damned lies’ level. So here are some illustrative graphs to suggest the level of his duplicity: “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.” h/t Read more…

Mark Weisbrot: Brazil’s impeachment crisis undermines investor confidence

The interim government is doubling down on austerity, and has generated all the investor confidence of a big, fat banana republic

Jon Schwarz: Donald Trump’s Convention Speech Rings Terrifying Historical Alarm Bells

Trump had just one message for Americans: Be afraid. You are under terrible threats from forces inside and outside your country, and he’s the only person who can save us

Medea Benjamin: “Build Bridges, Not Walls”

CodePink’s Medea Benjamin disrupted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention by holding up a banner reading “Build bridges, not walls!” Her protest diverted cameras away from Trump’s speech. Benjamin was removed after the disruption and says she was later interviewed by the Secret Service. Democracy Now! spoke to her on the street Read more…

Andrés Lund: Pedagogy of the Oppressor

The bureaucrats of education, personificated in Aurelio Nuño, as all personifications of the Capital, naturalize violence and seek to spread the message that human lives are not worth crying for

Chris Kromm: NBA’s decision to pull All-Star game could have big political fallout in North Carolina

This week, the National Basketball Association made good on a threat to pull its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to North Carolina’s passage of HB2

Deirdre Fulton: As Major Parties Embrace Fracking, Report Shows Natural Gas ‘Bridge to Climate Disaster’

Proposed natural gas expansion in the U.S. stands to undermine national climate goals as well as public and environmental health

Vandana Shiva: Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind

A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values”, warns: “One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in Read more…

Conn Hallinan: The Big Boom: Nukes And NATO

“Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.” -William J. Perry U.S. Sec. Of Defense (1994-97) Perry has been an inside player in the business of nuclear weapons for over 60 years and his book, Read more…

David Swanson: Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children

This latest story of blowing up 85 civilians in their homes has some people confused and concerned. Let me help you out

Paul Street: Political Correctness: Handle with Care

Racial, gender, and ethnic diversity matters, of course, but political correctness (PC) tied to bourgeois identity politics can be deadly to Left thinkers and activists and to the causes of peace and social justice

Patrick Cockburn: Turkey coup: What’s actually happening and what does it mean for the future of the country?

What to expect in the coming weeks and months

Emilio Godoy: Germany’s Energy Transition: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In Germany, wind and solar energy coexist with energy generated by burning fossil fuels. A wind farm next to one of the electric power plants fired by lignite in the Western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS COLOGNE, Germany, Jul 19 2016 (IPS) – Immerath, 90 km away from the German city of Cologne, Read more…

Kenrya Rankin: 10 Arrested as Movement For Black Lives Takes on Police Unions

Black Youth Project 100, Black Lives Matter and Million Hoodies launch protest actions to demand accountability for police officers who commit violent acts against citizens

John Feffer: The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups

The attempted military coup in Turkey and the possibility of a President Trump may have more Americans considering the military option

Badri Raina: Hear Hear Hear

Hear the voice of the populace Who past, present, future weave; Do not wish away the past, Or the present and future unbelieve. When the soul is wounded quick, The brain goes up in crimson flame; Guns dwindle to unfeared toys, And pebbles take on an inspired name. Sit you down with those you say Read more…

Samantha Winslow: Teachers Arrested Protesting Police Brutality in the Twin Cities

With 3,000 teachers gathered in Minneapolis for the American Federation of Teachers convention, the two Twin Cities teachers unions led a march to protest the recent police killing of an African American man, Philando Castile, at a traffic stop. Educators want to link their struggle for resources for public schools with the wider need for Read more…

John Feffer: Loss of Manufacturing Jobs and Lack of Housing Policy Have Led to Homelessness in Hungary

Homelessness in Hungary no longer means exile or alienation as during the Soviet era, but no roof over one’s head

Ramzy Baroud: From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS

For many western commentators and politicians it is much easier – let alone safer – to discuss ISIS within impractical contexts, for example, Islam, than to take moral responsibility

Radha Surya: India’s Heart of Darkness Exposed by the Crackdown in Kashmir

There is no escaping the implications of the horrors with which innocent, mostly unarmed civilians of India-held Kashmir have been bombarded ever since the present crisis erupted

Stephen Zunes: Is anti-Zionism inherently anti-Semitic?

As the U.S. movement in support of Palestinian rights gains momentum, it has come under increasing attack by supporters of Israel’s right-wing government and defenders of its occupation and colonization of occupied territory. For example, governors, state legislatures, and members of Congress of both major parties have referred to efforts to use such tactics as Read more…

Dean Baker: Brexit, Austerity, and the Future of the European Union

If the EU leadership continues to set policy based on folk wisdom from their parents rather than serious economics, the hardships among the population will continue

George Monbiot: Punishment Posting

The more urgent the environmental crisis becomes, the less we hear about it

Jeff Cohen: What Will Bernie Delegates Do in Philadelphia?

Nearly 45% of Democratic voters and caucus goers supported Bernie. So nearly half of the party has said, “No, we’re progressives.”

David Swanson: Could Hillary Be Any Worse? Sure, Add Tim Kaine to the Ticket

Tim Kaine has been consistently ranked as one of the least progressive Democrats in the U.S. Senate

Joe Emersberger: Chavismo Must Stop the Economic Bleeding

People who care about the success of progressive change in Venezuela – and in Latin America – must do all they can to ensure that huge self-inflicted problems are avoided

David Swanson: What About Theresa May Plagiarizing Genghis Kahn?

There are scandals and then there are the things that should be scandals. Melania Trump gave a speech on Monday plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama, not to mention a song by Rick Astley (that, like these speeches, someone else wrote). Yes, that’s funny. The accented immigrant spouse campaigning for the xenophobic bigot is funny Read more…

Jonathan Cook: Money talks as Trump does U-turn on Israel

It doesn’t get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel

Adam Hochschild: Me Tarzan, You Adam

How I Met the Ghosts of My Own Work in a Local Multiplex

John Pilger: A Preview of The Coming War on China

Interview on China, Okinawa, and U.S. policy in Asia

Richard Falk: Narrating Turkey at a Time of National Crisis

With the crisis of the failed coup seemingly effectively resolved, there is emerging what might be described as ‘the crisis of the aftermath’

Sarah Lazare: The Myth of Upward Mobility in America

Researchers find that those who start out poor are likely to remain so

Güney Işıkara: What Happened in Turkey?

Turkey’s failed military coup wasn’t in service of democracy — but neither is Erdoğan’s countercoup

Vijay Prashad: Cashing in on a failed coup

Turkish President Erdogan is using the botched bid to unseat him to further his authoritarian agenda

Emily Keppler: Popular Uprising Backs Striking Teachers in Southern Mexico

The ongoing blockade in San Cristóbal has become a living example of the popular labor movement that’s spreading across Mexico

Tom Anderson: Bikini islanders still deal with fallout of US nuclear tests, 70 years later

In 1946, French fashion designer Jacques Heim released a woman’s swimsuit he called the “Atome” (French for “atom”) – a name selected to suggest its design would be as shocking to people that summer as the atomic bombings of Japan had been the summer before. Not to be outdone, competitor Louis Réard raised the stakes, Read more…

Kani Xulam: Kurdish Activist: Erdogan Should Be Pushed Out, But by the People, Not the Military

Turkey remains in a state of crisis three days after soldiers staged an attempted coup commandeering tanks, attack helicopters and fighter jets in a bid to seize power. We speak to Kurdish activist Kani Xulam, director of the American Kurdish Information Network. AMY GOODMAN: Turkey remains in a state of crisis three days after soldiers Read more…

Michael Albert: Participatory Economics & the Bolivarian Revolution

From a talk given at the foreign ministry lecture hall in Caracas, Venezuela, July 18, 2016

Richard Falk: An Unlikely AMEXIT: Pivoting Away from the Middle East

The Case for Disengagement A few years ago Barack Obama made much of an American pivot to East Asia, a recognition of China’s emergence and regional assertiveness, and the related claim that the American role in Asia-Pacific should be treated as a prime strategic interest that China needed to be made to respect. The shift Read more…

Cornel West: Justice and Accountability are Necessary to End Tension over Killings by Police

Interview on the killing of the three police officers in Baton Rouge and the recent nationwide protests against police brutality

Hilary Wainwright: A question of leadership

The ‘new politics’ Jeremy Corbyn proclaims must be an explicit agenda of institutional change, not simply a change of style

Juan Cole: Rep. Stephen King, White People and ‘Civilization’

Rep. Stephen King objected to a comment during a cable news discussion at MSNBC that this will be the last election dominated by old white people. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) offered an unusual defense of the racial homogeneity of his party during a panel on MSNBC Monday evening. The group, led by Chris Hayes, was Read more…

Nell Bernstein: The True Cost of California’s Proposition 47

The tide is beginning to turn on criminal justice

Kris Hermes: Battling Convention

Inside the police’s playbook for repressing protests at national conventions

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