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Lee Sustar: Ready to strike for Chicago’s schools

A report on the looming showdown pitting the Chicago Teachers Union against City Hall–and how the teachers’ fight is tied to a wider struggle for justice

Robert Fisk: Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

Peres said the massacre came as a ‘bitter surprise’. It was a lie: the UN had repeatedly told Israel the camp was packed with refugees

Bill Meyer: I Am Not Your Negro

“I hope this film will help rephrase what is called the race conversation, which deep down is a class conversation”

Rev. William E. Alberts: Trump’s Road Rage to the White House

A grave threat to America’s security is the deep-seated anger of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  His road rage personality erupted at a Florida campaign stop, where, in “an off-script aside,” he was quoted: “‘With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they Read more…

Chris Brooks: Business-Backed ‘Anti-Union Union’ Falters at Volkswagen

Tennessee’s infamous anti-union union is fading away for lack of members. Will Volkswagen’s rationale for keeping out a real union crumble with it?

Juan Cole: How the JASTA override on Saudi could Bite Americans in the Ass

The US benefits from having the world’s reserve currency, but those at risk of being sued may well not only take their money out of the US but denominate it in Euros or Renminbi.

Richard Seymour: Can Corbyn survive the coup?

A vote by the members of Britain’s Labour Party, due to end later this week, will decide if left-winger Jeremy Corbyn remains leader of the party. Corbyn, a veteran of many union and social struggles and a member of parliament (MP) for more than three decades, stunned the whole British political establishment when he ran Read more…

George Monbiot: No fracking, drilling or digging: it’s the only way to save life on Earth

It’s a simple choice: stop all fossil fuel prospecting, or break the Paris agreement on climate change

Joseph Daher: Syria – Calling for an End to the Interventions is Not Nearly Enough

The end of the war is an absolute humanitarian and political necessity

Jérôme Duval: Doing without advice from Deloitte?

Nicknamed the “Big Four” Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and Price Water House Coopers (PwC) are the big four audit firms that operate in concert as an inescapable cartel in the world of multinationals and global finance. At first they were the “Big 8”, all dominated by the United States, which became Read more…

Sibylla Brodzinsky: Colombia Peace Deal Resounds in Farc’s Heartland

Like many people of this town and across Colombia who have suffered the war, it is hard for Segura to believe peace is possible. But he’s willing to try

Hilary Wainwright: The new politics isn’t just protest – it’s about change from the ground up

This is about creating lasting solutions that both prefigure and prepare for an end to austerity politics,

David Swanson: How We Could End the Permanent War State

I think it is terribly important to have the endpoint of a national campaign spelled out clearly and in enough detail to give it credibility

Adam Parsons: Standing in solidarity for a humanity without borders

The true burden of responsibility lies ever more heavily on the shoulders of ordinary people of goodwill

Binoy Kampmark: Re-electing Jeremy Corbyn: The Triumph Of Momentum

British Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn continues to survive the meteorites, and more nuanced weapons, directed at him

Patrick Cockburn: Saudi Arabia is showing signs of financial strain as its relationship with the US sours

Workers in the Saudi desert are not only no longer receiving wages, supplies of food and electricity have also been cut

Chuck Collins: Hillary Clinton Channels Her Inner Teddy Roosevelt

Clinton’s announcement to expand the federal estate tax on the wealthy is a bold step towards addressing today’s skyrocketing inequality.

Ben Morken: South Africa: Rising anger as mass student protests return

On Tuesday, September 20, mass student protests erupted across the country after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities can raise tuition fees by up to 8% next year

Thomas Geoghegan: 3 Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton That Have Nothing To Do with Hillary Clinton

By closing your eyes to the loss of a million little acts of mercy, are you not taking a morally dubious means to an even more politically dubious end?

Juan Cole: The Non Debate, Debate

There was no debate as the word is usually understood, where the two take turns setting out policy positions.

Nick Turse: America’s Winless Wars

Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A. After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloined) maxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”?

Stephen R. Shalom: Some Left Arguments on the Election

Several left arguments on the U.S. election frankly leave me baffled.

Noam Chomsky: Global Warming

If current tendencies persist, the outcome will be disastrous before too long. Large parts of the world will become barely habitable affecting hundreds of millions of people, along with other disasters that we can barely contemplate.

Eric Draitser: Life After the USSR

The reality of life in post-Soviet Eastern Europe is not at all what was promised.

Paul Buhle: Snowden

Oliver Stone’s film, with its underplayed, historically precise script and careful acting, makes its points through the adventures of two ostensibly ordinary Americans, a conservative-leaning geek and his progressive-inclined girlfriend. It is The System itself that supplies the heavies, because not even loyal Pentagon, CIA and State Department servants seem to be acting very much Read more…

Binoy Kampmark: Punishing the Punished

It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material.

Rebecca Gordon: Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

It’s hard to fathom even the basics of the American urge to lock people away in vast numbers.

David Swanson: Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families…

Henry A. Giroux: Politics as Pathology

The warfare state is built not only on the militarization of the economy but also on what my colleague Brad Evans calls “armed ignorance.” … symptomatic of an educational and spiritual crisis in the United States.

Jeremy Brecher: Jobs, Justice, & Clean-Energy

The Clean Energy Future will provide many new jobs for each that is lost. There will, however, be fewer jobs in coal, oil, and gas extraction and burning and in nuclear energy.

Jim Naureckas: Cherry Picking Trade Polls

Manipulating Polls to show what you want – the NY Times …

Juan Cole: The Last Time…

The last time summer was this hot humans hadn’t left Africa…

Walden Bello: How Middle-Class Chileans Contributed to the Overthrow of Salvador Allende

American intervention was one factor leading to the Chilean coup—but unrest on the part of middle-class Chileans was another

Arun Gupta: The Left Underestimates the Danger of Trump

In reality, all the recent organizing gains will whither as the left is forced to wage losing defensive struggles against violent white nationalists

Mark Weisbrot: Is Human Rights Watch Too Closely Aligned With U.S. Foreign Policy?

It is vitally important that human-rights organizations stick to their avowed principles and defend human rights without regard to the objectives of US foreign policy

William Barber: Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting, It Belongs to the Public

Understand, the public owns these videos. This is taxpayer money. It is wrong-headed. It is not the kind of openness that we need

Jon Queally: As Tribes Fight Pipeline, Internal AFL-CIO Letter Exposes ‘Very Real Split’

Leaked letter circulated within nation’s largest labor federation illustrates troubling disconnect when what working people deserve and what climate science compels are actually the same thing

Shaun King: It’s time for serious nationwide economic boycotts to end police brutality and racial injustice in America

It is time that we organize a passionate, committed, economic boycott. It must be painful. It must be unified

Dave Zirin: A symbol that spread through the sports world

Interview about the tide of protest that has rolled over football at all levels and far beyond since Kaepernick’s action

LisaGay Hamilton: Why I am on the Women’s Boat to Gaza

In twenty-four hours, I will join the women on the third leg of the trip to Messina, Sicily, and from there the Zaytouna-Oliva will proceed to its final destination: Gaza

Juan Cole: Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading toward 6,000

The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will help call in air Read more…

Pete Dolack: Global warming will accelerate as oceans reach limits of remediation

If we are to be serious about reversing global warming, we have to create an economic system based on human need that is stable as a steady-state system and under democratic control, rather than our present authoritarian system

Sonia Singh: Farmworkers Taste the Fruits of Victory

After three years of tireless organizing, 500 farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Washington state have finally won union recognition

Alexander C. Kaufman: Elizabeth Warren Seems To Be Staking Out Her Place In A Clinton Presidency

Earlier this summer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) became the spear tip of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, skewering Republican nominee Donald Trump in repeated head-to-head battles on Twitter. Now, the progressive firebrand appears to be staking out her role in a potential Clinton administration as a bulwark against the influence of Wall Street. “We believe Sen. Elizabeth Read more…

Vincent Emanuele: The Riots Will Continue

The issues of policing, systemic racism, systemic economic inequality and political corruption will only become more prominent as existing institutions become increasingly militarized and violent

Sarah Lazare: Charlotte Cops Dig In, Won’t Release Video; Opposition to Police Terror Builds

“One of the major problems with reporting on police violence is the degree to which police statements are treated as the gold standard of information instead of being treated with the skepticism they deserve”

Victor Grossman: An Omen for the 2017 German Federal Elections?

Last Saturday, one day before the Berlin vote, there were demonstrations against CETA and TTIP in seven major cities, supported by many organizations on the left

Jim Naureckas: Dakota Access Blackout Continues on ABC, NBC News

Rock legend Neil Young released a song called “Indian Givers” in support of the Dakota Access mobilization. The chorus of the song repeats, “I wish somebody would share the news.”

Dave Zirin: Bigots Beware: White Athletes Are Becoming Sympathetic to Anthem Protests

Do you want to make 1968 Olympic medalist John Carlos angry?  Describe the iconic black-gloved fist that he pumped to the heavens as a “Black Power salute.” As he has explained to me often, “Black Power is a beautiful thing. But in 1968, raising your fist meant ‘power to the people.’ I wanted my fist Read more…

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