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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Samantha Winslow: Teachers Protest Trump, DeVos in 200 Districts

Their top issues include fighting for school funding, defending immigrant students, and opposing Trump’s nomination of billionaire Republican donor and lobbyist Betsy DeVos

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Gary Younge: Trump: The Bully in Charge

To watch Trump take the oath was to bear witness to democracy’s fragility

Jenee Desmond-Harris: What the Women’s March Wants

“What are they doing out there?” “What do they want?” “What’s their goal?” If there’s a protest or demonstration, you can count on an observer asking these questions from the sidelines. And, to be fair, the answer is less than obvious when tens of thousands of diverse people have gathered, with signs, chants, and group Read more…

Frances Fox Piven: Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything

When it comes to stopping Trump, petitions aren’t going to do it.

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Juan Cole: Translating Trump’s inaugural Speech

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe. So here is a plain English translation of some key passages. Today’s Read more…

RoseAnn DeMoro: Access to Buying Insurance Is Not Health Coverage

Unpack the evasions and you have the Ayn Rand Tea Party philosophy in a nutshell.

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Conn Hallinan: Europe: Brexit, Lexit or Continental Solidarity?

It’s possible that the EU cannot be reformed, but popular resistance could provide an alternative to disintegration

Pete Dolack: Eight people own as much as half the world

Does anyone believe that the world’s elites are going to suddenly accept business as usual can no longer go on and willingly give up their enormous privileges?

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Naomi Klein: “This is a Corporate Coup d’État”

A discussion about the role of corporations inside the Trump administration and the inauguration

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David Swanson: Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse

Build power in towns, cities, states, and through alliances across borders

Bob Peterson: School Privatizer to Head US Department of Education

Betsy DeVos has spent her entire adult life — and her family’s considerable wealth — mounting campaigns to transfer public dollars away from public schools and into private and religious schools

Alison Flowers: What Happens to Innocent People When They Are Freed?

An excerpt from Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity

Ruth Fowler: Standing With Standing Rock: Of Pipelines and Protests

We came away having played a small part in a narrative that was not yet played out, but it was a role which gave everyone strength to fight the coming regime

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Ron Daniels: Eradicate “Trumpism”

This critical season of resistance and mobilizing/organizing can change the course of history. We are the majority.

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Patrick Bond: Tripping up Trumpism through global Boycott Divestment Sanctions

Certainly one way to test how powerful Trumpism may become, is to tackle it where its Achilles Heel stands out most – climate change – and with a well-tested strategy and tactics: BDS USA

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Arun Gupta: More than 1,600 factory workers are being fired after Trump said he’d save their jobs — here’s what they have to say

“Trump stood on stage and lied about 1,100 jobs being saved at Carrier in Indianapolis.”

Various Contributors: Women’s March on Washington – Why We March, Where We Are Marching

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights

Micah White: Without a path from protest to power, the Women’s March will end up like Occupy

Social activists have succumbed to one of the most enduring myths of contemporary American protest. It’s time to consider what happens the day after

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Conn Hallinan: The European Union and the Left

The left will have to sideline some of the disputes that divide it and reach out to new constituencies. If it does not, the right has a dangerous narrative waiting in the wings

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Vijay Prashad: The Trump Team Is Hell-Bent on Threatening World Security by Escalating Against Iran

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his National Security Advisor Mike Flynn have a bizarre obsession with Iran

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Paul Street: Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 Election

We cannot fall prey anymore to the reigning message that meaningful democratic participation consists of going into a voting booth to mark a ballot once every four years and then going home

Daniel Read: Politics and Intrigue: Israel’s plan to “take down” British politicians backfires

What is new is just how self-assured Tel Aviv has become in pursuing its agenda overseas in defiance of any notion of transparency, accountability or respect for the governmental process of a long-standing ally

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William deBuys: New From Trump University: Election Rigging 101

Key protections provided by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were gutted in 2013 by a Supreme Court more blatantly political than any in living memory

Khalil Gibran Muhammad: No Racial Barrier Left to Break (Except All of Them)

We cannot engineer a more equitable nation simply by dressing up institutions in more shades of brown. Instead, we must confront structural racism and the values of our institutions

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Henry A. Giroux: Militant Hope in the Age of Trump

The United States stands at the endpoint of a long series of attacks on democracy, and the choices faced by the American public today point to the divide between those who are committed to democracy and those who are not. Debates over whether Donald Trump was a fascist or Hillary Clinton was a right-wing warmonger Read more…

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