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Danica Jorden: Released Teen Vows to Keep Fighting to Free Friends Inside U.S. Immigration Detention Camp

At first, he didn’t notice the two casually-dressed men who appeared at his sides as he placed his backpack into the family car early that cold morning in January. “What’s your name?” one demanded. “David,” he replied, with the accent on the A, as he was used to hearing his friends and teachers call him Read more…

Ramzy Baroud: ‘Activism’ and Its Consequences: Syrian Refugees Are Not Subjects for a Social Media Gallery

A true humanitarian activist is one who is able to make a tangible difference in the lives of others

Vijay Prashad: A powder keg

Riots in Milwaukee and other places indicate the rage that festers in the heart of urban poverty in America

David Swanson: Protests of National Anthem Restore My Faith in Humanity

The primary reason that it is useful to break down required patriotism rituals is their intimate connection to militarism

Stansfield Smith: Behind the Bolivia Miner Cooperatives Protests and the killing of the Bolivian Vice-Minister

Venezuelan President Maduro has pointed out that the Dilma coup, the killing of the Bolivian minister, are part of an imperialist attack on the progressive governments of Latin America

David Swanson: Can We Really Blame Sociopaths?

Well-designed governments encourage good behavior and bar against the potential for evil

Neve Gordon: Using human shields as a pretext to kill civilians

By claiming that the other side is using human shields, the attacker provides itself with a pre-emptive legal defence

Bill McKibben: After 525 years, it’s time to actually listen to Native Americans

The center of the fight for our planet’s future shifts. But this week it’s on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation straddling the border between North Dakota and South Dakota. There, tribal members have been, well, standing like a rock in the way of the planned Dakota Access Pipeline, a huge hose for collecting oil out Read more…

Charmaine Lang: Milwaukee Officials: Black Youth, Single Mothers Are Not Responsible for Systemic Failings—You Are

Our leaders shouldn’t be content with Milwaukee’s status quo. And asking the citizens you serve to be quiet in the ghetto is an insidious expectation

Medea Benjamin: Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Menage a Trois

If Hillary Clinton wants to be a meaningful symbol for human rights and women’s empowerment, her campaign must live up to the values she claims to represent

Alex Scrivener: Why we need a world without borders

The right to live where you want should be as fundamental as the right to vote

Michael Albert: Support and Improve “Our Revolution”

The potential of “Our Revolution” is far too great for those who want to sustain and expand the Sanders momentum to watch from the side

Ted Glick: Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Stein and Beyond

Some guiding principles for the work which must be undertaken in earnest after the November elections to build an independent, democratic, progressive mass organization

Jonathan Cook: Israel to colour-code ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Palestinians

Lieberman’s longer-term goal is to persuade Palestinians – and the international community – that their aspirations for self-determination are unattainable and counter-productive

Shaun King: Why Colin Kaepernick Was Right Not To Stand For The National Anthem

It means that right now, we don’t feel like singing a love song to a country that seems to love black culture but not black people

Pepe Escobar: Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, a woman of honor, confronts Senate of scoundrels

Non-stop back room deals are in progress as we speak. The only certainty ahead is the assassination of democratic and constitutional rights and the smashing of social programs

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick Says More About Our Patriotism Than His

One of the ironies of the way some people express their patriotism is to brag about our freedoms, especially freedom of speech, but then brand as unpatriotic those who exercise this freedom

Dave Zirin: Thoughts on Colin Kaepernick From an Athlete Who Walked That Path

He is using his platform to stand up to oppression, joining a small but growing number of athletes to do so. We should rise to the occasion, not just for him but for us as well

Patrick Cockburn: Turkey could be overplaying its hand with Syria ground offensive as civil war reaches crucial point

As US and Russian officials meet in Geneva to discuss potential cooperation, Turkey’s involvement means the multi-sided conflict is becoming ever more complex

Various Contributors: Beyond Bernie: What’s next for the left?

Some thoughts on the aftermath of the Sanders campaign and the job of the left in the post-Sanders period

Juan Cole: US: Turkish-backed campaign against our Allies in Syria ‘unacceptable’

These developments look a lot like when Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back

Glenn Greenwald: The Olympics May Be Over, But the Anger, Disillusionment Among Brazilians Remains High

The Olympics have wrapped up in Rio, leaving Brazilians with a massive debt from the Games and an ongoing financial crisis. For more on the current situation, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Intercept. He has recently helped launch a new Intercept bureau in Brazil. AMY GOODMAN: This is Read more…

Joao Pedro Stedile: “Lula’s candidacy is not enough, we have to present a new project that can overcome neo-developmentalism, which has already been exhausted”

To talk to Joao Pedro Stédile is to talk to one the the most lucid leaders of the Brazilian left, who does not surrender despite the complexities of the current scenario after the neoliberal coup. Founder and leader of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) for the past 3 decades, he is one of the many Read more…

Nick Riemer: The Roots of Islamophobia in France

The rise of Islamophobia in France grew out of elites’ need to manage working-class resistance

Aislinn Pulley: We Will Create Our Freedom: The Importance of the Movement for Black Lives Platform

We have no choice but to resist because we cannot breathe and we cannot live in this current state. Ours is an actual fight for the right to live

Russell Mokhiber: Matt Funiciello and the Giant Sucking Sound Coming Off Lake Champlain

Invited to the event was the corporate Republican turned Democrat – Mike Derrick – but not the guy with the lifelong Bernie positions and activism – Matt Funiciello

Clare Foran: How the Political Revolution Failed Tim Canova

Bernie Sanders never showed up, and former staffers at Our Revolution believe the organization’s 501(c)(4) status hurt Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary challenger

Mikhail Gorbachev: US Military an ‘Insurmountable Obstacle to a Nuclear-Free World’

Interview on morals and politics in the nuclear age, the crisis in Russian-American relations and his fear that an atomic weapon will some day be used

Brian Martin: A look at the newest additions to the nonviolence canon

Interest in nonviolent action is greater today than it ever has been. This is reflected in the number and sophistication of nonviolent campaigns, in media coverage and popular understanding — as well as a spate of new books, several of which were published last year. Decades ago, really good books in the area were uncommon. Read more…

Marjorie Cohn: Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s ‘Poster Child’

Zubaydah was tortured repeatedly at the “black sites,” where the CIA subjected him to waterboarding 83 times

Arlie Russell Hochschild: Donald Trump in the Bayou

The Tea Party, a Sinkhole in Louisiana, and the Contradictions of American Political Life

Jim Hightower: Why Can’t Our Economy Promote Equality and Shared Prosperity?

Meet “Take On Wall Street,” a grassroots movement preventing America’s plunge into plutocracy

Phil Hearse: Turkey’s incursion in Syria is aimed at defeating the Kurds and overthrowing Rojava

Turkey’s major objective is to crush the 50,000-strong Kurdish YPG militia, and overrun the three autonomous Kurdish dominated areas, collectively called ‘Rojava’ by the Kurds

Various Contributors: What is the Alt-Right?

Donald Trump is a hero to the Alt-Right

Keisha N. Blain: 52 years ago, this speech changed the course of black voting rights in America

Fannie Lou Hamer was ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired,’ and she told the 1964 Democratic National Convention

Azadeh Shahshahani: An International Tribunal Declares the Impeachment of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff an Illegitimate Coup

The grounds for it are baseless, and many of the legislators pushing it are themselves under indictment for serious crimes

Richard Heinberg: Is the Oil Industry Dying?

The peak oil controversy stages a comeback as the industry confronts a future of higher costs — and low prices

Janet Reitman: Zika: The Epidemic at America’s Door

Zika may have already infected 80,000 Americans, just in Puerto Rico, and Congress has refused to act — what if Miami or New York is next?

Joseph Stiglitz: Reform or Divorce in Europe

To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement

Richard Falk: Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism

[Prefatory Note: I am posting on my blog a short article just published in a very good journal devoted to terrorism, Perspectives of Terrorism. It was originally presented at a conference in Washington, DC, and later revised. As always, civil comments welcome.]     Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism Abstract The introduction of this Read more…

Joris Leverink: Fabricating illusions of people power in post-coup Turkey

Nationalist sentiment, mass rallies and divisive politics have dangerously polarized Turkish society in the weeks since the failed coup attempt

Elias Ioakimoglou: Greece Was the Prologue

Austerity experiments in Greece set the stage for a radical restructuring of Europe by elites

Jack Rasmus: Bernie Sanders ‘OR’ Revolution: A Statement or a Question?

Supporters of Bernie Sanders’ presidential election campaign launched on Wednesday what it declared to be the next phase in the progressive political movement in the United States

David Swanson: Fredric Jameson’s War Machine

The way to a progressive economic future in which the rich are taxed and the poor can prosper can only come through redirecting the unfathomable funds that are being dumped into war preparations

Yves Engler: Jewish groups’ reckless accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ sets us down a dangerous path

The primary public use of “anti-Semitism” today is to denigrate those defending a people facing the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism

Norman Solomon: Sanders Launch of ‘Our Revolution’ a Step Forward and a Step Backwards

The overall structure and objectives of ‘Our Revolution’ are encouraging, but Sanders retreated from positions he took towards the end of his presidential campaign by not addressing U.S. foreign policy and wars

Marjorie Cohn: Death to the Death Penalty in California

The United States has no uniform law on the death penalty. Each state is free to choose whether or not to execute people. Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty

Medea Benjamin: U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood

Saudi Arabia is using billions in U.S. aid to fund their onslaught of innocent civilians in Yemen, but it’s not too late for Congress to stop this madness

Vijay Prashad: Turkey’s Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds

As the United States backs a Turkish military incursion into Syria targeting ISIS-held areas along the border, Turkey says it’s also concerned about Syrian Kurdish militias at the border who are backed by the United States

Digby: American white nationalism isn’t isolationist

Trump’s nationalism is absolutely about ethno-purity

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