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Michael: Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan

I recently read "A Bed of Red Roses" by Nelofer Pazira, an Afghan journalist and filmmaker. It is a powerful…
owlishdog: Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too
For every daft working- or middle-class Trump supporter who thinks he's looking after their interests, there's also a daft working-…
owlishdog: Biden’s Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It.
Right, a progressive agenda isn't guaranteed. What IS guaranteed is a non-progressive agenda. Because a) it's the Democratic Party and…
Anil Eklavya: American Exceptionalism?
I buy them all, but I am skeptical behind the motivation for selling them. Are they just ... apples, to…
Joe H: Left Culture and Movement Prospects
An additional point on this. I remember a large anti-austerity meeting in London at which, after a talk or two,…
Michael: Standing by a Radical Chávez
I have been interested in and followed events in Venezuela for some time. I think that the leadership of Hugo…
Michael: The United States Is Not a Democracy. Stop Telling Students That It Is
There has always been great diversity in the US that is not reflected in the leadership class, which usually has…
Peter Straus: Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix on Day One
As always, Medea Benjamin and Code Pink teach in succinct detail what we must dedicate our very lives to struggle…
H H: How did Michael Moore become a hero to climate deniers and the far right?
"George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist." says it all. Guardian is now only slightly less pro-capitalist and pro-status quo than…
H H: Socialism: Ecology or Nothing
Two movies related to this topic to watch on a cold evening: InterReflections by Peter Joseph https://youtu.be/1LJB4b-thP4 Planet of the…
Kread: Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix on Day One
Absolutely. You would think these would be 'no-brainer' first priority items on anyone's to-do list. My guess though, nothing, not…
owlishdog: Trumpism Can’t Be Voted Away. We Need Radical Social Transformation.
It could be said that now it's Bidenism we should be fighting. The signs already are not good.
Anarcissie: President-Elect Biden: Time for YOU to Follow the Science
Mr. O2 will do as he's told.
Max: Criticizing Israel is not antisemitic — it’s academic freedom
The " facts " speak for themselves. Read Professor Phylis Bennis 2007 Primer - Understanding the Palestinian - Israeli Conflict.…
Seamonkey: Why the Florida Polls Were So Wrong (Hint: It Wasn’t the “Shy” Voters)
I feel like if you're gonna make claims about the reason polls were off in Florida you probably need to…
Anil Eklavya: The Fed, QE, and Jobs
Moreover, Beatles songs were playing in my room at the time when I received the mail. Stacked coincidences?
Anil Eklavya: The Fed, QE, and Jobs
2013, by the way, was the year when I was doing post-doc in QE, i.e., Quality Estimation for machine translation…
Anil Eklavya: The Impossibility Conjecture of Humanoid Artificial Intelligence and the Non-Benign Singularity
Well, that leads to the first argument. I am trying to improve the article. Still, thanks for pointing out, so…
Anil Eklavya: The Fed, QE, and Jobs
Well, actually, the article I received was this: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-fed-man-song-to-the-music-of-beatles-the-taxman/ Which also directly mentions QE (without elaboration). We are symbolic creatures,…
Anil Eklavya: The Fed, QE, and Jobs
I received this article today in my mailbox and was puzzled by what QE means. The thing is, it was…
David Green: In the aftermath of US Elections
Paul Street isn't a scholar, he's a polemicist, and a lunatic one at that. DiMaggio's granular survey analyses are obtuse,…
Raghav Kaushik: In the aftermath of US Elections
The interview seems to assume that Trump voters were working class. While working class voters were undoubtedly a part of…
Michael Lesher: Lydia Sargent, Live Like Her
I've been away from here too long, obviously. And now I don't know what to say. I can only thank…
Jerry Fresia: Fuck Veteran’s Day
Totally agree with Vincent and Max. Too bad Veteran's Day couldn't be changed to Smedley Butler Day. or at minimum…
Max: Fuck Veteran’s Day
Thanks for posting ZNET. In May 2013 I purchased a," reprinting " of the 1935 book," War is a Racket"…
Michael: “A Tremendous Jump for Progressive Forces”
Excellent interview. While I am not Puerto Rican, I have lived for a number of years in Latin America and…
Brad Wilson: Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack: Exactly Wrong on the Senate Farm Bill
The 2014 "bi-partisan" Farm Bill turned out like we feared. Passed under the banner of "risk management, in hindsight it…
Anarcissie: The Impossibility Conjecture of Humanoid Artificial Intelligence and the Non-Benign Singularity
'3. Intelligence: Anything and everything that the full variety of human beings are capable of, both individually and collectively, as…
Rick Goodman: The Insufferable Left
Great article, thanks!
owlishdog: Reclaiming American Idealism
We look back to progressive politicians - McGovern, Robert Kennedy, Gough Whitlam in Australia - who were all destroyed one…
Bradley: We were told Joe Biden was the ‘safe choice’. But it was risky to offer so little
The trouble is, the polls that show so much support for Bernie and Elizabeth and the progressive agenda are ...…
Michael: The Life of Robert Fisk
I came to know Robert Fisk while living in Latin America and for weeks daily carried his 1600-page Spanish edition…
Michael: Biden’s Win, House Losses, and What’s Next for the Left
The success or failure of AOC says something, perhaps a lot about the Democratic Party leadership, which like the Republicans…
Michael: How Do Medical Students Get More Experience in the US than Cuba?
The issue of dominance-seeking and wealth disparity are key to understanding the US, its history and culture. This is never…
Michael: Dearest Donald
Mat Grind's sober comments below are very much worth pondering. And Mike's original article needs to be remembered.
Michael: Voting Is Not the End of Our Work. It’s Only the Beginning
I believe from a lifetime's observations and experience that the current situation is every bit as dark as Noam describes.…
Max: Labour’s left calls for Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension to be lifted
" amicable way back for Corbyn" ? I don't believe he has a choice. The facts speak for themselves. Zionism…
Anarcissie: Glendale confronts its racist past, apologizing for ‘sundown’ laws
I don't see how competitive moralization is a good thing, especially if it encourages taking sides in a nationalist war…
owlishdog: Complacent and Useless
After every election, pundits come out and point out how they predicted things (and not mentioning the predictions they got…
Max: Why did Labour Suspend Corbyn?
I Lost 39 Members of My Family in the Holocaust, Jeremy Corbyn is No Antisemite | Andrew Feinstein October 29th…
Mouna Evans: Dear Fellow Progressives: Please Vote for Biden
Thank you! Best article yet making the case for a vote for Biden, with the DATA supporting his case.
Michael: The United States Government Is The Biggest Criminal Organisation in the World
Bill Blum's books have been an important part of my self-education, and fortunately in the later years of his life…
Paulo Rodriguez: Dearest Donald
Oomph. That was intense. Thanks Mike.
David Dobereiner: Ending Regime Change – in Bolivia and the World
Excellent article.Let us hope Biden will at least begin to briing the US into some sort of more cooperative and…
Dennis: A Pandemic Pivot
"Sure, some countries have successfully managed the crisis." The author gives 6 examples, and then: "It's not too late for…
Dennis: ‘Expand the Court’
Fluctuations during the first 35% of the country's history are not fluctuations "thoughout the country's history".
Brent Irving: Crunch Time
No we wouldn't be in that progressive world as "lesser evil voters", or progressives or leftists over the last 25…
Kread: Crunch Time
Agree, however Green voters are not thinking of the world a week from now. They are thinking of 8 years…
Kread: The Chomsky Position On Voting
Sounds reasonable, but history has proven that absolutely nothing will change if you vote this way. The only way change…
Kread: Once More on the Greater Evil
choices, choices. Let's see, a) a right wing nutbar with delusions of grandeur, where you never know what's coming next…
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