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Andrea Mazzarino: Women and Trauma in the Trump/Putin Era

Photo by Ms Jane Campbell/Shutterstock.com   Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, DC, a few miles from my home, I was at a karate dojo testing for my first belt. My fellow practitioners, ranging in age from five into their seventies, looked on as I Read more…

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Toward A New Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, I

By 1000 Words/Shutterstock.com   Baruch de Spinoza, the great 17th century philosopher, wrote that the two basic human emotions (or “affections,” as he called them) are fear and hope, and he suggested that a balance needs to be struck between the two, because fear unmingled with hope leads to despair and hope unmingled with fear Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump Betrays His Promise to Protect and Fight for American Workers

Photo by a katz/Shutterstock.com   Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Has he kept this promise? When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster. Once Read more…

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Z Staff: Donate Today

By Aquir/Shutterstock.com   Z Magazine needs your help. This will be the last print issue unless we can raise enouth funds to continue to ship the print magazine. Please give what you can. If we can raise enough funds, we will continue to print every other month, with a new online monthly version as well. Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: Why aren’t Americans rising up like the people of Chile and Lebanon?

The tinder for a revolutionary movement is everywhere

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Martha Rosenberg: Why is Animal Research So Seldom in the News?

The animal-research industry is a vast, macabre enterprise richly supporting medical centers and individual researchers with almost no transparency or accountability

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Marjorie Cohn: War Crimes Against Iran

Trump has already committed the crime of aggression against Iran

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Ramzy Baroud: On the Road to Gaza: The Freedom Flotilla Will Sail Again 

True solidarity should aim at forcing Israel to end the protracted occupation and siege on the Palestinian people

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Norman Solomon: War with Iran Is at Stake—and Democrats’ High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren’t Helping

The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths

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Ted Glick: A Winning Strategy for Power, Already Underway

How can we truly turn things around, bring about revolutionary change in our badly wounded, struggling world?

David Baker: Review of The Scourge of Neoliberalism: U.S. Economic Policy From Reagan to Trump

The Scourge is a powerful, important book. We ignore it at our peril

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. is a Rogue State and Suleimani’s Assassination Confirms It

Act of war? Perhaps we can settle on reckless international terrorism

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Brian Tokar: What Will it Take to Prevent Climate Collapse?

Perhaps we can even begin to realize the dream of a liberated and truly interdependent global community of communities. The future of life on earth may depend on our ability to do just that

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Badri Raina: Poems

Mumbai / India 19 December 2019 Indian muslim girl hold poster protests against anti muslim controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill ( CAB CAA ) at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai Maharashtra India By Arun Sambhu Mishra/Shutterstock.com     When the Heart is Desecrate When the heart is desecrate, Fervour reigns supreme. No prayerful heart ever requires Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The Scourge of Neoliberalism, Part 2: Trump’s Failing Neoliberal 2.0 Restoration

The new policy mix of the 2020s will be even more aggressive and violent in its implementation and effect than has Trump’s 2.0 failed restoration thus far

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Kathy Kelly: Trident is the Crime

The U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal creates anguish, fear and futility worldwide. Yet “holy ground” exists as activists work toward abolition of nuclear weapons

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Danica Jorden: Chileans Revolt After Being Told, “Get Up Earlier”

A few words that captured the arrogance of the ruling class have set in motion a popular movement and widespread unrest that started in Santiago, the capital city of Chile

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Ecuador: From the middle of the world to the end of the world

Demonstration in Quito Ecuador, by Fabiana Lando/Shutterstock.com As its very name suggests, Ecuador is geographically located in the middle of the world. And now, from all appearances, neoliberalism has decided to carry out its end-of-the-world maneuvers in this country. That is perhaps the reason it is coming to the realization that the Ecuadorean people are Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The War on Truth: How Israel’s Social Media Trolls Conquered Facebook

Israel may have found a way to circumvent the influence of Facebook on the discussions pertaining to Palestinian rights and the Israeli occupation

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Ted Glick: How We Win

There are an awful lot of reasons for hope these days

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Norman Solomon: The Official Secrets Movie vs. Joe Biden’s Lies About the Iraq War

As he pursues the presidency, Joe Biden is persisting with dismal innovations to falsify his record on the Iraq war. In the process, he’s operating completely at odds with what the Official Secrets film and Katharine Gun are all about

Jeff Cohen: What George Carlin Taught Us about Media Propaganda by Omission

Corporate TV news outlets serve up a series of partial scores. Call it “propaganda by omission”

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Steve Early: One Member/One Vote: California Health Care Workers Show How To Endorse, Democratically

Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) at the 2019 Leadership conference, where they debated which presidential candidate to endorse, by Simone Hogan/Shutterstock.com At the national, state, and even local level, union political endorsements are often made with insufficient membership involvement. Union leaders and legislative/political directors like to get their favorite candidates endorsed, Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term

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Noam Chomsky: The Foreign Policy of a Con Man

The Republican “radical insurgency,” as it was called several years ago by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, has gone far off the traditional rails under Trump

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Medea Benjamin: 10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined

To free up billions of Pentagon dollars for investing in critical environmental projects and to eliminate the environmental havoc of war, movements for a livable, peaceful planet need to put “ending war” at the top of the “must do” list

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Don Fitz: Politicians Agree: “Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man”

Crises of cops indiscriminately killing black men keep intensifying throughout the area

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Jack Rasmus: The Scourge of Neoliberalism, Part 1: Ideology vs. Historical Practice

The analysis of Neoliberalism to date has produced so many interpretations, often contradictory, that readers remain confused as to what exactly it means

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Marjorie Cohn: Amazon Fires Will Have Global Consequences. The UN Must Act

We must act internationally to save the precious Amazon rainforest

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Ramzy Baroud: Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-U.S. border cannot be understood separately from El Salvador’s painful past

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Norman Solomon: The Primary Contradiction: Corporate Power vs. Progressive Populism

For plutocrats, this summer has gotten a bit scary. Two feared candidates are rising. Trusted candidates are underperforming

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Seeing Horizons in the Clotheslines

We are at this juncture where the small, detailed horizon of hanging our clothes to dry needs to be articulated with the broader horizon of the social, economic, political, and cultural meteorology of our time

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump has Blocked Wage Gains for American Workers

Although the pundits say the U.S. economy is booming―and it certainly is for the country’s billionaires―it’s not doing much for the incomes of American workers

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Kevin Zeese: A Winning Strategy For Workers

The people are on the path to build a powerful political movement against both corporate-controlled parties to fight for a government that represents the interests of workers and puts people and planet before profits

Robert J. Burrowes: Our Vanishing World: Rainforests

In essence, you have a choice: understand and act on the crucial importance of rainforests before we destroy their integrity and lose them completely. Or help to accelerate the human rush to extinction as a consequence of failing to do so

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Patrick Bond: Fighting Fossil Fuels in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most difficult places to combat fossil fuels

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Noam Chomsky: To Make the U.S. a Democracy, the Constitution Itself Must Change

Throughout its history the U.S. has been an unusually fundamentalist society, with regular Great Awakenings and beliefs that are far off the spectrum of developed societies

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Steve Early: A GI Rebellion: When Soldiers Said No to War

In an era of “forever wars,” it may be hard to imagine such impactful organizing among active duty military personnel or newly-minted veterans

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Jack Rasmus: Labor Day 2019

A deeper look at the official wage and job numbers shows wages rising nowhere near the official 3.1 percent. In fact, most of the wage gains are highly skewed to the very top

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Jack Rasmus: U.S. vs. China: From Tariff War to Economic War

Nextgen technology development is at the core of that restructuring and restoration of U.S. hegemony. Trump is just the appearance, the historic vehicle, behind the deeper global capitalist transformation in progress

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Ted Glick: Climate Tipping Points and the Poor People’s Campaign

How are we going to address poverty? One major way, the most critical way, is via the Green New Deal route and the conscious creation of millions of decent-paying jobs as we rapidly get off fossil fuels and create a truly green economy

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Steve Early: Fearless Cities: A Guide to The Global Municipalist Movement

Anyone involved in municipal politics and related community organizing will find Fearless Cities to be a very useful guide to winning office, holding onto it, and making change in the process                              

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Kathy Kelly: An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue

Rather than planning cyberattacks and new means of aggression, the United States should heed calls for dialogue and negotiation

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Ramzy Baroud: Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the “Israeli Model”

The fact that Palestinian intellectuals, poets and activists have been imprisoned for Facebook and other social media posts should tell us volumes about the limits of Israel’s freedom of press and expression

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Mark Harris: Liberate Medicine from the Profiteers

The widespread popular support for Medicare for All represents a potentially unstoppable popular movement

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Sean Keller: Connecting the Dots: Insane Trade and Climate Chaos

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Ted Glick: People in Cages on the Border on July 4th

We need to do whatever we can, for as long as necessary,  until these vile camps are shut down

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Noam Chomsky: Economic Boom” a Sham

The deaths of despair are estimated at 150,000 a year, contributing to the decline in life expectancy in the U.S. for the past two years, the first time since World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic—a phenomenon unprecedented in developed societies

Isabel Marlens: The Farms of the Future

The farms of the future should be regenerative, diverse, accessible, community-oriented, places of celebration

Kathleen Foster: Caravan: Workers Who Want to Work

In the tradition of the Underground Railroad, anti-racist solidarity is propelling many to take action to free the refugees

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