November 2016
Volume 29
Number 11


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Julia Nakad: Street Medics

Street medic groups have been on the front line of many groundbreaking movements, from the Civil Rights and New Left movements, to modern day movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring

Juan Cole: Excluding Millions

Republican candidates for president Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, as well as other bigots on the far right are nothing new in American history. Rather, they remind us of the worst and most shameful detours of the American Republic in the past.

Lawrence Wittner: Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: “Negroes Need Not Apply:” The EU-Africa Malta Conference

Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, offers the solution of pouring “hundreds of millions in additional aid into Africa to try to discourage hundreds of thousands of people from heading to the EU.”

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Items of interest to progressives

Bill Berkowitz: Police Killing People of Color

Just as police violence is epidemic, so is the cover up of such violence. It took more than a year for a video to surface showing how Chicago police brutally murdered African-American 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shooting him 16 times

Marcello Musto: The Threatening Advancement of the Far Right in Europe

We should mention that neo-Nazi organizations have spread in some parts of Europe. The biggest of them is Golden Dawn, which has become the third political force in Greece.

Larry Cohen: Bernie Sanders and the Big Short

The Big Short provides the narrative for how Wall Street keeps that growth going, with little increase in real value, but lots of high salaries and high living that all count towards GDP.

Z Staff: Help Celebrate Z’s 39th Birthday

Celebrate Z’s January 2016 Birthday with a donation; whatever you can afford.

Joel Chaffee: Listings of events and new releases

The African People’s Socialist Party USA Plenary will be held January 9-10, in St. Petersburg, FL.

Daniel Larkins: From#Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation

Taylor argues that, yes, America can be racist despite Black leaders, and, in fact, such superficial gains for Blacks mask far-reaching structural discrimination in housing, education, employment, and policing.

Edward S. Herman: Failed: What Experts Got Wrong About Global Warming

An important feature of Weisbrot’s analysis is his recognition of the extent to which policy failures have flowed from biased analyses that serve a small elite and punish the majority, and that policy successes have often followed the loss of power by those serving elite interests

Robert Ovetz: Southern Insurgency

Ness’s analysis of the changing composition of class relations between workers and capital is exclusively concentrated on industrial workers in order to contest myopic claims of the declining relevance of the working class.

Linda Gordon: Two Film Reviews

Suffragette is the first film to depict a women’s movement with major Hollywood stars. And Gavron’s introduction, Skyped in at the preview, was superb, emphasizing global women’s struggles and class and race inequality as well as the historical fight for suffrage

Lawrence Wittner: Almost a Century Ago Another Socialist Ran for President – From Prison

By 1912, the Socialist Party, with Debs as its presidential candidate, was a force to be reckoned with. In speech after speech, Debs set crowds ablaze.

Patrick Howlett-Martin: The Paris Attacks

The terrorist attacks in Paris are a chronicle foretold, an expected blowback of French militarism and adventurism in the Middle East and France’s too long inability to integrate its Islamic young population, the largest one in Europe

William Boardman: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Again

The Paris attacks make further escalations harder to resist, if not politically inevitable and politically all but impossible to oppose. But opposition must arise from somewhere if we are ever to break out of this spiral of violence that has led only downward for more than a decade.

Andrew Gavin Marshall: Mafiocracy

On November 13, 2015, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced it was charging ten individual bankers, working for two separate banks, Deutsche Bank and Barclays, with fraud over their rigging of the Euribor rates.

Jack Rasmus: Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy, Part 2

At the most fundamental level, the shift from investing in real assets to financial asset investing occurs because the structure of the global economy today incentivizes financial asset investment more than real asset investment.

Stephen Bergstein: Court Watch

A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled for the first time that transgender people are entitled to protections against discrimination under the U.S. Constitution.

Paul Street: American Mass Shootings

Are you surprised to learn that the recent San Bernardino massacre was (by the statistical reckoning of the Washington Post) the 355th mass shooting to occur in the U.S. in 2015?

David Swanson: Don’t Put Killers on Cereal Boxes

The thought of blood just doesn’t go with breakfast cereal

Pete Dolack: Deprivation of Capitalism

It should come as no surprise that when people have life made more difficult, when the weight of corporate power and the governments that do the bidding of that corporate power constantly press down, health and well-being deteriorate.

Mateo Pimentel: The Billion-Dollar World Bank Experiment in Afghanistan

Discerning the ethical side of the World Bank’s research in Afghanistan is not small potatoes.

Gar Smith: Global Warming’s Unacknowledged Threat: The Pentagon

On November 8, the World Bank predicted that climate change is on track to drive 100 million people into poverty by 2030.

Ramzy Baroud: An Intellectual Intifada in the Offing

My first stop, after living for 22 years in a refugee camp in Gaza, was the city of Seattle, a pleasant, green city, where people drink too much coffee to cope with the long, cold, grey winters. There, for the first time, I stood before an audience outside Palestine, to speak about Palestine. Here I Read more…

Cal Winslow: When Worker’s Fight

In a last minute retreat, in the face of an open-ended strike, Kaiser, the giant California health care corporation, settled with 1,400 workers and their union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

Bill Berkowitz: Reject The History of Blaming the Poor for Poverty

The Moynihan Report, as it commonly came to be known, was an attempt to examine the cycle of poverty. It declared that “the fundamental problem…is that of family structure,” concluding that “the Negro family in the urban ghetto is crumbling.”

Jeremy Kuzmarov: The Pentagon’s Brain

Annie Jacobsen’s important new book, The Pentagon’s Brain, confirms the worst of Eisenhower’s fears, showing how the top secret Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commanded billions of taxpayer dollars

Peter Olney: The Primary Route

This is an easy read, 187 pages with great photos and tons of wry humor.

Michael Galli: The Night in New Hampshire Where Media Missed the Point

I raced down the hallway and found Shay, a senior. “I would like to know,” she said, “what PR firm he has hired and how that influences him on the campaign?”

Noam Chomsky: Rekindling the Radical Imagination

For the radical imagination to be rekindled and to lead the way out of this desert, what is needed is people who will work to sweep away the mists of carefully contrived illusion, reveal the stark reality, and become directly engaged in the popular struggles

Michael Albert: Socialism?!

With Bernie Sanders calling himself a socialist, not to mention calling for a “revolution,” and Bill Gates saying socialism may be the only salvation against climate change, something is certainly happening— but what?

Van Gosse: What’s In A Name: Bernie Sanders, Socialist Candidate

It’s a fine irony that after years of allegations that President Obama was a covert “socialist,” we now have the genuine article

William Boardman: Defending The Empire Against Freeing the Innocent

What do you say about the blameless man who was held at the Guantanamo concentration camp for 13 years, without trial, without charges against him, without credible evidence?

Jack Rasmus: Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy

The global economic crisis that erupted in 2008-09 is not over; it is merely shifting

David Barsamian: ISIS, Syria, & Journalism

The pattern that I had been seeing from the beginning of the conflict was that it was being framed not in relation to facts on the ground so much as in relation to the context of the history of the Iraq War,

Robert Koehler: The Moral Rabbit Hole

The New York Times reported recently that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan—14 years on—are under orders to be “culturally sensitive”

Paul Street: Benghazi and Blowback Blues

Benghazi and the larger context surrounding it also raised unpleasant questions about the Obama administration’s violation of federal law requiring Congressional oversight of the CIA

Ramzy Baroud: Listen to Syrians: Media Jackals and the People’s Narrative

Certainly, it is already late for too many Syrians whose stories were buried with them, but it is not too late for many who are still alive. We need to listen to the Syrian people, who have been at the receiving end of death,

Mel Gurtov: Facebook is Listening to You

One thing we have become all too used to is that our reality can be manipulated to create the appearance of something else entirely.

Michael Winship: When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood

Much of Bleecker Street, for example, once a Village thoroughfare of bohemia immortalized in songs by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and Iggy Pop, is now a mini-Fifth Avenue of upscale boutiques and chain stores

Pete Dolack: Not Ruthless Enough For Wall Street?

Financiers have been punishing Walmart in part because the company has raised its minimum wage to $9 an hour. Plans to increase abysmally low pay has Wall Street in an ornery mood because profits might be hurt

Victoria Law: Going Home

On October 6, the Justice Department announced that nearly 6,000 people in federal prisons will be going home early. The move, U.S. officials told the Washington Post, is an effort to both reduce overcrowding and to provide relief to people who received harsh drug war sentences over the past three decades. In 2014, the U.S. Read more…

Bill Berkowitz: Sovereign Citizen’s Domestic Terror Threat

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in late September, Thomas David Deegan, a man described by authorities as an anti-government sovereign citizen, was arrested and accused “of plotting to overthrow the state government in West Virginia, hoping to establish a prototype for extremists to follow in other states.” At the same time, the Read more…

Eric Rodriguez: It Took Two Hours to Get My Hands on an AK-47

It’s time that our politicians acknowledge that it’s way too easy to get guns—legal and illegal—in this country

Edward S. Herman: More Nuggets From the Nuthouse

I’ve long been intrigued by the ways in which neo-liberal class warfare is normalized and even made to seem an advance in social welfare.

Joel Chaffee: December Announcements

Free Listings

Robert Koehler: Why Bombing A Hospital is a War Crime

We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was.

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events, books, and other items of interest to progressives

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