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Lawrence Wittner: The Trump Administration’s War on Workers

When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”  Today, though, safely ensconced in the White House, President Trump is waging a fierce campaign against American workers. His appointments to federal positions created to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Uniformity in Reporting about Referendum in Ecuador: NOT a Sign of Press Freedom

FAIR posted a piece of mine the other day (very proud of that as a long time fan) providing extremely important information about a referendum Ecuador held on Sunday – information that has been ignored by the international media. So of course, the day after the referendum, a flurry of articles appear continuing the same Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Who Is a Hero?

In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. occupation authorities in Germany, checking on the effectiveness of their “denazification” program, polled Germans on whether they believed a civilian was “less worthy than a soldier.”  One wonders what they would think of the exalted status that many Americans currently accord to anyone serving in the Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: neoliberal

the theoliberal dust will settle in time not before befuddling hearts, sinking minds, coalescing goodwill into mush and repeating mulch from a petrified storybook few cared would matter, but it did, and it stored dark endings as a matter of tact. the geoliberal must settle longitudinal accounts with the attitude of frost, and give; give Read more…

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Henrik Hansen: Crowdfund the left

What is the one thing that would help the left right now and in the future? Having more resources. The left could do what it does now, just better, if we had more resources. Think of all the things that could grow with more money: Coops, legal aid, alternative media outlets, local chapter activities, social Read more…

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Henrik Hansen: The need for societal visions in welfare states

I live in Denmark, a small country in Scandinavia, which, as I’m writing this, is a welfare state. We have free health care, high wages, progressive taxation, sustainable energy production, strong unions, democracy in universities, public-paid liveable income for students, a safety net for the unemployed, rent control, clinics for addicts, protection (though modest) for Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: David Smilde concedes US sanctions kill Venezuelans, but argues the price is worth it

US liberals have always preferred to have the US government use economic strangulation against its enemies rather than military force. They’ve also, much more than “conservatives”, stressed the importance of having accomplices (“allies” is common euphemism). David Smilde, in a New York Times op-ed, stated that a US military invasion of Venezuela would be “folly”. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Reuters (Alexandra Valencia) about Ecuador. No – not Venezuela this time

Hi Alexandra: I find it remarkable how this article glosses over Lenin Moreno’s extreme hypocrisy and cynicism.  He is literally doing the opposite of what he said he would do as a candidate when he ran as staunch Correa loyalist and defender of the government’s record – a government he was a part at the highest level for 10 years. Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Iran’s Streets Again

“This image is the work of Iranian artist Marjan Andaroodi. It reads: “bread, employment, freedom.” Those of us who have followed the news of workers’ strikes in Iran don’t need various kinds of conspiracy theories to interpret the recent protests. An example of such workers’ strikes is this speech by a labour activist during the strike Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper

During the mid-1930s, a best-selling exposé of the international arms trade, combined with a U.S. Congressional investigation of munitions-makers led by Senator Gerald Nye, had a major impact on American public opinion.  Convinced that military contractors were stirring up weapons sales and war for their own profit, many people grew critical of these “merchants of Read more…

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