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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Statues of our Discontent

The truth is that statues are a thing of the past only as long as they stand quietly in squares, as indifferent to us as we are to them

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Don Rojas: America has its Knee on the Necks of Black & Brown People

Photo by Tverdokhlib/Shutterstock.com   Today America is at a crossroads, a turning point…at an intersection of the old imperial order at home and abroad with the birthing of a new order, “a new normal” if you will. For millions of people in America, the unprecedented street uprisings offer a glimmer of hope that after 350 Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Black Lives and the Green New Deal

Photo by Amani A/Shutterstock.com   We are in the midst of the largest mass uprising in half a century. It is a response to the killing of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. But it challenges a pattern of Black oppression that goes far beyond one cop killing one Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: Second COVID-19 Wave and the U.S. Economy

It’s not a COVID-19 economy. It’s a capitalist economy, the instability of which has been rendered even more unstable by the current COVID-19 health crisis

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Jonathan Cook: As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

Photo by bgrocker/Shutterstock.com   Here is one thing I can write with an unusual degree of certainty and confidence: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would not have been charged with the murder of George Floyd had the United States not been teetering on a knife edge of open revolt. Had demonstrators not turned out in massive numbers Read more…

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Ron Daniels: Trampling on the Graves of Our Ancestors: Trump’s Juneteenth “MAGA” Rally in Tulsa

Like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump will desecrate sacred ground to shamelessly promote his hollow but dangerous political ambitions

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Justin Podur: Policing Is Irrelevant for Public Safety

Criminological data has told us for decades that police are irrelevant for public safety

Jeff Cohen: Let Us Name the System: “Racial Capitalism”  

It’s fascinating to see pundits on CNN, MSNBC and other networks now discussing “systemic racism” after they’d spent months during the Democratic presidential primaries in panicked overdrive propping up “the system.”

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Kevin Zeese: The Uprising Is Only Beginning: Building Power To Win Our Demands

Photo by Untitled Title/Shutterstock.com   The current uprising against police violence and racism is just beginning. It is rapidly shifting public consciousness on issues of policing, violence against Black people and others, and systemic racism. The movement is deepening and becoming broader as well as putting forward solutions and making demands. The confluence of crises Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Let Them Eat Weapons:  Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race

For a variety of reasons—rewarding giant corporations, getting reelected, and dominating the world―Trump remains fixated on “winning” the arms race

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