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Noam Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, We Ignore Trump’s Existential Threat to Climate

Interview on the growing extremism of the Republican Party, Trump’s ongoing trade war with China, Democrats’ abandonment of the working class and impending threat of the climate crisis

Extinction Rebellion: Murder in the Amazon

Rebels staged actions outside Brazilian embassies in over a dozen countries last week to demand an end to the government-sanctioned destruction of the Amazon rainforest and violence against its indigenous people

Gary Olson: Whither the Resistance to our Capitalist Overlords?

If the truth sets us free, why do so many opt for ignorance and implicit compliance with a wretched, immoral system?

David Timmons: How to have an all-renewable electric grid

Research from me and others shows that fully renewable electric grids are feasible with current technology at current prices; barriers to using renewable electricity are more political and cultural than technological or economic

Saurav Sarkar: Fifty Years after Stonewall

LGBTQ Workers Seek Equality

Harrison Ford: If We Don’t Protect Nature We Can’t Protect Ourselves

We are facing an emergency resulting from our toxic economic and political system. The way we relate to each other and to nature is destroying Earth’s capacity to sustain life. Unending economic growth and profits drawn from a planet with limited resources is causing gross inequality, poverty, mass misery, and species extinction. We are sold Read more…

Holly Otterbein: What Sanders’ political revolution looks like in real life

He’s enlisting his massive volunteer base to pressure companies to change their labor practices — and joining several protests himself

Shaun Richman: A Union in Every Workplace

Where Bernie Sanders’ labor platform is most exciting is its proposal for new workers’ rights and forms of union representation that transcend the National Labor Relations Board framework of enterprise-based contract bargaining

Badri Raina: Honourable Wicket

Last  night I did a ruthless thing— I shut off all channel news; For once I felt I had enough Of unimpeachable views.   And I turned to an older love, Namely, Test Match Cricket. Here I was on a more contested, More honourable wicket.   I was served a bonanza With two Tests running Read more…

Bernie Sanders: Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

10 Democratic candidates and one independent in the 2020 presidential race addressed indigenous communities at the first-ever Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa

Ted Glick: Young and Old Together in the Global Climate Strike

It is always encouraging when an international call for unified action on the climate crisis is put out and there’s a widespread, positive response to it at the grassroots

Rivera Sun: Tapping into People Power

Here are seven ways we can connect to the power of removing our consent and cooperation, refusing to go along with injustice, and intervening in the destructive practices that cause harm

Juan Cole: Bernie Sanders’ Manhattan Project

The Game-Changing Green New Deal

Kate Aronoff: Sanders’s Climate Plan More Radical Than His Opponents’

And More Likely to Succeed

Mark Weisbrot: Who is to Blame for Argentina’s Economic Crisis?

What are we to make of Argentina’s surprise election results on August 11, which jolted pollsters and analysts alike, and roiled the country’s financial markets?

Dean Baker: On Those Downward Jobs Revisions

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that its benchmark revision to its job numbers shows that the economy created 501,000 fewer jobs between March of 2018 and March of 2019 than previously reported

Paul Street: Notes on Inauthenticity in a Creeping Fascist Nuthouse

Establishment Democrats would rather lose to the right, even to a proto-fascistic white-nationalist and eco-exterminist right, than lose to the left, even to a mildly progressive social democratic and environmentalist left within their own party

Tom Conway: ‘New’ NAFTA Fails Workers On Both Sides Of Border

Over the past 20 years, the United States lost 5 million manufacturing jobs and nearly 90,000 factories. Some went to China or Vietnam or India. But a lot went to Mexico

Thembisa Fakude: Sudan achieves a miracle and disappoints sceptics

What started as “food protests” grew into a political movement

Harry Blain: Should We Fight a War on White Terrorism?

There’s a strong argument to shift law enforcement resources from Muslim organizations to domestic white terrorists — but expanding the war on terror is a riskier proposition

Cal Winslow: A Brief History of Harlan County, USA

There is a spirit that lives in Harlan, along with the ghosts of battles past

Robert Koehler: Participatory evolution

How is nonviolence more powerful than the weapons of war? It may not appear to be the case in the moment, but in the long run, the weapon-wielders lose. The opposite of nonviolence isn’t violence. The opposite is ignorance

Kevin Zeese: The World Is Uniting For International Law, Against US Empire

The myth of American Exceptionalism is being exposed

Juan Cole: 74,000 Amazon Wildfires Plunge Sao Paulo into Darkness

If our supposed 24-hour news channels can’t tell us about the truly central story for our lives, then they are pretty useless

Francisco Aviles Pino: LA County Votes to Stop Construction of New Jail-Like Facility

Adding Momentum to National Abolition Movement

Edward Burmila: White Supremacy Is Terrorism, Not a Difference of Opinion

An Indiana city learns that a weak response to white supremacists has predictable consequences

Nancy J. Altman: Dear Politicians: Lower Drug Prices Now

Our strategy is simple: mobilize millions of Americans across this country to stand up and demand that politicians choose a side, the American people or the pharmaceutical corporations

Scott Warren: “Humanitarian Aid Is Never a Crime”

Volunteers with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths have been venturing into the harsh Sonoran Desert for years to leave life-saving supplies for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border

Patrick Hruby: Three years in the NFL wilderness

What Colin Kaepernick lost – and won

Josue De Luna Navarro: What It’s Like to Grow Up Hunted

When I was just 10, I already knew what it was like to plan for a future without my parents

Ellen Brown: Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China

We cannot win a currency war through the use of competitive currency devaluations that trigger a “race to the bottom”

Juan Cole: Trump Mimics Israeli Supremacist Right

Accuses Jewish American Democrats of Treason to Israel

George Monbiot: Ash to Ashes

Thanks to shocking failures of government, every tree, almost everywhere, is now threatened by killer plagues

JP Sottile: We Can’t Confront Climate Change While Lavishly Funding Pentagon

The climate crisis is not only a byproduct of empire, but it’s becoming a rationale for even more empire

Leonidas Oikonomakis: Zapatistas announce major expansion of autonomous territories

In a surprise announcement, the EZLN proclaim the creation of 11 new “caracoles” and autonomous municipalities, significantly expanding the territory under rebel control

Joseph B. Atkins: Why hasn’t Koch Foods Inc. CEO Joe Grendys been arrested?

“Laws are passed to manipulate labor, not help immigrants”

Peter F. Crowley: The Immigrant Integration Complaint Addressed

It is not that Hispanic and nonwhite immigrants do not want to integrate. Many Americans simply do not want to let them in

Jo Ann Hardesty: Portland Rejects Proud Boys & Other Ultra-Right Groups

Trump Tries to Criminalize Antifa

Ryan Grim: Democrats Have an Open Senate Seat in New Mexico

Will They Elect a Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC?

Olivia Paschal: Walmart employees organize for gun safety at work

“Right now you can’t just work in peace,” she said. “You’ve got to be in fear.”

Lauren Kaori Gurley: Workers Seize Shipyard That Built Titanic

Plan to Make Renewable Energy There

Ruha Benjamin: ‘Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia’

Interview on racism and technology

Dean Baker: China Did Not Trick the US

Trade Negotiators Served Corporate Interests

Tom Sullivan: The Student Movement Standing up to the Honduran Regime

It’s been ten years since a US-backed coup installed a repressive neoliberal regime in Honduras. Now, a student movement has emerged to challenge the government’s agenda of privatization and militarization

Jake Johnson: Sanders Unveils Plan to ‘Fundamentally Transform’ Criminal Justice System

“If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up.”

Robert Fisk: If Chinese tanks take Hong Kong, who’ll be surprised?

We are growing accustomed to the sight of armies and paramilitary forces taking over other people’s property

Norman Finkelstein: Kushner’s Threat to Palestine

The Trump administration hasn’t demonstrated focus or consistency at the diplomatic level. But I don’t agree with all the talk that the Kushner plan is “dead on arrival”

Luke Elliott-Negri: Fighting Trump/Building Socialism

The difference between a Democratic and Republican White House is unfathomably significant for poor and working people: the courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the tax rate, and simply the prospect of any meaningful social legislation

Rebekah Barber: Public charge rule is Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

There have already been reports of immigrants withdrawing from safety-net programs out of fear that their immigration status could be in jeopardy

Scott Warren: Activist Aiding Migrants Says He Won’t Be Deterred

We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three Read more…

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