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Tom Athanasiou: The US Returns to the Paris Agreement

Slashing emissions at home is only part of the challenge—the United States must also help other countries go green

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Lee Fang: Fossil Fuel Executives Gloat About Profits, PR From Texas Winter Storm Crisis

Comstock Resources, a shale drilling company, apologized for describing gas prices from the Texas storm as a “jackpot.”

Kay Whitlock: Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It.

At the heart of each of these approaches is a commitment to building community safety and well-being by strengthening capacity for solidarity and standing up to/dismantling white supremacist violence in its many social, cultural, political and economic guises

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Juan Cole: Is Harvard denying Tenure to Cornel West over his views on Palestine?

West is convinced that his views on the Palestine issue are the real reason for which Harvard will not give him a permanent job

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Charlie Ebert: Chile’s 2021 forecast: clouds of unrest and a drizzle of hope

Presidential elections, a constitutional reform process and rising social tensions: 2021 is shaping up to be a critical year that will define Chile’s future

Robert Greene II: Remembering W.E.B. Du Bois

As America faces a period of renewed racial and political polarization, Du Bois’s vision for building a multi-racial democracy is more relevant than ever

Ari Paul: Guardian Columnist’s Firing Over Israel Joke Highlights Paper’s Rightward Drift

The Guardian has fired one of its columnists for its US edition, Nathan Robinson, because Robinson jokingly tweeted about US military aid to Israel

John Clamp: Rohingya: The Sufis of Arakan

In reality, the whole of Rakhine state is a crime scene

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Medea Benjamin: What Planet Is NATO Living On?

Only 17% of Europeans want closer economic ties with the United States, while even fewer, 10% of French and Germans, think their countries need America’s help with their national defense.
 

Ty Joplin: Texas’ Freeze Was One Part of a Long Disaster We’re Still Living Through

How can you recover if the crises never stop?

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Thomas Klikauer: Capitalism Profits From the Promulgation of Disinformation

We do not just live in a time of too much information. We live in a period of intense but often somewhat accidental misinformation as well as deliberate disinformation

Matthew Byrne: We Could End Homelessness Right Now, If Only Capitalism Didn’t Get in the Way

Poverty is lucrative to real estate tycoons and private housing markets.

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Nazlı Konya: Courage, rage and joy at Turkey’s student protests

The undemocratic appointment of a party loyalist as rector at a prominent university in Turkey is fiercely resisted by its student body and faculty

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Jonathan Cook: By putting Big Pharma’s patents before patients, doctors will further erode trust in experts

I have spent the past several years on my blog trying to highlight one thing above all others: that the institutions we were raised to regard as authoritative are undeserving of our blind trust

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Richard D. Wolff: A Minimum Wage? A Fake Debate

Raising the minimum wage can and should be one basis for a mutually beneficial alliance between wage workers and small businesses

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Badri Raina: How We Came to Suspect the Disquiet in Our Democracy

We can see how, in many parts of the world, conversation itself has come to be regarded as conspiracy

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Steve Early: A Firefighter Election: Can Veteran of Wisconsin Uprising Rescue the IAFF?

rare contested race for president of the IAFF has given its members a clear choice between a union traditionalist from Boston and a progressive activist who backed massive labor protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker a decade ago

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Dean Baker: The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans’ Bread and Butter

It’s Not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas

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David Swanson: Universality or Fighting Over Scraps

Universality strengthens support for maintaining a program into the future, rather than opening up the means to chip away at it until it’s gone

Tyson Slocum: This Is What Deregulation Looks Like

TSome Texans Face $10K+ in Electric Bills, Others Still in Dark

Jonathan H. Martin: Third-party progressives can win, but they must convince the public

More major party failure could boost the popular appeal of an independent left that seriously competes for power from the bottom up

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Patrick Cockburn: Capitol Riots were a Dark Day for American Journalism

This symbiotic relationship between Trump and the media means that they do less and less reporting, allowing Trump and his supporters to provide the action while they provide the talking heads who thrive on venomous confrontation

Andres Arauz: Deepening the Citizens’ Revolution

An interview with Andrés Arauz on his surprising journey to the verge of state power

Natalia Gutiérrez: Mexican feminists raise their voices against patriarchy

Faced with an epidemic of femicides and government inaction, Mexican feminists are turning to increasingly radical tactics in their collective quest for justice

Jeff Ordower: Build New Infrastructure for a Broader Movement

There is need to invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations for multi-year struggles, especially worker organizing and scaled disruptive direct action

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Ted Glick: A Big Victory at FERC

Electrification of power sources, transportation vehicles and heating and cooling systems is absolutely essential to make a clean energy revolution in enough time to prevent escalating and massive, worldwide climate catastrophe

Saskia Hostetler Lippy: The Good, The Bad and the Profound

It turns out aligning your moral values with your lived values is good for mental health, especially in a pandemic

James Dennis Hoff: Biden Betrays Promise to Fight for $15

In a conference call with governors last week, Biden assured them that a federal increase in the minimum wage will not pass congress and that he has no intention of fighting to make it happen

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Gareth Porter: US accusation of “genocide” by China based on claims by far-right ideologue

The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their “genocide” accusation against China. A close review of Zenz’s research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods

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Naomi Klein: Why Texas Needs the Green New Deal

“The Green New Deal is a plan that could solve so many of Texas’s problems and the problems across the country, and Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer except for more deregulation, more privatization, more austerity.”

Liberation Staff: Student activists in Weymouth, Mass. vs the cult of ‘blue lives matter’

It’s refusal to take any concrete political stance “points out a flaw in the way schools are managed. One person or a few people at the top make decisions for all students [who] at the end of the day, hold no power.”

Fred Gardner: ‘Drug Use For Grown-Ups’

Dr. Carl Hart, a neuroscientist on the Columbia University faculty, is the most audaciously radical thinker in the drug-policy-reform field, and the bravest

Rajan Menon: How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable

A Field Guide to Our Threadbare Social Safety Net

Jillian S. Ambroz: The 1.5 million child slaves behind your chocolate bar

Since the cocoa industry’s use of child labor has been on the world’s radar for years, it clearly will require a large-scale public reckoning and massive revenue loss to see any real change

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Chris Spannos: Ken Weller Obituary

Working-class libertarian socialist who took direct action against the ‘warfare state’

Liam Kennedy: Review – Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors

D Hunter’s ‘Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors’ is an exploration of working-class struggle and strength

M. G. Piety: Saving the Classics from Blindness

However much our own society continues to be characterized by brutality and, in particular, by brutal racism, humanity as a whole has made progress

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Ashley Dawson: Lessons from Climate/Energy Emergency in Texas

Texas’s energy crisis may be particularly grave, but it far from an isolated case. Today’s electric grids are a relic of the early twentieth century

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Sonali Kolhatkar: GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas

The Texas debacle is a preview of what is to come if the free-marketeers have their way while the climate changes

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Juan Cole: We can do this

Americans put in massive 17 Gigawatts of Wind Power in 2020 despite Pandemic, Recession, and Neanderthal Conservatives

Rod Driver: How Governments and the Media Help Corporations Get Away With Their Crimes

We need to question why we have given these organisations so much power and political influence. In a reasonable society, businesses would not be able to harm people

Emily Wolahan: The subversive potential of working-class poetics

Review of Social Poetics, by Mark Nowak

Sarah Anderson: Black Families Have a Major Stake in the Future of the Postal Service

USPS is a vital source of decent jobs for Black workers. It could also narrow the racial wealth divide by expanding financial services

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Gideon Levy: Jewish National Fund for Apartheid

If anyone still had any doubts about the nationalist and racist – yes, racist – character of Zionism, even in its modern dress, then along came the chairman of the JNF, Avraham Duvdevani, and removed the last of these doubts

Mike Ludwig: Pressure Mounts for Biden to Remove Global Barriers to Vaccines

President Joe Biden is meeting with the G7 leaders of other wealthy nations Friday to discuss global plans to defeat COVID

Daniel Boguslaw: The Deep Rot of the Massachusetts Democratic Party

The Bay State’s deep-blue reputation obscures a cynical political establishment that’s more interested in accruing power than in advancing progressive policies

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Damian Wilson: Escaping Franco’s Legacy

Millions of Spaniards still remember life under fascism. Now, with lockdown’s limits on freedom compounded by the erosion of free speech under Franco-style laws, as seen by Pablo Hasél’s jailing, a new generation is fighting back

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Bernie Sanders: Tell Congress to take bold action to fight the climate crisis

If we are going to save our planet for future generations, now is not the time to think smal

Julia Soul: Argentine Vegetable Oil Workers Win Big Raises with Coordinated Strike

Argentina’s vegetable oil workers ended 2020 on a high note, with a triumphant 21-day national strike for higher wages. They were pushing to make the minimum wage a living wage, as the constitution mandates

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