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Noam Chomsky: The train wreck of the 2020 US election

Interview on the 2020 US election, the state of humanity, the breakdown of democracy, the rise of conspiracy theories, the prosecution of Julian Assange, the role of satire – and what helps to keep him going amidst all this

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Arwa Mahdawi: Trump’s 1776 commission is proof America is spiraling toward fascism

Trump is setting up the commission to teach students ‘the miracle of American history’ – which sounds like a core part of the fascist process of taking power

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Badri Raina: Some Cacti Are Blooming in the Dreary Desert Sands of Indian Unreason

I trust the soul of the nation to find tongue again, and, in simple but decisive syllables, say no to hate and bigotry, and yes to love and camaraderie

Judha Su and Benjamin Tausig: The Thailand Uprising: “For the Rightful Owners of the Land”

For the past months, a broad political movement, primarily led by Thai youth, has advanced a series of increasingly provocative protests against the military government

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Juan Cole: If McConnell Packs the Court on behalf of Minority Rule, Dems must Expand and Reform it

If the Democrats win both the presidency and the senate, they must do something about the dictatorship of the minority on the court

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Nakiya Wakes: What the Flint Water Crisis Meant for My Family

Take it from me: You don’t want to go through what we did. Every community deserves water, life, and dignity.

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Alexandra Bradbury: School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It’s Safe

For those who have defeated unsafe reopenings, the next battle may be against mass layoffs, as in Rochester, New York, and at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Wafa Aludaini: We Are the Children of Gaza: The Poet, the Fashionista and the Footballer

The inevitable has finally happened, and the coronavirus pandemic is now ravaging the besieged Gaza Strip

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Ralph Nader: Why Do Americans Give Away So Much Control to Corporations?

It starts with us being indoctrinated into being powerless

Sam Stein: Environmental Movement Founders: Don’t Vote for the Green Party

They spearheaded the breakthroughs in the ’70s; saw the damage of the ’80s; witnessed Nader’s role in ’00 and Jill Stein’s in ’16. Now, they have thoughts to share

Collective 20: Greenwashing Capitalism Won’t Heal the Planet

As we move along the road to a post-capitalist, post-carbon world, we must be mindful of the pitfalls, and we must not allow our work or ourselves to be hijacked, sabotaged or seduced by those who have only their own selfish, short-term interests at heart.

David Rovics: Diary of a Smoke Refugee

The fires here in Oregon have further exposed the deep divisions in this society, as have all the other previous or ongoing catastrophes, from the 2008 financial crisis to the current global pandemic

Pam Palmater: What we’re seeing in 2020 is Idle No More 2.0

A much larger and more powerful movement than the last, led by Black and Indigenous peoples and supported by millions of Canadians

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Tom Engelhardt: Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen: 2020 Version

Four more years of Trump will consign us to a hell on Earth of a sort still only faintly imaginable today

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Daniel Loick: Europe’s necropolitics sparked the fire at Moria camp

The disaster at the Moria refugee camp exposes European authorities’ utter neglect for human life. To resist means to imagine a different politics altogether

John Buell: The Many Ugly Faces of Climate Science Denial

A politics of public good is especially important in reshaping visceral attitudes toward consumption and harsher forms of individualism

Samuel Moyn: Socialists Have Long Fought to Disempower the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has been a reactionary institution for most of its history. We need to take on its power and fight for real democracy in the United States

Lois Weiner: What Does a “Safe Return” to School Look Like? Ask Teacher Unions.

Powerful elites are willing to sacrifice the lives and futures of millions to feed their own profits. Teachers are fighting back

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Dahr Jamail: Life in the US Has the Hallmarks of a “Low-Grade War Zone”

Are we going to accept that we have a government that is out to get us?

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Jim Hightower: Beware Corporate COVID Propaganda

So middle-income workers get the boot, while the boss still has his job, gets more than $21 million in annual pay, and claims bragging rights for being an “ethical” corporate chieftain.

Jonathan Michels: North Carolina Nurses Seek Their First Union

In the wake of the takeover by the multinational corporation, nurses saw patient care standards and working conditions quickly deteriorate

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Jack Rasmus: Ginsburg’s Death & Trump’s Emerging Legal Coup D’Etat

In 2020 the Supreme Court will be even more likely do the same–i.e. stop the vote count and ‘select’ Trump’– with a 6-3 vote. Except this time it will not even be a vote recount; it will be a first count of mail in ballot votes

Simon Davis-Cohen: Mutual Aid Response During Fires Shows Black Lives Matter Is Building Community

“We have come together efficiently and quickly because we know each other.”

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Chandra Thomas Whitfield: All the Options for Schooling Are Bad—But We Have to Choose Safety

On parents’ impossible decision

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Sharon Lerner: As the West Burns, Trump Administration Races to Demolish Environmental Protections

Polluters and their agents in government want to finalize as many environmental rollbacks as possible before the presidential election

Adam Peggs: After the virus: no return to the old economy

Alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding

Barbara Madeloni: New York City Teachers Work Outdoors after a Co-Worker Tests Positive

When New York City educators were supposed to be in their third day of “professional development” held inside school buildings, teachers and other staffers at a Queens middle school, IS 230, took their work outside.

Mike Ludwig: Millions of Children Go Hungry as Mitch McConnell Blocks Stimulus Bill

Please Help ZNet Source: Truthout Millions of children across the United States are already going hungry amid the economic recession spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, and emergency food assistance is set to expire on September 30 as Congress remains at an impasse over stimulus legislation. The House has already passed legislation that would renew the Read more…

Jen Moore: When Police Repression is Not Enough

A U.S. Corporation is Suing Guatemala to Crush Local Mining Opposition

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Howard Zinn: Trump Calls Howard Zinn’s Work “Propaganda.” Hear the Historian in His Own Words

Teaching the unvarnished truth about history was the best way to combat propaganda and unexamined received wisdom

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Bernie Sanders: Justice Ginsburg’s replacement

Every issue we care about is at stake: abortion rights, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, climate change, environmental rights, gun safety and more.

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Noam Chomsky: “The fate of humanity hangs in the balance”

The means to manage the crisis are available. But not for long. One primary task of the Progressive International is to ensure that we all panic now — and act accordingly.

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Jeremy Brecher: Workers vs. the Coronavirus Depression

This summer has seen two significant national strike actions–for Black Lives and for safe reopening of schools. These are hardly conventional strikes–indeed, they represent historically unprecedented forms of protest

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Max Elbaum: Socialist Strategy and the Biden Debate

The left forces whose strategy translates into sending the first message have much better prospects to grow their ranks and expand their influence, power and coalition relationships

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William rivers Pitt: Another Day of COVID, Another Failed Stimulus, Another Thousand Deaths

With an election looming just 47 tiny days away, fury at vicious Republican intransigence has begun to give way to something close to horrified awe

Thom Hartmann: Trump’s Destruction of America Started With Reagan

If America is to recover from this hellscape that right-wing billionaires and their bought-off politicians have inflicted on us, it’s going to require a massive, nationwide awakening and a nonstop multiyear effort.

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George Monbiot: Extinction Rebellion is showing Britain what real democracy could look like

The protest movement’s call for meaningful participation highlights the failings of dysfunctional Westminster politics

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John Feffer: Trump’s Scorched-Earth Doctrine

Trump is doing whatever he can to make it impossible for his successor to resolve some of the world’s most intractable problems

Nima Elbagir: Yemen on Brink of Famine After U.S. Cuts Aid While Fueling War

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is deepening amid the pandemic and cuts to international aid from the United States and its allies, leaving millions of Yemenis facing famine after years of a brutal U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign that has devastated the country

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John Cavanagh: Trump trade wars have led to lost US jobs and factories

Trump is making false claims about his record in struggling states like Ohio and Michigan. The jobs haven’t come back. They’ve been offshored to China

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David Adler: Internationalism or extinction

The Progressive International is convening its inaugural Summit this weekend to reclaim our shared future

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Juan Cole: Trump doesn’t Understand History any more than he Understands Epidemics

Professional historians have always been skeptical and the very tools of their profession are seditious, because history teaches us that things could have been different (contingency) and can still be different

Au Loong-Yu: Hong Kong in Revolt

Interview on the development of the protest movement in his place of birth over the past two decades, setting them within the context of broader political trends in mainland China and beyond

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Matthew Cunningham-Cook: North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition

HCA Healthcare had brought in a phalanx of union-busting firms to intimidate nurses into voting no

Zoe Mendelson: Feminists Take Over Federal Building in Mexico City and Use Painting as a Weapon

In protest of femicide, the artists painted over portraits of all-male historical figures hanging in the National Human Rights Commission

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Daniel Ellsberg: U.S. Press Freedom Under Attack in WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Extradition Case

“Now the American press is staring right down the barrel at the use of the Espionage Act against American journalists and publishers for doing journalism.”

Randall Hyman: New Fossil Fuel Projects Meet Indigenous Resistance in New Mexico

“They’ve always put a price tag on our forehead, and just expect us to be quiet”

James Fallows: The Media Learned Nothing From 2016

The press hasn’t broken its most destructive habits when it comes to covering Donald Trump

Alina Stamenova: Why miners in Ukraine’s longest city are holding an underground strike

Under a media blackout, mine workers in Ukraine are refusing to come up from their mines – for wages, better conditions and an end to poor management.

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