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[Photo: Nigel Farage (UKIP leader) poses for anti-immigrant BREXIT poster. (The Conversation)] By CJ Polychroniou, Marcus Rolle and Alexandra Boutri Source: Truthout. incomplete intro Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump and the emergence of a new right-wing radicalism in both Europe and the United States signify fundamental de

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[Photo: March to stop the deportations and separation of families (No One is Illegal).] By Sonali Kolhatkar he Republican Party likes to tout “family values.” Its website says, “The family is the bedrock of our nation. When American families flourish, so too does our country.” House Speaker Paul Ryan told an undocum

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By Murray Polner “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” —Attributed to Leon Trotsky CQ Roll Call recently reported that the Defense Science Board, a Pentagon panel,” had advised our new president to prepare the military to use a “tailored nuclear option for limited us

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[Photo: ‘Trump Casualties’ by Deng Coy Miel, Singapore. (Republished with license)] By Henry A. Giroux t is impossible to imagine the damage Trump and his white nationalists, economic fundamentalists, and white supremacists friends will do to civil liberties, the social contract, the planet, and life itself in t

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[Photo: Pastoralists (herders) wait for food assistance from Islamic Relief Worldwide] By Michael T. Klare ot since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs,

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[Photo: Juan Manuel Montes is the first known DACA “Dreamer” deported under the Trump Administration. (National Immigration Law Center)] By Steven Rosenfeld he federal government and bastions of opposition to President Trump’s anti-immigrant police state are on a slow-motion collision course. An 18-page memo

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[Photo: Trump in Mesa, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore.] By Vijay Prashad Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of twenty books, including The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution (LeftWord

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[Photo: The perversion of “the light on the hill.”] By Henry A. Giroux t is impossible to imagine the damage Trump and his white nationalists, economic fundamentalists, and white supremacists friends will do to civil liberties, the social contract, the planet, and life itself in the next few years. Rather than a

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[Photo: Sign from the prisoner protest at the Tacoma Detention Center (DemocracyNow)] By Maru Mora Villalpando Maru Mora Villalpando and Alexis Erickson on  Democracy Now! undreds of undocumented immigrants are on hunger strike to protest the conditions and extremely low wages at the for-profit Northwest Detention Center i

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[Photo: David Dao forcibly ejected from United Airlines.] By Caleb Maupin n the 21st century, the concepts of “human rights” and “civil liberties” are often used by different governments to level criticism at each other. In the discourse of Western media, societies with lots of repression and coerci

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[Photo: Magical places have something that draws us in, and promise our heart’s ease. (Enchanted Fairytale Dreams)] By Gaither Stewart (Rome) he recent death of the Russian poet with whom I was acquainted, Yevgheny Yevtushenko, prompted these considerations of the role of poets in social-cultural-political progress i

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By Vincent Emanuel     What can I write about war that I or someone else hasn’t already written? After all, people have been writing about war for centuries. I think it was Vonnegut who once said that trying to stop a war is like trying to stop winter. Turns out, he was half wrong: winter […]

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[Photo: After 70 years, Palestinians are still dispossessed – nakba.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD or Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries. While historians mark May 15th as the anniversary of the date on which Palestinians were expelled from their historic homeland in 1948, the fact is the ethnic cleansing

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[Photo: Arab League] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Are the Arab Leaders doing their job? he Arab League does not represent the masses but the symbolic thrones of power managed by the secretive police apparatus and questionable authority of leaders assembled for two days at the Dead Sea resort (Jordan). Any rational observers can

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[Photo: Screen capture from CNBC video of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. (1/20/2017)] By Henry A. Giroux and Joan Pedro-Carañana, Truthout rump’s brand of populism and politics are a tragedy for democracy and a triumph for authoritarianism. Using manipulation, misrepresentation and a discourse of hate, he

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[Photo: “Obey” the power of money by Paul de Gregorio.] By Edward Curtin ou have to love the twisted system of propaganda and moral hypocrisy that reigns in the United States today. For almost a year the mainstream corporate media have demonized Russia, Putin, and Donald Trump. Putin was the devil and Trump was

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[Photo: _] By Tim Radford The warming of the atmosphere by greenhouse gases is slowing the jet streams which drive the northern hemisphere’s weather, scientists say. esearchers have once again linked a sequence of devastating climate events to global warming fuelled by prodigal human use of fossil fuels. And this time, t

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[Photo: Military states in the Syrian civil war. Map by Manaz on Politica Critica] By Marwa Osman Expandable Map of Syria s early as 2013, Western powers have been rooting for the balkanization of Syria as the best possible outcome of the war tearing apart the country since 2011. Since the war against Syria is significant

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[Graphic: “Missile Strike by Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch. Reprinted under license.] By Murray Polner Anyone remember Michael Moore’s 1995 film “Canadian Bacon,” where a President with plunging approval ratings began a secret vilification campaign against Canada to resuscitate his candidacy and

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By Alfred W. McCoy  n 2016, something extraordinary happened in the politics of diverse countries around the world. With surprising speed and simultaneity, a new generation of populist leaders emerged from the margins of nominally democratic nations to win power.  In doing so, they gave voice, often in virulent fashion,

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[Photo: 2011 observance of  Israel’s Memorial Day. With Jerusalem in the background, graves are marked with flags mounted on guns. (AP Photo/Sebestian Scheiner, Gerard Direct)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD nce more, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 is taking center stage. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas ins

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[Photo: Syrian Child against the bombs (Mirian Raftery.)] By Edward Curtin Intrepid Report 4 April 2017 “In the cellar, darkness prevails day and night, and even when we are carrying a lighted candle, we see shadows dancing on the dark walls.”  Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space “I found myself in full accord wh

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[Photo: “EPA Global Warming Alarm.” By R.J. Matson, CagleCartoons.com. Republished under license.] By Nadia Prupis Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and could reach a level unseen in millennia if their rates continue at this pace, a new report out Tuesday warns. Research published

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[Photo: Kill zone graphic from Global Security.] By Robert C. Koehler “The wooden carts that residents use to carry vegetables and other wares in the once busy market area instead ferried out cadavers recovered from the rubble last week.” qnd so . . . another “precision” bomb strike in America’s war against terro

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[Photo: From Etsy] By Peter Stone & Greg Gordon ederal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the in

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[Photo: Ryugyong hotel in North Korea by Roman Harak.] By Pepe Escobar he National People’s Congress in Beijing made it clear that China in the 21st century as led by Xi Jinping now relies, as a state, on the “core” leader’s “four comprehensives” as the letter of the law. The “four comprehensives” are to bu

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[Photo: Premier Li Keqiang and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English hold a joint news conference in Wellington, March 27, 2017. [english.gov.cn]] By Caleb Maupin ome may be surprised to hear that New Zealand has signed on to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This development project is usually associated in the p

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By Andrea Germanos wo journalists have sued President Donald Trump saying they are on the “Kill List”—an “illegal death sentence” that violates their constitutional rights and impedes their professional work, the lawsuit charges. The plaintiffs are 46-year-old Bilal Abdul Kareem, a U.S. citizen an

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  By Giorgos Kallis and Erik Swyngedouw   Giorgos Kallis: Erik, I remember you arguing that you cannot accept that bees do labour and contribute to value. What is the main Marxist argument against accepting the simple — in my view — fact that nature does work? Erik Swyngedouw : Marx uses three forms of […

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[Photo: Boycott, Divest, Sanctions, by Latuff.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD he Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for its crimes and misconduct. Israel’s successful public relation campaigns through the ever-willing western media partners, coup

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