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Fascism: Israeli Style

Israelis dismiss charges of “apartheid against Palestinians” as anti-Semitic propaganda, but Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government will confirm the apartheid nature of the regime, and will provide hints of fascism, Israeli-style.  Netanyahu is not a fascist, but he is a racist and he is considering appointing to his government people who are dangerous racists.  No government in Israel over the past seven decades has had government appointees so alien to the ideals that accompanied the creation of Israel. More

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New Portland Police Oversight Board, Could be Strongest in the Nation and Create a National Model

In the Black Lives Matter uprising of summer 2020, no city was more nationally prominent than Portland. Nightly protests drew thousands to the blocks around police headquarters, city hall and the federal courthouse. Donald Trump called Portland “a beehive of anarchists” and dispatched federal troops to the city, only fueling protest numbers. Attorney General Bill Barr designated Portland, along with Seattle and New York, as “anarchist jurisdictions.” More

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Roaming Charges: Railroaded, Again

You can't call the Democratic Party's almost unanimous decision to back a strikebusting bill against railroad workers a "betrayal." It's more like the ultimate fulfillment of a project begun in 1985 with the birth of DLC designed to unshackle the party from its decades-long bond with organized labor so that it could free itself up to fill its campaign coffers with corporate cash. More

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US Tax Dollars at Work: Neocolonial Dictatorship, Paramilitary and Police Terror in Haiti Today

The question over sending additional foreign troops into Haiti misses the fact that Haitians were recently subjected to such an intervention, culminating in the ongoing foreign occupation of Haiti since 2004. Similarly, the call for greater US-funding and training of the Haitian police camouflages the following fundamental realities: More

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Trump Might be Done: So What?

Trump is a symptom and not a cause…This is a problem that goes well beyond one person. — Ian Bassin Yes, Donald Trump’s chances of being the Republicans’ 2024 presidential candidate have taken a hit. On top of and related to all his, um, legal problems, there’s the defeats suffered by numerous candidates he backed More

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The Case Against Jeanne Dielman

Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece topping the Sight & Sound poll will only widen the gap between elitists and popular audiences. The BFI’s Sight & Sound poll of the Greatest Films of All Time might be the only important poll or list in pop culture, if only because it’s conducted just once a decade. Unlike the infinite More

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Zapatistas Versus the “Neoliberal War Against Humanity”

The Zapatista revolution has survived in Chiapas, southern Mexico, since 1914, and that is a miracle. Zapatistas endured the assaults of government paramilitaries, the betrayals of Mexican presidents and crushing poverty. “They don’t care that we have nothing,” the Zapatistas said of Mexico’s elite at the start of their first uprising, “absolutely nothing, not even More

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War is the Greatest Evil, An Interview with Chris Hedges

Steve Skrovan: Welcome to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. My name is Steve Skrovan, along with my co-host, David Feldman. Hello, David, how are you? David Feldman: Very good. Hello. Steve Skrovan: And of course, the man of the hour, Ralph Nader, is with us. Hello, Ralph. Ralph Nader: Hello, everybody. Steve Skrovan: All right, More

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Life Beyond 1.5C

Headlines describing the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties (COP) of UNFCCC more commonly referred to as COP27 at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt sent troubling messages: “The Greenwashing Scam Behind COP27’s Flop” (In These Times) “COP27 Climate Summit Missed Chance for Ambition on Fossil Fuels” (Reuters) “COP27 Is Full of Politicians and More

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‘Deliberate Ambiguity’: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Are Greatest Threat to Middle East

As western countries are floating the theory that Russia could escalate its conflict with Ukraine to a nuclear war, many western governments continue to turn a blind eye to Israel’s own nuclear weapons capabilities. Luckily, many countries around the world do not subscribe to this endemic western hypocrisy. ‘The Conference on the Establishment of a More

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Notes on Ukraine

On 14th November, Ukrainian troops retook the city of Kherson, a city that had been held by Russia for several months as part of their ongoing invasion.  In the aftermath of the Russian army’s expulsion, the same depressing, harrowing accounts of atrocities are beginning to filter out of the shell-shocked city – the kidnappings, the beatings, the torture More

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What’s the Manhattan Institute Doing In San Francisco?

Alison Collins is the leader in a fight against billionaires with ties to the eugenics movement’s attempt to destroy public education. She and her family have paid the price for her refusal to keep quiet after a recall effort ousted her as a school board member. Not satisfied with their recall victory, they have vowed More

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The Silent Failure of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine

At the Group of Twenty meeting in Bali, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky castigated the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “Add to that [11,000 children who were forcibly deported to Russia] hundreds of thousands of deported adults, and you can see what I want to point out that we have not found support in More

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Lip Service in Qatar

From now on when you google the phrase “lip service” you should by rights be taken directly to the video of the members of Iranian national soccer team making the least possible show of singing the Islamic Republic’s anthem before their World Cup soccer match against the USA last Tuesday. As the camera moved down More

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Pakistan Demands Debt Cancellation and Climate Justice

Even as the floodwaters have receded, the people of Pakistan are still trying to grapple with the death and devastation the floods have left in their wake. The floods that swept across the country between June and September have killed more than 1,700 people, injured more than 12,800, and displaced millions as of November 18. More

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America’s Moral Neo-Imperialism

The coexistence of a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Republican-controlled House of Representatives will not radically change US foreign policy. To those unaware of it, it may even reveal a convergence between most Republican politicians’ neoconservative militarism and the moral neo-imperialism of a growing number of Democrats. We’ve been here before. In 1917 Democratic president Woodrow More

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Polarization and Paralysis

Across the United States there was an audible sigh of relief as the threatened “Red Wave” in the midterm elections petered out into a “Red Trickle.” The Republicans secured only a narrow majority in the House, while the Democrats won an equally thin majority of at least one (and possibly a second) seat in the More

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Right or Wrong Polls Aren’t Good

Who were the biggest losers of the midterms? The media! wrote Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank November 9. The vast majority of political journalists were suckered, swayed, and misled by “an extraordinary profusion of bad partisan polling,” wrote Milbank. He wasn’t. He had doubts about a “red wave” early on, of course. It’s not that More

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US Capitalism’s Bully Boys

Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about the rise of the United States’ industrial and financial empire. These descriptions include everything from journal and magazine articles to textbooks and monographs of various lengths. All too many of them celebrate the men who got extremely rich from their activities during those years most often More

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