We’re often told that creating a single secular democratic state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians would violate Israel’s “right to exist.” But no nation-state has an inviolable right to exist — especially not an ethnostate based on exclusion and ethnic cleansing.
Anthony Alvarez was shot in the back five times by a Chicago police officer on March 31. A Chicago teacher who knew Alvarez as an elementary student reflects on his life, his tragic and violent death, and the desperate need to stop Chicago cops from killing again.
On Thursday, Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian American member of Congress, delivered an extraordinarily personal and powerful speech from the House floor about the humanity of Palestinians and the urgent need to dismantle Israeli apartheid. We print it here in full.
There’s a lot of talk these days about labor shortages and workers unwilling to work because unemployment benefits are too high. Ignore the hand-wringing: it’s a very good thing if workers have the freedom to say no to low-paying, dehumanizing jobs.
This day in 2011, the Indignados protesters occupied Madrid’s Puerta del Sol to denounce Spain’s dominant parties and their austerity agenda. Ten years later, the Spanish left no longer has that insurgent dynamism — but it’s had an enduring success in breaking a previously monolithic neoliberal consensus.
05.13What Kind of Democracy Kills Children?
05.13Corporate CEOs Won the Pandemic
05.13The Last Thing We Need Is a More Militarized Border
05.13Debt Collectors: We Should Be Able to Break Your Legs
05.13Keir Starmer’s Televised Meltdown Was Decades in the Making
05.13We’re Not Self-Employed, We’re Workers
05.13Scott Morrison’s Right-Wing Government Wants to Scrap Austerity — But Only for the Rich
05.12On Palestine, the Media Is Allergic to the Truth
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Coming almost exactly ten years since Spain’s Indignados protests, Pablo Iglesias’s retirement as Podemos leader marks the end of a political era. In its early years, Podemos appealed to Spaniards outside traditional left-wing circles — yet it failed to build a party working people could consider their own.
The French interior minister has issued a blanket ban on protests in solidarity with Palestine. For months, Emmanuel Macron’s government has joined the far right in denouncing “Islamo-leftism” — a war on anti-racist movements that is now undermining basic civil liberties.
Everywhere in the media and in the halls of power, we hear that Israel has a right to self-defense. But when it comes to the question of whether Palestinians suffering under brutal occupation have the right to defend themselves, those same voices are conspicuously silent.
In May 2009, Sri Lankan forces massacred 150,000 Eelam Tamils trapped in the island’s north. The slaughter was part of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing. But the Australian government has whitewashed those atrocities and helped equip Sri Lanka’s state security forces.
05.12Have Democrats Learned Anything?
05.12There’s Nothing Complicated About What’s Happening in Palestine
05.12The Welfare State Isn’t About Charity
05.12US Labor Leaders Should Stand With Palestine
05.12Pharma Giants Who Got Rich Off the Opioid Crisis Are Now Desperate to Avoid Accountability
05.12American Unemployment Insurance Is a National Disgrace. It’s Time to Federalize It.
05.11It’s Obvious — Israel Is an Apartheid State
05.10Why the Green New Deal Has Failed — So Far
How he lost and where we go from here.
For a century, reformers have tried to change Washington’s regressive tax system. Last month, a landmark capital gains tax became law. The story of how they got there shows how the Left can win against Democrats defending the status quo.
Since the start of his political career, Joe Biden has rigidly adhered to a deeply unprincipled commitment to back Israel no matter what for the sake of his own political advancement. The Left now has a chance to make that approach a major political liability for the president.
To supply bosses with exploitable low-wage workers during a deadly pandemic, Republicans are reviving a grotesque lie: the myth of the “welfare queen.”
Jay Carney went from being Barack Obama’s press secretary to being Amazon’s top flack. But PR is only part of his job — his larger mission is to help Amazon ruthlessly exploit its workforce so it can expand endlessly.
05.11Union Nurses in Massachusetts Are Waging the Longest Current Strike in the US
05.11The Oceans That Keep Capitalism Afloat
05.11How a Socialist City Councilor Won 100% Affordable Housing in a Gentrifying Chicago Neighborhood
05.11Rich Democratic Lawmakers Stand to Benefit From the SALT Tax Cuts
05.11Justin Trudeau’s Government Won’t Allow the Pandemic to Ease Worker Exploitation
05.10The Debate Over Service Work and Unemployment Benefits Shows Why Marxism Is Right
05.10The US’s Failure in Afghanistan Shows the Hubris of American Empire
05.10How the Myths of “Progressive Neoliberalism” Hollowed Out Australia’s Left
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