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Israel Doesn’t Have a “Right to Exist” — But Israelis and Palestinians Do
05.15
Ben Burgis
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.
In Chicago, Brutal Killings by the Police Keep Coming
05.15
Mike Friedberg
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.
Rashida Tlaib: “End the Apartheid System”
05.15
Rashida Tlaib
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.
Actually, Not Coercing People to Work Is a Good Thing
05.15
Matt Bruenig
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.
The Indignados Movement Changed Spanish Politics Forever
05.15Juan Carlos Monedero
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.
05.13
What Kind of Democracy Kills Children?
05.13
Corporate CEOs Won the Pandemic
05.13
The Last Thing We Need Is a More Militarized Border
05.13
Debt Collectors: We Should Be Able to Break Your Legs
05.13
Keir Starmer’s Televised Meltdown Was Decades in the Making
05.13
We’re Not Self-Employed, We’re Workers
05.13
Scott Morrison’s Right-Wing Government Wants to Scrap Austerity — But Only for the Rich
05.12
On Palestine, the Media Is Allergic to the Truth
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The Ruling Class
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Take Me to Your Leader: The Rot of the American Ruling Class
Apr 27
Doug Henwood
For more than three centuries, something has been going horribly wrong at the top of our society, and we’re all suffering for it.
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An Army of Pete Buttigiegs
04.27
Nicole Aschoff
McKinsey consultants have packaged capitalism for decades, offering a glimpse into the moral compass of the ruling class.
To Recapture the Spirit of the Indignados, Podemos Has to Speak to Working People
05.15
Paolo Gerbaudo
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.
Emmanuel Macron’s Government Has Banned Palestine Solidarity Demonstrations
05.14
Selim Nadi
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.
Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves
05.14
Greg Shupak
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.
Australia Is Supporting the Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka
05.14
Barathan Vidhyapathy
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.
05.12
Have Democrats Learned Anything?
05.12
There’s Nothing Complicated About What’s Happening in Palestine
05.12
The Welfare State Isn’t About Charity
05.12
US Labor Leaders Should Stand With Palestine
05.12
Pharma Giants Who Got Rich Off the Opioid Crisis Are Now Desperate to Avoid Accountability
05.12
American Unemployment Insurance Is a National Disgrace. It’s Time to Federalize It.
05.11
It’s Obvious — Israel Is an Apartheid State
05.10
Why the Green New Deal Has Failed — So Far
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Bernie Sanders’s Five-Year War
08.28
Matt Karp
How he lost and where we go from here.
In Washington State, the Left Won a Major Victory for Taxing the Rich
05.14
Galen Herz
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.
Joe Biden’s Cynical Support for Israel Presents an Opportunity for Palestine Activists
05.14
Branko Marcetic
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.
Ronald Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” Lie Has Been Resurrected
05.14Andrew Perez David Sirota
To supply bosses with exploitable low-wage workers during a deadly pandemic, Republicans are reviving a grotesque lie: the myth of the “welfare queen.”
Former Obama Staffer Jay Carney Is Amazon’s Top Flack
05.14
Alex N. Press
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.
05.11
Union Nurses in Massachusetts Are Waging the Longest Current Strike in the US
05.11
The Oceans That Keep Capitalism Afloat
05.11
How a Socialist City Councilor Won 100% Affordable Housing in a Gentrifying Chicago Neighborhood
05.11
Rich Democratic Lawmakers Stand to Benefit From the SALT Tax Cuts
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Justin Trudeau’s Government Won’t Allow the Pandemic to Ease Worker Exploitation
05.10
The Debate Over Service Work and Unemployment Benefits Shows Why Marxism Is Right
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The US’s Failure in Afghanistan Shows the Hubris of American Empire
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How the Myths of “Progressive Neoliberalism” Hollowed Out Australia’s Left
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