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Prisoners Gear Up for Mass Strike to Protest State-Sponsored ‘Slavery,’ Racism

The national and international action is scheduled to begin Friday—the 45th anniversary of the infamous Attica prison uprising.

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‘This Is a Coup’: Brazil’s Workers Party Faces Its Greatest Test

Left-leaning parties like the PT face a conundrum in Latin America: that liberalism and its tolerance for political activity offer openings to right-wing parties that have no qualms about exploiting democratic expression in order to quash democracy.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



In Praise of Impractical Movements

Social movements turn issues and demands considered both unrealistic and politically inconvenient into matters that can no longer be ignored. They succeed, that is, by championing the impractical.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE



Both Parties Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Proximity to the White House

The Republican front-runner is providing cover for the worst strains of American demagoguery, and neither the GOP nor the Democratic Party is doing enough to stop him.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



India’s Right-Wing Hindu Supremacy Rises in Parallel With Donald Trump’s Bigotry

A fundamentalist, upper-caste crackdown on dissent is roiling Indian society. Why should we care? Because it’s spreading to the U.S. by way of Indian-American support of presidential candidate Trump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction

As we—led by the media—get caught up in what has become the circus of the long primary season, the real and critical news tends to get lost in the fray.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

We assume as a basic human right the easy access to clean water, and for most Americans it flows from the tap whenever we want. But as the lead contamination in Michigan shows, we’re more vulnerable than we think. 

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever

Americans’ discomfort with other peoples’ religious faiths goes hand in hand with Islamophobia.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun

The accord reached at COP21 does not require emission cuts to be made within a framework of climate justice. That is why grass-roots activism is now more important than ever.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



On International Human Rights Day at COP21, African Women Call for Climate Justice

Although an agreement in the Paris negotiations appears to be near, those most affected by climate change remain unheard.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

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Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Instead of thanking present and past military members for their service, we need to confront the horrors of war and focus on ending violence between nations and peoples.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Police Are the Greatest Threat Facing Black Kids in School

Schools have welcomed police on campuses as “resource officers.” But rather than protect students, they are brutalizing them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars

Politicians and most mainstream media pretend our drone wars don’t exist. But new revelations by an anonymous source lay bare the details of these failed military operations.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



With a Spate of New Laws, California May Be the Most Progressive State in the Nation

In the span of just a few weeks, the state Legislature passed—and Gov. Jerry Brown approved—a series of bills that further the cause of social justice on a wide range of issues.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Washington long has had an unholy alliance with one of the world’s worst abusers. We must cut those ties in order to start reconciling our actions with our supposed support for rights and dignity.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



Sonali Kolhatkar in L.A. Times on Turmoil at KPFK Pacifica Radio: ‘A Micro-Version of Greece’

If management at KPFK Pacifica Radio were to pick a comparison inspired by recent world events to illustrate the current status of their operation, they probably wouldn’t settle on Greece. But that’s just the route that an op-ed article by Sonali Kolhatkar took.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.

Central to our policy in Afghanistan—a country ravaged and warped by the longest war the U.S. has ever waged—is keeping the warlords as our friends. Americans are ordered to look the other way when these drug-dealing criminals sexually abuse small boys.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Standing With Ahmed and All Children of Color

The treatment the 14-year-old science buff received from police and school authorities is emblematic of the obstacles children of color face—even when they have educational privilege.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders

Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE



Yes, People Hate Cops—but Aren’t Stooping to Their Level

Even though there is growing public anger at police for the savage encounters they provoke, there is no evidence that people are targeting police violently as a result. Law enforcement needs to stop waging war on Americans before there are concerted reprisals.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



Amazon Offers Free Delivery of Workplace Hell

Both low-paid and elite workers at Amazon and other companies are being pushed to their limits. Without unions to protect them from the brutality of corporate demands, workers are at the mercy of Jeff Bezos and his ilk.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Key human rights groups have warned about war crimes and mass starvation in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. But almost as stunning as the atrocities there is the silence of politicians and the public.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’

Black Lives Matter changed the life of one young activist. Now, despite being hit with numerous criminal charges for her activism, she refuses to back down on her organizing.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



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Fossil Fuel Fraud

Oil, gas and coal companies have damaged our planet by lying to the public about climate change, even though they have known for decades that it is real and man-made.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Greek Victory Inspires Us

While Greece is not the first country to defy the IMF’s prescriptions, it is uniquely poised to underscore, once and for all, capitalism’s incompatibility with democracy.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade

Now that the Supreme Court has preserved the Affordable Care Act and private insurers have won, the real battle for single-payer health care must begin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians

We cannot deny that there has been a long-standing problem of racism against African-Americans in Asian communities. Facing our biases and joining the struggle for racial justice is our only hope for redemption.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

The more I read about Dolezal and her life in “blackface,” the angrier I got. Here are 10 reasons her critics are on solid ground in denouncing her.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruling in the notorious case does nothing to satisfy the demands for justice being voiced by angry protesters at a commission hearing and in front of the mayor’s home.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Our Gang Problem Is Bigger Than We Think

The word “gang” has often been associated with groups of poor young men of color. But the recent deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, among five largely white motorcycle clubs has drawn attention to the fact that gangs come in a variety of forms and colors. Fraternities, sports fans and even the police and military bear many of the same hallmarks.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime

Driven by war and poverty, millions of people are on the move, putting their lives at risk. But rather than explore the reasons, authorities lock them up or threaten them with force.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



Mumia’s Life Matters

Supporters of the ailing journalist charge that Pennsylvania, having failed to formally execute him, is now intent on letting him die through medical neglect in prison.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Former FBI Agent Weighs In on Freddie Gray Case

Find out what is meant by zero-tolerance policing.

Posted on May 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Most coverage of the protests this week failed to provide context or give voice to those protesting, instead offering a simplistic narrative of “school-age youths” assaulting police at Mondawmin Mall.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Private corporations have crafted a business model based on the imprisonment of families seeking asylum. Is that the real reason the U.S. has reverted to an inhumane policy?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE



How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Why so few smiles at a family-oriented theme park? Maybe because deep down, many attendees realize they’re being taken for another kind of ride.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried

It’s baffling why the outrage over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t carrying over to the case of Purvi Patel.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Time to Abolish Fraternities

The recent video showing members of a Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist song has turned a new spotlight on collegiate Greek culture and its origins. The truth is ugly.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

It’s hard to fathom why Western media seem to buy into the U.S. government’s demonization of Venezuela’s democratically elected socialist government and yet essentially give a pass to countries (Mexico, anyone?) with clearly corrupt and discredited leadership.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE


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