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Is a Tea Party movement about to kick off in Britain?

A fallen government minister who fought the ‘green blob’ seems to be contemplating a US-style insurgency, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Piketty, The Wall Street Journal, and Rational Conservatives

Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the 21st Century, has almost had the effect of a tsunami on economic thinking in the United States, writes Thomas Riggins... [read more]

New York City Settles Fire Department Discrimination Case

New York City settlement of fire department discrimination is a blow against racism but panned by ultra-right New York Post ... [read more]
 

Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs... [read more]

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Free Rolf Kaestel: The prisoner who blew the whistle on a prison blood scandal linked to Bill Clinton

Most of us have read how difficult it has been for whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon since exposing state secrets, now imagine blowing the whistle from behind bars of one of America’s most notorious penitentiaries... [read more]
 

An Iraq war veteran's reflection

Before President Obama even began the State of the Union address, two people I knew in the audience, from two defining points in my life... [read more]

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized... [read more]

PTSD: From pain to purpose, US veterans Hart and Ethan speak out

I don’t claim to be any expert on rap music but seeing a photo of Snoop Dog in a smart jacket at the White House in the company of Obama was a bit of a let down... [read more]
 

The JFK Conspiracy Theories and Why they Still Matter Today

It is now fifty years ago, come November 22nd, that John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in an event that had a huge bearing on the course of history from that day on... [read more]

Drop the outrageous charges on CCNY student activists!

The ANSWER Coalition calls for protests and a letter-writing campaign to reinstate Khalil Vasquez and Tafador Sourov, two student leaders at the City College of New York disciplined and charged for trying to stop the closure of a student centre... [read more]

New York City Mayor's Race: Living Wage or Wage Slavery: de Blasio vs. Lhota on the Dignity of Labour

The election for mayor of New York City is less that a month away and Bill de Blasio's lead in the polls appears insurmountable... [read more]
 

Martial Law and the Economy: Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup, writes Ellen Brown... [read more]

De Blasio and the Sandinistas

According to a recent article in the New York Times two of the candidates running for mayor of New York have become alarmed about the worldview of Bill de Blasio, the front running candidate of the Democratic Party... [read more]

The Leveraged Buyout of America

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres... [read more]
 

Obama's rogue state tramples over every law it demands others uphold

For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are sceptical now, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 2)

The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are at the service of the major private banks... [read more]

Stop and Frisk: What Mayor Bloomberg Really Thinks About Minority Youth

New York City Mayor Bloomberg tries to defend the NYPD's massive stop and frisk program directed against minority youth... [read more]
 

Assata Shakur: Understanding the politics behind the FBI's new attack

On May 2, the FBI suddenly announced that they had placed Assata Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list. The FBI's accusations target Shakur as an individual, but the labeling of her as a terrorist is an attack on all revolutionaries says Eugene Puryear... [read more]

It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets reveals Ellen Brown... [read more]

Unchangeable Constitution?

I find it incredible that ordinary US citizens believe that they have the right to keep and bear arms in this day and age writes Susan Walpole... [read more]
 

The Economy: Happy Days Are Here Again! For Whom?

Last week the stock market made a great leap forward. "Dow Leaps to Record" the Wall Street Journal blazoned on its front page. Thomas Riggins shows that the resurrection and coming again of the Dow is only one expression of the economy... [read more]

Federal IDs for All US Workers: A Trial Balloon?

According to an article in last Thursday's Wall Street Journal, the Senate is considering a bipartisan plan to require all working people in the US to carry a biometric ID card. Thomas Riggins reports... [read more]

Despite the NRA and the Ultra-Right Most Americans Favor Gun Controls

Thomas Riggins states that the majority of Americans support more gun controls to reduce and prevent the epidemic of violence in the US ... [read more]
 

New York City Stop and Frisk Police Harassment Found Unconstitutional

Thomas Riggins reports on a ruling that states the "stop and frisk" policy used by the NYPD is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution ... [read more]

Betrayal Without Remedy: The Case of the Missing Wages

Thomas Riggins explains how the US company Hostess Brands Inc. took its workers' wages and used them to cover its own expenses ... [read more]

Extreme Weather: The Maya and Us

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey and New York thousands of people are still without power, food or portable water and are dependent on the city, state and federal government, and increasingly on Occupy Sandy (the volunteers from Occupy Wall Street and related groups) for basic survival goods, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]
 

Call Mr Robeson – a Life with Songs

John Green writes about the life and work of one of America’s greatest singers who was ‘disappeared’ from public life and airbrushed out of the history books... [read more]

Struck Dumb

Despite hurricane Sandy, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney will speak about global warming. The danger this poses is huge, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The teratoid of US foreign policy

Since the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776, the US has struggled with its foreign policy and its perceived role within global politics. Finn Bowen discusses the past, present and future of US foreign policy... [read more]
 

Rhetorically Speaking: US Elections and the Middle East

US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The circulating money supply: Why QE3 won’t jumpstart the Economy—and What Would

The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers — but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives, argues Ellen Brown.... [read more]

Romnesia

The parasitical ultra-rich often deny the role of others in the acquisition of their wealth – and even seek to punish them for it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]
 

The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

Faysal Mikdadi takes a look at the reality of the 'American Dream'... [read more]

Neocons vs. the ‘Arab Spring’: Back on the Warpath

The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Dance With the One Who Brung You

Protecting the environment, like protecting the welfare of a nation’s poorest and weakest people, requires a sweeping reform of political funding, on both sides of the Atlantic, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]
 

Racism By Any Other Name Smells

Thomas Riggins reveals the results of a poll conducted by ScienceDaily examining attitudes to the new voter identification laws in the US... [read more]

US Dictat to Pakistan Not Working

Thomas Riggins explains how America's haughty treatment of its ally is leading to a spectacular own goal... [read more]

Never forget that Bradley Manning, not gay marriage, is the issue

John Pilger shows that Barack Obama’s sudden “conversion” to the cause of same-sex marriage barely disguises the prime motives of a president as reactionary and violent as George W Bush.... [read more]
 

What is NATO, anyway? The reality of the "defensive alliance"

The following is a statement by March Forward! which took part in the protests against NATO in Chicago on Saturday 19th May.... [read more]

New smells, old smells

In the 60's I assigned myself the meditation of walking extremely slowly down 14th Street, Greenwich Village’s northern border, to Union Square, allowing my senses to notice acrid smells, loud sounds, crowded store windows – but not letting my mind grab for any of it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Civil Rights in America

The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida recently once more confirms that racism remains an ever-present corrosive in US society in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008, writes John Wight.... [read more]
 

What's behind Kony 2012?

Eugene Puryear describes some of the hidden motivations to bringing Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, to justice... [read more]

Trashy beauty queens and the men who rule the world

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter that predicted where the US was heading - the world he warned about is the world we now have as bankers control the money supply having the power to make or break nations. Colin Todhunter explains ... [read more]

The Elephant is Still in the Room

The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves if they appear to be careering to electoral defeat, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]
 

The Death Penalty: Flawed Justice

Introducting the death penalty is not only controversial but, as Chris Bath shows, it is too easy for mistakes to be made and for innocent people to die.... [read more]

Cold War in Warm Waters: US-China’s Dangerous Contest for Asia-Pacific

A conflict is brewing, and China, emboldened by astonishing economic growth as well as military advancement, seems to be gearing up to challenge the US’s uncontested military dominance in the region, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

BDS: Power of the People at Work

The recent University of Pennsylvania BDS conference, organized by student group, PennBDS, was the latest example to illustrate both the effectiveness of the global movement and also of the real worry felt by supporters of Israel in the US, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]
 

Lucy Parsons: labor activist, writer and revolutionary- A Liberation Black History Month profile

Women of every oppressed nationality are often at the helm of revolutionary movements. Unfortunately, the contributions of women are frequently dismissed or forgotten... [read more]

Militarism mixed with empty liberal rhetoric

Richard Becker dissects Obama's 2012 State of the Union address and shows that the 'CEO of the imperialist ruling class is carrying on with business as usual... [read more]

The Struggle Continues: US vs. Genuine Reforms at the United Nations

The country that has long been known to abuse its powers and privileges in the United Nations is now leading a campaign to reform the same organization, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]
 

Indiana: labor's next big battle

Jeff Bigelow discusses how the state of Indiana has become the latest battleground in the fight to prevent 'right to work' legislation coming into force ... [read more]

Embellishing the Iraq War: Moral Victory, and Selective Body Counts

Someone ought to let mainstream news producers know that the nearly 4,500 US soldiers killed in the Iraq war were not the only victims. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have also been killed as a result of the US invasion, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Christopher Hitchens - an obit and opinion

Amid the avalanche of articles and obituaries written in tribute to Christopher Hitchens in the wake of his recent passing, we have been reacquainted with the essential condition of western liberalism - moral depravity, says John Wight. ... [read more]
 

Telling the Players with a Scorecard

How politics is manifested as economics and economics as politics should concern us right now, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

The higher you build your barriers, the taller I become...

Jean Claude Van Itallie shows how a recent crackdown on Occupy protesters in the US will only bring more people out into the streets, as the 99% realise they have the power. ... [read more]

Occupation of Wall Street- going from strength to strength

Jean Claude van Itallie gives an update on the Occupy Wall Street campaign ... [read more]
 

What might make Christopher Hitchens change his mind about 1492?

On the anniversary of ‘Columbus day’ David Hill questions journalist Christopher Hitchens' admiration of the year 1492... [read more]

These are the days of decision

Jean Claude van Itallie reflects on the recent occupation of Wall Street... [read more]

'Justice' American style

Jean Claude van Itallie tells how the state of Georgia callously executed an innocent man, Troy Davis.... [read more]
 

The lasting legacy of 9/11

Since the September 11 2001 attacks the world has witnessed the best and worst of humanity, writes John Wight.... [read more]

How the Billionaires Broke the System

The US deficit reduction plan makes no sense – until you remember who’s behind the Tea Party movement. ... [read more]

Whitewashing Defeat

For all his poise and rhetoric, Obama’s indecisiveness is the defining feature of his presidency, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]
 

Stating the Obvious: WikiLeaks Indicts and Vindicates US Diplomats

The Wikileaks disclosures have smashed the US government's edifice of rhetoric and lies about Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Bush Didn't Write No Damn Book

The former US president's autobiography is little more than a revisionist hoax, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

‘Dying to Win’: Newt Gingrich’s ‘Terrorism’

Bush may be gone, but right-wingers in the US are still exploiting public fears of terrorism to pursue their foreign policy agenda, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]
 

Regarding US Muslims: A Misguided Debate

Ramzy Baroud on why there is a blinkered and one-sided view of what causes Islamaphobia in America and how best to tackle it.... [read more]

One Crazy Pastor Threatens to Ignite More Than The Quran

Assed Baig on why one man's Islamaphobic beliefs will have big implications around the world.... [read more]

Rebranding Iraq: Playing with Numbers and Human Lives

As the US troop withdrawal begins in earnest, Ramzy Baroud asks: who won? And is the war really over?... [read more]