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Chuck and Nancy’s art of the deal

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 19:49

Danny Katch, author of Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People, uncovers the secret of the shell game that Democrats have played in the name of defending DACA. CHUCK SCHUMER and Nancy Pelosi are the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress. They are also world’s best negotiators, absolutely, so much better than those losers Paul Ryan […]

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Urgent: Forced takeover of Catalan government institutions by Spanish police

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 19:39

The people of Spain’s Catalan region are in the streets as the Spanish government suspends autonomy and seizes ballots ahead of upcoming referendum by Thomas S. Harrington for Common Dreams I just got of the phone with Josep Maria Sole Sabaté, my friend and a leading Catalan historian and public intellectual. He was nothing short […]

Pressenza London

The Best Speech Yet From Any U.S. President

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 01:40

By David Swanson In planning an upcoming conference aimed at challenging the institution of war, to be held at American University September 22-24, I can’t help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago. Whether or not you agree with me that this […]

David Swanson

Beyond state capitalism: The commons economy in our lifetimes

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 18:26

By James Bernard Quilligan In considering the essential problem of how to produce and distribute material wealth, virtually all of the great economists in Western history have ignored the significance of the commons—the shared resources of nature and society that people inherit, create and utilize. Despite sharp differences in concept and ideology, economic thinkers from Smith, […]

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“Our proposals aim to shake Europe,” interview with Daniel Cruz

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 11:17

We talked to Daniel Cruz from DIEM25-Barcelona about refugees, the refugee camps in Greece and the projects he is currently working on: DIEM25 as a local organiser in Barcelona and Pressenza as a journalist. Refugees In DIEM25 we deal with the issue of refugees from a political point of view.  The agreements between the EU […]

Javier Belda

DiEM25: the courage to imagine and to the transform the EU

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 14:16

On Saturday, 9th of September, the week before the official speech by Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, on the State of the European Union, DiEM25[1] was in BOZAR theatre, Brussels, to show another vision of the European Union. The event brought together politicians and academics, artists and activists.  Three urgent questions on […]

Tatiana De Barelli

Trump’s Hurricane of Hate

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:57

As if Hurricane Harvey didn’t terrorize Texas enough, President Donald Trump has just unleashed a flood of fear in immigrant communities there and everywhere. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump is rescinding the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which gives nearly 800,000 young immigrants permission to live and work in […]

Amy Goodman

George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess?

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:34

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Donald Trump. North Korea. Hurricanes. Neoliberalism. Is there any hope of a better world? Yes, but we have to come together to tell a new, kinder story explaining who we are, and how we should live. Is it reasonable to hope for a better world? Study the cruelty and […]

George Monbiot

Federal Court Deals Blow to Trump Travel Ban

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 12:59

In the U.S., a federal court struck another blow Thursday to President Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim nations. The unanimous ruling by three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an attempt by the Trump administration to deny visas to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who wish to travel […]

Democracy Now!

London, thousands of nursing staff demand pay rise

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 10:15

Around 3,000 nurses, student nurses, health care workers and supporters took part in the 90-minute rally in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The rally was organized as part of the Royal College of Nursing’s “Scrap the Cap” campaign, which calls on the Government to remove the 1% cap on NHS pay. In his […]

Pressenza London

A rare piece of good news for the UK National Health Service

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 09:06

From OurNHS Facebook: Some very good news for once – the government has abandoned plans to privatise the in-house NHS staffing agency, NHS Professionals, after fierce campaigning by WeOwnIt, and others, and support from the official Opposition. We’ve been highlighting these sneaky plans since 2014 on OurNHS – and the Tory links of those who […]

Pressenza London

Mumia Abu Jamal: Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

Mon, 04/09/2017 - 16:58

A Review by Denise Sullivan, Following the shocking back-to-back police murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castille outside St. Paul in July of 2016, author and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal responded with what seemed to be an uncharacteristic loss for words when he ended a short lament titled “Killed By Cops Who Were […]

Pressenza New York

250 thousand people demand that Santiago Maldonado appears alive

Sun, 03/09/2017 - 16:37

Photos by Javier Martínez Argentina is shaken by the forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado, which occurred on August 1st in the province of Chubut, in Argentine Patagonia, while participating in a protest of the Mapuche indigenous community Pu Lof in Resistencia de Cushamen. Since August 2, demands to know his whereabouts have not ceased, since […]

Redacción Argentina

The Democrat should Build a Human Shield to Protect the DREAMers

Sat, 02/09/2017 - 23:06

In a few days, the Trump’s administration will announce whether it will choose to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would put in jeopardy the future of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth. President Obama created DACA as an executive order to protect young adults who came to the United States when […]

David Andersson

Lessons from the North Korea crisis: Nuclear weapons cause war even when not used

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 23:26

By Gunnar Westberg The author has been twice to North Korea and maintains contacts with physicians in the North Korean branch of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in that country. ”If your country continues to develop nuclear weapons, you will be attacked, maybe with nuclear weapons”. This what we have told our […]

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research

Jimmy Carter and the US-North Korean Treaty Halting North Korea’s Development of Nuclear Weapons

Thu, 31/08/2017 - 23:47

By William James Martin, Very little, almost nothing has been mentioned in the press or on TV about Jimmy Carter and his negotiation resulting in an agreement by the North Koreans, in 1994, to halt its nuclear weapons program and to put its facilities under international inspection – an agreement that held for eight years […]

Countercurrents

To Be a Nigerian Migrant in Italy

Thu, 31/08/2017 - 23:17

A Nigerian migrant, stairs at new comers at an old, local Roman bar. Extremely polite, he asks for money. If you offer to him to buy some food instead, he immediately accepts. Interviewed for IPS by Laurent Vercken, the young Nigerian migrant tells his story: originally from Kuje district, Southern province of Abuja, Nigeria, he […]

Baher Kamal

Charlottesville’s Past That Isn’t Even

Thu, 31/08/2017 - 01:10

Here in Charlottesville, Virginia, I like to point out that the rallies of racists are mostly imported from out of state. It’s tempting to relax comfortably on that assertion, and to reflect on how our great lord and master Thomas Jefferson owned people with more reluctance and inner turmoil than Barack Obama bombing a foreign […]

David Swanson

Civil Advocacy Groups Denounce Trump’s Pardon Of Shariff Arpaio

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 23:21

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali Civil rights groups and Democrats Friday condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of disobeying a court verdict ordering his agency to stop racially profiling Latinos. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted the move “makes a mockery of rule of law, & […]

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Trump’s Strategy May Drive Pakistan Closer To Russia And China

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 23:15

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali Beijing and Moscow have come to Pakistan’s defense in light of President Donald Trump’s Afghan and Pakistan strategy unveiled on Monday. After China’s strong message defending Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and asking the global community to acknowledge its sacrifices in war against terrorism, Russia has echoed similar sentiments following US President […]

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