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Bernie Sanders is most popular politician in the US – and why Jeremy Corbyn will win in Britain

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 08:50

Canadian author and activist addresses Labour Party convention in the UK by Naomi Klein for Common Dreams The following is the full transcript, via the UK’s Labour List, of Naomi Klein’s speech delivered at the Labour Party’s annual convention on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Brighton, United Kingdom. Thank you Kate for that lovely introduction […]

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The System Failed – excerpt from Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 23:27

Every day Donald Trump is in the White House is an indictment of American democracy. By Danny Katch Donald Trump participates in a “Made in America showcase” with cabinet members in July 2017. Shawn T Moore / Department of Labor Until 2016, political consultants were widely seen as master manipulators, which never quite made sense […]

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Unprecedented Crisis for Puerto Rico

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 23:13

Letter from Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director at UPROSE Mi Gente, I write this note with a heavy heart in this time of unprecedented crisis for Puerto Rico. At the same time, as Executive Director of Brooklyn’s oldest Latino organization, one founded by Puerto Rican activists in the Civil Rights era, it has been heart-warming to […]

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Ada Colau asks the EU for help to mediate the conflict between the governments of Catalonia and Spain

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 09:25

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, sent a letter to 27 mayors of European Union capital cities, explaining the serious situation that Catalonia is going through after the interventions by the Spanish government, understanding that what is happening goes beyond a merely Spanish conflict and affects the whole of Europe.  She asks the European Commission for […]

Raquel Paricio

Shredding ‘failed dogmas of neoliberalism,’ Corbyn charts bold new vision for UK

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 01:41

The British Labour leader also slammed Tories’ austerity agenda and Prime Minister Theresa May’s “disdain for the powerless and the poor” by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams In a rousing speech at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton, England on Wednesday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took aim at the “callous and calculating” […]

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Humanity sadly lacking in both Koreas

Mon, 25/09/2017 - 04:43

In 1905, Japan made Korea its protectorate. Under the Japanese, Koreans were deprived of land and food, forced into labor, forbidden to publish newspapers, required to adopt Japanese names and worship Shinto shrines, victimized by medical experiments, bullied in school, insulted, raped, tortured and killed. Some Koreans rebelled. Thousands traveled north to Manchuria, becoming guerrilla […]

Kristin Christman

Face 2 Face with Jim Costanzo

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 19:12

On this show we speak with Jim Costanzo of the Aaron Burr Society. Employing quotes from Mussolini, Hannah Arendt, George Orwell, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jim clearly illustrates the fascist underpinnings of the Trump administration.

David Andersson

Watch: Bernie Sanders lays out progressive Foreign Policy vision

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 21:23

In major address, potential 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls out “disastrous” war on terror by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams After months of aggressively rallying support for domestic objectives like Medicare for All, union rights, and a $15 minimum wage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a speech on Thursday turned his attention […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

Countercurrents

“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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