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Getting to Peace Through Local Governments

Sun, 06/08/2017 - 00:26

By David Swanson Remarks at the Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., August 5, 2017. A school board member in Virginia once agreed to support creating a celebration of the International Day of Peace but said he would do so only as long as no one would misunderstand and get the idea that he was opposed to […]

David Swanson

The Epic Failure of Labor Leadership In The United States, 1980-2017 And Continuing

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 23:46

By Kim Scipes The US labor movement is in terrible shape; in 2016, union membership was only 6.4 percent of workers in the private sector, and 34.4 percent of the public sector, giving an overall percentage of 10.7 percent.[1](It had been 33.4 percent in 1954.)  But, worse than the actual numbers and percentages is the […]

Countercurrents

Trump’s Call for Police Brutality Is No Joke

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 16:17

On Friday, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of police officers in Long Island, New York, and sent a shocking message to the nation. Trump’s words are worth repeating in full, as they are an explicit endorsement of police brutality: “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon—you just […]

Amy Goodman

U.S. Justice Department to Cut Funds to Cities over Immigration Policies

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 14:10

Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Thursday to cut off federal aid to four cities accused by the Justice Department of failing to turn over jailed immigrants to federal immigration authorities. The move will deny funds from a program combating drug trafficking and gang violence to the cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the […]

Democracy Now!

Building Resistance to Trump on Staten Island

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 23:47

By Jane LaTour New York City, with an estimated population of 8.55 million inhabitants, is made up of 5 distinctive boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.  Most New Yorkers think of Staten Island, the city’s largest, whitest and least populous borough, as the most right-wing part of the city.  After all, it provided […]

Corporate Europe Observatory

“The revolution will not be NGO-ised”: four lessons from African feminist organising

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 07:58

By VALERIE BAH and FELOGENE ANUMO for openDemocracy African feminist movements are diverse. But we can, and must, learn from decades of transformational organising on the continent. As African feminists, we face multiple systems of oppression including the effects of colonisation, neocolonisation, white supremacy, militarism, the globalisation of capitalism and neoliberalism. Yet our movements are […]

Pressenza London

Interview with James Omollo: putting the NGOs out of business in Kenya

Mon, 31/07/2017 - 18:24

Back in 2008, Kenya was torn apart in a corruption-filled election that was rigged to favour the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki.  Over a thousand people were killed, and hundreds of thousands became refugees within their own country.  Politicians from all sides were accused of instigating the post-election violence and attempts were made to take some […]

Tony Robinson

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 23:51

By Roberto Savio* Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on the wane, yet the problem is nowhere in Parliaments. Common to all is a progressive loss of vision, of long term planning and solutions, with politics used just for […]

Inter Press Service

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 23:22

By Nivedita Dwivedi This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain a pioneering woman literary person who also pioneered girls education . All are welcome […]

Countercurrents

Congressional Opponents of Sanctions As Nuts As Supporters

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 15:26

By David Swanson Both houses of Congress have now passed big new sanctions bills by veto-proof majorities, in fact with near unanimity. The vote this week in the House of Misrepresentatives was 419–3 on a bill to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea as punishment for primarily imaginary crimes, despite the sum total of the […]

David Swanson

AIPAC & U.S. Congress Anti-Boycott Bill Against BDS Movement

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 14:54

By Irwin Jerome A truly shocking and disturbing action is currently afoot in the United States Congress. AIPAC & the U.S. Congress have now introduced the draconian Israel Anti-Boycott Act that already has 300 co-sponsers in the House (HR1697) & in the Senate (S720) that carries with it punishment with minimum penalty fines of $250.000 […]

Pressenza New York

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 19:50

By Roberto Savio* Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on the wane, yet the problem is nowhere in Parliaments. Common to all is a progressive loss of vision, of long term planning and solutions, with politics used just for […]

Human Wrongs Watch

Creative activism towards the restless and moral profile of the pharmaceutical industry

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 11:14

We won’t rest until… is the new hashtag that goes along with Efpia’s campaign, scheduled to promote the restless and moral profile of the pharmaceutical industry. But what is Efpia? The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry and Associations (Efpia) is the European body that represents the pharmaceutical companies and their national associations. Their agenda is […]

Pressenza Athens

U.S And Israel’s Violent Opposition To The BDS Movement

Tue, 25/07/2017 - 22:43

By Irwin Jerome All over the world, political speech and activism is being criminalized, no matter how peaceful, non-violent and warranted the protests may be. No where better can this criminalization be found than in Palestine where, for decades, Israeli military occupation forces continue to brutally suppress Palestinian’s people peaceful civil disobedience so much so […]

Countercurrents

Iraqi Sources Place Real Death Toll In US-Led Siege Of Mosul At 40,000

Sat, 22/07/2017 - 23:16

By Bill Van Auken According to intelligence reports from Iraq, the US-led massacre in Mosul has claimed a staggeringly higher toll of Iraqi civilian lives then had previously been reported. More than 40,000 men, women and children were killed in the grinding nine-month-long siege of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, according to a report published Thursday […]

Countercurrents

The US Empire, The CIA, And The NGOs

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 22:44

By Dr Ludwig Watzal The Ancient Greeks knew: “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.” No less a figure than the late Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CIA made use of this saying by recruiting the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against […]

Countercurrents

Top Gov’t Ethics Watchdog: U.S. is “Close to Laughingstock”

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 20:52

The director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub Jr., says the Trump administration has so undermined ethical standards that the United States is “pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.” Shaub is resigning today. He’s been critical of President Trump on a slew of issues, including Trump’s failure to release his tax […]

Democracy Now!

Liu Xiaobo And Liu Xia: A Love That Survived Incredible Odds

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 16:33

By Zeenat Khan A photo shared on Twitter by activist Ye Du was inserted in arecent front-page story in the New York Times. The skeletal like couple (Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia) clinging onto one another will break any heart. In the photo, frail Xiaobo is pictured in his hospital pajamas and delicate Xia with […]

Countercurrents

Jeremy Corbyn talks with Naomi Klein about creating a better world

Sat, 15/07/2017 - 08:55

‘When people’s minds are opened up, there is no end to the possibilities,’ says Corbyn by Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams “Social justice isn’t copyrighted,” U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told Naomi Klein in an interview published at The Intercept on Thursday. Klein, a jouranlist and author of the new book No […]

Pressenza London

A further blow to Democracy in Brazil? Glenn Greenwald on conviction of Lula ahead of 2018 election

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 10:24

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. Lula, widely considered one of Brazil’s most popular political figures, is the front-runner in the 2018 elections. We look at how this development could impact his presidential bid, and we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

Democracy Now!

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