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What do Jeremy Corbyn and Richard III have in common? Both are victims of bad press

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 08:46

Nobody should be surprised by many Labour supporters saying they are disillusioned with Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Labour leader that has led to his party becoming the largest in UK history. We hear the new trends of “post truth” and “fake news” as if they have been invented today, but they have a long history […]

Silvia Swinden

Safe Zones in Syria: A double-edged sword

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 00:21

By Farhang Jahanpour After six years of brutal conflict in Syria, hundreds of thousands of fatalities, unimaginable hardship experienced by civilians with millions displaced inside the country or becoming refugees abroad, and the destruction of most of that ancient land, the Syrian tragedy is entering a new phase. The Russian air campaigns that started on […]

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research

African Migrants Bought and Sold Openly in ‘Slave Markets’ in Libya

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 00:09

By Baher Kamal ROME, May 9 2017 (IPS) – Hundreds of migrants along North African migration routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. […]

Human Wrongs Watch

Impeach Trump for Right Reasons

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 00:01

By David Swanson The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis. I’m sorry, interjects the world, but what the hell took you so long? We laid out the clear Constitutional violations of Trump’s financial and business interests on the day he became president […]

David Swanson

All-White, All-Male Senate Republican Group Drafting Health Bill

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 14:18

On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans have begun drafting a healthcare bill that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, though the legislation is unlikely to closely resemble a bill approved by the House last week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tasked a “working group” of 13 Republicans to draft the legislation—all of them white […]

Democracy Now!

The combined Media onslaught and self-sabotage in the Labour Party pays off

Sat, 06/05/2017 - 09:37

The results of the Local Elections in Britain are in, and it is not good for Labour. Of course its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will be blamed, of course the right wingers within the party will shout ‘I told you so’, of course the Media, which has been carrying out an intense and slanderous campaign against […]

Silvia Swinden

House GOP Health Bill Could Put Coverage Out of Reach of Millions

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:26

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted narrowly to do away with the Affordable Care Act, replacing it with a healthcare bill that would dramatically roll back Medicaid, provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy, gut protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and add tens of millions of Americans to […]

Democracy Now!

North Korea, the US-UK’s latest target?

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:15

Paul Rogers 4 May 2017 for openDemocracy Washington and London’s joint military exercises with Seoul raise questions that should be asked in Britain’s election campaign. An attack on a Nato convoy in Kabul on 3 May killed eight civilians and injured at least twenty-five people, including three Americans. It is a sign of escalating war […]

Pressenza London

Jackson, MS: Activist Chokwe Antar Lumumba Poised to Become Mayor

Thu, 04/05/2017 - 13:12

In Jackson, Mississippi, social justice activist and attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba is positioned to become the city’s next mayor, after handily winning a primary election on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Lumumba supports economic democracy and has proposed a civic “incubator fund” to support cooperative, member-owned businesses in Jackson. He’s expected to easily win a June 6 […]

Democracy Now!

DiEM25 co-founder Yanis Varoufakis meets with Ecuador’s President-elect Lenín Moreno in official visit

Tue, 02/05/2017 - 08:47

PRESS RELEASE DiEM25 Sunday, April 23 On Sunday, April 23, DiEM25 co-founder, Yanis Varoufakis had a 2-hour meeting with top economic officials of the government (including the Minister of Economic Coordination Mr. Rodrigo Martinez, the Minister of the New Economy and Human Capital Mr. Andres Arauz, and secretaries-general of the various economic ministries). The conversation […]

Pressenza London

‘The contraption’ and the future of social democracy: the government experiment in Portugal

Tue, 02/05/2017 - 08:30

Renato Miguel do Carmo and André Barata 1 May 2017 for openDemocracy Something relatively obvious took too long to be explicitly acknowledged in Portuguese democracy: that there are more points of convergence than of divergence among the leftwing parties. We take a look here at the manifest failings of social democracy over recent decades, failings, […]

Pressenza London

May Day 2017: Trample All Forms Of Sectarianism

Sun, 30/04/2017 - 23:20

By Farooque Chowdhury One hundred years ago, the proletariat in Petrograd celebrated the historic May Day in jubilation and honor. “Thousands of people turned out for the 1917 May Day parade. They carried […] banners and posters, which became the main elements of the decorations in Petrograd.” (Natalia Murray, “Feast in a time of plague, […]

Countercurrents

What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March

Sun, 30/04/2017 - 23:08

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels. And it’s without even considering the fossil fuel consumption of the world’s leading weapons […]

David Swanson

Obama’s New Job: Guardian of Official Lies

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 21:28

By Glen Ford “Obama orchestrated what the late Saddam Hussein would have called “The Mother of All Lies.” The ruling class is seriously rattled over its loss of control over the national political narrative — a consequence of capitalism’s terminal decay and U.S. imperialism’s slipping grip on global hegemony. When the Lords of Capital get […]

Pressenza New York

It takes roots to grow the resistance: National alliances unite hundreds of grassroots organizations with alternative vision

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 14:28

United States – It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance joins together four powerful alliances of grassroots activists and frontline communities’ leaders: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Right to the City Alliance, and the Indigenous Environmental Network. Working alongside Center for Story-based Strategy and The Ruckus Society, It Takes Roots will […]

Pressenza Muenchen

Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 08:19

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark The establishment got another burning in the French elections on Sunday, revealing again that there is no level of voter disgust that will not find some voice in the current range of elections.  The terror for pollsters and the establishment now is whether Marine Le Pen will realise her anti-Euro project […]

Countercurrents

How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 23:19

James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and over documented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try. In cartoonish U.S. historical understanding, the United States is, was, and ever shall be a force for good, whereas Nazism […]

David Swanson

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 22:50

By James Cogan The US national security advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, was in Afghanistan over the weekend, speaking with President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, the US military commander in the country. The aim of the talks, the Military Times reported prior to McMaster’s arrival in Kabul, was to “assess whether more military […]

Countercurrents

Separating Fact from Fake News

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 22:22

Danny Katch, author of Socialism…Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation, considers how the left can analyze the world in the Trumpian era of “alternative facts.” ALL GOVERNMENTS lie, as the independent journalist I.F. Stone once said. But not all governments lie as proudly as those led by Donald Trump. This guy started his presidency […]

Pressenza New York

Barcelona votes to end complicity with Israeli occupation & illegal settlements

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 06:29

Press release by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). Today, in light of Barcelona City Council’s vote to condemn Israel’s occupation, their call for an end to complicity in Israel’s violations of international law, and their affirmation of the legitimacy of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights,  the Palestinian BDS […]

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