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Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville

Sun, 13/08/2017 - 23:44

By David Swanson 1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. That people can watch TV news about Charlottesville, remember that I live […]

David Swanson

Venezuela Under Threat Of Imperialist Military Intervention: Stand In Solidarity

Sat, 12/08/2017 - 17:30

By Farooque Chowdhury The Empire’s unhappy mood with Venezuela is old news. It is now showing its teeth to the Latin American nation. It’s now talking in military terms. The mainstream media including the AP, CNN and Miami Herald said in one of their latest dispatches: Mr. Donald Trump, the US president, said August 12, […]

Countercurrents

Playing nuclear “chicken” with our lives

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 07:59

by Lawrence Wittner for Common Dreams What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders, in an escalating confrontation with each other, threaten one another―and the world―with nuclear war? That question arises as a potentially violent showdown emerges between Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Donald Trump of the United […]

Pressenza London

You Cannot Trap the ‘Magic Rat’: Trump, Congress and Geopolitics

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 15:48

A wonderful thing about observing and analyzing the human mind is that there is a seemingly infinite variety of phenomena to observe and analyze. I sometimes wonder if it is even remotely possible to master this subject but, even if it is not, at least it provides an unending source of ‘entertainment’. The phenomenon that […]

Robert Burrowes

Kenyans take democracy into their own hands to prove free and fair elections

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 04:29

Twenty-four hours after Kenyans woke up to learn that Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s first post-independence president, Jomo Kenyatta, had regained power and will continue as president until 2022, Kenya is still in a sense of heightened tension. Some violent incidents have been reported with two people killed in Nairobi’s infamous Mathare slum among […]

Tony Robinson

Kenya votes to keep Uhuru Kenyatta in power; opposition disputes the results

Wed, 09/08/2017 - 07:26

With 92% of provisional results received, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on course to be returned to  power with a 55% share of the vote, with opposition leader Raila Odinga trailing on 45%. Turn out has been high with over 70% of registered voters taking part. Although the election has not been without violence – […]

Tony Robinson

Face 2 Face with James Suggett

Sun, 06/08/2017 - 20:45

On this show we speak with James Suggett concerning Venezuela’s political crisis and the new constituent assembly.

Pressenza New York

TED talks: An Independent Diplomat

Sun, 06/08/2017 - 08:43

After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a “freelance diplomat,” running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that […]

TED: Ideas worth spreading

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 […]

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