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A Reprieve for Assange

Published: May 20, 2024 17:33

The High Court’s decision to permit Julian Assange to appeal his pending extradition is an important, if partial, victory. The judges are only too aware that, in reality, he has no case to answer. The US charge of ‘espionage’ is blatant nonsense. The fact…

Retired New York City Teachers Rise and Run

Published: May 20, 2024 17:31

They’ve really stepped in it. The incumbent Unity Caucus that runs the huge teachers union in New York City is facing a challenge from the Retiree Advocate slate who hope to take leadership of the powerful 70,000-person retiree chapter within the union.…

The Indigenous Growers Reviving Hemp’s Deep Roots

Published: May 20, 2024 17:21

Cannabis can transform our materials economy and textiles industry, return carbon to the soil, provide sustainable housing material, nurture health and well-being and set us on a path to restorative justice. That’s why we call it the New Green Revolution.…

Black MAGA Is Still MAGA

Published: May 20, 2024 17:14

Consider Donald Trump to be in a racial bind when it comes to election 2024. After all, he needs Black voters to at least defect from Joe Biden in swing states, if not actually vote for him. Yet, more than ever, he also needs his white nationalist base to…

Donald Trump’s Assault on the Wages of American Workers

Published: May 20, 2024 16:48

Although Donald Trump, as president, proclaimed in his 2020 State of the Union address that he had produced a “blue-collar boom” in workers’ wages, the reality was quite different. Using his control of the executive branch of the U.S. government, Trump…

The Dead End of Liberal American Zionism

Published: May 20, 2024 16:18

In 2014, we wrote an article titled “The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism.” At the time, Benjamin Netanyahu was in his sixth continuous year as Israel’s prime minister, while President Obama was well into his second term. And J Street,…

How Union Reformers Passed the PRO Act in Vermont

Published: May 19, 2024 13:01

If you’re a fan of unions, there’s been a lot to get excited about lately. Strikes and militancy are up, public support for labor is peaking, and the prospects for new organizing are better than they’ve been in decades. Unfortunately, even with all this…

The Drive for War

Published: May 19, 2024 12:41

The collective shrug with which the Western media and political class noted the attempted assassination of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has been telling. Can you imagine the outrage and emotion that would have been expressed by Western powers if…

Palestine: a UN non-Member Observer State

Published: May 19, 2024 12:34

On 10 May 2024, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/RES/ES-10/23 in which it expressed “deep regret and concern that, on 18 April 2024, one negative vote by a permanent member of the Security Council [UNSC] prevented … the Council…

Carrying on Kent State’s Legacy of Antiwar Organizing, Students Press for Divestment

Published: May 19, 2024 12:29

If you grew up in Ohio, one of the first things that comes to mind when you hear “Kent State” is the saying “Kent Read, Kent Write, Kent State.” If you grew up outside of Ohio, the first thing you think of when hearing “Kent State” is the shootings on May…

History of Co-Op City

Published: May 19, 2024 12:06

In 1909, at a library in Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood, Abraham Kazan, a twenty-year-old union clerk who had grown up on the countryside estate of a Russian general in what is now Ukraine, and who arrived in the US aged 15 to work on a Jewish…

How Solidarity Triumphs Over Corporate Greed

Published: May 18, 2024 16:08

Management at Amfuel tried to bully Jo Tucker and her 200 co-workers—most of them Black women, a number of them single moms—into accepting dozens of unnecessary concessions in a new contract. For four years, however, the manufacturing workers in Magnolia,…

Why Corporations Choose Lawlessness to Fight Unions

Published: May 18, 2024 16:00

Workers in Towson, Maryland, have earned the distinction of becoming the first Apple retail workers in the nation to vote to strike over failed union negotiations with their employer. The approximately 100 Apple workers were also the first in the nation to…

This Progressive Democrat Could Help Improve Millions of Lives — and American Democracy

Published: May 18, 2024 15:54

Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary in Oregon’s vast 5th congressional district just might hold the key to defeating MAGA Republicanism and renewing American democracy. Sounds like hyperbole, but it’s not. If one of the two top contenders in the race, Jamie…

Israel’s Assault on Gaza Proves the Nakba Never Ended

Published: May 18, 2024 15:27

Palestinians and allies marked the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, May 15—the day after the state of Israel was formally declared. “Nakba” is Arabic for “catastrophe,” and is used to describe the murder, dispossession, and forced displacement Palestinians…

Mexico and the Certain Triumph of the Left

Published: May 18, 2024 14:53

In journalism, it is always risky to make predictions, especially about election results. On 2 June, Mexico will go to the polls for a presidential election, as well as for a large number of state legislatures, governors, and other authorities throughout…

Supporting the Student-Led Solidarity Mobilizations

Published: May 18, 2024 14:23

Palestinians in Palestine and in exile, as represented in the undersigned grassroots networks, coalitions and organizations, are deeply grateful to the thousands of students who are building an unprecedented mass movement on US, European, Latin American,…

Inside the Student Movement That Forced Ireland’s Trinity College to Divest From Israel

Published: May 18, 2024 14:16

Right after Dublin native Ben turned 16, he spent his summer vacations working at event companies that organized concerts and comedy shows. Little did he know that three years later, that experience would help him organize — with nearly a hundred of his…

The United States Assembles the Squad Against China

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

In early April 2024, the navies of four countries—Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States—held a maritime exercise in the South China Sea. Australia’s Warramunga, Japan’s Akebono, the Philippines’ Antonio Luna, and the United States’…

Denser Housing Can Be Greener Too

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

Cities across Aotearoa New Zealand are trying to solve a housing crisis, with increasing residential density a key solution. But not everyone is happy about the resulting loss of natural habitats and biodiversity. Some homeowners in Dunedin, for example,…

A Presidential Fireside Chat

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

Putin is threatening Ukraine with battlefield nuclear weapons. Arms control agreements are in the toilet. Many if not all of the nine nuclear powers are renewing their nuclear arsenal. None of them is willing to sign the United Nations Treaty on the…

S. Africa v. Israel on Rafah Genocide

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

South Africa returned to the International Court of Justice in the Hague on Thursday over the Israeli invasion of Rafah, which its attorneys alleged is a further act of genocide in Gaza. South Africa had laid out its initial case in January. The court will…

The Strategy of the Green New Deal from Below

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

The Green New Deal from Below pursues strategic objectives that implement Green New Deal programs, expand the Green New Deal’s support, and shift the balance between pro- and anti-Green New Deal forces. Not every action is likely to accomplish all of these…

Big Oil and Civilization Don’t Mix

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

Prologue On May 10, 2024, my friend Jay Jones, emeritus professor of biology at La Verne University, invited me to see a documentary he was presenting to his students and colleagues. The documentary, The Oil Machine, was done in 2022 by BBC. It is one of…

The Inexorable Rise of the Belgian Workers’ Party

Published: May 17, 2024 16:30

European Parliament elections in Belgium are once again taking place in the shadow of national parliamentary and regional elections. One could, therefore, expect similar results in both sets of polls. In 2019, the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB/PVDA) first…

The World’s Forgotten War

Published: May 16, 2024 17:51

“Don’t worry, Séra, the entire world is watching them, they won’t be able to do anything.” “You think so?” “Of course.” In my heart of hearts, I knew I was wrong. The World Cup was about to begin in the United States. The planet was interested in nothing…

My Grandfather’s Nakba

Published: May 16, 2024 17:43

It was my first trip out of Gaza, and my destination was the city of Nablus in the West Bank to pursue my university studies. At the time the Oslo Accords were still somewhat in effect. That allowed Palestinians from Gaza to travel to the West Bank –…

A Whistleblower’s Return To The World

Published: May 16, 2024 17:31

I had a palpable sense of nerves approaching the day I was to travel to Perugia for the International Journalism Festival. I was invited by Kathleen McClellan and Jesselyn Radack of WHISPeR who were invited to present on the impact of leak prosecutions on…

The Toughest Job Today’s Richest Ever Face?

Published: May 16, 2024 17:01

Once upon a time, back in the middle of the 20th century, the smallest theater on Broadway could have comfortably accommodated a get-together of all the New Yorkers worth at least $100 million. Not anymore. Broadway’s landmark Helen Hayes Theater holds a…

Shooting Alone

Published: May 16, 2024 16:38

An acquaintance who hails from the same New Jersey town as I do spends his free weekends crawling through the woods on his stomach as part of a firearms training course, green camouflage paint on his face and a revolver in his hand. He considers this both…

Who Will Be the Village Voice of the 21st Century?

Published: May 16, 2024 16:29

Review of The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture by Tricia Romano (PublicAffairs, 2024) When Village Voice columnist Arthur Bell got home late one evening in August 1972,…

The Race to End Fossil Fuel Production

Published: May 16, 2024 16:14

Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. This quip by the American essayist Charles Dudley Warner applies to fossil fuels as well. Everyone talks about ending fossil fuel production, but almost no one is doing anything about…

Non-Alignment Today

Published: May 16, 2024 15:15

The original non-alignment movement occured in 1961 following the Bandung Conference (Indonesia) held in 1955, which was attended by 29 countries, almost all of which had recently been liberated from European colonialism. They accounted for 54% of the…

Palestine Can Win!

Published: May 15, 2024 16:33

This article is from a talk given by Peter Bohmer at the March in Solidarity with Palestine which took place in Olympia, Washington, on 4 May. Student movements have played a major role in radical history and revolutionary struggles. For example, France in…

Ireland Is Full… Of Berts

Published: May 15, 2024 16:32

What is a bert? I have no clue. But recently I saw it written on a wall in Derry City where I live. To be exact, this is what was on the wall: IRELAND IS FULL OF BERTS!” It was obvious that this graffiti was actually in two separate pieces because the…

Israel’s Invasion of Rafah Will Not Eliminate Hamas or End the War. So, What is Benjamin Netanyahu’s Plan?

Published: May 15, 2024 16:31

The Gaza war has now entered its eighth month and a resolution to the conflict still seems far off. Israel claims to have killed 13,000 Hamas militants so far. If that figure is correct, one can assume the number of wounded or incapacitated militants is at…

The Revitalization of German Trade Unions

Published: May 15, 2024 16:30

German trade unions are on an upward trajectory. This year’s May Day celebrations showed as much as they were well-attended throughout Germany. German unionists also acknowledged seventy years of Germany’s right to strike. It has been part of Germany’s…

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Never Ended

Published: May 14, 2024 17:03

In 1948, at Israel’s founding, Zionist forces ethnically cleansed and destroyed over 530 Palestinian villages and towns, killing more than ten thousand Palestinians in a series of civilian massacres. As Zionists seized over 78 percent of historic…

Reflections on Student Activism

Published: May 14, 2024 16:50

I’ve spent most of my life as an advocate for a more peaceful world. In recent years, I’ve been focused on promoting diplomacy over war and exposing the role of giant weapons companies like Lockheed Martin and its allies in Congress and at the Pentagon as…

“Displacement Has Been Weaponized”: Gaza Reporter Akram al-Satarri on Israeli Attack & Fleeing Rafah

Published: May 14, 2024 16:38

Over 450,000 Palestinians, many already internally displaced, have fled Rafah in the past week alone since Israel launched an offensive on the city. Another 100,000 have been forced to flee homes in the north of Gaza amid escalated bombing and ground…

Union Power Can Change Campus Protests Forever

Published: May 14, 2024 16:08

Strikes are different from protests. Though protesters frequently say that they are making ​“demands,” it is more accurate to say they are making requests. Protests rely on persuasion. Their persuasion may be gentle, or it may be aggressive; it may rely on…

Calculating the ‘White Bonus’

Published: May 13, 2024 15:57

The existence of white privilege, the idea that unseen, unconscious advantages afforded to white people shapes systemic injustice, has been hotly contested since the term was popularized by women’s studies scholar Peggy McIntosh in 1988. Many working class…

Shameless

Published: May 13, 2024 15:56

Incredibly the Israeli genocide in Gaza is now reaching new heights of violence. Casualty figures are not coming in, as the attacks are so bad that bodies cannot be recovered, medics cannot travel and there are almost no medical facilities operational now…

Political Strikes in Germany

Published: May 13, 2024 15:55

In recent weeks, there has been talks of a return of trade unions in Germany and this is not just because of May Day – the 1st of May – but also because it has been seventy years that the right to strike was enshrined in Germany’s constitution. The recent…

The Demise of US Power, De-Dollarisation & the BRICS

Published: May 13, 2024 15:55

As I write, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is preparing a ground offensive on Rafah, Palestine . PM Netanyahu has warned for months that such an offensive was imminent. The consensus view was that US pressure was all that held the IDF back from another…

Libertarianism and the Far Right

Published: May 13, 2024 15:52

Much digital ink has been spilled since the hard-right Mises Caucus took over the Libertarian National Committee, the governing body of the United States’ third-largest political party. The Caucus removed the party’s longstanding support for abortion…

Individualism Is Destroying Our Freedom

Published: May 13, 2024 15:50

Common sense tells us that free-market economies maximise freedom and that planned economies, typically found under socialist governments, curtail it. But what if this is completely the wrong way around? On this episode of Downstream Aaron is joined by…

Queers for Palestine

Published: May 13, 2024 15:44

The ethnic cleansing in Gaza, or at least what is left of it, continues. Tens of thousands have already been killed, many more mutilated, dispossessed and orphaned. While minor concerns over the situation have been heard echoing from the highest…