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Reparations Are One Step in a Long Fight to End Racial Capitalism

Recently, the discourse around reparations, a movement well over a century old, has intensified. As the 2020 election approaches, (mostly white) candidates are weighing in on an issue they have no personal relation to, but all the opinions one could ever hope for. And even those who are not white speak carefully from their positions of state authority. Yet reparations for slavery shouldn’t actually be up for debate... read more .

German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support

Right-Wing Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Partisan Gerrymandering

In a decision voting rights advocates warned could open the floodgates for even more extreme and undemocratic redistricting than what is already in place throughout the nation, the right-wing Supreme Court effectively condoned partisan gerrymandering Thursday by ruling that the practice is beyond its constitutional reach.  Read more .

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Federal Law to Affirm Abortion Rights at Democratic Debate

In addition to demand for structural reforms to the American political and economic systems at the first 2020 Democratic primary debate Wednesday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that with abortion and reproductive rights under relentless assault nationwide it is time to for Democrats to go on offense by codifying the protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law.  Read more .

The Insulin Racket

Insulin is a 100-year-old drug whose wholesale price has tripled in ten years. The reasons why explain everything wrong with America’s broken prescription drug market... read more .

The US: The bully who cried wolf

There is a famous fable by ancient Greek storyteller Aesop about a shepherd boy who habitually lied for fun. While looking after a flock of sheep near a village, every now and then he would cry "Wolf! Wolf!" to bring the villagers rushing, just to laugh at them and their naivety. One day the wolf did actually attack his flock, and the shepherd boy cried "Wolf!! Wolf!"- this time for real.  Read more .

Billions Stolen From Black Families by Predatory Lending

Congressional Hearing on Slavery Reparations Draws Huge Crowd

The bastardization of Ethiopia’s modernity

“The road to hell”, remarked the late American novelist Philip Roth, “is paved with works-in-progress”. Of course, Roth uttered these words in a literary context. However, the challenge that works-in-progress pose is all too evident in any sphere of life, not least in socio-political change.  Read more .

Navy Contaminates Local Groundwater and Sewer System in Maryland

he U.S. Navy has contaminated the groundwater at Maryland’s Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) with 1,137.8 parts per trillion (ppt) of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to a report published last July by the engineering firm CH2M Hill. PFAS have been associated with a variety of cancers and are known to jeopardize... read more .

Will Trump go to jail?

Picture the scene: Donald Trump stands in a courtroom sporting an orange jumpsuit. Handcuffed, his carefully coiffed mane is slightly dishevelled. He is uncharacteristically subdued after taking a shellacking on election day - November 3, 2020. His perpetual, painted-on bronze tan has been erased to reveal a chalk-white complexion.  Read more.

Extradition Process a ‘Very Long Uphill Road’ for Julian Assange

The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange

The publication of classified documents is not a crime in the United States, but if Assange is extradited and convicted it will become one. Assange is not an American citizen. WikiLeaks, which he founded and publishes, is not a U.S.-based publication. The message the U.S. government is sending is clear: No matter who or where you are, if you expose the inner workings of empire you will be hunted down, kidnapped and brought to the United States to be tried as a spy.  Read more .

Millions of Brazilians Join General Strike and Protests Against President’s Austerity Reforms

The F.B.I attack on civil rights continues with ongoing COINTELPRO surveilance

Owner of Japanese Oil Tanker Says 'Flying Object' Likely Caused Explosions

During a press conference just hours after the U.S. released video footage that purported to show an Iranian boat removing an unexploded mine from the side of an oil tanker, the Japanese owner of that vessel said Friday that the ship was likely damaged by a "flying object" and called claims of a mine attack "false."  Read more .

Hilma af Klint: Painting the Beyond

Born in 1862 to a prominent Swedish family (her great-grandfather had been ennobled for services as a naval officer), Hilma af Klint was a skilled painter of portraits and landscapes who in the first decades of the twentieth century began making hundreds of strange pictures articulating the fluid relations between spirit and matter.  Read more .

Frantz Fanon and the CIA Man

The image is not lacking in irony: Frantz Fanon, the intellectual father of Third World revolution, lying in a Maryland hospital bed, watched over by a blue-blooded agent of the CIA. It was out of desperation and his lack of success with Soviet doctors, Fanon’s biographer David Macey reports, that Fanon had agreed to American offers to fly him to the United States—“that country of lynchers,” as he called it... read more .

Guggenheim Employees Complain of Low Pay and Long Hours in a Bid to Unionize

The Guggenheim has been basking in acclaim recently for its blockbuster Hilma af Klint show. Behind the scenes, however, storm clouds have been gathering, with staff complaining about poor treatment and pay seeking to unionize. Last week, about 80 workers, representing art installers and building maintenance workers, filed a letter of intent... read more .

Jury Refuses to Convict Scott Warren for Showing Kindness to Immigrants

On January 14, 2018, two Central American migrants suffering from dehydration and exhaustion showed up at "the Barn," a building used by humanitarian aid groups in the border town of Ajo, Arizona. Scott Warren—a volunteer with the advocacy group No Más Muertes/No More Deaths—gave them food and water, and allowed them to spend a few nights there while they recuperated.  Read more .

Underpaid Adjunct Professors Sleep in Cars and Rely on Public Aid

Adjunct professors are the minimum-wage temp workers of academia. Underpaid, overworked, with no benefits and no job security, their numbers have ballooned in recent decades. They are part of what Herb Childress calls “hope labor,” in his new book, The Adjunct Underclass. Childress quotes researchers who define hope labor as “un- or under-compensated work carried out in the present, often for experience or exposure, in the hope that future employment opportunities may follow.” For most adjuncts, that hope comes to nothing.  Read more .

The Dubious Art of the Dad Joke

Maybe you’ve already heard this hoary old chestnut, not even a joke so much as a bunch of words, weighed down with the cares of the world, that once had a joke vaguely waved over it. Resolving the riddle requires not just a sneaky act of linguistics, but also the subversion of an entire genre of similar worn-out jokes, making it not just a terrible joke, but also terribly clever (well, let’s not go too far). For that reason it’s still a favorite of small children, linguistics undergrads… and of course, dads everywhere.  Read more .

Bring Troops Home and Send More Kids to College

The president decided, overnight, that he wanted the United States to go" back to the Moon, then Mars.” To help pay for it, he called on Congress to cut an additional $1.9 billion out of the funds for Pell Grants—the grants that help students from low-income families pay for college. For those children, for the country, for our future, this is simply nuts.  Read more .

About: The Israeli Private Intelligence Company Black Cube

New Evidence Suggests 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria Was Staged

Tennessee Passes Law Designed to Intimidate Black Voters

The Same Old Scare Tactic About Socialism

I keep hearing a lot about “socialism” these days, mainly from Donald Trump and Fox News, trying to scare Americans about initiatives like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, universal child care, free public higher education, and higher taxes on the super-wealthy to pay for these.  Read more .

Venezuelan Families Build Solidarity Amid Crisis

Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America’s prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. Systemic racism, writer Jenee Desmond-Harris explains, refers to how racial disparities operate “in major parts of U.S. society: the economy, politics, education, and more.”  Read more.

China-Russia Partnership Threatens US Global Hegemony

How the US Supported Hitler’s Rise to Power

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fraught Attempt at Mass Production

In the 1950s, after creating some of the most visionary architecture of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright went where he had never gone before: commercial homewares. Every building he’d designed, from houses to hotels, was tailor-made to its environment, from the structure to the materials. But these new lines of wallpapers, textiles, and other wares would be a major shift in a practice that had long avoided mass production.  Read more .

IRS abruptly stopped criminal investigation of Mar-a-Lago member accused of massive tax fraud months after Trump took office

William Ingraham Koch lives five blocks away from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where he is a member. The only one of the four billionaire Koch brothers to support Trump, Bill Koch even hosted a Trump campaign fundraiser at his Cape Cod vacation home in August 2016.  REad more .

U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Program for Millions of Venezuelans

Sanders Blasts Walmart Executives to Their Faces at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Speaking on behalf of the many Walmart workers struggling to get by on "starvation wages" while the company's CEO rakes in over $20 million a year, Sen. Bernie Sanders confronted the retail conglomerate's executives at their annual meeting with shareholders Wednesday and urged the company to raise its minimum wage to at least $15 an hour.  Read more .

A Shorter Working Week Isn't a Luxury—It's An Ecological Necessity

A shorter working week has re-emerged as a prominent subject of political and economic discussion in the U.K. in recent years, with the TUC, the Green Party and Labour taking a reduction of working hours seriously as a policy that could increase workers' well-being, boost productivity and face the challenges of automation.  Read more .

Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California’s Democratic Party

Joe Biden’s glaring absence from the California Democratic Party convention has thrown a national spotlight on his eagerness to detour around the party’s progressive base. While dodging an overt clash for now, Biden is on a collision course with grassroots Democrats across the country who are learning more about his actual record and don’t like it.  Read more .

A Black Feminist’s Response to Attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

David Garrow’s essay published last week in Standpoint, a conservative British magazine —  goes much further, making the serious allegation that Dr. King may have witnessed and encouraged a rape. Absolutely any allegation of rape has to be taken seriously. However, this irresponsible account, drawn from questionable documents, has serious... read more .

Dramatic Increase in Political Violence in Colombia due to Abandonment of Peace Agreement

Col. Larry Wilkerson on Mueller and Courage to Impeach Trump