Far Left Politics
Lukewarm on fascism
24 Apr 2017 | 8:35 pm CEST
CREDIT: AP Photo/Frank AugsteinThe tight results from the first round of France’s presidential election over the weekend means that far-right candid…
Workers don bulletproof vests while taking down New Orleans’ Confederate monument in middle of…
24 Apr 2017 | 8:24 pm CEST
Workers don bulletproof vests while taking down New Orleans’ Confederate monument in middle of nightSnipers were stationed to protect workers.Work…
Alleged police assault shows lack of diversity in sciences, climate movement
24 Apr 2017 | 8:19 pm CEST
Hip Hop Caucus leader demands protection for marginalized people in environmental movement.Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop…
Medicaid recipients in Kentucky to lose coverage, gain weird ‘rewards’ accounts instead
24 Apr 2017 | 8:15 pm CEST
Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) wants to end dental and vision coverage, set up “MyRewards” coupon program tied to behavior.Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R), l…
The U.S. has failed Afghanistan, and the Trump administration isn’t helping
24 Apr 2017 | 7:21 pm CEST
Mattis’ visit comes after yet another tragedy.U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis , right, and U.S. Army General John Nicholson, left, commander o…
Tennis legend suspended after racist remark about Serena’s baby
24 Apr 2017 | 6:57 pm CEST
‘Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?’FILE — In this Monday, May 23, 2016 file picture, former Romanian tennis ace Ilie Nast…
Can Lebanon’s sectarian elite agree on an electoral law?
24 Apr 2017 | 6:56 pm CEST
The electoral law impasse is yet further proof of how all political matters can be instrumentalized in a bigoted sectarian discourse far from the aspi…
The Senate investigation into Trump-Russia is a hot mess
24 Apr 2017 | 6:36 pm CEST
And so is the House’s, and so is the DOJ’s…Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), right, and the committee’s Vice C…
Abortion is about economic justice
24 Apr 2017 | 6:24 pm CEST
Restrictions on abortion perpetuate economic inequality.U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at a Democratic National Committee rally, Friday, April…
The weakening of Egypt’s regional role
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 pm CEST
As time passes, pressure on the regime will mount and a choice will have to be made between a domestic crisis, loss of valuable allies and internation…
In both Europe and the United States, fascism still isn’t very popular
24 Apr 2017 | 5:06 pm CEST
Ethno-nationalist parties have made significant gains, but they’re now running into fierce opposition.Marine Le Pen exits a polling booth before vot…
Climate change poses ‘nightmare scenario’ for Florida coast, Bloomberg warns
24 Apr 2017 | 5:00 pm CEST
America’s trillion-dollar coastal property bubble could burst ‘before the sea consumes a single house’. Here’s why.Donald Trump’s presidenc…
Bolsonaro and the Brazilian far right
24 Apr 2017 | 4:04 pm CEST
They call him “the Myth”. Federal congressman Bolsonaro is Brazil’s far-right star and a presidential hopeful. He is also one of the most popula…
What went wrong with Turkey’s referendum?
24 Apr 2017 | 4:02 pm CEST
As illiberal democracy is becoming more the norm than the exception in the world, Turkey’s referendum is another missed historical opportunity.
The indigenous and afro-Colombian communities risk to fall out of the peace agreement implementation
24 Apr 2017 | 4:01 pm CEST
Time might be the enemy for the ethnic populations in Colombia, as the implementation of the peace agreement risks under-delivering on its commitments…
Is it ok to punch Nazis in the face? That's beside the point
24 Apr 2017 | 1:57 pm CEST
Violent resistance can be counterproductive, bruising individuals but leaving their hateful ideas untouched. Richard Spencer just b…
Is Mad Dog Planning to Invade East Syria?    
24 Apr 2017 | 11:12 am CEST
The US Special Operation Forces, the UK Special Operation Forces and units from some other countries -have been conducting operations across the Syria…
Puritan Jackals
24 Apr 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
This is the week that Arkansas began its planned execution of eight death row convicts in eleven days. The urgency for this accelerated schedule has t…
Copts of Egypt: more than political pawns for ISIS and el-Sisi
24 Apr 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
Recent attacks on Copts cannot be understood exclusively as militant resistance to authoritarianism in Egypt. A Coptic mass followi…
America’s Tale of Two Cities, Redux
24 Apr 2017 | 11:03 am CEST
Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, required reading in secondary school, is the second biggest selling single-volume book of all-time at 200 mil…
The Republican Party and the ‘Lunatic Right’
24 Apr 2017 | 11:01 am CEST
Back in the 1970s, I was routinely accused of being a member of the “lunatic left”. Perhaps my youthful idealistic enthusiasm for utopian politica…
No Tomorrow or Fashion-Forward
24 Apr 2017 | 11:00 am CEST
The dark subtext of the neoliberal economy, based as it is on a model of perpetual growth situated on a planet of finite resources, is that it is enti…
Treating Mental Health Patients as Criminals
24 Apr 2017 | 10:58 am CEST
The criminalisation of the mentally ill is one of the cruellest and most easily avoidable tragedies of our era. In the next few days, the state of Ark…
An Accelerating Palestine Rights Movement Faces Uncertain Direction
24 Apr 2017 | 10:56 am CEST
US-instigated and propelled wars have continued to rage for 15 years in fulfillment of  influential neoconservative ideologue Michael Ledeen’s envi…
Diet for a Warming Planet
24 Apr 2017 | 10:55 am CEST
I read two different studies this week that are connected but were not related in the media. The first is record warmth across the country. Denv…
Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?
24 Apr 2017 | 10:54 am CEST
In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically eve…
From Earth Day to the Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism on Trial
24 Apr 2017 | 10:51 am CEST
World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for the…
Accountability versus access: collaborating with rights violators in conflict zones
24 Apr 2017 | 10:30 am CEST
In health care, both access and accountability require understanding and collaborating with rights violators. A contribution to the openGlobalRights d…
The System is Based on Profit
24 Apr 2017 | 10:04 am CEST
In part one of a two-part interview, artist and activist Paul Rucker discusses his work and how it relates to mass incarceration in the United States.
Temporary Truce in a Democratic Party Civil War: The Sanders & Perez Unity Tour
24 Apr 2017 | 10:04 am CEST
Bernie Sanders says fight the billionaire class and DNC Chair Tom Perez refuses to say it; the TRNN panel asks if/when Bernie should leave the party…
Why Are We Counting on Uber to Fund Key Research?
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
An Uber driver using the company's app in Munich, December 22, 2015. (Photo: Letitia Vancon / The New York Times) Is Uber a joke? Okay, Uber is defin…
The Trumps' Conflict of Interest Issues: A Primer
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner attend a state dinner with President Xi Jinping of China and his wife at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beac…
Taxcast: The Panama Papers, One Year On
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
In our latest Taxcast, we talk to the journalists who got the scoop on the Panama Papers last year. Plus: we discuss the raid on Credit Suisse, and ne…
Richard Wolff on Public Debt, Printing Money and How Governments Pay for Wars
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
In this educational video Richard Wolff, a University of Massachusetts professor of economics emeritus, Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at…
Hundreds of Thousands Take to the Streets Worldwide for the Global March for Science
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of scientists and science supporters took to the streets around the world in a global March for Science on Earth Da…
Trump Is a Chameleon President and His Latest Shade Is War
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
US Army soldiers conduct a security halt during a foot patrol at the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, January 28, 2017.
PhRMA Shows Biggest Spike in Lobbying Spending in First Quarter of President Trump
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
With President Trump's 100th day looming, he's struggled to check off some of the big initiatives on his to-do list, such as getting rid of Obamacare…
Appetite for Obstruction
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Republicans and Internet Service Providers Issue Hollow Privacy Promises
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
It's no surprise that Americans were unhappy to lose online privacy protections earlier this month. Across party lines, voters overwhelmingly oppose t…
When Rivers Hold Legal Rights
24 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Winding its way through dense forest laced with hidden waterfalls, the Whanganui River is the largest navigable river in Aotearoa, the Māori word for…
Ireland's New Rising: An Exclusive Report from The Laura Flanders Show
23 Apr 2017 | 5:04 pm CEST
The question of Irish sovereignty still looms large. In this special report, Laura Flanders returns to Ireland, 30 years after first reporting on the…
Reports on the Resistance: Tens of Thousands March for Science on Earth Day
23 Apr 2017 | 4:44 pm CEST
Tens of thousands, many of them scientists, joined the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, in cities across the United States and around the wor…
Maryland Disproportionately Arrests Blacks for Marijuana but Rejects Diversity in Medical Licenses
23 Apr 2017 | 11:04 am CEST
The Maryland Black Caucus has called for special session to address the fact that not one predominantly owned African-American firm has received a lic…
When Science Strikes Back: March for Science Draws Many Thousands Worldwide
23 Apr 2017 | 11:04 am CEST
Trump's hostile posturing against environmental protections and promised budget cuts on scientific government agencies stoked the ire of the nation's…
Real News Roundtable: Maddow Response & Liberal Hawkishness on Russia, Iran
23 Apr 2017 | 11:04 am CEST
In part one of our roundtable, The Real News Network's Paul Jay, Kim Brown, and Aaron Mate discuss the response to Mate's critique of Rachel Maddow's…
Earth Day Actions Take on Trump's War on Science
22 Apr 2017 | 11:04 am CEST
As President Trump rolls back environmental regulations, Scientists, Doctors and Environmentalists inaugurate first ever March for Science in huge glo…
France's Presidential Election Is Wide Open
22 Apr 2017 | 11:04 am CEST
If leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wins, he does not have enough of a social movement behind him to fulfill his campaign promises says Jean Bricm…
Belabored Podcast #126: Voices from the Rust Belt, with Chuck Jones
21 Apr 2017 | 6:49 pm CEST
Trump’s promises notwithstanding, many factory workers in the Rust Belt are just as frustrated after the election as they were before. Sarah Jaf…
Massive Pro and Anti Government Protests in Venezuela
21 Apr 2017 | 6:04 pm CEST
While international media focused almost exclusively on the opposition protests and clashes with the police, the pro-government protests were equally…
Trump's "Hire American, Buy American" Is More Show than Action
21 Apr 2017 | 5:04 pm CEST
CEPR co-director Dean Baker says Trump's executive order "Hire American, Buy American," to change the H-1B work visa, does nothing, but the program sh…
The Enemy is Us: The Opioid Crisis and the Failure of Politics
20 Apr 2017 | 5:38 pm CEST
In every possible sense, the opioid epidemic—the worst drug crisis in U.S. history—is a creature of our creation. Continue Reading……
Spring 2017
20 Apr 2017 | 3:09 pm CEST
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France: Seeds of a New Green Left?
20 Apr 2017 | 1:13 am CEST
Amid disenchantment with mainstream politics, tensions between Socialists and Greens, and a string of disappointments from outgoing president Françoi…
How Tax Policy Created the 1%
19 Apr 2017 | 1:14 am CEST
From the 1920s to today, American tax policy has evolved to reflect one principle—the investor comes first—with disastrous implications for the re…
Did Turkey’s Democracy Devour Itself?
19 Apr 2017 | 12:56 am CEST
Voters worldwide have been making some alarming decisions lately, but none have gone so far as to vote democracy itself out of existence. On Sunday, T…
Reports on the Resistance: Tax Day Protests
18 Apr 2017 | 3:29 pm CEST
Tens of thousands of Americans in some 200 cities and towns from New York to San Francisco participated in “Tax Day” marches on Saturday,…
IVAW Statement on Syria Strikes
18 Apr 2017 | 4:24 am CEST
by by IVAW National Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) condemns in no uncertain terms the bombing of Sharyat airbase in Syria six days ago by Dona…
The Trouble with Macron
17 Apr 2017 | 8:28 pm CEST
In this year’s unpredictable campaign, Emmanuel Macron’s business-friendly liberalism could be enough to spare France from the National Front. But…
Bombing for Ratings
15 Apr 2017 | 11:26 pm CEST
The pundits cheering last Thursday’s surprise airstrikes on a Syrian base are only fueling Trump’s adventurism. Continue Reading……
The Imperialist Logic Behind Trump's Attack on Syria
15 Apr 2017 | 5:34 pm CEST
by Within a few days in April, the Trump administration pivoted away from its nearly open support for the Assad regime to a military attack on it. T…
A Teacher Who's Dangerous - To Chicago's Power Elite
14 Apr 2017 | 11:50 pm CEST
During the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) spring break, Sarah Chambers, beloved to her special needs students, well-known (to staff and parents of her s…
Trump’s Syria Air Strikes: A Perverse Advance in International Law?
14 Apr 2017 | 11:03 pm CEST
With no knowledge or desire of doing so, Trump may have created a precedent that will encourage allies alarmed by his raving incompetence to fill the…
Scenes from the Front: France’s in Power
14 Apr 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
Since March 2014, the Front National (FN) has governed eleven French municipalities. The photographs here, from a two-year reporting project on three…
Building the Infrastructure for a Strong Left
11 Apr 2017 | 1:04 am CEST
by Alex Kolokotronis is a 1st year PhD student in Political Science at Yale. He self-identifies as a libertarian socialist and is interested in stud…
No to Assad’s Brutality, No to Isis, No to U.S. and Russian Bombing and Military Forces in Syria, For a Revival of the Arab Spring
9 Apr 2017 | 10:56 pm CEST
by We are horrified by the relentless, cruel attacks of the Assad regime, aided by Moscow and Tehran, on the Syrian people. For sheer brutality the b…
Inventing the Future: a documentary adaptation
6 Apr 2017 | 6:23 pm CEST
Austin Hayden Smidt, producer of the cinematic adaptation of Inventing the Future, interviews co-authors Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams and director I…
The struggle to defend CEU is about much more than Soros
5 Apr 2017 | 9:37 pm CEST
Hungary’s right-wing government is shutting down one of Europe’s leading universities — yet the liberal media in the West mostly fail to…
Challenging Capitalist Modernity Conference
5 Apr 2017 | 2:45 pm CEST
The Challenging Modernity Conference will be held in Hamburg, 14-16 April. Speakers include David Graeber, Raul Zibechi and Salih Muslim, among many o…
Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance
4 Apr 2017 | 4:21 am CEST
by The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen an amazing explosion of mobilizing to oppose him and his administration on oh-so-…
Beyond Violence and Nonviolence
2 Apr 2017 | 8:09 pm CEST
The rise of fascism has injected new venom into an old debate, preventing activists from seeing movement strategy clearly.Read more…
Everyday Anti-Fascism in the Era of Trump
2 Apr 2017 | 8:08 pm CEST
We may not always be able to change someone’s oppressive beliefs, but we sure as hell can make it socially costly to articulate them in public.Read…
The Problem with Liberal Opposition to Islamophobia
2 Apr 2017 | 8:07 pm CEST
Many progressives who claim to oppose Islamophobia actually uphold the security state’s framing of key issues, keeping its oppressive framework in p…
The Anarchism of Blackness
2 Apr 2017 | 8:06 pm CEST
The Democratic Party has led Black America down a dead end. The sooner we begin to understand that, the more realistically we will be able to organize…
The Night that Changed Everything
2 Apr 2017 | 8:05 pm CEST
How the murder of a Greek rapper by Golden Dawn thugs sparked an anti-fascist backlash that eventually led to the neo-Nazis’ defeat in the stree…
Radical Democracy: The First Line Against Fascism
2 Apr 2017 | 8:04 pm CEST
The Kurds’ democratic resistance to ISIS demonstrates that anti-fascism cannot be separated from the wider struggle against capitalism, patriarc…
A Dozen Shades of Far Right
2 Apr 2017 | 8:03 pm CEST
The growing threat of authoritarianism demands mass movements and broad-based anti-fascist action on the basis of internationalism and genuine solidar…
Materialism and Feminism: An Interview with Johanna Brenner
1 Apr 2017 | 3:56 am CEST
by George Souvlis: By way of introduction, could you explain what personal experiences strongly influenced you, both politically and academical…
Beyond The Democratic Primary: A Reply to Daniel Moraff
28 Mar 2017 | 6:51 pm CEST
by In his article calling on socialists to run in Democratic primaries, Daniel Moraff argues that some of the barriers to running candidates in Demo…
Call for participants: Syria, Middle East Forum
16 Mar 2017 | 11:46 am CET
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Call for participants: Egypt, Middle East Forum
12 Mar 2017 | 11:19 am CET
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