Far Left Politics
No, the link between terrorism and our foreign policy isn’t simple. But Jeremy Corbyn is basically right.
28 May 2017 | 1:17 pm CEST
Look at ISIS's own propaganda and it's clear that Western intervention is a key driver of their violence. Jeremy Corbyn's speech on…
Taking Single-Payer Seriously
28 May 2017 | 12:15 pm CEST
Has the time for Medicare for All finally arrived? Many on the Left certainly think so. “Various half-measures are not worth it,” physician and ac…
IMF Concedes: No Debt Relief for Greece
28 May 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
Economist Heiner Flassbeck describes how Germany's "shocking" position on no debt reduction of Greece's debt, even though its debt is completely unpay…
Baltimore's Rent Court Stacked Against Low-Income Residents
28 May 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
On the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, Resident LaQeisha Greene, Sun reporter Jean Marbella, and attorney and advocate Matt Hill explain how Bal…
A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq - RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (2/6)
28 May 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict cre…
This Was Not A Thug
28 May 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with barbers and patrons of Conscious Heads Barbershop in Baltimore about the recent murder of Richard Col…
UK Tory's Theresa May Coming Undone at the Seems with 'Dementia' Tax
28 May 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
Kam Sandhu of Real Media says 'strong and stable' May is showing her incompetencies and polling is beginning to reflect that as UK heads to an electio…
Turkey’s united front against Kurds and democracy
28 May 2017 | 8:20 am CEST
The political success of the Kurds – the colonized – has intimidated not just the authoritarian AKP and ultranationalist MHP but also the national…
Here’s how Jared Kushner could lose his security clearance
28 May 2017 | 6:51 am CEST
Kushner may have misrepresented his connections with the Russian government on official documentation.Jared Kushner observes a meeting in Saudi Arabia…
Trump's "Victims of Immigration Crime" Hotline Is as American as It Gets
28 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Calexico, California, March 21, 2005. From "Neighborhood Watch" programs to crime hotlines, the US j…
A Black Woman-Owned Company That Employs Youth and the Formerly Incarcerated Will Replace Flint's Corroded Water Pipes
28 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
The Flint water crisis has dragged on for over three years now, leaving residents to rely on bottled water for drinking and c…
Massachusetts Admits to Regularly Allowing Companies to Edit Draft Pollution Permits
28 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) acknowledged they regularly allow energy companies to exclusively previe…
While running Trump’s business, Trump’s sons talk political strategy with GOP leaders
27 May 2017 | 10:47 pm CEST
Meeting in Washington raises ethical questions about conflicts of interest for sons handling father’s business dealings.Donald Trump Jr., second fro…
On climate, it’s G7 minus 1 as Trump punts on Paris accord
27 May 2017 | 10:23 pm CEST
The U.K., Canada, France, Japan, Italy, and Germany committed to the climate pact, while waiting for Trump’s decision.U.S. President Donald Trump jo…
Police arrest Portland man alleged to have fatally stabbed two men after yelling anti-Muslim slurs
27 May 2017 | 8:19 pm CEST
The victims had reportedly tried to confront the man, who witnesses said was targeting a girl in a hijab.CREDIT: CNN screenshotPolice have arrested a…
Will the feline Macron succeed?
27 May 2017 | 6:48 pm CEST
“Enthusiasm for his victory is drawing investment into European equities. And French private sector employment has just reached a post-crisis high,…
Don’t Feed the Trolls
27 May 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
Understanding the “alt-right” means spending less time looking to its leaders for ideological coherence and more on understanding how its base exe…
How to Stop the Violence
27 May 2017 | 1:20 pm CEST
Many historians, political scientists, and worried observers have cited Donald Trump’s vilification of the press, strong-arm tactics towards other…
Why aren't Egyptians revolting against the price hikes?
27 May 2017 | 10:50 am CEST
Some are frustrated at the Egyptian public’s ‘non-reaction’ to the waves of successive price hikes and deterioration of living standards. عرب…
The Ala-Turca presidency: old wine in new bottles in the Kurdish case
27 May 2017 | 8:19 am CEST
Erdogan may require a more pragmatic approach to the US and Russia, hence indirectly with the PYD and Assad, to open up space for himself in the regio…
Fascists Seek Personal Growth and Forgiveness in Two Films
27 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Two new documentaries screened at this year's Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival each profile a right-wing European militant…
The worst sexual abuse scandal in British soccer history is up to 560 victims
26 May 2017 | 9:53 pm CEST
The allegations are focused on 252 suspects.Andu Woodward talks to HBO’s David Scott. (Screengrab via HBO)One of the worst child sexual abuse scand…
FBI is investigating hack attempt at Trump Organization
26 May 2017 | 8:50 pm CEST
Eric Trump dismisses alleged attempted hack on Trump Organization as “crazy”Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: AP Photos/Beth…
Top Trump economic adviser: ‘Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore’
26 May 2017 | 8:46 pm CEST
But investing in solar and wind can make us “a manufacturing powerhouse,” admits Gary Cohn.National Economic Council Chair Gary Cohn listens as P…
Trump’s disturbing Ramadan message to Muslims
26 May 2017 | 8:14 pm CEST
This is not the kind of holiday greeting anyone should receive.Indonesian Muslims perform an evening prayer called ‘tarawih’ marking the first ev…
Assault wins you elections
26 May 2017 | 8:13 pm CEST
CREDIT: AP Photo/Bobby Caina CalvanMontana GOP candidate Greg Gianforte won a congressional seat last night despite assaulting a reporter the day bef…
Senate Republicans could preserve one of Trumpcare’s deadliest provisions
26 May 2017 | 7:08 pm CEST
Out-of-pocket spending could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for those seeking maternity care.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…
Exxon Climate Change Cover Up: What Did Exxon and CEO Rex Tillerson Know and What Did They Do About It?
26 May 2017 | 7:05 pm CEST
Rex Tillerson now acknowledges climate change science, but as CEO of Exxon Mobile did he do anything about it? The New York State Attorney General wan…
Trump is a global anomaly rather than the new normal
26 May 2017 | 4:53 pm CEST
But, in the Republican Party, he is utterly representative: the symptom and not the disease.  Andrew Harrer-Pool/PA Images. Al…
He Fought for the Union
26 May 2017 | 4:46 pm CEST
I recently learned that Jerry Zero, the former secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 705, of which I was a member, died on April 4. His death was ann…
Corbyn, and an election surprise
26 May 2017 | 4:31 pm CEST
A fresh approach to security and austerity highlights the choice for Britain's voters. "Game on": Corbyn delivers a stump speech i…
Redefining the UK general election: it's time to move beyond Brexit
26 May 2017 | 4:08 pm CEST
Britons are set to head to polling stations, but Brexit is still dominating debate. Is it possible to avoid a re-run of the referendum and champion so…
LGBT lives in Moldova
26 May 2017 | 3:32 pm CEST
Four LGBT people from Moldova share their experiences of prejudice and presumptions. Русский Recent events in Chișinău hav…
Tulsi Gabbard Is Not Your Friend
26 May 2017 | 1:06 pm CEST
Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard is the new progressive darling. She’s young. She surfs. She’s a “rising star” in the Democratic Party, we…
A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq - RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (2/6)
26 May 2017 | 1:05 pm CEST
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict cre…
Power for Capital’s Sake
26 May 2017 | 11:06 am CEST
Nearly two decades before George W. Bush appointed Henry Kissinger to lead the 9/11 commission — a post from which he resigned following complaints…
Swamp Politics, Trump Style: “Russiagate” Diverts From the Real White House Scandals
26 May 2017 | 11:05 am CEST
The investigation of the Trump administration continues with the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to the inquiry into Russia’s alleg…
It’s Not Gonna Be Okay: the Nauseating Nothingness of Neoliberal Capitalist and Professional Class Politics
26 May 2017 | 11:03 am CEST
Liberal and other partisan Democrats have spent no small effort trying to evade adult responsibility for Donald Trump’s presence in the White House…
The ICEmen Cometh
26 May 2017 | 11:00 am CEST
The doorbell rang on a dreary afternoon in late February. On the porch, huddling against a lashing Oregon rain, stood my friend Javier (not his real n…
The Deep State is the State
26 May 2017 | 10:59 am CEST
The deep state is not some enigmatic entity that operates outside the US government.  It is the US state itself.  Like all elements of that state, t…
Why Pence Might be Even Worse Than Trump
26 May 2017 | 10:58 am CEST
The thought of Donald Trump’s monstrous ego being swiftly turned out of office because of his incompetence and corruption can’t help but give us a…
We Know What Inspired the Manchester Attack, We Just Won’t Admit It
26 May 2017 | 10:58 am CEST
In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of…
The Dirty Secret of the Korean War
26 May 2017 | 10:58 am CEST
The Korean War has been called “America’s forgotten war”. The heavily weaponized US Army was fought to a draw by Soviet-equipped North Korean an…
The Fat Lady Finally Sings: Bob Kerrey Quietly Resigns from Fulbright University Vietnam Leadership Position
26 May 2017 | 10:56 am CEST
“One simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian… one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violen…
Beyond Hope
26 May 2017 | 10:56 am CEST
Fat cats like to breathe clean air: that was the facile takeaway from the Sierra Club’s recent conferring of its Trailblazer Award on Michael Bl…
The Visitation: Trump in Israel
26 May 2017 | 10:56 am CEST
Thank god for Oren Hazan. Without him, this would have been an exceedingly dull visit. Israel’s cabinet ministers were lined up in the blazing s…
Post Brexit Trade Deals - Who Will be the Winners and Losers?
26 May 2017 | 10:05 am CEST
Trade Campaigner Linda Kaucher discusses the dangers that lie ahead for the UK public in Post Brexit Trade deals. Will banks and corporations win at t…
Democratic Party NGO Presents Far-Reaching but Problematic Jobs Program
26 May 2017 | 10:05 am CEST
Dean Baker of CEPR discusses problems involving the Center for American Progress's proposal for an ambitious federal jobs guarantee program…
Empire Files: Buying a Slave -- the Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking
26 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Human trafficking is a hidden industry that brings in $150 billion in illegal profits every year. In the United States, tens of thousands are traffick…
Loose Lips
26 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Economic Update: Worker Co-ops as Our Economic Future
26 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
This week's episode discusses Trump's 2018 budget, Ford's undemocratic decisions, the US's opioid crisis, the Swiss vote to end nuclear power, Harley-…
Beyond Reactive Politics: Working Toward the Wholesale Reorganization of Society
26 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
We've taken as fact that the nation started in slavery and genocide and can't be redeemed but the country has always carred a revolutionary promise th…
Are EPA Scientists in Trump's Crosshairs?
26 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Anyone worried that the Trump administration will politicize or interfere with sound scientific research heard a warning shot earlier this month, when…
"From Laughable to Inevitable": $15 Minimum Wage Hits Congress
26 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Fast food workers on strike for higher minimum wage and better benefits in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 24, 2016. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue) Why doesn'…
GOP Policies Hurt Trump Voters, But Will Democrats Fill the Void?
25 May 2017 | 7:05 pm CEST
White-collar criminologist Bill Black says that President Donald Trump's stumbles and the GOP's policies give Democrats an opportunity to win over vot…
Turkey’s “Queer State of Emergency”
25 May 2017 | 5:30 pm CEST
Since last summer’s failed coup attempt in Turkey, the state under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been intent on revoking basic democratic…
China and the United States: Reversing Roles on Climate Change?
25 May 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
While Trump promises to axe the EPA and bring back coal, China’s leaders are heralding a new “ecological civilization.” But are the two coun…
Modernism or Barbarism
25 May 2017 | 2:39 pm CEST
When I was an undergraduate, modernity was everything we were taught to despise: totalizing, technocratic, rationalizing. It was the impersonal force…
The Legacy of Vladimir Lenin
25 May 2017 | 1:51 pm CEST
Writer, filmmaker, and journalist Tariq Ali’s new book The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution, came out last month, in the…
Donald’s Myths
25 May 2017 | 11:08 am CEST
Since Donald Trump’s victory in November, liberals have felt a profound sense of loss. After decades of defining the relevant facts and truths for o…
Logic of the Bomb
24 May 2017 | 7:23 pm CEST
by by Chris Gardner The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or “Mother of All Bombs” was dropped in Afghanistan at a time of great…
Spring 2017
24 May 2017 | 4:10 pm CEST
To access Dissent’s full Spring issue, please click here. Continue Reading……
Brazil’s Crisis of Hegemony
24 May 2017 | 3:59 pm CEST
Brazil seems stuck in a permanent political crisis. After three years of agony, President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (PT) was impeached la…
Malignant Normality
24 May 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
The participation of American physicians and psychologists in torture during the Iraq War era became part of an American version of “malignant norma…
Why Is the Labour Party in a Mess?
22 May 2017 | 7:41 pm CEST
Since 2015 the British Labour party has sought to distance itself from New Labour and develop its populist appeal under left-winger Jeremy Corbyn. Why…
Beyond Anger: Immigrants and Trump's Presidency
19 May 2017 | 3:53 pm CEST
by To understand Trump's ascendance to presidency, instead of looking into the structure of the society, we need to look into the software of th…
The Red and the Rainbow: The Life and Work of Daniel Guérin
19 May 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
An uncompromising champion of the labor movement, sharp critic of authoritarianism both left and right, and early proponent of “intersectionality,…
The FBI Takes Charge: The Establishment May be Done with Trump
18 May 2017 | 9:20 pm CEST
[Updated May 19, 2017] After nearly four months of President Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency surrounded by controversies and scandals, the Ame…
Closing Rikers Island: A Step Beyond Prison Reform
18 May 2017 | 5:44 pm CEST
After years of tireless organizing, the campaign to close down own of the country’s most notorious jails secured a landmark victory in March. Bu…
Statement of a New Peace Coalition in Los Angeles
17 May 2017 | 9:57 pm CEST
by by the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ) The Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ) aims to resist…
[EVENT | May 26] Populism in the Time of Trump: A Debate
16 May 2017 | 11:09 pm CEST
Dissent editors Sarah Leonard and Timothy Shenk debate populism, nationalism, and the role of intellectuals with Julius Krein and Gladden Pappin, edit…
The World of Adrienne Rich
16 May 2017 | 6:00 am CEST
Born eighty-eight years ago this week, Adrienne Rich developed a distinctive brand of feminism over her many years as a poet—becoming, unusually, bo…
[EVENT | May 22] Spring Issue Launch: Capitalism Today
15 May 2017 | 7:30 pm CEST
On May 22, join James K. Galbraith, J.W. Mason, Julia Ott, and Mark Levinson for a panel discussion at the New School in New York. Continue Reading&he…
Standing in Solidarity with Sarah Chambers
10 May 2017 | 12:02 am CEST
Subtitle:  A Teacher Who Stands Up For Kids Sarah Chambers is an award winning special ed…
James Baldwin, Stan Weir, and Socialism
3 May 2017 | 9:07 pm CEST
Raoul Peck’s powerful documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which was nominated for an Academy Award, has brought the great w…
Violent clashes break out at May Day march in Paris
1 May 2017 | 11:51 pm CEST
Heavy clashes erupt at May Day demonstrations in Paris ahead of a historic election that will see the neoliberal Macron square off against the neo-fas…
The Real State of Emergency
1 May 2017 | 11:17 pm CEST
Filmmaker Ross Domoney is in Paris ahead of the second round of the French elections, where he follows those who were never offered a choice to begin…
May Day: Born in the USA
1 May 2017 | 2:55 am CEST
by For generations, May Day, the International Workers Day celebrated by working people in more than 200 countries, was ignored in the United Sta…
Trump In Power: The First 100 Days
30 Apr 2017 | 3:55 pm CEST
President Donald Trump is neither the populist champion of working-class underdogs that some of his supporters hoped, nor is he is the fascist dictato…
The Democrats Delivered One Thing in the Past 100 Days: Disappointment
25 Apr 2017 | 5:54 am CEST
by The time has come to bid farewell to a moribund party that lacks imagination, courage and gusto The distinctive feature of these bleak times is t…
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…
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…
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…
Call for participants: Egypt, Middle East Forum
12 Mar 2017 | 11:19 am CET
يبحث موقع openDemocracy عن مشاركين لمنتدى الشرق الأوسط  في مصر.openDemocracy is looking for participants f…