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Police and military crack down on spontaneous taxi strike in Matamoros, Mexico By Eric London 25 May 2019 A spontaneous strike involving hundreds of taxi drivers broke out in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, yesterday after the local government decommissioned roughly 35 taxis early Friday morning, claiming they were operating without permits. In response, taxi drivers who fear […]

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On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. government indicted Julian Assange of WikiLeaks for publishing material allegedly obtained from Chelsea Manning that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq, including the killing of Reuters journalists there in the Collateral Murder video. The government used the Espionage Act against Assange, the first such use against a journalist or publisher. Manning is now […]

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Hardly a day has gone by over the last two years when one hasn’t been able to learn of yet another soul-numbing outrage on the part of President Donald Trump and his administration. The stories have been relentlessly disturbing: Trump’s suggestion of moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and civil rights protesters in Charlottesville, Va. The vicious […]

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“If the focus on [the professional managerial class] seems unnecessarily narrow, I would point out that most books, and especially those which make large claims about the American character and culture, are in fact about this class and about it alone. We are told, periodically, that “Americans” are becoming more self-involved, materialistic, spineless, or whatever, […]

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The Curious Malaise of the Middle Class

May 24, 2019           |                                       

Passing through the vestibules of airports, one experiences the quotidian toil of modern neoliberal life. Even as one’s spirits rise at the thought of a fresh destination, or perhaps a familiar one, the vast task force of transit works fastidiously about you. The TSA army bark irritated orders to lethargic queues of travelers; everywhere badged […]

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Vijay Prashad analyzes the Indian election result, which has returned right-wing Narendra Modi to power. Money, mass media abdication of its watchdog function, and institutional collapse enabled Modi triumph The post Modi Wins Another Term for the Anti-Muslim, Right-Wing Hindu Nationalists appeared first on The Real News Network.

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New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism 24 May 2019 In a historic assault on the freedom of the press, the US Justice Department announced Thursday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange had been indicted on 17 counts under the Espionage Act. Assange is being persecuted by the US government for carrying […]

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In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wins in Landslide Re-election

May 23, 2019           |                                       

An Attack on Iran Would Violate US and International Law Abortion Bans and the Beast the GOP Would Feed Us To Another Wild Day in DC, and Impeachment Is Still Off the Table Honduran Labor Fight Reveals Exploitation Behind the Migrant Crisis AOC and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About Sears’s Collapse Police […]

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Craig Murray spots the latest phase of judicial and media bias against the publisher of WikiLeaks. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian Assange’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement. The European arrest warrant must be issued from […]

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What and Who Gave Us Trump?

May 23, 2019           |                                       

Donald J. Trump’s presidential ambition has simmered for decades. He was and is a regular TV watcher and saw the changing political landscape. One by one, previous presidents diminished the integrity of the presidency and violated the rule of law, paving the way for Trump’s candidacy. Bill Clinton was exposed for serial adulteries and abuses […]

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<!– –> Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) A new “dark money” nonprofit is running a public relations campaign demanding that Amazon stop using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups to determine which groups are barred from its charitable giving program. Citizens for Corporate Accountability (CCA) has spent […]

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CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. Photograph Source: Obier – CC BY-SA 4.0 I am writing you from Montpellier, France, where I am a participant-observer in the Yellow Vest movement, which is still going strong after six months, despite […]

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Time (4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media’s literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis. The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation’s crisis has become perhaps the world’s most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent’s recent […]

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Political projects with universalising ambitions implicitly or explicitly seek to create certain kinds of person. They recognise particular qualities of mind, particular forms of flourishing, particular personalities, and they seek to make from these the ideal types of their society. Politics is ethics at scale. In postwar social democracy the Fordist consumer-producer enjoyed rising material […]

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