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The title of Bhaskar Sunkara’s new book is both bold and smart, from a marketing perspective at least. It’s eye-catching in its reference to The Communist Manifesto. I’m actually a little surprised that apparently no previous book has had that title, since it seems so obvious. The reason may be that other writers have been […]

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What follows is a conversation between professor Leo Panitch and Greg Wilpert of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. It’s official: Theresa May is stepping down as […]

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Soviet-Era Rock Star's Monument In Almaty Used To Express Protest

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Unidentified persons have attached a bilingual cardboard sign to the statue of Soviet-era rock star Viktor Tsoi in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, in an apparent gesture of protest ahead of a snap presidential election. The sign, reading “Changes” in Russian and “Kazakh spring” in Kazakh, was spotted attached to the statue’s right hand early on […]

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Turkmen President Pardons Hundreds Of Inmates

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has pardoned 764 inmates on the occasion of a religious holiday, according to state media reports. Berdymukhammedov on May 29 was quoted as saying that the pardons marked the Night of Revelation, an important stage during the holy month of Ramadan, which is currently being observed by Muslims around the world. […]

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Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez canvasses through the Bronx, New York, on April 21, 2018. Photo: Andres Kudacki for The Intercept A little more than a year ago, I was sitting across from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a Queens diner for an interview. She had just qualified to be on the ballot in her race against one […]

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The hangman of the Middle East: US-backed regime in Egypt hands down nearly 2,500 death sentences By Bill Van Auken 30 May 2019 Egypt’s US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by […]

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JERUSALEM—Israel’s parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after parliamentary elections, marked a setback for Netanyahu and sent the longtime leader’s future […]

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JEAN BRICMONT, jean.bricmont at uclouvain.be Noted author and academic Bricmont was just in in Nice, where he was scheduled to give a talk on quantum mechanics. The talk was canceled because of his political views, especially his views on free speech. He is a physicist and professor emeritus at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He has […]

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Flat tax, privileges to rich regions, restrictions on migrants, emphasis on “security”. This is Matteo Salvini’s agenda for the Italian government in the aftermath of the European elections. The ‘Lega’ (League), the party he leads, now running the country in coalition with the Five Star Movement, has won big on May 26 obtaining 34.3% of […]

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In 2011, a wave of revolutionary struggle swept the Middle East and North Africa, often bringing down dictatorships that had governed for decades. Millions protested on the streets, occupied public spaces and demanded “bread, freedom and social justice”. Having broken through the fear produced by years of repression, the Arab Spring became an inspiration for […]

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Legal experts: Assange likely faces espionage charges if extradited to US By Oscar Grenfell 22 April 2019 A CNN report last week, revealing that the US Justice Department “expects to bring additional charges” against Julian Assange has underscored the immense dangers confronting the WikiLeaks founder, after he was illegally arrested by British police at Ecuador’s […]

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'An Electoral Maidan': Hope And Change, Ukrainian-Style, Vaults Zelenskiy Into Presidency

April 21, 2019           |                                       

In the end, it was a demand for radical change and broad disappointment with the incumbent that vaulted a comedian who played Ukraine’s president on television into the real thing. Volodymyr Zelenskiy rode these sentiments, political analysts and sociologists say, to what was shaping up to be an unprecedented landslide victory over President Petro Poroshenko […]

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Femen Activist In Topless Protest Against Zelenskiy

April 21, 2019           |                                       

A Femen activist staged a topless protest outside a polling station in Kyiv where candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy had cast his ballot in the April 21 presidential runoff vote. Zelenskiy is a comedic actor who portrays Ukraine’s president on TV but has no real political experience. The woman warned voters that a Zelenskiy presidency could end […]

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Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity

April 20, 2019           |                                       

A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: “I, the state, am the people. — Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra A constant cry from the far right on the subject of immigration usually contains the sentiment that “they” need to come here […]

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