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Fresh Israeli Elections Likely to Complicate Trump’s Peace Plan

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Trump Administration officials, including Jared Kushner and Ambassador Greenblatt, are meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the planned unveiling of the US peace plan for Israel. Officials say that the plan is scheduled for June 25-26. The plan is expected to receive a sour welcome from the Palestinians, since US officials involved have suggested […]

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Russian Rights Group Says Golos Activist Is A Political Prisoner

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s Memorial human rights center says a detained board member of the independent Golos (Voice) election-monitoring group is a political prisoner. In a statement on May 30, the Moscow-based watchdog called on the authorities to immediately release Roman Udot from house arrest, saying that the case against him was politically motivated. Udot was arrested last […]

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Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union

May 29, 2019           |                                       

An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign, so marked by the foppish-haired blusterer, Boris Johnson, was the claim that the European Union was hungrily drawing out from British coffers £350 million a week. It was insufferable, unqualified and dishonest. It was a claim reared in the atmosphere of outrageous deception marking the effort on […]

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VENICE, Italy—Before a backdrop of rising global tensions and increased anxiety surrounding political change and inertia, the 58th international Venice Biennale fulfills its goal of delivering an aesthetic temperature reading of the world in 2019. The central exhibition’s title, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” is an ersatz ancient Chinese curse that uncannily reflects our […]

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Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the “Deal of the Century”

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the ‘Deal of the Century’ confirm Palestinians’ worst fears: the ‘Deal’ is but […]

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“I reject both an overly romantic and an overly cynical reading of humanitarianism. Instead I treat humanitarianism as a morally complicated creature, a flawed hero defined by the passions, politics, and power of its times even as it tries to rise above them.” Michael Barnett A recent conference examined the interplay between politics, humanitarianism, and […]

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It appears that I owe Nathaniel Rich an apology. No, really, I mean this (brace yourselves) sincerely. I’ve never met or exchanged so much as a word with the novelist and New York Times contributor, author of the slim yet important new volume Losing Earth: A Recent History, but I have wronged him nonetheless. The […]

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How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Trump Appointed Fossil Fuel Insiders to Federal Agencies. It’s Backfiring. I’ve Seen Goldman Sachs From the Inside. We Need Public Banks. Megacorporations Want More Ocean Farms. That’s a Huge Mistake. Climate Campaigners Stage One of France’s Largest Acts of Civil Disobedience How Congress Can Follow Up on the Incomplete and Redacted Mueller Report Nurses Are […]

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This article was first published on Waging Nonviolence with additional photos. Last October, something strange happened when the United Nations released a report saying we have just 12 years to limit the disastrous effects of climate change: The world paid attention. For a moment, media outlets around the world collectively shared the report’s stark, and […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Now that Mueller’s $40 million Humpty Trumpty investigation is over and found wanting of its original purpose (to retire Trump), perhaps the ruling class can return without interruption to the business of destroying the world with ordnance, greenhouse gases, and regime changes. A few more CIA-organized blackouts in Venezuela (it’s […]

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Growth, energy use and emissions are historically linked, but this trend could end with mass investment in renewables and energy efficiency. Any progressive political program that fails to deliver growth is doomed to fail. This pieces is a response to “We Can’t Beat Climate Change Under Capitalism. Socialism Is the Only Way.​” Ashley is correct […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair So the Mueller investigation is over. The official “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” has been written, and is in the hands of Attorney General William Barr, who has issued a summary of its findings. On the core mandate of the investigation, given to […]

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In the US, the Green New Deal (GND) has proved itself to be an injection of a new imagination of the future, where we have prevented the worst effects of climate change and also created an economy that that no longer relies on extraction and exploitation. Here in the UK, proponents of a GND – […]

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Theatergoers Greet Russian Director After Release From House Arrest

April 10, 2019           |                                       

Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who spent nearly 20 months under house arrest, showed up at a theater performance of a play he directed on April 9 in Moscow after he was released the previous day. Serebrennikov and two associates are on trial in an embezzlement case they say is politically motivated.

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