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In his famous essay, ‘Algeria Unveiled’, Frantz Fanon (1959, p. 35) writes: ‘The way people clothe themselves, together with the traditions of dress and finery that custom implies, constitutes the most distinctive form of a society’s uniqueness’. Protesting former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s absurd bid for a fifth term, Algerians flooded the streets angrily – yet […]

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Bureau hires James Ball and Frankie Goodway as global and production editors

May 23, 2019           |                                       

The Bureau is delighted to announce that we have hired two new members of staff to join our team at a time of exciting growth. James Ball will take up the newly-created post of global editor, managing our reporting teams and working with them to produce powerful agenda-setting investigations in the public interest. James joins […]

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The Penguin Book of Hell, Scott G. Bruce, ed. Penguin Classics, 304 pages. James Joyce gives his readers a taste of the eternal torments of hell in his 1916 roman à clef A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Toward the beginning of the novel, Joyce’s adolescent alter-ego Stephen Dedalus sits through the […]

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Trump’s War on the Constitution Has Reached a Breaking Point

May 22, 2019           |                                       

Trump’s War on the Constitution Has Reached a Breaking Point Deal or No Deal, the Rivalry Between the US and China Will Intensify Striking Ohio Hospital Workers Remain United, Head to Bargaining Table New York Just Made It Harder for Trump to Abuse His Pardon Power Warren and Sanders Refuse to Cozy Up to Wall […]

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Led by John Bolton, the Trump administration is pursuing catastrophe to protect U.S. dominance. Assuming that rationality prevails and that Bolton and co. can be contained, the U.S. will continue with the successful program of crushing Iran’s economy and punishing its population. The threat of a U.S. attack on Iran is all too real. Led […]

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UN Security Council Rejects Russian Request For Ukraine Meeting

May 21, 2019           |                                       

The UN Security Council has rejected a Russian request to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine. Russia managed to garner only four votes — from China, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, and the Dominican Republic — out of the nine it needed from the 15-member council. The United States and five other […]

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Politico reports that presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in calling for the breakup of Facebook. Asked on Capitol Hill whether he backed such calls for antitrust action against the social networking company, Sanders replied, “The answer is yes of course.” He added: “We have […]

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Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

May 14, 2019           |                                       

Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela’s Communes…. Venezuela’s ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked […]

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Spring Donation Drive CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. There’s a new word in town, folks – or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like […]

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Re-forming the Reformers

May 12, 2019           |                                       

Further to previous articles,1 on the Marxist Impossibilist tradition it must sound rather bizarre to modern ears that there exist political parties that do not make demands upon the present capitalist system and its protector, the State. For many people it seems common-sense that a socialist party should advocate for something right now. Labor and […]

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Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as “a decent man” and Mike Pence as “a decent guy” merely scratches the surface of what’s wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald Trump an “aberration” — is […]

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Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism

May 7, 2019           |                                       

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right – from the 1980s of […]

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It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of […]

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