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Policies change people’s lives, but they also change people. The last half century of Conservative party strategy has been shaped by this insight. In this they are no different to neoliberal thinkers and parties across the world. Despite their rhetoric of ‘choice’, individual freedom and limited state intervention, it is the right who have worked […]

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‘Benito Cereno’ is a short story written by Herman Melville in 1855. A Spanish ship has lost sails, supplies and direction after Cape Horn, with a decimated crew and restive black slaves under the failing command of ill-fated captain Benito Cereno, who is closely watched by his black servant. When the British captain of another […]

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On a Sunday in early April, your favorite grumpy Jewish uncle and mine, Bernie Sanders, opened himself up to a renewed line of attack from those within the Democratic Party (and on the political left more broadly) who feel he is out of touch with issues of race and identity. At a public appearance in […]

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The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has met with the top brass at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and pushed back hard against a new party policy to blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., vice chair of the caucus, was also in the meeting with Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., […]

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TRNN takes a closer look at recent efforts to reform one of the most corrupt police departments in the country, and how even the dysfunction fuels profit for law enforcement in general The post How Profit Makes Policing Immune to Reform appeared first on The Real News Network.

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Denys Kobzin. Source: archive of the Kharkov Institute of Social Research. All rights reserved.The Kharkiv Institute for Social Research recently presented the results of its evaluation of Ukraine’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) against torture and ill-treatment in its penal and other closed establishments. The NPM mandates certified activists, together with the Ombudsman’s office, to inspect […]

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Announcing her campaign will shun the tradition of “fancy receptions,” endless phone calls, and “big money fundraisers” with deep-pocketed donors “who can write big checks,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday—inspired by the courageous activism of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who in her late eighties walked thousands of miles against the corrupting influence of big money […]

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Palestinians in Israel face Uncertain Political Future Amid Joint List Split

January 27, 2019           |                                       

A political coalition representing Israel’s Palestinian minority – currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset – has been plunged into crisis by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to call for a surprise general election for April. Long-simmering ideological and personal tensions within the Joint List, comprising Israel’s four main Palestinian parties, […]

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“Prison Reform” Is Not Enough. In 2019, Let’s Fight for Decarceration.

January 2, 2019           |                                       

“Prison Reform” Is Not Enough. In 2019, Let’s Fight for Decarceration. What Fresh Hell in 2019? Your Guess Is as Good as Mine. Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People IRS Cuts Audits of Rich, Steps Up Audits of Poor After Budget Cuts It’s Not Too Soon to Look […]

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Hungarian President Signs Controversial Labor Law

December 20, 2018           |                                       

Hungarian President Janos Ader has signed into law controversial labor reform, despite days of protests. Ader argued in a December 20 statement that the changes to the labor law and its provisions do not run contrary to the constitution. The law nearly doubles how much overtime employees can work — from 250 to 400 hours […]

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President Donald Trump announced Friday his plan to nominate William Barr as the next attorney general. Barr previously held the same role from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would replace Matthew Whitaker, who was appointed by Trump as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned last […]

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Protesters Accuse Russian Officials Of 'Stealing' Pensions As They Rally Against Retirement-Age Hike

September 30, 2018           |                                       

Russians have staged small rallies in several cities to protest against an unpopular plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Reports said up to 300 people attended a sanctioned demonstration in the Urals city of Orenburg on September 30, days after the lower chamber of Russia’s parliament approved a bill […]

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