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Grassroots educators won a historic victory in the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) election, but their gains are now in jeopardy. Middle school teacher and education activist Diamonte Brown was declared the new union president on May 15, closely edging out the incumbent Marietta English, who was running for her ninth term. English, who said the […]

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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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After 50 years of struggle, 10 years of physical occupation and over 11,000 canisters of tear gas, that rarest of things happened to one of France’s most infamous social movements: they won. In January 2018, plans for the Gran Ouest airport, in the making for half a century, were cancelled. The 4,000-acre territory known as […]

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Several headlines have blared “Julian Assange Arrested.” This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden with a guarantee of no-further extradition to the United States. Sweden refused to accede to […]

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Has the Israeli Left Reached a Moment of Truth?

April 10, 2019           |                                       

Last week, on the eve of an election that pitted neo-fascist Benjamin Netanyahu against former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, New York Magazine’s Abraham Riesman posed a provocative question: What has become of the Israeli left? On Tuesday, the nation’s electorate provided an answer of sorts. While final votes are still being […]

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US-Backed Kurds Fight ISIS Fighters in Syrian Village of Baghouz

April 3, 2019           |                                       

Baghouz was famously the “last” ISIS-held village in Syria, and after about three months of offensives, the US-backed Kurdish SDF declared victory over them in late March. Like other victory declarations this may be premature. On Tuesday, the SDF reported that they were engaged in fighting against ISIS fighters, inside Baghouz, and that the ISIS […]

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Comedian Zelenskyy, Incumbent Poroshenko Look Set For Second-Round Showdown In Ukraine Election

April 1, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — Comedian and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskyy and incumbent Petro Poroshenko appear headed for a bitter presidential runoff vote in a country battling Russia-backed separatists, Moscow’s seizure of a key chunk of its territory, a sluggish economy, and rampant corruption. Although almost half of the votes are still to be counted from the March […]

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US-Backed Kurds Declare ISIS ‘Defeated’ in Syria

March 23, 2019           |                                       

Following repeated false claims of victory, the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday that they are formally declaring ISIS to be “100% territorially defeated,” with the final capture of Baghouz, in Syria’s far east. This comes after several years of fighting against ISIS, and nearly three months of fighting just over the […]

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It would be nice to think the president has final say on foreign policy, given the U.S. constitution. But the misleading troop withdrawal announcement, followed by Trump’s boastful tweet, suggests the exact opposite, says Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The announcement on Wednesday that the U.S. will withdraw all remaining troops […]

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Palestinians are claiming victory after Israel was forced to delay the demolition of the village of Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank. The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor warned Israeli forced displacement of the Bedouin residents would likely be a war crime The post Israel Forced to Delay Illegal Demolition of Palestinian Village Amid […]

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Please Support CounterPunch’s Annual Fund DriveWe don’t shake our readers down for money every month or every quarter. We only ask you once a year, but when we ask we mean it. So, please, help as much as you can. All contributions are tax-deductible. French troops are transported by truck to the front, as shown […]

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Photo Source Jared and Corin | CC BY 2.0 One of Howard Zinn’s harshest, and most influential, critics is Sam Wineburg, the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford History Education Group. In the Winter 2012-2013 issue of American Educator, Professor Wineburg published an eight-page essay entitled “Undue Certainty: […]

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Kremlin Scrambles As Regions Prepare For Runoff Votes

September 21, 2018           |                                       

There is an unspoken agreement in the Russian political scene: the heads of the country’s 85 regions enjoy the Kremlin’s backing, and in exchange they deliver high local support and election turnout for the ruling United Russia party. Yet a handful of unexpected results in gubernatorial elections, including the surprising annulment of a runoff vote […]

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As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. “Oh, my God,” Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for […]

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