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Featured image, Hawkins speaking at the People’s Climate March, New York City, Sept. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Colin D. Young.

New Republic Gives Green Party Credit For The Green New Deal

February 23, 2019

By Kevin Zeese / Howie Hawkins Announces He Is Building An Exploratory Committee This week, the New Republic published, Will the Democrats Kill the Green Party by Stealing Its Best Idea? The article asks: now that the Democrats are making the Green New Deal a central issue in the 2020 election cycle and they are becoming socialist, is there any need…

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Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her

February 22, 2019

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Rebutting the claim that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism is a tedious and frustrating endeavor – in part because those who think otherwise are willfully obtuse and determined never to change their minds. Engaging with them, even briefly, has given me a newfound respect for those who centuries ago took…

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

February 20, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Heightened tension in Kashmir and evidence of a Chinese military presence on the Tajik and Afghan side of their border with China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang are putting on display contradictions…

What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives

What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives

February 20, 2019

By Norman Solomon Presidential candidate Kamala Harris began this week in the nation’s first primary state by proclaiming what she isn’t. “The people of New Hampshire will tell me what’s required to compete in New Hampshire,” she said, “but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist.” Harris continued: “I believe that what voters do…

Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution

February 19, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity has been haunted by the ghost of Parson Thomas Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output. Humanity now faces a…

Facts Don’t Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela’s Elected President

Facts Don’t Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela’s Elected President

February 19, 2019

By Joe Emersberger / Fair. The Miami Herald (2/8/19) reported, “Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro continues to reject international aid—going so far as to blockade a road that might have been used for its delivery.“ The “Venezuelan leader” reporter Jim Wyss referred to is Venezuela’s elected president. In contrast, Wyss referred to Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s…

Modern Monetary Theory is On the March

Modern Monetary Theory is On the March

February 19, 2019

By William K. Black, February 18, 2019     Bloomington, MN Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) continues to advance rapidly. We are past the first phase of reaction (first they ignore you), deeply into the second phase (then they attack you), and expanding the ranks of the third phase (then you win). We are very early in the…

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Reuters

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must walk geopolitical tightrope during Asian tour

February 18, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / SCMP. Saudi Arabia has sought to strengthen ties with Pakistan with one eye on neighbouring Iran However, Saudi investment in Pakistan could complicate attempts to forge closer ties with India Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s three-nation tour of Asia is as much about demonstrating he stands tall – despite…

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Geopolitics, the black swan in Saudi-Indian relations

February 18, 2019

By James M Dorsey / Firstpost. When Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week, the elephant in the room is likely to be what weighs more: the issues the two men agree on or the ones that divide them. As a matter of principle, Prince Mohammed and Modi are…

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World Historical Donald: Unwitting and Unwilling Author of The Green New Deal

February 15, 2019

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Free associate on “Donald J. Trump.” All sorts of words come immediately to mind. There is one for almost every letter in the alphabet: “asshole,” “bastard,” “conman,” “dick”…. and so on. For some, the words crowd each other out: “Islamophobe,” “imbecile,” “moron,” “motherfucker.” “World historical figure” probably won’t come up,…