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We Should Stop Insulting Animals and Own Our Own Humanity

By: 
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume

Talking politics often includes unfavorable characterizations of one’s adversaries and using animals to insult humans is very common in this context, both online and IRL. But this is neither fair nor accurate, and I often find myself tacking on a comment to that effect, such as: “Describing Republicans as rats is insulting to rats” or “Calling cops pigs slanders pigs.”

Writer Upton Sinclair famously declared that “the two political parties are two wings of the same bird of prey.” While this image is useful for illustrating the reality of partisan life in the USA, it denigrates hawks, falcons, eagles, owls and shrikes, among others. None of those birds are like the Republican and Democratic leadership, which is to say: deceitful, dishonest, fraudulent, guileful, perfidious, shifty, swindling, thieving and unscrupulous. “Two sides of the same coin” is more accurate.

We Stand Against the Coup in Bolivia (statement from Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad)

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Peoples Dispatch

We stand against the coup, and with the Bolivian people. We hope that they will be able to withstand what is thrown against them in the days to come.

El Mundo Con Evo. So are we.

Lula Livre Was Just the Beginning

By: 
Victor Marques

The Brazilian working class and the Left are under attack of a vicious political project that is globally articulated with the most reactionary currents in the world. We can only beat the populist right with an internationalist working-class movement. Our weapon is solidarity, our struggle is international.

The Right-Wing Smear Artist Behind the Web’s Biggest Blacklist

By: 
Sam Bishop

Trevor Loudon might not be a name familiar to many in U.S. political circles. He certainly is no Steve Bannon or Roger Ailes, but the impact of his actions are felt just as hard as the actions of any other shadowy financier or strategist lurking behind the curtain of right-wing politics. Yet unlike the Koch brothers or Robert Mercer, if you’ve ever simply attended a political rally or merely mentioned your support for progressive policies online, you might already be on his radar and your personal information could already be published on his website.

The Tree of Life Shooting Was a Year Ago. The Far-Right Threat Still Looms.

By: 
Ben Lorber & Tina Vasquez

One year ago today, a white nationalist stepped into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 Jewish worshippers. Before his shooting, Robert Bowers made clear in a social media post that he believed killing Jews would help block non-white immigrants from entering the United States and ensure the survival of his White race.

Bernie Sanders’ Present Fight against Corporate Rule vs. the Bernie of 1989

By: 
Stansfield Smith

Sanders again tellingly addressed the gross inequalities and abuses the working class endures in this society controlled by the corporate elite. Sanders advocates for  Medicare for all, free higher education, $15 an hour minimum wage affordable housing, dramatically higher taxes on the rich and their corporations, for the need to combat climate change, the end to mass incarceration. In his speech, he advocates for a 21stCentury Economic Bill of Rights, a direct challenge to the neoliberal austerity measures pushed by the two corporate parties.  He outlines programs that most US people want-- issues where the trade union leadership, if it were doing its job, would be leading the charge. Yet his speech was clearly one to rally people to vote Democratic and defeat the evil Republicans, a speech pushing people to once again believe in this never-say-die pipedream of reforming the Democratic Party. 

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

By: 
Eric London

Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, a Bill Clinton nominee and former Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, dismissed “with prejudice” a civil lawsuit filed in April 2018 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) alleging WikiLeaks was civilly liable for conspiring with the Russian government to steal DNC emails and data and leak them to the public.

The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy of its own to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the corrupt activities of the two parties of Wall Street.

Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

By: 
Ramzy Baroud

History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well

The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be understood separately from El Salvador’s painful past.

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