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Greece at the Crossroads: the Oligarchs Blew It


Reprinted with permission of Washingtons Blog Once one oligarchy falls, it will threaten to topple a long line of oligarch dominoes. A great many narratives invoking Greece are being tossed around, but only one really encapsulates the unvarnished truth: the ...

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Fixing a Broken Justice System

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Manhattan on Saturday, December 13 demanding accountability for police brutality and speaking out against broader racial injustice. (Photo: Terrence McCormack/flickr/cc)

When a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Brooklyn resident Jon Robinson declined to join the public protests. Two weeks later, when a Staten Island grand jury ...

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Gorbachev and Lavrov on US/Russian Relations


Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News Since Soviet Russia’s 1991 dissolution, Washington tried imposing its will on all 15 former republics and Warsaw Pact countries. Wanting pro-Western stooges in charge. Turning independent states into virtual US colonies. Without sovereign independent rights. ...

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Cash Register Politics Destroys Democracy


“The mid-term elections are over. After spending hundreds of millions of business dollars, the Republicans now control the Senate and hold on to the House of Representatives. It is amazing that the Democrats did not do worse.” If those sentences ...

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Americans Losing Faith in Democracy


Paul R. Pillar Kurt Campbell, who was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs until last year, had an interesting op-ed the other day that relates the growing inequality of income within the United States to a ...

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The Illusion of Debate


JASON HIRTHLER A recent article in FAIR reviewed the findings of its latest study on the quality of political “debate” being aired on the mainstream networks. It studied the run-up to the military interventions in both Iraq and Syria. Perhaps ...

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The Price for Criticizing Israel


Lawrence Davidson Of late there has been news about attacks on academic freedom, much of it the result of aggressive efforts by Zionist organizations and individuals to silence those academics they see as enemies of Israel. The latest example of ...

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Washington Plays Russian Roulette


PEPE ESCOBAR These are bleak times. I’ve been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors – those who know but don’t need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all deeply worried. This is what one of them, a ...

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Academic Madness and the Politics of Exile


Henry A. Giroux Ideological fundamentalism and political purity appear to have a strong grip on US and Canadian societies as can be seen in the endless attacks on reason, truth, critical thinking and informed exchange. In Canada, Prime Minister Stephen ...

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Re-Polarization of the World Structure

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Norman Pollack RINF Alternative News Obama’s Pacific-First strategy, the so-called “pivot” to Asia, implemented through a shift in military assets to a theater of operations designated in geopolitical planning and strategy as America’s major arena for political-economic-ideological EXPANSION, and therefore, ...

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How Is a Prison Like a War?

Staff shortages and overcrowding in Britain’s prisons are so serious, they are fuelling a rise in suicides amongst UK inmates, the Chief Inspector of Prisons warns. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

David Swanson RINF Alternative News The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work ...

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APEC Summit in Beijing


Norman Pollack RINF Alternative News The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is now underway. The subtext of the meeting is the transformation of international politics, and sub-subtext, a Russia-China rapprochement directly in the path of US global military-political-economic dominance, unilateral hegemonic ...

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Electoral Nihilism

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Norman Pollack RINF Alternative News Elections are revealing for what they hide, in the case of the US midterms just completed: a bludgeoning of American political consciousness so as to reduce understanding to such superficial outcries as gridlock in government, ...

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Million Mask March rallies sweeping the globe

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The Million Mask March is sweeping the globe across Wednesday as demonstrators protest against austerity, mass surveillance and oppression. Participants will obscure their faces to protect their identity. Thursday, November 6 We ain't scared of yo badge , we ain't ...

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The Fatal Flaw With Democracy

Cory Gardner, a Republican candidate for Senate, holds a sign with supporters on Election Day in Centennial, Colo., Nov. 4, 2014. Gardner defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.). (Photo: Matthew Staver / The New York Times)

Of all the depressing things to take away from last night’s elections – and believe me, there are many – the most depressing is probably the fact that we have outsourced our political process to factions. Actual candidates and actual ...

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How Facebook Could Skew an Election


Open Facebook today and you’ll see a public service announcement of sorts. “It’s Election Day,” proclaims the text. “Share that you’re voting in the U.S. Election and find out where to vote.” Then Facebook offers you a button to do ...

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The “Double Government” Secret Gets Out


You know something is going on when the cautious Boston Globe publishes not one, but two, pieces dealing with the “double government.” This cryptic phrase encapsulates a serious claim about the American body politic: That a permanent and largely unaccountable bureaucracy keeps on doing ...

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