United States

Fri
08
Apr

We’re out of time on climate change. And Hillary Clinton helped get us here

by Naomi Klein

There aren’t a lot of certainties left in the US presidential race, but here’s one thing about which we can be absolutely sure: the Clinton camp really doesn’t like talking about fossil-fuel money. Last week, when a young Greenpeace campaigner challenged Hillary Clinton about taking money from fossil-fuel companies, the candidate accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of “lying” and declared herself “so sick” of it. As the exchange went viral, a succession of high-powered Clinton supporters pronounced that there was nothing to see here and that everyone should move along.

Fri
25
Mar

Disinterest and apathy are crushing it in the US elections right now

Keith Collins
Quartz
March 22, 2016

Donald Trump may dominate television and social media in the United States, but he’s not exactly crushing the electorate. Really, no one is.

In the 26 states that have held primary and caucus elections for both parties, Republicans have cast 20 million votes, and Democrats have cast 15.1 million. But there’s a third force that has once again dwarfed both of these numbers: the great American tradition of disinterest and apathy.

About 100 million eligible voters in these 26 states have opted out of the whole thing. (This excludes Iowa, which does not report Democratic vote counts.) Only about a quarter of the voting-age population, or 40% of registered voters, have turned up to the polls. This is true even though Republicans have turned out in record numbers this year.

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Thu
24
Mar

Is Obama really helping Cuban dissidents?

by Bill Weinberg
World War 4 Report

Mon
21
Mar

Chicago: TRUMPISHATE

by Black Rose Anarchist Federation

On Friday, March 11th, thousands of Chicagoans descended on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Pavilion to protest the rally of Donald Trump, including UIC students, different political organizations, affinity groups and autonomous individuals.

Our affinity group was composed of two WOC, four self-identifying sex-workers, and others, the majority of whom identify as queer folx, anarchists, marx/fems, progressive/radicals, all under the common goal of representing an Anti-fascist politic.

To be clear, no one was promoting Bernie Sanders, or any other presidential candidate within our affinity group.

Sat
06
Feb

Smash Clintonism: Why Democrats, Not Republicans, are the Problem

by Andrew Levine
CounterPunch
February 5, 2016

Nine times out of ten, or ninety-nine times out of a hundred, electoral politics at the national level these days does more to disable democracy than to enhance it.

Sometimes, though, elections can be good for something. This may be one of those times.

Until recently, it seemed that the 2016 Presidential election, a factor in American politics since at least 2014, would, as usual, deflect democratic impulses into useless electoral pursuits – and, as if that weren’t bad enough, that it would do so in a boring, unedifying way: by pitting two pro-corporate, interventionist-minded, military-industrial complex friendly political families, the Clintons and the Bushes, against one another.

It seemed that the only redeeming feature of the impending spectacle would be that one or the other of those god-awful families would finally be done in.

Mon
01
Feb

In Yemen, the US finds itself fighting alongside al-Qaeda

by Soapy (Libcom.org)

The US claims to be fighting a war on groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, but you wouldn't know it by looking its actions in countries like Yemen.

Wherever the US intervenes, al-Qaeda seems to prosper. Just take a look at the quickly growing group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) based in Yemen.

Prior to 2011, AQAP was little more than the ragtag remnants of various al Qaeda groups who had fled to Yemen after being nearly destroyed in their home countries. As of 2011 AQAP had a meager 300 members, its low membership reflected the fact that across the Middle East al-Qaeda had been nearly decisively defeated. By around 2010, al-Qaeda in Iraq had been almost completely destroyed, Afghanistan was home to a mere 100 al-Qaeda members, and seeing the writing on the wall, the al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group had publicly denounced al-Qaeda and cut its ties with the group.

Wed
20
Jan

Noam Chomsky Interview: "Enormous Sense of Hopelessness and Anger" Reflected in Appeal of Trump And Sanders

Written by Melissa Parker
Smashing Interviews

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): We last spoke about a year ago, and there have been a few presidential debates since then.

Noam Chomsky: I never watch them (laughs). I read the transcripts later.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Well, tell me who the final two candidates will be when the dust settles.

Noam Chomsky: I assume that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination just because of the nature of our electoral system, which is basically now “bought” elections overwhelmingly, and the major funders will probably succeed at putting her across. What Bernie Sanders has achieved is pretty remarkable, but I doubt very much, in our existing system, he can make it beyond the primaries. So I think a fair guess is that Clinton will be nominated.

Fri
15
Jan

'Ludicrous' as Flint Tells Residents: Pay for Poisoned Water or We'll Cut You Off

by Sarah Lazare
January 15, 2016
by Common Dreams

Amid a crisis that has poisoned the water supply of an entire city, authorities in Flint, Michigan are under renewed fire on Friday for sending out shut-off notices to residents who are behind on paying their water bills.

Slammed as "ludicrous, the move comes as Republican Governor Rick Snyder finally asked President Obama to step in and declare a federal state of emergency.

Fri
15
Jan

Review: Anarchy in the USA

by Ron Jacobs
The Counterpunch
January 15, 2016

Fri
08
Jan

Migrant Lives Matter

By Wolverine de Cleyre
Slingshot
Fall 2015
Berkeley, Calif.

Recently in Europe, several high-profile mass deaths of refugees attempting to enter the EU have forced a long-overdue conversation about immigration and border policy. Increased security along the land borders has led immigrants to attempt dangerous sea crossings. Almost 3,000 people who attempted to enter Europe by sea this year are missing or dead, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. This is four times as many as 2013, and the year isn´t over yet. The carnage has inspired a mobilization of pro-immigrant sentiments, with tens of thousands demonstrating across Europe, and thousands cheering arriving refugees at German train stations.

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