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Iranians Are Bracing Themselves for an All-Out Economic War

    Iranians Are Bracing Themselves for an All-Out Economic War

The minute you set foot in the streets of Mashhad, the air smelling of saffron, a fine breeze oozing from the mountains, it hits you; you’re in the heart of the Ancient Silk Road and the New Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). To the east, the Afghan border is only three hours away on an…

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How America’s Fifth Column Will Destroy Russia

    How America’s Fifth Column Will Destroy Russia

From the standpoint of Russia’s dilemma, this is an important column.  Putin’s partial impotence via-a-vis Washington is due to the grip that neoliberal economics exercises over the Russian government. Putin cannot break with the West, because he believes that Russian economic development is dependent on Russia’s integration within the Western economy. That is what neoliberal…

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Mass Incarceration of Blacks Started Long Before the War on Drugs

    Mass Incarceration of Blacks Started Long Before the War on Drugs

Henry Minter was working as a farm laborer in Georgia in the 1870s when he met Mary Dotson, a young black servant girl. The couple never married – which would have been illegal at the time – but they stayed together until Henry’s death. Mary, who was left with their four children, then became a washerwoman in…

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MESA: Israeli Government Involved in Cyberbullying US College Students

    MESA: Israeli Government Involved in Cyberbullying US College Students

Dear Minister Erdan: We write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our dismay that the Israeli government has been involved in facilitating and directing abusive actions, including cyberbullying, against students at universities in the United States who have been active in…

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From D.C. to Rome Populist Politicians Are Hacking Away at a Broken Status Quo

  From D.C. to Rome Populist Politicians Are Hacking Away at a Broken Status Quo

Imagine a trio of tech-savvy and entrepreneurial souls on the prowl for the next killer app. They’re staying up late in their dorm, or perhaps they’re celebrating at a nightclub after finishing their MBA program. They want to make money. They want to change the world. They want to create something that gets snatched up…

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Maduro Won Venezuela’s Election Despite US Meddling, Now What?

  Maduro Won Venezuela’s Election Despite US Meddling, Now What?

Nicolas Maduro was re-elected for another term of office in the Venezuelan presidential election on Sunday 20 May. The majority of the reactionary opposition, with full support from Washington and Brussels, had called for a boycott, which led to a very low turnout in the middle-and-upper-class areas of the main cities. Their demand that the…

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Politicians Want You to Think Questioning War Disrespects Veterans Like Me. They’re Wrong.

  Politicians Want You to Think Questioning War Disrespects Veterans Like Me. They’re Wrong.

How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate? That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, “Serious discussion of foreign…

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The Mulford Act and America’s Racist History of Gun Control

  The Mulford Act and America’s Racist History of Gun Control

Frequently we see the case against gun control entirely grounded upon a Constitutional defense of the Second Amendment. While the Founding Fathers’ warnings about the importance of defending liberty with an armed populace are as important today as they have ever been, this approach has some flaws. For one, the Constitution was not meant to…

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With All Eyes on Gaza, Israel Falls Back on the Hamas Card

  With All Eyes on Gaza, Israel Falls Back on the Hamas Card

For days, now, the Israeli rewrite has been well underway, working overtime, to convince the world seven weeks of carnage in Palestine, more particularly Gaza, did not happen. Or, if it did, Israel’s response to the Great Return March was a measured, proportionate answer to the menace posed by some burning kites, waving flags and nihilist teens armed with slingshot weapons of mass destruction. At times, we’ve seen…

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Defending Palestine Is not Antisemitism

  Defending Palestine Is not Antisemitism

I was told again and again to stand up when someone’s being mistreated. So I realized I had to stand up for Palestinians. Now that Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian protesters in an obviously gross human rights violation, can we get something straight? You can criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic. I grew up Jewish,…

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