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“Stop Interfering in Our Lives”: Haitians Protesters Condemn US Support for Dictator

    “Stop Interfering in Our Lives”: Haitians Protesters Condemn US Support for Dictator

After five years of highly contentious rule, Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was scheduled to finally step down last week. However, his announcement that he would stay in office for (at least) one more year brought fresh impetus to nationwide protests that have continued almost unbroken since 2018. The protests have led to hundreds of deaths…

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American Tech Giants Are Partnering with India’s Strongman Leader to Crackdown on Dissent

    American Tech Giants Are Partnering with India’s Strongman Leader to Crackdown on Dissent

The far-right government of Narendra Modi is attempting to silence dissent online amid enormous national farmers’ protests — and it is finding willing partners in Silicon Valley social media giants. Earlier this week, the Indian government successfully lobbied YouTube to remove a number of videos, including a popular Punjabi song that had become an anthem…

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France’s New Security Law May Have Just Sparked a “George Floyd” Moment

    France’s New Security Law May Have Just Sparked a “George Floyd” Moment

Award-winning Syrian photographer Ameer Alhalbi lies dazed on the ground. His head is heavily bruised and bandaged, blood covers his face, arms, and much of his body. Lengths of cotton wool have been stuffed up his broken nose, giving him an almost comical appearance. Alhalbi has been badly beaten by police. But this is not…

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Meet the Obama-Era Neoliberals Advising State Governments on Election Day Security

    Meet the Obama-Era Neoliberals Advising State Governments on Election Day Security

For months, officials across the country have been war-gaming the 2020 election through so-called ‘tabletop exercises’ that projected various outcomes for the electoral contest now less than 24 hours away. Organized by DHS and others since February, one of these scenarios is likely to play out tomorrow, and one group, in particular, is making sure that state…

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This is Why Israel’s Mass Protest Movement Will Never Lead to Change

  This is Why Israel’s Mass Protest Movement Will Never Lead to Change

Since November of 2019, Israelis have been protesting to demand the resignation of indicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Since the spring of 2020, these protests have escalated to the point where thousands of Israelis take to the streets every week to demand his resignation. However, Netanyahu, who has been in power for over a decade,…

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In Stunning Display of Popular Will, Protests in Bolivia to Chile Force Public Reckoning of “Chicago Boy” Economics

  In Stunning Display of Popular Will, Protests in Bolivia to Chile Force Public Reckoning of “Chicago Boy” Economics

With almost all votes counted, the people of Chile have overwhelmingly chosen to discard their old constitution, written and implemented under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. 78 percent of Chileans voted “Sí” yesterday for a new constitution, paving the way for a new era in the country’s history and a possible break from the…

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Protests Against Greed and Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America

  Protests Against Greed and Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America

With attention fixed on this week’s events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International…

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Hundreds of Vehicle Ramming Attacks Mark New Norm in America’s Civil Unrest

  Hundreds of Vehicle Ramming Attacks Mark New Norm in America’s Civil Unrest

Last week a black pickup truck plowed into a large crowd of anti-racist demonstrators protesting the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Hollywood. Video of the incident shows the driver hit a young man, subsequently accelerating over his body to escape a crowd converging on him. In Seattle, a man in a black sedan car barreled…

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“Paid Vacation” for Kenosha Cops Who Shot Unarmed Jacob Blake in the Back

  “Paid Vacation” for Kenosha Cops Who Shot Unarmed Jacob Blake in the Back

The police officers responsible for shooting unarmed black man Jacob “Jake” Blake yesterday have been placed on administrative leave, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul confirmed today. The officers involved in what Kaul terms an “officer involved shooting” were said to be cooperating with investigations, according to police. This, for many, was not an adequate response. “Kenosha…

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Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s Self-serving ‘New Pact’ Must Be Shunned

  Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s Self-serving ‘New Pact’ Must Be Shunned

French President, Emmanuel Macron, is in no position to pontificate to Lebanon about the need for political and economic reforms. Just as thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut demanding “revenge” against the ruling classes, the French people have relentlessly been doing the same; both peoples have been met with police violence and arrests.…

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