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Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

Republican Policies Show The Party Doesn't Care About Children

Laura Merriman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Laura Merriman

If the Republican party really care about children, it should stop trying to defund Planned Parenthood. The party should support anti-gun legislation so that children can go to school and movie theaters and be at home without being executed, instead of letting nine U.S. youths be gunned down per day.

Reflections on Colombia's "Narco-Paramilitary State"

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

In his contribution to the recent report put together by the Historical Commission of the Colombian Armed Conflict and Its Victims (Feb. 2015), one of Colombia's bravest voices, Father Javier Giraldo, S.J., gives his take on "The Origins of The Armed Conflict, its Persistence and its Impacts."

A Multinational Trojan Horse: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

You don't have to know much about the "trade" deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be more than a little suspicious.

Is Capitalism All That Bad?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Victor M. Feraru

Why is capitalism bad for the world? Stephanie McMillan, an award winning writer and political cartoonist attempts to answer that question and explain what capitalism means to those who don't have a lifetime to study its concepts, in her book Capitalism Must Die.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Noam Chomsky on How the World Map Encourages Racist Attitudes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Called "arguably the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times, Chomsky joins us for a nuanced discussion on the ways in which culture and curricula are used to advance a Western worldview.

Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything'

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

"Right now, if I want to find out what's going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read the New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on. I use Google all the time, I'm happy it's there. But just as when I read the New York Times or the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal knowing that they have ways of selecting and shaping the material that reaches you, you have to compensate for it."

Gabriel Arana

How The Nation Is Facing The New Era Of Journalism | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media

Victor Navasky -- The Nation’s editor for 18 years, publisher for 10, and now publisher emeritus -- has a saying about the magazine: “What’s goo...

The Nation Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Oversize Issue Featuring Einstein, Chomsky, Steinbeck

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media

Drafted on July 8, 1865, and distributed to potential donors and subscribers, The Nation’s founding prospectus reads, “The week has been singularl...

Weighing the Arguments on U.S. Military Action Against ISIS

David Coates | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
David Coates

There are strong arguments making the case for the persistence (and indeed the intensification) of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets. But equally there are strong arguments, less frequently heard perhaps, for why the United States should not continue, and should certainly not intensify, those airstrikes.

No Political Ideology Has a Monopoly on Patriotism

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

By and large, Americans have come to believe, although erroneously, that Patriotism is tantamount to support for the Constitutional system of government and the policies instituted by the government. In truth, an American Patriot can love his/her country while opposing the polices of the government.

Exclusive: Interview With Maximilien Sánchez Arveláiz, Venezuelan Ambassador-Designate to the U.S.

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

Even with the economic problems in Venezuela, the government has decided to press forward in fully funding its social programs.

Valentine's Day: 20 Stories on Love, Chocolate, Roses, Secrets, Bromance, Breakups and Diamonds

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For Valentine's Day, we dug through the Democracy Now! archives to bring you these 20 stories. 1. Love Has No Color Just two years ago, a group of...

The US Helped Create a Christian Martyr in Oscar Romero

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The murder of progressive clergy in Colombia continues to be part and parcel of the policy of both the Colombian military, and the U.S. which sponsors it, to prevent social change in Colombia and throughout Latin America.

Top 10 Social Activism Hashtags of 2014

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Tasha Mitchell

Comparing how quickly activists came together to form the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements in the '60s, to current sprouting social movements fueled by hashtags like #ICantBreathe, one can observe the exponential amplification value that social media serves in activism today.

Russell Brand Impersonates Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.14.2015 | Comedy
Democracy Now!

British comedian and actor Russell Brand sat down with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! for an extended interview about his new book.

Fred Branfman, ¡Presente!

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

Fred Branfman, writer and peace activist, passed away on September 24, 2014, at the age of 72 in Budapest.

The Fallacy of Failed States

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

A critique of the annual Failed (Fragile) State Index by Fund for Peace "There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance th...

A Tale of Two Massacres -- Tiananmen Square & Venezuela's Caracazo

Dan Kovalik | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

One cannot escape the ample media coverage of the 25th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which it is estimated that at least 300, and possibly 3000 civilians, were killed by state forces.

There Is A Lot To A Name

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

This past May, I graduated from Guilford College, but something still haunted me. It was my name. It did not represent the freedom of my so-called father, a man I never knew.

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

EuroMaidan Left to the West: Where's My Solidarity?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As East-West tensions steadily deteriorate, Ukrainian leftists may wonder what has become of their Western counterparts. Locked into a rigid ideologi...

A Tale of Ukraine, Crimea Crisis and Glenn Greenwald

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

It's a truly outlandish spectacle to see leading left figures go through their ideological contortions, which are becoming more and more bizarre by the day.

Chomsky on McCutcheon: 'Let's Forget Any Pretense of Being a Democratic Society'

Abel Collins | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Abel Collins

Imagine David and Charles Koch or George Soros stepping into any political race and directly showering their pet candidate with however much money it will take them to win. The result would be an assortment of politicians utterly enthralled by the ultra wealthy

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Given the pervasiveness of privatization, we need to ask some difficult questions about its human costs.