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In Defense of Greece’s Syriza

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

Many on the left have been recently condemning Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipris and the Syriza government leadership for their “betrayal” of the Greek people who voted overwhelmingly (61.5 percent) against further austerity measures in the recent referendum. Immediately afterwards the leadership seemed to execute an about-face by accepting even worse austerity than they had […]

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The Not So Erratic Philosophy of Yanis Varoufakis

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

Greece’s new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has been mandated by the leftist Syriza government to negotiate new conditions with the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) for the continuation of Greece’s desperately needed bailout. He has just written a smashing op-ed for The New York Times that forcefully […]

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The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo

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Shamus Cooke

A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading is actually all about. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous simplistic answers are left […]

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Obama’s Paralyzed Presidency and the Push for War

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Shamus Cooke

President Obama is breathing fresh life into the term “lame duck.” At home and abroad the president seems frozen, powerless to confront the most demanding political issues. From foreign wars to Ferguson the president’s lack of audacity seems destined to be his legacy. And while working class people in Ferguson are demanding justice at home, […]

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Obama’s Far Right Foreign Policy

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Shamus Cooke

“Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” — ancient proverb The conflicts in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Syria have one thing in common: the U.S. government is in favor of the groups who aspire to topple — or who have toppled — the government in power. Thus, U.S. politicians are […]

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Orange Violence, Hangover from British Misrule

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Finian Cunningham

This article first appeared on Press TV.  To many people around the world, the violence in Northern Ireland this weekend may seem incomprehensible. After all, it is nearly 15 years since the political conflict in the British province of Ireland was officially declared over, with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. That agreement was meant […]

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L’amara “medicina economica”: il primo domino cade in Grecia?

Shamus Cooke

This is an Italian translation of The First Domino Falls in Greece. Dopo che le ultime elezioni greche hanno respinto l’austerità e provocato un clamore mondiale, i primi sondaggi indicano che le prossime elezioni greche – previste per 17 giugno – faranno lo stesso, anche se con più furia. La situazione della Grecia non è un […]

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The First Domino Falls in Greece

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Shamus Cooke

After the last Greek elections rejected austerity and caused a global uproar, early polling indicates that the next Greek elections — scheduled for June 17 — will do the same, albeit with more fury. Greece’s situation is not an isolated event, but a bellwether for the industrial world and beyond. The fallout from the 2008 […]

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French Lessons for American Workers

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Shamus Cooke

The world watches as France once again erupts in protests, demonstrations, and strikes. So much is at stake. If France’s corporate-dominated government is able to increase the retirement age, other governments will be empowered to follow through with their plans to do the same. If labor, student, and community groups succeed in stopping the pension reform — […]

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Bloody Sunday: Put Britain in the Dock

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Bernadette Devlin McAliskey I witnessed the events of Bloody Sunday and its violent legacy. The British government, not soldiers, should be held to account. The outcome of the Saville inquiry has been published. A second British prime minister has apologised for the killing of unarmed and innocent protesters. This time the British government acknowledged the […]

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