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A culture of reconciliation with nature

Christopher Caudwell, who died at age 29 fighting with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, wrote: “Either the devil has come amongst us having great power, or there is a causal explanation for a disease common to economics, science, and art.” That disease, he recognized, was the self-alienation of humanity under capitalism

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Lexit would have won. Part 2

Lexit would have won. Part 2: Class, Remain, and the commentariat

We lost. In Part I the archaeology of our defeat was made clear: Remain killed us. But to fully realise how this happened we need to look at the deeper political substrate on which the rot of left Remainism has grown: the ongoing collapse of the political centre, writes GEORGE WEST

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Lexit would have won. Part I

Lexit would have won. Part I: How Remain lost the election

In Part I ALEX BIRCH charts our defeat and how we could have won. See Part II for an examination of the politics that engineered our failure, and how to fight them.

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Bolivia’s free territory of Chapare has ousted the coup regime and is bracing for a bloody re-invasion

Bolivia’s free territory of Chapare has ousted the coup regime and is bracing for a bloody re-invasion

Spending time with the union members of Chapare, who run society in a collective fashion, offers special insights into the resistance to the coup. They succeeded in expelling the police, but now fear a bloodbath in retaliation.

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‘No one is coming to save us, except us’ – Sydney demands action on the environment

‘No one is coming to save us, except us’ – Sydney demands action on the environment

In the face of climate crisis megafires and an air quality health crisis, 40,000 people rallied and marched in Sydney to demand action on Wednesday night. The city is choking, and New South Wales is on fire. In Randwick on Tuesday, the air pollution was 11 times higher than “hazardous”.

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Corporate Media Find All the Wrong Lessons for US Left in Corbyn’s Defeat

Corporate media find all the wrong lessons for U.S. left in Corbyn’s defeat

Conservative leader Boris Johnson swept to power in the UK’s December 12 elections, winning 365 of a possible 650 seats. Labour’s socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn announced his resignation, after a bitterly disappointing night for his party.

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How the rich plan to rule a burning planet

How the rich plan to rule a burning planet

The climate crisis isn’t a future we must fight to avoid. It’s an already unfolding reality. It’s the intensification of extreme weather–cyclones, storms and floods, droughts and deadly heat waves.

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Citizens help a young man who was crushed by two armed cars in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 20, 2019. | Photo- Twitter: @Eliana1Maipu

Chile: TV broadcast live when two armored cars crushed citizen

Real-time scenes evidenced once again how the Chilean state acts with rampant and absurd violence.

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El chavismo tiene en su bloque femenino un pilar esencial de su proyecto político-social (Foto- Rosana Silva)

The vanguard of Chavism has a woman’s face: A chronicle of their resistance in 2019

In the middle of the year, we Venezuelans received a visit from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michel Bachelet, on the occasion of meeting with the different political actors in the country to “evaluate” the complex economic and social environment brought about by the White House’s decision.

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Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, look on at a rally at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena on November 3, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Sanders report shows how Millennial generation is ‘being punished with crushing student debt and low-paying jobs’

“In the richest country in the history of the world, we have an obligation to turn this around and make sure our kids live healthier and better lives than we do.”

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Enrique Mendizabal - WTO

End of the free trade myth

“Is that a big deal?”, some may ask. It is to those who have pushed for achieving the far-reaching liberalisation of trade in an unequal global order, first under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and then under the auspices of the agreements that established the WTO and defined and expanded its remit.

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Imperial Impeachment

Imperial impeachment

However, this is by no means the most embarrassing thing.

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Dima Khalidi

Expert Q&A: Trump’s executive order on campus antisemitism

Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to use a definition of antisemitism that conflates criticism of Israel with antisemitism when investigating civil rights complaints alleging antisemitism on campus.

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Taxing the surplus—not

Taxing the surplus—not

There aren’t many ways ordinary Americans have a say in what happens to the surplus that determines their fate.

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The growing threat of water wars

In 2015, United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which include an imperative to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Yet, in the last four years, matters have deteriorated significantly.

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Pancha Vásquez

In Commune: Pancha Vásquez

This chapter of “In Commune” explores the Pancha Vásquez Commune in Apure state, where communards are working hand in hand with local farmers to fight smuggling and speculation with autonomous barter systems and communal markets.

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Job quality index

The harsh reality of job growth in America

There are many reasons for those at the top of the U.S. income distribution to celebrate the performance of the U.S. economy and tout the superiority of current U.S. economic and political institutions and policies.  Unfortunately, there is a strong connection between the continuing gains for those at the top and the steadily deteriorating employment […]

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