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In Chicago, Brutal Killings by the Police Keep Coming

In Chicago, Brutal Killings by the Police Keep Coming

Anthony Alvarez was shot in the back five times by a Chicago police officer on March 31. A Chicago teacher who knew Alvarez as an elementary student reflects on his life, his tragic and violent death, and the desperate need to stop Chicago cops from killing again. A...

Rashida Tlaib: “End the Apartheid System”

Rashida Tlaib: “End the Apartheid System”

On Thursday, Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian American member of Congress, delivered an extraordinarily personal and powerful speech from the House floor about the humanity of Palestinians and the urgent need to dismantle Israeli apartheid. We print it here in...

Actually, Not Coercing People to Work Is a Good Thing

Actually, Not Coercing People to Work Is a Good Thing

There's a lot of talk these days about labor shortages and workers unwilling to work because unemployment benefits are too high. Ignore the hand-wringing: it's a very good thing if workers have the freedom to say no to low-paying, dehumanizing jobs. Many pundits are...

The Indignados Movement Changed Spanish Politics Forever

The Indignados Movement Changed Spanish Politics Forever

This day in 2011, the Indignados protesters occupied Madrid’s Puerta del Sol to denounce Spain’s dominant parties and their austerity agenda. Ten years later, the Spanish left no longer has that insurgent dynamism — but it’s had an enduring success in breaking a...

Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves

Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves

Everywhere in the media and in the halls of power, we hear that Israel has a right to self-defense. But when it comes to the question of whether Palestinians suffering under brutal occupation have the right to defend themselves, those same voices are conspicuously...

Australia Is Supporting the Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Australia Is Supporting the Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka

In May 2009, Sri Lankan forces massacred 150,000 Eelam Tamils trapped in the island’s north. The slaughter was part of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing. But the Australian government has whitewashed those atrocities and helped equip Sri Lanka’s state security...

Ronald Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” Lie Has Been Resurrected

Ronald Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” Lie Has Been Resurrected

To supply bosses with exploitable low-wage workers during a deadly pandemic, Republicans are reviving a grotesque lie: the myth of the “welfare queen.” President Ronald Reagan on July 27, 1981. (White House Photographic Collection) In the early 1980s, Ronald Reagan...