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How the IMF hurts countries it claims to help

By Mark Weisbrot When people think of the damage that wealthy countries – typically led by the US and its allies – cause to people in the rest of the world, they probably think of warfare. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died from the 2003 invasion, and then many more as the region became inflamed. […]

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Efforts to fight climate change will fail, Nobel Prize-winning economist says

By Chunka Mui I want to scream “You’re not helping!” every time I read a story like this one, which recently ran in USA Today: “End of civilization: climate change apocalypse could start by 2050 if we don’t act, report warns.” I certainly worry about what might befall us and our children by 2030, 2050 and 2100 […]

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In an age of incessant innovation we shouldn’t forget the maintainers

By Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era, embraced in America by Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the Washington DC political elite. As the pursuit of innovation has inspired technologists and capitalists, it has also provoked critics who suspect that the peddlers of innovation radically overvalue innovation. What happens […]

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Are we approaching the end of democracy?

By Rick Shenkman Everything was unfolding as it usually does. The academics who gathered in Lisbon this summer for the International Society of Political Psychologists’ annual meeting had been politely listening for four days, nodding along as their peers took to the podium and delivered papers on everything from the explosion in conspiracy theories to […]

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With the end of human existence approaching, how should we live our lives?

By Jonathan Franzen “There is infinite hope,” Kafka tells us, “but, unfortunately, it is not for us.” This is a fittingly mystical epigram from a writer whose characters strive for ostensibly reachable goals and, tragically or amusingly, never manage to get any closer to them. But it seems to me, in our rapidly darkening world, […]

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Failures of conservative Latin American leaders could lead to a return of leftist populism but the bigger concern is a lack of faith in democracy

By Mac Margolis Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s political fortunes are crumbling. First voters delivered the struggling incumbent an upside-the-head defeat in the August 11 primaries. Then the financial markets piled on, blackening the country’s sovereign credit score and the peso to burnt toast. Now, with Argentina’s traditionally profligate Peronists poised to return to power, the […]

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How the inhumanity of social media comments led me to silence and submission

By Brett Easton Ellis Somewhere in the last few years — and I can’t pinpoint exactly when — a vague yet almost overwhelming and irrational annoyance started tearing through me maybe up to a dozen times a day. This annoyance was over things so seemingly minor, so out of my usual field of reference, that […]

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Blogger claims latest reports of Assange’s activity in London embassy are a ‘smear’

By Caitlin Johnstone CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents which it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on vague unsubstantiated assertions and easily […]

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Expat, immigrant, migrant, refugee: New book looks at mass migrations in the 21st century, why they happen and what they mean

By Lauren Markham Book Review: This Land is our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta In almost any other country on earth, Central Americans attempting to reach our southern border would be considered refugees, a designation that would guarantee them protection under international law. But in the United States, they are mere migrants who […]

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Lenin Moreno takes a political turn to the right and says: ‘I won’t allow Ecuador to become another failed state like Venezuela’

By Ethan Bronner and Stephan Kueffner For WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the morning of Thursday, April 11, arrived as most others had over the almost seven years he’d lived as a refugee in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Granted asylum there in 2012, he was hiding from British authorities for jumping bail to avoid extradition […]

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Is Bolivia’s Morales following the lead of other Latin American strongmen?

By José María Leyes In recent years, the world has finally taken measures to counter growing authoritarianism in Latin America. For example, democracies around the world have withdrawn their recognition of the illegitimate regime in Venezuela — where strongman Nicolás Maduro has held onto power through electoral fraud and violent repression — and condemned Daniel […]

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Aren’t these guys too old to be president?

By Art Cullen I became eligible for social security the week I realized new eyeglasses were needed to renew my driver’s license. I find myself remembering a bad date in 1978 and not remembering where I am supposed to be in 15 minutes. I need a little nap after lunch. I wonder whatever happened to […]

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