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American Power Under Challenge Masters of Mankind (Part 1)

Noam Chomsky
TomDispatch
This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 2 will be posted on May 10, 2016. Noam Chomsky is still writing with the same chilling eloquence about the updated war-on-terror version of this American nightmare. At a moment when the Vietnam bomber of choice, the B-52, is being sent back into action in the war against the Islamic State, Chomsky, too, is back in action.

Friday Nite Videos -- May 20, 2016

Portside
'America Was Never Great.' Bernie Sanders: 'Let the People In.' Wilmore vs Trump Impression-off. Pirates of the Caribbean (in Vietnam). Spiralling Global Temperatures.

The Fading Meaning of ‘GMO'

James Hamblin
The Atlantic
The National Academy of Sciences is urging people to focus less on the process and more on the product.

Israel Today, Germany Then

Uri Avnery
gush-shalom
Ya'ir Golan, the deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, made a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day. Some accuse him of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany in that speech. Nothing of the sort. He compared developments in Israel to the events that led to the disintegration of the Weimar Republic. And that is a valid comparison. Things happening in Israel, especially since the last election, bear a frightening similarity to those events.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Our Best Chance to Beat Donald Trump

Krystal Ball
Huffington Post
We’re told that Bernie should drop out for the good of the party. Bernie should drop out so that Hillary can make her general election “pivot. ”Bernie should drop out so that Hillary can focus on Trump. Get pragmatic, face the music, have a reality check. Hogwash. Doesn’t anyone see what I see? Bernie Sanders is our best chance to defeat Donald Trump.

Drones

Jennifer L. Knox
Ampersand Review
What's funny about drones? Nothing. The poet Jennifer L. Knox has a sense of humor. Also a sense of outrage. Seldom do these traits go so well together as in her poetry.

To Win in November, Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie Sanders's Voters

D.D. Guttenplan
The Nation
Still think the Democrats have this election locked up - and that between their 242-vote head start in the Electoral College, and Donald Trump's ongoing identity crisis, the only cloud on the horizon is whether or not the inevitable Republican meltdown is big enough to cost the GOP control of the House as well as the Senate? Well, think again. Just because the presidency looks like Hillary Clinton's to lose doesn't mean it can't be lost.

A Brief History of the `Nakba' in Israel; Thousands of Irish Lie on Streets in Solidarity with Palestinians

Eitan Bronstein Aparicio; Instituto Manquehue
Mondoweiss
This text describes the discourse on the Nakba - mostly the concept but also the historical event - in Israel. When did it appear? When did it decline and was repressed? What caused these changes? The attempt here is to describe historical moments, a periodization, from the founding of the state until today, in order to describe the relation to the term in each period and the changes it went through. Nakba Day - Solidarity actions across Ireland.

What Panama Papers Say - and Don't Say - About Trump

Kevin G. Hall, Franco Ordoñez and Vera Bergengruen
McClatchy DC
The massive leak of documents known as the Panama Papers illustrates how Donald J. Trump and others seek to profit off his very name alone. The Trump name shows up on 3,540 of the leaked documents, many shedding light on what has become a business model. Trump's name doesn't appear as an owner of offshore accounts; some of his associates and business partners are also in the files.

The Life and Times of Karl Marx, in the words of Ronnie Kasrils

Ronnie Kasrils
Daily Maverick (South Africa)
What fashioned Marx, Marxist theories and challenges faced in South Africa. Essential today is an international solidarity movement uniting the broad masses of people of all lands under the leadership of organized labor, of hand and brain, to stop the perfidious transnational corporations, their government tools, and capitalism's imperialist wars - towards a new internationalism of the working class, labor masses, and freedom loving people everywhere.

Tidbits - May 19, 2016 - Reader Comments: Bernie, Hillary: A Test of Leadership; Nevada; White Workers; Israeli Nationalism; Brown vs. Topeka Anniversary; and more

Portside
Reader Comments: Hillary, Bernie - A Test of Leadership; Nevada Convention - What Really Happened; Burying the White Working Class; Do We Need a Socialist Think Tank?; Israeli General who Compared the Jewish State to Nazi-era Germany; Fracking - Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience; Trump, Racism and the Left; Resources; Announcement: Brown at 62: School Segregation by Race, Poverty and State; Green Olive Tours - Ethiopia Sport & Culture Tour

One Day Longer

Shaun Richman
Jacobin
Forty thousand Verizon workers have now been on strike for a month. These days, a strike of the Verizon action’s scale and duration is exceedingly rare. That’s largely because the stakes for workers are so high. Strikers don’t just lose their pay and benefits — they risk losing their job entirely.

Koch World

Tom Gallagher
Los Angeles Review of Books
Mayer charts the domestic far-right effort to remake the political system through foundations, think tanks, university institutes, paid political commentators and huge campaign contributions by heirs to energy giant Koch Industries. One strategist admitted, "We want to decrease regulations. Why? It's because we can make more profit, okay?" Yet selling that line is hard.

It's Only Words

Narendar Pani
The Hindu
In Banking on Words, Arjun Appadurai argues that the 2008 financial crisis was, in essence, a failure of language. Narendar Pani finds that argument somewhat overstated, while at the same time acknowledging this book's "path-breaking" analysis of the role language has come to play in the way markets behave and are managed.

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