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The best of the political left-wing from around the web.

The truths that won’t be heard

by JBB — last modified Sep 03, 2018 12:45 PM
by Alain Gresh | Le Monde diplomatique | A never-shown Al Jazeera documentary on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States reveals possibly illegal Israeli spying on American citizens, and the lobby’s fear of a changing political mood.

Ford's "free speech" directive to Ontario's universities and colleges limits freedoms | Citizens' Press

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Sep 02, 2018 03:26 PM
Ontario universities have academic freedom enshrined in their very fabric, negotiated in collective agreements and outlined in the principles of their governing bodies. Protecting the rights of these organizations to continue their work is essential to maintaining the academic culture of free exchange on campuses. Instead of expanding and fostering the healthy freedom of expression enjoyed on Ontario’s university and college campuses, the Ford government's new "free speech" directive will put a chill on academic freedom and debate.

Lehmans, animal spirits and the failure of the progressives

by JBB — last modified Sep 02, 2018 10:54 AM
Michael Roberts Blog | Elliott’s complaint is that the progressives have since failed to ‘break up the banks’; tax financial speculation; or do anything about climate change. Leaving aside the dubious premise that these ‘progressives’ would ever do anything to threaten the interests of finance capital, Elliott’s progressive ‘solutions’ anyway fall well short of what would be needed to stop future financial crashes. Why break up the banks instead of bringing them under public control and ownership? Why just tax speculative investment rather than ending it and turning banks into a public service like other essential services?

What's your solution to fighting sexism and racism? Mine is: unions | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 01, 2018 07:57 AM
"[E]stablishment liberal politics ... knows it can’t deal with class inequality because that means taking on capital, so instead it issues platitudes about racism and sexism. But dealing seriously with oppression means distributing wealth and power (currently held by economic elites and not less oppressed workers) to the working-class victims of racism and sexism. That means confronting corporate interests."

Leak From Censored Israel Lobby Film Exposes Anti-Palestinian Operatives

by JBB — last modified Aug 30, 2018 10:58 AM
The Real News | The first leaked excerpt of Al Jazeera’s censored film on the Israel Lobby in the U.S. claims to identify the funder behind the Canary Mission, an anonymous website devoted to smearing and silencing vocal supporters of Palestinian rights. We play a clip from the film and speak to Asa Winstanley of the Electronic Intifada, which exclusively revealed it.

With Reality Winner Sentenced, Does The Intercept Owe Answers?

by JBB — last modified Aug 30, 2018 10:53 AM
The Real News | Reality Winner has been sentenced to five years for leaking an NSA document to The Intercept alleging a Russian cyber-operation targeting the U.S. voting system. Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola joins Aaron Maté to discuss major questions surrounding The Intercept’s handling of Reality Winner’s document.
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