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29.11.2020

Thousands of protesters march in France against security law that bans filming police

Thousands of protesters march in France against security law that bans filming police

Protesters throughout France have shown up for rallies against a controversial draft law on public safety, under which filming a police officer on duty may result in a hefty fine. Critics say it fosters impunity for misconduct. The protests were organized in many large French cities, including Paris, Marseilles, Lyon,… »

29.11.2020

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends

In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco’s violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United… »

27.11.2020

During the Cold War, Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague

During the Cold War, Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague

Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Amado, and Pablo Neruda were among the illustrious visitors Before COVID-19, Prague was visited every year by millions of tourists looking for cheap beer and spectacular architecture. In the 1950s, on the other hand, the capital of then-Czechoslovakia attracted a very different crowd of travelers: Leftist intellectuals from… »

26.11.2020

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

By Vijay Prashad and John Ross On November 15, 15 Asian and Pacific countries signed an agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that unites 30 percent of the global population and 30 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). The entire trade area, which runs from… »

26.11.2020

MSF welcomes EU pharmaceutical strategy but challenges key intellectual property issue

MSF welcomes EU pharmaceutical strategy but challenges key intellectual property issue

Geneva, 25 November 2020 – MSF’s Access Campaign welcomes the European Commission’s (EC)pharmaceutical strategy for Europe and its objective on improving access to affordable medicines and medical tools through increased transparency and a review of its intellectual property (IP) incentives framework,… »

26.11.2020

The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala

The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala

By Yanis Iqbal On 21 November, 2020, thousands of Guatemalans rallied in the central square of the country’s capital, took over the Congress and set fire to several rooms inside. The immediate trigger for this outburst of anger was the 2021 budget – now revoked by the Congress after sustained protests – which,… »

26.11.2020

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

An interview with Jorge Arreaza, foreign minister of Venezuela. By Vijay Prashad In September 2018, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro visited China, where he met with China’s President Xi Jinping and signed a series of important agreements on trade and culture. Toward the end of his stay, Maduro said that… »

25.11.2020

Defenders of US Public Schools Call on Biden to Ditch Trump’s Disastrous Education Policies—and Obama’s Too

Defenders of US Public Schools Call on Biden to Ditch Trump’s Disastrous Education Policies—and Obama’s Too

“50.8 million children who attend real public schools need a secretary of education who will be their advocate, not an advocate for privatization.” By Kenny Stancil Demanding an end to the failed policies that have dominated the United States for more than two decades, a coalition of public education advocates… »

24.11.2020

Top 10 Reasons to Reject Blinken

Top 10 Reasons to Reject Blinken

Antony Blinken is not the Secretary of State the United States or the world needs, and the U.S. Senate should reject his nomination. Here are 10 reasons: 1. A president elect who has been part of every disastrous war for decades should not be nominating for Secretary of… »

24.11.2020

From ‘Alarming Red Flag’ to ‘Something We Can Work With,’ Campaigners Respond to Kerry as Biden Climate Envoy

From ‘Alarming Red Flag’ to ‘Something We Can Work With,’ Campaigners Respond to Kerry as Biden Climate Envoy

“This is an encouraging commitment, but it is not enough.” By Andrea Germanos President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that former Secretary of State John Kerry would serve as his Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, an announcement that provoked a range of responses from climate campaigners—many who broadly saw the pick… »

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