USA

If you didn’t see Trumpism coming, you were looking away November 2016

Siobhán McGuirk says the question we are too afraid to ask is simple - what kind of society leads to Donald Trump as President?

Shocked by Trump? It’s time to get involved in the fightback November 2016

The battle lines are clear. Democracy is in peril and the left must take itself seriously electorally and politically. Ruth Potts speaks to Gary Younge, who was based in Muncie, Indiana, for the US election, about the implications of Donald Trump’s victory

From the archives: A victim of America—Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism November 2014

When Hollywood bosses were asked by the Bush administration to do their bit in the 'war on terrorism', they signed up eagerly – and they came up with the notion of getting much-loved former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to promote US policy. Mike Marqusee tells the story (first published March 2002)

“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds” – open letter from protesters November 2014

Protestors in Ferguson have posted an open letter after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown back in August 2014

Ferguson and the fire next time October 2014

Robert Stephens II speaks to Black organisers about their responses to the Ferguson uprising and where Black politics can go next

New media versus the state – Jeremy Scahill interview February 2014

Campaigning US journalist Jeremy Scahill talks to Andrew Dolan about drones, US empire and the prospects for critical media in the digital age

To challenge global capitalism we must first understand it: an interview with Leo Panitch January 2014

Leo Panitch speaks to Peter Newell and Sam Knafo about his book The Making of Global Capitalism – and what it means for strategy and action aimed at ‘un-making’ capitalism

Detroit: the city they can’t destroy September 2013

Detroit’s bankruptcy made global headlines last summer. Tawana Petty considers the state’s undemocratic takeover – and the people’s work to rejuvenate their city from the ground up

Winning at Walmart June 2013

The OUR Walmart campaign has been shaking up labour organising in the US. As they prepared for their current strike, Alex Wood spent a month with the people behind a new kind of fightback

US: Fighting foreclosures, making the banks pay April 2013

Stephen Lerner and Saqib Bhatti report on the scale of the housing crisis facing ordinary Americans post-crash, and the growth of housing justice and bank accountability activism across the US

Why the Walmart campaign matters January 2013

New York based journalist, Ari Paul, examines the unionist uprising against Walmart since the factory fire in Bangladesh, and why this bottom-up campaign could really make a difference

A Black Thursday for Walmart November 2012

After the Walmart strikes which saw hundreds of workers protesting outside US stores, Kaspar Loftin looks at the company’s oppressive and unfair treatment of employees over the years

Hoping for change: Obama and the limits of elections October 2012

Gary Younge discusses the disappointment of Barack Obama’s presidency – and credits recent progressive policies to the success of the Occupy movement

That Cuba feeling October 2012

Fifty years ago this month the world came close to nuclear Armageddon. Paul Anderson looks back at the Cuban missile crisis and anti-nuclear campaigning since

Obama: The unreported truth October 2012

In the run up to the final presidential debate, Oliver Eagleton exposes the ugly truth behind the Obama administration's foreign policy

Occupy Oakland: Whose streets? Our streets! April 2012

Josh Healey reports on the strength and challenges of Occupy Oakland - and how it has pushed the US movement in radical directions

Punishing Palestine: How the US plays politics with aid January 2012

Libby Powell on how the US has retaliated after Palestine’s UN statehood bid

Wisconsin: Labour’s last stand May 2011

Rahul Mahajan looks at the fightback in Wisconsin

New radicals November 2010

Lorna Stephenson looks at the US ‘Tea Party’ movement

Based out June 2010

Foreign bases have been a mainstay of global US military domination for decades. But in Latin America they have been closing fast and a new deal to use seven Colombian military bases is, paradoxically, a sign of US weakness in the region, writes Grace Livingstone

After the handshake June 2009

How far do Barak Obama's policies point to a real change in US/Latin American relations asks Grace Livingstone

The New Orleans intifada February 2009

More than Mardi Gras is happening here, a grass-roots movement is rising in the New Orleans Arab community, Jordan Flaherty reports

Guarding the gulag February 2009

Christopher Brandon Arendt was a guard at Guantanamo detention camp from January to October 2004. He now is a full time volunteer for the advocacy group Iraq Veterans Against the War, campaigning against the 'war on terror'. He spoke to Kate Ferguson

Torture at Angola prison February 2009

President Obama promises to close Guantanamo, but Lousiana court proceedings in the Angola Five case expose brutality closer to home, reports Jordan Flaherty

The war on sex February 2009

If you think evangelicals are anti-sex, you'd be wrong, today's evangelicals push a hyper-sexualised message, says Don Monkerud

The US and Israel February 2009

Behind Israel stands the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Without material support from the US, the onslaught on Gaza would not be possible, writes Mike Marqusee

After the neocons February 2009

The slaughter in Palestine has led to a significant breach in the walls of the Israel lobby in the US. For the first time, Jews who saw what the occupation was doing to the country are speaking out and setting up organisations that break with the traditional leadership, says Philip Weiss

The first 100 days: a legislative agenda January 2009

Bill Fletcher Jr imagines a 'people's agenda' to kick-start the change we need

What Obama means to the world January 2009

People's obsession with Barack Obama says more about them than him, says Gary Younge

After the meltdown December 2008

On the eve of the US election, five critical writers and economists met to discuss the financial crisis - and what should be done. With Barack Obama heading for the White House, is this time for the left to think big? William Greider, Frances Fox Piven, Doug Henwood, Arun Gupta and Naomi Klein put their heads together

Change we can achieve December 2008

President-elect Obama (savour the phrase) offers historic possibilities and challenges for progressives. Bill Fletcher Jr reflects on his victory and the kind of critical support that will be needed if we are to build on it

No hope December 2008

Dear Auntie, All my left-wing friends seem to be overjoyed about Obama winning the US election, holding real hope that he will bring change, that he'll stop the wars, and that he'll somehow make America all cuddly and nice. But haven't we been here before? I'm getting flashbacks to the expectations people had of politicians like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, and how quickly they betrayed us. Is it terrible that I think Obama will be just more of the same? Hopeless, London

Basically… December 2008

Jaimie Grant meets with veteran peace campaigner Lindis Percy to discuss the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases

Wind of change November 2008

The contrast between the condition of party and electoral democracy in the US and the UK is palpable, says David Beetham

Why won’t Nato die? November 2008

The US never misses a chance to wheel out Nato and revive the old cold war narrative in modern form – the Russian intervention in Georgia after the attack on South Ossetia was only the latest excuse. Jonathan Steele explains why we are still lumbered with a wasteful and dangerous military alliance A few weeks […]

Alaskan women demonstrate against Sarah Palin October 2008

Sue Katz looks beyond the lipstick and the sound bites to unravel the real Sarah Palin. In this extract from her new book, {{Thanks But No Thanks: The Voter's Guide to Sarah Palin}}, she examines the critical response from Alaskan women to the next possible US vice-president

My friends on the left September 2008

Barack Obama is unique among recent Democratic presidential candidates in terms of the support he has mobilised and his relationship to his base. Win or lose, his supporters will need to stick around and organise, argues Gary Younge, as he analyses their dynamic and their role in determining Obama's prospects

Holding Obama’s feet to the fire August 2008

With his appointment of a series of Clintonite economic and foreign policy advisers, Barack Obama has attracted fire from the American left. Doug Henwood, Gary Younge, Jo-ann Mort, Betsy Reed and Ta-Nehisi Coates debate the politics of Obama's candidacy and the huge mobilisation of support behind it

Attack Iran? Yes they can August 2008

With US threats, Israeli military exercises and Iranian missile tests, it seems like a carefully choreographed build up to the next Middle East conflagration is under way. But can the US really risk a strike on Iran? Phyllis Bennis weighs up the evidence in conversation with Oscar Reyes

George Bush’s joint July 2008

In this extract from her new book, Commie Girl in the OC, Rebecca Schoenkopf, the 'queen bee/black widow of alternative journalism', goes inside the federal propaganda machine against marijuana

Redrawing the map of US politics April 2008

Barack Obama's campaign for the US presidency may still have a long way to go, but the levels of participation by African-American and young voters in this year's primaries have the potential to transform the shape of US politics. In particular, they could neutralise the racist 'southern strategy' that has produced such an inbuilt conservative bias since the 1960s. Frances Fox Piven and Lorraine C Minnite investigate

American interest December 2007

The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt (Allen Lane 2007), reviewed by Richard Kuper

Blue grits and the Penthouse Party December 2007

As Hillary Clinton sews up the Democrats' election campaign at the top, on the streets the 'blue grits', as Laura Flanders calls grass-roots Democrat and ex-Democrat activists, are reinventing electoral politics

Another US is rising August 2007

The first Social Forum in the US was bound to be, by its very happening, a historic occasion. But the grass-roots working class participation and the energy, solidarity, generosity of spirit and organisational skill it mobilised made it something special, writes Judy Rebick

The ‘black ops’ of America July 2007

The US military spends $30 billion annually on classified military programmes, ranging from spy satellites to 'extraordinary rendition'. These secret 'black operations' leave a mark on our everyday landscapes and legible traces in public data. Trevor Paglen is an artist and experimental geographer working to create visual representations of these secret worlds. He spoke to Oscar Reyes

Truth revealed June 2007

Pablo Navarrete interviews the campaigning journalist and documentary maker, John Pilger, whose first film for the cinema comes out in June 2007

Keeping it in the family March 2007

Now it’s official. Big spending Hillary Clinton is seeking to take the US presidency back from one dynasty to another. Lucia Green-Weiskel reports

Outpost of empire March 2007

The US has up to 1,000 bases in more than 130 countries. Wilber van der Zeijden reports on the global military network underpinning the world's only superpower.

Carbon trade bandwagon February 2007

With the Democrats rise to power in Washington, climate change has risen up the agenda in the form of carbon trading. Michael Dorsey critically examines emerging US climate policy

Not only about the war December 2006

As the Democrats give contradictory signals on Iraq, the US anti-war movement prepares to exert pressure for withdrawal and compensation for war damage. But it's not only on the military front that Bush is weakened. David Moburg reports

Guantanamo Bay: The tide turns August 2006

The Bush administration has received a legal setback over its detention without trial of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. But neither the US courts nor Congress can be expected to shut down the camp. Only public opinion and protest will do that.

Doing the US’s bidding July 2006

Ex-CIA man Philip Agee sees many parallels between what the US is doing in Venezuela today and its successful efforts to undermine the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980s

Are you now or were you ever an environmentalist? July 2006

In the wake of the US ‘war on terror’, nonviolent campaigners are increasingly being caught up in a ‘Green Scare’ that defines them as ‘terrorists’

What the US has done for us May 2006

While the US is not world-renowned for being progressive on climate issues, Heidi Bachram finds that grassroots movements there have something to teach environmentalists.

The Leaderless Mainstream May 2006

Across the US, there is a constellation of social movements emboldened by struggle but lacking representation. Gary Younge reports on the opposition to George Bush

American Health April 2006

As an American, I watch in astonishment when other countries debate whether to import anything resembling American health insurance companies into their health care systems.

Arming US aggression April 2006

It isn't just arms exports to dictatorships we should be concerned about, says James O'Nions. UK companies arm the world's greatest aggressor - the US.

Go home, George! Go home! November 2005

US politics is edging closer to the point at which politicians will have no choice but to pack up and get out of Iraq, writes Robert Dreyfuss

Revving up the China Threat November 2005

Michael Klare looks at how the Bush Administration's stance on China has gone from worry about its economic strength to full-on preparation for a new cold war

An empire in denial October 2005

Mike Marqusee looks at the long history of US politicians' denial of their country's imperial reach

Notes from inside New Orleans September 2005

Friday 2 September 2005. I just left New Orleans a couple hours ago. I travelled from the apartment I was staying in by boat to a helicopter to a refugee camp. If anyone wants to examine the attitude of federal and state officials towards the victims of hurricane Katrina, I advise you to visit one of the refugee camps.

Excited by Condy March 2005

Dear Subcomandauntie, I have a confession to make. I'm fascinated by the possibility of Condoleezza Rice becoming the next US president. Surely in 2008, the Republicans will select a candidate from within the current administration. Given his age and health history, it won't be Cheney. And if the Democrats can't beat Bush, what chance would they have against someone with a brain? But I'm also thinking: how likely is ultra conservative America to elect a black woman as president? So surely, with the election four years away, you'd get some generous odds on Rice. But Auntie, would it be wrong to profit from the neo-cons' continued success? Would it make it any better if I gave a proportion of my winnings (say £1) to the Red Pepper supporters' fund? And do you know anywhere where I can get some decent odds? I've only seen 12/1 so far. A sportsman writes

When voting is not enough December 2004

Progressive victories in the USA are not won by voting alone. What is needed is an upsurge of popular protest.

Rethinking capitalist crises November 2004

US hegemony is strong, and the economic model on which it rests is not about to unravel at any moment soon.

Boom or bust in Washington November 2004

Max Fraad-Wolff and Richard Wolff argue that America's model of unilateral militarism and hopelessly lopsided budgets is utterly unsustainable

America’s new radicals November 2004

Gary Younge meets the newly politicised foot soldiers fighting to force Bush out of the White House

Rocking for revolution November 2004

Steve Earle is the foremost political songwriter in the US today, and his new album an unapologetic intervention in the presidential election.

Flouting convention October 2004

Janice Jim reports on the greeting given to the Republican Convention in New York

Energy independence and the American dream October 2004

Both Kerry and Bush recognise the need for alternatives to fossil fuels. Yet neither show any desire to address the US's bulimic consumption patterns.

GIs against the war September 2004

As the war in Iraq seethes, dissent among US military personnel and their families is growing. The anti-war campaign Military Families Speak Out began with two families in November 2002; now more than 1,500 families are members.

The voice of alternative America July 2004

Natasha Grzincic reports on War Times, the free, bilingual newspaper making sure that the anti-war message reaches every state in the US.

Don’t mention the (reasons for) war July 2004

Noam Chomsky analyses government and media misrepresentation of US strategic and military priorities

War n. globalisation by other means July 2003

First the US military bombed Iraq's hospitals, bridges and waterworks. Now US corporations are harvesting profits from "reconstructing" those installations. Blood was not just shed for oil, but also for control over all Iraq's vital services.

Could WMD become Bush’s Watergate? July 2003

Robert Dreyfuss asks what did the president not know, and when didn't he know it?

Neo-conservatism and the politics of paranoia June 2003

The founders and first generation of the neo-conservatism movement that now dominates Washington are either deceased or older than the septuagenarian US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In decades past neo-con believers remained off-stage, occasionally appearing in moments of crisis or opportunity. These appearances were brief and failed to attract sufficient attention to provoke public debate.

The War against Reason December 2002

There's an old story about Oliver Cromwell. After he had taken the Irish town of Drogheda the citizens were brought to the main square. Cromwell announced to his lieutenants: "Right! Kill all the women and rape all the men." One of his aides said: "Excuse me, general. Isn't it the other way around?" A voice from the crowd called out: "Mr Cromwell knows what he's doing."

Millions take to the streets in the War against Terrorism February 2002

The War on Terrorism began in the minds of people on that September 11th.






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