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German Far Right Leader on Trial for Nazi Slogan: “X” Marks the Spot

Halle an der Saale, Germany (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) –– On the morning of April 18, in front of the district court in Halle, it became evident that not many people had taken up Björn Höcke’s invitation to support him before a trial. Höcke, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the central-eastern state […]

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Outrage by White Rural Rage

“American Gothic Barn, Mt Vernon Iowa” by lewblank is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. By Les Leopold / Substack I don’t like to slam books, especially those ahead of mine on the best seller list. It might seem like petty jealousy.  But one recent release, White Rural Rage by Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman, is seriously flawed. For starters, the […]

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Patrick Lawrence: Becoming Who We Are

AI generated image from Canva. By Patrick Lawrence / Original to ScheerPost The following is an edited, amended, and condensed version of a speech I delivered in Zurich’s environs earlier this month. The occasion was sponsored by Zeit–Fragen, a twice-monthly journal that also comes out in French and English as Horizons et débats and Current […]

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Sen. Wyden Says Spying Bill Would Force Americans to Become an ‘Agent for Big Brother’

Ron Wyden. Senate Democrats, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden took to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to speak out against a chilling mass surveillance bill that lawmakers are working to rush through the upper chamber and send to President Joe […]

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Is An American Parliament the Answer to Our Rotting Democracy?

<img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" width="780" height="439" data-attachment-id="99130" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="1920,1080" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"xr:d:DAGCKsHyneg:6,j:3825106576211386777,t:24041202","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"xr:d:DAGCKsHyneg:6,j:3825106576211386777,t:24041202","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="xr:d:DAGCKsHyneg:6,j:3825106576211386777,t:24041202" data-image-description="" data-image-caption=" xr:d:DAGCKsHyneg:6,j:3825106576211386777,t:24041202 ” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”” class=”wp-image-99130″ data-recalc-dims=”1″/> On this episode of the Scheer Intelligence podcast, host Robert Scheer welcomes Maxwell L. Stearns, a constitutional lawyer and professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, to discuss his book, […]

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Patrick Lawrence: Europe’s Identity Crisis

Wax figures and a mural of the Statue of Liberty in the Main Street, U.S.A., exhibit in Disneyland Paris. (Joe Shlabotnik, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) By Patrick Lawrence / Consortium News Zurich — It is many years now since the French, bless them, revolted as Disneyland Paris arose near the previously uninvaded village of Marne-la–Vallée–Chessy. Soon […]

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Sanders: ‘The Netanyahu Gov’t Should Not Receive Another Penny from US’

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with supporters at the Agriculture Center at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Gage Skidmore from March 19, 2016. By Common Dreams Staff / Common Dreams Following the passing of the U.S. government appropriations bill early Saturday morning, Senator Bernie Sanders said: I voted NO on […]