The public school system has long been at the center of the neoliberal war on all things related to the public good. But the unprecedented multi-state teachers' strike has ignited the possibility of building a mass movement against neoliberalism's wide-ranging assaults on the fabric of everyday life and created new hope for an alternative vision of American democracy.
Those who argue that Gina Haspel is not fit to lead the CIA because she oversaw the Bush/Cheney torture program have chosen not to look too deeply into the agency's history and its actions abroad. Viewed through a systemic lens, Haspel's atrocious past is fully in line with the violence that is condoned, perpetrated and overseen by the CIA in the name of American hegemony.
Four decades of conflict between the US and Iran are entering a new stage after Donald Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal. The US government is poised to reimpose devastating economic sanctions -- on everything from Iran buying or acquiring US dollars, to commerce in Iran's ports and exports of Iranian oil. The price will be paid, as it was before, by ordinary Iranians.