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How to make housing a human right

In cities such as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, working people have been all but priced out, pushed into ever more distant fringes and suburbs. Mark Engler explores solutions.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
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In praise of White House dysfunction

The people Trump has entrusted with significant responsibilities are so vile and dangerous that we should be grateful he has neglected to find many more, Mark Engler writes.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
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Shutting down guns and greed

Mark Engler considers popular resistance to mass shootings and increasing healthcare costs in the US.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
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When ‘America First’ is a corporate scam

A year ago, Trump announced he had reached a deal with manufacturer Carrier to keep jobs from moving to Mexico – with $7 million in incentives. Yet hundreds of workers were still laid off, the last of them this January. Trump’s policy should be called ‘Corporate America First’, argues Mark Engler.

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NI 510 - Black Lives Matter - March, 2018
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The obscenity of extreme wealth

Some people have so much money they don’t know what to do with it – while most of us scrimp and save just to get by. Mark Engler reflects on the vulgar reality of extreme wealth.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
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Confronting a culture of sexual violence

To make this culture of sexual harassment a thing of the past requires organizing and mass mobilization, writes Mark Engler.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017

The dangerous dignity of war

Mark Engler asks why it only takes a bit of a bomb-dropping and sabre-rattling to rally the reporters and bestow a presidential aura on our leaders.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
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Down with America’s racist monuments

Taking down monuments to people who fought to defend slavery should not be controversial at all. Yet in the US today, it is, writes Mark Engler

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NI 506 - Brazil's soft coup - October, 2017
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The right way to rewrite NAFTA

What is an internationalist to make of Donald J Trump’s vow to blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement? Mark Engler asks.

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NI 503 - Homelessness - June, 2017
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Boosting the backlash against Trump

Progressives have to try to maximize the liberatory potential of a growing discontent, says Mark Engler.

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NI 502 - West Papua - Freedom in sight? - May, 2017
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When sanctuary is resistance

In the United States in the 1980s, the simple act of providing refuge became a form of civil disobedience, writes Mark Engler.

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NI 501 - Populism rises again - April, 2017
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Obama's legacy falls short on organizing

Technocratic liberals treat movement groups as another ‘special interest’ rather than a central pillar of their ability to govern, says Mark Engler.

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NI 500 - The exceptionally brave - 500th issue - March, 2017
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Trump can be beaten because he is the Establishment

We must respond with a genuine vision for ending the corrupt politics of privilege, writes Mark Engler.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
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Acts of conscience on bended knee

Mark Engler reflects on how one man's protest made waves around the US.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016
Protectors vs pipelines

Protectors vs pipelines

The native-led resistance at Standing Rock has emphasized environmentalism of a different complexion than is typically associated with ecological activism in the United States, writes Mark Engler.

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NI 497 - Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears - November, 2016
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Kissinger is not our friend

The former US Secretary of State endorsed human rights violations in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Argentina, yet Hillary Clinton calls him 'a friend'.

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NI 496 - World Fiction Special - Exquisite short stories - October, 2016
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#VetsVsHate – and Trump

The latest view from the U.S., by Mark Engler.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
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What's not for sale in branded America?

Mark Engler bemoans the corporate colonization of public space.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
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The ‘Fight for $15’ dreams big – and wins

Mark Engler hails a significant victory for workers in the US.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
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One gas leak too many

Can we end fracking now? asks Mark Engler.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
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Claiming our victories

Don't listen to the cynics - Mark Engler thinks activists should pat themselves on the back.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
The next financial crisis July, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Black Lives Matter March, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Brazil's soft coup October, 2017
Bad Education September, 2017
The Equality Effect July, 2017
Homelessness June, 2017
West Papua - Freedom in sight? May, 2017
Populism rises again April, 2017
The exceptionally brave - 500th issue March, 2017
African village January, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears November, 2016
World Fiction Special - Exquisite short stories October, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
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