New Internationalist

Articles by Mark Engler

Boosting the backlash against Trump

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

  • May 1, 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.

  • April 1, 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.

  • March 1, 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.

  • January 1, 2017
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Acts of conscience on a bended knee

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

  • December 1, 2016
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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.

  • November 1, 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’, writes Mark Engler.

  • October 1, 2016
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#VetsVsHate – and Trump

The latest view from the US, by Mark Engler.

  • September 1, 2016
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What's not for sale in branded America?

Mark Engler bemoans the corporate colonization of public space.

  • July 1, 2016
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The ‘Fight for $15’ dreams big – and wins

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

  • June 1, 2016
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One gas leak too many

Can we end fracking now? asks Mark Engler.

  • May 1, 2016
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Claiming our victories

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

  • April 1, 2016
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Bernie Sanders: Revolution beyond the ballot box

Mark Engler argues for acts of determination and sacrifice.

  • March 1, 2016
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A good moment to make a scene

Urgent cries for racial justice must not go unheard, writes Mark Engler.

  • January 1, 2016
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#ShellNo: the triumph of the Kayaktivists

We do not always win - but sometimes we prevail. Mark Engler celebrates a daring victory.

  • December 1, 2015
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Act against Amazon!

We need to push back against unacceptable corporate behaviour, writes Mark Engler.

  • November 1, 2015
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A Pope in Washington

Mark Engler hopes that the pontiff will use his US visit to promote a message of social justice.

  • October 1, 2015
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Ending corporate rule

Can we find a way to loosen big business’s stranglehold on the US? asks Mark Engler.

  • April 1, 2015
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: let's not work together

Obama has chosen the wrong issue on which to embrace collaboration, says Mark Engler.

  • March 1, 2015
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What makes nonviolent movements explode?

Mark Engler and Paul Engler consider the strange alchemy of disruption and sacrifice.

  • December 31, 2014
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From the Berlin Wall to today

What mainstream commentators get wrong about the historic uprisings of 1989, and what civil resistance gets right. Mark Engler and Paul Engler explore the issue.

  • November 10, 2014
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How did Gandhi win?

Mark Engler and Paul Engler consider the lessons from the Salt March for today’s social movements.

  • October 14, 2014
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How to militarize your local police

Mark Engler voices alarm over the US police force’s ‘warrior mentality’.

  • October 1, 2014
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Surviving the ups and downs of social movements

Can theories of movement cycles equip activists to persevere over the long haul? Mark Engler and Paul Engler try to find out.

  • September 17, 2014
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Why is college so damned expensive?

As college tuition fees keep soaring, Mark Engler wonders what the future has in stake for him.

  • September 1, 2014
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How social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage

Where insider politics fails, a transformational approach can turn the impossible into the inevitable, write Paul and Mark Engler.

  • July 16, 2014
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Social change is written in the streets

Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act was passed into law in the US. Movements not governments propel change, believes Mark Engler.

  • July 1, 2014
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Should we fight the system or be the change?

Mark Engler and Paul Engler on the strengths and limitations of prefigurative politics.

  • June 4, 2014
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What the US made of Thomas Picketty

Mark Engler reports on reactions to a surprise best seller.

  • June 1, 2014
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The problem with Cadillac's electric wheels

Mark Engler explores the ultimate paradox of green consumerism

  • May 1, 2014
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Would Saul Alinsky break his own rules?

Mark and Paul Engler consider the old divide between ‘movements’ and ‘organizations’.

  • April 11, 2014
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Did nonviolence fail in Egypt?

Three years after the resignation of Mubarak, the Egyptian revolution provides a perfect example of what mass protest can – and can’t – accomplish. By Mark and Paul Engler.

  • February 27, 2014
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When Martin Luther King gave up his guns

Mark and Paul Engler consider the legacy of a man who shaped history by using nonviolence to leverage political change.

  • January 17, 2014
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The great Monsanto food prize fiasco

Yes, Monsanto actually won the ‘World Food Prize’. Mark Engler picks over the scandal that ensued.

  • January 1, 2014
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The Pope and the poor

Pope Francis is likely to be an improvement on Benedict, despite his contradictions writes Mark Engler.

  • March 18, 2013
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Will the next pope embrace liberation theology?

The answer may not be a straight-forward no, even if the odds are stacked against it, says Mark Engler.

  • March 11, 2013
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How migrant demographics are reshaping US politics

With 7 out of 10 Latinos voting to re-elect Barack Obama, Republicans are debating whether to alter their hardline immigration stance, says Mark Engler.

  • January 1, 2013
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How not to make every vote count

With the presidential election looming, many Americans are finding their right to vote under assault says Mark Engler.

  • November 1, 2012
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Will Occupy live to see another birthday?

On the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, #S17, Mark Engler says the 99 per cent could sorely use another round of rebellion.

  • September 17, 2012
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Obama: a better adversary

It may seem counter-intuitive, but this is just one more reason for voting for Barack, says Mark Engler.

  • September 1, 2012
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Wall Street wants your gratitude

Our US columnist Mark Engler is riled by the shamelessness of the financial élite.

  • July 1, 2012
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Migrants dare to DREAM in America

Obama’s decision to give legal status to 800,000 immigrants in the US is a tremendous advance, says Mark Engler.

  • June 22, 2012
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The Vatican shows its true colours

Mark Engler argues the Catholic Church has made a parody of itself by criticizing nuns for ‘focusing too much on poverty and economic injustice.’

  • June 18, 2012
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Now is not the time to hate the state

Many Americans are in denial about their dependence on social spending, says Mark Engler.

  • May 1, 2012
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A World Bank president who’s not a crony or a war criminal?

Wonders will never cease, says Mark Engler.

  • April 5, 2012
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The unpalatable reality of working for Apple

A fresh wave of reports unveiling exploitation in the iPad empire are forcing Apple to clean up up its act, reports Mark Engler.

  • April 1, 2012
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Obama's broken resolutions

Unfulfilled promises may come back to haunt Obama this election year, says Mark Engler.

  • March 1, 2012
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Guantanamo has got to go: protesting ten years of indefinite detention

Ten years on from Guantanamo’s opening, Mark Engler reflects on the surreal absurdity that such a place even exists.

  • January 13, 2012
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Iowa: Republican for a day

Attending the state caucuses makes for an uncomfortable, but fascinating, day out, as Mark Engler discovers.

  • January 5, 2012
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Why America's 99% have rebelled

The majority has had enough, says Mark Engler.

  • December 1, 2011
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Niall Ferguson, defender of the one per cent

By championing Wall Street, Niall Ferguson once again gets it wrong at exactly the right moment, says Mark Engler.

  • November 3, 2011
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Let’s end corruption – starting with Wall Street

As the #OccupyWallStreet protests continue to grow, Mark Engler agrees that the bankers must be held to account for their ill-gotten gains.

  • November 1, 2011
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The future of the #Occupy movement: solidarity and escalation

How to strengthen the #Occupy movement is of much greater concern than Democrats jumping on the bandwagon, says Mark Engler.

  • October 24, 2011
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How #OccupyWallStreet is evolving and gaining power

Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow – it is maturing and becoming stronger in impressive ways, writes Mark Engler.

  • October 6, 2011
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America: Life in Prison Nation

Around 2.3 million US citizens are behind bars - a number that dwarfs any other country, reports Mark Engler.

  • October 1, 2011
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Ten years after 9/11, time to end perpetual war

As the world looks back at the events of 11 September 2001 and their influence on the decade that followed, Mark Engler argues that patriotism does not equate to revenge.

  • September 8, 2011
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The US is not teetering on the edge of bankruptcy

As Obama ushers in a new debit-limit bill, Mark Engler explains how the argument ‘We’re broke’ is used to justify the demolition of social safety nets.

  • July 1, 2011
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Palm trees in the snow

There are no palm trees in Wisconsin – but there’s a red-faced newsreader at Fox News.

  • June 1, 2011
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Class war

Are the rich winning the class war?

  • May 1, 2011
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Taboo economics

Marc Engler has a taboo solution to the US’s economic woes.

  • April 1, 2011
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The US military budget

Overcoming empire is not a spectator sport.

  • March 1, 2011
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The hole in America's middle

Mark Engler’s regular column from the magazine

  • January 1, 2011
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Moving on up: the big money takeover of America

Moving on up - the big money takeover of America

  • December 1, 2010
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We need to bust the pendulum, not see how it swings!

Our new columnist Mark Engler considers the impact of the US midterm elections.

  • November 1, 2010
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Sweating over sweatshops

Mark Engler explains why ‘clean clothes’ campaigning is no longer about boycotting Gap.

  • November 1, 2006
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Truth and Fantasy

Mark Engler accuses the US of twisting El Salvador’s history to suit its foreign policy interests in Iraq.

  • December 1, 2005
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Humane development

It’s possible to make space for a radical project even inside the belly of the beast. Mark Engler tells the story of the Human Development Report.

  • January 1, 2005
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No prescription needed

The grassroots SAPRIN network spent years working with the World Bank – only for the Bank to batten down the hatches. Mark Engler reports.

  • March 1, 2004
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No pain, all gain

Mark Engler sheds some light on the murky world of export credit agencies.

  • April 1, 2003
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Yes we can!

Labour unions have begun to embrace ‘New Internationalism’. Mark Engler finds out what it means.

  • November 1, 2002
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About Mark Engler


Mark Engler is a senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books). 

He can be reached via the website

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