By Alejandra Garcia and Bill Hackwell on May 5, 2023 from Havana It was pitch dark at 4:30 as we started out to find that already thousands were taking over the streets chanting, Viva Fidel!, Viva Raul! and Viva Diaz Canel! Moving with purpose past the Plaza of the Revolution turning onto La Rampa and … Continue reading Cuba Holds Impressive May Day Demonstrations on their Own Terms
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U.S. Systemic Racism: From Slavery to George Floyd and Tyre Nichols
By Malik Miah [Editor’s note: The article below is an updated and expanded version of a previous article by the author.} Tyre Nichols, 29, was murdered by police in yet another modern-day lynching in Memphis, Tennessee on January 7. The city is nearly 70 percent African American, including a Black female police chief. What was … Continue reading U.S. Systemic Racism: From Slavery to George Floyd and Tyre Nichols
Rage Against the War Machine: A Reactionary “Right-Left Antiwar” Alliance
By JEFF MACKLER In these momentarily difficult times, tragically a small layer of antiwar personalities and a few well-meaning organizations have been drawn into the reactionary “right-left coalition” that is planning a February 19 “Rage Against the War Machine” Washington. D.C. demonstration. In the unlikely event that this effort meets with even a modicum of success, it will represent a serious defeat for antiwar, anti-racist, anti-sexist, LGBTQI and social justice activists as well as all groups that have been fighting against the inherent horrors of the capitalist system for a lifetime.
Kevin McCarthy’s 15-Round Victory: Capitalism’s Puppet Politicians Perform in Public
By JEFF MACKLER After 15 raucous votes spanning almost two weeks, Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-California, was elected House Speaker on January 7. The vote was 216-212, a party-line vote with six Republicans voting present. From the beginning, former President Donald Trump pressured his 20 super-supporters, mostly in the Republicans’ “rightwing” Freedom Caucus, to back McCarthy. They refused until several behind-the-scenes deals, and a new “rules package” governing House operations, were negotiated.
Biden Launches New Campaign Against Immigrants
By BARRY SHEPPARD Biden has expanded the Trump-era Title 42 policy of expelling any immigrants who cross the border to apply to immigration authorities for asylum.
Hoisted on His Own Petard: Biden’s Hidden Classified Documents Set to Expose U.S. Instigation of 2014 Ukraine Coup
By JEFF MACKLER The political score sheet between Republicans and Democrats now appears even, with both investigating and exposing each other’s illegal confiscation of classified documents, implicitly in both cases, to cover up heinous deeds, the least of which involves exposing the truth about the U.S. role in orchestrating the bi-partisan war in Ukraine. No doubt, the lead up to the 2024 elections will see capitalism’s twin parties once again exposing each other’s duplicities to garner votes in the nation’s periodic contests between the billionaire elite. But on critical questions like the “right” and obligation of U.S. imperialism to impose its will on the world’s people, there is no dispute.
The Entrapment of Julian Assange: The Star Chamber Nears
By ELLEN E. TAYLOR Though several major newspapers who published stories based on Wikileaks documents recently called for the U.S. government to end, a kangaroo court trial looms for Assange for publishing the crimes of U.S. imperialism.
Stephen Jay Gould, a Man for All Seasons
By JEFF MACKLER This memorial article was originally published following Stephen Jay Gould's death at age 60 in May 2002.
ILWU Leaders and Members on Ukraine: Stop the Ukraine War—Refuse to Handle Military Cargo
Local Leaders and Rank-And-File: ILWU Must Stand in Opposition to the U.S./NATO-Provoked War!
“Publishing Is Not a Crime”: The New York Times Joins the Fight to Free Assange
By MARJORIE COHN In a stunning development earlier this week, The New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, DER SPIEGEL and El País signed a joint open letter calling on the U.S. government to dismiss the Espionage Act charges against Julian Assange for publishing classified military and diplomatic secrets.
Behind Sam Bankman-Fried’s Cryptocurrency Crash
By JEFF MACKLER FTX's plunge from $32 billion to bankruptcy and the collaping value of cryptocurrencies shows the speculative casino nature of the capitalist economy, where unimaginable wealth is driven by fictitious capital.
Fighting for the Socialist Future Today: Socialist Action Political Resolution
Our 2022 political resolution, giving Socialist Action's views on the major events and movements of our times, was approved at our most recent convention.
Journalists Push Biden to Free Julian Assange
By Stephen Rohde Five leading news organizations call on Biden’s Justice Department to end persecution of Julian Assange
U.S. twin billionaire parties win 2022 elections: How the system really works
By JEFF MACKLER The rich just spent $18 billion in the midterm elections. A look at who benefits from the policies of the two parties shows why—and that working people lose no matter which party prevails in U.S. elections.
Lula’s Shameful Record of Sending Troops to Haiti
By MARTY GOODMAN Under the previous administration of supposed "leftist" Brazillian President Lula da Silva, Brazil sent thousands of troops to Haiti as part of the UN occupation following a CIA-backed coup.
Mumia’s Appeal Dismissed; The “Mumia Rule” Still in Force in the Bosses’ Courts
BY NOELLE HANRAHAN, PRISONRADIO.ORG Abu-Jamal’s defense petition included newly discovered evidence that had been buried in the prosecutor’s own files showing key witnesses receiving promises of money for their testimony and evidence of favorable treatment in pending criminal cases, as well as prosecutors striking Black jurors during Mumia’s original trial.
Socialist Action says No to U.S./UN Sanctions on Haiti! No to U.S./UN Occupation! Haiti is for Haitians!
By MARTY GOODMAN, SOCIALIST ACTION NATIONAL COMMITTEE Socialist Action strongly opposes all sanctions on Haiti and any armed or unarmed U.S. or U.N. intervention. US imperialism and its surrogate, the UN, has no right to interfere in Haiti’s internal affairs.
Obliterating Russia’s Nord Stream Pipelines and Crimea Bridge: U.S. Imperialism’s Trillion-Dollar Fossil Fuel Gambit
By JEFF MACKLER The US sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines as part of a plan to substitute US Liquified Natural Gas for cheaper Russian fossil fuels, eliminate Russia as the chief fossil fuel supplier to Germany and much of Europe, and prolong the highly profitable U.S.-instigated and financed war in Ukraine.
Say No to U.S. Wars! Sat., Oct. 15 @12pm in Oakland
Join us this coming Saturday, 12 Noon at Oakland’s Federal Building, 1310 Clay Street, as part of the October 15-23 International Days of Action against US wars and interventions worldwide, initiated by the United National Antiwar Coalition. Protests are planned in 70 cities across the country and around the world. Click here to find events … Continue reading Say No to U.S. Wars! Sat., Oct. 15 @12pm in Oakland
World-Wide Backing as Parliament Encircled for Assange
By Mohamed Elmaazi We reprint below an October 9, 2022 Consortium News article by Mohamed Elmaazi, who has covered all of Julian Assange’s London extradition hearings. —JM, editor Thousands of supporters of Julian Assange descended upon London’s Palace of Westminster to form a human chain around the Houses of Parliament in support of the embattled WikiLeaks publisher on … Continue reading World-Wide Backing as Parliament Encircled for Assange
U.S./U.N. out of Haiti! No U.S. aid to Haiti dictatorship! No to deportations! Haitian asylum now!
By MARTY GOODMAN Haiti’s mighty slave revolution, which declared its independence from France in 1804, horrified racist U.S.rulers, who have sought to crush Haitian independence for over 200 years.
VIDEO of Sept Rally Free Assange! Free Mumia! Free Palestine!
SPONSORED By THE MOBILIZATION TO FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL & THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL. CO-SPONSORS: Courage Foundation/Assange Defense.org & Middle East Children's Alliance, Arab Resource Organizing Center. HEAR Alice Walker, prize-winning novelist; Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers; Jamal Jr, Mumia's grandson; Chris Hedges, prize-winning journalist
FREE ASSANGE! FREE MUMIA! FREE PALESTINE!
FREE ASSANGE! FREE MUMIA! FREE PALESTINE! An evening of unity and solidarity on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7pm In Berkeley, California.
The International Food Crisis and Proposals To Overcome It
By ERIC TOUSSAINT and OMAR AZIKI [Editor’s note: We reprint this article by the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM). In 1989, the Bastille Appeal was launched, inviting popular movements throughout the world to unite in demanding the immediate and unconditional cancellation of the debt of the so-called developing countries. This crushing debt, along with neo-liberal macro-economic reforms imposed on the global South, has led to an explosion of worldwide inequality, mass poverty, flagrant injustice and the destruction of the environment.
Environmental Racism Leads to Water Crisis in Jackson, Mississippi
By MOLLY ROSENZWEIG Environmental racism at work: Jackson, Mississippi, a city whose population is more than 80 percent Black, has been without clean reliable water for days, adding to the ongoing water issues due to decades of neglect and divestment.
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