Disaster capitalism rages in Puerto Rico

By KEITH LESLIE “The only thing we need now is a hurricane.” These were the words of a financial advisor in Puerto Rico this summer, anticipating the business opportunities the devastation of a hurricane would produce. This framework—which understands disaster as an opportunity for profit—is not unusual. As Naomi Klein showed in her famous book, … Continue reading Disaster capitalism rages in Puerto Rico

Rebuilding Puerto Rico after the hurricane: ‘All Wall Street cares about is their money’

Trump’s recent visit to Puerto Rico illustrated an arrogant attitude toward a dire situation. At least 30 percent of Puerto Rican's have no electricity, and electric power is not likely to return until the end of October. The president's threats to cut off aid expose the real intentions of the U.S. ruling class. Prior to … Continue reading Rebuilding Puerto Rico after the hurricane: ‘All Wall Street cares about is their money’

Disastrous effects of hurricanes are compounded by capitalist greed

By CARL SACK At the time of this writing, Hurricane Nate is plowing through the eastern United States, the 14th named storm of what is on track to be the most costly Atlantic hurricane season on record. Over the summer, wildfires scorched millions of acres across the western U.S. and Canada, darkening the skies with … Continue reading Disastrous effects of hurricanes are compounded by capitalist greed

Hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico: U.S. aid is slow and insufficient

Soon after hurricane Irma devastated islands in the Caribbean and parts of Florida, Socialist Action reporter Ernie Gotta interviewed Omar Pérez Figueroa about the effects of the storm on Puerto Rico. Gotta followed up with Perez after hurricane Maria decimated the island. Pérez, a native of Puerto Rico, is a member of the Juventud Hostosiana, the youth … Continue reading Hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico: U.S. aid is slow and insufficient

Irma lands a heavy blow on Puerto Rico

Soon after hurricane Irma devastated islands in the Caribbean and parts of Florida, Socialist Action reporter Ernie Gotta interviewed Omar Pérez Figueroa about the effects of the storm on Puerto Rico. Pérez, a native of Puerto Rico, is a member of the Juventud Hostosiana, the youth group of the Hostosian National Independence Movement. He is an … Continue reading Irma lands a heavy blow on Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican activists fight coal ash dumping

INTERVIEW BY ERNIE GOTTA Puerto Rico has suffered for generations under the direct and indirect rule by the United States. The wealth of the island has been stripped by corporate interests while farmers and workers on the island have struggled with political, economic, and environmental degradation. Activists both at home and in the diaspora are … Continue reading Puerto Rican activists fight coal ash dumping

Connecticut refuses key steps on climate

By CHRISTINE MARIE Many cheered when Connecticut joined other states in proclaiming that they would stick to the Paris Agreement although the U.S. was pulling out. Unfortunately, the limits of that gesture became clear very soon. On July 26, the Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment released a long-awaited report, a draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The … Continue reading Connecticut refuses key steps on climate

Harvey ravages Houston: A glimpse of future disasters?

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER After swamping Houston and the Galveston Bay region, Tropical Storm Harvey wheeled into eastern Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Residents of Tyler County, Texas, were told by authorities, “Get out or die!” Over two feet of water was dumped on cities and towns that were still rebuilding from the legendary Hurricane Katrina in … Continue reading Harvey ravages Houston: A glimpse of future disasters?

Trump spurns Paris Climate Accord

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER “We’re getting out!” President Trump declared before the press and a knot of governmental officials who had gathered in the White House Rose Garden on June 1. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.” Trump characterized … Continue reading Trump spurns Paris Climate Accord

How can we fight climate change? All out for the April 29 Climate March!

By BILL ONASCH On the eve of the April 29 People’s Climate Mobilization in Washington and other cities, Bill Onasch describes what working people and the labor movement must do in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. The working class faces challenges on many fronts today. But one crisis is overarching. … Continue reading How can we fight climate change? All out for the April 29 Climate March!

Can we survive the epidemics that Big Agriculture produces? An interview with biologist Rob Wallace

By BUD SCHULTE and JOHN SCHRAUFNAGEL Rob Wallace is an evolutionary biologist and the author of “Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science” (Monthly Review Press). Through a dialectical process he shows us how Big Agriculture and its organization and methodology conflict with the epidemiological controls needed … Continue reading Can we survive the epidemics that Big Agriculture produces? An interview with biologist Rob Wallace

The tragedy of American science

By CLIFF CONNER The Earth Day 2017 March for Science signals resistance to Donald Trump’s sharp infusion of irrationality into the national discourse.  Official support for climate-change denial and other anti-science agendas has suddenly become much more explicit. At the same time, many protestors recognize a continuity linking Trump’s bizarre bluster with a pre-existing condition … Continue reading The tragedy of American science

Ecosocialism is more than a strategy, it’s a project for civilization

Alexandre Araujo Costa, a Brazilian ecology activist, spoke to Belgian ecology writer and activist Daniel Tanuro on a range of questions concerning ecology and ecosocialism.  For many years, left-wing organizations did not pay much attention to environmental issues in general but at least since its 15th Congress, the Fourth International seems to be increasingly concerned about what … Continue reading Ecosocialism is more than a strategy, it’s a project for civilization

A just transition to sustainable jobs

By BILL ONASCH The Trump administration wasted no time before launching a veritable blitzkrieg on all fronts in pursuit of an “alt-right” America First agenda. But resistance has been swift and massive. In addition to various movements mobilizing we also heard from scientists. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported: “Comments by U.S. President Donald Trump on nuclear weapons … Continue reading A just transition to sustainable jobs

Connecticut activists demand 100% renewable energy, jobs and justice

By SUSAN ROGERS “To Change Everything, It Takes Everyone!” Under this mantra of the new climate justice movement, 400 Connecticut activists joined a “March for Jobs, Justice, and a Livable Earth” on Dec. 3. Picket signs carried the slogans voted up by the planning committee and included: Emergency Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Grid! Mass … Continue reading Connecticut activists demand 100% renewable energy, jobs and justice

Standing with Standing Rock

By MARTY GOODMAN More than bitter winter weather lies ahead for hundreds of Native American nations and their supporters battling hazardous fossil-fuel pipelines on sacred Sioux land at the Standing Rock camp near Cannonball, North Dakota. A far more bitter struggle looms for Native American rights and climate justice with the incoming Trump administration. Former … Continue reading Standing with Standing Rock

Standing Rock and white supremacy

By CHRIS MATO NUNPA Ho Mitakuyapi, Owasin cantewasteya nape ciyuzapi do! In the Dakota Language, this is a greeting that means, “Hello, my relatives. With a good heart I greet all of you with a handshake!” On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not issue a permit for the … Continue reading Standing Rock and white supremacy

What’s Going on at Standing Rock? “Kill the Buffalo: Starve and Freeze the Natives”

  By CHRIS MATO NUNPA For most of this year, since April 2016, the Great Sioux Nation has gathered, along with its allies and supporters, to protect its treaty lands, with the sacred waters, the animal relatives, sacred sites, and burial sites, from the “Black Snake” (the Dakota Access Pipe Line, DAPL). In the past … Continue reading What’s Going on at Standing Rock? “Kill the Buffalo: Starve and Freeze the Natives”

Nationalize the energy industry!

By BRUCE LESNICK On Nov. 18, the Obama administration banned oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans for the next five years, while allowing drilling projects to go forward in the Cook Inlet (southwest of Anchorage, Alaska) and in the Gulf of Mexico. The media have noted the strong possibility that when … Continue reading Nationalize the energy industry!

Minneapolis rally protests use of sheriff’s deputies in Standing Rock attack

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL and JOHN SCHRAUFNAGEL — MINNEAPOLIS — Close to 1500 people protested on Friday, Oct. 28, outside Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office. The protesters were angered by the use of Hennepin County deputies and equipment brutalizing Indigenous people and their allies at Standing Rock. Sheriff’s departments from across the Midwest have been … Continue reading Minneapolis rally protests use of sheriff’s deputies in Standing Rock attack

A socialist joins the 2016 presidential debates, Part II

By BRUCE LESNICK This is the second part of an expanded debate in which socialist “Sydney Solidarity” squares off against the candidates of the ruling rich, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Part I of the debate, which appeared earlier on this website, dealt with economic matters. In this segment, the moderator, Lester Holt, asks the … Continue reading A socialist joins the 2016 presidential debates, Part II