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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.
CLIMATE CRISIS STRIKES PAKISTAN -- To aid the millions of Pakistanis suffering from the catastrophic floods: send donations through ESSF (Europe solidaire sans frontières)
By FAROOQ TARIQ A financial appeal and summary of Pakistan’s flood situation: Incessant monsoon rains and flash floods have devastated Pakistan, affecting millions of people and incurring huge economic losses.
By ANN MONTAGUE In Britain, the working class is experiencing a wave of strikes and “Industrial Action” from some of the largest established unions in the country, activity that disrupts the economy. These striking unions have made political demands in recent years to renationalize mail, rail and the electric grid.
By JEFF MACKLER Of the estimated 1.4 million top security clearance U.S. personnel employed by one or another of the government’s 18 branches of its $81 billion annually budgeted “U.S. Intelligence Community,” perhaps one or two individuals each year are designated as “whistleblowers” and persecuted to the high heavens.
By JOE LAURIA Guests Who Visited WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange In The Ecuador Embassy Have Sued The C.I.A., Former C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo And Spanish Security Firm UC Global For Allegedly Violating Their 4th Amendment Rights.
By JEFF MACKLER, National Secretary of Socialist Action A re-print from August 2021, when US military fled Afghanistan in defeat. After 20 years of untold U.S. government-inflicted barbaric horrors on the people of Afghanistan the world’s greatest military power, along with its NATO allies, stands humiliated, demoralized and defeated, forced to abandon their claimed nation-building project in the face of irreversible Taliban victories over the past year and longer.
By ISAAC SANEY and CHERYL LaBASH While various countries such as Mexico and Venezuela were concretely assisting Cuba in overcoming the unprecedented disastrous fire consuming the Mantanzas oil storage facility, the United States cynically sat on its hands, instead asking Havana to call them.
By ALEJANDRA GARCIA from Havana The eyes of the world are upon Cuba after an enormous fire caused by a lightning strike on a crude oil storage tank in the Cuban city of Matanzas killed one firefighter and injuring more than 120 people.
The United National Antiwar Coalition stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine and strongly condemns the most recent violent attacks by Israel on the people of Gaza.
By ROGER WATERS I am constantly amazed at the cruel pretexts the United States uses to destabilize Cuba. Since the triumph of the Cuban revolution, the US government has relentlessly attacked the country’s socialist project.
WEBINAR ON HAITI -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx0yJLBzhjY
By RICK STERLING There are similarities today with the US and NATO pouring tens of BILLIONS of dollars in weapons into Ukraine to counter the Russian military intervention. The US and western allies are providing additional support in intelligence and military advice.
Thursday, July 28 at 4pm. Come join us at the San Francisco site of Citibank and the French Consulate to highlight and protest their role in foreign intervention in Haiti.
BY BARRY SHEPPARD Biden’s Mideast trip, aimed at boosting his historically low and still-declining approval ratings, now at 32 percent, ended with a whimper. Indeed, the U.S. ruling elite is increasingly looking for a more viable, that is, electable 2024 presidential alternative. Regardless, whichever face they decide upon, Democrat or Republican, progressive or liberal or centrist, their fundamental policies will remain in place to the detriment of all humanity.
BY JEFF MACKLER U.S. Out Now! U.S. Hands off Ukraine! Abolish NATO! No to U.S./NATO nuclear war-threatening “no-fly zones” over Ukraine! Self-determination for the people of Donbass! For an independent socialist Ukraine! No to U.S.-backed fascist coups and the establishment of U.S. puppet governments! No to U.S. oil wars everywhere! $Billions for human needs; not a penny for war! For a rapid transition to a safe, clean, fossil fuel free worker-controlled energy system that guarantees quality jobs and security for all! Close all military bases the world over, beginning with the 1,100 U.S. bases in 110 countries, followed by Russia’s seven bases and China’s single base in Djibouti!
By BRIAN GARVEY From start to finish Waters used his platform to scream out a message to a packed Boston Garden. It was a message that was explicitly anti-war, anti-authoritarian, pro-people, and pro-justice; offering commentary that was not only poignant but also intentionally challenging to a mainstream audience.
By BENJAMIN NORTON Mexico’s left-wing President López Obrador denounced US hypocrisy and reiterated his call to free Julian Assange, calling him a “prisoner of conscience” and the “best journalist of our time, in the world.” At a press conference, AMLO played a WikiLeaks video showing the US military killing civilians in Iraq.
With the collection of over 200,000 signatures by Razem and feminist groups, the Polish parliament discussed a pro-Choice bill today.
By RICK STERLING Last week (June 8-10) there were two summits in Los Angeles, California: the Summit of the Americas hosted by the US State Department and the Peoples Summit hosted by US and international activist organizations. The two summits were held in the same city at the same time but could not be otherwise more different.
By JEFF MACKLER Led by the dominant capitalist-imperialist nations, especially the U.S. and China, the system involves the capture and transfer of surplus value from workers in poorer countries to leading corporations in the advanced countries. Today, global value chain corporations that represent only 15 percent of all trading firms worldwide, capture some 80 percent of total trade.
Socialist Action newspaper for the summer of 2022: UKRAINE: NO TO THE U.S. PROXY WAR AND FASCIST COUP; and Women’s Rage: My Body, My Choice; May Day in Canada
By NICOLAS BAKER Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81200185268?pwd=bmprdVN1d1VUMVhLZmlBVXlVOWV2Zz09 The U.S. government and its corporate media have created an Orwellian world of lies and half truths regarding the origins of the present war in Ukraine. Obliterated from the record has been the central role of the U.S. in its orchestrated 2014 coup that imposed a fascist-led U.S.-dominated government aimed at seizing control of Ukraine’s resources to advance the wealth and power of the U.S. corporate elite.
By JEFF MACKLER, for Socialist Action/USA This is the third and final text presented by Socialist Action as a minority viewpoint to the February 19-23, 2022 meeting of the Fourth International (FI), an international socialist current of some 56 parties across the globe. Some 150 representatives of these parties gathered this year via Zoom due to the COVID 19 crisis to discuss and debate the Fourth International’s politics and program. The politics in the report below were adopted by the National Committee of Socialist Action/USA, a fraternal party of the FI barred by reactionary U.S. legislation from being a formal member of any international socialist organization. The text below was rejected by the February FI meeting by the vast majority of delegates. The central thesis of the majority text asserts that the building of revolutionary socialist parties on the Leninist model anywhere in the world today is not on the agenda. The text below, slighted updated to cover developments since the February FI meeting, challenges this view in all its fundamentals.