Connecticut activists assemble at Climate Justice Teach-in

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—On Feb. 24, around 170 crowded into the Elmwood Community Center here to hear, as the promotional material described the event, “Experts and activists exploring some of the toughest questions facing the climate movement.” Jacqui Patterson, the director of the national NAACP’s Environmental and Justice Program, told the stories of individual people of…

Stop Gaël Quirante’s firing! Unite against repression at La Poste!

Sign the Petition! https://www.change.org/p/non-au-licenciement-de-ga%C3%ABl-regroupons-nous-contre-lanrepressiona-la-poste-et-ailleurs Once again, Gaël Quirante, departmental secretary of SUD Activités Postales 92 (a Post Office trade union) and a militant of the Social Front, is undergoing disciplinary abuse: 10 tries to fire him in 14 years, and almost a year of cumulated disciplinary suspensions. La Poste (the French postal company) tried to fire him…

Palestine leadership suspends recognition of Israel

By WAYNE DELUCA The Palestine Liberation Organization’s central council voted on Jan. 15 to “suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and revokes the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand and build settlements.” This is an important move that would also reverse the Palestinian leadership’s adherence…

The Lenin of libertarianism

By CLIFF CONNER  Nancy MacLean, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” Viking, 2017. Who is James McGill Buchanan? He was a Nobel laureate in “economic sciences,” but if his name is unfamiliar to you, you are not alone. He was not a publicity hound. He didn’t broadcast…

Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH • “Without Their Brain and Muscle Not a Single Wheel Can Turn”—For six days, beginning on Nov. 1, over 4700 Philadelphia transit workers, members of Transport Workers Union Local 234, shut down bus, trolley, and subway lines normally carrying more than 900,000 passengers daily. While more than a dozen items remained unresolved…

RESISTANCE: weekly press round up

–Anti-Trump Protests Held Across the U.S.   –Southern California SEIU Caucuses Call On AFL-CIO to Kick Out Police Union   –Condemn the mass killing of Maoists in India   –How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Fail to Help Struggling Farmers   –NFL players plan further activism on police   –Think Democrats Take Labor’s Money and Loyalty…

Corbyn set to beat Labour right wing, again

  By BARRY WEISLEDER British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn is on track to retain his job and defeat the right-wing challenge to his leadership. The 67-year-old, self-described Marxist campaigns for re-nationalization of public utilities and railways, and for unilateral disarmament of nuclear weapons. Corbyn beat out three other MPs to become Leader in October…

U.S. Threatens Syria War Escalation

By JEFF MACKLER When a June 16 New York Times front-page article blared, “51 U.S. Diplomats Urge Strikes Against Assad in Syria,” I could almost hear the war drums beating at the U.S. State Department and White House. These “mid-level diplomats,” with varying U.S. government Syria assignments over the years, “urged the United States to…

Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH Trump Close to White House—The highest profile current real estate project of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is the conversion of the historic Washington, D.C., Old Post Office, within sight of the president’s residence, into a luxury hotel. Trump does not own the new Trump International Hotel—he is leasing the property from…

Bernie Sanders’ demise: What are the lessons?

By JEFF MACKLER (This is an updated and expanded version of the article we first published on May 12.) U.S. primary election math pundits, as well as virtually the entire corporate media, insist, and with good reason, that Bernie Sanders has lost the Democratic Party presidential primary election contest. Indeed, following his nearly 13-point California…

Entrapped Somali youth on trial for ‘conspiracy’

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL The local capitalist media dubbed it, “Minnesota’s Terror Trial.” Guled Ali Omar, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, and Abdirahman Yasin Daud were allegedly part of a massive plot to travel to Syria in order to join ISIS (“ISIL”). The “conspiracy” was said to involve at least 10 young Somali men, all residents of the…

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

By CHRISTINE MARIE “Astro Noise,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Feb. 5 – May 2, 2016. In the “Seeds of Time,” Frederic Jameson famously wrote of our cultural moment, “It seems to be easier to imagine the thorough-going deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due…