May Day in Puerto Rico: Mass marches combat austerity & privatization

Photo: The Teachers’ Federation of Puerto Rico (FMPR) continued its militant opposition to the government closing of public schools (left) during May Day in San Juan. Contingents from all regions and sectors of the people united against the assaults of U.S.-imposed austerity. By Berta Joubert-Ceci, originally posted on Workers World, May 8 On May Day, the extreme political devastation in[…]

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The Opiod Crisis, Treatment in a Capitalist Society

by Princess Harmony, originally posted on Workers World, May 10 One would think that those in charge of public health might go all in to defeat the “opioid crisis,” yet that isn’t what’s happened. Goldman Sachs recently put out a report saying that having the medical industry curing people wasn’t good for business. This is no less true with treatments[…]

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Capitalism Caused the Opiate Epidemic

by Princess Harmony, originally posted on Workers World, April 27 There’s an opiate epidemic currently ravaging the working class in the U.S. Tens of thousands of people have died already, and thousands more will die or will come close. As it stands, the opioid epidemic has decreased the average lifespan of people in the U.S. and is one of the[…]

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Teachers’ Class Struggle Defiance Inspires Millions

Photo: 75,000 Arizona teachers marched on the capitol in Phoenix on April 26, at the start of their strike. (Ralph Fresco / Getty Images) by Jeff Mackler, originally published on Socialist Action, May 7 It’s been a long while since anyone alive has seen working people successfully fight back against capitalist cruelty with winning class-struggle strategies and tactics. Today, teachers,[…]

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GWU Student Senate Passes Divestment Resolution Despite Harassment

Student arrives at George Washington University divestment vote with a member of the anti-BDS group ‘Canary Mission’ (right) continuing efforts to intimidate students. (Photo: Divest This Time) by Jesse Rubin, originally posted on Mondoweiss, April 27 After being delayed a week because of threats to their safety, the George Washington University (GW) student Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution to divest[…]

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The Warmakers

Israel launched a major attack on Syria last night from the occupied Syrian Golan, and Syria retaliated.   The Israelis claimed to be attacking Iran, and they initiated the attack at the same time Trump was announcing the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.   But Syria was targeted and Syria retaliated.   The damages are hard to assess.  Syria was able to mitigate[…]

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The ‘Fake News’ Story is Fake News

by Phillip Weiss, originally published on Mondoweiss Almost every day on public radio or public television, I hear reports about how fake news is undermining our democracy. These high-minded reporters and anchors seem truly to believe that a feverish menace is overwhelming the minds of once-sensible people. This story is itself fake news for several obvious reasons. We’ve never had[…]

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Nicaragua: Next in Line for Regime Change?

The pattern is similar to events in Libya, Syria and Venezuela, where extreme right-wing political minorities conspired with foreign elites to overthrow the national status quo. Events in Nicaragua over the past week are clearly modeled on the kind of U.S.-led, NATO-driven regime change that succeeded in Libya, Ivory Coast and Ukraine, but has so far failed in Thailand, Syria[…]

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The Kim-Moon DMZ Summit

The Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula During this momentous period of historical transformation on the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification, President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of[…]

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Bad Drones

by Ted Krall, originally published on Counterpunch, 4/24/18 We have succumbed, in recent years, to technological passivity, the assumption that there’s nothing we can (or should) do about what an older generation used to call “progress.” But that’s not true. War goes on, yet most of the world’s nations came together to ban landmines. Mines, humanity decided, were a horror[…]

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