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Former U.S. State Secretary Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

Colin Powell, a former and the first African-American secretary of state, died at 84 of COVID-19 complications on Monday morning. He died despite being fully vaccinated. Powell became the first African-American national security advisor during the end of President Ronald Reagan’s administration (1…

Generational, Historical, Familial, Capitalism Trauma

Whew, the realities of so many people as part of the walking wounded in high and low places. The landscape in USA, now Canada, UK and parts of Europe, where the Capitalists buff their gold-plated toilets and polish their collection of cars, there are hundreds of millions of people, rudderless, broke…

Tories to blame for GP crisis

Link to this page: [] The Socialist newspaper, 20 October 2021 Striking junior doctors, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)Jon Dale, Secretary, Unite Nottinghamshire health (personal capacity) The UK's Covid hospitalisation rate is currently six times higher than other large European countrie…

The Climate Crisis, Degrowth and a Global Green New Deal (part 3)

As we move toward the COP26 UN meetings on climate change in Glasgow in November, debate is intensifying over the political coalitions and policy mechanisms to address the mounting climate emergency. The 6th Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released earlier this year, (Climate…

Justice for October 2020  – EndSARS police brutality in Nigeria

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest, the Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) salute all radical youth who stood against police brutality and state repression, last October, as well as those who have continued to resist repression since then. As a report by the Guardian newspaper…

Bagels, grapes and marijuana: a day in the country

I did not go to the town of Sonoma to buy bagels, but while I was there for a meeting of the Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts (SVCE), I figured I might as well buy half-a-dozen. The bagels at Homegrown are some of the best in northern California, in part because the owner, Stuart Teitelbaum, who w…

Narrative traps in India’s decision-making

I read a stimulating essay recently co-authored by Paul Dolan, professor at the London School of Economics, and his research assistant Amanda Hedwood analysing, against the backdrop of the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, how dominant narratives powerfully influence decisions and create the…

COP26: Trade unions must fight for a socialist transition to renewables

Link to this page: [] The Socialist newspaper, 20 October 2021 Socialist planning internationally is essential to save the planet from climate catastrophe   (Click to enlarge)Chris Baugh, Lancashire Socialist Party The UK government is hosting the 26th United Nations Climate Change 'Conference of…

People’s Budgets – a socialist answer to cruel cuts

Link to this page: [] The Socialist newspaper, 20 October 2021What we think Photo: Rajavan   (Click to enlarge)There's no denying the facts. Thanks to austerity, more people are being forced onto the streets, more people are dying - and younger - and more are in line to lose their job. 50,000 extr…

The U.S. Peace Council Strongly Condemns The Illegal “Extradition” of Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab And Demands His Immediate Release

October 18, 2021Once again, U.S. imperialism revealed its outlaw nature by resorting to kidnapping and extraordinary rendition (reminiscent of its similar illegal actions in Afghanistan and Iraq) of Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab, for trying to buy humanitarian supplies for Venezuela — a fully leg…

‘This is putting our students at risk’: A teacher’s view of the Victorian school reopening

The information I’ve received is so vague. All I know is that a student attended school with COVID—I don’t know whether it was the day of the GAT—and since then year 12 students and their teachers have been instructed to isolate and wait for instructions from DHHS about when they could retur…

Colin Powell: Establishment Warrior

History is strewn with the broken branches of twisted irony.  An individual who found himself entangled in it was the late Colin Powell, who, as a military man, gave a doctrine his name only to forgo it as a diplomat. The Powell Doctrine was one of certitude and caution: do not engage in conflict e…

Colin Powell (1937-2021): U.S. imperialism’s top salesman for slaughter

Aftermath of the 1991 “Highway of Death” massacre carried out while Powell was the top officer in the U.S. military. Credit — samer (Flickr) Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under the George W. Bush administration and key promoter of the Iraq war, passed away Monday at the age of 84 due…

March on Minneapolis city attorney home demands dropping charges against 646-plus arrested protesters

Minneapolis march demands dropping charges against the 646 plus demonstrators arrested last November. (Photo by Jazmine Hall) Minneapolis, MN - On Saturday evening, October 16, 300 people marched through Uptown Minneapolis to the home of the city attorney, to demand that he drop the charges against…

Striketober!

Before the month is half over, October 2021 already has a nickname: #Striketober! Kellogg workers have been on strike since Oct. 5. On Oct. 5, 1,400 workers at four Kellogg’s cereal plants went on strike to block the company’s concessionary demands. They are members of Bakery, Confectionery, To…

Colin Powell: a lesson

Colin Powell died on Oct. 18. Within hours of his death, ruling-class politicians, including all former presidents except Trump, had publicly praised him. Powell had been this country’s first Black national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.  The corpo…

An open letter from the Coalition for Civil Freedoms in support of activist Joe Lombardo

The Coalition for Civil Freedoms, its Board, staff, member organizations, and concerned individuals stand in solidarity with activist and organizer Joe Lombardo after an incident of FBI harassment. Joe has been an organizer in the anti-war movement for decades and is presently a co-leader of the cou…

Flashback: Remembering the 2011 murderous attack against PAME rally in Athens

Today, 20 October, marks the 10th anniversary of the organized murderous attack unleashed by parastatal groups, anarchists, fascists and other provocateurs against the huge rally of PAME and trade unions in Athens in 2011. Back then, as a response to the anti-people measures taken by the PASOK gover…

The Empire of Lies Breaks Down: Ugly Truths the Deep State Wants to Keep Hidden

By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead / October 19th, 2021 … the world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it. —Albert Einstein America is breaking down. This breakdown—triggered by polarizing circus politics, media-fed mass hyst…

Detroiters to vote on reparations: Make the banks pay!

Voters in Detroit, a majority-Black city, will have the opportunity November 2 to join a growing number of cities across the United States in pursuing reparations for racism against the African American population. The Detroit resolution, spearheaded by Detroit City Councilmembers Mary Sheffield and…

What could this moment of labor strife become if workers get more organized?

At this very moment, 10,000 UAW members at John Deere are on strike in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas; 35,000 healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente have authorized a strike; 1,400 workers at cereal giant Kellogg’s are on strike in Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; 1,100 coal miners in…

India Walton’s campaign for mayor of Buffalo stands up to harassment & intimidation

India Walton, a proud socialist, shocked the political establishment when she won the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo in June over 4-term Mayor Byron Brown. Her campaign for mayor generated much enthusiasm among Buffalo’s workers, but the ruling ruling elite were horrified.  Suddenly they…

It’s time to confront the anti-vaccination far right

When fascists attacked the headquarters of an Italian trade union confederation this month, tens of thousands of anti-fascists responded by taking to the streets. We should take note in Australia.The COVID-denialist, anti-vax protests around this country must be opposed publicly. Those organising an…

Why U.S. Capitalism is a Form of Organized Crime

This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On today’s “In the News” roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Rous…

New York City: Rally in Support of Dr. Aafia SiddiquiWednesday,…

New York City: Rally in Support of Dr. Aafia SiddiquiWednesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.Pakistani Consulate, 12 East 65th St., ManhattanIn 2003, Dr. Aafia was kidnapped in Pakistan and sentenced to life in prison in a notoriously unjust trial. Wear yellow to the rally!Click below to learn more about…


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