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April 2022

Russia’s situation is probably hopeless at this point

Let me be clear about this. It is not that Putin doesn’t have a few moves left.  You never have played all your cards when you have a shit-ton of nuclear warheads up your sleeve and hypersonic missiles to carry them to their targets. If nothing else, Putin can still make his opponents curse the day they were born. Washington knows this and also knows…

“You’re welcome!” -Joe Biden

The Democratic Party has long believed that they can make problems disappear by just ignoring them. Now, in the run-up to the fall mid-term elections, they get to see if this sort of magical thinking will work in the case of an actual deadly pandemic that has already killed as many as 1.3 million Americans in two years. Earlier this year, the top brass…

In support of justice for Atambayev in Kyrgyzstan

«Мы видим дефицит свободы и прав человека» — Генсекретарь Социнтерна Луис Айала на суде по делу АтамбаеваKloop, 25 April 2022В Первомайском районном суде Бишкека прошло разбирательство по уголовному…

SI Secretary General in Angola

Internacional Socialista enaltece avanços em AngolaThe World News, 19 April 2022O secretário-geral da Internacional Socialista, Luis Ayala, congratulou-se com os avanços alcançados por Angola nos últimos anos, nos mais diversos domínios.Luis Ayala falava à imprensa no final de um encontro com o Presidente da República, João Lourenço... Read…

Solidarity with b.c. government employees!

Statement by the Communist Party of BC Provincial Committee, April 9, 2022 This spring’s round of collective bargaining talks between the main union representing provincial employees and the Horgan government has reached an impasse, according to the BCGEU, which says the latest offer from the NDP is effectively a wage cut. The BC Provincial Committee…

Straw Personing Maoism

 I was unaware of the existence of Renato Flores' article, Disarming the Magic Bullet, until recently, despite the fact that it was written over a year ago. This article purports to be a rejection of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism's status as the current stage of the science of revolution, being a response to a previous article by Cam W., and has a lot to…

Amazon Workers in Staten Island Clinch a Historic Victory

By Luis Feliz Leon April 1, 2022  Labor Notes It’s the magical stuff of Disney movies. But yesterday, the improbable became the most probable when the scrappy band of workers who make up the Amazon Labor Union took the lead in a union election at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, putting within reach a historic labor win at the corporate…

‘Ballad of an American: The Autobiography of Earl Robinson’ Now Back in Print

By Eric Gordon, C.J. Atkins March 18, 2022  People’s World Ballad of an American: The Autobiography of Earl Robinson, co-written with People’s World staff writer Eric A. Gordon has been out of print for almost twenty years. International Publishers has just reissued it in a new paperback edition now that Gordon, the surviving co-author, has secured…

Divided World: The UN Emergency Resolution is Endorsed by Countries Representing Only 41% of the World’s Population

By Roger Stoll March 24, 2022 On March 2 of this year the UN General Assembly met in an Emergency Session to pass a non-binding resolution condemning Russia’s February 24 intervention in Ukraine.1 141 countries voted for the resolution, 5 voted against, 35 abstained, and 12 did not vote. (Reported: Guardian, Al Jazeera, iNews.) In the absence of any…

Ukraine War Reveals Likely US Preparations for Biological Warfare

By W. T.  Whitney Jr. March 24, 2022 War in Ukraine turns people’s lives and affairs upside down. Dirty laundry, previously hidden, is on display. A Russian communication March 6 mentions “evidence of an emergency clean-up performed by the Kiev regime was found – aimed at eradicating traces of the military-biological program in Ukraine, financed…

Moderna’s Profits Show Why Big Pharma Can’t Meet Our Health Needs

By Nick Dearden March 16, 2022  Orinoco Tribune According to company’s own accounts, Moderna brought in $13bn in pre-tax profits in 2021. Last month, COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna announced its financial results for 2021. They confirmed that Moderna’s vaccine is one of the most lucrative medicines of all time, bringing in nearly $18bn in revenue…

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Signifies the End of an Era of Unipolar American Power

By Daniel Kovalik March 24, 2022  Covert Action Magazine Russia had drawn a line in the sand and, once violated, defied Washington by acting to defend its interests. A lot of countries support Russia, and Washington is powerless to stop it. If you are like me, you have been glued to the news about the Russian military operation in Ukraine and its implications…

Book Review: The Cancer of Colonialism

Reviewed by W. T. Whitney Jr. The Cancer of Colonialism – “W. Alphaeus Hunton, Black Liberation, and the Daily Worker 1944-1946“; Edited by and Introduction by Tony Pecinovsky.(International Publishers, New York, 2021. ISBN- 9780717808816, 355 pages, $19.99) Political movements and activists seeking to serve the people move toward unity of purpose…

How Charlotta Bass, a Black Woman and Peace Activist, Anticipated America’s Path to Militarism

By Denise Lynn February 15, 2022  Washington Post’s “Made By History” perspective section A hundred different organized groups have urged the Biden administration to reject war with Russia, despite mounting tensions caused by Russia moving closer to invading Ukraine. Polling shows little public support for a U.S. military response, nor has…

The War in Ukraine is a War over Europe

By Vijay Prashad April 3, 2022  People’s Democracy THE war in Ukraine is not a simple war. This is not a war merely between two neighbours about a border dispute, for instance. It is a complex war, a war not only between Russia and Ukraine but also a war that involves the United States and NATO (the Trojan Horse of the United States). The battlefield…

Medicare for All Is Not Enough

By David U. Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Adam Gaffney, Don McCanne and John Geyman March 31, 2022  The Nation Communities, not corporations, should own our most vital health care assets. We have long advocated for single-payer national health insurance. By eliminating private insurers and simplifying how providers are paid, single-payer…

“Is Russia an Imperialist Country?” — That’s Not the Right Question to Ask

By Greg Godels March 21, 2022 V. I. Lenin’s pamphlet, Imperialism, remains the leading elaboration of the concept of imperialism for Marxists. It is the starting point for any discussion of the global dynamics of capitalism from the late- nineteenth century until today. While capitalism has taken twists, turns, and even detours since Lenin’s time…

Book Review: Red Roulette

Reviewed by Roger Keeran Red Roulette:  An Insider’s Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today’s China by Desmond Shum.  London and New York et al.:  Simon & Schuster, 2021. $14.99. Pp. 310. Red Roulette recounts the life of Desmond Shum, the story of his birth in Shanghai in 1968, his upbringing in Hong Kong, his education at…

Book Review: ‘Wild Green Oranges’ – The True Adventure of a 19-year-old North American Fighting in the Cuban Revolution with Fidel Castro

Reviewed by Roger D. Harris Wild Green Oranges, by Bob Baldock. (Clapton Press, London, 2021, 238 pages) Wild Green Oranges describes how author Bob Baldock dropped out of college and was at loose ends in 1958. Then he became inspired after a chance viewing of a newsreel. It was about a band  of rebels in the remote eastern mountains of Cuba fighting…

War in Ukraine: Will There be a Winner?

By Greg Godels April 3, 2022 While debates rage unproductively over which side to support in the Ukraine war, the larger questions of who will ultimately gain and who will lose are becoming clearer. Making matters most difficult is the fog of tricked-out misinformation flowing from all sides, reminding us of how capitalism has corrupted, vulgarized…

From the Classics: Lenin on Opposing ‘One’s Own’ Imperialism

The Defeat of One’s Own Government in the Imperialist War In July 1915, when this article was written the war on its Western Front had settled into trench warfare that would claim the lives of millions. The Second International had collapsed, as its parties voted to support the war policies of their own capitalist ruling class. -THE EDITORS During…

The rise of the far right is a global phenomenon

The election of Donald Trump and the siege of the US Capitol on Jan. 6 made clear the rising political power of the right in America, but this is not an isolated phenomenon—right-wing power is surging across the globe. From India, Brazil, and the Philippines, to Hungary and the US, we find right-wing political movements that are challenging the established…

Socialists and the War in Ukraine: A Response to the Party for Socialism and Liberation

The Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine has provoked nationalist drum beats around the world. Socialists face huge pressure to side with the capitalist classes of the nations in which they reside, rather than with the global working class. Elsewhere Socialist Alternative has challenged the pressures for socialists to line up behind the U.S. and…

The report on Ontario’s natural resources the government didn’t want you to read

From warming water to shifting growing seasons, Ontario is already seeing the effects of climate change. But for the most part, Doug Ford and his government say, the province’s natural resources are doing just fine. In a report the government had declined to make public until The Narwhal requested it through freedom of information legislation, the…

What sort of Anti-War Campaign (3) – Not against the war but for victory?

Graphic from The Economist Opposition to the Russian invasion to the exclusion of all other causes of the war rests upon the view that there has been an aggressive invasion of Ukraine and its people have the right to defend themselves. This cardinal fact supersedes consideration of all issues before the invasion occurred. In doing so, while thinking…


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