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Book Review – A Land with a People: Palestinians and Jews Confront Zionism

Reviewed by Martin Halpern March 2022 A Land with a People: Palestinians and Jews Confront Zionism: a Collection of Personal Stories, History, Poetry, and Art, Esther Farmer, Rosalind P. Petchesky, and Sarah Sills, eds. (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2021. 200 pages.) The volume under review is a follow-up to an earlier Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)…

‘The Mouse Kills the Cat’: Augusto Cesar Sandino’s Rebellion against the United States

February 21, 2022 How Sandino fought for Nicaragua’s independence, lost and remained a hero for its people. Before Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, before Ho Chi Minh and before Mao began his Long March, there was Augusto Cesar Sandino. While Sandino is not a household name in much of the world, as these others are, he was one of the most important and…

Book Review – Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire

Reviewed by Roger Marheine March 2022 Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire, by Jonathan Katz. (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2021. 412 pages.) As a companion to this review, MLT readers are encouraged to read Greg Godels’ ZZ’s Blog, “Imperialism, the Enemy of Peace” (February…

Arming Scientists and Society for the Climate Crisis

By W. T. Whitney Jr. March 14, 2022 “[O]ur obligation as scientists [is] to make sure we fight the good fight and ensure the fruits of science are not monopolized by the powerful and the elite.”  — Richard Levins   Three scientists associated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are discouraged. New Zealanders  Bruce…

From the Classics: Lenin on the Place of Imperialism in History

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin from Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, 1916 A POPULAR OUTLINE X. THE PLACE OF IMPERIALISM IN HISTORY We have seen that in its economic essence imperialism is monopoly capitalism. This in itself determines its place in history, for monopoly that grows out of the soil of free competition, and precisely out of free competition…

For Peace and a Just Solution to the Conflict in Ukraine: Communist Parties

Joint statement by Communist and workers parties February 28, 2022 We the undersigned political parties welcome the statement of the World Peace Council of February 25, 2022, which: Calls on all sides to the Russia-Ukraine conflict to restore and secure peace and international security through constructive political dialogue, noting that the Russian…

Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties: No to the Imperialist War in Ukraine!

February 24, 2022 An independent struggle is needed against monopolies and bourgeois classes, for the overthrow of capitalism, for the strengthening of the class struggle against imperialist war, for socialism! 1. The Communist and Workers’ Parties signing this Joint Statement are opposed to the imperialist conflict in Ukraine, which constitutes…

World Peace Council: On the Open Escalation of Military Actions in and around Ukraine

Statement of the World Peace Council February 25, 2022 The World Peace Council is its deeply troubled with the recent developments in Ukraine with the recent military escalation. We call upon all sides to restore and secure peace and international security through a constructive dialogue through political means. The Russian and Ukrainian people as well…

Documents Reveal US Government Spent $22 Million Promoting Anti-Russia Narrative in Ukraine and Abroad

By Alan Macleod, Mint Press News February 18, 2022 Kiev, Ukraine  – Amid soaring tensions with Russia, the United States is spending a fortune on foreign interference campaigns in Ukraine. Washington’s regime-change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), has spent $22.4 million on operations inside the country since 2014, when democratically-elected…

As U.S. Threatens War with Russia, Biden Administration Unveils Imperial Strategy for Indo-Pacific That Could Lead to War with China

Already threatening war with Russia, the White House this month has unveiled a new imperial grand strategy for the Indo-Pacific that raises the prospects of war with China. The new strategy starts by repeating familiar clichés about America’s supposed humanitarian intentions in Southeast Asia and role in providing the security that “allowed regional…

Paul Robeson – The Revolutionary

By Tony Pecinovsky February 8, 2022,  Black Perspectives It was reported in his New York Times obituary that Paul Robeson became a “virtual recluse” by the time of his death on January 23, 1976. He was living in his sister’s home in a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, completely retired from public life. From a pinnacle of roughly…

The Occupation of Ottawa is a Far-Right Assault on Labor and Democracy 

By Stephen Gowans February 10, 2022 Some people believe the occupation of Ottawa is a leftwing, pro-working-class phenomenon, but that’s hardly the view of trade unionists, community organizers, activists and frontline workers here in the city. We see, feel, hear, and experience the occupation first-hand, on the ground. That might be why we understand…

Terrell Starr and Black Support of Imperialism

By Margaret Kimberley, BAR Exec. Editor & Senior Columnist Black Agenda Report’s analysis of the US instigated crisis in Ukraine makes clear that imperialism is the source of turmoil in that country. The US role in heightening tensions must be exposed and the servants of US empire must be exposed as well. In recent weeks Black Agenda Report contributors…

On Democratic Socialism

Renzo Llorente engages with contemporary advocates of Democratic Socialism and argues that they ultimately fail to demarcate between liberal and socialist visions of democracy, resulting in capitulation to the liberal status quo.  ‘Either death to capitalism, or death under the heel of capitalism’ (1919 Soviet poster) It is sheer insanity to believe…

Along the Belt and Road: Breaking the Cycle of Underdevelopment in Latin America

February 16, 2022 Joe Biden says that Latin America is “in our front yard.” Nations in the region declare independence by deepening their ties with China.   The last few months have seen a significant expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean. Although this region of the world is not the most obvious fit for…

The US Invests More for Subversion in Cuba Than it Gets in Return

By Yisell Rodríguez Milán February 5, 2022  Granma Some 40 subversive projects in Cuba were funded in 2020, by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), one of the key economic arms of U.S. government’s interference in other countries, meant to destabilize governments that do not meet its expectations. The NED website revealed that, in 2020…

Physicians Slam Industry Push to ‘Fix’ — Not End — Medicare Privatization Scheme

“The industry thinks they can save it with minor tweaks and cosmetic fixes. But we won’t back down until Direct Contracting is shut down, for good,” one doctor said of the Trump-era program. By Jake JohnsonCommon Dreams, February 16, 2022 Physicians and progressive advocates on Tuesday urged the Department of Health and Human Services to reject…

No to War in Donbass: German CP

Statement of the German Communist Party February 15, 2022 No to war in Donbass! In recent weeks, the aggressive policy of NATO, the USA, and the German government against the Russian Federation has been intensified. More and more troops from NATO countries, including the Bundeswehr, are stationed in the immediate vicinity of the Russian border, in Poland…

Venezuela: The Legalization of Dollarization ( Eng.; Esp.)

By Pasqualina Curcio February 7, 2022 The national currency here in Venezuela, as in any nation-state, is a symbol of sovereignty. It is a guarantee of economic independence to the extent that it gives us the power to decide freely on our monetary policy, which is not a minor detail since it affects and determines the rest of the economic and social…

Documents Confirm NATO Promised the USSR Not to Expand to the East

February 19, 2022 Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev meets with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Photo: Getty Images The German magazine Der Spiegel published an article reporting that archival documents have been found confirming the promise of Western countries to the Soviet Union in 1991 not to expand NATO eastward. The materials…

Imperialism, the Enemy of Peace

By Greg Godels February 14, 2022 On February 2, I wrote: “Clearly, the Biden administration is fishing in troubled waters, exploiting unjustified fears of Russian aggression to advance narrow economic goals: natural gas sales and military-armament production and sales.” The point is that US behavior can be explained and is best explained as that…

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Calls for Escalating US Aggression against Russia

By Roger Harris  February 17, 2022 The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists emerged after World War II as a voice for peace by some of the scientists who developed the then ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Now, its mission has drifted into being an echo chamber for the US imperial project urging President Biden to take even more destabilizing actions…

The Capitalist Origins of Racial Oppression in the United States

By W. T. Whitney Jr. February 19, 2022 A recent BBC report attributes climate-change damage in Africa to “racialized capitalism.” That term, or its kin “racial capitalism,” reflects a new understanding of U.S. slavery on the part of many historians. Its meaning, however, is not entirely clear. The actual experience of enslaved Africans and…

Book Review The St. Louis Commune of 1877:  Communism in the Heartland .

The St. Louis Commune of 1877:  Communism in the Heartland by Mark Kruger. University of Nebraska Press,  2021, 301 pp. Reviewed by Bob Bonner Mark Kruger has masterfully unearthed an episode of labor history which the ruling class had buried and tried to permanently erase. He has done a tremendous service to  all, save the forces bent on  the …

From the Classics: Lenin on the New Economic Policy (NEP)

The NEP ( 1921-29) was the economic policy of the Soviet state aimed at restoring the alliance between the workers and the peasants that had been grievously strained by the First World War, foreign imperialist intervention, and civil war.  It marked a necessary retreat. While keeping the commanding heights of the economy in the state sector,  NEP…


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