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‘We Know They Lied’

Www.stevescottrootsmusic.com #FreeAssangeNow #SayHisName #NoJusticeNoPeace #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #NotMeUs “We Know They Lied” tackles the devastation wrought by a corporate duopoly disguised as political parties in the U.S. – false wars driven by greed and avarice; a decimated middle class; and, a justice system that is of, by and for elites…

Sanctions and the World Economic Order: a conversation with Prabhat Patnaik

Prabhat Patnaik, professor emeritus at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, is a Marxist economist and political commentator. From June 2006 to May 2011, he served as the vice-chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board. Following the crisis of 2008, he was part of a Joseph-Stiglitz-chaired task force…

‘Don’t say gay’: anti-equality legislation spreading state by state in the US

Donald Trump has been out of office for over a year now. But to many Americans directly threatened by the authoritarian Republican Party’s anti-minority, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ and, well, downright anti-democratic agenda, this last year hasn’t represented much of a reprieve. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2021 was the worst…

Briefing: World hunger and the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine, along with sanctions imposed by the United States and Western countries against Russia, have caused global food, fertiliser, and fuel prices to ‘skyrocket’ and endanger the world food supply. This conflict is exacerbating the existing crisis of global hunger and imperils the living standards and well-being of billions of people–particularly…

How Cuba revitalised its energy sector while significantly reducing carbon emissions

Cuba has been revitalising its energy sector for the past 25 years. As a result, there has been a demonstrable rise in overall efficiency and a significant reduction in emissions. Before the 1959 Cuban Revolution, only 56% of the population had access to electricity. The United States had almost total control over Cuba’s economic, financial and commercial…

History rounds off skeletons to zero: The Thirteenth Newsletter (2022)

Dear friends, Greetings from the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. On 16 March 2022, as Russia’s war on Ukraine entered its second month, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev warned his people that ‘uncertainty and turbulence in the world markets are growing, and production and trade chains are collapsing’. A week later…

Why is the Nicaraguan Government demonized by both Liberals and Conservatives when Nicaragua has seen great progress under the Sandinistas?

Women, particularly those in the Third World, often find themselves with limited ability to participate in community organizations and political life because of the poverty and their traditional sex role imposes on them. On them falls sole responsibility to care for their children and other family members, especially when sick; they maintain the home…

Weimar Futurities with Engelbert Stockhammer

Engelbert Stockhammer joins Money on the Left to discuss the political and economic debates that shaped and ultimately devastated Weimar-era Germany. Professor Stockhammer is professor of political economy in the department of European and International Studies at King’s College London and has published widely on financial instability and Post-Keynesian…

Russia promises reduced military activity, as Ukraine proposes ‘neutral’ status at talks

The latest round of Russia-Ukraine talks, held in Istanbul on Tuesday, have seen a “progress,” as the Russian delegation said Russia has decided to reduce military activities near Kiev and that they have received Ukraine’s proposal to become “neutral,” though observers said the most difficult part of the talks is the sovereignty issue and…

Hands off trans youth!

Trans people, and especially youth, are under attack in state capitols across the U.S. And the most egregious attack so far has come in a state that is a stronghold of the neofascist takeover of the Republican Party–Texas. On Feb. 17, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a “nonbinding opinion” that gender-affirming treatment for trans children…

China’s diplomacy on a roll in Kabul

Last Thursday, the Acting Foreign Minister of the Taliban interim government Amir Khan Muttaqi made a stunning remark to greet the visiting Chinese Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Kabul when he said, “This is the most important high-level delegation received by Afghanistan.” It spoke volumes about the quiet success of Beijing’s diplomacy…

“The policy of the USA has always been to prevent Germany and Russia from cooperating more closely”

Historical, political and economic contexts of the war in Ukraine Interview with Jacques Baud, conducted by Thomas Kaiser. Zeitgeschehen im Fokus: Mr Baud, you know the region where there is war now. What conclusions have you drawn from the last few days, and how could it have come to this? Jacques Baud: I know the region we are talking about quite…

Divided World: The UN Condemnation of Russia is endorsed by Countries run by the richest, oldest, Whitest people on Earth but only 41% of the World’s population

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. 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 reliable opinion poll of the…

Remembering Aijaz Ahmad

UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Comparative Literature Aijaz Ahmad passed away in his home in Irvine on March 9, 2022. He was an internationally prominent literary and critical theorist at the forefront of Marxist cultural thought. Ahmad joined UCI’s Department of Comparative Literature in 2016 with a position in global critical theory and comparative…

What race is and isn’t – excerpts from ‘Racism, Not Race’

We are radical scientists with long and deep connections to Science for the People. The main thesis of our new book, Racism, Not Race, is that inequalities are due to racism, not biological race. The book clearly presents, in a question and answer format, the science of human variation and its connections to histories of power and oppression. Even more…

Ukrainian forces want to surrender and Azov forces started shooting at them – they are at war with each other

U.S. Navy veteran and independent journalist, Patrick Lancaster, has been making regular reports from Ukraine since the beginning of the crisis.  His reports reveal that what is happening on the ground is not what Western corporate media would have you believe. “Over the 8 years of the Ukraine War I made more video reports in anti-Ukraine Government…

Argentina remembers 46th anniversary of the U.S.-backed civic-military coup

March 24, 2022, marked 46 years since the U.S.-backed civic-military coup overthrew the left-wing government of President Isabel Martínez de Perón in Argentina (July 1974-March 1976). The coup installed the bloodiest dictatorship in the history of the country, led by General Jorge Rafael Videla, Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera and Brigadier-General…

Re-visiting Russiagate in light of the Ukraine war

It’s hard to believe that the last president spent his term pouring weapons into Ukraine, shredding treaties with Russia and ramping up cold war escalations against Moscow which helped lead us directly to the extraordinarily dangerous situation we now find ourselves in, and yet mainstream liberals spent his entire administration screaming that he…

Mariupol—Civilians denounce the crimes of the fighters of the neo-nazi Azov Regiment

On 20 March 2022, while we were conducting a humanitarian mission near Sartana, on the north-eastern outskirts of Mariupol, we came across many civilians who had recently fled Mariupol thanks to the advance of Russian and DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) troops. One of them, Nikolay, agreed to talk on camera about the crimes committed by the neo-Nazi…

23 years after the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia: Lessons for today

Exactly 23 years ago, NATO countries, without UN Security Council authorization, ordered their troops to bomb the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as part of an offensive operation named Allied Force, under the pretext of a supposed humanitarian intervention to “prevent genocide” of Kosovar Albanians. The air strikes lasted 78 days, beginning on March…

Capitalism’s crimes against nature — interview with author Jeff Sparrow

I want to start with the central theme of your book—capitalism. It’s a subject that is increasingly part of discussion in the environmental movement. So could begin by talking about how you approach capitalism and the environment in the book? I was someone who first encountered Marxist ideas at university in the late 1980s. At that point, the way…

BBC correspondent-fixer shaping Ukraine war coverage is PR operative involved in “war-messaging tool”

Before serving as a fixer and reporter for the BBC in Ukraine, Orysia Khimiak handled PR for a start-up called Reface which created what the Washington Post called a “reality distorting app” now serving as “a kind of Ukrainian war-messaging tool.” According to her Linkedin profile, Khimiak was the director of PR for Reface until October 2021…

Halfway to the End of the War

Russia and Ukraine are taking the first steps towards ending the war through direct and video negotiations. After the past four rounds, progress was registered between the negotiators, notwithstanding the continuous clanging of arms. Ukraine realised that the West was sanctioning Russia to weaken its economy without necessarily having any consequence…

UN Special Rapporteur says Israel is committing ‘pitiless’ apartheid in new report

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Michael Lynk is the latest human rights expert to declare Israel an Apartheid state. In a 19-page report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday, Lynk said that the situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) has moved beyond occupation and annexation…

Ukraine is brutally repressing the left, criminalizing socialist parties, imprisoning activists

Ukraine’s Western-backed government has used Russia’s February 24 invasion to drastically escalate its repression of the left, banning Ukrainian socialist parties and imprisoning left-wing activists. There are widespread reports of Ukrainian state security services arresting and torturing leftists. Neo-Nazis and far-right extremists have systematically…


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