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Multimillionaire counterrevolutionary: Mark R. Levin’s new book ‘American Marxism’

Every thuggish movement needs its cover of respectability and even scholarly, theoretical pillars. This is the role played by Mark R. Levin, whose newest tome American Marxism provides squawking points for the radically neo-fascist, lumpen Republican Party, which has been increasingly embracing the…

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Militant journalism from behind enemy lines

Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent nearly 40 years unjustly imprisoned after he was framed and convicted of killing a white police officer in Philadelphia. He’s spent the majority of those years on death row. As a former member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP, Mumia learned the…

If all refugees lived in one place, it would be the 17th most populous country in the world: The Forty-Second Newsletter (2021)

Dear friends, Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Kim in Sok (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Rain Shower at the Bus Stop, 2018. On 5 October, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a historic, non-legally binding resolution that ‘recogni…

SPEECH: Frederick Douglass on John Brown, 1860

On December 3rd, 1860, Frederick Douglass was set to address an anti-slavery rally at Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church, held to commemorate the death of the radical abolitionist John Brown and to mark the one-year anniversary of his ill-fated raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry V…

New World Coming: ‘Racial Capitalism’ with Robin D. G. Kelley

James Counts Early is joined by historian and activist Robin D.G. Kelley to discuss Robin’s career work on racial capitalism, multiculturalism and identity, and the history of the struggle for socialism. To learn more about James and Robin’s discussion, check out our Political Education platform…

The ‘Democratic Majority for Israel’ is a hate organization

I argued in my last article that the hatred coming from the Jewish community is not confronted because it comes in the guise of fighting antisemitism. Ten days ago we saw another example of this hatred that has no name. The target was once again Michigan congresswomen Rashida Tlaib. So, what did Tla…

A different sort of truth

When Mohamedou Ould Slahi Zoomed into my graduate class from Mauritania in March to discuss his new novel, The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga, he shared a bit about the role writing fiction played during his detention at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2016. Writing fiction helped him “create…

Luis Arce: An anti-imperialist climate agenda

Luis Arce Catacora: President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Speech Thank you very much brothers and sisters, hugs to the city of La Paz, Bolivia and to everyone that follows us via social media around the world. I want to salute: to the jilata David Choquehuanca, Vice President of the Plurin…

‘State terrorism’: Alfred de Zayas on Alex Saab kidnapping

This Sunday, October 17, the human rights expert Alfred de Zayas, through his Twitter account, asserted that the case of “lawfare” presented during the kidnapping of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab by the United States, apart from revealing the corruption that reigns in Cape Verde, attempts to…

A Discussion with John Bellamy Foster – Presenting the 2021 transform! yearbook

A discussion with John Bellamy Foster, one of the world’s leading figures in Marxian ecological theory. John Bellamy Foster is the editor of Monthly Review, one of the world’s leading figures in Marxian ecological theory and author of numerous books including “The Return of Nature: Socialism a…

Cinematic time and the accumulation of ecosocial crises

In his essay, researcher and filmmaker Alejandro Pedregal traces back to the early days of cinema. The new art form emerged during a capitalist era which had fundamentally altered our perception of time. How can cinema today challenge the hegemonic worldview of time produced by the capitalist societ…

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…

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…

‘Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity’

On October 11, the World Health Organization published a special report on climate change and health. The Health Argument for Climate Action is being submitted to participants in the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which opens in G…

Cuba reaches milestone with 60% of its population being fully vaccinated

Cuba has successfully vaccinated around 60% of its population with its own vaccines despite numerous challenges due to the decades long US embargo. According to the Cuban Public Health Ministry, as of October 12, 6,500,743 Cubans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The figure represents 58…

The U.S. flies Alex Saab out from Cabo Verde without court order or extradition treaty

On October 16, Colombian businessman and Venezuelan Special Envoy Alex Saab was in practical terms kidnapped for the second time, first by Cabo Verde under pressure from Washington, and now by the U.S., in flagrant violation of international law. For nearly a year and a half, Saab had been imprisone…

Mint After Reading: Philip Diehl Talks with Rohan Grey

In this bonus episode, Rohan Grey speaks with Philip Diehl about #MintTheCoin in the wake of this season’s debt limit showdown. Director of the United States Mint under President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000, Diehl is best known today as the person most responsible for 31 U.S. Code 5112(k). The…

‘Marx in Soho’: An Epilogue

In 1999, Howard Zinn published the sensation Marx in Soho: A Play on History. The story began with Karl Marx petitioning Heaven to come back to Earth for a short while so that he could “clear his name.” A bureaucratic mishap sent Marx to Soho, New York, instead of Soho, London, where he spent hi…

A City Hall whodunit: what economic and political forces are responsible for climate change?

After a summer of record heat waves, droughts and forest fires, dangerous hurricanes and floods, and melting glaciers and permafrost, the scientific explanations for the climate crisis have gained wider support. For example, the World Health Organization’s recent report, COP26 Report on Climate Ch…

[BREAKING] Venezuelan Government envoy Alex Saab extradited to the United States

Venezuelan government envoy Alex Saab has been extradited to the United States from Cape Verde, where he had been imprisoned since 2020. The extradition was first reported by local Cape Verde outlets and later confirmed by U.S. officials. The contractor will face trial in Florida where he was charge…

Central Asia’s neoliberal tragedy

Yves here. The story of the post-USSR plutocratic land grab in Russia is well known, at least among those paying a bit of attention. By contrast, comparatively few have heard of the parallel, similarly exploitative, neoliberal program in Central Asia, specifically Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I had a…

Globalization and its big data: the historical record in financial markets

One revolutionary consequence of the expansion of digital technologies is their ability to change the fabric of capitalism: As they harvest enormous amounts of data, “Big Tech” firms are becoming more like banks. For instance, if the traces left by our individual pathways as we navigate the inte…

The curious case of Haitian pigs and Canadian imperialism

Pigs and Canadian imperialism. Most people would have difficulty understanding the connection. But for many Haitians the relationship is a historical memory. Recently, African Swine Fever (ASF) was detected in Haiti. Specialists were not surprised since a couple months earlier pigs in the neighborin…

The imprint of an insurrectional past: a conversation with Iraida Vargas and Mario Sanoja

Iraida Vargas and Mario Sanoja are not detached social scientists, indifferent to what they investigate. Instead, their work in anthropology and archeology is overtly engaged, seeking to link Venezuela’s history and prehistory to its present, including to its current political projects. Their 2015…


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