Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

bell hooks, feminist icon: presente!

bell hooks: feminist icon: presente! © 12/21/21 by  Mumia Abu-Jamal She was born Gloria Watkins 69 years ago in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on September 25th, 1952. But the world knew her by pen name, bell hooks, and readers recognize that name by its distinctive use of lowercase letters. Why lower case? Two principal reasons: one, to remind readers it wasn’t about her but about her work, and two, it was a tribute to [...]

Cisco Drake (Frank Giron) – presente!

The Herald Dispatch Newspaper in Los Angeles was an independent African American News Paper. A vanguard in its geopolitical reportage with an aggressive editorial format. But because of its unabashed model, it fell victim to much political attacks, the locale was even burglarized and bombed twice. Finally, after its publishing 20 year run from 1954 to 1974 it was forced to close operations. Its proud editors-in-chiefs: Mr. Samford Alexander and Wife Pat [...]

Poetry Corner: Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson [Excerpt]   Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us. Facing [...]

What the Monroe Doctrine Signifies to Latin America

By Prof. Cisco Drake For the people of Latin America, since December 2, 1823, when then U.S. President James Monroe established a Doctrine that would always identify its rule over the vast region then classified as Latin America, it is impossible to understand why the economic and political conditions in the Countries of Latin America have compelled so many to migrate to other lands, usually to the U.S., since this Doctrine was [...]

The Long Roots of Venezuela’s Communal Road to 21st Century Socialism

Excerpt from “Back to the Future” by Chris Gilbert https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/12/19/back-to-the-future-the-long-roots-of-venezuelas-communal-tradition/ (The full piece is behind a paywall). Despite the change-over from Trump to Biden, the US continues its financial, commercial and clandestine attacks on Venezuela, and its claims that the country is a dictatorship, even though the Chavista Socialist Party has won numerous free and fair elections. This article examines some of the historical and theoretical bases for the Venezuelan effort to [...]

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The High Stakes of the US-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies https://www.codepink.org/the_high_stakes_of_the_us_russia_confrontation_over_ukraine A report in Covert Action Magazine from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine describes grave fears of a new offensive by Ukrainian government forces, after increased shelling, a drone strike by a Turkish-built drone and an attack on Staromaryevka, a village inside the buffer zone established by the 2014-15 Minsk Accords. The People’s Republics of  Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR), which [...]

I Am an Afghan Woman

I am an Afghan woman. My family fled the US-backed proxy war against the Soviet Union. You have been told it is a civil war - we Afghans have killed each other but mainly on the bankroll of foreign governments who divide to conquer. The Afghanistan you see today has its roots in the British occupation of India, exacerbated by the USSR & USA. Regional powers like Pakistan, Iran, China and Gulf [...]

Afghan Crisis Must End the US Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies People have been shocked by videos of thousands of Afghans risking their lives to flee the Taliban’s return to power in their country - and then by an Islamic State suicide bombing and ensuing massacre by U.S. forces that together killed at least 170 people, including 13 U.S. troops. Even as UN agencies warn of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the U.S. Treasury [...]

NATO in “Latin” America

by Rick Rozoff https://antibellum679354512.wordpress.com/2021/07/14/natos-800-mile-border-with-south-america/#comments The website of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium featured a story on Bastille Day in which it interviewed a French officer with the SHAPE military police.  SHAPE had been based in France until Charles de Gaulle evicted it in 1967 when he withdrew from NATO’s integrated military structure. The interview was unremarkable until the Frenchman was asked what were some aspects of France [...]

Genocide Schools

“Genocide Schools” by Mumia Abu-Jamal © 07/02/21 While most of us think of schools as a social good, in the history of some people, that has not been the case. Among Canada’s indigenous people, those we have come to call “Indians,” schools have become a place of pain, sorrow, and loss. For the better part of a century these schools, called residential schools, were where indigenous children came to be whipped, punished, [...]

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