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Poetry Corner: Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish [excerpt]   Gaza not the most beautiful of cities it is Its shore not bluer than these of other Arab cities they are And its oranges are not the most beautiful on the Mediterranean And Gaza is not the richest of cities And it is not the most progressive among cities But it is equal to a nation's history Because it is the ugliest in the enemy's eyes Poorer, more miserable and most ferocious Because it is the savage lesson for [...]

Joint Statement by Palestinians in North America on Nakba Day: May 15, 2021

https://palestinianyouthmovement.com/nakba-73 As we mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, we, the undersigned, join together to reaffirm our commitment to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return, and liberation. We commemorate the loss experienced by Palestinians in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of our people were forced into exile and saw their homes and villages stolen or destroyed by Zionist militias. To this day, colonization and dispossession remain ongoing processes, where Palestinians continue to endure land theft and encroachments on their basic rights. Despite the multiple decades [...]

Calling on the Squad to Downsize Biden’s Military & Nuclear Budget

Squad & Co: Unite as a Bloc to Downsize Biden’s Military Budget   Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd    Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)   Imagine this scenario:   A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, “We’ve studied President Biden’s proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump’s already inflated budget, and we can’t, in good conscience, support this.”   Now that would be a show stopper, particularly if they added, “So we [...]

The Envoy on Antisemitism, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, the ADL and Me

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Rumor has it that Joe Biden is considering naming Abe Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as his new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position within the State Department that falls under the Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. This focused my attention both on the purpose of the office, which is related to US foreign policy, explaining why it’s an “envoy” (someone being sent elsewhere) and also on the ongoing controversy over the IHRA [...]

Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing “Iranian-backed militias” who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this is about getting more leverage vis-a-vis Iran, why hasn’t the Biden administration just done what it said it would do: rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and [...]

The Decline and Fall of the U.S. Empire

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” He dismissed Susskind’s assumption that public policy must be rooted in “the reality-based community.” “We’re history’s actors,” the advisor told him, “…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Sixteen years later, the U.S. wars and war crimes launched by the Bush administration have [...]

Murder Incorporated: Book Three-Perfecting Tyranny

MURDER INCORPORATED: Empire/Genocide/Manifest Destiny Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, Foreword by Angela Davis Prison Radio, San Francisco CA, 2020, 420 pp., $20, ISBN  978-7346489-1-1 (softcover) also available as hardcover and e-book (softcover $25 including shipping from Prison Radio, PO Box 411074, SF CA 94141, https://prisonradio.org Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA-People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) The culminating third volume in the history of US empire and the resistance to it by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and film-maker Stephen Vittoria is "passionately [...]

Venezuela in the Cross-Hairs of the US Empire

Biden Continues Trump Policies Towards Venezuela https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/15100  Excerpts: New Secretary of State Antony Blinken told members of the US Senate that recently inaugurated President Biden will continue to recognize Venezuelan self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido as that country’s legitimate leader. Blinken also claimed the Biden administration would look to use unilateral sanctions “more effectively” in its efforts to oust the Maduro government. Former White House Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told the Miami Herald he expected “no major changes” after meeting incoming foreign policy officials, while [...]

Poetry Corner: Green Corn Rebellion

Green Corn Rebellion by Oso Blanco   Ogalahomi farmer, raise your axe, Cherokee and Black farmer, rise up and go to D.C. August 1917, home grown revolution. The boys and Uncle Danny blast down the bridge. Stand us together on John Spears's farm, Power of D.C. "used against us", as well as destruction of MOTHER EARTH, Is only the power of man. Green Corn rebellion, green corn rebellion, Come forth again. Green corn rebellion rise from within ...  From deep in the heart of every Cherokee Nation [...]

Eisenhower’s Warning on Military-Industrial Complex More Apt than Ever

Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team By Nicolas J. S. Davies   In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony  Blinken said, “we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence.” Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too.   Biden's foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face. That will not be a threat from a hostile foreign country, but the controlling and [...]

Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the next president of the US! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration, and are anxiously wondering whether Biden’s presidency will open the door to the kind of international cooperation that we need to confront the serious problems facing humanity in this century. [Pictured above, Biden as V.P. with Pres. Obama meet Gorbachev. Will Biden learn lessons?] For [...]

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