Who’s winning and losing the economic war over Ukraine?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo: Half a million tons of methane rise from the sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline. Photo credit: Swedish Coast Guard With the Ukraine war now reaching its one-year mark on February 24, the Russians have not achieved a military victory but neither has the West achieved its goals on the economic front. When Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States and its European allies vowed to [...]

Poetry Corner – Questions for “Shomrim” by Leonard Cohen

Questions for Shomrim By Leonard Cohen And will my people build a new Dachau And call it love, Security, Jewish culture For dark-eyed children Burning in the stars Will all our songs screech Like the maddened eagles of the night Until Yiddish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Vietnamese Are a thin thread of blood clawing up the side of Unspeaking steel chambers I know you, Chaverim The lost young summer nights of our childhood [...]

US-Cuba Normalization Conference

US-CUBA Normalization Conference Sat. March 11th - Sun. March 12th REGISTER HERE In person at the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, Lowenstein Building  113 West 60th Street @ Columbus Avenue in Manhattan, NYC - with all plenary and workshop sessions live streamed across the US, Canada and beyond To educate, organize, and mobilize against Washington’s brutal and criminal economic and political war against Cuba - demanding: Take Cuba off Washington’s List of [...]

What Can the US Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just issued its 2023 Doomsday Clock statement, calling this “a time of unprecedented danger.” It has advanced the hands of the clock to 90 seconds to midnight, meaning that the world is closer to global catastrophe than ever before, mainly because the conflict in Ukraine has gravely increased the risk of nuclear war. This scientific assessment should [...]

MEMOIR FROM A LONG TIME VOLUNTEER AT PACIFICA FOUNDATION-KPFK 90.7 FM

WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING at PACIFICA RADIO TODAY ? by Bella De Soto Pacifica Radio is possibly the last Non-Commercial Broadcasting Radio Bastion on the FM dial! I first joined Pacifica-KPFK 90.7 FM Radio Station in 1995, when I sent my $25.00 annual membership subscription check. Since then, I have been involved as a volunteer with KPFK through different committees of the LSB-Local Station Board.  But these LSB Committees were not [...]

Free Assange!

End Prosecution of Julian Assange - Defend Journalists & Whistleblowers By Chris Garaffa https://covertactionmagazine.com/2023/01/24/tribunal-in-washington-calls-on-president-biden-to-end-prosecution-of-julian-assange-and-to-defend-rights-of-journalists-and-whistleblowers/ Nearly 13 years after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released the video Collateral Murder exposing the brutal and intentional killing of Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists, over 150 people packed the same room in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for the Belmarsh Tribunal. January 20th’s sitting was the third of the Tribunal, following events in London [...]

The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma”

The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma” by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meets in Lodz, Poland, on December 1, 2022. Photo credit: OSCE On December 27 2022, both Russia and Ukraine issued calls for ending the war in Ukraine, but only on non-negotiable terms that they each know the other side will reject. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kuleba proposed a [...]

Stop Racism by Educating the Children

Stop Racism by Educating the Children by Errol Segal Since day one, we have had racism in America and for sure all over the world.  On Thursday, December 8th an article appeared in the LA Times stating that “Hate crimes in L.A. County reach[ed] the highest level in nearly two decades”. My name is Errol Segal.  I am the Senior Recycling Consultant for Active Recycling Co. Inc. located at 2000 West Slauson [...]

Can the Left Disagree without Being Disagreeable?

Can the Left Disagree Without Being Disagreeable? We need to be far more generous with each other, able to hold conversations without resort to insults and abuses. Out of disagreement comes understanding. But out of malicious slander only comes disorientation. by Vijay Prashad in COUNTERPUNCH I have been a reporter for thirty years. During this period, I have been to many former war zones and to active war zones, including in Iraq, [...]

Dynamic New Programming, Newscast on KPFK 90.7 Pacifica Radio

KPFK, listener-sponsored Pacifica community radio for Los Angeles and all of Southern California, is refreshing its programming schedule, adding new more radical, community-based, solution-oriented programming, and launching a locally produced newscast for the first time in over a decade. Anti-racist, anti-war, and anti-capitalist viewpoints are taking center stage in a new morning mix radio magazine. The station is bringing back some other important voices from communities of color that have been missing [...]

REPORT FROM HAVANA: Medea Benjamin and LA Youth report Dec. 11

US-CUBA YOUTH, UNION & WOMEN'S CONFERENCE Report Back      The conference was sponsored by Federation of Cuban Women, Cuban Trade Union Federation. Hear Medea Benjamin, National leader of Codepink about their anti-blockade, food and medical support efforts. Learn about the Nov. 24-27 Havana conference attended by 3 youth from LA: Diana, Linh, Sofia. Who attended and what activities did they participate in? What action call came out of the meeting? What's next [...]

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