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 has frozen nearly all of the Afghan Central Bank’s $9.4 billion in foreign currency reserves, [...]

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 that outsiders (and perhaps not a few insiders) might not know. He said that France [...]

Oppose the US Blockade/Embargo and Intervention in Cuba

by Christopher Gunderson https://www.facebook.com/christopher.gunderson.7/posts/10159909775310362 People can have legitimate grievances and nonetheless be acting in a manner that strengthens US imperialism. Indeed, this is exactly the strategy that US imperialism pursues against its adversaries. It uses every tool at its disposal to aggravate the contradictions and antagonisms that exist within those countries that have dared to defy its hegemony. It does this in the hope of politically destabilizing them in ways that can be further exploited to produce regimes more compliant with US imperialist objectives. It is a [...]

A People’s Vaccine Against a Mutating Virus and Neoliberal Rule

by Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo credit: UNICEF Teachers and students were able to return to school in Lao Cai, Viet Nam, in May 2020 A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. Only half of Americans are either “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” (35%) about the virus, while the other half are “not very worried” (30%) or “not worried at all” (20%). But the news from around the world [...]

Juneteenth is Now a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth now a Federal Holiday by Rob Macon Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves, is now a federal holiday in the United States. Celebrating African-American culture annually in the U.S. since 1865, it originated in Galveston, Texas. President Joe Biden signs bill declaring June 19th as Juneteeth, marking the end of slavery. June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month, an annual celebration for nearly 40 years, acknowledged African- American music in the United States. Black music has shaped and [...]

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The Emperor’s New Rules

The Emperor’s New Rules by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli massacre of hundreds of men, women and children in Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in this crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinian civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law, and has repeatedly blocked action by the UN Security Council to impose a ceasefire or hold Israel accountable for its [...]

Biden Continues Trump’s Sanctions on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua

Biden Keeps Trump Inhumane Policy on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua Report from Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) Venezuela MercoPress: Biden picks for Western Hemisphere career diplomat who favors sanctions against Venezuela  Biden’s candidate for the office of Undersecretary of the State Department for the Western Hemisphere, Brian A. Nichols, has said sanctions against the Nicolás Maduro regime must continue. Nichols also said that “the extensive efforts of Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and others to avoid sanctions are deeply concerning. We, who want to see democracy in Venezuela, must [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Biden Administration Day One Immigration Actions

by National Immigration Law Center https://www.nilc.org/biden-administration-day-one-immigration-actions/ Excerpts   On January 20, 2021, just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden took several immigration-related actions that together signal a new era for immigration policy. They comprise an important first step towards redressing some of the ways in which immigrant communities have been profoundly harmed — in particular, over the past four years — and towards the United States becoming more welcoming of immigrants and refugees. These Day One actions are the first of what we will fight [...]

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