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 Arab states have all co-conspired with imperialists to reach their hands under my land for [...]

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 [...]

Is a Network of Major Donors Neutralizing Activism in The Peace Movement?

Peace-Washing: Is a Network of Major Donors Neutralizing Activism in The Peace Movement? With Democrats in Power (for now), Powerful Funders May Be Trying To Tame or Silence Progressive Peace Activists By Dave Lindorff Peace-washing: Is a network of major donors neutralizing activism in the peace movement? Salon - June 2, 2021 During the four years of the Trump administration, resistance and even revolutionary talk were in the air as organizations with names like The Resistance and Our Revolution brought together liberals, Democrats of all stripes and Sandernistas, all opposed to President Donald Trump and to Trumpism in [...]

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 [...]

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 Intellectual Property on Covid-19 Should Be Shared as Rapidly and Widely as Possible

The Intellectual Property on Covid-19 Should Be Shared as Rapidly and Widely as Possible byJeffrey D. Sachs https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/04/29/intellectual-property-covid-19-should-be-shared-rapidly-and-widely-possible [Excerpt] Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Project Syndicate Intellectual Property must serve the global good, rather than humanity serving the interests of a few private companies. And in the case of Covid-19, the global good is not in doubt: rapid worldwide immunization, in order to save lives, prevent the emergence of new variants, and end the pandemic. The governments of South Africa, India, and dozens of other [...]

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 [...]

Don’t Let Them Use “Domestic Terrorism” to Criminalize Our People Again

Senator Biden speaks at the signing of the 1994 Biden Crime Bill as Attorney General Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton, and local law enforcement officials look on. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) By Shakeer Rahman, Pete White, and Hamid Khan Joe Biden returning to power in this moment is ominous. As Democrats retake the presidency, Trump devotees have shown they can supplement their harm toward Black and brown people with violent defiance of the political system. Across the mainstream partisan spectrum, their actions are begrudgingly referred to as “domestic [...]

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