Nuclear Extortion?  Abolish Nuclear Weapons

By Marcy Winograd and Medea Benjamin In a moment of candor, President Biden told Democratic Party contributors the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is the highest since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviet Union installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from Florida. Referring to Russian President Putin’s veiled threats to use short-range nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the President added it was the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis such [...]

The Growing Chorus for Peace in Ukraine

by Nicolas Davies and Medea Benjamin   Ukraine has been wracked by shocking destruction and deadly violence since Russia invaded the country in February. Estimates of the death toll range from a confirmed minimum of 27,577 people, including 6,374 civilians, to over 150,000. The slaughter can only get more horrific as long as all sides, including the United States and its NATO allies, remain committed to war. In the first weeks of [...]

August 2022 Community Events Calendar

See continuing and ongoing events at the end of the calendar. Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/  Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable to [...]

Why so Much Hatred for Lula and Cristina?

Brazil and Argentina: Why so Much Hatred for Lula and Cristina? By Emir Sader https://resumen-english.org/2022/07/brazil-and-argentina-why-so-much-hatred-for-lula-and-cristina/ Photo: Bill Hackwell   The bourgeoisie has no heroes, according to Brecht. They have no intention of generating those heroes. They make the official history with their leaders, who have reached governments without arriving as heroes of the country. Even worse, the bourgeoisie has to oppose heroes who confront them. To these they dedicate hatred, without having [...]

To Chile, With Love…

To Chile with love... By Paul Roberson J.D; LLM, in solidarity and struggle.   By the second day of the trip with the Hello Comrade delegation, I already was awestruck by how much we experienced. The hosting Party, the Communist Party of Chile (PCCh), was so accommodating, and made sure to pack our trip with activities that included informative and engaging programming. In a single day, we traveled to Tres y Cuatro Álamos Detention Center, a former [...]

The Summit of the Americas and the Crisis of US Hegemony

By Angel Guerra Cabrera [EDITOR'S NOTE: Union del Barrio and a coalition of other groups are holding a protest outside the Summit of the Americas Wed. June 8, 4 PM at Olympic & Figueroa when Joe Biden is scheduled to appear.] The chaotic political situation created by the US government in the face of the VIII edition of the so-called Summit of the Americas reflects, in the first place, the reluctance of [...]

Is Ukraine a Prelude to US War with China?

Scott Ritter & Ray McGovern on Ukraine, Russia, China By Ray McGovern https://raymcgovern.com/2022/05/28/scott-ritter-ray-on-ukraine-russia-china/ Scott and I focused initially on President Biden’s just-completed Excellent Adventure in the Far East and the U.S. effort to woo countries away from China or, at least, pre-empt closer bilateral ties. I again posed the question (see my brief talk Thursday, embedded in https://raymcgovern.com/2022/05/27/why-is-win-win-a-no-no/ ), Why must China’s “win-win” approach be dismissed out of hand — especially when [...]

Urgent Appeal to So Cal’s Civil Society and Creative Communities

Urgent Appeal to So Cal’s Civil Society and Creative Communities on Behalf of KPFK by Michael Novick I am writing as the chair of the Local Station Board, a listener member elected to the governance of KPFK, listener-sponsored, non-commercial educational Pacifica free speech community radio (90.7 in L.A., 98.7 in Santa Barbara, 93.7 in San Diego, 99.5 in Ridgecrest/China Lake, and world-wide at kpfk.org). I am writing with a simple and immediate [...]

How Could the U.S. Help to Bring Peace to Ukraine?

by Nicholas Davies On April 21st, President Biden announced new shipments of weapons to Ukraine, at a cost of $800 million to U.S. taxpayers. On April 25th, Secretaries Blinken and Austin announced over $300 million more military aid. The United States has now spent $3.7 billion on weapons for Ukraine since the Russian invasion, bringing total U.S. military aid to Ukraine since 2014 to about $6.4 billion. The top priority of Russian [...]

In Memoriam- Joe Maizlish

https://www.committeetobridgethegap.org/2022/03/21/in-memoriam-joe-maizlish-war-resister-gentle-soul-dear-friend/ Joe Maizlish—war resister, gentle soul, and dear friend of Bridge the Gap—died March 16, 2022. While a graduate student in history at UCLA in 1968, to protest the Vietnam War, Joe gave up his draft deferment and publicly refused induction. He served 2 ½ years in various federal prisons, a substantial amount of the time in solitary confinement. In the decades since, he worked diligently against war and injustice. He helped [...]

The MADness of the Resurgent U.S. Cold War on Russia

by Nicolas J. S. Davies The war in Ukraine has placed U.S. and NATO policy toward Russia under a spotlight, highlighting how the United States and its allies have expanded NATO right up to Russia’s borders, backed a coup and now a proxy war in Ukraine, imposed waves of economic sanctions, and launched a debilitating trillion-dollar arms race. The explicit goal is to pressure, weaken and ultimately eliminate Russia, or a Russia-China [...]

Blood on their Hands

War in Ukraine: US, NATO Share the Blame with Putin by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA https://antiracist.org/blood-on-their-hands/ Putin's valid criticism of a US "Empire of Lies" and of NATO war-making and warmongering do not add up to a justification of the Russian invasion. Consortium News shares Putin’s rationale here: https://consortiumnews.com/2022/02/24/what-putin-says-are-the-causes-aims-of-russias-military-action/  I recommend reading it to understand Putin's rationale, not to support it. Much of Putin’s condemnation of US and NATO aggression since the [...]

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