Mexico’s Historic First Woman President

Mexico: Claudia Sheinbaum, the First Woman President By Victor Iván Gutiérrez on July 5, 2024 Claudia Sheinbaum’s resounding electoral victory on June 2 signified the majority support of the people of Mexico for the political project of the Fourth Transformation, which has been involved since 2018 in a dispute, in the face of various factors of power, to make the Mexican State the instrument of economic development, the defense of national sovereignty [...]

The economy: You’re right to be skeptical

Democrats in office and their media apologists push the story that the economy is doing great — look at low unemployment and improving inflation. Everything’s fine! Why isn’t the public getting it, they ask? Simple. Their numbers don’t reflect people’s everyday reality. And that’s not by accident. Employment and inflation fictions Let’s take job figures. Logically, unemployment numbers should include all the people who want to work but can’t find a job. [...]

U.S. and its Allies: Permanent War Economies

By Bruce K. Gagnon, https://space4peace.org/newsletters/ Three areas under conflict draw most of my attention these days. Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank), the US-NATO proxy war on Russia using Ukraine as the hammer, and the destabilization of China with Washington’s allies in the Asia-Pacific playing the role of Mr. Big’s henchmen. At this current time the US military industrial complex is working overtime with Congress and the Pentagon to ramp up US-NATO weapons production [...]

The Incredible Disappearing Stock Market

The number of public owned stocks listed on US stock exchanges has declined almost 50% since 1996, with a slight uptick recently that probably won't last long. There are two main reasons for this -- private equity firms, so called vulture capitalists, putting up the money for operations like Space-X that are not subject to the regulations and required public financial accounting that publicly-held stock companies are required to provide, and even [...]

Global May Day 2024 – #1World1Struggle

Call to Action - Global May Day 2024 - #1World1Struggle The ideology of continuous economic growth dictates everything. Landlords, factory owners and investors – as part of the ruling class – ensure that their own power and wealth is protected at the expense of people of the working class and the environment. Some examples: Save Our Sperrins, labor struggles at garment factories worldwide and people struggling with impacts of climate change particularly [...]

Open Borders for Capital to Import Labor from Central America

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA As David Bacon reported in Truthout recently, the Biden Administration is paying US agribusiness to import temporary workers -- essentially braceros -- to toil for brief periods in the fields in the US before being sent back to their countries of origin, mainly in Central America. This program  drives down wages for all farmworkers, and then subsidizes not only the farm owners but even the middle-men, legalized [...]

Letter to the Editors: Social Security Cuts

Dear Editor, In 2023, the annual Cost of Living adjustment for Social Security was an increase of 8.7% . But it's 5.5% less in 2024!  In 2024, the actual C of L adjustment this year is only 3.2% (that's barely 1/3 of the increase last year). For instance, for my mother’s SS monthly benefit for 2024, that means a  $681.60 monthly loss. Representing less purchasing power, more hardship all around for tight [...]

Why Socialist Health Care Organizers Are Leaving DSA

Open Letter by Leaders and Members of the DSA LA Health Justice Committee September, 2023 We are members of the Health Justice Committee of the second largest chapter of the largest socialist group in the United States, namely the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA-LA). We also work in a close coalition with members of Health Care for Us (HC4US), and with independent socialists who are members of [...]

Maduro’s Historic Meeting with Lula in Brazil is a Step Forward for all of Latin America

By Alejandra Garcia and Bill Hackwell photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil https://resumen-english.org/2023/05/maduros-historic-meeting-with-lula-in-brazil-is-a-step-forward-for-all-of-latin-america/ Yesterday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shook hands again after eight years since they last met. Maduro traveled to Brasilia after almost a decade; the last time was to attend the inauguration of former President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016). His arrival marks the restart of a path of peace and understanding for both countries and [...]

Harry Belafonte, Anti-imperialist Human Rights Activist

Mainstream media obituaries of Harry Belafonte emphasize his breakthrough successes as a singer, actor, and producer of records, films, and television, but tend to limit their praise to his iconic public figure stature as an advocate of civil rights. In fact, Belafonte was an unreconstructed radical and socialist throughout his long life and career. Born in Harlem of West Indian immigrant parents in 1927, he lived in Jamaica with his grandmother from [...]

Poetry Corner: A Worker’s Speech to a Doctor by Bertholt Brecht

A Worker’s Speech to a Doctor [Excerpt] by Bertholt Brecht   We know what makes us ill. When we’re ill word says You’re the one to make us well   For ten years, so we hear You learned how to heal in elegant schools Built at the people’s expense And to get your knowledge Dispensed a fortune That means you can make us well.   Can you make us well?   When [...]

VIRTUAL NATIONAL TOWN HALL: What Next, Pacifica?

by PacificaFightback.com Via Zoom Sat. Mar 25, 3pm PT Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf-iqqjMoH93vA-cBkWNRlMdoAPRhn2c- After you register you will receive a link by email. Keeping Pacifica Open to All of Us If you want to run to become a Delegate at your station, or work on a campaign for delegates committed to reviving a mission-driven, democratic, transparent and accountable Pacifica, get in touch with us now at: pacificafightback@gmail.com An era of war, growing economic [...]

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