Maroon Comix

Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies Conceived, compiled and coordinated by Quincy Saul, illustrated by Songe Riddle, Mac McGill, Seth Tobocman, Hannah Allen, Emmy Kepler and Mikaela Gonzalez, with selections primarily from the writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz. ISBN: 978-1-62963-571-2; $15.95 from PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland CA 94623,; Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA httpss:// This fascinating book, based primarily on the writings of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats (#AF-3855, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd. Drawer K, Dallas PA 18612-0286), examines the [...]

Poetry Corner: Boy Child

BOY CHILD*   I’d be crawling on all fours to get to you I didn’t realize his loudest cry for help was silence   Boy child quiet Boy did not bother anyone   Boy child slow Boy child withdrawal peaked at fourteen   Boy child scared to talk on phone Boy child wanted to be a neuroscientist   Boy child isolated Boy child attended college   Boy child never hurt anyone Boy child communicated by email   Boy child visits home slowed down Boy child disappeared   [...]

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Trump’s Real War May Come On Heels of Trade Wars

by Yonden Lhatoo It’s time to be afraid, very afraid, with John Bolton as the United States’ new national security adviser. Of all the specimens of unhinged humanity in the purported pool of talent he’s been dipping into, Trump had to pull out the most reviled and discredited one. While Trump has publicly decried the Iraq invasion of 2003 as “a waste of blood and treasure” – both a reasonable admission of wrongdoing and callous euphemism for mass murder and the systematic destruction of an entire nation [...]

Pentagon Strategy for Military Confrontation with Russia and China

Pentagon Strategy for Military Confrontation with Russia and China By Bill Van Auken [excerpts] httpss:// Trump’s defense secretary, former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, rolled out a new National Defense Strategy in Jan. that signals open preparations by US imperialism for direct military confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia and China. Mattis made clear that the strategy, the first such issued by the Pentagon in roughly a decade, represented a shift from the justification for US global militarism for nearly two decades: the so-called war on terrorism. “Great power [...]

Facebook, Youtube, other tech giants launch joint, state-backed censorship programs

by Zac Corrigan - World Socialist WebSite (excerpts) The World Socialist Web Site has launched a campaign against state-corporate censorship of the Internet after a change in search algorithms announced by Google in April. In the guise of combating "fake news", it resulted in a major drop in readership for leading progressive, anti-war and socialist websites. The WSWS itself was hardest hit, losing more than two-thirds of its traffic coming from Google search results. Internet censorship extends far beyond Google. Recent announcements by Facebook and others [...]

Behind the US Attack on Syria

Behind the attack on Syria TRUMP AND THE PENTAGON By Fred Goldstein “You furnish the pictures. I’ll furnish the war.” Publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1898, preparing the groundwork for the U.S. war with Spain and seizure of Cuba. The Trump administration’s attack on the Syrian air force was first directed at Russia as well as the government of Bashar al-Assad. China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were secondarily targeted. The chemical weapons attack in Syria, assuming that it was not totally staged by enemies [...]

From Warrior Cops to Community Police: A Former Chief on How We Can Turn Back the Tide of Militarization

Police in America belong to the people not the other way around. Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper on how we can turn war zone occupiers back into friendly neighborhood officers. by Norm Stamper The routinization of police militarism ought to concern us all. You're in the kitchen. Itís a Saturday morning, still dark outside. Your partner, three-year-old son, and the family dog are all sound asleep at the back of the house. Youíve put the coffee pot on, are making sandwiches a trip to the lake [...]

Poetry: Maria Guardado

I am Maria Guardado. Torture survivor. And denouncing before the world I proclaim: It was not organized crime that tortured me! It was my enslaved brothers! Who are brainwashed at the School of the Americas so that they can torture, if this possible, their own dear mother. Who for having gained a conscience, fights for human rights because she wants for them, that change so dreamed of after thousands of bloody years. But in the 21st century, God gave strength and voice to sensitive Father Roy to [...]

Truth on Trial

Bradley Manning, Crimes Against Humanity and the Values of International Law By VIJAY PRASHAD During his June-July 2013 court martial, Private First Class Bradley Manning sat impassive. He had been in custody from May 2010, which included harsh treatment for almost a year at the military base in Quantico, Virginia. Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 charges in February—these were the minor ones—and he held that the remainder (12 charges) should be thrown out by the military because he had released secret material to reveal “the [...]

Snowden’s NSA Domestic Surveillance Revelations Are Old News

Posted by Bill Conroy - July 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm So Why Are US Power Centers So Intent on Portraying The Whistleblower As a Traitor? Edward Snowden is now holed up in a Russian airport trying to make his way to Latin America, where several countries have offered him safe harbor. Snowden is on the run from the US government because of his act, while working for private contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, of leaking documents that reveal the Defense Department’s National Security Agency (NSA) is [...]

Surveillance State: Appeals Court Says Obama Administration Can Indefinitely Detain Americans

By Rod Bastanmehr In news that is sure to make Obama's critics worry, and Obama's most ardent supporters also worry, the administration has won the latest (of surely many) round regarding granting it the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens and foreigners suspected of being affiliated with terrorist syndicates, all under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Congress has also granted the president authority to arrest and hold suspects without due process under the NDAA—a privilege the president said, in a signing statement, that he will not [...]

Increasingly Unchecked Surveillance State

by  Murtaza Hussain  Companies could face fines if they refuse to share client data requested by government agencies. (Photo: EPA)The most egregious rights violations tend to happen against the voiceless; those who have neither the platform nor resources to articulate their grievances to the broader world. Last week, however, the US Department of Justice was caught in a very public transgression against the freedom of an influential and empowered private organisation when it was revealed that it had  engaged in a spying campaign against the Associated Press [...]