100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States by Saladdin Ahmed http://social-ecology.org/wp/2020/04/the-pandemic-capitalism-and-nation-states/   I. State officials habitually analogize the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to a war. In addition to the typical deficiency of imagination of policy makers, the analogy exposes something characteristic of nation states, namely, their antagonistic origin and aggressive nature. The irony is that precisely because this is not a war but the very opposite of a war, governments across the world have dumfounded themselves. If it were a war, nation-states would know exactly what to do. Historically, [...]

Venezuela’s Surprising Victory Against COVID-19

Venezuela’s Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You httpss://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14824 By Leonardo Flores - Common Dreams - March 26, 2020 Within a few hours of being launched, over 800 Venezuelans in the U.S. registered for an emergency flight from Miami to Caracas through a website run by the Venezuelan government. This flight, offered at no cost, was proposed by President Nicolás Maduro when he learned that 200 Venezuelans were stuck in the United States following his government’s decision to stop commercial flights as a preventative coronavirus measure. The promise of one flight [...]

L.A. Rallies for Peace, Against War on Iran

Rally for Peace at West L.A. Federal Building: Endless Protests Against DC’s Endless Wars By Ed Rampell As Emperor Trump cries havoc and lets loose and wags the dogs of war, nearly 200 peace protesters held a Jan. 9 antiwar rally outside Los Angeles’ symbol of Washington, the Federal Building located near UCLA in Westwood. A second simultaneous rally of nearly the same size was held outside City Hall in DTLA. City Hall rally against Trump bombing, war threat  The demonstrators ranged from Vietnam era stalwarts to [...]

No War on Iran! US Out of the Middle East!

From popularresistance.org:   The reckless and dangerous act of war committed by Donald Trump and the Pentagon in killing Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran and the Iraqi leader of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, has brought the conflict in the Middle East (aka West Asia) to a new level. The conflagration of war is growing with the United States making this direct attack on a top Iranian official in violation of Iraqi sovereignty.   As expected, the corporate media and many politicians are [...]

What’s at Stake in West Papua

What’s at stake in West Papua httpss://www.newsroom.co.nz/@ideasroom/2019/12/31/965329/whats-at-stake-in-west-papua by Dr. Mark Busse  & Sophie Faber   West Papua has been in the media more than usual over the last six months, with stories about indigenous protests against racism and repression, demands for independence, brutal Indonesian police and military crackdowns, and the banning of foreign journalists.   And yet, many people know little about West Papua, a territory larger than Germany with a population of 3.5 million. In this article, we provide a brief introduction to West Papua, focusing [...]

3rd Annual Left Coast Forum Postponed

The third annual Left Coast Forum will be held this year on a date and venue to be determined after a conflict on scheduling arose at Occidental College. The keynote speakers are: Melina Abdullah – an outspoken, deeply passionate Black Lives Matter activist as well as the Chair of the Pan African Department at the California State University Los Angeles Mario Solis-Marich – a seasoned political consultant, radio and tv host and producer Dominique DiPrima – host of KJLH Front Page Show with Dominique DiPrima on 102.3 [...]

Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective

Embassy Protection Collective: We’re Still Here And We’re Staying By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance   May 5, 2019 | , Newsletter httpss://popularresistance.org/embassy-protection-collective-were-still-here-and-were-staying/   The Embassy Protection Collective formed on April 10, the day after the Trump administration manipulated the Organization of American States (OAS) to change the rules so they could recognize their puppet, Juan Guaido, as president of Venezuela. The OAS could not get the required two-thirds vote to recognize a government so they changed the rules to a mere majority and barely got [...]

Letters to the Editor: No Nukes!

Dear lovers of peace and a nuclear free world, For those skeptical about being able to finance a "Green New Deal," there is a bill recently introduced into the House of Representatives that could provide that funding, if Congress would take it seriously. HR-2419, the "Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act, calls on the US government to sign and ratify the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, eliminate its nuclear weapons along with those of every other country, and use the money [...]

Unsung Memorial Day Hero: Smedley Butler

A Likely MIA Name over Memorial Day Weekend Smedley Darlington Butler. It is a name you’re not likely to hear mentioned this Memorial Day Weekend. Who is he? A four-star USMC General who served 33-plus years in the US Marine Corps, won two Congressional Medals of Honor and is, at least arguably, the most beloved Marine of all time. Why won’t you hear his name? Butler became outspoken and politicized the moment he retired in 1931. The following quote will give you some insight: “I spent 33 [...]

Defend Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

Veterans For Peace Stands with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange   httpss://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/position-statements/veterans-peace-stands-chelsea-manning-and-julian-assange   The People Have the Need to Know: Veterans For Peace Stands with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange   Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are both in jail right now.  They are being persecuted by the very elite who are pursuing regime change wars around the globe and who do not want the people to know the truth about what they are up to. Curiously, Assange has been charged with conspiring with Chelsea Manning to [...]

VENEZUELA AND PRESIDENTIAL  LEGITIMACY by Mumia Abu-Jamal

VENEZUELA AND PRESIDENTIAL  LEGITIMACY by Mumia Abu-Jamal [col. writ. 1/24/19 © 2019 Mumia Abu-Jamal] Now the US President (Donald Trump) has decided that he will determine who is, and who isn't, the legitimate leader of a foreign country. He has said that Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, was illegitimate, and he supported Maduro's opponent for national leadership of the country. What if Maduro declared that Trump, who received some 3 million less votes than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was illegitimate? Who would listen? For, in truth, Trump sits [...]