The Black Left Tradition: Its Enduring Lessons and Insights

For mass oppression and exploitation to finally end, social movements must seize upon government institutions and leverage them to change society itself. Electing African American, Asian American and Latino Americans who do not have this goal in mind will always be insufficient, and sometimes, counterproductive. A way to trick the masses into thinking hope and change is on its way within the contemporary political framework of bourgeois democracy and capital. More

Off to the Supreme Court: Assange’s Appeal Continues

With December’s High Court decision to overturn the lower court ruling against the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, lawyers of the WikiLeaks founder immediately got busy.  The next avenue of appeal, strewn less with gold than obstacles, would be to the Supreme Court.  The central question remained: Should the publisher be extradited to face 18 charges, 17 of which use the bricks and mortar of the US Espionage Act of 1917. More

US Money Pays for Converting Bad News for Cubans into Good News Elsewhere

The cruder U.S. methods for destroying Cuba’s revolutionary government – military attacks, bombings of hotels and a fully-loaded airplane, violent attacks on officials, biological warfare – did not work. Nor has economic blockade, which of course continues. A more subtle approach also exists. Its purpose, like that of the blockade, is to cause despair and then dissent. More

Ukraine as Game Board

Washington cares less about Ukrainian independence and sovereignty than Russia.  Its primary interest in the territory is its location right next to Russia; its other interests lie in the resources and markets a Ukraine under US influence offers.  Of course, the latter also helps explain Russia’s determination not to let NATO assimilate Kyiv and the country it is the capitol of.  If Washington was truly interested in the independence of the Ukrainian people, it would call for a resolution granting autonomy to the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine, where a war for that region’s secession from Ukraine has been waging since at least 2014 when the US/NATO sponsored color rebellion overthrew the elected government in Kyiv. More