Unionists tell Shuler, Walsh of company anti-union hate during organizing drives / by Mark Gruenberg

WASHINGTON—From intimidation and deportation threats to anti-union harangues to outright lies, companies still use a variety of tactics to scare workers into voting against organizing to defend themselves, a workers’ pre-Labor Day roundtable told Biden Administration Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. And such company hate is all the more reason forContinue reading “Unionists tell Shuler, Walsh of company anti-union hate during organizing drives / by Mark Gruenberg”

Michael Harrington’s Failure of Vision / Interview with Doug Greene, author of a new biography of Michael Harrington

Doug Greene, A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism (Zero Books, 2022) For readers unfamiliar with the name, who was Michael Harrington? Michael Harrington was the most important American democratic socialist of the latter half of the 20th century. He was the author of 14 books on politics, history, and socialism. HisContinue reading “Michael Harrington’s Failure of Vision / Interview with Doug Greene, author of a new biography of Michael Harrington”

Jesús Santrich explored utopian origins of Marxist and Bolivarian ideologies / by W.T. Whitney, Jr.

Colombian Army commandos on May 17, 2021 killed Jesús Santrich, a 30 -year veteran of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The ambush took place in Zulia Province, in northeastern Venezuela; six others died.  Santrich was a spokesperson for the FARC negotiating team in the talks in Havana with Colombia’s government that led to a peace agreement inContinue reading “Jesús Santrich explored utopian origins of Marxist and Bolivarian ideologies / by W.T. Whitney, Jr.”

Bolivarianism and Marxism – Commitment to the Impossible in Defense of Utopia / by Jesús Santrich, March, 2009

Bolivarianism and Marxism – Commitment to the Impossible in Defense of Utopia Translated by W.T. Whitney Jr. Translator’s introduction: Jesús Santrich, a 30-year veteran, and leader, of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was killed by irregular Colombian troops on May 17, 2021 in Venezuela. He and others had returned to armed insurgency withContinue reading “Bolivarianism and Marxism – Commitment to the Impossible in Defense of Utopia / by Jesús Santrich, March, 2009”

“Revelations of Carter’s Former Advisor : ‘Yes, the CIA entered Afghanistan before the Russians…’” (1998)

Image: In 1979, long before false intelligence was used to justify the Iraq war, a heinous war crime was committed against Afghanistan by President’s Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. The Brzezinski Interview with Le Nouvel Observateur (1998) Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs that the American intelligence services beganContinue reading ““Revelations of Carter’s Former Advisor : ‘Yes, the CIA entered Afghanistan before the Russians…’” (1998)”

The Great Game of Smashing Countries / by John Pilger

As a tsunami of crocodile tears engulfs Western politicians, history is suppressed. More than a generation ago, Afghanistan won its freedom, which the United States, Britain and their “allies” destroyed. In 1978, a liberation movement led by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) overthrew the dictatorship of Mohammad Dawd, the cousin of King ZahirContinue reading “The Great Game of Smashing Countries / by John Pilger”

U.S. defeat in Afghanistan—A contrast with the Soviet experience / by As’ad AbuKhalil

The decision by President Joe Biden to withdraw “all U.S. troops” from Afghanistan (not really all, but you know how empires fold their occupation tents) was a major decision in the contemporary history of the U.S. empire since the end of the Cold War. The U.S. war in Afghanistan has lasted longer than the SovietContinue reading “U.S. defeat in Afghanistan—A contrast with the Soviet experience / by As’ad AbuKhalil”

Nina Turner: My Love Letter to Our Movement / by Nina Turner

Dear progressive movement, As I reflect on the past few weeks, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the incredible strides our progressive movement has made and continues to make. Our collective impact in improving the material conditions of working families of all races and from every walk of life in America is unmistakable.Continue reading “Nina Turner: My Love Letter to Our Movement / by Nina Turner”

Podcast: Prof. Hahrie Han explains how movements can make lasting change / by Beacon Staff

https://mainebeacon.com/podcast-prof-hahrie-han-explains-how-movements-can-make-lasting-change/ This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben Chin interviews Professor Hahrie Han of Johns Hopkins University on her work studying how and why movements for change succeed. She notes the importance of being equipped to respond to moments of challenge and demanding changes to power dynamics as well as material gains. Podcast 24 minutesContinue reading “Podcast: Prof. Hahrie Han explains how movements can make lasting change / by Beacon Staff”

Two-thirds of Mainers support path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers / by Lauren McCauley

A majority of Mainers support creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, who fled war or natural disasters in their home country or who are considered essential workers, such as farmworkers, according to a recent poll conducted by the Maine People’s Resource Center. The poll, which surveyed 528Continue reading “Two-thirds of Mainers support path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers / by Lauren McCauley”