Under Capitalism Black Lives Are Adrift and Vulnerable

By W. T. Whitney Jr. It’s true. Too often, in too many circumstances, for too long, the lives of Black people in the United States don’t matter. Black people fill prisons; their children fill terrible schools; too many are poverty-stricken. But at issue here are the killings and the people left to die. Post-Civil WarContinue reading “Under Capitalism Black Lives Are Adrift and Vulnerable”

Exploring and Praising Cuban Healthcare, for the People

By W. T. Whitney Jr.  Book Review: Don Fitz, Cuban Health Care, (Monthly Review Press, NY, 2020), ISBN paper: 978-158367-860-2, pp.303, monthlyreview.org.  If they are paying attention, progressives worldwide know that Cuba provides healthcare that saves lives and prevents disease more effectively than does the United States, its major capitalist enemy. They know that CubanContinue reading “Exploring and Praising Cuban Healthcare, for the People”

Another Hiroshima is coming…. Unless we stop it now – John Pilger

Originally By John Pilger, Aug 07, 2020  Source : https://mronline.org/2020/08/07/another-hiroshima-is-coming-unless-we-stop-it-now/ In a major essay to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, John Pilger describes reporting from five ‘ground zeros’ for nuclear weapons–from Hiroshima to Bikini, Nevada to Polynesia and Australia. He warns that unless we take action now, China is next. John Pilger, renownedContinue reading “Another Hiroshima is coming…. Unless we stop it now – John Pilger”

US Government Must Let Cubans Eat – W.T. Whitney Jr.

Food availability was the top concern of 21 percent of Cubans responding to a recent opinion survey. The U.S. economic blockade has promoted food shortages. In 1960 the idea of a blockade was appealing to the U.S. State Department because it would cause deprivation and suffering.  Those intentions resurfaced in 1992 with the so-called CubanContinue reading “US Government Must Let Cubans Eat – W.T. Whitney Jr.”

Fridamania – Valency Hastings

Originally posted on People’s World, July 27, 2007 Across the globe, celebrations and exhibitions are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). In recent years, her popularity has soared to that of cult-like status, in part due to the 2002 Hollywood movie about her life, starring Salma Hayek. InContinue reading “Fridamania – Valency Hastings”

US Must Return Its Political Prisoner Simón Trinidad to Colombia – W.T. Whitney Jr.

Murderous violence and oligarchy were at the center of Colombian political life during the 20th century. Colombians by the millions were marginalized, impoverished, and/or displaced from small land holdings. Violence and the failings of liberal democracy turned Simón Trinidad into a revolutionary. Few in the United States and Europe know about him. Colombia’s allies inContinue reading “US Must Return Its Political Prisoner Simón Trinidad to Colombia – W.T. Whitney Jr.”

Economic Collapse and Unemployment Councils – Then and Now – W.T. Whitney Jr.

By W. T. Whitney Jr. – June 10, 2020 Hunger, homelessness, and evictions were features of the Great Depression in the United States. Jobs disappeared and working conditions deteriorated. Some “250,000 teenagers  were on the road.” And how many others? By 1933 one third of farm families had lost their farms. Unemployment that year wasContinue reading “Economic Collapse and Unemployment Councils – Then and Now – W.T. Whitney Jr.”

Surviving COVID-19 in Vietnam, the ‘safest place in the world’ – Amiad Horowitz- April 30th, 2020

https://peoplesworld.org/article/surviving-covid-19-in-vietnam-the-safest-place-in-the-world/Hanoi – Helicopters hovering over rice paddies, burning villages, and the sound of gunfire are the images many older Americans conjure when they hear the word Vietnam. Hollywood provides grist for our imagination about this country. For younger people, if they think of Vietnam at all, their images are those of a poor, developing countryContinue reading “Surviving COVID-19 in Vietnam, the ‘safest place in the world’ – Amiad Horowitz- April 30th, 2020”

For Cuba and Venezuela, US Silence May Not Be Golden – W.T. Whitney – May 16th, 2020

The U. S. President and his Secretary of State frequently expound about the supposed failings of enemies abroad. Recently they’ve blasted China’s response to the pandemic, Venezuela’s dictatorship, Cuba’s “slave doctors” overseas, and even Iranian border guards beating up on Afghan migrants. But they’ve been mostly silent about two recent disruptions of the imperialist statusContinue reading “For Cuba and Venezuela, US Silence May Not Be Golden – W.T. Whitney – May 16th, 2020”