Opinion: How Western War-Mongering Led To Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine / by Yanis Iqbal

Russia has launched the invasion of Ukraine. On February 24, 2021, in a televised address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation”. Within minutes of the broadcast, at about 5 am Ukrainian time, explosions took place near major Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kiev. Since then, strikes have been taking place on Ukrainian military infrastructure,Continue reading “Opinion: How Western War-Mongering Led To Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine / by Yanis Iqbal”

Opinion: 2022 Could Be the Year of Labor and Racial Justice Coalition-Building / by Austin McCoy

Los Angeles International Airport food workers demonstrate as they strike against airport concessions company HMSHost in Los Angeles, California, on December 22, 2021. In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. published Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, in which he assessed the state of the civil rights movement after the passage of theContinue reading “Opinion: 2022 Could Be the Year of Labor and Racial Justice Coalition-Building / by Austin McCoy”

Opinion: Not Omicron but Greed of Capital Threatens the World / by Prabir Purkayastha

(Image courtesy of Newsclick) Omicron, a new SARS-CoV-2 strain, first detected in the Gauteng province of South Africa, has been acknowledged by WHO as a “variant of concern”. This is about the most concern WHO can show at this early stage of the emergence of this variant. Already, cases have been reported from other countries,Continue reading “Opinion: Not Omicron but Greed of Capital Threatens the World / by Prabir Purkayastha”

Opinion: The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare / by Thomas Homer-Dixon

The U.S. is becoming increasingly ungovernable, and some experts believe it could descend into civil war. What should Canada do then? By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. We mustn’t dismiss these possibilitiesContinue reading “Opinion: The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare / by Thomas Homer-Dixon”

Opinion: January 6th was a distorted echo of broader anger at an injust society / by Betsy Sweet

Photo: The volatile scene on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. By Valerio Pucci/Shutterstock. It’s been a year and I still think about January 6th a lot.  Not so much about who did what, when and who was behind it.  The House Committee is figuring that out and those people must beContinue reading “Opinion: January 6th was a distorted echo of broader anger at an injust society / by Betsy Sweet”

Opinion: Jared’s reason for opposing Build Back Better is bullshit / by Ethan Strimling

Photo: Rep. Jared Golden’s constituents protest outside his Lewiston office, asking for the Second District congressman to support the Build Back Better package, including provisions to fund health, home and child care; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and immigration reform. | Beacon Don’t believe Rep. Jared Golden.  His claim that his vote against Build BackContinue reading “Opinion: Jared’s reason for opposing Build Back Better is bullshit / by Ethan Strimling”

Forty-seven trillion dollars: exploitation writ large / by Greg Godels

“Exploitation” is a word seldom encountered today. Its common usage roughly spans the heyday of socialist thinking, especially the era of Marx’s influence over socialist theory. It was and should still be the cornerstone of Marx’s critique of capitalism. But the idea of labor exploitation– capitalists taking uncompensated advantage of workers’ labor– has largely disappearedContinue reading “Forty-seven trillion dollars: exploitation writ large / by Greg Godels”

Opinion: Divisiveness simply isn’t the problem / by Rob Korobkin

Photo: Volunteers with People First Portland ahead of the 2020 election. | via Maine DSA As Portland comes into the final weeks of the 2021 election season, there’s one word, above all others, that seems to capture how a sizable contingent of local people currently see the town’s political landscape: Divisive. There’s corporate attorney BrandonContinue reading “Opinion: Divisiveness simply isn’t the problem / by Rob Korobkin”

Opinion: Progressives are being attacked in Portland because they’re winning / by Ethan Strimling

People First Portland rallying at City Hall for rent control, a local Green New Deal, and more. (Photo by Em Burnett) Losing sucks. I should know. In 2019, as the unapologetically progressive incumbent mayor of Portland, Maine, I got my ass kicked, in part, because of a Republican-operated, Chamber-backed, landlord-funded, law-breaking attack PAC. Bitterness. Anger. Sadness.Continue reading “Opinion: Progressives are being attacked in Portland because they’re winning / by Ethan Strimling”

Opinion: Actually, Senator Collins, everyone is entitled to dignity / by Sam Pfeifle

Photo by Kevin Dietsch, Getty Recently, Susan Collins, our senior senator here in Maine, made a speech to the Senate regarding the Build Back Better package of legislation and the trend, in general, toward more government support for U.S. citizens.  “The debate,” she argued, “on President Biden’s massive plan to expand social programs has focused primarily onContinue reading “Opinion: Actually, Senator Collins, everyone is entitled to dignity / by Sam Pfeifle”