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”

21st Century Internationalism of the Oppressed: A Comradely Response to Ajamu Baraka / by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. © Jose A. Soler de Valle The US Left has largely lost the ability and/or willingness to have serene debates and exchanges. All too quickly differences, sometimes negligible, are elevated into splits. And, worse, those holding opposing views are treated as ‘enemies of the people’ or simply soft-headed, recalling the danger ofContinue reading “21st Century Internationalism of the Oppressed: A Comradely Response to Ajamu Baraka / by Bill Fletcher, Jr.”

The Western Imperial Left’s Collaboration with the Western Bourgeoisie / by Ajamu Baraka

Photo American anti-war activist Ajamu Baraka / lookleft https://www.lookleft.ie/ Changes in historical conditions can elevate a secondary contradiction to a primary, and antagonistic contradiction, in an instant. The rightist collaboration with the Pan-European colonial/capitalist project on the part of the social-imperialist left in the United States and Europe did not occur instantly but has beenContinue reading “The Western Imperial Left’s Collaboration with the Western Bourgeoisie / by Ajamu Baraka”

Lessons from two decades of the war on terror / A Morning Star (UK) Editorial

Firefighters work in the rubble of the World Trade Center towers in New York TWENTY years have passed since the appalling terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre that killed 2,977 people. Images of the collapse of the twin towers beamed around the world are etched in the memories of all who saw themContinue reading “Lessons from two decades of the war on terror / A Morning Star (UK) Editorial”

9/11 anniversary: How to measure 20 years of endless war? / by C. J. Atkins

Photo: How to count 20 years of war? One way is to add up the billions wasted on weaponry. Here, various U.S. military planes, including F-15’s, C-130’s, and F-4’s are arranged behind the wing of a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy Cargo Jet at the aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. | MattContinue reading “9/11 anniversary: How to measure 20 years of endless war? / by C. J. Atkins”

Analysis: Xi’s leftward shift to a socialist China is for real / by Katsuji Nakazawa

TOKYO — One cannot overstate the shock that has rippled through Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, as well as across China. On Saturday, China’s top anti-graft agency said the city’s top official, Chinese Communist Party Secretary Zhou Jiangyong, is under investigation for suspected serious violations of party disciplinary rules and laws. The 53-year-old wasContinue reading “Analysis: Xi’s leftward shift to a socialist China is for real / by Katsuji Nakazawa”

Opinion: Airshow protest highlights Pentagon’s carbon footprint / by Sam Pfeifle

The Brunswick Airshow is undoubtedly popular entertainment. Our state’s various media outlets covered it thoroughly. WCSH let us know that the Blue Angels wowed people. WGME was more subdued. Any number of publications previewed the event with interesting profiles of the folks who would be performing.  Just one piece published by a mainstream media outlet, however, mentioned the 60 or so protestors who gathered at theContinue reading “Opinion: Airshow protest highlights Pentagon’s carbon footprint / by Sam Pfeifle”

Extreme weather, climate change and the case for socialism / by Bryan Dyne

The flooding disaster in Humphreys County, Tennessee over the weekend has so far killed at least 21 people, including two toddlers, with another 45 still missing. The flash floods were the result of a storm which dropped 17 inches of rain on the region on Saturday evening, likely a new state record. Early imagery showsContinue reading “Extreme weather, climate change and the case for socialism / by Bryan Dyne”