Press Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth / by W.T. Whitney Jr.

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Reporting by the U.S. news services frequently takes China to task for its strict preventative measures imposed to prevent Covid-19 infection. Reports point to economic instability and people’s distress supposedly generated by this uncompromising attitude. The slant of New York Times reporting, which skirts over Chinese lives saved, earned aContinue reading “Press Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth / by W.T. Whitney Jr.”

Imperialism and Taiwan / by Graham Harrington

Originally published in Socialist Voice on September 5, 2022 The recent visit of the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to Taiwan has sharply increased the prospect of war in the region. The Chinese government and people strongly believe Taiwan to be their territory; and the no. 3 official in the U.S.Continue reading “Imperialism and Taiwan / by Graham Harrington”

Ukraine: The CIA’s 75-year-old Proxy / by Gerald Sussman

Friedrichstrasse, bisected by the Berlin Wall, in 1961. Operation Red Sox dropped 85 CIA agents into Soviet-controlled territory to gather intelligence about Moscow’s plans. [Source: politico.com] Originally published in CovertAction Magazine on September 12, 2022 t takes a musical artist to cut through the morass of propaganda to educate American mainstream media (MSM) about the Russia-UkraineContinue reading “Ukraine: The CIA’s 75-year-old Proxy / by Gerald Sussman”

Colombian Intelligence Operations, with US Backing, Are Bad for Peace / by W. T. Whitney Jr.

A Venezuelan couple use the Francisco De Paula Santander Bridge to cross between Urena, Venezuela, and Cucuta, Colombia, Aug. 6, 2022. | Matias Delacroix / AP Colombia’s new president Gustavo Petro wants peace. Colombia’s military, the largest in Latin America, except for that of Brazil, stands in the way. It benefits from U.S. largesse whileContinue reading “Colombian Intelligence Operations, with US Backing, Are Bad for Peace / by W. T. Whitney Jr.”

How the ruling class does it: 7 strategies to stay in power / by Anita Waters

The following is adapted from a talk given at the Marxist School in New York City in 2022. As we see the erosion of the rights that working people have won by a Supreme Court that wants to roll people’s rights back to 1787 and that cavalierly disregards the will of the majority, it isContinue reading “How the ruling class does it: 7 strategies to stay in power / by Anita Waters”

Thomas Paine Was History’s Greatest Hater of the British Crown / by Ryan Zickgraf

English-born American philosopher Thomas Paine’s Common Sense savaged British royalty. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images) Originally Published in Jacobin, 09.10.2022 The American Revolution was inspired by ruthless criticism of the British monarchy. Why stop now? Since news broke of Elizabeth II’s death at age ninety-six, US social media has been awash with tributes, memes, and merciless dunksContinue reading “Thomas Paine Was History’s Greatest Hater of the British Crown / by Ryan Zickgraf”

In a Just Society, Every Day Would Be Labor Day / by Eugene V. Debs

Socialist Eugene Debs addresses a crowd at a meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1925. (G. Rinhart / Corbis via Getty Images) Originally published in Jacobin on 9/5/2022 On Labor Day, there’s perhaps no one better to read than Eugene V. Debs. Here’s his 1903 Labor Day message, never before republished, in which he declares, “The struggleContinue reading “In a Just Society, Every Day Would Be Labor Day / by Eugene V. Debs”

How Zoomers Organized the First Chipotle Union / by Jonah Furman

None of the members of the organizing committee at the Lansing Chipotle have any direct union experience. They relied on friends who had organized at Starbucks and at a local library for advice on their campaign. Photo: Atulya Dora-Laskey Originally published in Labor Notes, August 31, 2022 Chipotle workers in Lansing, Michigan, formed the fastContinue reading “How Zoomers Organized the First Chipotle Union / by Jonah Furman”

Labor Day: Unions Have a Stake in Ending Minority Rule in the United States / by Mark Weisbrot

Photograph Source: Bastian Greshake Tzovaras – CC BY-SA 2.0 This first appeared on MSN. In 2021, just 10.3 percent of American workers were members of unions, less than half the proportion we had four decades prior. This collapse in union membership didn’t happen in Canada; it happened in the United States, for a number of reasons that wereContinue reading “Labor Day: Unions Have a Stake in Ending Minority Rule in the United States / by Mark Weisbrot”

Can we please have an adult conversation about China? / by Vijay Prashad

Wang Bingxiu of the Shuanglang Farmer Painting Club (Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, China), Untitled, 2018. Originally published here: https://thetricontinental.org/newsletterissue/china-information-war/ Dear friends, Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. As the U.S. legislative leader Nancy Pelosi swept into Taipei, people around the world held their breath. Her visit was an act of provocation. In December 1978, theContinue reading “Can we please have an adult conversation about China? / by Vijay Prashad”