Only a Green New Deal Can Douse the Fires of Eco-Fascism

Organizers are expecting huge numbers to turn out for the Global Climate Strike, beginning on September 20 and continuing through September 27. It builds on the first global climate strike, which took place on March 15, and attracted an estimated 1.6 million young people, who walked out of class at schools on every continent. But … Continue reading “Only a Green New Deal Can Douse the Fires of Eco-Fascism”

Les Etats-Unis invoquent un traité régional de coopération militaire contre le Venezuela

Les Etats-Unis ont invoqué un traité régional de coopération militaire qui les lie à d’autres pays du continent américain en réponse à de supposés mouvements «belliqueux» de la part du gouvernement vénézuélien. La demande d’invoquer le Traité interaméricain d’assistance réciproque (TIAR) est venue de l’opposition vénézuélienne, a précisé le 12 septembre le secrétaire d’Etat américain Mike Pompeo dans un communiqué.  … Continue reading “Les Etats-Unis invoquent un traité régional de coopération militaire contre le Venezuela”

Ephéméride des luttes : 11 septembre

L’éphéméride des luttes du 11 septembre démontre que la mémoire d’une journée ne se cantonne pas à deux tours qui tombent, loin s’en faut. Aujourd’hui, on salue le camarade Gino, qui a bien failli changer le cours de l’histoire lui aussi. 1812 : En Angleterre, les luddites mènent une révolte des patates. 1851 : A … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 11 septembre”

Koch Data Mining Company Helped Inundate Voters With Anti-Immigrant Messages

In recent years, Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist megadonor to Republicans and libertarian causes, has carefully recalibrated his public image, releasing a variety of statements to assert that he supports immigration and opposes President Donald Trump’s blatant scapegoating of undocumented immigrants and foreigners. At the same time, however, Koch’s sprawling political network’s in-house technology company has mined consumer data to motivate … Continue reading “Koch Data Mining Company Helped Inundate Voters With Anti-Immigrant Messages”

Trump Year Three: Three Random Late Summer Thoughts

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair The underlying premise was never plausible, but for a while it was still possible to hope that, under Trump, American foreign policy would be less bellicose than it would have been had Hillary Clinton not managed to lose the 2016 election. Trump did, after all, seem less enthusiastic about restoring … Continue reading “Trump Year Three: Three Random Late Summer Thoughts”

Honduras: Un journaliste assassiné, le 79e depuis 2001

Un journaliste a été assassiné samedi dans le nord-ouest du Honduras, devenant le 79e reporter tué depuis 2001 dans ce pays d’Amérique centrale, ont indiqué des organisations de défense des droits de l’homme. Edgar Joel Aguilar “a été abattu” chez un barbier dans la ville de Copan, à environ 200 km au nord de la … Continue reading “Honduras: Un journaliste assassiné, le 79e depuis 2001”

Le Qatar condamne la décision du Honduras de déplacer son ambassade à Jérusalem occupée

Le Qatar a fermement condamné, vendredi, l’annonce par le gouvernement hondurien d’ouvrir un bureau de représentation à Jérusalem occupée, marquant le début du déplacement de son ambassade de Tel-Aviv. à Jérusalem “Le Qatar condamne fermement l’annonce faite par le Honduras d’ouvrir un bureau diplomatique à Jérusalem occupée, en vue du transfert de son ambassade de … Continue reading “Le Qatar condamne la décision du Honduras de déplacer son ambassade à Jérusalem occupée”

Trois questions à… Youssouf Diatta, directeur du Centre culturel régional de Kédougou : «Mieux considérer les Peuples autochtones et accom­pagner les processus de conservation de leurs langues»

Vous venez de prendre part à la 46e édition du Festival des cultures du monde de Gannat. Quel bilan en faites-vous ? Je dirai que ce grand rendez-vous des Cultures du monde de Gannat en région Auvergne, France, reste cette belle plateforme de rencontres et échanges, mais aussi d’expressions artistiques et culturelles diverses. Pendant ces … Continue reading “Trois questions à… Youssouf Diatta, directeur du Centre culturel régional de Kédougou : «Mieux considérer les Peuples autochtones et accom­pagner les processus de conservation de leurs langues»”

The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela

The US struck first at the ‘weakest link’ of the decolonization process. The US backed coups in Honduras and Paraguay. Then Washington turned to converting the judiciary and congress as stepping stones for launching a political attack on the strategic regimes in Argentina and Brazil. The post The Recolonization of Latin America and the War … Continue reading “The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela”

Let’s Make the Next Debates Good for Something

Photograph Source: Senate Democrats – CC BY 2.0 Do we really need three-ring circus “debates” to figure out that the only two candidates in the running for president who should be taken seriously are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren? Perhaps with Joe Biden still leading the pack; the sooner he is put back out to … Continue reading “Let’s Make the Next Debates Good for Something”

Under the U.S. Eye: When is the Time for Honduran Democracy?

Photograph Source: Zack Clark – Public Domain A U.S. Federal court released documents in which a known narcotrafficker, Don H, implicated Honduran elites and politicians in the drug business. Most untenable is the revelation that the sitting president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, took drug money as bribes for himself and the Nationalist party. But let’s face … Continue reading “Under the U.S. Eye: When is the Time for Honduran Democracy?”

Le Salva­dor a célébré son premier jour sans meurtre depuis plus de 2 ans

Le 31 juillet 2019 était le huitième jour sans homi­cide depuis l’an 2000 dans le pays. Le Salvador est un pays dangereux. En 2015, 6.670 meurtres avaient eu lieu, soit 104 pour 100.000 habitants. Le pays est le plus meurtrier d’Amérique Centrale, devant le Guatemala ou le Honduras. Mais le 31 juillet dernier, aucun homicide … Continue reading “Le Salva­dor a célébré son premier jour sans meurtre depuis plus de 2 ans”

Le Honduras reconnaît Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël et y ouvre un «bureau diplomatique»

Le président du Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez effectuera vendredi un voyage officiel en Israël pour l’inauguration d’un «bureau diplomatique» à Jérusalem, reconnaissant ainsi la Ville sainte comme capitale de l’État d’Israël, a annoncé mardi le gouvernement. «C’est pour moi la reconnaissance de Jérusalem en tant que capitale de l’État d’Israël,» a déclaré le président hondurien, … Continue reading “Le Honduras reconnaît Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël et y ouvre un «bureau diplomatique»”

Production up, profits down: getting to the bottom of the coffee conundrum

PxhereCoffee is one of the world’s favourite beverages, a cherished source of caffeine, and many people can’t imagine starting the day without a cup or three. Times should be good for the coffee industry, with nearly 160 million bags produced in 2018 – up more than 50% compared to 2003. However, the wholesale price per … Continue reading “Production up, profits down: getting to the bottom of the coffee conundrum”

What Happens in El Norte Doesn’t Stay in El Norte

by Rebecca Gordon It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the sole support for his mother and siblings in Guatemala. On February 26, … Continue reading “What Happens in El Norte Doesn’t Stay in El Norte”

For True Climate Justice, Abolish ICE and CBP

Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Kamala Harris released their Climate Equity Act – the first draft of a critical component of a Green New Deal. The act aims to protect marginalized communities as Congress attempts to “address” climate change by creating a system that gives environmental legislation an equity score based on its impact … Continue reading “For True Climate Justice, Abolish ICE and CBP”

Biden’s Complicity in Obama’s Toxic Legacy

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair According to recent polling data, former Vice President Joe Biden has a two-to-one lead over his next closest rival in the Democratic primary contest, Bernie Sanders. According to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, Biden has 34 percent support from registered Democratic voters compared to 17 percent who support Sanders. This will … Continue reading “Biden’s Complicity in Obama’s Toxic Legacy”

Calm and Conflict: a Dispatch From Nicaragua

Photograph Source: LaNicoya – CC BY 2.5 I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been in Nicaragua, beginning with almost two years in the country during the Contra War of the 1980s. This month, I spent another nine days in the country. Here are some of observations “from the field.” Things are calm in … Continue reading “Calm and Conflict: a Dispatch From Nicaragua”

Monroeism is the Other Side of Jim Crow, the Side Facing South

Presentation before the Forum of São Paulo, Washington DC, on July the 20th, 2019 This Forum of São Paulo of Washington DC marks a significant step forward in building North-South solidarity on behalf of economic and social justice throughout the hemisphere and respect for the sovereign equality of nations. The Forum comes on the heels of … Continue reading “Monroeism is the Other Side of Jim Crow, the Side Facing South”

Uncle Sam was Born Lethal

For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. – Frederick Douglass, July 4, 1852 One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States … Continue reading “Uncle Sam was Born Lethal”

That Debacle at the Border is Genocide

Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I’m grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I’m a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I’d vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I’m going to talk about today is central to our mission and values … Continue reading “That Debacle at the Border is Genocide”

“A Narco State Supported by the United States”: How Crime & Corruption in Honduras Fuels Migration

We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario, who has closely detailed why migrants from Central America are fleeing their homes in an attempt to seek asylum in the United States. Earlier this year, Nazario spent a month in Honduras documenting how corruption and gang violence are forcing many people to flee. Her piece, “Pay … Continue reading ““A Narco State Supported by the United States”: How Crime & Corruption in Honduras Fuels Migration”

Massacres at Home and Abroad

Photograph Source: Lance Corporal Kevin C. Quihuis Jr. (USMC) – Public Domain On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded—including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with … Continue reading “Massacres at Home and Abroad”

Ephéméride des luttes : 13 août

Le 13 août, l’éphéméride des luttes démontre à quel point la révolte contre la colonisation n’est pas nouvelle, et qu’il est toujours moment de déserter les rôles qui nous sont réservés pour choisir une voie de libération. 1536 : Au Honduras, dans la vallée de l’Ulúa, mort de l’ex-conquistador Gonzalo Guerrero. Celui-ci avait gagné le … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 13 août”

The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren

The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as “a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond,” it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner’s office began tracking an explosion of deaths in … Continue reading “The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren”

Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth?

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working … Continue reading “Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth?”

U.S. Foreign Policy: This Is Us

by Mitchell Plitnick Last weekend a pair of horrifying massacres in the U.S. cities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio sent shock waves through the country. The outrage was so powerful that even President Donald Trump had to overcome his own indifference to the act and say something that, from another source, might have … Continue reading “U.S. Foreign Policy: This Is Us”

Pushing Out the Border: How the U.S. Is Waging a Global War on Migration

A principal goal of the Trump administration’s policy at the U.S.-Mexico border —and in Central America, considered of late only in relation to that border — has been to get other governments to handle the increase in migrants seeking to enter the United States. This means getting Mexico to send troops to its border with … Continue reading “Pushing Out the Border: How the U.S. Is Waging a Global War on Migration”

Borders On Insanity?

Anyone who has seriously studied the so-called “immigration issue” in the United States knows the problems extend well beyond the U.S. southern border with Mexico. In fact, the U.S./Mexico border itself is a varied geographical region, stretching from Texas through New Mexico through Arizona to California—a terrain of unforgiving deserts and a daunting river and … Continue reading “Borders On Insanity?”

What “Abolish ICE” Really Means

As I stepped inside the Cannon House Office Building on a Tuesday in July, I felt like I was taking a step towards a more just world. The night before, when I told my mother I planned to participate in a “Never Again” protest as part of #JewsAgainstICE, she had one question: “What exactly are … Continue reading “What “Abolish ICE” Really Means”

The U.S. is in Debt to Central America

At the beginning of the 1980s, during a meeting in New York with then ex-President Jimmy Carter, I accompanied Argentine Nobel Prize laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel as his translator. At that time, wars were ravaging the Central American countries. I remember vividly how at one point Carter asked Pérez Esquivel, “And what do you think, … Continue reading “The U.S. is in Debt to Central America”

Qu’est-ce que les oligarques ont en tête pour nous ?

Par Joel Kotkin – Le 19 juin 2019 – Source Quillette.com « Il ne semble pas y avoir de raisons valables pour qu’une dictature rigoureusement scientifique puisse être renversée. » Aldous Huxley, Le Meilleur des mondesLe récent mouvement d’enquête sur l’oligarchie technologique actuelle en vue de son éventuel démantèlement, a trouvé un soutien des deux … Continue reading “Qu’est-ce que les oligarques ont en tête pour nous ?”

Worldwide Blood Drive, Life-Giving News from WeLoveU

Jul 30, 2019 Picture:  Blood is needed more than anything else when a car accident or an emergency situation occurs. According to a report from the Department of Heath, the Philippines needs 1 million units of blood every year, which can save the lives of hundreds of people. However, there is still a long way … Continue reading “Worldwide Blood Drive, Life-Giving News from WeLoveU”

Tsai honors Taiwan winners of Presidential Hackathon

President Tsai Ing-wen honored July 27 the five Taiwan winners of the Presidential Hackathon, praising the teams’ efforts in harnessing the power of innovation and open government to tackle social challenges and advance sustainable development.   Through promoting cutting-edge solutions and strengthening collaboration among the academic, public and private sectors, their projects can enhance the … Continue reading “Tsai honors Taiwan winners of Presidential Hackathon”

Judge Halts Trump’s Asylum Ban That Represents a “Relentless Attack on the Very Idea of Asylum”

A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked President Trump’s plan to bar nearly all migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of California ordered Trump to continue accepting asylum claims, issuing a preliminary injunction against a rule that would block anyone who passes through … Continue reading “Judge Halts Trump’s Asylum Ban That Represents a “Relentless Attack on the Very Idea of Asylum””

The Empty Gaze of Mike Pence

When people are not seen as human beings, but as a “storage” problem, the final solution becomes the “logical” solution. Are we going to let that happen? In the 2001 movie, The Conspiracy, Nazi officials gather at a stately home to discuss what to do about the Jewish population, which for the most part has … Continue reading “The Empty Gaze of Mike Pence”

Le cadeau empoisonné de Hong Kong

Par Godfree Roberts − Le 2 juillet 2019 − Source The Unz Review Dans nos conversations à propos de Hong Kong et de la Chine, nous étions tous d’accord sur un point: si tu veux progresser dans ta carrière, tu as le choix entre aller aux États-Unis ou rentrer en Chine, mais il n’y a … Continue reading “Le cadeau empoisonné de Hong Kong”

U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses

Photograph Source: Trending Topics 2019 – CC BY 2.0 Today’s world is at war on many fronts. The rules of international law and order put in place toward the end of World War II are being broken by U.S. foreign policy escalating its confrontation with countries that refrain from giving its companies control of their … Continue reading “U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses”

Sofi’s Choice

Still from Sophie’s Choice. If you saw Sophie’s Choice (1982), you will remember the film’s climax. It’s unforgettable. A young Polish woman, Zofia “Sophie” Zawistowski (Meryl Streep), arrives at Auschwitz with her two small children. There, with the Nazis’ characteristic blend of sadism and ingenuity, a camp officer presents her with a choice: one of … Continue reading “Sofi’s Choice”

“Do We Believe in Asylum? If We Do, We Need to Stop This Rule”: Trump Policy Upends Protections at U.S.-Mexico Border

This week, the Trump administration announced an unprecedented rule that would deny tens of thousands of asylum-seekers the chance to find refuge in the United States, imposing a bar to asylum for anybody who has passed through another country without applying for protection and being denied it there. The rule went into effect Tuesday, the day … Continue reading ““Do We Believe in Asylum? If We Do, We Need to Stop This Rule”: Trump Policy Upends Protections at U.S.-Mexico Border”

2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump’s New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional

As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in … Continue reading “2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump’s New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional”

UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Bachelet’s Gift to the US: Justifying Regime Change in Venezuela

Photograph Source: Gobierno de Chile – CC BY 3.0 CL UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s report on Venezuela echoes the US government’s talking points, which are designed to terminate the two-decade-old Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. The report fails to acknowledge Venezuela’s manifest accomplishments or even recognize victims of US-backed right-wing violence in Venezuela. … Continue reading “UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Bachelet’s Gift to the US: Justifying Regime Change in Venezuela”

Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy Exposes Migrants to Rape, Kidnapping, and Murder in Dangerous Border Cities

The big man with a little mustache sat slumped in his chair at an immigrant aid office in Ciudad Juárez. The Mexican city sits a block and a half from El Paso, Texas, across the shallow trickle of the Rio Grande. But proximity to the U.S. meant nothing in his case; the office might as … Continue reading “Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy Exposes Migrants to Rape, Kidnapping, and Murder in Dangerous Border Cities”

Ephéméride des luttes : 14 juillet

Le 14 juillet est un jour important dans l’éphéméride des luttes, et pas seulement du fait d’une révolution bourgeoise. On y apprend que bien d’autres épisodes de lutte autrement plus proches de nous ont eu lieu et continuent d’avoir lieu aujourd’hui. 1789 : Y’ paraît que c’est la Révolution. Mais peut-être qu’on nous a menti. … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 14 juillet”

Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today’s Migrant Crisis

Since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the U.S. with the hope of receiving political asylum. We speak with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup … Continue reading “Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today’s Migrant Crisis”

‘Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy,’ US State Dept Boasted in 2017, With Appointment of FM Chrystia Freeland

The US State Department boasted in a declassified memo in March 2017 that Canada had adopted an “America first” foreign policy. The cable was authored just weeks after the centrist government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Chrystia Freeland as foreign minister. The former editor of the major international news agency Reuters, Freeland has pushed … Continue reading “‘Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy,’ US State Dept Boasted in 2017, With Appointment of FM Chrystia Freeland”