Springtime for Biden and Democrats

Summertime is coming; the “debate” season is near.  It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway.  What a dreary prospect!  Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe … Continue reading “Springtime for Biden and Democrats”

The Washington Post’s “Cartel of the Suns” Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair With the attempted coup in Venezuela now nearing its four-month mark, commentators in the corporate-owned Western press are scratching their heads as to why Washington’s plan for its proxy, Juan Guaido, to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro has so far failed to materialize. Of course, all of the real … Continue reading “The Washington Post’s “Cartel of the Suns” Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed”

What 50 Countries are Backing Guaidó? Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America’s hand-picked “legitimate leader” or “legitimate president” of Venezuela, as having an “administration.” The truth is that his “administration” — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested and being held by the government, hiding, seeking asylum in various foreign … Continue reading “What 50 Countries are Backing Guaidó? Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True”

The Threat of Political Climate Change

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, … Continue reading “The Threat of Political Climate Change”

No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border

Dozens of people turned out in support for Scott Warren at the federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, last week. But as friends and family filled the benches, there was a noteworthy absence: A team of Warren’s fellow humanitarian aid volunteers were out in the field. They were searching for a man reported missing on the Cabeza … Continue reading “No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border”

The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

by John Feffer In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved … Continue reading “The Rising Tide of the Populist Right”

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, … Continue reading “US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage”

The Wall of No Return

Wall, central Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. Nelson Espinal grew up in a leaky and crowded shack on the violent outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Espinal turned 28 last summer, but still lived at home with his parents, four sisters and 7-year old son, Yojan. Like many other young men in his decaying neighborhood, Nelson had … Continue reading “The Wall of No Return”

1,000 Israeli Soldiers to Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection

A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). The main mission of the troops … The post 1,000 Israeli Soldiers to Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border … Continue reading “1,000 Israeli Soldiers to Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection”

Getting It Right on Immigration

As the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies in the coming weeks and months, we’ll see candidates and pundits airing a wide variety of proposals on immigration policy. We’ll get recommendations on border security, asylum, detention, the status of the Dreamers, the status of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without documentation, and the role … Continue reading “Getting It Right on Immigration”

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.

Scott Warren has a checklist he goes through every time he finds a body in the desert. The earthly components are straightforward. Log the GPS coordinates. Take photographs and notes. Scour the brush for more bones and pull together all the data pertinent to the investigation that local authorities will, in theory, initiate once they … Continue reading “Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.”

A Border Crisis of Our Own Making

For more than 30 years, I’ve led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We’ve taken nuns, bishops, rabbis, and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news. This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juarez and Matamoras, Mexico. … Continue reading “A Border Crisis of Our Own Making”

Ephéméride des luttes : le 1er mai

Dans l’éphéméride des luttes, le premier mai a une place à part. Contrairement aux manifestations souvent bon enfant auxquelles on associe aujourd’hui cette date, le premier mai est la date de la commémoration d’une combativité dans la lutte, de radicalité, d’un internationalisme révolutionnaire. Tout au long de l’histoire, les manifestant-e-s réuni-e-s à cette occasion ont … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : le 1er mai”

The Monroe Doctrine is Back, and as the Latest US Attack on Cuba Shows, Its Purpose is to Serve the Neoliberal Order

In November 2013, then-Secretary of State John Kerry declared: “The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” The reality of Obama administration policy did not entirely support this assertion; there was the executive order against Venezuela in 2015, support for the coup in Honduras in 2009, and ominously close ties with right-wing governments across the region. … Continue reading “The Monroe Doctrine is Back, and as the Latest US Attack on Cuba Shows, Its Purpose is to Serve the Neoliberal Order”

Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup

Photograph Source: SimonP – CC BY-SA 3.0 An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group of us, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, … Continue reading “Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup”

L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama

Moment exceptionnel que ce cinquième Sommet des Amériques qui, réunissant trente-quatre nations (tous les pays de la région sauf Cuba), s’est tenu les 18 et 19 avril à Port-of-Spain, dans l’île de Trinité-et-Tobago. Après la rencontre de Mar del Plata (Argentine), en novembre 2005, au cours de laquelle des milliers de manifestants conspuèrent M. George … Continue reading “L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama”

Les communautés d’ex-combattants : le noyau dur du vote FMLN

L’un des blocs de votants qui ne souhaite pas voir le Front Farabundo Marti de libération nationale (FMLN) salvadorien devenir plus « pragmatique » sur le plan politique est celui de la communauté des ex-combattants qui a vécu en exil une bonne partie de la guerre. Ce groupe – la base du parti – est … Continue reading “Les communautés d’ex-combattants : le noyau dur du vote FMLN”

Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale

L’Union européenne négocie en ce moment un accord d’intégration économique avec l’Amérique centrale. Les liens commerciaux et politiques de l’Amérique centrale sont pourtant davantage tournés vers les États-Unis. Seulement 0,38 % du commerce extérieur de l’Union européenne se fait avec l’Amérique centrale. Pourquoi alors ces pourparlers ? La 5e rencontre de négociations entre l’Union européenne … Continue reading “Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale”

Les communautés d’ex-combattants : le noyau dur du vote FMLN

L’un des blocs de votants qui ne souhaite pas voir le Front Farabundo Marti de libération nationale (FMLN) salvadorien devenir plus « pragmatique » sur le plan politique est celui de la communauté des ex-combattants qui a vécu en exil une bonne partie de la guerre. Ce groupe – la base du parti – est … Continue reading

Les communautés d’ex-combattants : le noyau dur du vote FMLN

Le Plan Mexico et les migrations en Amérique centrale

Longue de 960 kilomètres, la très poreuse frontière qui sépare le Guatemala du Mexique offre aux immigrants d’Amérique centrale un accès facile à « El Norte », c’est-à-dire aux États-Unis. Elle offre 63 points de passage non contrôlés, parmi lesquels 44 sont accessibles en véhicule automobile. Pour les mêmes raisons qu’elle attire les migrants centre-américains, … Continue reading “Le Plan Mexico et les migrations en Amérique centrale”

Le Sucre contre le FMI

Les dirigeants politiques mondiaux sont visiblement décontenancés par l’accélération de la crise systémique actuelle du capitalisme. A peine ont-ils pris une décision qu’elle est déjà dépassée par les événements. Tout le monde a maintenant conscience que les plans de sauvetage financiers, économiques et industriels mis en oeuvre dans les métropoles du libéralisme réunies dans l’ancien … Continue reading “Le Sucre contre le FMI”

Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale

L’Union européenne négocie en ce moment un accord d’intégration économique avec l’Amérique centrale. Les liens commerciaux et politiques de l’Amérique centrale sont pourtant davantage tournés vers les États-Unis. Seulement 0,38 % du commerce extérieur de l’Union européenne se fait avec l’Amérique centrale. Pourquoi alors ces pourparlers ? La 5e rencontre de négociations entre l’Union européenne … Continue reading

Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale

El flagelo del aborto ilegal en América Latina: ¿hay democracia sin derechos reproductivos?

Read in English. Tres cuartos de todos los abortos en América Latina se hacen de forma ilegal. Junto con África y Asia, esta región reune gran parte de los 17.1 millones abortos realizados de manera insegura cada año alrededor del mundo, según el nuevo informe del journal The Lancet, publicado en conjunto con el Instituto … Continue reading “El flagelo del aborto ilegal en América Latina: ¿hay democracia sin derechos reproductivos?”

La « Citadelle Amérique » ne va pas tarder à gagner l’Amérique centrale depuis l’Amérique du Sud

“Fortress America” Is About To Expand From South America To Central America Par Andrew Korybko − Le 6 avril 2019 − Source orientalreview.org Le président Trump a encore réitéré sa promesse de fermer la frontière Sud et déclaré qu’il coupait toutes les aides aux pays du Triangle du Nord que sont le Salvador, le Guatemala … Continue reading “La « Citadelle Amérique » ne va pas tarder à gagner l’Amérique centrale depuis l’Amérique du Sud”

What Will It Take For Trump to Get His Due?

It is hard to recall now but before the 2016 election, blatant contempt for the rule of law and other longstanding (small-r) republican values, public displays of stupidity, extreme character flaws, and irrefutable evidence of psychological instability could wreck a presidential campaign; and it was practically axiomatic that no presidency could be headed by anyone … Continue reading “What Will It Take For Trump to Get His Due?”

Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid

Drone footage of Notre Dame aflame. Victor Hugo: “The church of Notre-Dame de Paris is still no doubt, a majestic and sublime edifice. But, beautiful as it has been preserved in growing old, it is difficult not to sigh, not to wax indignant, before the numberless degradations and mutilations which time and men have both … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid”

The Battle for Latin America: How the U.S. Helped Destroy the “Pink Tide”

Photograph Source Presidencia de la Nación Argentina – CC BY 2.0 After sponsoring juntas until well into the 1990s, the US went after Central and South America with “free trade” deals before once again working with extremists. The recent elections of Argentina’s Mauricio Macri and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro are major blows to socioeconomic and cultural … Continue reading “The Battle for Latin America: How the U.S. Helped Destroy the “Pink Tide””

“Militarized Capitalism”: Trump Regime Hardliners Want Venezuela to Become Another Honduras

Under US installed rule, Honduras is Latin America’s death squad capital. Anthropologist Adrienne Pine calls horrific abuses in the country “invisible genocide.” Other than active war theaters, Honduras is “the most violent country on the planet,” she earlier said, its … The post “Militarized Capitalism”: Trump Regime Hardliners Want Venezuela to Become Another Honduras appeared … Continue reading ““Militarized Capitalism”: Trump Regime Hardliners Want Venezuela to Become Another Honduras”

Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives

Easter is about opening tombs and resurrecting lives.  Today’s tombs include the Trump administration’s walls and bans and lies that confine people, threaten their safety, and block their aspirations and fulfillment.  Thus, in this life, Easter is celebrated whenever people, fleeing such oppression, are offered the safety of sanctuary.  Here, people of faith not only … Continue reading “Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives”

Migrants aux portes des États-Unis : pourquoi ils fuient leurs pays

L’afflux massif de familles en provenance d’Amérique centrale et qui demandent l’asile aux États-Unis est un phénomène d’une ampleur considérable pour les services d’immigration américains. La crise humanitaire à la frontière sud des États-Unis a provoqué, le 7 avril dernier, la démission forcée de Kirstjen Nielsen, secrétaire à la Sécurité intérieure, le président Donald Trump lui … Continue reading “Migrants aux portes des États-Unis : pourquoi ils fuient leurs pays”

A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico

Terror raced through Teresa Gonzales as both the clarity of the message and the ambiguity of the threat hit her at once. “We have a present for you waiting outside,” read the text, which appeared on her daughter Rosa’s cellphone during Saturday worship. “Mom, they’re threatening me,” said Rosa, eyes wide. Teresa, whose family members’ … Continue reading “A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico”

Iraq’s WMDs Found…In Russia

White House photo by Eric Draper In late 2017, actor Morgan Freeman announced in a video created by a who’s who of senior U.S. Intelligence officials that Russia had attacked the United States and that ‘we’ were at war. Freeman, whose net worth is said to be about a quarter-billion dollars, claimed that ex-Soviet ‘authoritarian’ … Continue reading “Iraq’s WMDs Found…In Russia”

Population Bomb or Bomb the Population?

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because … Continue reading “Population Bomb or Bomb the Population?”