Venezuela’s National Network of Communes Statement to the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly

Below is a statement by the communal movement in Venezuela.  In  spite of what it states about the role they think the communes deserve to play in the economic life of the country,  the communes actually have had little impact on national production. However, some of its proposals reflect the demands and sentiments of the … Continue reading Venezuela’s National Network of Communes Statement to the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly

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Correcting Eva Golinger on Venezuela

http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/08/correcting-eva-golinger-on-venezuela/ http://www.thedawn-news.org/2017/08/22/correcting-eva-golinger-on-venezuela/ https://www.opednews.com/articles/Correcting-Eva-Golinger-on-by-Stansfield-Smith-Venezuela-170823-539.html https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/13324 https://popularresistance.org/correcting-eva-golinger-on-venezuela/ http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2017/08/24/correcting-eva-golinger-on-venezuela/                   Correcting Eva Golinger on Venezuela As the class struggle heated up in Venezuela this year, fueled by interventionist threats by the pro-US Organization of American States (OAS) bloc, many former supporters of the Bolivarian revolution have remained sitting on the … Continue reading Correcting Eva Golinger on Venezuela

North Koreans in South Korea Face Imprisonment for Wanting to Return Home

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/26/north-koreans-in-south-korea-face-imprisonment-for-wanting-to-return-home/ http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/06/north-koreans-in-south-korea-face-imprisonment-for-wanting-to-return-home/ http://www.4thmedia.org/2017/06/north-koreans-in-south-korea-face-imprisonment-for-wanting-to-return-home/ https://mltoday.com/article/2785-north-koreans-in-south-korea-face-imprisonment-for-wanting-to-return-home/91 http://www.thedawn-news.org/2017/06/29/north-koreans-in-south-korea-face-imprisonment-for-wanting-to-return-home/         Contrary to what the US government and corporate media have conditioned us to associate only with North Korea, a Korean in the South finds herself subject to prosecution for violating the South’s National Security Law because she seeks to move to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea [DPRK]. Kim … Continue reading North Koreans in South Korea Face Imprisonment for Wanting to Return Home

Ecuador’s Accomplishments Under the 10 Years of Rafael Correa’s Citizen’s Revolution

http://www.coha.org/ecuadors-accomplishments-under-the-10-years-of-rafael-correas-citizens-revolution/ http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/14/ecuadors-accomplishments-under-the-10-years-of-rafael-correas-citizens-revolution/ https://www.opednews.com/articles/Ecuador-s-Accomplishments-by-Stansfield-Smith-Ecuador-170420-558.html http://www.eurasiareview.com/18042017-ecuadors-accomplishments-under-10-years-of-rafael-correas-citizens-revolution-analysis/ http://www.thedawn-news.org/2017/04/19/ecuadors-accomplishments-under-the-10-years-of-rafael-correas-citizens-revolution/ Ecuador’s transformation during the presidency of Rafael Correa (2007-2017) and the Citizens Revolution stands as a significant step forward for the worldwide struggle against the world’s 1%.  President Correa, who leaves office at the end of May, came to power in a country traditionally controlled by a super-rich elite, dependent … Continue reading Ecuador’s Accomplishments Under the 10 Years of Rafael Correa’s Citizen’s Revolution

Fascism? First Two Months in Power: Hitler vs. Trump

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/21/first-two-months-in-power-hitler-vs-trump/ http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/03/first-two-months-in-power-hitler-vs-trump/ https://www.opednews.com/articles/Fascism-First-Two-Months-by-Stansfield-Smith-Hitler_Hitler-Brownshirts_Nazis_Trump-Campaign-170321-41.html#comment651214    With the hullabaloo about Trump and fascism, it is useful to review Hitler's first months in power, to get a sense of a real fascist regime. Hitler came to power January 30, 1933, Trump on January 20, making easy a chronological comparison of their lead ups to power and their first … Continue reading Fascism? First Two Months in Power: Hitler vs. Trump

The Dubious Story of Murder of Kim Jong Nam

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/07/the-curious-story-of-kim-jong-nams-death/ http://mltoday.com/article/2686-the-dubious-story-of-the-murder-of-kim-jong-nam-2/91 http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/03/the-dubious-story-of-the-murder-of-kim-jong-nam/ http://www.4thmedia.org/2017/03/the-dubious-story-of-the-murder-of-kim-jong-nam/ http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dubious-story-of-the-murder-of-kim-jong-nam-brother-of-dprk-leader-kim-jong-un/5578256 https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Dubious-Story-of-the-M-by-Stansfield-Smith-Korea_Media-170308-957.html Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity     In the West, even among people who consider themselves not susceptible to government-corporate media propaganda, any wild story about North Korea can be taken as credible. We should ask ourselves why that is the case, given what we know about the history of … Continue reading The Dubious Story of Murder of Kim Jong Nam

Obama’s Hidden Role in Worsening Climate Change

http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/01/obamas-hidden-role-in-worsening-climate-change/ http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/18/obamas-hidden-role-in-worsening-climate-change/ by Stansfield Smith / January 17th, 2017 It should be a scandal that leftists-liberals paint Trump as a special threat, a war mongerer – not Obama who is the first president to be at war everyday of his eight years, who is waging seven wars at present, who dropped three bombs an hour, … Continue reading Obama’s Hidden Role in Worsening Climate Change

A Look at George Ciccariello-Maher’s Building the Commune, Radical Democracy in Venezuela

By Stan Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/30/venezuelas-communal-movement/ http://www.thedawn-news.org/2017/01/18/venezuelas-communal-movement/ http://mltoday.com/article/2617-review-building-the-commune/91 George Ciccariello-Maher, author of We Created Chavez, has come out with a short book on Venezuela, Building the Commune (Verso, 2016 Verso, 138 pp). Here the grassroots struggle  to build a new society, focusing on the cooperatives, the community councils, the communes, established to strengthen popular … Continue reading A Look at George Ciccariello-Maher’s Building the Commune, Radical Democracy in Venezuela

Behind the Bolivia Miner Cooperatives Protest and the Killing of the Bolivian Vice-Minister

https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/behind-the-bolivia-miner-cooperatives-protests-and-the-killing-of-the-bolivian-vice-minister/ http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/category/organizations/ned/ http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/08/behind-the-bolivia-miner-cooperatives-protests-and-the-killing-of-the-bolivian-vice-minister/ https://off-guardian.org/2016/09/03/behind-the-bolivia-miner-cooperatives-protests-and-the-killing-of-the-bolivian-vice-minister/ The Bolivian cooperatives’ protests and their August 25 killing of the Bolivian Vice Minister of the Interior Rodolfo Illanes requires us to question our assumptions about cooperatives.  What are the Bolivian mining cooperatives? Most began during the Great Depression as miners banded together to work a mine in common.  However, like … Continue reading Behind the Bolivia Miner Cooperatives Protest and the Killing of the Bolivian Vice-Minister

Bernie Sanders in 1989 and the Fight Against Corporate Rule

http://mltoday.com/article/2497-bernie-sanders-in-1989-and-the-fight-against-corporate-rule/30-electoral-politics By Stansfield Smith July 7, 2016 “We need a new, progressive political party in the U.S. because on almost every important issue the Democratic and Republican Parties, both controlled by Big Money, are indistinguishable." The "Reagan Revolution… was brought about with the active and strong support of the Democratic Party which controlled the U.S. … Continue reading Bernie Sanders in 1989 and the Fight Against Corporate Rule