The “Wasp Network” Highlights our Lack of Freedom to Tell the Truth on the Cuban Five Case

Stansfield Smith, ChicagoALBASolidarity.wordpress.com, former leader of the Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five The film Wasp Network, based on the book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War, The Story of the Cuban Five by Fernando Morais, is a co-production between France, Spain, Belgium and Brazil. It was shown in Cuba last December, soon after … Continue reading The “Wasp Network” Highlights our Lack of Freedom to Tell the Truth on the Cuban Five Case

Enduring Points in Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-Criticism

Enduring Points in Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-Criticism Stansfield smith Here is a selection of the more enduring and valuable quotes and points Lenin made in Materialism and Empirio-Criticism (1908), a work not often read by Marxists. This book could be summarized as: Materialism responds to the latest incarnation of idealism. Idealism takes different forms. The … Continue reading Enduring Points in Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-Criticism

China’s Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona Pandemic

https://www.eurasiareview.com/16052020-chinas-solidarity-aid-to-the-world-during-the-corona-pandemic-oped/ https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/chinas-international-solidarity-aid-to-the-world-during-the-corona-pandemic/ China’s worldwide assistance and medical aid to other countries to combat the coronavirus is barely covered in the corporate press. Instead, the US has ramped up its anti-China campaign to cover up its own incompetence in combating the virus. As John Pilger shows in his Obama era film The Coming War on China, this … Continue reading China’s Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona Pandemic

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s Coronavirus Threats and Government Incapacity to Handle a Pandemic

Stansfield Smith Saturday May 2, Chicago mayor Lightfoot declared you can be arrested and jailed for having house parties. "We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we have to, we will arrest you," said Lightfoot. "Don't make us treat you like a criminal, but if you act like a criminal and … Continue reading Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s Coronavirus Threats and Government Incapacity to Handle a Pandemic

A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation: Keith Bolender’s “Manufacturing the Enemy: The Media War Against Cuba”

Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian “election interference,” on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China’s Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in … Continue reading A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation: Keith Bolender’s “Manufacturing the Enemy: The Media War Against Cuba”

Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel: their “Open Letter to the Green Party”

https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/chomsky-and-other-liberal-intellectuals-ask-us-to-join-them-in-throwing-in-the-towel/ https://mltoday.com/chomsky-and-other-liberal-intellectuals-ask-us-to-join-them-in-throwing-in-the-towel/ https://orbitt.net/author/stansfield-smith/ http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_86766.shtml Stansfield Smith Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth … Continue reading Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel: their “Open Letter to the Green Party”

The Coup in Bolivia: Lessons for our Movement

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Coup-in-Bolivia-Lesso-by-Stansfield-Smith-Anti-war_Coup_Propaganda-191224-589.htmlhttps://mltoday.com/the-coup-in-bolivia-lessons-for-our-movement/https://orinocotribune.com/the-coup-in-bolivia-lessons-for-our-movement/https://www.blackagendareport.com/coup-bolivia-lessons-our-movementhttps://popularresistance.org/the-coup-in-bolivia-lessons-for-our-movement/ The Coup in Bolivia: Lessons for our Movement Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity The US engineered another coup, this time Bolivia, and again our movement could not effectively counter pro-coup propaganda the US was selling to the public, let alone taking any action to stop it. Our imperative need for much greater long-term cooperative … Continue reading The Coup in Bolivia: Lessons for our Movement

What the Chicago Teacher Union and the GM Auto Workers Strikes Teach Us

https://mronline.org/2019/10/24/what-the-chicago-teachers-union-and-united-auto-workers-strikes-teach-us?fbclid=IwAR3KWRcTj0JKo92FmRYJTy6s6pGWvgdlqhWzZXNckubiaUncaBEhYgsPsBU https://popularresistance.org/what-the-chicago-teachers-union-and-the-gm-auto-workers-strikes-teach-us/ https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/what-the-chicago-teacher-union-and-the-gm-auto-workers-strikes-teach-us/ https://orinocotribune.com/what-the-chicago-teachers-union-and-united-auto-workers-strikes-teach-us https://mltoday.com/what-the-chicago-teacher-union-and-the-gm-auto-workers-strikes-teach-us/ By Stan Smith The Chicago teachers and staff, numbering 35,000, are on strike for the second time in seven years. And for a second time, the teachers' action has helped spark a social movement. This strike questions to the long-held understanding that unions have no right to make demands beyond … Continue reading What the Chicago Teacher Union and the GM Auto Workers Strikes Teach Us

Some Questions on Oscar Figuera’s “The Crisis of Rentier Capitalism in Venezuela”

https://orinocotribune.com/some-questions-of-oscar-figueras-the-crisis-of-rentier-capitalism-in-venezuela/ Some Questions on Oscar Figuera’s “The Crisis of Rentier  Capitalism in Venezuela” Stan Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity The secretary-general of the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV), Oscar Figuera, in a recent interview stresses the need to build a broad anti-imperialist alliance of workers, campesinos, the communal movement, and all those committed to progressive social change. … Continue reading Some Questions on Oscar Figuera’s “The Crisis of Rentier Capitalism in Venezuela”

Celebrating 50 years of Venceremos Brigade solidarity with the Cuban Revolution

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/16/celebrating-50-years-of-venceremos-brigade-solidarity-with-the-cuban-revolution/https://mltoday.com/celebrating-50-years-of-venceremos-brigade-slidarity-with-the-cuban-revolution/https://www.letcubalive.org/uploads/5/9/9/0/5990776/celebrating_50_years_of_venceremos_brigade_solidarity_with_the_cuban_revolution.pdf by Stan Smith This year was the 50th anniversary of the Venceremos Brigade delegations to Cuba, a special affair for Cuba and its Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). We participants can agree with what one former brigadista wrote us, “I went in 1971 and it was one of the most moving experiences … Continue reading Celebrating 50 years of Venceremos Brigade solidarity with the Cuban Revolution