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/ 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 reading by Howie … 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

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. There is an imperative need for much greater long-term … 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://orinocotribune.com/what-the-chicago-teachers-union-and-united-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 work conditions, … 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”

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. Venezuela … 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

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

Bernie Sanders’ Present Fight against Corporate Rule vs. the Bernie of 1989

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers remarks at a campaign function in the Marvin Center at George Washington University on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Sanders discussed democratic socialism in his address. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Recently, former leader of the … Continue reading Bernie Sanders’ Present Fight against Corporate Rule vs. the Bernie of 1989

Defects of ROAR’s article “Can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis?”

    ROAR published an article Can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis? containing the views of different professors, but with only two worth reading: Dario Azzellini’s and George Ciccariello-Maher’s. Of the others, Raul Zibechi appears to be the chosen faux left commentator committed to repeating US ruling class propaganda against Venezuela. Gabriel Hetland … Continue reading Defects of ROAR’s article “Can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis?”

The US Coup: New Attempt to Eradicate the Chavista Revolution

https://popularresistance.org/the-us-coup-new-attempt-to-eradicate-the-chavista-revolution/ https://orinocotribune.com/the-us-coup-new-attempt-eradicate-the-chavista-revolution https://covertactionmagazine.com/index.php/2019/01/26/yet-another-u-s-coup-attempt-to-eradicate-the-bolivarian-revolution/ http://links.org.au/united-states-coup-venezuela-new-attempt-eradicate-chavista-revolution For over two years we have been told Putin’s Russia has interfered with the 2016 US presidential elections. We now find the US government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela and recognize a person of its choosing as president. This is one more US-backed coup … Continue reading The US Coup: New Attempt to Eradicate the Chavista Revolution

Is Russia Imperialist?

    https://mronline.org/2019/01/02/is-russia-imperialist/ https://popularresistance.org/is-russia-imperialist/ https://blackagendareport.com/russia-imperialist https://www.opednews.com/articles/Is-Russia-Imperialist-by-Stansfield-Smith-Imperialism_Post-soviet-Russia_Russia-And-Us-Conflict_Russian-Economy-181231-849.html https://www.therussophile.org/is-russia-imperialist.html/ https://libya360.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/is-russia-imperialist/ Russia is said to be an imperialist world power, one in conflict with the imperialist superpower, the US. Russia has been characterized in this manner both during the period of the Soviet Union, and after the Soviet Union collapsed and separate states were formed. Russia has said … Continue reading Is Russia Imperialist?

Russiagate McCarthyism Led to Internet Censorship of the Anti-War and Social Justice Movement

https://afgj.org/category/smacc https://unac.notowar.net/2018/11/30/russiagate-mccarthyism-led-to-internet-censorship-of-the-anti-war-and-social-justice-movement/ https://tygpress.com/post/80168175-2998-Russiagate-McCarthyism-Led-to-Internet-Censorship-of-the-Anti-War-and-Social-Justice-Movement https://popularresistance.org/russiagate-mccarthyism-led-to-internet-censorship-of-the-anti-war-and-social-justice-movement/ https://www.opednews.com/articles/Russiagate-McCarthyism-Led-by-Stansfield-Smith-Disinformation_Internet-Censorship_Russiagate_Social-Media-Censorship-181206-170.html https://mltoday.com/russiagate-mccarthyism-led-to-internet-censorship-of-the-anti-war-and-social-justice-movement/   Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity The anti-Trump movement is not simply a progressive movement against a rightwing president, but also carries within it a rightwing current. Progressive minded people fight against Trump’s racist actions against Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, his crude sexism, his pro-corporate policies, his rejection of action … Continue reading Russiagate McCarthyism Led to Internet Censorship of the Anti-War and Social Justice Movement