Archive | January, 2008

  • Haiti’s Debt

    Despite being the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti lags behind many countries in the Americas in obtaining debt relief through a program run by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. A hard-hitting paper published in December by the Washington D.C.-based Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that […]

  • Evidence of Israeli “Cowardly Blending” Comes to Light

    It apparently never occurred to anyone in our leading human rights organizations or the Western media that the same moral and legal standards ought be applied to the behavior of Israel and Hizbullah during the war on Lebanon 18 months ago.  Belatedly, an important effort has been made to set that right. A new report, […]

  • Pakistan: A Continuing Tragedy

    Perhaps this was a situation of two people and one coffin again. Pakistan’s current US-backed dictator, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, did not want to share the space with Benazir Bhutto, and so the latter had to go. This was certainly the case in 1977, when Brigadier General Zia ul-Haq seized power and removed Benazir’s father, Prime […]

  • Latin America at the Crossroads: Cuban Communist Makes the Case for International Revolution

    Roberto Regalado.  Latin America at the Crossroads.  Translation by Peter Gellert.  Ocean Press (, 2007, US$17.95; América latina entre siglos. Ocean Press, 2007, US$17.95. This compact book by Roberto Regalado, a veteran member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, strongly reaffirms the need for revolution in Latin America and beyond. Regalado, […]

  • Victor Rabinowitz Memorial

    MR readers are invited to a memorial meeting to commemorate the life and work of Victor Rabinowitz, a radical lawyer and longtime friend and associate of Monthly Review and its editors (see “Notes from the Editors,” Monthly Review 59.8, January 2008).  The memorial will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 4 pm at the […]

  • The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor

    THE MAN WHO HATED WORK AND LOVED LABOR by Les LeopoldBUY THIS BOOK I just finished reading Les Leopold’s biography of Tony Mazzocchi, The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor.   I finished it in about a day.  It’s that kind of a read, an old-fashioned page turner for anyone interested in the working class […]

  • Clinton Campaign Office Re-occupied by Peace Activists on Day of Iowa Voting: Action Caps Four Days of Iowa Primary Protests against War in Iraq

    Des Moines — Hours before voting begins in the nation’s first presidential poll, peace activists placed the Iraq war front and center again this afternoon as they occupied the Iowa headquarters of Senator Hillary Clinton for the second time since campaigning began last fall. Three Hillary Clinton campaign staff guard the entrance to her Des […]

  • Obama and Romney Iowa Campaign Offices Occupied by Peace Activists: Third Day of Nonviolent Resistance to Iraq Occupation during Iowa Presidential Primary

    Des Moines — Opponents of the occupation of Iraq today occupied the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential candidates U.S. Senator Barak Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, waiting for a response to a letter requesting them to oppose any more spending for the war or occupation and foreswear an attack on Iran. Romney Office […]

  • Fear and Loathing in Bolivia: New Constitution, Polarization

    Right & Left confront at blockade “Let’s go unblock the road, compañeros!” a man in an old baseball cap yells as he joins a group of people hauling rocks and tires from a central intersection in Cochabamba.  This group of students and union activists are mobilizing against a civic strike led by middle-class foot soldiers […]

  • Pakistan: Notes on a Tragedy

    In the next few weeks we shall witness a torrent of sorrow and regret, as any such horrific loss of life should provoke.  But clearly the story is unfinished, despite the seeming finality of Benazir Bhutto’s murder. In two suicide attacks inside Pakistan since October, at least 160 have been slaughtered, including the country’s former […]

  • When Neoliberalism Implodes

      Left Perspectives on the Current Political Economy A Discussion with Robert Brenner and Sam Gindin Moderated by Vivek Chibber 7 December 2007, Brecht Forum Your browser does not support the audio element. Robert Brenner is a professor of history at UCLA.  Sam Gindin is Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto.  Vivek […]

  • Binayak Sen — A Mother’s Appeal

      I am a woman in my eighties.  When we were young, people were inspired by the examples of karmayogis who were patriotic, motivated by ideals of service, wise and virtuous.  We considered ourselves blessed if we could follow in their footsteps. I had so far been a silent spectator to the injustice and violence […]