• Devil’s on the Loose: A Review of Forrest Hylton’s Evil Hour in Colombia

    EVIL HOUR IN COLOMBIA by Forrest HyltonBUY THIS BOOK There was a period in the 1990s when I honestly thought that Colombia would become Washington’s next Vietnam.  Instead, it turns out that the counterinsurgency assisted financially and militarily by Washington is more like the so-called low-intensity conflicts waged by Washington and its clients in Central […]

  • It’s Not Race or Class — It’s Race and Class: An Interview with Roderick Bush

    WE ARE NOT WHAT WE SEEM: Black Nationalism and Class Struggle in the American Century by Roderick D. BushBUY THIS BOOK Roderick Bush is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at St. John’s University in New York.  He is the author of We Are Not What We Seem: Black Nationalism and Class Struggle in […]

  • Just Sign on the Dotted Line: Iraqi Oil and Production Sharing Agreements

    “A critical component of the overall strategy is to contain expenditures within revenues and available financing, by prioritizing expenditures, controlling the wage and pensions bill, reducing subsidies on petroleum products, and expanding the participation of the private sector in the domestic market for petroleum products. . . . The authorities have recently increased prices of […]

  • Dylan Puts His Pitchfork on the Shelf and Faces the Apocalypse Again

    I took my Harry Choates CD off the player even though that Cajun violin he plays had a lot to say a year after Katrina hit.  The new Bob Dylan album was in my hand and it was time to put the little disc on.  Modern Times is what he’s calling it.  The cover has […]

  • “The Immigrants’ Rights Movement Is in Good Hands”: An Interview with Nativo Lopez

    I was at a conference titled Build the Left, Fight the Right this past June.  The speakers and workshops at the conference ranged from the war in Iraq to the immigrant rights movement in the United States.  One of the most interesting (and there were many) and hopeful (in terms of a brighter future for […]

  • Towards A Radical Youth Movement: The New SDS

    From August  4th through the 7th, a new incarnation of Students for a Democratic Society  (SDS) will hold its first national convention.  This organization will have been around for almost a year when it meets in Chicago.  Obviously taking its inspiration from the famed US student organization of the 1960s, the new SDS is an […]

  • Gaza: Do the Palestinians Have the Right to Exist?

    I am so tired of hearing Tel Aviv complain that certain Palestinian factions do not recognize Israel’s right to exist.  Regardless of their opinion of Israel’s right, even Hamas leaders have stated that the fact is that Israel does exist.  Meanwhile, Israel is once again waging a military campaign against the Palestinians that, in essence, […]

  • The Dogs of War — Barking at the Moon?

    The current debate in Congress over the war in Iraq has put the myth of victory and its opposite — surrender– back on the front pages.  These are actually more than myths; they are genuine misrepresentations of what’s happening in Iraq — lies, in other words.  It doesn’t really matter, though, because those who want […]

  • Iraq: Publicity Stunts and Public Policy

    2,500 US known dead, give or take a corpse or two  Untold tens of thousands of Iraqis. A new and more repressive crackdown in Iraq’s capital city titled, rather lamely, Operation Forward Together.  No Iron Fist this time.  No Desert Storm.  Just Forward Together into the fog or perhaps the abyss.  No one really seems […]

  • Two, Three, Many Olympias

    There’s a great tradition amongst the world’s citizenry that is perhaps best expressed in the words spoken by the late Berkeley radical Mario Savio.  During the Free Speech actions of 1964 that were aimed at the University of California’s repressive administrative dictates against student and staff political activity, Mario said:  There’s a time when the […]

  • Circling the Wagons and Building Walls:Washington’s Immigration Policy

    So Bush and company want to put thousands of armed troops on the border between the United States and Mexico.  The supposed reason for this move is to stem the flow of immigrants coming into the US from the south.  I have a feeling that this move will be probably popular in Congress and amongst […]

  • You And I, We’ve Been through That: Dylan and Haggard Take the Stage

    Warnings, war, and apocalypse.  Two riders approached.  The wind began to howl.  Electric guitars — and voices — sliced the night, like double-edged swords. Yep.  Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard pulled into town Saturday night.  The guy playing sax in the street out in front of the civic center put it this way: These guys […]

  • May Day in Asheville, North Carolina

    May Day in North Carolina, USA.  The weather is perfect.  A march for immigrant rights begins this afternoon — part of the nationwide movement to prevent the passage of a legislation that would make it a felony offense to be in the US without papers or to help anyone that is here without said papers.  […]

  • Neil Young Kicks Out the Jams!

    On April 30, 1970, Richard Nixon told the world that US forces were invading the country of Cambodia.  Within twenty-four hours of his announcement, the streets of many cities and towns around the United States and elsewhere were filled with angry protests against the US action.  On May 4, National Guard troops opened fire on […]

  • “I Know I’m Not Dreaming, Because I Can’t Sleep Any More”: A Review of Elias Khoury’s Gate of the Sun

    A few years back, I was talking with a young socialist organizer about books.  He had just asked me why I wasted my time reading fiction when there was so much non-fiction that needed to be read.  Culture, I replied, reflects and illuminates a society just as much as, if not more than, history or […]

  • Why Leaving Iraq Now Is the Only Sensible Step to Take: A Review of Anthony Arnove’s Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal

    IRAQ: The Logic of Withdrawal (Hardcover) by Anthony Arnove (Introduction by Howard Zinn)BUY THIS BOOK Coherent.  That’s the one-word review of Anthony Arnove’s latest book, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (New Press, April 2006).  Incoherent.  That’s what Washington’s policy in Iraq seems to be.  What makes Arnove’s book so important is that he dissects that […]

  • April 4, 1968

    April 4, 1968.  I was watching TV that Thursday night when a bulletin flashed across the screen.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was dead, shot dead in Memphis.  By the time I woke up the next morning to deliver papers, cities were on fire across the land.  The all-news radio station kept replaying part of a […]

  • The “New” National Security Strategy, the Same Old Nonsense

    How stupid do they think we are?  The administration has been on the road these past few days trying to package the war in Iraq as a success.  Bush insists that the war is going well and that the US will stay on until final victory and eternal democracy.  Dick Cheney told the world that […]

  • “A Long Struggle” against Iran

    Although the strategy is older than the mean sheriff and his less sadistic deputy in the Old West, we need to only go back a few years here.  If one recalls, prior to the US/UK invasion on Iraq in 2003, there were several initiatives to “promote democracy” in that country.  Usually it was the State […]

  • Call It Love or Call It Reason, But I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore

    Click on the image to watch a preview of “Soldiers & Students” One of the largest youth antiwar organizations — the Campus Antiwar Network — is calling for a week of actions against military recruitment on March 13-19, 2006.  Pepperspray Productions of Seattle recently released a DVD titled “Soldiers & Students” that features counter-recruitment actions […]