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Who Dares to Tell the Truth

Who Dares to Tell the Truth

  I applaud the release of the first of hundreds of thousands of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.  Hopefully, they will be an eye-opener for those who believe that their government officials are the world’s good guys. What they show is that no country is too small to escape U.S. meddling in its affairs, […]

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Change We (Were Foolish to) Believe In

Change We (Were Foolish to) Believe In

 The U.S. 2010 midterm elections are over, and the postmortems have begun.  Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the influential liberal magazine the Nation and a frequent guest on television talk shows, said in a recent fund appeal, Dear Nation Reader, There’s no disguising it, the results of the midterm elections were, with few exceptions, grim, […]

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Lock 'Em Up

Lock 'Em Up

 [This first appeared in counterpunch on August 17, 2010.  This version includes hyperlinks.]. Sometimes events conspire to make you think that things are worse than you imagined. On August 3, Marilyn Buck died. Marilyn was a fighter in the struggle for racial justice and against the most virulent pestilence in the world—United States imperialism. Unlike […]

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GROWTH! GROWTH! GROWTH!

GROWTH! GROWTH! GROWTH!

The motor force of capitalist economies is the accumulation of capital—the drive by businesses to make as much profit as possible and use as much of this profit as they can to expand their operations. The growth of capital is built into the nature of the system; it is relentless and never-ending. To justify this […]

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What I Wrote in 2002 about the FARC in Colombia and the Maoists in Nepal

Below is an excerpt from Naming the System. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC is the Spanish acronym) is the oldest revolutionary army in Latin America. Since 2002, it has been under some of its severest attacks by the Colombian government under the right-wing president Álvaro Uribe, aided by considerable U.S. military aid and personnel, who are […]

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A Nation of Immigrants: Part Two

Since the publication of Part One of this post a few days ago, President Obama has decided not to nominate immigrant-rights advocate and attorney, Thomas Saenz, to head the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department.  Saenz is currently Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa’s chief legal advisor, and he has a long history of commitment […]

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A Nation of Immigrants: Part One

Every night on CNN, Lou Dobbs bashes immigrants.  No matter what the subject, he manages to turn it into a horror story about the evils of people he calls “illegal aliens.”  They steal; they cheat; they use drugs; they murder innocent people; they transmit diseases; they have filthy habits; they take jobs from decent hardworking […]

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