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USA Politics

  • Hope Lies in the Streets

    The loss of credibility of the reigning ideology has led the ruling elites to forge an alliance with right-wing, neofascist demagogues. They accelerate the hatred, racism and violence that act as a diversion. Hope lies in the streets. Millions of people in Hong Kong, India, Chile, France, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon understand. It is time to join them.

  • As Germany greenlights Huawei, US has lost its 5G war

    On Monday, the news broke that Germany would not be excluding Huawei from participating in its fifth-generation (5G) internet networks. With the country’s new “security catalog” being released, setting out rules and guidelines to ensure safety in the building of the network, no formal bans or exclusions of individual vendor companies were specified, giving the Shenzhen telecommunications firm the green light.

  • The 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America

    Over the past two years, DSA has doubled its membership from 25,000 to 40,000, and that expansion translated into an increase in the number of delegates to the convention, from 700 to 1,000. The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 and Rashida Tlaib in 2019, both members of the DSA, to the House of Representatives helped spur the organization’s growth. Many of the delegates were new members attending their first convention.

  • The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine Scandal: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy

    What’s not being talked about in the mainstream is the context of this story, which shows that Biden should indeed be investigated in both Ukraine and in the United States. We know from the leaked 2014 telephone conversation between Victoria Nuland, then assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and Geoffrey Pyatt, then U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, that Biden played a role in “midwifing” the U.S.-backed overthrow of an elected Ukrainian government.

  • The Problem With Impeachment

    Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. It would not magically restore democratic institutions. It would not return us to the rule of law. It would not curb the predatory appetites of the big banks, the war industry and corporations. It would not get corporate money out of politics or end our system of legalized bribery.

  • Seattle and the Socialist Surge in the United States

    The all-out drive by big business to defeat Seattle’s socialist councillor Kshama Sawant is spurring a sharp reaction by working people, who have stepped up in record numbers to defend their seat on the City Council. Already the campaign to defend Sawant has assembled the biggest, most sophisticated door-knocking operation in modern Seattle history.

  • U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses

    Unlike medieval serfdom, people subject to this End of History scenario can choose to live wherever they want. But wherever they live, they must take on a lifetime of debt to obtain access to a home of their own, and rely on U.S.-sponsored control of their basic needs, money and credit by adhering to U.S. financial planning of their economies. This dystopian scenario confirms Rosa Luxemburg’s recognition that the ultimate choice facing nations in today’s world is between socialism and barbarism.

  • Who Is Reporting That Trump Sanctions Have Killed Thousands of Venezuelans?

    I wrote on June 14 about Reuters burying a study by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot that links US-imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela in August 2017 to an estimated 40,000 deaths by the end of 2018. The study is the clearest evidence of the devastating impact US policy is having on the people of Venezuela. Below is a list of English-language outlets that, according to the Nexis news database, mentioned the study as of June 17. They are overwhelmingly non-US outlets.

  • Trump’s Trade Threats are Really Cold War 2.0

    Trump’s trade tantrum is that other countries are simply following the same economic strategy that once made America great, but which neoliberals have destroyed. U.S. negotiators are unwilling to acknowledge that the United States has lost its competitive industrial advantage and become a high-cost rentier economy.

  • U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective

    We firmly believe that no combination of these or any other rationale can ever justify the genocidal human cost of economic sanctions in Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela or anywhere else. While the world condemns the recent attacks on the oil tankers and tries to identify the culprit, global condemnation should also focus on the country responsible for the deadly, illegal and ineffective economic warfare at the heart of this crisis: the United States.

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