Category: History

Ramzy Baroud: The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld?

I dreaded that rich, corrupt Palestinians in Ramallah are utilizing the image of Mandela to acquire badly-needed political capital

Peter Linebaugh: The incomplete, true, and wonderful history of May Day

The real meaning of May Day has been obscured by the designing propaganda of the American and Soviet governments. The truth is totally different

David Downs: The Science behind the DEA’s Long War on Marijuana

Experts say listing cannabis among the world’s deadliest drugs ignores decades of scientific and medical data. But attempts to delist it have met with decades of bureaucratic inertia and political distortion

Sujata Aurora: Biting lions: remembering the Grunwick strike 40 years on

The legacy and lessons for today

Staughton Lynd: The Wobblies in their Heyday

Staughton Lynd reviews IWW in its Heyday and its author, Eric Chester, replies

Chris Lamb: How politics played a major role in the signing of Jackie Robinson

The desegregation of baseball came after a decade-long campaign by black and left wing journalists and activists

Jonah Walters: Ortega’s Betrayal

Today’s Sandinista leaders are a far cry from the revolutionaries that once inspired the international left

Ron Jacobs: Mr. Kurtz Comes to America

A review of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Adam Hochschild: The Oilman Who Loved Dictators

Or How Texaco Supported Fascism

Mark Engler: Three Times When the World Broke Open — and Two When It Might Again

Bernie Sanders’s insurgent presidential campaign has opened up a debate about how social change happens in our society. The official version of how progress is won — currently voiced by mainstream pundits and members of a spooked Democratic Party establishment — goes something like this: politics is a tricky business, gains coming through the work Read more…

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