Dylan Goes Electric By Elijah Wald Dey Street Books, 2015 Review by Brian Tokar Fifty years ago Bob Dylan sent shockwaves through the music world, appearing at the hallowed Newport Folk Festival with an electric guitar and a wailing, electric backup band. Those events have inspired raucous debate among folk and rock music fans ever Read more…
Diana Johnstone has written an extremely valuable book on Hillary Clinton, which not only examines in detail Clinton’s political history and record, but places them in their evolving political context
While atlases reify the notion that every land mass but Antarctica is defined by statist boundaries and state control, Alexander Reid Ross’ interesting recent anthology, Grabbing Back exposes this illusion.
A new movie, The Black Panthers, has planned showings in 31 cities nationwide this fall. The film does a good job at showing the positive community organizing , but strays into historical revisionism
As Emmanuel made his way to his mother’s vending stand, he could not have possibly imagined that within two hours, a Montgomery County police officer, Christopher Jordan, would end his life by shooting him in the forehead and the torso.
To listen to the Republican candidates’ debates, one would think that President Obama had slashed the U.S. military budget and left our country defenseless.
During the ten years of aerial chemical warfare in Vietnam, U.S. warplanes sprayed more than 20 million gallons of herbicide defoliants, chief among them Agent Orange.
Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters with an ability to play that ruthless global game called geopolitics
In Toledo, isolation is the rule rather than the anomaly. This has not always been the case, however. Toledo has a long and radical history
Psychiatrists and psychologists have been used by the U.S. CIA to facilitate mind control and torture
By embracing collective bargaining through the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935, or Wagner Act, organized labor deprived workers of their capacity to contest private and state power.
Grace Lee Boggs, the child of Chinese immigrants who spent her life actively supporting causes ranging from civil rights and labor to the Black Power and feminist movements, died October 5, 2015
The American military is the most powerful and most expensive military in the world. And yet Republicans (and many Democrats) want more and more military
When Zionist Haganah militias carried out Operation Yiftach, on May 19, 1948, the aim was to drive out Palestinians in the northern Safad District, which had declared its independence five days earlier outside the border of Israel. The ethnic cleansing of Safad and its many villages was not unique to that area. In fact, it Read more…
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, following recent negotiations over the so-called refugee crisis, remarked to reporters: “We have to patrol our borders better.
The data is clear on this issue. Guns are far more likely to be used against victims of sexual assault than by them, escalating harm instead of attenuating it.
In the late 1940s, Morton Biskind, a Westport Connecticut physician, began noticing new ailments and new variations on old ailments in both humans he was treating as well as animals in the area.
In 1916, Congress established the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), which today flourishes in some 3,500 American high schools
Events EDUCATION – The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its 25th annual conference in New Orleans, October 1-4. Contact: http://nameorg.org. LGBTQ – The 27th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 1-8, in Atlanta. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://outonfilm.org/. IROQUOIS – The 2015 Conference on Iroquois Research will be held October 2-5, Read more…
An old question: is there a vital “workerism,” self-guided and instinctively radical, apart from socialist, communist or other left-wing political groups and can it make great reforms, even hold power in a workplace or city or national state?
America’s illusory two-party system is so badly corrupted and perverted with such lowly debauchery, undermining any semblance of democracy, it is like a reign of terror that has emerged underneath people’s noses. There is no election when both parties are one. It’s Purple Politics buttoned up. Deep down, people understand this rigged system only too well.
John Malkin interviews Chris Hedges about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Occupy movement, Hedges recent book and more.
Jimmy Carter’s illness has prompted an array of retrospectives of the man and his presidency both positive and negative. Missing from many of these commentaries is the fact that his presidency was crucial to the revival of American militarism after Vietnam, even though Carter wants to be remembered as a peace president and spoke out Read more…
On the Saturday before the Sunday of the Pride Parade, the Pride Celebration happened in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and the surrounding grid of streets. From a stage in front of city hall live music blasted out over rows and rows of canopied booths where it appeared everything was for sale but washers and dryers. Booths purveyed savory ethnic dishes and ballpark food, healthy and not so healthy beverages, clothes, crafts, trinkets, sunglasses, hats, books, posters and miniature icons from India and little pipes
It is a few months short of three years since Hurricane Sandy barreled down on NYC. The flooded subways have new barriers. The submerged hospital generators are back in order. The boardwalks along the shore are up and trod by beachgoers once again. But what of the thousands of poor renters, most on public assistance, who lost their homes that day? I don’t know all their stories. I only know one intimately, and it is not a happy story.
In April 2009, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report leaked to the public entitled “Right Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was released within months of President Obama’s inauguration, sketching the broad strokes of a nascent white nationalist backlash
What is yet to enter the public discourse is Western complicity for the circumstances that generate refugees. The contributions of the U.S.-British “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq and the U.S.-British-French “Mission Accomplished” in Libya to the refugee exodus is rarely acknowledged.
When I was a teenager I used to skip class, nestle under a desk in my high school’s library where the school administrators wouldn’t find me and open up a tattered copy of Leaves of Grass. The way Walt Whitman wrote about America was so blithe and idealistic, operatic, and direct that I had to read the words aloud, which I did in a low voice so no one would overhear me
This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine! This past summer, collaborating with Wisconsin activists, we decided to feature this refrain on signs and announcements for a 90-mile walk campaigning to end targeted drone assassinations abroad, and the similarly racist impunity granted to an increasingly militarized police force
we know making money often means subverting the general good as in displacing thousands of poor seniors and moderate-income families from their homes. And that, we must insist, makes it our business.
These nuclear war theme parks are part of a deliberate attempt to trivialize nuclear weapons and to dumb down popular understanding of their environmental and human health legacy
any sensible person should recognize that a U.S. leadership that stands firmly with Saudi Arabia, and had earlier supported Saddam Hussein when he was attacking Iran, couldn’t be expending resources for any democratic objective
What’s behind Obama’s supposed late-presidency epiphany on the evil of racially biased mass imprisonment? What drove the president’s “sudden desire to look like the Great Emancipator” (Margaret Kimberly)—this even while he offers close to nothing in the way of actual liberation
It all began in 1835 when the British Empire sent a German-born naturalist and explorer to conduct geographical research in the South American territory it had colonized and named British Guiana. In the course of his explorations, a map was drawn that well-exceeded the original western boundary first occupied by the Dutch and later passed to British control.
Introducing Big Food: giant corporations that steal land from the world’s poor to profit from current massive corrupt farming subsidies and future global drought
Libya is currently split, politically, between two governments and, geographically, among many armies, militias, tribes and mercenaries. It is a failed state par excellence, although such a designation does not do justice to the complexity of the Libyan case, together with the root causes of that failure.
The presidential campaign season is well underway in the United States, and never in human history will more money be spent to say less. And only 16 more months to go. A perennial favorite of the worst electoral system money can buy is the race among the candidates to be the most in favor of motherhood and apple pie
Jeremy Kuzmarov reviews Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn: “Andrew Cockburn, the Washington editor of Harper’s magazine, provides a chilling history of American high-tech-warfare and assassination missions and their pitfalls exemplified in this incident dating to the Vietnam War.”
Mike Reizman reviews Lentil Underground: “if lentils are grown as part of a diverse sequence of crops that keep weed pressure at bay farmers don’t need to use any chemicals.”
Events and book/films of interest to progressives and others
They just wanted to take a bat to them,” said former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, referring to the attitude of European leaders towards debt-laden Greece in February 2010, three months before the country’s first bailout. Geithner, Treasury Secretary from 2009 until 2013, was attending a meeting of the finance ministers and central bankers of Read more…
On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the Bernie Sanders campaign organized house party meetings across the U.S. One estimate placed the number of meetings at 3,300, with over 100,000 people attending.
These are exciting days in Washington, as the government directs its energies to the demanding task of containing Iran in what Washington Post correspondent Robin Wright, joining others, calls “Cold War II. During Cold War I, the task was to contain two awesome forces. The lesser and more moderate force was “an implacable enemy whose Read more…
In 2001, I was hired to help open the Center School, a small school in Seattle Public Schools, and I began teaching the Race Unit in 2002. Drawing in part from a district-wide training on racism called Courageous Conversations, the Race Unit established safe norms for racial dialogue
in the Nicholas Cage film Windtalkers, the Marine Corps strong-armed producers into deleting a scene where a Marine pries gold teeth from a dead Japanese soldier, which was a historically accurate detail
The U.S. military offices usually ask to see the entire script, not just the parts that relate to military involvement and, based on the entire script and the portrayal of the troops, will move it forward in the approval process.
The term “femicidio,” which encompasses the murder of women by domestic violence, in honor killings and in other categories of hate crime, has now entered our everyday language in Argentina. “The cause is our country’s macho culture,”
Earlier this year, the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research (PIPR) interviewed the recently released peace activist, Kathy Kelly
This interview takes place in the aftermath of the South African government release of the investigation into the Marikina massacre in which 34 platinum mine workers, protesting low wages and environmentally unsafe conditions were killed by police.
Serious debates over what the minimum wage should be in various U.S. locales and jurisdictions should start with information on what it actually costs to live in the different places where Americans live.