15 | 12 | 2018
  • On behalf of the Bolivarian Government, the FM of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, delivered a Note of Protest to the charge d’affaires of the United States, James Story, in order to reject the interventionist acts carried out by the US government against the Homeland of Bolívar.

    After the Venezuelan Foreign Minister held a meeting with the representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in the Yellow House Antonio José de Sucre, located in Caracas, held a meeting with the Chargé d’Affaires of the USA, fulfilling the mandate of President Nicolás Maduro, who Last Wednesday urged to correct attitudes of the American Embassy in the internal affairs of Venezuela.

  • In a press conference with national and foreign media, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, offered a balance of the government’s management and made denunciations that point to the destabilization of the National Government by the United States and Colombia government.

    During his speech at the press conference held at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, the Head of State indicated that the conspiratorial plans against his government are focused on two lines such as hiding the truth about Venezuela and accusing the National Government typing it as a dictatorship to generate a spiral of disinformation, conspiracy and plot that triggers destabilization.

  • russland aussen340We have taken note of the brash tweet posted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the training flight of Russian strategic bombers to Venezuela.

    We understand that tweets are not anything binding in the United States and everyone is free to choose whether to cross the line or not. But in this case we are talking about a government official, and so we cannot regard this brazen disregard for diplomatic ethics as unimportant. What the US Secretary of State has tweeted is completed unacceptable, not to say unprofessional.

  • The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, strongly rejected the statement of the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, regarding the flight of two Supersonic strategic bombers Tu-160 from the Russian Federation to the South American country.

  • The Government of the Russian Federation rebuked the “undiplomatic” statements of the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, regarding the flights of two supersonic strategic bombers Tu-160 to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from the Eurasian nation.

  • The Communist Party USA enjoys a warm and special relationship with the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) dating back to the American war in Vietnam and the role the CPUSA played in building solidarity, the anti-war movement and supporting the normalization of relations afterward. So, it’s always a special occasion when the two parties meet.

  • This week has been full of China news, from Presidential tweets and tariffs to theNew York Times seriesChina Rules.”Meanwhile, socialists contend with mixed feelings about what China’s socialist revolution has become. We were therefore especially grateful for the opportunity below to explore these issues from an anti-imperialist perspective. (Eds.)

    Current debates on anti-imperialism must contend not only with the United States, but also with China. As U.S. leftists continue internecine fights over Syria or Nicaragua, Chinese  economic and political power continues to expand: nine-figure investments in Israeli tech companies and arms deals; military bases stretching from Sri Lanka to Djibouti; dubious trade deals with Venezuela and Jamaica.  And China’s turn to neoliberalism is a sui generis chapter in modern history, let alone in the history of the Left.

  • The Trump-Republican  stranglehold on all branches of the federal government and many state governments including Michigan and Wisconsin has been loosened. The people, determined, delivered the largest turnover in Congress since Watergate. Democrats picked up 38 seats in the House. More than 60% of the new majority are women, people of color and LGBTQ.

  • The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was a huge victory for the American people, our multi-racial working-class, and the electoral alliance of Democrats and energized grassroots movements that powered it.

    The election victory was historic. Nothing short of the future of our republic and democracy was on the line.

  • The midterm elections results has few parallels in our history. The newly elected activist officials will help transform legislative bodies at every level and serve as an organic connection with the mass movements that helped elect them.

    The post-Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts era may be comparable—a time when thousands of African Americans were elected across the South, and later Mexican Americans and women.  Another example may be the Progressive Era, when socialists were elected as mayors and legislators.

  • DSA condemns the heaviest Israeli airstrikes in Gaza since 2014, which have killed at least six people and destroyed scores of buildings, including the TV station Al-Aqsa TV. These most recent attacks are part of an escalation of violence that began when a team of Israeli commandos killed seven Hamas members, including a commander, in a clandestine raid in the southern city of Khan Younis on Sunday.

  • This week’s news about Amazon’s HQ2 is bringing swift response from DSAers, with NYCDSA organizing protests on Queens Boulevard and DC Metro reviving #NovaSaysNo. But both new hubs also create opportunity for organizing. Below,  LaborNotes founder Kim Moody describes how capital’s 21st-century structures are ripe for disruption.

    In late 1936, members of the newly organized United Auto Workers (UAW) struck several General Motors plants to win union recognition. A month later, GM still hadn’t budged. But in February 1937, workers in Flint, Michigan, occupied Chevrolet Plant 4. In less than two weeks, one of the most powerful corporations on earth capitulated.

  • The Democrats won back the House of Representatives Tuesday. But that very night Nancy Pelosi signaled she’s ready to collaborate with Trump, who within 24 hours had a reporter kicked out of the White House and later released a doctored video about the incident.

    No one will save us but ourselves.

    Not the Supreme Court, even with Justice Ginsburg.

    Not the Democratic Party, even with the House.

  • The 2018 midterm election clearly marked a step forward. It was, in a word, huge. One-party extreme right-wing rule ended.  Trump and his alt-right (read fascist-minded) ilk have been set back.

    The resistance, beginning with the women’s marches the day after the inauguration, scored its first national electoral victory.

  • How woke is the U.S. working class? The good news: A recent study suggests that millennials are more likely than previous generations to self-identify as working class. The bad news: In the 2016 presidential election, 41% of voters with a family income under $50,000 voted for Trump.

    The working class can’t be blamed for Trump’s victory. But more than 4 in 10 voters with a family income under $50,000 voted for a man who promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This fact alone shows that the working class is not woke enough. Raising class consciousness should be a top priority for left activists, and we need more ways to do it.

  • Yesterday democratic socialists fought and won inspiring election campaigns across the country, representing the rebirth of the American socialist movement after generations in retreat.Most significantly, DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan were officially elected as members of Congress, and Summer Lee, Gabriel Acevero, Mike Sylvester and many other DSA supported candidates won inspiring victories at the helm of a working-class movement for social justice. These victories for a resurgent Left are only the beginning — the real work of transforming ours into a equal, humane, and just society will take many years of organizing and educating. The obstacles we face are still enormous.

  • Statement on La Caravana by the editorial team of PSL's Breaking the Chains magazine

    The editorial team of "Breaking the Chains" magazine, a socialist women's magazine produced by the PSL issued a statement about the migrant caravan that is heading towards the U.S.

    The statement pointed to the role the U.S. imperialism played in creating the adverse conditions that caused the displacement of thousands of people in Central America: "Imperialist pursuits such as the U.S. backed and supported coup in Honduras, in 2009 ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya,  leading to the destabilization of the government in Honduras and creating an atmosphere where organized crime, violence and poverty took root.  U.S. political interventions, military coups, resource exploitation, and policies of economic neoliberalism have only served to further destabilize the entire region of Central America which has created a climate where paramilitary-backed drug cartels have been able to thrive".

  • At first, I wasn’t sure about the metaphor and was afraid that it would turn into a psychological theory that is sometimes used to further the “colorblind racism” that he exposes later in the article.  But my fears were unfounded: Lopez is pretty clear that structural or institutional racism is the more significant problem.

    Race and Economic Jeopardy for All, was published by the AFL-CIO in January, 2016, six months into Trump’s campaign, but before his nomination by the GOP.  The analysis in Lopez’s article is an very deliberate way to get discussion going and help people analyze the political discourse they hear around them in this election period, preparing union members to be critical consumers of election discourse.  If you’re aware of the concept of “dog whistle politics,” and you hear Ron DeSantis saying that Floridians should not “monkey with” the way the GOP has run things in that state, it’s recognizable for what it is.   Another example in my state of Ohio, is Mike DeWine, the GOP candidate for governor, accusing Richard Cordray of discrimination against women (one of those stock deflection moves of the GOP that López calls the kick).

  • The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday, November 1, to renew its long-standing call to end the US embargo against Cuba. A total of 189 UN Member States voted in favor of the resolution, with only Israel and the United States voting against it. The resolution urges all states to “refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures” which among other things, as in the case of the embargo, interfere with the freedom of trade and navigation. There were no abstentions.

  • The WFTU, which is the militant voice of 95 million workers in 130 countries all over the world, expresses its strong rejection before the decision of the American President, D. Trump, to authorize this Thursday the border security troops to shoot against the migrant’s caravan of Central America.

    At the same time, the North American mandatory has announced the creation of a legal mechanism in order to avoid the assignment of asylum for the wayfarers of Honduras and El Salvador and, at the same time, it will promote the creation of camps in different spots at the borders with Mexico.

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