By Don Fitz and Stan Cox Like a third-rate zombie movie on Netflix, delusions of nuclear fusion repeatedly rise from the dead. The cover story in the June 2023 issue of Scientific American by Philip Ball, “Star Power: Does Fusion Have a Future After All?” recycles the corporate line which was broadcast on December 13, 2022. The US Department of … [Read more...] about Nuclear Fusion: Eternal Energy = Eternal Damnation
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Activism & Advocacy
By Alexander Fischer The Temple University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA 6290), a union that represents more than 750 graduate student workers at Temple struck for over a month from late January to early March 2023. TUGSA, the only graduate student union in Pennsylvania, demanded a living wage, greater parental and bereavement leave, and dependent healthcare. Founded … [Read more...] about Striking Power: How Temple University Graduate Student Workers Won a New Contract
By Elaheh Farmand I came to America, 25 years ago with rose-colored glasses, a suitcase of memories, and my mother’s dreams unfolded. I came to America with little English and a lot of bitterness because our struggles as new immigrants embarrassed me. But I came to America with my mother’s hopes and from her, I learned … [Read more...] about This Freedom
[Partial transcript of an interview on Berks Community Television, April 11, 2023.] Faramarz Farbod: Can you explain what you mean by Zionism? Miko Peled: To put it as simply and succinctly as possible, Zionism is an ideology that says the Jewish people all over the world have a right to Palestine at the expense of Palestinians. It created a theory that because all Jewish … [Read more...] about Faramarz Farbod Interviews Miko Peled on Palestine & Israel
Julian Assange’s legal options have nearly run out. He could be extradited to the U.S. this week. Should he be convicted in the U.S., any reporting on the inner workings of power will become a crime. By Chris Hedges High Court Judge Jonathan Swift — who previously worked for a variety of British government agencies as a barrister and said his favorite … [Read more...] about The Imminent Extradition of Julian Assange and the Death of Journalism
“All journalists are Julian Assange.” This should be the universal motto of every journalist and publisher. Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is undoubtedly the most accomplished journalist/publisher of our time and is dangerously close to being extradited to the US for trial and imprisonment for life. It is important to point out that Assange has engaged in journalistic … [Read more...] about Notes from the Editor
By Michael D. Yates The year 2022 saw a significant increase in working-class unrest in the United States. Millions of workers quit their jobs in 2021, and this trend has continued in 2022. Most moved on to different employment, while others continued their education or retired. Recently, many Twitter employees quit in response to the severe force reduction … [Read more...] about Let’s push for a radical labor movement in 2023
By Mike Davis Editors’ Note: We were saddened by news that Mike Davis passed away on October 25, 2022. Mike was a writer, activist, urban theorist, historian, and author of a number of books. This is an excerpt from the Preface to his Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory. Read Marx! Lee Gregovich’s injunction has been rattling around my brain for more … [Read more...] about Mike Davis on becoming a Marxist
By Don Fitz The suffering of US women under the iron heel of abortion is intensifying, especially for women of color. This makes it imperative to closely examine possible routes forward. As a teenager during the 1960s I witnessed two political paths that remain imprinted on my mind. LBJ and 14 (b) Even before classes began in 1963, I had … [Read more...] about Who Would Kill the Gander that Goosed a Golden Egg?
By Robert Jensen Editors’ Note: This is the Introduction to the book An Inconvenient Apocalypse, by Robert Jensen and Wes Jackson. In the many phone conversations between the authors when this book was under construction, one of us would say that a particular point was so important that we need to get it right up front. After a few of these comments, we joked that there … [Read more...] about Who Are We?