'(Greta Thunberg's full speech to MPs, London, 23 April 2019) by Greta Thunberg My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations. I know many of you don’t want to listen to us — you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science. Many of you appear concerned … [Read more...] about ‘You did not act in time!’
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Faramarz Farbod The year 2018 witnessed the passing of William Blum, the author and fierce critic of U.S. imperialism. He died on December 9, at a hospice center in Arlington, VA., at age 85. The news was not entirely unexpected as he had suffered an injury from a fall at his home two months earlier. Blum had ceaselessly researched and exposed in meticulous detail the … [Read more...] about Remembering William Blum
Martin Boksenbaum Audiences made up of community activists and college students were treated to one-night-only showings of two important new documentaries: Invisible Hand on October 21st at Lehigh University and Unfractured on October 23rd at Northampton Community College. Both films focused on significant examples of efforts to protect communities and ecosystems from … [Read more...] about Community and Ecosystem Protection: Two Films
David Swanson Trump is for nationalism. So the "Resistance" is predictably for... wait for it... the right kind of nationalism — or nationalism worn properly, as The Week advises. The problem isn't nationalism, The Hill informs us, it's phony nationalism and spurious nationalism, or as the Washington Post explains along with CNN, the problem is actually white nationalism. Of … [Read more...] about There is No Good Kind of Nationalism
Todd Carpien Juan Gonzalez's book Harvest of Empire is a great illustration of the effects of US hegemony in the Western hemisphere. Gonzalez, a Puerto-Rican American, is best known these days as a co-host of Democracy Now! He was a long time columnist for the New York Daily News. His book is of great value in exposing the crimes of the American empire to the general … [Read more...] about Harvest of Empire
Greta Browne and Guy Gray "If the poor of this country knew what is being planned for them, there wouldn't be enough streets to fit all the people protesting against it." Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff From our viewpoint on a small farm in the interior of Brazil, with limited access to the internet and other media, we watch the unfolding of a frightening phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Far Right Pulls the Wool Over Voters Eyes
Faramarz Farbod Editors' note: A centerpiece of the Trump administration's Middle East policy is targeting Iran. (For greater details, see the Notes from the Editors.) Consequently, Iran is again in the eye of the storm and one hears frequently from official sources that Iran is a dangerous threat to the interests of the US and its close allies in the region. While the … [Read more...] about Lets Not Forget: the CIA Overthrew Mossadeq in Iran
Margaret Kimberley Whether Democrats are openly obstructionist corporatists like Pelosi, or liberal sounding like Warren, they will not consider any meaningful systemic reforms. The next presidential election in the United States is now just one year away. In January 2020 the process begins with the Iowa caucuses followed quickly by the New Hampshire primary and contests … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren and the Trap for Black Voters
by Martin Boksenbaum Two lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men” meant little to me until thinking about how to talk about what needs to be done, what we need to do, to address the climate crisis. Although certainly not what T.S. had mind, those lines have considerable relevance for thinking about the character of current protest movements in the United States, no … [Read more...] about Climate Action, Structure, Power
by Nancy Tate Should those of us working for a sustainable Lehigh Valley and a sustainable world make peace and anti-war work a priority? LEPOCO, of course, answers this question in the affirmative. One of our earliest flyers hints at this by quoting then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the … [Read more...] about Is Peace an Environmental Issue?