Vijay Prashad The indecency of the phrase ‘humanitarian pause’ is obvious. There is nothing humanitarian about a brief interlude between bouts of horrendous violence. There is no true ‘pause’, merely the calm before the storm continues. We are witnessing the bureaucratization of immorality, the use of old words with great meaning (‘humanitarian’) and their reduction to … [Read more...] about ‘Your Enemies Destroyed One Palestine; My Wounds Populated Many Palestines’
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Raymond Nat Turner(for my friend Farid) Metallic music of shovels; Abrasions on bare handsDigging, digging, digging through twisted bones andRusted bricks of buildings. To backpacks, blankets, babybody parts to free tiny arms and legs emitting whispers… Obese bulldozers munching homes and olive trees;Settlers snacking on bones of the evicted;Aquifer flooded with sea water … [Read more...] about Dis-honest Broker
Idris Settles We see your people murderedTime and time againAnd we watch your children sufferBut do you condemn them? We are witnessing injusticeAgainst your women and your menWe see it with our own eyesBut do you condemn them? For decades you’ve been wrongedThis didn’t just beginWe hear about your struggleBut do you condemn them? You’re submerged in darknessA deep … [Read more...] about But Do You Condemn Them?
Refaat Alareer …Look in the mirror:The horror, the horror!The butt of your M-16 on my cheekboneThe yellow patch it leftThe bullet-shaped scar expandingLike a swastika,Snaking across my face,The heartache flowingOut of my eyes drippingOut of my nostrils piercingMy ears floodingThe place.Like it did to you70 years agoOr so. I am just you.I am your past hauntingYour present … [Read more...] about ‘I Am You’: A Poem From Gaza To Israel
Richard D. Wolff Socialism as a critical movement, before and after the 1917 revolution in Russia, targeted the absence of real democracy in capitalism. Socialism’s remarkable global spread over the last three centuries attests to the wisdom of having stressed that target. Capitalism’s employee class came to harbor deep resentment toward its employer class. Shifting … [Read more...] about Socialism’s Self-Criticism and Real Democracy
Steve Salaita Zionist massacres are livestreamed to the masses in high definition and still nobody can stop them. Not so long ago there was a common theory to which I subscribed: that in an era of mass media and instant streaming the Zionist entity is unable to fully displace or wantonly slaughter Palestinians because of the scrutiny it would invite. You can get … [Read more...] about Scrolling Through Genocide
Editor’s Note: This is the text of Chapter 1 in Chris Gilbert’s book Commune Or Nothing! Venezuela’s Communal Movement and Its Socialist Project (2023). We agree that revitalizing the commune ought to be at the heart of socialist reconstruction in the present century. It represents the most effective response to the existential challenge facing humanity: how to avoid planetary … [Read more...] about Red Current, Pink Tide: El Maizal Commune
Rashid Khalidi Our deans state that the Columbia community should acknowledge “that hearing chanted phrases such as ‘by any means necessary,’ ‘from the river to the sea,’ or calls for an ‘intifada’ — irrespective of intentions and provenance — is experienced by many Jewish, Israeli, and other members of our community as antisemitic and deeply hurtful.” They have thus … [Read more...] about Professor’s Response to Columbia Deans
The regime of capital continues to ravage the planet for the sake of profit and capital accumulation. Undoubtedly, this is the most consequential of these crises facing humanity today. The continued warming of the planet is one example of how the Earth’s ability to sustain life as we know it is at risk. Scientists report that 2023 was “virtually certain” to be the warmest in … [Read more...] about Notes From the Editor
Michael Albert “A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree of certainty which the evidence warrants.” — Bertrand Russell “Justice will not come until those who are not injured are as outraged as those who are.” — Solon 560 BC Sometimes a voice reverberates across space and time. Sometimes a voice feels missing somewhere, … [Read more...] about Noam Chomsky at 95: No Strings on Him