Daniel Immerwahr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35 (528p) ISBN 978-0-374-17214-5 Reviewed by Doug Heath In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, reframes the standard account of US history to incorporate events in all of the lands outside the conterminous 48 states that were brought under formal US rule, thereby … [Read more...] about How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
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by Alex Fischer Class war is heating up in America. Endemic to capitalism, class war is a crude term for the general struggle led by the poorer classes against the war led by the bourgeoisie or capitalist class over the fruits of the national economy. Basic human rights such as food, housing, healthcare, education, and transportation are increasingly unaffordable. The … [Read more...] about Class War and the 2020 Election
by Guy Gray In 2011 Greta and I moved to Brazil. We had both retired and we planned to live on the farm Greta had founded with her first husband and was recently reformed by her son. I had visited Brazil before but now I was going to be an expat in a new culture and language. I can tell you about the food and scenery but I will instead concentrate on the impressions of a new … [Read more...] about Impressions from Brazil
by Greta Browne For Christmas I was gifted the autobiography of Fernanda Montenegro, a 90-year-old Brazilian actress who became known worldwide for her role in the movie Central Station, as the tough old lady from Rio who took a young orphan boy to find his father in the interior of the country. Montenegro’s autobiography provides a vivid comparison between the Brazil of … [Read more...] about A century of politics and culture in Brazil
Democrats Need Backbone on Militarism to Win in 2020 by John Grant Who exactly is responsible for US casualties in Iraq during the Iraq War? The question has been raised thanks to President Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian General Ghasem Soleimani. On January 13, the New York Times published a front-page story about a lawsuit filed against Iran in federal court … [Read more...] about Iran Is Not Responsible For US Dead in Iraq
by Jack Gilroy Why do Americans tend to believe the myth that terrorists are mainly people of the Middle East — dark skinned people, mostly Muslim people who want to kill Americans? Long before the extremist Saudi Arabian terrorists crashed planes into the Twin Towers, Americans used terror against the people of the Middle East. It took 64 years before the United States … [Read more...] about Who Are the Terrorists?
by Elaheh Farmand I came to America 21 years ago with rose-colored glasses,a suitcase of memories,and my mother’s dreams unfolded. I came to Americawith little Englishand a lot of bitterness becauseour struggle as new immigrantsembarrassed me. But I came with hopeand from my mother,I learned that I was lucky,privileged,fortunateto be livingthe American … [Read more...] about This Freedom
by Vijay Prashad On 10 November 2019, a coup d’état took place in Bolivia. The commander-in-chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces asked President Evo Morales to resign. The police had already mutinied, and society had already been destabilized — this had been triggered by a presidential election whose results had not been recognized by the opposition and whose results had been … [Read more...] about What Is Happening in Bolivia’s 3 May Elections?
by Gary Olson After several weeks of intensive reading and discussion on class, capitalism, and socialism in my undergraduate course, The Politics of Labor, we would do the following exercise: Standing before the blackboard, I encouraged the students to list existing, objective, and determining conditions that might prompt the American working class to seek the abolition of … [Read more...] about On Class Consciousness and the 2020 Presidential Election
by Eric Cheyfitz In 2011, I began writing The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States, which was published by Routledge in 2017, just after the Trump administration succeeded that of Obama, and now appears in this PaperBoat Press edition. The book is an historical view going back to the 17th century of how we got to Trump, whom we … [Read more...] about Obama and Trump: The Present as Prologue to a History of Inequality