Blackness: An Exploration of Cultural Identity in the African Diaspora

What is Blackness? Are all Black people the same? In an age when #BlackLivesMatter trends, Black athletes lose their jobs standing up against Black deaths, and the U.S. President refers to prominent Black people as “low-class” and “uneducated,”

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Venezuela Fights On! Part II

I want to backtrack a bit and try to understand the current period by contextualizing it within the Aug. 4th assassination attempt on President Maduro and the string of electoral victories by the Chavista government…

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Understanding Africa Part II: From Colonialism to Neocolonialism

We seldom hear about modern Africa from an African perspective. As part of his second of three parts in “Understanding Africa,” a Kenyan organizer writes about how a changing global order after World War II and African people’s collaboration and resistance shaped modern Africa.

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5 Star Movement: A Populist Alternative to Italian Neoliberal Politics

The 5 Star Movement has formed a populist coalition government with the right-wing populist party the League. Ciro Brescia, a self-professed Communist and a founding member of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), explains the contradictions and potential of the M5S in changing Italy, by exploring the political context of its birth and those that compose its ranks.  

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Understanding Colombia and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC)

Colombia’s significance in South America as the United States’ closest military and political ally, the nature of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), which had waged an over 60 year guerilla, the possibility of peace transforming Colombia - we discuss it all with Professor Medofilo Medina.

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The Odebrecht Case, Rousseff’s Impeachment, Lula’s Imprisonment: A Timeline of Brazil’s Recent History

Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva was President of Brazil for two consecutive terms. During his administration, 29 million people were lifted from poverty…

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GM Korea a Sacrificial Lamb for Dine-and-Dash GM: Our Union’s Fight for Another Five Years

GM Korea and its union reached a tentative agreement on April 23, one hour before the deadline to file for court receivership (the first step in declaring bankruptcy).

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Understanding Africa Today: Part 1

[Part 1: This is the first in a series of three articles written by Fredrick Kasuku, an organizer with the Young Socialists League based in Kenya, exploring Africa’s history and current sociopolitical and economic realities.] I’ve been asked many times…

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The Long Road to Peace in the Korean Peninsula: the South-North-Korea-US Summit

2017 was a nerve-racking year for the Korean Peninsula, a tinderbox that could have exploded into war. In July, North Korea announced the successful launch of the long range…

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Mindanao, Philippines: The Téduray Path to Peace

Since 1970, over 100,000 have been killed, and 11.31 billion dollars spent by  the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), in the armed conflict with Filipino Muslim revolutionary groups (the Moro)  in Mindanao. The forty-eight year conflict is rooted…

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