Posts in: history

The role of slaves and abolitionists in securing the Emancipation Proclamation

April 2013

“In the North, the Emancipation Proclamation meant the Negro soldier, and the Negro soldier meant the end of the war.” That’s what W.E.B. Du Bois says in his incomparable book Black Reconstruction in America, 1860–1880. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, myths persist about iconic men like President Lincoln and… Read more »

The US role in the world: myth and reality

December 2014

The term “American Century” comes from Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. In 1941, Luce wrote a lengthy editorial to whip up public support for World War II. “Throughout the 17th Century and the 18th Century and the 19th Century,” he wrote, “this continent teemed with manifold projects and magnificent purposes…. Read more »

The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism

December 2014

The barbarism of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has repulsed workers everywhere, especially in the Middle East. For every “jihadist” recruit, more fighters are taking up arms against it. Among the bravest are Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria. Washington screams “evil” at ISIS’ ruthless beheadings, but remains silent at the dozens… Read more »

Raíces de la explosión en Ferguson — y el siguiente paso para el movimiento

febrero de 2015

Todo el mundo vio cómo los agravios suprimidos mucho tiempo de los negros explotaron después de que fue exonerado Darren Wilson, el policía que mató al adolescente negro inerme, Michael Brown, en Ferguson, Missouri. Pero la violencia policial está lejos de ser el único abuso al que los negros se enfrentan; el control comunitario de… Read more »