Unite against the border vigilantes!

October 2005

A nasty crew is gathering along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop undocumented immigration. These armed thugs, called the Minuteman Project, are determined to one-up the U.S. Border Patrol, which they consider is falling asleep on the job — despite a 60 percent boost in government forces since 1993. This has increased the numbers… Read more »

Union clout needed to stop the police state

August 2006

As I watch the rising sun and hear robins in the early morning of a lovely summer day, I wonder at the contrast between the apparent placidity of nature and the headlines in my newspaper: assaults on civil liberties, wars of destruction, the tightening of the vise against Palestine. Did the Third Reich also appear… Read more »

La persistente plaga del anti-semitismo: de dónde proviene y cómo pararla

octubre de 2006

Hoy día, la imagen de Mel Gibson borracho es el rostro del anti-semitismo. Después de su rotunda negación de que La pasión de Cristo, su obra de amor cinematográfica, estuvo influida por el anti-semitismo, su disparate en el sentido de que los “judíos provocan todas las guerras del mundo” creó una fuerte reacción. Pero la… Read more »

Bolivia: masses of people thwart fascist coup while Morales negotiates with the instigators

December 2008

Bolivians sharply defended themselves and turned back a vicious rightwing coup attempt this last September. But the fight is not over. On one side are the workers and peasants, largely indigenous, who generally support the populist president Evo Morales and his national government. On the other are the tiny, profoundly racist elite of European ancestry… Read more »

Assaults on Romani escalate in Italy

April 2009

Italian police, soldiers, and organized goons have torched and destroyed three-fourths of the country’s Romani (“Gypsy”) camps in just six months. Many of the Romani have died, and thousands have been forcibly deported or have fled the country. Those remaining are homeless and are tormented by state terror measures and ultra-right vigilantes. Appalling assaults on… Read more »

Economic crisis benefits far-right recruiting

June 2009

The stated message of nationwide “Tea Bag” demonstrations on tax day was to protest President Obama’s tax plan. But they revealed a more sinister purpose. In times of economic crisis, the political right builds its movement through racist scapegoating. Tea Bag photos flaunted picket signs referring to “Osama Obama,” and blaming “illegal immigrants” for the… Read more »

Stamping out the seeds of fascism

December 2009

Far-right political commentators these days spout blatant bigotry in mainstream media without blinking. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” sneers Rush Limbaugh of Fox News. “The invasion of illegal aliens is threatening the health of many Americans,” rants Lou Dobbs, late of CNN. These “entertainers” are not… Read more »

Cómo eliminar las semillas del fascismo

diciembre de 2009

Los comentadores de la extrema derecha inundan los medios de comunicación convencionales con descarados comentarios prejuiciosos. “¿Se han dado cuenta de que todos los retratos compuestos de fotos de criminales buscados se parecen a Jesse Jackson?”, declara con desprecio Rush Limbaugh de Fox News. “La invasión de extranjeros ilegales es una amenaza para la salud… Read more »

“Reforma” migratoria — los anteproyectos federales ameritan más protestas que la ley racista de Arizona

junio de 2010

En abril, Arizona aprobó su discriminatoria ley de migración SB 1070 y 20 días después prohibió los estudios étnicos en las escuelas. Desde entonces se ha producido un pandemonio. El anteproyecto del Senado 1070 exige que la policía determine la condición migratoria de cualquiera que “sospeche” de no tener papeles. Esto lógicamente provoca que la… Read more »