Posts in: anti-war

Insurrection in Nicaragua

Summer 1979

Besieged by a brilliant offensive launched by the Sandinista guerrillas on May 29, and opposed by virtually every sector of the population, the Nicaraguan dictatorship of General Anastasio Somoza Debayle is swiftly collapsing. Even his longtime imperialist allies are deserting the doomed regime. In a successful attempt to paralyze the government, the Frente Sandinista de… Read more »

Antinuclear politics shift leftward

Winter 1979

Thousands of anti-nuke demonstrators made a dramatic attempt on October 29 to close down the New York Stock Exchange. Staged on the 50th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash and great Depression, the massive protest on Wall Street against huge investments in nuclear weapons and power was a milestone for the anti-nuke movement. The… Read more »

The Russians, Yanks, Persians and Afghanis are coming!

Spring 1980

The pompous rattling of sabres has not clanged so loudly since World War II. The anti-communist manifestos unfurled on editorial pages and in legislative chambers have not been so shrill since Joe McCarthy’s reckless tirades. The danger of military conscription, has not been so imminent since the Vietnam debacle. And all because U.S. imperialism’s stranglehold… Read more »

Women and the Draft

Spring 1980

A bitter national controversy has once again erupted over the draft. Many of the same people who demonstrated against the Vietnam war are back in the streets, chanting, “Hell no, we still won’t go!” What is new in the uproar is the emergence of the woman question at center stage. While the antiwar movement and… Read more »

The antidraft movement: New faces and old problems

Summer/Fall 1980

At summer’s end, the antidraft movement was boldly challenging government statistics on how many 19- and 20-year-olds had refused to register. Unprecedented in U.S. history were the hundreds of thousands of refusals to register prior to an actual draft. The Boston Globe reported an average of 25% noncompliance, running to 47% in some urban centers…. Read more »

Cowboy Reagan rides a Trojan horse

Spring 1981

Not since the Nixon years has Washington, D.C. glittered so brightly with the diamonds, furs and tuxedos of the visibly rich. The Republicans are back, and with them comes the gloss of snappy dress guards at the White House and unrestrained pride in the global network of terror, intrigue, economic thievery and political repression that… Read more »

El Salvador: Vietnam of the Americas

Spring 1981

Pentagon might and the Reagan right are inflicting carnage on tiny El Salvador. To win supremacy for the unspeakable junta, the U.S. is directly assisting in the slaughter of all people who oppose the regime — roughly 90% of the 5.5 million Salvadorans. The media blitz concocted by the White House portrays the junta as… Read more »

Recollections of mortality: The booming antiwar front

Spring 1981

On the third day of May, huge antiwar demonstrations — the first since the Vietnam days of rage — assembled at the Pentagon and in San Francisco, Seattle, and Kansas City. It is likely that 100,000 protesters marched. But it is certain that this mass outpouring of people had a vast agenda of interlocking grievances,… Read more »

Socialist military policy – Who shall control the guns?

Fall 1981

Millions of U.S. youth face a new draft. The slogan of the hour is “Stop the draft!” Is this enough? Imperialist war is abhorrent and counterrevolutionary. It is also intrinsic to capitalism. And if militarism is to be successfully challenged, the Left must address the roots of war, and the critical issue of the class… Read more »

Europe on the march: Which way for the peace movement?

Spring 1982

A tidal wave of human indignation swept Western Europe at the close of 1981. Three million protesters jammed the streets of London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Athens, Brussels, Rome, Paris, Bonn, Oslo, and other cities, demanding a halt to NATO’s plans to set up Europe as a nuclear battlefield. The series of massive demonstrations in October and… Read more »