Last December Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, died peacefully in bed. Contrast this with the demise of Saddam Hussein, executed later that month in a ghoulish vengeance killing videoed and posted on the Internet. Both had been renowned for carrying out the dirty work of U.S. Imperialism. Why were they treated so differently? To protect the… Read more »
The following article is a slightly revised version of a talk given by Eduardo Martínez Zapata at a Freedom Socialist Party May Day celebration and forum in Portland, Oregon on May 6, 2006. When I was nine years old, my family came to the United States because my parents had no other option as they… Read more »
While the Bush Administration threatens North Korea and Iran, it has not let up the pressure on Cuba. Ever since the Cubans freed themselves from U.S. control in 1959, successive White House regimes have tried to kill off this revolutionary example. In past months, the world’s mainstream media have rallied around Bush’s efforts to paint… Read more »
A 2002 interview with Carmen Guzman, who fled El Salvador for Australia, brings home the life experiences that still drive displacement today.
Last November, a gathering outside the World of Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia heard a bloody story. Edgar Paez, a Colombian unionist from the Coca Cola bottling plant in Carepa, Colombia, told the crowd that on the morning of December 5, 1996 the paramilitary squad, United Self Defence Forces (AUC), appeared at the gates… Read more »
For those of us who believe a better world is possible, Cuba is the beacon that shows us the way. Against incredible hardships, this tiny island nation has been able to provide for its people things we can only dream of — free, universal, high quality education, health care and child care. Cuba faces racism,… Read more »
A Tale of Two Systems: A disabled worker compares the treatment of disabled people in Cuba and the U.S.
Being born disabled, I became aware of other disabled individuals around the discrimination they encountered. I could not understand why this was happening. Nor could I comprehend why the needs of so many people with disabilities were not adequately being provided for. It was only after reading The War on the Disabled: Adding Insult to… Read more »
Justice postponed is justice denied, according to a familiar adage. Certainly the current legal battle over the extradition of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte will not begin to make amends for those who died, or were forced to flee, his brutal regime. However, this does not mean that this bloody ex-puppet of the… Read more »
Imagine living in a society where education, healthcare and childcare are free; the law treats women as equals to men; the community enforces law against discrimination and sexual assault; abortion is legal; workers have a say in national economic planning and elections are democratic. Sounds unreal? It’s not. These are the results of the 1959… Read more »