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Reflections on the Death of Fidel

All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

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Fidel Castro Is Dead at 90 (Video)

“Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me,” said the lawyer turned revolutionary leader before wrenching Cuba from the grip of the U.S.-backed authoritarian Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Top Five Times the FBI Intervened to Help the U.S. Right Wing

What is unusual about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intervention in the 2016 election is not the intervention. After all, the FBI tries to shape United States politics every day.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Plague of the Rule of Uzbekistan’s President for Life

President Islam Karimov wasn’t a partner in counterterrorism; he was a one-man terrorist-creation machine.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

All predatory systems of power seek to mask their ultimate aims. As they become more repressive, they become more deceptive. They silence dissidents and bombard the airwaves with lies. Those who effectively resist have to peel back the layers of deceit to understand the intentions of the elites.

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Sen. John McCain Salutes an American Communist

In a touching reflection in The New York Times, McCain paid tribute to the recently deceased Delmer Berg, an American Communist. Like McCain’s literary idol, Ernest Hemingway, Berg fought in Spain “for love” during the Spanish Civil War, the conservative senator wrote.

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VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Detroit Activists Describe the Death of the American City

In this week’s episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Detroit activists, Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell and Roshaun Harris, trace Detroit’s socio-economic apocalypse, which has taken forms specific to that city but also mirrors other communities around the country.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

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Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

America’s most important contemporary political theorist, who died Oct. 21, warned that militarists and corporate capitalists, obsessed with creating a global empire, would extinguish our democracy. We should have heeded his warning. 

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Truthdigger of the Week: Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Nepal’s First Female President

Bhandari’s pro-democracy campaigning is helping to end the oppressive legacies of a monarchy that lasted 240 years in the country she now heads.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE



In Paraguay, Pope Francis Continues Historic Critique of Global Capitalism

“The Argentine pope seemed to be asking for a social revolution,” wrote The New York Times on Friday as Pope Francis’ Latin American tour, featuring “left-leaning critiques” of “the inequalities of capitalism” and of “a ‘new colonialism’ rooted in an inequitable economic order,” approached its end.

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Karl Marx Was Right

The economist and philosopher foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction, that the greed of a tiny elite would eventually bring down the system. The final stages that he predicted are visible all around us now.

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Narkomfin: A ‘Six-Story Blueprint’ for the Emancipation of Women

Before the terminal interference of Stalinism, architects in Moscow were creating housing designed to allow newcomers from the countryside to enjoy and make full use of a “socially superior mode of life.”

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So-Called Luxury Communists Envision a Post-Work Society Ahead

Left-leaning techno-utopians talk of a possible future when machines do the heavy lifting, employment as we know it disappears, and humanity enjoys an era of unprecedented leisure.

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Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

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Greece’s Ascendant Syriza Party: Blatant Anti-Capitalists or Mere Social Democrats?

A member of the Greek left’s “best chance at success in a generation” clarifies the party’s view on whether the country’s political economy should be reformed or completely overhauled.

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A Win for the Cuban People

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue—and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise.

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Normalizing Relations









Posted on Dec 18, 2014 ENLARGE


Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Hong Kong Protesters Rally for Leadership Change

Pro-democracy demonstrators continued to throng the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday—a conspicuous day, as it was a Chinese national holiday—calling for the resignation of Chief Executive CY Leung as well as for a change in how candidates for the country’s top positions are chosen.

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Send Your Kid to North Korean Summer Camp

On July 29, North Korea reopened what “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon described as “the first camp in history where kids tell ghost stories to feel safer.”

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Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘More Important Than Ever’ 25 Years Later

On June 4, 1989, a million peaceful protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, only to be brutally barraged by the Chinese Communist Party with its 200,000 soldiers.

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A Grim Existence in the Sewers of Eastern Europe

Beneath Bucharest’s ornate architecture, Baroque palaces and tree-lined boulevards lies a decades-old city of suffering made of filth, frigid temperatures, addiction and disease.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Undermine Government

The U.S. government used its multibillion-dollar overseas humanitarian arm to build and launch a social media network that could be used to spark off a “Cuban Spring” and overthrow the country’s communist government, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

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Prognosticator: Karl Marx Foresaw 2014

The 19th-century economic theorist “accurately predicted several aspects of contemporary capitalism, from the Great Recession to the iPhone 5S in your pocket,” Sean McElwee writes at Rolling Stone.

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Why Girls Mature Faster Than Boys

Researchers have found brain connectivity occurs earlier in females, which may account for a difference in maturity between the genders; Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was considered communist propaganda; meanwhile, it’s time to heed President Truman’s warning and limit the CIA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Shifting Economics of the ANC: From Liberation Movement to…

Leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils told “Democracy Now!” that the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela made a “Faustian pact” with neo-liberalism to end the official policy of segregation and avoid civil war.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Reformer or Hypocrite? Understanding Pope Francis

It turns out that the pope’s critique of capitalism is actually nothing new.

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Pope and Limbaugh









The pope is a commie. 
Dang straight, BAAA, you tell 'em Rush.
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The Village Against the World

Nestled in farmland about 60 miles from Seville, Spain, is Marinaleda, a functioning utopia—every villager has work and housing, mortgages are 15 euro a month, and foreclosures and police don’t exist.

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Lavabit Founder Caught in Kafkaesque Legal Battle

The tech executive who closed his secure email service last month says the Obama administration has created a surveillance state on a scale that has not been seen since the communist witch hunts of the 1950s.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


Ai Weiwei’s New Music Video Is Not About Profanity

The dramatic recreation of the rebel artist’s 81 days in detention at the hands of the Chinese government is about how an authoritarian state maintains tenuous control over the thoughts and behavior of its citizens.

Posted on May 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Enemy-Industrial Complex

If you opened the American door marked “Enemy,” what would you find? As a start, scattered hundreds or, as the years have gone by, thousands of jihadis, mostly in the poorest backlands of the planet and with little ability to do anything to the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE


Margaret Thatcher RIP









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The Chilean Mad Men of ‘No’

How did Gael García Bernal, an outspoken leftist who has played Che Guevara not once, but twice, end up starring in a film that would appear, on the surface at least, to be a celebration of 20th century free-market economics?

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


The Island and the Owner









Posted on Jul 10, 2012 ENLARGE



A Drumroll for Marxism in Europe

European youths, disaffected by the amorality of modern capitalism, are turning to Marxism in increasing numbers. Could America undergo a similar revival?

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Russian Culture Minister: Put Lenin Underground

The embalmed corpse of the father of Russian communism has been on display for curious tourists in a marble tomb in Moscow’s Red Square since shortly after his death in 1924. But Lenin may be given his final resting place in the coming months during Vladimir Putin’s third term as president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Ghost of Joseph McCarthy Slithered Into the Room

Forgotten history is like a rake neglected in the national backyard. Soon enough you’ll return to where you left it, and if you step on its teeth, it’ll swing up and hit you in the face. (Above, McCarthy and, at right, a caricature of Rep. Allen West.)

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate

Pope’s Visit Won’t Change Cuban Politics

Pope Benedict XVI may have prayed for change in the Cuban political system during his stopover on the island nation on Tuesday, but he won’t see any tangible results anytime soon, according to one high-profile member of President Raul Castro’s administration.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality, Communism

Oh, what “a small amount of Web-based research” can do. Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris hopped online recently to read up on an organization he was concerned about, one that imperiled his conservative family and threatened to turn his daughters into pro-abortion communist homosexuals. Yes, we’re talking about the Girl Scouts.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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A Year’s Worth of Street Art

Did you see the one about the Bulgarian street artists who used a little color to repurpose a public monument commemorating the Soviet takeover of their country in 1944 into a cartoonish visual joke?

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE


Kim Jong Un: New Leader of North Korea









Posted on Dec 22, 2011 ENLARGE


Kim Aroma Lingers









Posted on Dec 20, 2011 ENLARGE


Kim Jong Il Dead









Posted on Dec 20, 2011 ENLARGE


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AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky

Putin’s Party Takes a Hit at the Polls

Could martial arts enthusiast, tiger wrangler and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin be losing his steely grip on power in his homeland? Could be, judging by the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a shaky showing for Putin’s United Russia party.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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The Two Faces of China

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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To Protest Foreclosures, San Jose Priest Divests $3 Million From Bank of America

Father Eduardo Samaniego, the Jesuit pastor of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif., protested foreclosures by Bank of America against those in his flock and beyond by moving $3 million of his parish’s funds to a local credit union. (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE


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