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The Railroading of the Cuban Five

[This article is an edited version of a talk given on May 8, 2003 at the Brecht Forum in New York City. New York constitutional law attorney Leonard Weinglass has handled significant political cases since the sixties. A graduate of … Continue reading

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Agency, Race and Utopia

Agency-the belief that one’s actions can have an effect on political outcomes-is vital to any striving group.1 What agency are Blacks given by utopian authors and what solutions to the problems faced by blacks do these authors propose? This paper … Continue reading

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Colonial Rule, AIDS, and Social Control in Puerto Rico

Background Surprisingly scant attention has been given to the links between HIV/AIDS and the role of US neo-colonial rule in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico, whose population of 3.8 million makes it the most densely populated of the Greater Antilles, has … Continue reading

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Afrocentricity, Ecocentrism, and Ecofeminism: New Alliances for Socialism

This essay calls for a coalition of reform-minded groups that are developing new and remarkably congruent philosophies. What the groups have in common is resistance to being defined by the “other.” The essay starts with Afrocentricity because of claims by … Continue reading

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“Acting Locally” in the Age of Globalization: The Case of Salem

In his recent work, Socialism or Barbarism, István Mészáros issues a clarion call for the transformation of the capitalist system into a socialist one.1 Mészáros is aware of the daunting nature of this challenge, for the American left, especially its … Continue reading

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Terrorism and Civil Society as Instruments of U.S. Policy in Cuba

Condemnation of Cuba was immediate, strong and practically global last month for the imprisonment of 75 political dissidents and for the summary execution of 3 ferry hijackers. Prominent among the critics were past friends of Cuba of recognized international stature. … Continue reading

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Beyond Summit-Hopping? G8’s Retreat to Kananaskis and the Way Ahead

It’s a long road down to Kananaskis It’s a short road back the other way If the cops pull you over to the side of the road You won’t have nothing to say No, you won’t have nothing to say … Continue reading

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Ecology and Marx’s Vision of Communism

Among the factors fomenting tensions between ecology and Marxism, perhaps the most important is the widespread view that Marx’s vision of post-capitalist society not only treats natural conditions as effectively limitless but also embraces an anti-ecological ethic of technological optimism … Continue reading

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Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che

Max Elbaum, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che (London & New York: Verso, 2002). This is a sui generis volume on a subject-Third World Marxism in the US and its major organizational form, Maoism-that … Continue reading

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Hubert Harrison (1883-1927): Race Consciousness and the Struggle for Socialism

The historian Joel A. Rogers, in World’s Great Men of Color, describes the brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist Hubert Harrison (1883-1927) as “the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time” and “one of America’s greatest minds.” Rogers adds … Continue reading

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