Nasir Khan: Separation of Religion and State and Islamists

Nasir Khan, November 26, 2015 “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries. [Letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, 1803]” ― James Madison (1751-1836). He was one of the Founding Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters article on Syria nicely illustrates media bias in aftermath of Paris attacks – UPDATED

Note how blandly the following is reported by Reuters in this article: Russia’s military involvement in Syria has brought losses, including the downed jet and the bombing by militants of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt. But there is no sign yet that public opinion is turning against the operation in Syria and the Kremlin Read more…

Nasir Khan: Karl Marx on Religion

 Nasir Khan, November 24, 2015 Note: I am reproducing one section of Chapter 4 (pp. 146-153) from my book, Development of the Concept and Theory of Alienation in Marx’s Writings (1995). My aim is to present Marx’s ideas on religion in the context of his theory of alienation for a wider audience. For all abbreviations Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Almost a Century Ago, another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States—from His Prison Cell

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders’s long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency. Debs began his political career as a labor leader.  Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, he dropped out of school at the age of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Does anybody but Nicolas Maduro question the motives of US prosecutors?

Nobody in the world, aside from Venezuelan government officials, thinks that U.S. prosecutors are engaged in politically motivated targeting of Venezuela’s government. At least that’s the message conveyed in this lengthy New York Times article that ran with the headline “Drug Charges for Nephews of Venezuela’s First Lady Could Add to Public Distrust”. The only Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Keep up the great work on Venezuela

RE Venezuela leader condemns ‘imperialist’ attacks after drug arrests Dear Reuters: I am so relieved you guys included a few statements like this in your report “Maduro and other senior officials have long said accusations of drug trafficking were part of an international campaign to discredit socialism in the South American nation.” The article would Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Protecting Natural Missouri

Green Time TV: Protecting Natural Missouri   by Don Fitz   Missouri’s forests, rivers, public lands, aquifers and communities all need protection. December Green Time episodes explore ways citizens have been coming together to work for preservation.   The first December Green Time remembers Leo A. Drey (January 19, 1917–May 26, 2015) Missouri’s most effective Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch and its latest attack Rafael Correa’s government  

HRW just put out a report entitled “Ecuador: Crackdown on Protesters” about violent protests that took place in August. HRW interviewed various protest leaders including “Salvador Quispe, the indigenous prefect of Zamora Chinchipe province” and reported that “All said that they had not been engaging in violent acts”. But Salvador Quispe was caught on film Read more…

Bob Simpson: Fight for $15: Breaking the silence about suburban poverty

“As a 44-year-old man, making $8.25, living paycheck to paycheck and barely being able to survive just isn’t right. I love to cook. I love what I do for a living. That’s why we’re calling for fair wages for fast food workers in Chicago’s suburbs. From Oak Park to Cicero, to Sauk Village to Barrington Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history. How else could they miss Read more…

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