Marx’s Concept of Class

by Richard D. Wolff

Logos Journal  |Winter 2018 Vol. 17 No. 1

Marx concept of class

Concepts of Class

The concept of class poses profound problems for theory and practice. This is true across the academic disciplines and in the confused incoherence around “class issues” when concepts of class surface in economic, political and cultural discourses.Read More »

Under the cover of philanthropy: a monopoly machine at work

by Pavan Kulkarni

News Clicks | March 22, 2018

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Image Courtesy: Business Day

 The long-term costs of allowing a handful of corporations to take over healthcare and agriculture in developing countries, in exchange for vaccinations and hybrid seeds sold at discounted price, is likely to be a forbidding one – one that the populations of the Global South will be suffered to pay once the process of monopolization is complete.

The possibility of a handful corporations monopolizing healthcare and agriculture in the developing world is a very real risk today. Closely associated with these corporations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) – the richest and the most powerful philanthropic foundation shaping these sectors globally – aids them in the process of monopolization by granting huge funds to its network of NGOs to carry out activities which mainly benefit these selected corporations, in many of which the foundation has considerable financial stakes.   Read More »

Puerto Rico teachers walk out to protest privatization

by Carol Widom

People’s World | March 22, 2018

Puerto Rico teachers walk out to protest privatization

Courtesy of FMPR

More than 16,000 public school teachers in Puerto Rico walked out of the classrooms and marched to the Capitol in San Juan this Monday (March 19). They strengthened a crescendo of militant actions to demand investment in public education and against private school vouchers and the massive privatization plans of the island’s schools, known as the Charter Laws. The one-day strike was called by a broad coalition of labor, community and education groups (Frente Amplio en Defensa de la Educación Pública [FADEP]), and led by the progressive and anti-colonialist Teachers’ Federation (Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico).Read More »

U.S: Facebook accused of harvesting Android users’ data

Morning Star | March 27, 2018

FACEBOOK faced new questions today about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices.

The revelations are embarrassing following the US-based internet giant’s apologies in US and British newspapers for exposing users’ data to Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy firm which worked with the Donald Trump campaign in the US and the Leave campaign in Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership.Read More »

Brazil: Neither judges nor bullets will stop my fight for justice, vows Lula

by Ben Chacko

Morning Star | March 29, 2018

BRAZIL’S former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has vowed that neither legal persecution nor violent intimidation will stop his fight for the presidency after his campaign convoy came under gun fire.

Shots hit two buses in the caravan that has been touring Parana state in southern Brazil yesterday. Officials of Lula’s Workers Party, which has won all presidential elections since 2002 but was removed from power in a constitutional coup in 2016, said Parana was the only state not to have provided a police escort for the campaign.Read More »

‘Punctured Like a Pin Cushion’ From Oil and Gas Drilling, Scientists Warn of Growing Sinkhole Threat in Texas


Common Dreams | March 27, 2018

One of two sinkholes near Wink, Texas. The hole opened in 1980 and continues to grow, along with another one about a mile away. (Photo: Google Earth)

Researchers in Texas have pointed to widespread oil and gas drilling over several decades as the cause of new ground movement in the western part of the state—leading to concerns that the area is at risk for the formation of new sinkholes.

Four counties in West Texas have been “punctured like a pin cushion with oil wells and injection wells since the 1940s,” said Jin-Woo Kim, a scientist at Southern Methodist University, who co-authored a new study published in Scientific Reports.

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Equity, Change and Popular Power: Venezuelans Talk About the Bolivarian Revolution

by Ana Hernandez

Latino Rebels | March 15, 2018

Héctor Delgado, General Manager of the socialist enterprise Cacao Oderí
Héctor Delgado, General Manager of the socialist enterprise Cacao Oderí and a proud native of Barlovento who understands himself as a product of the Revolution. (Coral Wynter)

Venezuelans across different communities and cultures, but with generations’ worth of historical erasure and trauma, repeat a similar refrain: the Bolivarian Revolution is the only process to acknowledge us. Afro-Venezuelans, people abused on the basis of sexuality and gender, and people raised in poverty, discuss at great length how the Revolution affords them the framework to affect profound change in their own and their communities’ lives and futures, even as the process is one of inventing form and function as they build a new society. These Venezuelans possess intimate knowledge of laws establishing and protecting their rights and power, and defend the premises and charisma of their Revolution vigorously and proudly because, they say, it has given and remains their only hope.

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Exonerating the Empire in Venezuela

by Gregory Shupak

Fair | March 22, 2018

 Exonerating the Empire in Venezuela

The United States has for years undermined the Venezuelan economy with economic sanctions, but US media coverage of Venezuela’s financial crisis has gone out of its way to obscure this.

The intent of the sanctions is clear: to inflict maximum pain on Venezuela so as to encourage the people of the country to overthrow the democratically elected government. SUNY professor Gabriel Hetland (The Nation8/17/16) pointed out in 2016 that the Obama government “prevented Venezuela from obtaining much-needed foreign financing and investment.” Such policies, Hetland notes,

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Washington approves funds for subversion in Cuba and border wall in Mexico

Granma | March 26, 2018

The omnibus spending bill approved by the United States Congress last week includes $20 million USD for subversion against Cuba. Photo: The Washington

WASHINGTON.– The omnibus spending bill approved by the United States Congress last week, to fund the government until mid-2018, includes $20 million USD for subversion against Cuba and $600 million for border security with Mexico, which President Donald Trump plans to use to build a wall.

The amount of money allocated to promote regime change in Cuba, camouflaged under the euphemistic term “democracy programs,” contrasts with the massive cuts to the State Department and United States foreign aid to developing countries.Read More »

Cuba and Vietnam: Common history on the road to socialism


Granma | March 19, 2018

Fidel was the first head of state to visit the liberated area of South Vietnam. Photo: Archive

“Those who live on fish and rice, and wear silk, far away, in Asia, on the seashore, below China,” as Cuban National Hero José Martí described the Vietnamese in Un paseo por la tierra de los anamitas (A stroll through the land of the Annamites), have always been friends of Cuba.Read More »