Hong Kong Is Scared – Of The Rioters


Countercurrents |  September 25, 2019

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek

It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared.

Now, after Hong Kong ‘returned to China’, it was converted into the Tai Kwun Center – one of the biggest and the most vibrant art institutions in Asia.Read More »

U.S.: “Don’t veer left”, some Democrats warn: A scene of ideological battle

A Journal of People report

There is contradiction between the labor and a part of the Democratic Party in the U.S.

An AP report (September 24, 2019) – “Way too extreme”: Some Democrats warn against moving left” – said:

“The Democrats of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, crowded onto the steps of a local courthouse, dozens of union men protesting a looming power plant closure that would put their livelihoods at risk.

“The crowd was overwhelmingly white and male, and few had college degrees. Left unsaid, at least from the podium, were broader concerns about a national Democratic Party many believe no longer represents them.”Read More »

Cuba: U.S. agri-business opposes blockade


Granma | September 25, 2019

Paul Johnson, co-president of the U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba, insisted that trade between the two nations could be beneficial for both parties. Photo: ACNUR

The mutual benefits that a normal relationship between the United States and Cuba would bring and opposition to the blockade imposed by the U.S. government were highlighted during the second Bilateral Agricultural Business Conference that took place September 11-13 in Havana.

Paul Johnson, co-president of the U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba, reaffirmed in his remarks that, despite the complex political situation currently existing between the two nations, U.S. citizens involved in agriculture oppose the economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed by the United States government on the island, insisting that commerce with the Cuba would be beneficial for both parties.

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From scientist to activist

by Heather Price

Union of Concerned Scientists | September 19, 2019

“Dr. Doom.” fellow students joked as we walked out of our department seminar. It was 1998 and the presenter was Richard Gammon, a co-author of the first IPCC report. I didn’t share my fellow University of Washington grad students’ joke. I was uneasy, wondering about the timing of forecasts and feedback loops.Read More »

U.S: Only united struggle by workers and their allies can overcome racism

by Rick Nagin

People’s WorldSeptember 20, 2019

Only united struggle by workers and their allies can overcome racism
Martin Luther King Jr. rides a bus in Birmingham, Alabama after the successful battle to integrate buses in that city. | AP

Racism in the United States has two fundamental aspects. One is systemic, the other ideological. The systemic aspect has numerous and pervasive forms, including unequal wages, working conditions, access to financing, education, housing, medical care, and environmental protection, where the capitalists impose harsher conditions on African Americans and other people of color than on white people.

A glaring example that is now in the spotlight is the criminal justice system, which is shot through with racist practices and where people of color face harsher treatment in policing, charging, conviction, sentencing, and incarceration.  According to the New York Times (Dec. 18, 2016), a Florida study found that “African American defendants get more time behind bars—sometimes twice the prison time of whites with identical criminal histories—when they commit the same crimes under identical circumstances.”

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