Market is miraculous. Market is great. So, allow market to play its role. Such goes mainstream saying.
A look shows market’s miracle, its power.
Neil Irwin and Weiyi Cai wrote in The New York Times (“Why Markets Boomed in a Year of Human Misery”, January 1, 2021): “The central, befuddling economic reality of the United States at the close of 2020 is that everything is terrible in the world, while everything is wonderful in the financial markets.”Read More »
The voice of Juan Almeida Bosque rang out in Alegría de Pío: “No one here is surrendering…!”, he shouted to the enemy, and rounded off the statement with a word (not noted here) that came from the bottom of his heart, the morning of December 5, 1956.
The voice of Comandante de la Revolución Juan Almeida Bosque continued to resound as the voice of millions who have made it part of the nation’s soul, traveling a long road through the birth of the Rebel Army, the guerrilla fronts, the heroic underground, the January triumph, the victory in Giron, the moral strength tested during the October crisis, the struggle against counterrevolutionary bandits, the people’s harvest, the urgent tasks, the development of science, the universalization of education, confronting the blockade, overcoming the crisis of the 90s, resisting Trump’s attacks…Read More »
“The economy is one, there is not a private economy and a state one, there is no them and us, we are working to include all actors in the plan,” stated Alejandro Gil Fernández, Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Planning (MEP), during a February 8 appearance on the Mesa Redonda television program, focused on efforts underway to improve self-employment in the country.Read More »
Mind-boggling hypocrisy and the Big Lie define almost all US government policy. Yet there is virtually no pushback.
A cynical ruling establishment grounded in the premise you can fool almost everybody practically all the time.Read More »
ATexas teenager has been forced to use her entire college savings to prevent her single mother from being evicted after she lost her job amid a raging pandemic. Alondra Carmona of Houston made the appeal on crowdfunding site GoFundMe, noting that she had been accepted into prestigious New York university Barnard College, but that she used the money she had saved for tuition in order to save her mother.
Some of the world’s top scientists are condemning The New York Times for what they describe as a highly misleading hit job on their recent visit to Wuhan, China.Read More »
After five years of highly contentious rule, Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was scheduled to finally step down last week. However, his announcement that he would stay in office for (at least) one more year brought fresh impetus to nationwide protests that have continued almost unbroken since 2018. The protests have led to hundreds of deaths yet have drawn little attention in the West, largely because Moïse continues to be a loyal U.S. ally.Read More »
Preliminary Findings of the Visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela by the Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights
UN HRC | February 12, 2021
Caracas (12 February 2021), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Ms. Alena Douhan, visited the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 1 to 12 February 2021. She thanks the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for enabling and supporting her visit to the country. The purpose of the visit was to assess the impact of unilateral sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights by people living in Venezuela and any other affected people.
These observations are of a preliminary character, the result of extensive consultations with a wide range of interlocutors. The full report will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2021.Read More »
Mainstream media references to Venezuela always focus on the devastating economic crisis, which they directly or indirectly attribute either to the Maduro government mismanagement or to a total failure of the Bolivarian Revolution envisioned by Hugo Chávez. US sanctions are mentioned (if they are at all) as if they were a benign slap on the hand to change the conduct of a misbehaving child. More seriously, sanctions are unilateral coercive economic measures forcing “a change of conduct” in target countries as punishment for falsely reputed violation of “international norms of behaviour”.
The reality is that the US has been enforcing an escalatinghybrid war on Venezuela for the purpose of changing its independent social development free from the imposition of neoliberal policies. Possibly the most lethal tools of this kind of warfare are the criminal, illegal and inhumane coercive economic and financial measures, euphemistically called “sanctions”.Read More »
Confusion and misinformation are shrouding the recent elections in Ecuador. While progressive candidate Andrés Arauz clinched a clear first round victory, baseless allegations of fraud have been launched by the 2nd and 3rd place candidates Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Pérez who have also demanded that a partial recount take place in a meeting with the National Electoral Council. The next days will be decisive.
To understand what is behind the accusations of fraud, the dirty campaign being waged against progressive Arauz, and to hear more about what is stake in these elections we spoke to David Adler, the coordinator of Progressive International and the head of the organization’s electoral observation delegation that was on the ground in Ecuador for over a week.Read More »
Davide Ceccanti: What were your early ideological influences?
Claudio Petruccioli: I joined the Communist Party when I enrolled in university, in 1959. I didn’t belong to a leftist family, but it was a work- ing-class family. My grandfather was a worker, my father was a technician. The first in my family to attend university, I was born in a tradition of work but was drawn towards intellectual labor. If I think of the day in which I decided to be a communist, it was probably when I was fifteen and I went to the library in Umbria. I found a small book titled “Wage Labor and Capital” sitting on the table. They were lectures Marx had given to a worker’s club in London. I read the book in one sitting, and when I finished I felt like I had just understood precisely how the world works.Read More »