Women as the heart and soul of a country

“Without women, the enormous work of the Revolution would not have been possible”


Granma | March 08, 2018

“Without women, the enormous work of the Revolution would not have been possible. Throughout these difficult years, there has been no economic, social or political task, there has been no scientific, cultural or sporting achievement, there has been no contribution to the defense of our land and the sovereignty of the Homeland, which has not relied on the invariably enthusiastic and patriotic presence of the Cuban woman. No one like her has made the greatest sacrifices in the special period (…) nor risen up such that her everyday effort becomes a feat.”


US: Student Debt Slavery: Time to Level the Playing Field


Common Dreams | January 07, 2018

“If the federal government won’t act and individual action seems too daunting, however, there is a third possibility for relief – state-owned banks that cut out private middlemen and recycle local money for local purposes at substantially reduced rates.” (Illustration: enisaksoy/Getty Images)

This is the second in a two-part article on the debt burden America’s students face. Read Part 1 here.

The lending business is heavily stacked against student borrowers. Bigger players can borrow for almost nothing, and if their investments don’t work out, they can put their corporate shells through bankruptcy and walk away. Not so with students. Their loan rates are high and if they cannot pay, their debts are not normally dischargeable in bankruptcy. Rather, the debts compound and can dog them for life, compromising not only their own futures but the economy itself.

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Rambles Recollect

by Dipanjan Rai Chowdhuri

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.47, May 28 – Jun 3, 2017

I first met Charu Majumdar in 1968. Some students were going to a rural area for protracted political work and Charuda (Kaka, our leader, called him Charuda, and we usurped the name!) had agreed to a talk to orient their programme. At this time the supporters of Naxalbari were fragmented into sectarian groups. We did not belong to Charuda’s organisation, but the moment he started talking we understood he was speaking to us as our leader.

He said that our work was to take to the peasants the message of armed struggle to establish their own state . Organising economic struggles was not our task. The peasants might not listen to the message and start economic struggles. For example, they might want to take a deputation to the BDO to dig a culvert. You will say that nothing will come of this as far as changing  the nature of the state and the basic conditions of life of the people concerned, but you will accompany the peasant in his procession. The line presented here has been debated to bits but there can be little doubt that it was inspired by the mass line. He said nothing about the “annihilation” line.Read More »

Trump abandons science with climate walk-out

by Alex Kirby

Climate News Network | June 02, 2017

Rejecting science seems a strange way of hoping to make America great again.Image: Mark Nozell via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON, 2 June, 2017 – President Donald Trump abandons science with his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris” – a wonderfully clear statement of his inability to recognise that the Earth shares one atmosphere.Read More »

A Few Lines From Young Marx


Countercurrents.org | May 05, 2017


It was 1830, the July Revolution forced abdication of king Charles X in France, and Louis Philippe became constitutional monarch. Twenty-eight years prior to this development in France, in 1802, the first factory law was introduced in England; and the law pertained to child labor. In the same year, John Dalton introduced atomic theory into chemistry. In the Congress of Vienna in 1814-’15, Metternich of Austria, Talleyrand of France, Alexander I of Russia, Frederick William I of Prussia and Castlereagh of England attempted to attain balance of power in Europe, reestablished monarchies, redrew their boundaries to the advantage of Prussia, Austria and Russia, organized German Confederation. British conquest of Dutch and French colonies was recognized. Works by the Young Germany writers were banned in Germany. But the reactionaries failed to stop spread of liberal ideas. On December 7, 1835, the first German train powered by a steam engine completed its journey of 7 kilometers in 12 minutes from Nuremberg to Furth.Read More »

From the editors: On this May Day, May 1, the International Labor Day, Journal of People, Peasants and Workers greets its readers and well-wishers. Journal of People was initiated on this day also. On its founding anniversary JoP thanks its readers and well-wishers for the support they have extended.    

Bicycle Bicentenary Year 2017: Bicycle and Women’s Liberation

by T. Vijayendra

Frontier | 04 March, 2017

Source: Internet

Bicycling and Feminism
One hundred years ago, Alice Hawkins, a suffragette, cycled around Leicester (UK) promoting the women’s rights movement, causing outrage by being one of the first ladies to wear pantaloons in the city. During the fight to win the vote the bicycle became not only a tool but also a symbol for the emancipation of women.

The American civil rights leader, Susan B Anthony, wrote in 1896:
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.”Read More »

Robotic Reminder Of What It Is To Be Human

by Susan Darlington

ROBOTS in art usually want to kill humans or become more like them through artificial intelligence.

But the success of Pipeline Theatre’s Spillikin is that it places a physically and emotionally static robot as the touchstone for a moving meditation on human change.

Designed as a companion for Sally (Judy Norman) by her now-dead husband Raymond, the robot is programmed with memories of her partner.

Struggling with dementia, Sally first resents the imposition and then, as she grows increasingly confused, accepts and crosses the border of acceptability, putting her husband’s glasses on the robot and holding its hand.Read More »