teleSUR | September 17, 2017
TOKYO — As more North Korean missiles soar over Japan with each passing week, Japanese Communist Party (JCP) parliamentarians are demanding that the Japanese government push the U.S. to hold direct talks with North Korea in order to avert a military clash.
Both houses of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, opened meetings in response to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 5, and JCP members have been urging direct talks since. The latest North Korean ballistic missile launch occurred this morning at 6:47 am local time. The mid-range rocket, launched from within North Korea, passed over northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean.Read More »
In mid-July, I found myself in a part of Budapest I had never visited, Újpest (“New Pest”), a village on the outskirts of Budapest until the late 1950s. During that time, the government led by János Kádár began erecting massive apartment blocks as a means to eradicate homelessness in the city of Budapest. Those towers, made of pure concrete panels, were never meant to last more than 50 years.
Today, Hungary’s governing right-wing and neoliberal FIDESZ party has no interest in replacing or modernizing those buildings. It is fitting then that Újpest is where most, if not all, the workers of Budapest live and raise their families, and where the Munkáspárt (Hungarian Workers Party) recently moved its headquarters. The party was founded after the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party, which had governed Hungary from 1956, split in 1989 after falling from power.Read More »
Nearly 55 years ago, on October 1962, I was a college student who’d just turned 20.
The Cuban Missile Crisis began the day after my birthday, and it seemed entirely possible that I (along with tens of millions of other people) might die in nuclear fire and fury before I got to 21. But Russia blinked first, and we survived—though we came closer to World War III than most of us realized.Read More »
In the 1970s, Paul Sweezy, one of the 20th century’s most influential Marxist economists, came to The New School for Social Research to teach. Prior to that, he was an influential tutor at Harvard where his students included none other than Robert Heilbroner, who went on to become an NSSR faculty member and later, the namesake of the school’s Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.Read More »
THIS is our first year without Fidel. At least the first 365-day cycle that will end in November, without the physical presence of the historic leader of the Revolution – without a piece of advice or timely warning, like that he offered in the 7th Party Congress on the super-human effort required to govern any people in times of crisis.
But Fidel leaves us a guiding body of thought, a way of understanding the world through his ideas, which will never lose their relevance. Just as philosophers continue to read Aristotle, revolutionaries of today and tomorrow will reach for the guerilla of the Sierra Maestra, for the statesman who put a small Caribbean archipelago on the map.Read More »
“These revelations show that the U.K. government saw the coming of the first Gulf war … as an opportunity for arms companies to profit from the death and destruction,” Joe Lo said.
A set of recently declassified documents released by the National Archives show the U.S. was not the only nation to take advantage of Iraq’s two-day invasion of Kuwait in 1990, revealing the U.K. became the world’s second largest arms dealer as a result.