Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster

The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela Common Dreams By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies February 4, 2019 In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994).  Noam Chomsky’s blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, “Far and away the best book on the…


Why the Black Alliance for Peace Opposes U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

The Black Alliance for Peace January 26, 2019 We, the members of the Black Alliance for Peace, uphold our political stance in the face of aggressions waged by the United States. Two of BAP’s core principles are an unwavering commitment to self-determination for peoples and nations alike and opposition to imperialism in all its varied and brutal forms. Therefore, unlike so many who are confused about Venezuela, we say without equivocation that we oppose the illegal and immoral attempts by the United States and their Organization of American States (OAS) allies to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela. No…


The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

Common Dreams By Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater January 8, 2019 The time has come for a New Peace Deal that repudiates endless war and the threat of nuclear war which, along with catastrophic climate change, poses an existential threat to our planet A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our forces home. However, in this new year, demilitarizing US foreign policy should be among…


End of the year observations

Prosperity for Rhode Island By Greg Gerritt December 27, 2018 It would be very easy to be depressed about the state of the world as we move from 2018 to 2019 with racism, authoritarianism, growing inequality, an increase in refugees from war and climate change, rising carbon emissions, ever faster deforestation, empty seas, loss of biodiversity, more nuclear weapons in the pipeline, the trampling of communities in pursuit of profit, democracy in retreat, and the hottest La Nina year in history, but it has to be balanced with the UN laughing at Trump, a repudiation in the mid term elections,…


On Gun Ownership

Full disclosure up front: I own guns, some inherited, a couple purchased. I shoot, clean, and oil each of them annually. We have a violence problem in the United States, always have had. As has been pointed out above, it has a great deal to do with the country having been built on the violent genocide of indigenous people and the equally violent enslavement of a captive people. Our history with guns can never be separated from that history. Gun ownership today is often still bound up with the ethos of racist violence. I grew up effectively without guns, but…