Impeachment and Imperialism

Against the Current Editors

October 24, 2019

Donald Trump is the first modern politician who’s used the U.S. presidency — as everyone knows, since the liberal media, punditry and presidential historians repeat it on a daily basis — to brazenly solicit a foreign regime’s intervention for his personal benefit in electoral politics. It’s a damning indictment of the “big twit” in the White House. It also happens to be false. The notorious precedents aren’t even secret anymore: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, in their election campaigns, pulled the kind of tricks that Trump did with Russia in 2016.

During the 1968 campaign, Nixon reached out to the government of South Vietnam to ensure that outgoing president Lyndon Johnson’s attempts at a last-ditch peace agreement would fail. Known as “the Chennault affair” for the rightwing operative Anna Chennault who carried it out, the full story is told by John A. Farrell (“When a Candidate Conspired with a Foreign Power to Win an Election,” www.politico.com, August 6, 2017). Indeed Nixon won that election, and the war would last another seven years, inflicting even more death and devastation on Vietnam than between 1962 (when John F. Kennedy began the secret bombing of South Vietnam) and the upheaval of 1968.

Fast forward: Reagan’s 1980 campaign contacted the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran to ensure that U.S. diplomats held hostage in Iran would not be released until Jimmy Carter’s presidency was done. As if hiding in plain sight, the story is laid out by Kai Bird (“Some ‘Conspiracy Theories’ Turn Out to be True,” Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2017).

Indeed, in a theatrical gesture the hostages in Iran were released on the day of Reagan’s 1981 inauguration. Shortly thereafter Reagan’s operative William Casey, installed as CIA director, authorized Israel to sell military equipment to Iran — a forerunner of the “Iran -Contra” clandestine sale of U.S. weapons to Iran, with the proceeds secretly allocated to fund the murderous...

Chilean Trade Union Organizations
November 11, 2019

The undersigned trade union organizations announce that the world of labor has articulated, organized, and placed its will toward unity, over and above the concerns of any particular organization, in order to support the demands that the Chilean people have put forward in the streets during recent weeks.

Sam Gindin
November 8, 2019

On September 16, 2019, forty-six thousand defiant General Motors (GM) workers streamed out on strike. This eruption of long-festering worker anger and frustrations was directed not only at a corporation that had treated its workforce so shabbily, but also at the often-complicit role of their own union. The strike call came from the UAW ’s top officers, but it was clearly the rank-and-file who were in the lead. Nothing GM was ready to offer before the strike could have met the workers’ goals,...

Jeffery R Webber
November 5, 2019

Bolivians went to the polls on Sunday, October 20, 2019. According to the country’s electoral system, in order to avoid a second round in presidential elections the leading candidate must secure 51 percent of the vote, or more than 40 percent of the vote and a lead of 10 percent over the second place candidate.

With 83.8 percent of the quick-count votes verified, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal’s website indicated that Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism was leading with 45.3 percent,...

November 4, 2019

Forward to the General Strike for the Constituent Assembly

The undersigned trade union organizations have come together in a historical meeting whose purpose was to show unity in the face of the indolence and unwillingness of the government, business and parliament to listen to, pay attention to, and act on the demands the Chilean people have expressed in the streets in recent days.

In this context, we set as our strategic objective the drafting of a New Constitution that allows establishing...

Giselle Gerolami
October 31, 2019

On October 21, 2019, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party was re-elected in Canada, but this time with a minority government. In Canada’s parliamentary system, the Prime Minister is not elected directly, as the President is in the U.S. The party with a majority of seats in the House of Commons forms the government, and the head of that party becomes Prime Minister. If a majority is not achieved, the Prime Minister’s party is given the opportunity to form a minority government. They would need to...

Fourth International Bureau
October 30, 2019

The publication of the Supreme Court ruling last Monday 14 October, after the trial of several independence leaders, has triggered a wave of protests in Catalonia and, to a lesser extent, in other regions of the Spanish state and even in some European cities.

The sentence of 12 pro-independence social and political leaders, nine of them to prison sentences of between 9 and 13 years, is perceived as a collective punishment of an entire people who dared to confront the political regime of the post-Franco...

Jabra Nicola
October 25, 2019

This article, published in 1963 by the Israeli revolutionary socialist group Matzpen,  was authored by one of its founders, the Palestinian Marxist Jabra Nicola. At the time the article was written, Iraq was in the midst of a sequence of violent upheavals and military coups that would ultimately result in the ascendance of Saddam Hussein.

Obviously much has changed in the Middle East over the subsequent 56 years, but the longstanding importance of the Kurdish struggle for self-determination puts...

Autoworker Caravan
October 22, 2019

Inequality continues — Concessions remain!

We fought for the things that matter to us. We went on strike and supported our sisters and brothers who went on strike! We made it loud and clear that we wanted everyone made whole. Instead a hole was left in our solidarity. Everyone Tier One! Let’s look at the facts. The complete contract (“White Book”) is here . The Solidarity House Contract “Highlights” are here . References are to the white book unless otherwise stated.

Everyone...

Barbara Madeloni
October 18, 2019

In 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union woke up union members and educators across the country with a winning strike. Seven years later, after a wave of teacher strikes in the last two years, CTU is at it again. 

As educators walk out today, a lot feels like 2012. The strike authorization vote was high (94 percent) and the mayor is disparaging their demands and branding the strike as hurtful to children. 

This time the union has extended its demands: it wants to tackle student homelessness...

Wilma Salgado
October 15, 2019

The recent protests in Ecuador represent more than just fuel subsidies, but a stagnant economy leaving all but the rich behind. 

Haz clic aquí para leer la versión en español. 

Ecuador has been going through an intense period of protests and strikes by social movements triggered by the government's decision to raise fuel prices. This policy was implemented in the context of an agreement signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in February 2019, which caused the economy...

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