Solidarity https://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Nothing New in Trump's Commentshttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5226https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5226Lead ArticleTrump’s latest racist rant during a horse trading session with congressional leaders from both parties about the fate of the DACA program, has been widely denounced as an escalation of his racist discourse.<br />Even before his latest comments, Trump demonstrated his contempt for the people of systematically underdeveloped countries by his response to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria’s devastation of the Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, the world’s oldest colony. These recent comments are...Keith MannMon, 15 Jan 2018 20:47:37 +0000 Reflections on the Protests in Iranhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5225https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5225Lead ArticleThe demonstrations that erupted in Iran on December 28 and continued for days after have apparently died down as of January 10. There have been clashes with the repressive forces, and something like 20 people have been killed and many arrested (there are widely divergent figures on the number of arrests).<br />Demonstration in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where the anti-government protests began. Photo: Morteza Salehi/AFP/Getty Images.Barry SheppardSat, 13 Jan 2018 23:38:15 +0000 Catalunya: Special Election Updatehttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5196https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5196Lead ArticleThis article updates the author’s previous analysis of the October 1 Catalan self-determination referendum and its aftermath: Catalunya: Together We Build the Republic.<br />Catalan voters queue to vote on December 21st in Barcelona. Photo distributed by author's comrades during election day.<br />Amidst a Coup, Catalans reconfirm support for Left, Independentist Majority<br />On December 21st, 2017, a record number of voters in Catalunya turned out for special midterm parliamentary elections, imposed on the...Bayla OstrachMon, 25 Dec 2017 18:29:48 +0000 Egyptian Activists Jailedhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5191https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5191Against the Current ArticleEGYPT&rsquo;S PRESIDENTIALIST DICTA&shy;TORSHIP continues its suppression of human rights lawyers and activists. Mahienour el-Massry and Moatasem Medhat have been jailed pending a December 30 hearing where they will be tried, along with several other activists, for &ldquo;illegal gathering, insulting the president, and thuggery&rdquo; for protesting against president al-Sisi&rsquo;s contested transfer of the Tiran and Sanifir Islands to Saudi Arabia.<br />Mahienour el-Massry in particular has been a...Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:02:04 +0000 Racial Terror & Totalitarianismhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5185https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5185Against the Current ArticleRace and the Totalitarian Century:<br />Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination<br />By Vaughn Rasberry<br />Harvard University Press, 2016, 496 pages, $45 hardcover.<br />THE COVER OF Vaughn Rasberry&rsquo;s ambitious and compelling study Race and the Totalitarian Century features a cartoon by leftwing African-American political cartoonist Ollie Harrington, titled &ldquo;American Crackerocracy and the Polish Ghetto: Sikeston, Missouri, and Germany.&rdquo;...<br />The cartoon, published in 1942 in the Black left...Mary Helen WashingtonMon, 18 Dec 2017 21:45:31 +0000 Language for Resisting Oppressionhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5190https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5190Against the Current ArticleRevolutionary Keywords for a New Left<br />By Ian Parker<br />Alresford, UK: Zero Books, 295 pages, $29.95 paperback.<br />IAN PARKER WEARS many hats, being &ldquo;the Co-Director (with Erica Burman) of the Discourse Unit, Managing Editor of Annual Review of Critical Psychology, Secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix, member of the Asylum Magazine editorial collective, and supporter of the Fourth International&rdquo; (Parker, https://parkerian.com/).<br />His new book, Revolutionary Keywords for a New Left,...Robert K. BesharaMon, 18 Dec 2017 22:58:57 +0000 Nothing New in Trump's Commentshttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5226https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5226Webzine ArticleTrump’s latest racist rant during a horse trading session with congressional leaders from both parties about the fate of the DACA program, has been widely denounced as an escalation of his racist discourse.<br />Even before his latest comments, Trump demonstrated his contempt for the people of systematically underdeveloped countries by his response to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria’s devastation of the Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, the world’s oldest colony. These recent comments are...Keith MannMon, 15 Jan 2018 20:47:37 +0000 Reflections on the Protests in Iranhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5225https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5225Webzine ArticleThe demonstrations that erupted in Iran on December 28 and continued for days after have apparently died down as of January 10. There have been clashes with the repressive forces, and something like 20 people have been killed and many arrested (there are widely divergent figures on the number of arrests).<br />Demonstration in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where the anti-government protests began. Photo: Morteza Salehi/AFP/Getty Images.<br />Conflicting reports from Iran and hasty conclusions from...Barry SheppardSat, 13 Jan 2018 23:38:15 +0000 Catalunya: Special Election Updatehttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5196https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5196Webzine ArticleThis article updates the author’s previous analysis of the October 1 Catalan self-determination referendum and its aftermath: Catalunya: Together We Build the Republic.Bayla OstrachMon, 25 Dec 2017 18:29:48 +0000 What Can We Learn from Roy Moore’s Defeat in Alabama?https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5195https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5195Webzine ArticleDemocrat Doug Jones’ narrow victory over the Trumpist Republican and accused pedophile Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senatorial election caused a nationwide sigh of relief for leftists, liberals and some moderate Republicans “at least Alabama did not vote an accused pedophile into office.”<br />Doug Jones celebrates victory. AP Photo/John Bazemore<br />Exit polls made one fact clear -- Roy Moore’s loss was due in large part to the huge turnout of Black voters, especially Black women. Thirty...Luke PretzMon, 25 Dec 2017 03:44:36 +0000 William A. "Bill" Pelzhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5194https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5194Webzine ArticleBill Pelz, a well-known socialist activist and prolific scholar in the field of European and comparative Labor History, died at the age of 66 in Chicago on Sunday, December 10, 2017 following a heart attack. Bill was born into a working class family on the South Side of Chicago. After graduation from high school he became a bus driver, aspiring to make as much money as his father had as a union machinist, “but later,” he said, “I lowered my expectations and became an academic...Patrick M. Quinn and Eric SchusterThu, 21 Dec 2017 04:44:29 +0000 Standing Up for Palestine: BDS More than Ever!https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5168https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5168Webzine ArticleIF THERE WAS any “Israel-Palestine peace process,” Donald Trump torched it with his December 6 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the U.S. embassy to that bitterly contested city.<br />But there are two, more important, underlying realities.<br />First, there is no “peace process” and hasn’t been for a long time. Endless blather about “the two-state solution” has only covered up the destruction of any viable two-state possibility -- through...from the Steering Committee of SolidaritySat, 09 Dec 2017 17:08:29 +0000