Right-Wing Blames US Capitol Riot On Notorious Instigator

By Max Blumenthal, The Grayzone. -

The most dramatic footage to emerge from the far-right storming of the US Capitol on January 6 depicted the lethal shooting of Ashli Babbit, a pro-Trump activist and military veteran, by a Capitol Police officer. The man responsible for [...]

The Country Where Liberty Is A Statue

By Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. -

On 6 January, the world witnessed an interesting spectacle, an assortment of what appeared to be characters from fantasy television shows taking possession of the US Capitol, where the legislature sits. Despite spending more than $1 trillion on [...]

Capitol Riot Brings US Foreign Policy Home

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report. -

The attack on the United States Capitol was yet another trauma created by the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. The scenes of his supporters literally breaking down the doors and causing members of Congress to flee or seek shelter were [...]

$2,000 Checks Now And Make Them Monthly

By Sean Kline and Jim Pugh, In These Times. -

“It’s not hyperbole, you can change America,” President-elect Joe Biden told Georgia voters ahead of the January 5 runoff Senate elections. And they have. Not only did Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s wins hand Democrats control of the [...]

Pompeo’s Iran/al-Qaeda Delusion

By Hajira Asghar, Liberation News. -

With just days left for the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared this week that Iran is the “new home base” for al-Qaeda and announced an additional round of sanctions on the country. Pompeo accused the nation of [...]

Will Biden Become The Climate President?

By Mark Dunlea, GELFNY.org. -

A number of large coalitions (e.g., ClimatePresident.org) have outlined a comprehensive list of Executive Actions the President can take without the need for Congressional approval. It includes setting a goal of moving to 100% clean electricity [...]

Against A Domestic Terrorism Law

By Alex Pareene, The New Republic. -

On Monday, Opposite Office, an “activistic architecture studio” based in Munich, released design materials for what it called “Capitol Castle,” a plan that would encircle the entire U.S. Capitol with 36-feet-thick brick walls. The concept was [...]

National Day Of Action For Eviction Moratorium

By Shira Laucharoen, Dig Boston. -

Boston, MA - As part of the National Day of Action to Prevent Evictions, City Life/Vida Urbana organized a rally called “Housing Is The Cure!” on January 13. Protesters gathered outside of the Boston Housing Court on New Chardon Street and [...]

Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers For Years

By Joshua Kaplan and Joaquin Sapien, Pro Publica. -

When Kim Dine took over as the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in 2012, he knew he had a serious problem. Since 2001, hundreds of Black officers had sued the department for racial discrimination. They alleged that white officers called [...]

Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Will Administer Vaccines

By Emily Scott, WHYY. -

Philadelphia’s Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium will be playing a much more hands-on role in the city’s vaccine distribution efforts. Consortium founder Dr. Ala Stanford shared on Instagram that the group — which has provided COVID-19 [...]

The Freedom Struggle Is A Labor Struggle, Then And Now

By Robin D. G. Kelley, Black Agenda Report. -

As we think, again, about the role of organized labor in the long Black freedom struggle, it is worth noting that in India at this very moment 250 million farmers, workers, students and allies have joined in what had been a three-month long [...]

America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another

By Lee Camp, ScheerPost.com. -

Most rational Americans have correctly criticized and denounced the violent insurrection in the Capitol last week. Those moments of attack by a racist, disgusting mob have not lacked for condemnation and denunciation. They were violent. They [...]

How A Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed To Overthrow Venezuela’s Government

By Vijay Prashad and Carlos Ron/Globetrotter, Popular Resistance. -

On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela’s capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly. They called [...]

Report: America’s Monopolized Energy Sector And How We Can Fix It

By Virgil McDill, Institute for Local Self Reliance. -

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem is bigger than you might think.  While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and [...]

Our Democratic Prospects: What The Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us

By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org. -

How best to understand the assault on the Capitol this week? Might some historical perspective help us better comprehend how endangered our democracy has become? Could that perspective point us to a more promising post-Trump path? A global [...]