Hamas has called for a general strike throughout the Palestinian territories Jan. 16 to mourn those killed in today’s Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip that left 19 dead and scores injured. At a press conference in Gaza City, Hamas… Read moreHamas calls for general strike to protest Gaza “massacre”
A group calling itself the “Army of Believers/Al-Qaeda in Palestine Organization” attacked the American International School in the northern Gaza Strip Jan. 13, setting ablaze five buses and a car. “Armed men entered the school in Beit Lahiya during the… Read moreAl-Qaeda in Gaza?
In Episode Five of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg makes the case that despite the official ideology of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" and the revival of rhetoric and imagery from the Mao era, media commentators are off base in their comparison of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong. The new personalistic dictatorship of Xi is appropriating the outward forms of Maoism, but whereas the Great Helmsman used totalitarian methods to advance socialism (at least in terms of his own intentions) Xi is doing so to further entrench China's savage capitalist system. As a part of the same constitutional changes that have installed Xi as the new "paramount leader," the Chinese Communist Party is imposing further market liberalization and "supply-side" economic reform. The New Cold War between the US and China is simply a rivalry between capitalist powers. But in the global divide-and-conquer game, the leaders of oppressed nationalities within China such as the Tibetans and Uighurs look to the US and the West as allies, while left-populist governments in Latin America such as Venezuela and Bolivia similarly look to China. How can we respond to these developments in a way that builds solidarity between peasants, workers and indigenous peoples across the geopolitical divide? Listen on SoundCloud, and support our podcast via Patreon
Spanish Judge Santiago Pedraz has summoned Marian Beitialarrangoitia, mayor of the Basque town of Hernani, to give testimony Jan. 24 over her supposed support of “terrorism.” At issue are comments Beitialarrangoitia made at a political rally for the parliamentary list… Read moreFree speech crackdown in Basque country