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Nothing New in Trump's Comments

Keith Mann
January 15, 2018

Trump’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. 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 also a noxious combination of old and new forms of racist bigotry and immigration restrictions.

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His distinction between countries in Africa, Haiti, and Central America on the one hand, and Norway on the other harkens back to the reactionary racist immigration policies of the 1920s and could possibly herald the beginning of a draconian overhaul of US immigration policy even beyond what we have seen from Trump and his congressional allies so far. They also remind us of the legacy of colonialism and the workings of neo-Imperialist domination and racism today.

In 1921 and 1924, congress enacted the National Origins Act which established a system of quotas all but eliminating immigration from the poorer, non-Protestant countries of Southern and Eastern Europe, whose people were then the equivalent of Haitians and others slurred by Trump. That law established US immigration policy until 1965 when the Immigration and Nationality Act replaced the quota system with family relationship and work skills requirements.

The National Origins Act reflected fear of radical socialist and labor politics, but also racist bigotry and class prejudice remarkably similar to Trump’s...

Reflections on the Protests in Iran

Barry Sheppard
January 13, 2018

The 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).

Demonstration in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where the anti-government protests began. Photo: Morteza Salehi/AFP/Getty Images.

Catalunya: Special Election Update

Bayla Ostrach
December 25, 2017

This article updates the author’s previous analysis of the October 1 Catalan self-determination referendum and its aftermath: Catalunya: Together We Build the Republic.

Catalan voters queue to vote on December 21st in Barcelona. Photo distributed by author's comrades during election day.

Amidst a Coup, Catalans reconfirm support for Left, Independentist Majority

On December 21st, 2017, a record number of voters in Catalunya turned out for special midterm parliamentary elections, imposed on the region by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as part of the Article 155 coup following a self-determination referendum on October 1st.

Despite the lingering memory of Spanish military police beating hundreds of peacefully assembled voters scarcely more than six weeks earlier and jailing their democratically elected leaders, an unprecedented 82% of people nevertheless voted. The coalition of independentist parties made up of Junts pel Catalunya (JxCAT) , Esquerra Unida (ERC), and the Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) reconfirmed an absolute majority of seats in the Catalan parliament, with 70 seats to the far-right coalition's 57; and more than 2 million votes to the far-right coalition's 1.87 million....

What Can We Learn from Roy Moore’s Defeat in Alabama?

Luke Pretz
January 3, 2018

Democrat 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.”

Doug Jones celebrates victory. AP Photo/John Bazemore

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 percent of voters for this election were Black and Black voters overwhelmingly voted for Jones--98% of Black women (17% of the electorate) and 93% of Black men (11% of the electorate).

Black voters' rejection of Roy Moore's outright bigotry gave rise to a collective sentiment among leftists, liberals and some moderate Republicans: “Thank you Black women for saving us from Moore”.

Those activist groups who mobilized their communities to defeat Moore deserve the outpouring of gratitude that they have received. They overcame substantial obstacles, including voter suppression and other forms of institutional racism that systematically shut people of color out of the polling place. They also overcame an obstacle set up by the Democratic party itself: a centrist candidate who stands for the same neo-liberal policies that have benefited the wealthy and propertied at the expense of the working class, persons of color, the environment and the Global South...

January 15, 2018
Keith Mann
Trump’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...
January 13, 2018
Barry Sheppard
The 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...
December 25, 2017
Bayla Ostrach
This article updates the author’s previous analysis of the October 1 Catalan self-determination referendum and its aftermath: Catalunya: Together We Build the Republic.
Catalan voters queue to vote...
January 3, 2018
Luke Pretz
Democrat 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...

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