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Why we continue to defend the Soviet Union

The following is a talk given in the Keynote Plenary of the Nov. 13-14, 2010, National Conference on Socialism sponsored by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The Soviet Union went out of existence 19 years ago next month. Some progressive people argue that given...

Kyrgyzstan: The national question and imperialism

Kyrgyzstan: The national question and imperialism

The Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan has become the scene of a bloody conflict. Estimates of the casualties vary widely, with the country’s interim president estimating up to 2,000 deaths. As many as 275,000 people have fled the conflict areas, hoping to make it...

True and false in Obama’s D-Day speech

True and false in Obama’s D-Day speech

"So when the ships landed here at Omaha [Beach], an unimaginable hell rained down on the men inside," President Barack Obama said as he spoke in Normandy on June 6th, the 65th anniversary of "D-Day." This was certainly true. On that day in 1944, U.S., British and...

The history of IWD: Women’s power is people’s power!

March 8 marks the 99th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The date honors the economic, political and social achievements of working-class women worldwide. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States on Feb. 28, 1909, following a...

Why the U.S. backs Kosovo ‘independence’

Why the U.S. backs Kosovo ‘independence’

While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and developments in Venezuela, Pakistan and Palestine have dominated the world news, another crisis has been building in southeastern Europe. There, the U.S.-NATO-backed "independence" of Kosovo, a predominantly Albanian...