US Sanctions: A Weapon of War on Civilians — End Sanctions Now!

The US uses economic sanctions as a weapon against nations that choose a path independent of US global domination. Sanctions can take the form of blocking a nation’s financial and trade transactions, not allowing financial institutions to process them. The US can also freeze the assets of another country. Sanctions imposed on a country are … Continue reading US Sanctions: A Weapon of War on Civilians — End Sanctions Now!

The Failure of Trump’s “Coup”: A Victory for the US Empire – but the Left gets on their bandwagon

Stansfield Smith The Democrats’ second trial of Trump ends like the first: the outcome known in advance, the entire process designed to sell to the anti-Trump masses that the Democrats were leading some progressive counter-attack. Both impeachments enabled these politicians to present a national diversion to avoid addressing real issues the US people suffer from: … Continue reading The Failure of Trump’s “Coup”: A Victory for the US Empire – but the Left gets on their bandwagon

Write to ‘In These Times’ about their smear job on Cuba “the Western Hemisphere’s most undemocratic government”

InTheseTimes, a well-known liberal journal, runs an article in its February issue attacking Cuba in a tone akin to the Trump government. It refers to the “repression of the Western Hemisphere’s most undemocratic government,” which they allege to be Cuba. Not Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Chile with its police who blind protesters, Colombia’s death squad supporting government, Honduras’ coup regime, Haiti’s hated rulers, … Continue reading Write to ‘In These Times’ about their smear job on Cuba “the Western Hemisphere’s most undemocratic government”

What We Will Miss with the End of the Trump Presidency

Stansfield Smith On January 6, President Trump and his “deplorables” made the US Empire look dysfunctional to the whole world by overtaking the Capitol, causing those corporate tools, our “elected representatives,” to run and hide. Does that set a bar for what is needed to bring health care for all, to end what Martin Luther … Continue reading What We Will Miss with the End of the Trump Presidency

What the US Constitution Specifies about Choosing the New President; How it is Stacked against the People

Stansfield Smith Regardless of the traditional bluster about the Founding Fathers and the world historic nature of the US Constitution, the electoral system it set up to choose a new president is far from democratic. We now find Trump attempting to use the Constitution as written to be “re-elected.” Those who laud “our great democracy,” … Continue reading What the US Constitution Specifies about Choosing the New President; How it is Stacked against the People

Part 1: Inadequacy of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the Power of the US Dollar in the World Economy

Stansfield Smith, ChicagoALBASolidarity.org Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) has become popularized by some of the liberal-left because it offers an explanation how to achieve full employment, national health insurance, free college education, and the Green New Deal without raising taxes. Political leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have espoused MMT. Economist Stephanie Kelton, a leading spokesperson … Continue reading Part 1: Inadequacy of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the Power of the US Dollar in the World Economy

Combating the US Economic War on Venezuela – Differences in the Chavista Ranks

Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Roger Harris, Task Force on the Americas Jesus Rodriguez-Espinosa, editor, Orinoco Tribune; former Consul General of the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Chicago Combating the US Economic War on Venezuela - Differences in the Chavista Ranks The Popular Revolutionary Alternative, a new coalition within the Chavista movement … Continue reading Combating the US Economic War on Venezuela – Differences in the Chavista Ranks

Part 2: Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation

Stansfield Smith, ChicagoALBASolidarity.wordpress.com The US Still Dominates the World Economy The US ruling class has dominated the planet since the end of World War II. Key elements of this control include its military superiority in nuclear and conventional weapons, and the stationing of over 900 military bases around the world. In addition, the US presides … Continue reading Part 2: Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation

WOLA’s David Smilde Advocates a more Efficient Regime Change Strategy against Venezuela

Stansfield Smith Common Dreams, a liberal-left website, reposted an article by David Smilde of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA): Joe Biden Should Not Try to Out-Hawk Trump on Venezuela. It starts off well with the subtitle: “The first task for a Biden administration would be to take military intervention off the table.” The … Continue reading WOLA’s David Smilde Advocates a more Efficient Regime Change Strategy against Venezuela

The “Wasp Network” Highlights our Lack of Freedom to Tell the Truth on the Cuban Five Case

Stansfield Smith, ChicagoALBASolidarity.org, a former leader of the Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five The film Wasp Network, based on the book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War, The Story of the Cuban Five by Fernando Morais, is a co-production between France, Spain, Belgium and Brazil. It was shown in Cuba last December, soon … Continue reading The “Wasp Network” Highlights our Lack of Freedom to Tell the Truth on the Cuban Five Case