The Lethality of Washington’s Global Monroe Doctrine: The Twenty-Fourth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — The Tricontinental

LeRoy Clarke Trinidad Now 1970 768x513LeRoy Clarke (Trinidad and Tobago), Now, 1970.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

This past week, as part of its policy to dominate the American hemisphere, the United States government organised the 9th Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. US President Joe Biden made it clear early on that three countries in the hemisphere (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela) would not be invited to the event, claiming that they are not democracies. At the same time, Biden was reportedly planning an upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia – a self-described theocracy. Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador questioned the legitimacy of Biden’s exclusionary stance, and so Mexico, Bolivia, and Honduras refused to come to the event. As it turned out, the summit was a fiasco.

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Socialist economic development – a review

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — michael roberts

I recently participated in a zoom seminar to review a new book entitled Socialist Economic Development in the 21st Century by Alberto Gabriele and Elias Jabbour.  Gabriele is a Senior Researcher at Sbilanciamoci, Rome, Italy and Elias Jabbour is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, at Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil.

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Black Agenda Report 15 June 2022

Thursday, 15 June 2022 — Black Agenda Report

The Problem with Juneteenth
Margaret Kimberley
Juneteenth was a people’s holiday with deep meaning for the descendants of enslaved people. But the declaration of an official federal holiday has turned it into an opportunity for corporate exploiters and cynical politicians to show pretend concern for Black  people. At best Juneteenth provides a history lesson and an opportunity for much needed political education.

EXCERPT: On the Pan-American Congress, José Martí, 1889
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
José Martí’s account of the 1889 Pan-American Congress offers lessons for last week’s failed Summit of the Americas.

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WATCH: 1976 and 2015: Vital turns towards true freedom

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — New Frame

The uprisings of 1976 and the Fees Must Fall protests of 2015, almost 40 years later, were important turns in the continuing fight for the true emancipation of a majority of South Africans.

Even though the 1994 settlement was an important political moment, it did not do much to dismantle the systems that propped up both colonialism and apartheid. The security apparatus, for example, still exists to exert control, to protect power, to protect capital. And the path to a better life for many of the country’s people is full of obstacles, many of which are structural. These are systems that were designed to benefit a few. That pattern remains. Until such systems are removed, South Africa will know no progress or equity.

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Has Russia turned the Western alliance into an unstoppable behemoth?

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — Quid Est Veritas

Let’s consider the differences in Grand Strategy that play into tactical prowess

Thomas Bergman

In the Western corporate media, you often hear of Russian casualties and destruction and how many economic benefits Russians are deprived of as a result of the military operation in Ukraine.  They speak of Russian “isolation” and how much that isolation supposedly costs Russia and her people, even to the point of predicting that the Russian government would topple under the weight of sanctions.  You hear about how much Russia has lost in this period of history, as Western leaders, from President Biden to Ursula von der Leyen, attempt to portray the policies of the West as imposing supreme costs upon the Russian state.  Yet do we consider the opposite?  Do we consider how Russia is benefitting militarily from the conflict?  Do we consider how much the Russian economy is growing in importance while ours wavers from self-imposed wounds?  Dare we say, even, that Russia could even win an expanded conflict with the Western alliance?  Let’s consider how differences in grand strategy yield surprising results.

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Ukraine News Links 15-16 June 2022

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back. If it gets updated, I usually insert the time on the line above. A lot of cross-posting usually indicates that the article is popular and some links may not work, depending on your location but I’ve kept them anyway, so at least the reader has some idea of the scale of censorship now operating in the ‘democratic’ West.

U.S & UK Announce Aim To Create New Anti-Russia Military Alliance

Killing Palestinian Journalists and The Silence of Israeli Apartheid

Market God + Private Profits = Public Loss

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The Trend Toward a Multipolar World is Defined by Class Struggle

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 — The Chronicles of Haiphong

The emerging multipolar world is the result of struggles for national sovereignty and self-determination, which are connected with the world wide class struggle.

Danny Haiphong

These edited remarks were given by the author at an event held on June 11th by Friends of Socialist China titled The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism’s Global War on Multipolarity. They were originally published in the Black Agenda Report and the full event can be viewed here.

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A Week in View

Monday, 13 June 2022 — The van says…

As sad as this may look, the Ukrainian soldiers (not nazis) who surrender to Russian forces are the most fortunate in a rapidly-declining situation


The last few days have seen no real breakthroughs in the Ukrainian conflict, yet with Russia not planning that there would be, this comes as no surprise. There are however enough other matters to give us an idea of what the future may bring.
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