Opinion The recent arrest, trial and sentencing of dissidents in Cuba has been much criticized in the West from the standpoint of human rights and legalities. But I look beyond that to what it tells us about the Cuban leadership’s sobering assessment of the current world situation.
Opinion “Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war;” – Julius Caesar (III.i) It would be easy to take this quote at face value. But, Will Shakespeare had much more in mind. He tells us so in Henry V. We find in the prologue, Henry, the drunken “waster” who becomes king, that “at his heels, leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire crouch for employment” and “busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels.”
Opinion This is the centennial year of the publication of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois’ classic The Souls of Black Folk, first published April 18, 1903. The centennial takes place at a time when the Bush administration has come out openly against affirmative action and is simultaneously flouting immigrant rights, democratic rights, and the rights of working people overall.
News Analysis We currently live in extremely challenging times and it doesn’t look like it will become easier anytime soon.
Opinion The People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo has reported recently on the grim circumstances confronted by five Cuban men convicted of spying and imprisoned in the United States. (See PWW Feb. 22 and March 15.) Their trial and sentencing marked them as political prisoners, a status now confirmed by cruel treatment at the hands of U.S. prison authorities – weeks of solitary confinement.
Am I hallucinating, or is it really happening? Is it possible that Bush Inc. is now so pumped up on its own hubris that Bush, Cheney & Co. no longer care about how things look, that they can engage in blatant conflicts of interest, public opinion be damned?
Opinion Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
Opinion At some point in the development of all things, quantitative change gives way to qualitative change. This is evident in the transformation of water (liquid) into steam (gas). Heat is added to the water (quantitative change). The temperature of the water rises, but the water remains liquid.
Opinion These are hard times we are living in. In recent months, we have more than once heard chilling words and statements. In his speech to West Point graduating cadets on June 1, 2002, the United States president declared: “Our security will require transforming the military you will lead, a military that must be ready to strike at a moment’s notice in any dark corner of the world.”
Commentary George W. Bush and White House foreign policy are following the overall strategy of establishing a “New World Order” in which U.S. imperialism will dominate the world through war and military control. The crisis in the Korean peninsula is part of this overall strategy.