Features from the Freedom Socialist
February 2014
SOCIALIST CANDIDATES Dangers of reformism Your recent article, “Sign of the times: Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative unseats Seattle Democrat” [Vol. 34, No. 6], does an excellent job of connecting this local victory to the wider struggle. I...
February 2014
Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses across the country. Roughly one in four college women will experience some form of gender violence, and about 80 percent of all assailants are acquainted with the victim. To make matters worse,...
February 2014
We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo, is much more than a coming of age story. It’s a tale of savage colonialism, of local tyrants and unremitting droughts and rains, of the shattering pain of having to leave because all things are falling apart...
February 2014
On my way to Greece in September 2013, I expected to see boarded-up shops and people sleeping on sidewalks. Greece was the first country to fall victim to vicious austerity actions when the global recession hit in 2008. But I was frankly stunned at...
December 2013
In 2010, Ranjini, a Tamil mother fleeing genocide in Sri Lanka, won refugee status in Australia and settled in Melbourne. Two years later, she and her two young boys were abruptly placed in detention by immigration authorities. The Australian...
December 2013
October 2013 — Chávez heir warns strikers. Workers partially resolve a pay dispute after a 22-day strike at state-owned Sidor, Venezuela’s largest steel producer. Chávez’ successor, President Maduro, had warned, “There will be no weakness in the...
December 2013
STOP DEPORTATIONS Palestinian American feminist targeted Rasmea Odeh is a 66-year-old Palestinian American woman, well known and admired for organizing literacy and domestic violence prevention programs for the Arab community in the Chicago area....
December 2013
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero, but I didn’t get that from director Bill Condon’s film, The Fifth Estate. Assange is depicted as a stereotypical radical — bossy, arrogant, paranoid, and (horrors!) nearly devoid of social skills. Disney...
December 2013
I am a practicing neurologist. To me, the brain is the most fascinating entity in the universe. A physical structure which enables us to manipulate tools and communicate using language, it also allows us to rationally probe the unknown and progress...
December 2013
Excerpts from The First 5 Years Of The Communist International (1924, 2 Volumes) by Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky, a co-leader with Lenin of the Russian Revolution in 1917, compiled a collection of documents he authored during the first years of the...