Words of Wisdom from Niccolò Machiavelli

“It is necessary, therefore, if we desire to discuss this matter thoroughly, to inquire whether these innovators can rely on themselves or have to depend on others: that is to say, whether, to consummate their enterprise, have they to use prayers or can they use force? In the first instance they always succeed badly, andContinue reading “Words of Wisdom from Niccolò Machiavelli”

Video shows Syrian rebel biting into soldier’s heart

A disturbing video which shows a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into it shows that the country’s civil war has rapidly descended into sectarian violence and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. According to the New York-based organization, the video shows the founder of the rebelContinue reading “Video shows Syrian rebel biting into soldier’s heart”

Biography of Bill Bland

Biography Bland, William “Bill” (1916-2001) Bill Bland was born in the North of England, into a middle class home. He spent his politically formative years in the army of New Zealand, where he was active in the Communist Party as an educator. He returned to Britain in the post-war years as an ophthalmic optician. InContinue reading “Biography of Bill Bland”

Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman (1964 – 2013)

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorelyContinue reading “Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman (1964 – 2013)”

May 2, 1945 – The Red Army captures the German Reichstag

Today in history: May 2, 1945 – The Red Army captures the German Reichstag, after fierce fighting to take the highly symbolic Berlin building. The red flag was first raised on the Reichstag on April 30 as the Red Army and the Nazis were still fighting for control of the building, and the Germans tookContinue reading “May 2, 1945 – The Red Army captures the German Reichstag”

Anna Louise Strong: “Stalin”

by Anna Louise Strong The Soviets Expected It, The Dial Press, New York, 1941, pp. 46-64 YEARS AGO, when I first lunched with President Roosevelt just after he had seen H. G. Wells, I found that of all the subjects in the Soviet Union the one that interested him the most was the personality ofContinue reading “Anna Louise Strong: “Stalin””

Book Review: Bruce Cumings’ North Korea: Another Country

BY SOPHIA SOLIVIO Bruce Cumings is the Chairperson of the History Department and Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 1975, he received his PhD from Columbia University. Cumings’ professional and academic credentials make his compilation of complaints primarily in regard to theContinue reading “Book Review: Bruce Cumings’ North Korea: Another Country”

JFK secretly freed rapists, drug dealers and Mafia hitmen to kill Castro and curb threat of Communism, claims explosive new book

Revelations made by journalist Bill Deane in new book ‘Smooth Criminal’ It tells story of alleged CIA spy and ‘one-man crime wave’ Dave Riley Claims criminals allowed on ‘crime sprees’ in US when not working for CIA Deane: ‘Riley was typical recruit: Intelligent, ambitious and without morals’ While JFK did not order the programme, Deane says heContinue reading “JFK secretly freed rapists, drug dealers and Mafia hitmen to kill Castro and curb threat of Communism, claims explosive new book”

Stalin: Story of a Great Servant of Mankind who Belongs to the Ages

by ANDREW ROTHSTEIN, author of a History of the USSR “Man’s dearest possession is life, and since it is given to him to live but once, he must so live as to feel no torturing regrets for years without purpose; so live as not to be seared with the shame of a cowardly and trivial past;Continue reading “Stalin: Story of a Great Servant of Mankind who Belongs to the Ages”

Leave it to the Market?

For more than twenty years now, the “free market” has been the rallying cry of American politics. Conservatives sing its praises while occasionally betraying it when it suits their constituency, liberals won’t criticize it but claim that it needs to be fixed, and then you have the libertarians, for which the market is, for allContinue reading “Leave it to the Market?”

Native American Shuts Down Anti-Illegal Immigrant Protest: ‘Y’all Are All Illegal!’

By Abena Agyeman-Fisher At a Tucson, Ariz., anti-illegal immigrant rally, a group of self-righteous protesters were literally put on mute after a Native American decided to drop some knowledge on who the real “illegals” are. Pushing a toddler in a stroller, a rightfully irritated self-identified Native American began yelling at the group, saying: “Y’all f*cking illegal.Continue reading “Native American Shuts Down Anti-Illegal Immigrant Protest: ‘Y’all Are All Illegal!’”

Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut

BY MICHAEL PARENTI Despite a lifetime of “shaming” the system, NOAM CHOMSKY, America’s foremost “engagé” intellectual, remains an unrepentant left anticommunist. In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War,Continue reading “Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut”

Forever in Chains: The Tragic History of Congo

FRIDAY 28 JULY 2006 The most blighted nation on earth goes to the polls this weekend – more in hope than expectation that stability and peace might result. In Congo, mass suffering has been a way of life ever since the Belgian King Leopold enslaved millions in the 19th century. Paul Vallely traces the storyContinue reading “Forever in Chains: The Tragic History of Congo”