Den 29. september 1974 bragte den engelske avis Sunday Express en tegning af mesteren Giles. En midaldrende herre ligger i sin sofa og spjætter med benene af fryd over det, han læser på et stykke papir han holder i sin hånd. Ved siden af ham ser man en roset med teksten: “Stem på mig“. Så der er åbenbart valgkamp. For enden af sofaen står en yngre kvinde med et glas i
Image by Kelly Sikkema. As we turn towards the 2024 presidential election (much as many of us might like to forget its existence), calls for Joe Biden to step aside have grown in number and volume. I think these pleas are well-founded, and I hope Biden follows through on his campaign-trail indications that he would only serve one term. But liberals and centrists
The United States is notorious around the world for having a huge prison population. Many of the incarcerated have committed relatively minor offenses; many of which stem from substance abuse issues and institutional racism. Prison is a place most of us wish to avoid. But what if certain individuals purposefully get themselves arrested and risk […]
Ian McEwan is one of Britain’s most prominent novelists. His latest offering, Lessons, is an attempt to track the life story of its fictional protagonist through the turbulence of postwar British and European history. The result is a labored exercise in boomer agitprop. Instead of delivering a literary manifesto in defense of liberal democracy, McEwan […]
Deliveroo’s UK director of corporate communications said that France – a country in which the gig-economy platform has been fined for abusing workers’ rights – is “the most progressive example” of gig economy regulation. He made the comments during a Labour Party conference fringe event on Monday about how to “deliver a progressive gig economy”
Mens hundredtusinder af russiske mænd i disse dage forsøger at undslippe Putins tvangsmobilisering, trænger spørgsmålet sig på for nabolandene: Skal de lukke grænserne, og lade dem sejle deres egen sø? Eller skal de anerkende dem som politiske flygtninge, og give politisk asyl? Debatten minder om den, der opstod efter syriske flygtninge i 2015 begyndte
Interessen for kommunisme og for det kommunistiske parti vokser. Arbejderklassen oplever i øjeblikket et voldsomt reallønsfald og fattiggørelse. Løn og overførselsindkomster slår slet ikke til overfor de vilde prisstigninger. Samtidig vokser truslen om omfattende krig og om klimakollaps. Der er tvingende grunde til at se efter en anden politik end
De fleste afrikanske lande blev uafhængige i løbet af 1960’erne, men de nye regeringer overtog så langt fra en flyvefærdig moderne, dvs. kapitalistisk, økonomi. Befolkningsflertallet boede stadig på landet, og dyrkede smålandbrug, og moderne faciliteter som elektricitet og ledningsbåret vand nåede ikke længere end til de største byer. De forhenværende
Grådigheden går fri – Vi betaler dyrt Da ingen folkevalgte partier vælger fredens vej, men vælger privatisering, krig og sanktioner, så er konsekvensen, at vi fortsætter med at bløde og bøde. Tiden er inde til opgør. [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  I alt for lang tid har den danske venstrefløj og arbejderbevægelsens top accepteret kapitalens pres for at profitere
Leder: Er venstrefløjen et alternativ? [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022] Krigen i Ukraine udstiller den europæiske venstrefløj og dens manglende analyse og forståelse af kapitalismens kræfter. Finske Vänsteralliancen gik ind for at søge om optagelse i NATO, mens det svenske Vänsterpartiet var imod Sveriges optagelse i NATO. Det polske venstrefløjsparti Razem
Hvem skal sidst? Af Lilli Rodeck [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  I løbet af de sidste 25 år er mere end 80% af de ansatte i den private sektor blevet udstyret med en privat sundhedsforsikring. Det svarer til mere end 2,3 millioner mennesker og er lidt under halvdelen af den danske befolkning. Arbejdsgiverne, som betaler forsikringerne, har en forventning om, at syge
Pas på indpakningen Når politikerne flokkes om at udstille deres ”gaver” til os i valgkampen, er det som regel en nedskæring forklædt som omsorg Af Rikke G.F. Carlsson, formand for Kommunistisk Parti i Danmark [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  I disse valgtider bliver vi overlæsset med kampagner for et bedre Danmark. Selvom der ikke er trykket på datoknappen, er det
Prisstigninger får FOA-medlemmer til at droppe nødvendige indkøb [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022] Hvert fjerde FOA-medlem har droppet indkøb af helt nødvendige ting som tøj og sko. Enlige forsørgere er dem, der mærker den økonomiske krise mest. En uforudset udgift på 10.000 kroner kan vælte budgettet for fire ud af ti FOA-medlemmer som for eksempel social- og sundhedsassistenter,
Præsident fjerner arbejdernes rettigheder [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  Ukraines præsident, Volodymyr Zelenskyj, har underskrevet nye love, der fjerner arbejdstagerrettigheder for størstedelen af de ukrainske arbejdere. Krig gør det svært at mobilisere folk til at sige fra, siger ekspert. Fast sendetid på dansk tv Siden Rusland startede sin invasion af
En person fra den rigeste procent af Danmark udleder 10 gange så meget CO2 som en gennemsnitsdansker [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022] De rigeste personer i Danmark er en del af en eksklusiv klub, som på globalt plan tilsammen har så højt et forbrug og bruger så mange penge, at de har lige så stort klimaaftryk som de tre milliarder fattigste. Ser man på den rigeste procent
Byggebranchen forlanger strammere asbestregler [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  Fagforeninger og arbejdsgivere i dansk byggeri ønsker nu en autorisationsordning, så der fremover kommer større fokus på sikkerheden omkring arbejdet med asbest, der hvert år koster op mod 300 danskere livet. Enighed om krav til minister Det er blandt andet 3F og Dansk Industri,
Privat pension og inflation [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  De usolidariske arbejdsmarkedspensioner, der blev påbegyndt midt i 1980’erne, på bekostning af en fælles ensartet skattefinansieret folkepension, alle kan leve af, har kun medført yderligere splittelse og økonomiske skel i det danske samfund. De gentagne politiske tiltag for at hæve pensionsalderen
Working Poor er de nye fattige daglejere Platformsarbejde, falske selvstændige, vikarer og sms-ansatte er social dumping [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  Millioner af ludfattige arbejdere i Europa. Hårdtarbejdende arbejdere, der knokler dagen lang, men er yderst fattige, uden sygepenge, sygesikring, pension, ferie – og med et elendigt arbejdsmiljø. “Hvorfor
Stop sanktionerne mod Rusland – stop krigen [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  70.000 mennesker demonstrerede i Prag lørdag den 3. september mod stigende energipriser og inflation. De demonstrerede mod EU og NATO. Demonstranterne vil have sat en stopper for sanktionerne mod Rusland og stop for krigen i Ukraine. De krævede, at den siddende tjekkiske regering træder
UZ-Pressefest i Berlin [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  I weekenden d. 27. og 28. august afholdt DKP i Tyskland deres 21. Pressefest for den kommunistiske ugeavis Unsere Zeit. Denne gang i Berlin. På pressefesten var der arrangeret et stort antikrigsmøde under parolen FRED, BRØD OG SOLIDARITET. DKP’s formand Patrik Köbele opfordrede kraftigt til at gå på gaden mod
Blod på hænderne Protest mod våbenindustrien [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  Den 22. og 23. august var fredsgruppen Tid til Fred på gaden foran Industriens Hus på Rådhuspladsen. Dansk Industri var værter for en stor dansk og international våbenmesse. Aktivister stod ved indgangen og bød Dødens Købmænd velkommen med ordene ”Blood on your hands – go to the entrance”.
Fra EU-fagligt udvalg EU’s mindsteløn er en katastrofe Af Kim Bilfeldt [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022] De naive socialdemokrater og andre danske og svenske parlamentsmedlemmer i EU stemte nej til EU’s mindsteløn i EU-parlamentet og tabte, som man kunne forvente. EU anbefaler 600 euro, hvilket er lavere end mindstelønnen. Mange lande har vedtaget en mindsteløn
Sovjetunionen 100 år Af Henrik Stamer Hedin, formand for DKP [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022]  Da det Russiske Kejserrige blev fejet til side af revolutionerne i 1917, betød det selvstændighed for mange af de folk, der havde været undertrykt af kejserriget. Nogle af disse havde allerede et vist mål af hjemmestyre; det gjaldt således både Polen og Finland, der formelt
Avante-festival 2022 Portugal [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022] KOMMUNIST bringer følgende uddrag fra festivalens afslutningstale af Jeronimo De Sousa, formand for Portugals Kommunistiske Parti (PCP): Her er vi, på denne plads, hvor vi bekræfter værdierne af broderskab, fred, international solidaritet, demokrati og socialisme. Her er vi, og her er PCP, klar
Det uforklarlige afslag – Chile stemte nej til den nye grundlov [KOMMUNIST nr. 10 2022] Håbet var stort op til afstemningen om en ny grundlov, som skulle erstatte den grundlov som blev indført under diktatoren Augusto Pinochet. Løgne og manipulationer i medier havde held til at skræmme folk gennem hjernevask – med en teknik, som vi må erkende, at vi ikke behersker
The Fed has dropped all pretense of aiming for a “soft landing” as it ratchets up interest rates to fight inflation. It now openly admits it’s trying to create a recession in which millions of people will lose their jobs. Unemployed men sitting on the sunny side of the San Francisco Public Library in San Francisco, California. (Dorothea Lange / Heritage Art / Heritage
I et indlæg på altinget beskriver, Nikolaj Villumsen, hvorfor EU’s forslag om revision af asbestdirektivet skal strammes op. Han beskriver bl.a. hvordan det ignorerer vigtige punkter og sætter en grænseværdi der er 10 gange for høj. Læs hele historien på enhedslisten.eu Indlægget Asbest EU’s asbestdirektiv skal strammes gevaldigt op blev først
Published in 1985, Don DeLillo’s White Noise depicted an America blinded by consumerism. Ahead of Netflix’s adaptation of the novel, it’s worth revisiting DeLillo’s masterpiece, which remains one of our most perceptive visions of contemporary America. Don DeLillo’s White Noise remains one of our most perceptive visions of contemporary America and the
Nine days before this weekend’s election, Brazilian leftist firebrand Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva posted a picture of himself on social media. Smiling from ear to ear, both his hands stretched out to the camera, the former president reminded voters that the final countdown is on. It’s a meme-worthy image, with the joke lying in the fact that Lula, a former metalworker,
Based on Joyce Carol Oates’s novel, Andrew Dominik’s film Blonde ignores the assertive and hardworking real-life Marilyn Monroe and instead gives us a lurid tale of perpetual victimization. Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. (Netflix) By now the Netflix film Blonde is notorious for its length, it’s NC-17 rating, and its cruelly narrow view of film
The apocalyptic dangers now confronting the world with  greatest risk of nuclear war since at least the Cuban Missile Crisis are also telling us why the problem in Vietnam was primarily with promiscuous militarism rather than with avoiding defeat in the future, which was the preoccupation of the Weinberger Doctrine. More The post Why I Love the “Vietnam
“If this happened in Israel, they would have gained so much international support, everything would be turned upside down, because we are talking about children in a graveyard”, says Fayez Abu Karsh, a Palestinian father who lost his son to an Israeli airstrike. The families of the victims now call for Israel to be brought More The post “Take Israel to the ICC:”
This article addresses the most current research on sea level rise, as well as adaptation measures being taken around the world. Of special interest, brilliant adaptation measures are taking place in the face of higher seas. “Sea level has been fairly stable for 6,000 years, which is most of human civilization… but its risen eight More The post Sea Level Acceleration
War and Spy Masters for Democracy It’s instructive to look behind the veil of people that liberal media bring forward as champions of democracy on cable news. Look at some of the imperial war and spy masters that MSNBC has long featured in denouncing the crimes of Donald Trump and his Republic-fascist allies as well More The post Compromised Talking Heads appeared
Oceans soak up heat. Nearly all of the excess heat being generated by climate change is captured by oceans, where it is held in water a few hundred feet from the surface. Hurricanes need 80F° water for fuel. But as Hurricane Ian blew across western Cuba, it entered waters with some of the warmest sea surface temperature in the North Atlantic, allowing Ian to rapidly
‘We have given the power of the world and its leadership over to women! O you women of the world, be you responsible with it, if you be just and fair!’ – First Gate of the Fifteenth Unity of the Bayān As several historical narratives have detailed,[1] during the summer of 1848 as revolutions were More The post A Feminist Revolution in Iran? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
At the end of apartheid in 1994, only 36 percent of households in South Africa were electrified, with almost all white households having electric power and most Black households having no access to electricity. Ten years later, more than 80 percent of households were electrified. This was an important achievement, albeit one that mostly left More The post
Mahsa Amini, 22, did not deserve to die. Women across Iran are burning their headscarves and baring their heads in protest after Amini died in police custody over an alleged violation of the country’s strict religious dress code. There were reports that police beat Amini’s head with a baton and banged her head against one of their More The post
The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel. PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation
Our worldhome is critically ill and on fire, but the politicians and economically powerful are fluffing about with rockets, gleefully banning abortion, spending US$932 billion on new oil and gas fields, and goofing around with carbon trading, as though our living conditions and survival were a leisurely card game. On our side, we are marching More The post
The Spanish civil war of 1936 becomes more relevant every day. That’s because it was a war against fascism in its pure form. In case you wonder what form that is, amid the poisonous, weedy varieties sprouting up globally these days, it’s fascism, exercised through corporate control of government, against and thus persecution of leftists, More The post The Global
[Warning: I’m really not sure if this review is one big spoiler. Any movie with a central reveal risks its own spoilation, especially when the secret will be divined during the screening by some, maybe even by many. I do want to protect this surprise as ardently as the men try to protect their women More The post Don’t Worry Darling: Black Comedy Under the Desert
The City Council of La Quinta CA last week unanimously cancelled the Coral Mountain project, “a wellness resort community” featuring a 16-acre surf-wave pool. The locals, who prefer “quiet, tranquility, and dark skies” as one opponent said, had more persuasive experts, better publicity, and the worst drought in 1,200 years on their side. The idea More The
Foto: Københavns Universitet   Forslaget lægger op til at ændre længden på en lang række kandidatuddannelser, som er den typisk 2-årige overbygning til den 3-årige bachelor. Regeringen foreslår at have både 1-, 2- og 3-årige kandidater, som derudover også skal have en klar retning for, hvad de studerende skal lave efter kandidaten.   Denne model
By every conceivable measure, South Sudan is a nation in acute crisis. According to the World Bank, eighty percent of the South Sudanese population lives below the international poverty line, only one percent of people have access to electricity, and this month a UN Security Council delegation warned that another full-fledged civil war could break More The
An unfortunate part of modern life is living with the knowledge that the planet we live on is quite obviously suffering from the ventures of humankind. The destruction wrought in the pursuit of profit and the name of progress continues every moment of every day. The benefits are now mostly outweighed by the damage of More The post Unnatural Consequences appeared
Ten of thousands of Russian men are fleeing the country to avoid President Putin’s mobilization. Miles after miles of cars are jamming the roads to Finland. Flights to Georgia and other countries are fully booked. For someone who was faced with the draft during the Vietnam War and pondered various possibilities, including leaving the United More The post Are
September 21 is the day that dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines. For 49 years, it had been a day of mourning for Filipinos. This year, the fiftieth anniversary of martial law took place under the regime of his son, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who was elected president by a landslide last May. More The post Extreme Events are the New Normal…and
Our cities have finally shut up after two hundred years of noisy chatter. Appearances are less deceptive: isolated people shuffle off to work, the tollway precedes the road, and our old city centers have become new museums of debt. Does anyone really expect recovery? What is there to recover? We are all gothic protagonists now, More The post Forsaken Identities:
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that poverty dropped notably in 2021. Amid a pandemic and widespread economic pain, this is a significant accomplishment. There are three lessons here — about government programs, about how we measure poverty, and about how far we have left to go. First, these numbers show that government programs work. After
We have spent much of the past week reading and listening to speeches by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Most of them condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a violation of the UN Charter and a serious setback for the peaceful world order that is the UN’s founding and defining More The post “End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly
To the ancient Greeks, the owl symbolized wisdom, but the Romans saw it as an evil omen. Their myths tell of an owl-like strix that stalked the night and preyed on human flesh. Ovid’s poem Fasti describes how such a demon slipped into the nursery of the sleeping prince Proca and was found hunched over More The post The Aerodynamics of Velvet: What Owls Can Teach Humans
Republicans and Democrats both claim democracy will die if they don’t win the midterms on 8 November. Each party says the other is not just defending unworkable or reprehensible ideas but is in fact an enemy, a foreign body, immoral and subversive (1). This paranoid reflex, formerly reserved for Native Americans, African Americans and communists, now More
With the flame burning eternally on the grave of their hero-Führer Mussolini, the Brothers of Italy not only won a big election victory but also claims to be post-fascists designed to camouflage their fascistic politics. Their propagandistic “post-fascist” and “we are not fascist” mantra is happily propagated by the right wing press. Yet, Giorgia Meloni’sright-wing
Crises often bring long-standing submerged conflicts into the open. For a long time, numerous academic commentators on the public art museum have noted that these institutions depend upon economic inequities. (I am one of these commentators.) Luxury and poverty are brought into proximity when precious artworks, which are protected by poorly paid guards,
The United States may regard itself as a “leader of the free world,” but an index of development released in July 2022 places the country much farther down the list. In its global rankings, the United Nations Office of Sustainable Development dropped the U.S. to 41st worldwide, down from its previous ranking of 32nd. Under More The post US is Becoming a ‘Developing
When Queen Elizabeth passed away, much of the Western establishment’s reaction was one of uncritical mourning. Likewise, her successor King Charles’ ascent to the throne was greeted with celebration. It’s one thing for world leaders to send formal condolences for a loss or congratulations for an ascendance. But in the United States, President Biden and
This past May, the Wall Street Journal released a bombshell report on trends in American CEO pay. According to the Journal’s analysis, median CEO pay at American S&P 500 companies rose to a record-setting $14.7 million in 2021, with the 25 highest-grossing CEOs earning at least $35 million and the top nine each at least More The post Corporate America Suddenly
The Jewish New Year was a big deal for both my family and the Jewish community in which I grew up. The synagogue in our community had mostly fallen into disuse by the beginning of the decade of the 1970s, though the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur still brought people back More The post Old Beliefs Die Hard appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Et flertal i Finlands parlament, Eduskunta, vedtog den 19. september et forbud mod strejker på visse sundhedsområder. Loven bliver kaldt “patientsikkerhedsloven” og er blevet formuleret under ledelse af statsminister Sanna Marin fra det socialdemokratiske parti SDP. Det er meget skuffende at bevidne den finske regerings tiltag.Den Europæiske
“Museum der 100 Tage”. Siden 1955 har kunstfestivalen Documenta givet liv til lokalsamfundet Kassel samtidig med at have åbnet øjnene ud i verden. Documenta startede for at få Tyskland med på kunstens internationale verdenskort igen efter Anden Verdenskrig. Kassel, der var så godt som jævnet med jorden efter Anden Verdenskrig, blev valgt
With groveling apologies to Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson … and also to Joe Hill. And while I’m at it, to Paul Robeson, too. Deeply, deeply sorry. I dreamed I saw Limbaugh last night, Right here, above the ground. Said I, “But Rush, you croaked last year.” Said he: “I’m still around.” Said he: “I’m More The post I Dreamed I Saw Limbaugh Last Night appeared first on
Vi nærmer os den 2. oktober. Årsdagen for den afstemning der beseglede Danmarks skæbne i 1972. Dagen efter var sorgens dag. De onde lo højt og triumferende. De gode græd. Jeg så og hørte begge dele. Afstemningen foregik under trusler om alverdens ulykker. Det garanterede statsministeren, socialdemokraten Jens Otto Krag. Der var ikke meget godt at sige om