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Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Politics and the Future of Palestine

The Israeli government and its bi-partisan American minions have inflated BDS into a larger-than-life boogeyman. By painting BDS as a global antisemitic conspiracy, they promote a picture of Israel as a valiant democracy under threat. Israel exploits that picture to justify a litany of antidemocratic and brutal measures: from closing its borders to critics to murdering unarmed civilians at the weekly “Great March of Return” demonstrations in the Gaza Strip since March 2018.

Book Review: Deadly Disease, Life-giving Partnerships

Remaking a Life is not just intended for an audience of service providers, black feminists, or other academics. There are key lessons for socialists and movement members as well. It reveals key insights into how structural violence is compounded, how communities fail the most vulnerable, and how even the gravest injustice can be rectified. The AIDS safety net represents an important tool for helping women regain their strength after surviving trauma.

What Next for Cuba?

Cuba today is under threat from the Trump administration at a time when the island nation transitions from almost 60 years of being led by the Castro brothers.

Protests in Puerto Rico

The Movement that Overthrew a Governor On July 17, 2019, thousands of Puerto Ricans took to the cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan to demand the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló. At first, the government insisted that the protesters amounted to no more than 12,000, later grudgingly admitting numbers closer to 90,000. Such…

The Miseries of Strangers

Timothy Faust’s Health Justice Now “This is not an intentionally designed system,” writes Timothy Faust about healthcare in the United States in Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next. “It is one that emerged, like a prehistoric corpse from an ancient and foul bog, and is now stinking up the place.” Faust, a…

Convention Highlights through the Decades

In a few short days, delegates from around the country will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for the biennial DSA convention. This year’s convention promises to be historic; over 1000 delegates from across the country will gather to conduct the largest meeting of socialists in DSA’s history. In anticipation, we revisited decades of coverage of DSA’s…

Mr. Robert’s Rules Can Make or Break Your Meeting

Christine Riddiough talks with Maxine Phillips ahead of DSA’s 2019 Convention For years, NPC member Christine Riddiough has been one of the parliamentarians at DSA conventions, joined by other DSAers who have had such experience in their unions or other organizations. This year, the DSA convention will have a professional parliamentarian. Many DSA chapters use…

Reading the Resolutions: Two Perspectives

Editor’s Note: In a couple of weeks, delegates from across the country will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for the biennial DSA convention. Proposed resolutions and constitutional bylaws as well as the list of candidates for the National Political Committee can be found here. We present here two longread analyses of the resolutions, with the understanding…

Review: Imperialism in Disguise

by Ronn Pineo Review of How to Hide an Empire:  A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr Have you been thinking that you should read a serious history book this summer, but the books that you purchased with the best of intentions now lie abandoned, joined by the others gathering dust on…

Drones over Djibouti

With 34 military bases, the U.S. is scrambling for influence in Africa A shorter version of this article appears in the print version of Democratic Left. -Eds. On August 7, 1998, simultaneous explosions at the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam claimed the lives of 212 Kenyan and Tanzanian citizens; 12 Americans, mostly embassy staff,…