There is a fact about Venezuela that is largely unknown to people in the United States: in addition to possessing a huge oil reserve, Venezuela was also one of the two initiators of OPEC (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) forty-five years ago.
Can you imagine what the reaction would have been if the Bush administration told the truth about why the U.S. was dispatching hundreds of thousands of troops to Iraq? "On behalf of Exxon, Texaco, Mobil, Haliburton, Bechtel, Citibank and Chase Manhattan, we intend to re-conquer Iraq and all of the Middle East.
When the Cuban people, under the leadership of Fidel Castro and the July 26th Movement, overthrew the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship in 1959, it heralded a new day. Within a few years, the revolution began a major literacy program, overcame massive unemployment and inaugurated the most far-reaching healthcare plan in Latin America.
A decade before the U.S. debacle in Vietnam began, the Pentagon received its first defeat when U.S. and allied military forces were driven out of North Korea by the combined efforts of the People's Republic of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
The Israeli government of Ariel Sharon, with the full backing of Washington, is intensifying its terrorist repression and economic strangulation of the Palestinian people. The Israeli aim is clear: to drive out as much of the Palestinian population as possible and secure control of all of historic Palestine.
Using the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and other measures issued by Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft, the administration has launched a domestic war at home against the people of the United States that complements its global war for empire.
On May 1, 2003 - the same day that George Bush declared "victory" in Iraq - the U.S. Navy was forced to pull out of Vieques, Puerto Rico, as a consequence of a four-year campaign of civil disobedience that reinvigorated and united the movement.
Colombia is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid in this hemisphere, having received $2.5 billion over the past four years. This money goes to Colombia's military, which has one of the worst human rights records in Latin America and works hand in glove with the right-wing paramilitary units responsible for the murder of unionists and peasant leaders.
Ciudad Juarez, a maquiladora-driven border city near El Paso, Texas, has been the site of over 380 unsolved murders of women - called femicides - over the past decade. Since 2002, these murders and disappearances have extended to Chihuahua, the capital of the state.
Stephen Funk, anti-war resister, is free after having served six months in prison for his principled refusal to deploy when his Marine reserve unit was called to active duty in Iraq. He instead came out publicly against the war, the racism and homophobia that the U.