Brian Becker discusses the anniversaries of some of the most infamous crimes of U.S. imperialism in the first segment of this episode of the Socialist Program. The anniversaries of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Haditha massacre in Iraq fall in the month of March. While the corporate media ignores or twists the truth about U.S. war crimes, these tragic anniversaries should be remembered truthfully for what they are. Read more
An emergent alliance working to build an international chain of solidarity with the people of Haiti is calling for a day of protests on Monday, March 29 in multiple cities across the Americas and around the world in support of the struggle happening on the ground in Haiti. Read more
For almost 60 years, Cuba has endured the economic, financial, and commercial blockade imposed by the U.S. government. During Trump’s term, he imposed more than 220 measures to further cause harm to the island’s economy and the Cuban people. Now is the time to mobilize on behalf of Cuba and tell Biden and Congress: No Delay, Lift the Blockade Now! Progressive Cubans in Miami initiated monthly caravans that are spreading all over the country. Join us on Sunday, March 28 in San Francisco! Read more
We assembled some helpful resources for endorsers to help spread the word and prepare for the March 27 national day of action against anti-Asian racism
March 19 marks the 18th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The catastrophic warfare that followed claimed the lives of over a million Iraqis, led to the death or life-altering injury of tens thousands of U.S. service members, and sowed chaos throughout the Middle East. Brian is joined by Mike Prysner, the producer of The Empire Files. Mike is also a co-host of the podcast Eyes Left, a podcast hosted by two anti-war Army veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Mike was a soldier serving in the U.S. military during the Iraq invasion, and went on to become an anti-war leader who organized soldiers and veterans to resist the Pentagon war machine. Read more
Brian Becker reviews the history of heated debate within the socialist movement over the necessity of taking a principled, anti-imperialist position in opposition to the U.S. war machine. Almost 18 years ago, George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq, a conflict that would ultimately take the lives of over a million Iraqis. Whether and how to oppose this war -- and others like the 1991 Gulf War or the 2011 war on Libya -- has been a persistent topic of debate. Read more
National Day of Action Sat. March 27: Call it What it is, a Hate Crime! Stop Anti-Asian Violence, Stop China-Bashing!
The ANSWER Coalition stands in solidarity with the Asian community in the midst of the horrific, racist and misogynist massacre that took place in Atlanta on March 16th.
The International Criminal Court has recently decided to officially investigate war crimes in Gaza. After years of non-member status at the United Nations, the Palestinian territories successfully petitioned for signatory status with the ICC allowing Palestinian Authority officials to file an official complaint against Israel as a last resort in pursuit of accountability. The scope of the probe is expected to cover allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza during the 2014 war, the 2018 Great March of Return clashes, as well as the question of whether or not Hamas rocket fire constitutes war crimes. During the 2014 Gaza war alone, over 2,000 Palestinians were killed. Hundreds of other Palestinian protestors and medics were shot, maimed, and attacked during the 2018 border clashes. Apart from the investigation into war crimes, the probe aims to address widespread illegal Israeli settlement of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank. This critical investigation by the ICC into the illegal annexation of Palestinian land marks a new avenue for justice in the pursuit of accountability outside of US-Israeli dominated international institutions that have long undermined Palestinian grievances. Read more
U.S. military “war games” against North Korea justified as “defense measure” while North Korea has never invaded, bombed, or occupied any country
As the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) celebrated the 111th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 08, the annual “war games” held jointly by the U.S. and South Korean armed forces--the latter of which are under the command of the U.S. except “in times of peace”--began. The “exercises” or “games” have been a standard feature of U.S. policy towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) for more than half a century now to prepare for and assess the U.S.-ROK (Republic of Korea, or South Korea) military alliance’s readiness to attack and invade the DPRK. What the U.S. calls “war games” are in reality what the DPRK calls them: war rehearsals. The government and people in the DPRK have no way of knowing if the “exercise” will be an attack or invasion. The DPRK has reasonably called the games a form of “psychological warfare.” The U.S. is supposedly occupying South Korea to defend its “ally” from the “threat from the north.” The fact that the South’s President--and the general population--want peaceful relations with their fellow Koreans in the north, some of whom are family members that haven’t seen each other in 70 years, makes it clear that this is a cover story for the real reason the U.S. wants to occupy South Korea: to pressure and overthrow the DPRK’s government and to prevent friendly relations amongst East Asian nations that, if allowed to blossom, would severely threaten the U.S. government’s “great power rivalry” with the People’s Republic of China. Read more
On February 23, an independent review panel appointed by Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett submitted their report on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s response to the anti-racist uprisings between May 29 and June 1, 2020. The report confirmed key facts that protest organizers have been saying since that weekend: that IMPD used tear gas on peaceful protesters, including children, before any property damage occurred; that IMPD arbitrarily declared peaceful and lawful assemblies “unlawful” to break them up; and that IMPD lied about the reasons for which they illegally seized medical supplies before attacking protesters. The ANSWER Coalition stands in solidarity with all of those continuing to struggle for an end to racist police terror and white supremacy in Indianapolis, many of which are part of the newly formed Indianapolis Liberation Center, including Indy10 Black Lives Matter, ANSWER Indiana, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation of Indianapolis. Read more