Much of America’s social life has changed over the last forty years. Perhaps most dramatic, the U.S. has evolved from a nation deeply contesting race relations to one with a mixed-race, African-American president. In the wake of the 1973 Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wadedecision, the Culture Wars rose to a bitter confrontation over values and, while sputtering, persists in a never-ending war against a woman’s right to chose an abortion.
by Stephen Lendman
Doomsayers claim it’s troubled. So do Bolivarian haters. Chavez endured flack for 14 years. It’s Nicolas Maduro’s turn. He prioritizes political, economic and social justice. Washington and internal dark forces despise him for doing so. They want him replaced. Perhaps they want him dead. He’s using Enabling Law authority responsibly. He represents popular interests. He’s fighting corruption. He’s cracking down on price-gouging profiteers. He’s doing so legally.
A Fiscal Revolution?
by TOM GILL
France is in revolt over tax. In recent weeks the protagonists have ranged from drivers of heavy goods vehicles, wealthy cereal farmers, and even the equestrian lobby . And, almost everybody in the depressed north western region of Brittany, it seems.
Interpretación Marxista de la Historia de Chile Tomo VII
Es de conocimiento público que el diario “El Mercurio” del 12 de noviembre de 1998 reprodujo que “el Vicepresidente del Senado, Mario Ríos, informó que un grupo de senadores de oposición le encomendó a Carlos Cantero que inicie un trabajo de estudio para conformar una Comisión multisectorial que conozca la Historia de Chile de los últimos años. Ríos explicó que el objetivo es establecer una Comisión de estudio de mayor extensión que la realizada durante el gobierno de Patricio Aylwin y que presidió Raúl Rettig, para que analice la historia política e institucional de los gobiernos de las tres últimas décadas”. Al día siguiente, en otra nota del mismo diario se señalaba: “un grupo de 24 senadores de oposición, independientes e institucionales, solicitó formalmente al Presidente de la República la conformación de una Comisión para analizar los hechos históricos ocurridos en los años previos al pronunciamiento militar”.
by ANDRE VLTCHEK
Several years ago, I spoke to two members of Allende’s government. Two who managed to survive. One of them recalled: “They used to threaten us, before the coup, before that terrible September 11, 1973: ‘Watch out, comrades, Jakarta is coming!’”
By David North, wsws.org
Fifty years ago today, on November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated as his motorcade made its way through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Unlike so many other clichéd phrases about American history, it is actually true that virtually no one who was old enough to be politically conscious would ever forget where they were when the news of the “three shots fired at the president’s motorcade in Dallas” flashed across the United States and around the world. Even after a half-century, the traumatic events of that Friday afternoon and the days that followed remain vivid in the consciousness of countless millions of people.
By Chris Marsden, wsws.org
It is widely predicted that Europe’s far-right parties will register significant gains in next May’s European elections.
The rightist parties will campaign primarily on the basis of opposition to the European Union, in most instances posing as opponents of austerity measures imposed by the EU throughout Europe. By shifting somewhat from their usual preoccupation with immigration and Islam, they hope to capitalise on popular hostility to the EU and its austerity agenda.
Hullabaloo  / By David Atkins 
I‘ve written often before about how much of the war between the American left and right is essentially the building of sand castles in the face of the oncoming tide of globalization, deskilling and mechanization of the workforce accompanied by catastrophic climate change. Much of what constitutes public policy battles in this country are fought between the one-percenters simply trying to loot what’s left before it all crashes and burns, and neoliberals desperately trying to pump up asset prices and force everyone into engineering programs to disguise the destruction the of the regular wage economy. The far right and progressive left, meanwhile, are each trying to bring back the social and economic norms of the 1950s and late 1960s, respectively, in efforts of utter futility.
by Stephen Lendman
A previous article discussed an unholy Israeli/Saudi alliance. It’s an axis of evil. They’re strange bedfellows. They have no formal relations. It’s believed Saudi Prince Bandar ibn Sultan visited Israel covertly. Doing so broke a decades long taboo.
by Bill Bigelow
If journalism is the first draft of history, then U.S. student’s history books have been horribly polluted by corporate journalism. The 1983 U.S. invasion of the island nation of Grenada is a case in point. “In their obsequious approach to the invasion of Grenada, the corporate textbook writers follow the lead of the corporate media who did the original reporting on the invasion.”