Category Archives: ARTICLES

A TALK IN HAVANA

Giant mural at University of Havana in support of Occupy Wall Street. Details list hundreds of corporations and their profits for the year. A talk by Mitchel Cohen at the “Seminar on Socialist Renewal and the Capitalist Crisis – A Cuban-North American Exchange”, Havana, Cuba: June 16-30, 2013 in association with the Center for Global […]

THE STRUGGLE FOR ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE IN CUBA

by RICHARD LEVINS with an into by Mitchel Cohen With the indiscriminate spraying of toxic insecticides on the people of NY and the natural environment, this article — originally written in 1991 and updated in 1995 — becomes even more useful. In it, Richard Levins discusses, among other things, the use of ants and natural […]

DAYS OF ATONEMENT

Some outrages are worse than others. Still, why should we set one injustice against the other, as though seeking greater exhibitions of revulsion at the one oppression or injustice than at the other. And yet we do. The murder of Eric Garner last year at the hands (literally) of one of New York’s “Finest” is […]

The Problem of Greece Is Not Only a Tragedy. It Is a Lie.

By John Pilger Global Research, July 13, 2015 An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a […]

ON PHIL OCHS, MALCOLM X, & JE SUIS CHARLIE

Mitchel Cohen resurrected an interview by 18-year-old Kenny Bromberg with Phil Ochs at SUNY Stony Brook, recorded in 1967. Mitchel turned it into a new show, for Steal This Radio. Listen here. Guest Post by Carol Lipton Phil Ochs penned the famous lyrics to “Love Me I’m a Liberal” about Malcolm X: I cried when […]

PROTESTERS, COPS AND THE MAYOR: THE MOVEMENT TO END VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS SWEEPS ACROSS COUNTRY

Updated, January 2, 2015 — Two weeks ago, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the thousands of people protesting against police brutality and murder to temporarily suspend their generally peaceful public protests until the completion of the funerals for the two officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed last Saturday in Brooklyn […]

IN DEFENSE OF BOWE BERGDAHL

For years, Arizona Senator John McCain hammered President Obama for failing to exchange prisoners being tortured in Guantanamo for American POW Bowe Bergdahl, imprisoned in Afghanistan. Now that the President has finally done so (after years of trivial squabbling while Bergdahl as well as the so-called “enemy combatants” wasted away in prison), Sen. McCain flip-flops […]

NICARAGUA SOLIDARITY & BILL DE BLASIO

Here’s a thorough refutation of attempts in the corporate media to criminalize the 1980s Latin America solidarity movements and tar Democratic Party candidate for NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, for being supportive of them. It almost makes me want to vote for de Blasio as a thank you for his old efforts — however weak […]

FOR EACH & EVERY WARRIOR WHOSE STRENGTH IS NOT TO FIGHT

The story of the widespread (and, today, hard to believe) resistance of working class kids in the U.S. military to the 1991 Gulf War. The weakness of strategies based on Lowest Common Denominatorism was in full evidentiary blossom during the 1991 bombardment of Iraq, re-packaged as “the Gulf war.” “Support Our Troops, Not the War!” […]

DEBT AND/OR WAGES: ORGANIZING CHALLENGES

The following piece by George Caffentzis in the current issue of Tidal #4 (“Occupy Theory / Occupy Strategy”) is the first I’ve seen that examines the different forms of organization that a Debtors’ movement requires as opposed to a movement around wages (or trade unions). As such, this is a very important document (which ends […]

OCTOBER 21, 1967 (45 YEARS AGO): STORMING THE PENTAGON

Forty-five years it’s been! In October 1967, I was 18 years old and beginning my third year at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, organizing students to participate in the first militant demonstration on the East Coast against the Vietnam war. At the Pentagon. Singer-songwriter Phil Ochs — my hero, and a […]

LISTEN GORE: SOME INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT THE POLITICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

BY MITCHEL COHEN Barack Obama, like Al Gore and other Democrats supposedly concerned with saving the environment, propose false solutions for what they call the “energy crisis” we’re facing. They want to: 1) Build new nuclear power plants and centralized (so that they could meter it) “sustainable energy” projects; 2) Utilize coal gassification, liquification technologies […]

WHERE THE CRISES INTERSECT: LAWRENCE SUMMERS, AL GORE, AND U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL & ECONOMIC POLICY

Introduction OBAMA’S WINTER OF NEO-LIBERAL DISCONTENT by MITCHEL COHEN President Obama’s chief economics adviser, Lawrence Summers, left the cabinet a year ago as rebellions against the neoliberal, austerity and anti-democratic programs he authored washed over Tunisia, Egypt, and Europe. But hopes for a shift in government policy were dashed, as President Obama continued to pursue […]

Mexico Rising: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

The waves of “Occupy Wall Street” that have swept over the U.S. this Autumn (“The American Fall”) provoked me to dig out and post articles I wrote five years ago from the first occupation of this millenium. In 2006, gigantic waves of protest swept over Mexico following the theft of the national election, culminating in […]

NEW YORK CITY MUST STOP SPRAYING TOXIC PESTICIDES IMMEDIATELY!

The City has announced it will spray dangerous pesticides in crowded residential areas in Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011. The No Spray Coalition is appalled by Mayor Bloomberg’s and the City’s Department of Health decision to renew the mass-spraying — no legitimate reasons given — and demands that the City stop this […]