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The Case of Alex Saab: U.S. Abduction of Venezuelan Diplomat a Global Challenge

With the possible extradition of a Venezuelan diplomat to the United States on bogus charges, an emergency human-rights delegation organized by the International Campaign to Free Alex Saab was quickly dispatched to Cabo Verde, where he is imprisoned. This island archipelago nation off the west coast…

Meet the Communists Who Now Govern Chile

Protest at Plaza Baquedano in Santiago, Chile, on October 22, 2019 / credit: Carlos FigueroaJaviera Reyes, who is 31 years old, is the new mayor of the Santiago municipality of Lo Espejo in Chile. “I grew up in a home where [former President of Chile] Salvador Allende was always the good guy,” s…

Q&A with Gerald Horne on AFRICOM, Terrorism and Zionism

U.S. and Burundi soldiers dismantle a SIPR NIPR Access Point Terminal (SNAP) at the Burundi National Defense Headquarters on May 19, 2021 / credit: Staff Sgt. Melissa SterlingEditor’s Note: This was excerpted from the Black Alliance for Peace’s AFRICOM Watch Bulletin. The imperialist powers are…

‘Keystone XL Is Dead!’: After 10-Year Battle, a Climate Movement Victory

A protest against the Keystone XL pipeline / credit: John Englart, Creative CommonsAfter more than a decade of grassroots organizing, agitation and tireless opposition by the international climate movement, the final nail was slammed into the Keystone XL’s coffin Wednesday afternoon when the compa…

Pedro Castillo’s Humble Roots Inspire Perú’s Masses, Could Upend U.S.-Perú Relations

Pedro Castillo’s June 4 rally in Lima, Perú / Twitter/PedroCastilloTe, and Castillo (right)Rising out of the shadows of the Andean highlands, schoolteacher and trade unionist Pedro Castillo appears on the verge of winning the presidency and catapulting Perú toward a future free of neoliberal aus…

AFRICOM Military’s Exercise: The Art of Creating New Pretexts for Propagating U.S. Interests

Tunisian navy personnels aboard USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) on May 23 when the Phoenix Express 2021 was underway / credit: AFRICOMPhoenix Express 2021 (PE21), a 12-day US-Africa Command (AFRICOM)-sponsored military exercise involving 13 states in the Mediterranean Sea, concluded on Frid…

U.S. Trying to Extradite Venezuelan Diplomat for ‘Crime’ of Importing Food: The Case of Alex Saab vs. the Empire

Bishop Felipe Teixeira (center), Pericles Tavares (right) and Sara Flounders (left) in front of a police station on June 4 on the island of Sal in Cabo Verde, attempting to arrange a visit with detained Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab / credit: International #FreeAlexSaab Solidarity CommitteeAs reported…

Media Coverage of Belarusian Airplane Arrest Fits Pattern of New Cold War

Belarussian activist Roman Protasevich in a confession video released by Belarusian authorities, after being arrested when his Ryanair flight was redirected to Belarus / YouTube/SMERSCH SCGThe arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich after his flight was diverted May 23 to the Belarusian capital of Mi…

Cyber Censorship Hits Colombia, India and Palestine

Instagram application on iPhone / credit NeONBRAND via UnsplashOn May 6 and 7, Instagram users in India noticed that some of their posts were starting to vanish. Gone were their COVID-19-related posts that demanded improved conditions for overworked crematorium workers, publicized volunteer-led reli…

How Neoliberal Austerity Stripped India’s Healthcare Infrastructure

Farmer Narayan Gaikwad and his family faced ostracism after he tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020 / credit: Sanket JainNarayan Gaikwad knew something was wrong.  For eight days in August, he was given intravenous drips of electrolytes and saline solution, twice a day. By the time he realized he w…

Book Review: “The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed”

The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh. Boston: Beacon Press; 2nd edition. March 23, 2021. At a time when all caring people are seeking a new way forward out of a year of unimaginable death, destruction and rampant inequality, a…

After Decades of Oppression, Colombian Women Lead Front Lines of National Strike

In Bogotá during Colombia’s national strike, two women hold placards that say, “We didn’t give birth to children of war” and “They got firearms, we got fire in our soul” / credit: Antonio Cascio “Far too many women are fighting—not only for their rights, but for the rights of all…

Crushing Dissent During India’s Lockdown

Hany Babu / Twitter/AmbedkarSchool“The very thought of him having to plead to jail authorities regarding a basic service like clean water to wash his swelled eye still gives me anxiety attacks,” says Jenny Rowena, wife of Hany Babu. Babu, a 55-year-old Delhi University professor, is among many p…

African Liberation Day & Q&A with Kwame Nkrumah’s Son, Gamal

The annual anti-imperialism march in Washington, D.C., on African Liberation Day was a rallying point for various groups and organizations. On May 27, 1972, an estimated 60,000 people gathered for the first march in cities across the United States, the Caribbean and Canada / Rasasi Zachariah DaisEdi…

Q&A: Filmmaker Ramiro Sebastián Fúnez on “Nicaragua Against Empire” & Getting the Story Right

  Toward Freedom Editor Julie Varughese recently spoke with Ramiro Sebastián Fúnez, a Honduran communist content creator based in Los Angeles. Fúnez produced a film, “Nicaragua Against Empire,” which premiered May 15 on YouTube. The film casts a lens on the landscape, culture and geopolitics…

Book Review: ‘Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture’

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2020. Author Sudhir Hazareesingh is a native of the Indian ocean island and former French colony of Mauritius, once known as Ile de France. Drawing upon a lifetime of research in the…

Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

Palestine solidarity protest on the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba took place in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 15, 2021 / credit: Within Our Lifetime/United for PalestineFrom the outset, some clarification regarding the language used to depict the ongoing violence in occupied Palestine, and also throughout Isr…

Chad Diaspora Stomps on French Flag at Embassy Protest

Chadians protested May 14 at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., in response to a French-backed coup to install the son of Idriss Déby, which they assert is in violation of the country’s constitution. French neocolonialism was on Chadians’ minds. Jacqueline Luqman of Luqman Nation, an in…

From Palestine to Colombia: The End of the White World Colonial-Capitalist Project?

“Militarized Police” by Shotboxer Portland is licensed under CC BY 2.0The world is shocked by the image of an 11-story residential building in Gaza collapsing because of a bomb dropped by the Israeli Defense Force, one of the most advanced armies in the world thanks to U.S. support. But in the U…

Why One State in India Is Showing Promising Signs of Democracy as the World Goes More Authoritarian

Kerala morning / Bruno Arunjunai, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Just before the state elections in Kerala, in southern India, a television channel ran a program called “The Great Political Kitchen.” The anchor went to kitchens across the state to talk to homemakers about their views…

TF Board Thanks Outgoing and New Staff

Dear Toward Freedom readers:This week, Toward Freedom’s Board of Directors bids farewell to guest editor Charlotte Dennett, welcomes Toward Freedom’s new editor, Julie Varughese, and extends a heartfelt thanks to Sam Mayfield who stepped down as President of Toward Freedom’s Board of Directors…

Art Against Drones

Sam Durant, Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering). Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art. Courtesy of the High Line.At the High Line, a popular tourist attraction in New York City, visitors to the West side of Lower Manhattan ascend above street level to what was once an…

Muna Is Palestine, Yakub Is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah

A view of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem / credit David ShankboneThere are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories —one read and watched in the news and another that receives little media coverage or due analysis. The obvious story is that of the nightly raids and violence meted out b…

Moving on, Reflecting Back—Charlotte Dennett’s Editorial Tenure Ends

Now that my Toward Freedom guest editorship has come to an end, I am reflecting back on the stories we ran for the past 6+ months and the writers who wrote them.The scenes coming out of Modi’s India and its pandemic nightmare have been particularly horrific, causing me to inquire about the health…

The Missing Link to the War in Afghanistan

Will the tragic deaths of over 60 Afghan girls change U.S. President Joe Biden’s trajectory for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan? It’s too early to tell, but he’s unlikely to change the tired old mantra of why U.S. troops were sent there in the first place—to fight the terrorists res…


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