News & Letters,
February - March 2009
Israel's war on Gaza shows need for a total uprooting
As Palestinians began to dig out thousands of destroyed buildings, the horrific toll of innocent life from weeks of air and ground war became clearer. As of this writing, of 1,259 Palestinians dead, well over half are civilians. Many are children. An estimated 4,100 homes were destroyed, along with 1,500 factories and workshops.
All this could hardly have been otherwise, fighting in crowded Gaza. It could not have been otherwise considering the cynical effort by Israel's government to use its battle with Hamas to make some statements....
Much of the situation in Gaza is inexplicable without looking at the various rivalries that involve many parties besides Israel and the Palestinians....
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
On the 50th anniversary of Batista's overthrow:
Fidelismo, statism, and the tragedy of the Cuban Revolution
To mark 50 years since the Cuban revolution, we print Raya Dunayevskaya's Two Worlds column from the December 1960 issue of News & Letters, originally titled, "The Cuban Revolution: The Year After."
Justice for Oscar Grant!
On the early morning of Jan. 1, 2009, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) policeman Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back, killing him.... We are protesting more than the murder of Oscar Grant. What is important is people coming together to protest injustice, to confront it, to organize, to make a change...
Philosophic Dialogue: Marxism and Freedom Today
Organizational Responsibility for Marxist-Humanism
When asked by Marcuse, who was writing the introduction to her book Marxism and Freedom, to summarize that work, Raya Dunayevskaya did so in a way that revealed how the book was making explicit what had been implicit in Marx
From Latin America
Radical Marxist thought ... speaks in important ways to the present moment....
State of world in crisis
The emotional celebration of the swearing in of the first Black man to the presidency of the U.S. swept up tearful celebrants of all races and ages--from World War II veterans, to those who had fought the battles of the Civil Rights Movement, to youth who had known none of that history--many who had never even voted before.
Revolution needed in Israel
"Everybody is somebody's Jew. And today Palestinians are the Jews of Israelis." These are the words of the renowned Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi when he broke with Zionism...
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