The September-October 2016 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 61, #5, is available on the web.
Lead-Editorial: Fascism rising from Russia to India, from the U.S. to the Philippines
An expansive look at the rise of fascism worldwide, beginning in the U.S. with Donald Trump and the U.S. election, and taking in European fascism, and the situations in India, the Philippines, China, Japan and the opposition by rulers worldwide to those fighting for a free existence and new human relations.
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From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Nigeria: A retreat, not a victory
Fifty years ago, massacres of Igbos throughout Nigeria, orchestrated by the government, army and state media, began. The Igbos, who had been a leading part of years of struggle to cast off British colonial rule, were forced to secede and, as Biafra, wage a bloody war for self-determination. Nigeria, aided by its former colonial rulers and by global indifference, ultimately reconquered Biafra. We reprint here a letter by Raya Dunayevskaya. More recent genocides, from Bosnia and Rwanda in the 1990s to Syria today as the heroic people of Daraya are being transported from the city, make this letter continually relevant.
Workshop Talks: Why allow Assad to kill the sick?
Healthcare worker Htun Lin takes up the relationship between workers in healthcare in the U.S. who are told “not everyone can be saved,” and what is happening in Syria where the Syrian government, Russia and Iran are bombing civilians including–or especially–hospitals and healthcare workers.
Essay: Epigones discard Marxist-Humanist philosophy
The retreat of former Marxist-Humanists into post-Marx Marxism is analyzed by Franklin Dmitryev through the books “Marx at the Margins” by Kevin Anderson and “Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism” by Peter Hudis, which appropriate some of Raya Dunayevskaya’s conclusions while quietly dismantling their philosophical framework.
Turkey’s Erdogan—the pious dictator
A view of what the failed coup in Turkey has wrought, including mass arrests of teachers, trade unionists, doctors, medical personnel, and others as Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, makes a grab for total power.
Detroiters insist: Water is a human right
The book “Mapping the Water Crisis: The Dismantling of Black Neighborhoods in Detroit” and the film “Detroit Minds Dying,” expose that the preponderance of water shutoffs in Detroit occur in poor neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color, the lies of Detroit city officials, and the difference determined activists can make.
An open letter to the Prisoner Human Rights Movement
At this moment of rethinking, Urszula Wislanka ask prisoners to share their ideas on humanism, as the Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement Blueprint reasserted the humanism upon which the prisoners’ movement was founded.
Freedom for the Chagos Archipelago
What has for 50 years been a secret site in the Indian Ocean—Diego Garcia, the most beautiful atoll in the world, the site of the most hideous U.S. military base—is suddenly being exposed to public scrutiny. LALIT is calling for your support for reunification of the Republic of Mauritius and for the right to return.
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