Martin Nicolaus

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A Laugh and a Song

The Covid-19 pandemic is no laughing matter. But in this grim situation a laugh is more needed than ever. Here is a YouTube video that cracked me up. In a different mood, here’s a beautifully done one-artist production by friend Chet Gardiner: But not everyone agrees that “poor and rich end up in the ditch.” …

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Is Pete Buttigieg Just a Shill for Corporations and the Donor Class?

Why has Buttigieg flipped from being a putative progressive to being perhaps the most conservative, pro-corporate Democrat remaining in the field? A good place to start would be to follow the money. By Miles Mogulescu Reposted from Common Dreams 11/22/19 Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, the fourth-largest town in Indiana, is the …

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The Wall 30 Years Later

By Victor Grossman Media jubilation reaches a climax on November 9th, thirty years after the bumbling, perhaps even misunderstood decision to open the gate for all East Germans to stream through, hasten to the nearest West Berlin bank for their “welcome present“ of 100 prized West German marks, and taste the joys of the western …

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San Francisco Labor Council says: NO to the U.S. Intervention and Attempted Coup in Venezuela!

The following resolution was adopted by the Delegates Meeting of the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) on Monday, February 11, 2019.] Whereas, Trump administration officials have openly declared their intention to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro; andWhereas, the U.S. has tightened economic sanctions, including the seizure of Venezuela’s oil properties …

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The President and the Speaker – Foreign Policy Twins Separated at Birth?

By  Tom Gallagher  Political scientists have long noted the phenomenon of our country’s “one-party foreign policy.” Which is to say, while there are often substantial differences between the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties on domestic issues — health care, the environment, taxation, education, etc. — when it comes to how the U.S. conducts …

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Venezuela and the Left

February 5, 2019 by Gabriel Hetland How should we respond to the fraught situation in Venezuela? The question has sparked heated debate on the Left, both in the US and around the world. The recent intensification of US efforts to remove Nicolás Maduro, by force if necessary, has lent that question renewed urgency. There are no …

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Report from Germany

Berlin Bulletin No. 157   January 17 2019 By Victor Grossman Red flags everywhere, hundreds, more hundreds, thousands marched along through the drizzly weather and puddled streets. Many bent figures hobbled with canes, some were in wheelchairs next to a younger set sitting proudly on their fathers’ shoulders or in strollers. Then another big group of young …

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