Maryam Alaniz is a socialist journalist, activist, and PhD student living in NYC. She mostly writes about the international situation and social movements. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryamAlaniz
New Report Details Brutal Abuse of Asylum Seekers by U.S. Immigration Officers
A report released this week by Human Rights Watch uncovered over 160 cases of violence and sexual abuse perpetuated by U.S. Immigration Officers against migrant asylum seekers.
The Specter of 9/11 and the Crisis in Afghanistan
Just as 9/11 was a flashpoint in the relative decline of the U.S. empire 20 years ago, the withdrawal from Afghanistan has likewise deepened the contradictions facing U.S. imperialism. How the crisis develops depends on the independent action of the working class and oppressed and international solidarity on behalf of workers around the world.
Protests Erupt Across Afghanistan in Defiance of Taliban Rule
For the past three days, Afghans in at least four cities have taken to the streets to resist the return of the Taliban in protests led by women and youth. Though the protests are small, they signal a way out of a crisis created by U.S. imperialism that does not rely on local or foreign foes.
We Are Thirsty!: Thousands Take to the Streets in Response to Iran’s Escalating Water Crisis
Over the past week, thousands of multi-ethnic Iranians have demonstrated in response to Iran’s water crisis and power blackouts. These protests, in conjunction with massive oil strikes and strikes in other sectors, highlight the discontent of a large swath of the Iranian population that faces a sanctions-battered economy and a repressive bourgeois regime.
Iranian Oil Workers Organize the Country’s Biggest Strikes since the Iranian Revolution
For almost a month, Iranian oil workers, along with workers in other industries, have organized demonstrations and wildcat strikes in response to a dire economic and health crisis accentuated by U.S. sanctions.
Biden Continues U.S. Bombing in Iraq and Syria
Yesterday, Joe Biden ordered airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against two Iranian-backed militias in the name of “national security.” This latest act of imperialist aggression in the Middle East serves to ramp up pressure against Iran in the midst of tense negotiations for a new nuclear agreement.
Puerto Rican Unions to Hold Biggest National Strike since 2019
Today in Puerto Rico, workers and activists are calling for a national strike and mobilizations in response to the privatization of Puerto Rico’s electric grid under the U.S. and Canadian company LUMA Energy.
Israeli Oppression of Palestinians Continues Amid Sheikh Jarrah Protests
Israeli police injured hundreds of Palestinian protestors and worshippers at Al-Aqsa mosque Friday night. The attack follows a week of protests against the Sheikh Jarrah evictions, the latest act of forced displacement of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
Mumia Abu-Jamal Shackled to Hospital Bed after Heart Surgery
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner and former Black Panther member who has been imprisoned for almost four decades, underwent successful heart surgery after being diagnosed with Covid-19 and congestive heart failure last month. Political prisoners like Mumia highlight the rotten nature of the racist, capitalist state and should be released immediately.
Biden Ratchets Up Military Tensions with China
Like his predecessors, Joe Biden is committed to a harsh line against China’s hegemonic ambitions. Recent military exercises in the Taiwan Strait show that imperialism is a bipartisan affair and that Taiwan could serve as a backdrop for the growing tensions between China and the United States.
Permanent Revolution in Iran
The revolution that began 42 years ago offers lessons for how to beat imperialism and reactionary governments.
Fast-Food Workers and SEIU Plan Actions to Demand Higher Federal Minimum Wage and Union Rights
Fast-food workers in 15 cities, led by the Service Employees International Union, are planning work actions today demanding a $15 hourly federal minimum wage, union rights, and increased Covid-19 protections. These are important demands, but SEIU’s top-down, bureaucratic-led efforts are no way to build real workers’ power.
What’s Behind the Assassination of Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist?
On Friday Iranian media reported that Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated. Though the details surrounding the killing are still unknown, the latest imperialist attack on Iran polarizes the situation in the Middle East for the incoming Biden Administration, which seeks to restore the Iran Nuclear Deal.
New York City Cops Violently Repress Post-election Protesters
Amid election week, hundreds of protestors in the West Village are protesting the undemocratic U.S. regime. Some of these demonstrators have been violently attacked, kettled, and arrested by NYPD cops in full riot gear.
What Will the U.S. Elections Mean Internationally?
The U.S. elections, which occur at the center of capital and imperialism, will undoubtedly have a global impact. The choice between Trump or Biden offers the working class around the world a lose-lose scenario and reaffirms the decline of the American Empire.
Protests in Kyrgyzstan Catapult the Country into Political Crisis
A political crisis in Kyrgyzstan has generated tumult in the former Soviet Republic. As tensions rise, Russia and China, who have geopolitical interests in the Central Asian country, confront growing regional volatility and global disorder.
Large Blast Rattles the Port of Beirut in Lebanon
A large blast in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has just shook the city with reports of widespread destruction and a high number of injuries. Lebanon is currently in the midst of a social and economic crisis which has pushed Lebanese people to protest the deteriorating conditions in their country this past year.
U.S. Imperialism Boosts Military Spending Amidst Cuts for the Working Class
With the recent passage of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act and even greater defense spending through the Senate Republicans’ proposed coronavirus relief package, the U.S. has unprecedented authority to attack the working class here and abroad instead of providing pandemic relief.
Socialism is The Future. Our Generation Will Win It.
We are in the midst of widespread uprisings against racist state violence, led by a vanguard of Black youth. With more and more young people pushing forward and leading social movements, working class youth must ensure our movements don’t fall away or be co-opted by the Democratic Party. We need to create a political party of our own, one that has the youth united with the working class to take the fight directly to the capitalist system.
U.S. Sanctions and Economic Turmoil Spark More Protests in Syria
Syria is in an unprecedented state of economic turmoil after years of a devastating civil war. Now with a new set of U.S. sanctions and with limited support from allied powers and Lebanese capital, the regime is backed into a corner. In response to the crisis, widespread protests against the regime and a rapidly deteriorating economic situation have emerged.
Cuomo’s No Darling of the Movement Against Police Brutality
Democrats like New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, are trying to demonize protesters fighting against a racist state. By imposing a curfew and attempting to divide protesters, Cuomo shows his true face as a capitalist politician.
Listen To Militant Nurse Tre Kwon On Activist Livestreams
Tre Kwon, a nurse activist and member of Left Voice’s Editorial Board, joined other activists and workers to denounce the conditions faced by frontline workers. Listen to hear her discuss the demands that workers can raise to confront the for-profit healthcare system.
Harlem Hospital Workers Hold Rally to Demand Immediate Access to PPE
As completely avoidable frontline worker deaths grow, Harlem Hospital workers joined in solidarity with other frontline workers who have staged walk-outs and demonstrations demanding urgent access to PPE to protect themselves, their patients, and their families.
In the Face of the Pandemic, Lift the Sanctions on Iran Now!
Sanctions are nothing new but in the midst of the coronavirus disaster they’ve unleashed a humanitarian crisis within sanctions-hit nations like Iran. Socialists in the US must vehemently denounce and demand that sanctions are lifted immediately.
Bloomberg’s Bid to Buy the Presidency
Michael Bloomberg’s record-shattering campaign spending is allowing him to quickly move up in the polls. His campaign shows that elections can be virtually bought in the US.
Mass Uprising in Iran Set Off by Hike in Fuel Prices
The price of petrol was tripled in Iran virtually overnight on Friday. In response to this move by the government, Iranian masses took to the streets to protest a deepening economic crisis.
New Ties Emerge Between President Jair Bolsonaro and Marielle Franco’s Assassination
A doorman at President Bolsonaro’s gated community revealed that one of the suspected killers of Rio de Janeiro city council member Marielle Franco identified himself as a visitor of Bolsonaro’s residence before meeting with the other suspected killer on the day of Franco’s murder.
Mass Protests in Iraq Demand Jobs and Public Services
Thousands of young Iraqis continue to stage demonstrations that call for jobs, access to basic public services, and an end to corruption.
Devastation in the Bahamas Provokes Nothing But Xenophobia From Trump
As the Bahamas experiences one of its worst humanitarian crises, Donald Trump is refusing to grant temporary protected status to people displaced by the hurricane and is barring Bahamians from entering the country. His denial of the extent of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction highlights the differences in how the ruling class and the working class will have to respond to impending climate disaster.
The Fires in the Amazon Were Set on Purpose
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported a record total of 72,843 fires this year, an 80 percent increase compared to 2018. Almost 10,000 of those fires were spotted in the last week. These fires were set on purpose and Bolsonaro is to blame.