Otto is a PhD student and lecturer in New York.
The Democrats Aren’t Bad at Politics. Their Politics Are Bad
The Biden administration has accomplished little of its “transformative” agenda in its first year. But it has been very effective when it comes to furthering the Democrats’ capitalist and imperialist interests.
As Inflation Rises, Workers Have Options for Struggle
As inflation courses through the U.S. economy, the ruling class is responding with higher interest rates and other steps aimed at keeping wages lower for the workers who bear the brunt of price hikes. What demands should workers raise to fight the latest capitalist attacks on our standard of living?
Capitalist Bonanza: Share Buybacks Reached Record High in 2021
Share buybacks hit a record high in 2021, enriching investors and executives at the expense of the working class.
Workers at Video Game Company Activision Blizzard Lead Week-Long Work Stoppage
Workers at video gaming company Activision Blizzard entered a five-day work stoppage and are making moves to unionize. This worker action could have powerful effects for the industry.
Which Side Are You On?: DSA Fails to Expel Pro-Zionist Congressman Jamaal Bowman
The DSA national leadership has decided not to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman, the Democratic member of Congress from New York City. The decision is a betrayal of the Palestinian people and internationalism.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Jamaal Bowman and the DSA
Some DSA members are calling for Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s expulsion following his recent trip to Israel. The conflict reveals the deep contradictions in the organization’s strategy, and the illusion of “accountable Democrats.”
Colin Powell Brought “Diversity” to War Crimes and Imperialism
From Vietnam to Nicaragua to Panama to Iraq, Colin Powell has played an important role in imperialist violence for decades. Don't mourn his death.
Air India Falls Victim to Modi’s Privatization Spree
The sale of Air India to Tata Group sets the stage for the Modi government to privatize further public assets and infrastructure, and is yet another attack on the Indian working class.
While Global North Weighs Booster Shots against Covid-19, Fewer than 2% of Africans Are Vaccinated
Wealthy countries around the world are preparing to offer a third shot of Covid-19 vaccines to their populations. Meanwhile, vaccination remains out of reach for the vast majority of Africans.
Coldest Weather in Decades Hits Brazil — Climate Change Is to Blame
This month, on the heels of the country’s worst drought in a century, Brazil has experienced historic cold weather. The effects on agriculture could have negative consequences across the world.
Alabama Coal Miners Protest Outside BlackRock Office in New York
On Wednesday morning, UMWA coal miners picketed the Manhattan office of BlackRock to demand a better contract. These workers recognize that they put their lives on the line to keep society running while bosses collect the profits.
California Wildfires Break Records (Again)
California is on track to experience yet another record-breaking wildfire season. These are the disastrous consequences of climate change.
NYC Floods Show the Future of Climate Change
Thursday’s storms and flooding in New York City show the reality of climate change — and the city’s unpreparedness for the devastating consequences of a warming planet.
Ravaged by Climate Change: 400,000 On the Brink of Starvation in Madagascar
Over one million people in southern Madagascar are food insecure, while almost half a million are on the brink of starvation. Climate change is to blame, and capitalism ensures that the Global South will pay the highest price.
Ethnic Cleansing: Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in Silwan, East Jerusalem.
The Israeli army has begun demolishing buildings in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and repressing residents and activists. Palestinians are mounting fierce resistance against these criminal attacks.
Dockworkers in South Africa Refuse to Offload Israeli Cargo Ship in Solidarity with Palestine
Dockworkers in the port city of Durban, South Africa have refused to offload an Israeli cargo ship in solidarity with Palestinians.
Biden Is, and Always Has Been, a Champion of Zionism and Imperialism
The Israeli state’s aggression and impunity would not be possible without long-standing, bipartisan U.S. support, including that of President Biden.
Colombia Is Murdering Protesters, But They Are Still Taking the Streets
Protesters in Colombia continue to take the streets against the Duque government despite brutal repression. Wednesday will be a national day of mobilizations.
Another Anti-Asian Hate Crime: NYC Attack Latest in Wave of Racist Violence
This week saw yet another brutal attack on an Asian woman, this time in New York City. The incident is part of a nationwide rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, fuelled by U.S. imperialism and anti-Chinese chauvinism.
Legislators Ramp Up Their War on Voting Rights
Republicans in Georgia have passed a sweeping set of discriminatory voting restrictions. The working class must fight for the right to vote — the most basic right of capitalist democracy — making sure everyone has access to the ballot.
“Do You Miss Me Yet?”: CPAC Shows that Trumpism Is Here to Stay
Last weekend’s Trump-centered CPAC demonstrated that Biden’s project to “return to normal” is doomed to fail. Trumpism, far from having been defeated in November, is here to stay.
Capitalism is a Breeding Ground for Power Outages
Record-setting winter storms have struck the United States and left millions without power amid frigid temperatures. But while the weather may cause deadly power outages, capitalism sustains them.
Thailand Legalizes Abortion Up to 12 Weeks
The Thai senate has voted to make abortion legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but will maintain penalties for abortions performed after this period. While the law is a step forward, it falls short of full decriminalization.
Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teenager
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank fatally shot a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday. It is just the latest instance of routine violence against Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
Imperialist Biden Administration Will Keep Embassy in Jerusalem
On Tuesday, Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken confirmed that the U.S. embassy to Israel will stay in Jerusalem. The statement signals that the U.S. will continue supporting Israeli’s violent oppression of Palestinians.
Imperialism is Bipartisan: Biden Recognizes Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela
The Biden administration will continue to recognize Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela and maintain devastating sanctions. For Venezuelans, there is no lesser evil --- imperialism is bipartisan.
2020: One of the Hottest Years Ever
2020 tied 2016 as one of the hottest years ever, with average temperature 1.25°C above the pre-industrial average. To avoid catastrophe, the environmental struggle must be anti-capitalist.
Lifelong Centrist Merrick Garland Is Anything but “Apolitical”
Biden has picked Merrick Garland as his nomination for Attorney General. A lifelong centrist with bipartisan appeal and a conservative record on criminal justice, his nomination signals Biden’s resistance to leftist pressure and desire to return to business-as-usual.
With Help from the Squad, Nancy Pelosi Is Re-Elected House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi won her reelection bid for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, continuing in the leadership position that she has occupied for 18 years. Her victory demonstrates the folly of reformism, and the failure of the strategy to push Democrats left.