Robert Belano is a writer and editor for Left Voice. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
Over 50 Migrants Found Dead in Texas. Biden Has Blood on His Hands.
The Biden Administration has maintained virtually all of Trump’s draconian and murderous immigration policies. Dozens have died in a trailer in Texas as a result.
Robert BelanoJune 29, 2022
Peru’s ‘Progressive’ President Sends the Police to Repress Popular Mobilizations
Protests against the rising cost of living have shaken Peru. The crisis demonstrates the dead end of “anti-neoliberal” figures like President Pedro Castillo and parties who try to administer the capitalist state.
Robert BelanoApril 9, 2022
Ireland and Argentina Won Abortion Rights through Struggle. Protecting Our Rights Here Won’t Be Any Different
Abortion rights are under threat in the United States. As the abortion movements in Ireland and Argentina have shown, the right to free, safe, and legal abortions can only be won through combative action and mass mobilization in the streets.
Robert BelanoDecember 11, 2021
Five Indigenous Struggles You Should Support on Thanksgiving
While Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time with family and community, it also represents the whitewashing of the country’s genocide of Native Americans. Here we present five Indigenous struggles that you can support today.
Robert BelanoNovember 25, 2021
Meet Alejandro Vilca, the First Indigenous Worker Elected to Argentina’s Congress
The Indigenous sanitation worker Alejandro Vilca is set to enter Congress for the Workers Left Front — Unity (FIT-U). A militant campaign by thousands of workers, young people, and Indigenous communities made history.
Robert BelanoNovember 16, 2021
Biden and the Democrats Have Given Up on Meaningful Climate Action
Democrats have accepted major cuts to Biden’s already-inadequate climate and social-spending plan, once again showing that the interests of big business come first for the party.
Robert BelanoNovember 10, 2021
The Trotskyist Left Is a Rising Force in Argentina
In Sunday’s primary elections in Argentina, the Workers’ Left Front - Unity, an electoral coalition of four Trotskyist parties, had its best election yet and is now the country’s third-largest electoral force.
Robert BelanoSeptember 13, 2021
New Orleans Looks Out for Big Business, Not Residents in Ida’s Wake
Another major hurricane has battered the South. But instead of providing the relief residents need, authorities are deploying “anti-looting” police to discipline the region’s poorest — overwhelming Black folks.
Robert BelanoAugust 31, 2021
The Demand for Carbon Capture Is a Gift to the Fossil Fuel Industry
Oil companies, governments, unions, media outlets, big environmental groups, and even sections of the Left have all declared carbon capture technology to be an important way to combat climate change. But what this demand actually does is justify continued fossil fuel extraction and preserve the unsustainable status quo.
Robert BelanoAugust 21, 2021
The Northwest Heatwave Killed Hundreds and Capitalists Won’t Stop Fossil Fuel Extraction
Record-breaking temperatures were felt across the Pacific Northwest in the past week, affecting 13 million people and creating deadly wildfires and thunderstorms. The connection between extreme weather and climate change is as clear as ever, but neither Biden nor Trudeau are capable of taking meaningful action.
Robert BelanoJuly 3, 2021
None of This Was Inevitable: Half a Million Covid Deaths and Counting
In less than a year, 500,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States. The failure to contain the pandemic has been a bipartisan affair.
Robert BelanoFebruary 23, 2021
Biden’s Climate Plan Is a Catastrophe in the Making
Liberals have hailed the president-elect’s climate plan as “ambitious” and even “revolutionary.” In fact, it’s a middle-of-the-road plan that can only lead to catastrophe.
Robert BelanoDecember 4, 2020
Against Pragmatism: Socialists Shouldn’t Vote for the “Lesser Evil”
A section of socialists like Eric Blanc and Dan La Botz are urging a vote for the pro-imperialist Joe Biden as a lesser evil to Trump. This “pragmatic” logic is deeply rooted in the ideology of American capitalism.
Robert BelanoNovember 2, 2020
For the Planet, There Is No “Lesser Evil”
As fires rage on the West Coast, Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue to deny the basic science of climate change. Many people hope that voting for Joe Biden will save the planet. But the Democrats’ record on the environment shows they offer nothing to stave off a climate catastrophe.
Robert BelanoSeptember 16, 2020
Bolsonaro’s Coronavirus Response is a Campaign of Terror Against Black and Indigenous People
Brazil is a new epicenter in the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The death toll has doubled in only the last two weeks, reaching more than 30,000. Not coincidentally, the country is led by the world’s foremost coronavirus denier: Jair Bolsonaro.
Robert BelanoJune 3, 2020
Ecocide and the Coronavirus: How the Capitalist Mode of Production Makes Pandemics Inevitable
The capitalist mode of production has proven itself fatal for nature and humanity. The most recent manifestation of this is the global spread of the coronavirus. As socialists, how can we confront these problems in a way that will be both sustainable for the environment and for human life?
Robert BelanoApril 30, 2020
While Brazilians Die, Bolsonaro Continues to Deny the Pandemic
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has gone beyond even Trump in his denialism toward the coronavirus. With Brazil now leading South America in Covid-19 cases, how can the right-wing leader continue to ignore the facts?
Robert BelanoApril 7, 2020
Democrats and Republicans to the Rescue… of Corporations
Republicans and Democrats have agreed on an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package, much of it going to shore up corporate profitability. While hundreds of thousands are sick and dying from the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress makes clear again in whose interest it governs.
Robert BelanoMarch 25, 2020
“Neoliberalism Has Led to a Public Health Emergency” — Interview with an Italian Socialist
Left Voice spoke with Giacomo Turci, a member of the Revolutionary Internationalist Fraction (FIR), about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, the reasons why the healthcare system is overwhelmed, and the urgent measures needed to confront this crisis.
Robert BelanoMarch 16, 2020
Langston Hughes Reflects on the Promise of The Soviet Union
Not only one of America’s preeminent poets, Langston Hughes was also firmly committed to the liberation of Black people and the working class. His accounts of his journey to the USSR in 1933 provide a powerful insight into the Revolution’s advances in fighting the oppression of religious and ethnic minorities.
Robert BelanoFebruary 18, 2020
Conclusions After the First Democratic Debates of 2019
The first Democratic debates are now over, meaning the primary season for 2020 is now fully underway. Featuring 20 candidates over the course of two nights, the debates offered important insights into the candidates’ strategies — both in what was said and what was not.
Robert BelanoJune 28, 2019
Unions Must Join the Global Climate Strike
Greta Thunberg and other teenage climate activists have issued a call for a worldwide general strike to end fossil fuel extraction. Will union leaders support this important action for the planet? Or will they side once mode with fossil fuel executives?
Robert BelanoJune 4, 2019
Back in the Establishment? More Austerity and Military Spending in Trump’s 2020 Budget
Trump’s 2020 budget includes major cuts to health care, education and environmental protection programs, while dramatically increasing military spending. Even if the budget does not pass in its current form, it represents an escalation of the administration’s war on the poor and the working class.
Robert BelanoMarch 18, 2019
A Green New Deal Can’t Save Us. A Planned Economy Can.
Capitalism has put humankind and much of the Earth at the brink of catastrophe. But there is a way out. The solution isn't a green new deal. It's a communist, democratically run planned economy
Robert BelanoMarch 15, 2019
Trump Rescues Coal Profits — As Coal Workers Are Dying
Trump portrayed himself as a friend of coal workers on the campaign trail. But the administration has sat idly by as hundreds of miners are slowly dying of black lung.
Robert BelanoDecember 27, 2018
Don’t Give to Charity
There are now more charities and nonprofit organizations than ever before, with bigger budgets and more sophisticated fundraising methods. But charities have failed to meaningfully combat poverty, oppression and environmental destruction — precisely because they are integrated into a system which perpetuates these problems.
Robert BelanoAugust 17, 2018