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Robert Belano

Robert Belano is a writer and editor for Left Voice. He lives in the Washington, DC area.

Abortion rights activists wearing green bandana fill the streets.

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.

Wet'suwet'en people resist Coastal GasLink in Canada in winter 2020. They hold a banner that reads, "We matter everyday."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Science, Profit, and Anti-Vaxxers

Understanding vaccine skepticism requires a look at the nature of health care and science in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

“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.

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.

Amazon’s Green Capitalism Is a Cruel Joke

Megacorporations like Amazon are racing to rebrand themselves as leaders in environmental sustainability. But capitalism is a system that is inherently dirty and unsustainable.

Hands Off Antifa

Trump and the Right are trying to shut down Antifa, and with it, all resistance to their reactionary agenda. Socialists must fight this attack against the Left.

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.

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?

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.

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

Socialism Has Trump on Edge. Rightfully So.

Trump and the right wing have been sounding the alarm about the growing threat of socialism. That’s good news for everyone who cares about the future of humanity and the planet.

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.

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.

One Day General Strike Paralyzes Argentina

A one day strike leaves Argentine streets empty and airports closed. The primary demand is for a salary increase.

Nationalization or Buyout: What Should be Done with the Fossil Fuel Companies?

Writing in Jacobin, Peter Gowan argues that the government should buy a "controlling stake" in the fossil fuel companies. Does this offer a true solution for the economic and ecological crises?