U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's atypically frank condemnation of the treatment of U.S. prisoners around the world cause a storm of criticism. The bulk of the critics purposely skewed Durbin’s apt comparison, ignoring the widespread tactics used in the war on terror which without question include torture. The ugly truth is that prisons in Iraq are merely a reflection of the prison system here in the U.S.
Every victory by working people in the struggle to improve their lives is a step forward that must be applauded. Working people have power when they organize. But it is not enough to petition the bosses and their cronies in government to throw a few crumbs to those at the bottom. From the latest issue of the American Socialist Appeal.
Bush has outlined an aggressive foreign and domestic agenda for his
second term. Internationally, he will continue to focus on the Middle
East, but Latin America will increasingly be targeted by his
administration. His overall international approach will remain
aggressive and arrogant, but due to the quagmire in Iraq and the
growing global resistance to U.S. imperialism, he will be forced to
seek broader alliances.
The world situation can only be characterized as highly volatile and
unstable. The profound economic, political, social, and military
instability, outlined in previous issues of Socialist Appeal,
has intensified over the past year. Without a doubt, we are in the most
turbulent historical epoch since the end of World War II, if not the
most tumultuous in human history.
Amnesty International published a report last Wednesday, condemning the
US and UK betrayal of the cause of human rights in the so-called “war
on terror” and urged the US to shut down its Guantanamo Bay camp. The
report is a condemnation of the hypocritical policies and actions of
the two imperialist powers.
Once upon a time, during the dark ages in the Middle East when tyrants
and one party rule were the norm in countries like Egypt, Iraq and
Israel/Palestine, there lived a great and wise man who believed that
one day “freedom” and “democracy” would rule the earth. This man’s name
was George W. Bush.