The Oroville Dam Crisis and the Decaying Infrastructure of the US

 On February 12,  the potential imminent failure of the emergency spillway at the tallest dam in the United States was announced. An immediate evacuation order was issued for nearly 200,000 residents in ten cities in Northern California. This once again highlights the life-threatening decay of public infrastructure in the world’s richest country.

 

The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part One

money pillTo say that the American healthcare system is criminally expensive and convoluted would be an understatement. How is it that a country with such enormous wealth and advanced medical technology provides the majority of its population with such appalling services?

Brazil: In Defense of Democratic and Trade Union Freedoms and Workers' Rights

 The Union of Municipal Workers of Florianópolis (Sintrasem) is being attacked by the city and the judiciary. International solidarity needed! We ask all to sign this motion and send it to the authorities and to those responsible for union defence campaign. We will not leave them alone. Our class is our strength. Our organization is our weapon. We shall overcome!

 

In Defence of Soviet Art: A Reply to Jonathan Jones

Beat theWhites Red wedgeThe centenary of the Russian Revolution has opened in an appropriately explosive fashion, with Donald Trump’s first raft of vile executive orders provoking international protest on a gargantuan scale. It is fair to say that tensions are high, and widespread anger is the order of the day. However, all of this rage pales in significance next to the righteous fury of a lone Guardian art critic . . .

Trump’s First Week: Welcome to the New Normality

trump andCo Its been a stormy week for Americas CEO: a flurry of calls and meetings, a whirlwind of Tweets and press conferences, a blizzard of executive orders flying off his desk. In just a few days, Trump has set his stamp on US and world politics, economics, and relations.