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Blockade, Bureaucracy, and Groceries

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my time in Cuba, I encountered no animosity toward Americans. There are plenty of pro-Revolution billboards, but no anti-USA or anti-Imperialism messages. A few posters were anti-US embargo.

Calling Sanders a "Socialist" Dismisses His Good Ideas

Cody Gough | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Cody Gough

The worst moment of the entire 2016 presidential campaign was when Bernie Sanders first uttered the phrase "democratic socialist." Why? Because since last summer, it seems like every online discussion regarding the election has involved slapping a label on an issue or policy and then spiralling into a fruitless debate about its precise application or meaning.

Communism in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Part of being a tourist in Cuba is sorting out the puzzle of its ideology and its struggling economy. With the country opening up to tourism, softening its controls on society, and preparing for the inevitable end of the Castro era, traveling here is filled with fun and curious insights.

Trumbo -- Hollywood's Anti-communist Tribute to Itself

Eric Mann | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Eric Mann

Let's look at how Hollywood and capitalism use a film about communism to foster anti-communism at a time when people are once again seeing through and challenging the system itself.

The 2016 Elections: The Questions Virtually No One Is Asking Much Less Answering!

Beth Green | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Beth Green

We are inundated by a culture of ego, and we wonder what's wrong. How could our politicians be so corrupt? How could political parties try to gerrymander?

What Super Wealthy Times Columnist Tom Friedman's Attack on Sanders Misses

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

New York Times pundit Tom Friedman apparently doesn't understand that the idea that "died in 1989" was Communism. Senator Bernie Sanders, the "socialist" he's referring to, isn't a Communist.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

Top Ten Reasons Dems MUST Choose Bernie!

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Once Bernie wins the Democratic nomination -- the presidency is obviously and undoubtedly his on a platter.

The Truth about Liberation Theology

Kerry Walters | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Kerry Walters

Some claims are so outlandish, so absurdly counterfactual, that they ought to stagger belief. But never underestimate human gullibility. We're w...

Why So Many People Think That Uber And Lyft Can Rot In Hell After Their New Year's Eve Price Surges

Ira Israel | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Ira Israel

In 500 years when deregulated, highly competitive capitalism is next to feudalism and communism in the dustbin of history, professors will argue how the Amazon business model decimated our society.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Taking the Chill off the Cold War: The First Reagan-Gorbachev Summit

ADST | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
ADST

The Geneva Summit of 1985 was the first meeting between President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to talk about the arms race, particularly the Strategic Defense Initiative, and to establish personal relations between the leaders of the world's superpowers.

Donald Trump Unleashes the Dogs of War

Mario Almonte | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Mario Almonte

For Donald Trump, this is not going to end well. What began as a lark has turned into an albatross, and he now carries around his neck the ultimate bu...

The Unexpected History of American Capitalism

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents the government from depriving (certain) people of "life, liberty, or property" without due process of law. That's pretty vague on its face, and it may be an historical accident that we have focused mainly on the "property" angle ever since.

You Can't Understand China Unless You Know How the Communist Party Thinks

Zheng Bijian | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Zheng Bijian

BEIJING -- To understand where China is headed over the coming years, one must also understand the Communist Party of China, since the CPC leadership is a fundamental feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Almost a Century Ago, Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States -- From His Prison Cell

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders's long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency.

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both A Communist And Patriot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.

'A Town Called Brzostek' Among the Compelling Documentaries at the 27th Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.

Capitalism, Socialism and Communism

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

If asked, most people would likely declare that they know fairly well what the terms in the title mean. In the heat of the election year political deb...

North Korea Reads Tom Clancy Novels

ADST | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
ADST

Remember when renegade South Korean soldiers set off a bomb in Seoul during a festival and make it look like it was done by North Korea?

Caviar and Pastry Cream

Yara Zgheib | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

'Let's walk down the rue de Seine and look in all the galleries and in the windows of the shops.' 'Sure. We can walk anywhere and we can stop at som...

The Anatomy of a Miracle

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

I have a fairly resilient friend who's been through tough times. Her motto, borrowed from Winston Churchill, is, "When you're going through hell, keep...

Trumbo

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

The Boomerang Intellectual

John Feffer | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

If an American wants to experience pure capitalism, they should leave Chicago and come to Budapest. No local politician in Illinois would be allowed to say the things that any Polish, Hungarian politician says: "Oh, you have nothing to eat? Well, you should be more enterprising!"

The Carnation Revolution: A Peaceful Coup in Portugal

ADST | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
ADST

On April 25, 1974, Portugal experienced a coup like no other. In an era characterized by the clash of ideologies and power players, the nearly bloodless revolution became known as the Carnation Revolution.