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Moving Towards Socialism With a Left Unity Slate in the June California Primary – Laura Wells April 17, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Moving Toward Socialism with a Left Unity Slate - Peace And Freedom And Green Party  In The June California Primary – Laura Wells April 17, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time Laura Wells will discuss the historic decision this year in which the Green Party and the Peace and Freedom Party created a Left Unity Slate of statewide candidates for the June 7, 2022 primary in California. This cooperative strategy was based on the many shared values between the two parties, all of which will save lives, money, and the planet. Among the values are a single-payer "Medicare for All" healthcare ...
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NATO’s ‘Useful Idiots’: How the Left’s mislabeling of the Russian military operation in Ukraine aids Western imperialism – Max Parry – Sunday, June 5 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Spanning nearly the entirety of the Western left in its inadequate response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, organizations ranging from the U.S.-based Democratic Socialists of America to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) have all mistakenly branded the Russian special military operation in Ukraine as an "invasion" and the proxy war between Washington and Moscow as an "inter-imperial" conflict. American journalist and political analyst Max Parry explains how this misinterpretation only serves US-NATO imperialism, even when they claim to denounce the latter. Max Parry is an independent journalist and geopolitical analyst based in New York City. His writing has appeared widely ...
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Neoliberalism Discussion – Allan Miller

ICSS 20200719 Sun, Jul 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Group Discussion: What Is Neoliberalism? Our group discussion will be introduced and led by ICSS member Alan Miller. Gene Ruyle has suggested the following as interesting supplemental reading: “The Tale of the Dueling Economists.” (Keynes vs Hayek) By Nancy F. Koehn, NY Times, Oct. 22, 2011: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/business/keynes-hayek-views-origins-of-an-economics-debate-review.html. Come prepared to discuss and defend your views!Resources:  “The Tale of the Dueling Economists.” (Keynes vs Hayek) By Nancy F. Koehn, NY Times, Oct. 22, 2011: “The Tale of the Dueling Economists.” (Keynes vs Hayek) By Nancy F. Koehn, NY Times, Oct ...
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Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, Palestine & Israel in the shifting sands of US & World Politics

ICSS 20210627 Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, Palestine & Israel in the shifting sands of US & World Politics  Sun, june 27, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Israel has become increasingly militarily stronger ever since its founding in 1948 approved by the UN Commission. It's founding was opposed by the Palestinians, Arab countries, India and many other countries. The US, Britain, France, and the USSR had supported the founding of Israel, though the USSR had initially supported a secular state with both the Palestinians and Jews as having equal rights. Palestinians have since split between the secular PLO which ...
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North and South Korea in the context of the US military empire in the Asia-Pacific – Tim Shorrock – Sept 12, 2021

North And South Korea In The Context Of The US Military Empire In The Asia-Pacific - Tim Shorrock Sunday, September 12, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific time Tim will be speaking about the two Koreas in the context of the US military empire in East Asia and tie the discussion to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many reporters have called Afghanistan America's longest war, but they forget that the US has been at war in Korea for over 70 years. Yet in the wake of the US collapse in the Middle East, President Biden has said that "there's ...
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Pink Tide Rises in Latin America – Cracks in the US Imperial Façade – Roger Harris – July 10, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Even the corporate press pronounced Biden’s recent Summit of the Americas meeting in Los Angeles as a flop, while the balance between red states (and we don’t mean Republican) and blue states south of the Rio Grande is tipping to the left. Most recently, Colombia elected its first left leaning president, following similar victories in Chile, Peru, and Honduras, which in turn followed Bolivia, Argentina, and Mexico.  And the frontrunner in Brazil’s presidential contest slated for October is a leftist. Meanwhile Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela – countries led by explicitly socialist parties – remain in the crosshairs of US imperialism, suffering ...
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Quo Vadis Turkey? A crumbling fascism in the Middle East under imperialism – Mehmet Bayram – Sun, Oct 24, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time

Speaker will be ICSSMember Mehmet Bayram who has spent the past few months in his native Turkey and will report on what he has observed there ...
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Right is Wrong, But is the Left Right? – Bedabrata Pain – Sunday, May 22, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The left in India is woefully silent on this movement and has not even summarized the significance of the movement, let alone learn anything from it. The left in US today remains fairly unconcerned about the enduring farm crisis in the country. But should it remain aloof from it? Is there a problem with the “center-of-attention” of the left worldwide? Has it got side-tracked into politics of disinformation and politics of diversion? Has it become more or less a side-show for liberalism? Is it getting so caught up with electoral politics that it is failing to set a new agenda ...
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Roe v. Wade – Rosa Astra – Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Roe v. Wade to be abolished? That's the intent of the pending Supreme Court decision, a draft copy of which has already been leaked to the media. This will be a human rights disaster for women. On May 11,2022  the U.S. Senate voted down the Women’s Health Protection Act 49 to 51. The WHPA would have made abortion legal, eliminating the role of the Supreme Court on the issue of abortion and nullifying the pending Supreme Court decision,  How do we fight back against this grossly undemocratic decision? We certainly can't trust the Democratic Party leadership, Speaker: Rosa Astra, an ...
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RT Journalist, author, and activist Caleb Maupin – Jan 23, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Journalist, Author, and Activist Caleb Maupin - Jan 23, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time Caleb Maupin is a widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and in Latin America. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement from its early planning stages, and has been involved in many struggles for social justice. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship and cooperation, as well 21st Century Socialism. http://www.calebmaupin.com ...
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Socialism communism democracy – Eugene Ruyle

ICSS 20200726  Sun, Jul 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Socialism, Communism, Democracy, and Dictatorship: A Scientific Perspective. Too many leftists and socialists remain wedded to bourgeois ideology and therefore cannot understand the world we live in, much less change it. ICSS Member Eugene Ruyle will clarify issues such as the nature of scientific socialism, the class nature of the state, the distinction between bourgeois and proletarian democracy, and role of the dictatorship of the proletariat in transition from capitalism to communism. Come prepared to ask questions, challenge the speaker, and defend your own views..Resources: ...
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Sunday August 22, 2021 – WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN CUBA THESE DAYS? – Panel Discussion

Join us for what will be an excellent panel discussion with: Gloria La Riva - ANSWER Coalition Message from Pablo Menendez - North American musician and bandleader resident in Cuba since 1966 Cheryl LaBash - co-chair of the National Network on Cuba Sun, aUGUST 22, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Resources: ...
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Sunday June 20 – Deja Vu – Capital in its Neoliberal Stage destroyed US Small farms – Will it do the same in India?

Sun, June 20, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific time Working on documentary film “Déjà vu”, the team of Bedabrata Pain, Sristy Agrawal, Rajashik Tarafder & Rumela Gangopadhyay, took a 10,000 km journey through the heart of rural America. They met farmers across the spectrum covering dairy, grain, poultry, beef and hog along the mid-western agricultural states. They found out why rural people supported Trump. A surprised discovery was that the American farm landscape, like India’s, is dominated by small farmers. They make up 90% of all farms, but produce only 25% by prices of products and that farmer ...
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Sunday June 6 – Israel/Palestine: A Historical Perspective from a Palestinian Communist – Wadi’h Halabi

Israel/Palestine: A Historical Perspective from a Palestinian Communist What were the main motives behind the Balfour Declaration, imperialism's November 1917 commitment to carve up Palestine? What was Lenin and the Comintern's position on Zionism and partition of Palestine? Why did Soviet leaders support US imperialism in creating the Israeli state? Why did they arrange to arm Zionist bands, crucial to their 1948 victory? This is the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. Why do so few in the workers' movement know about the Beirut Commune of 1976, and how its defeat contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union? These ...
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Sunday May 30 – Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East: From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform – Stephen Gowans

Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform Stephen Gowans is an independent political analyst whose principal interest is in who influences formulation of foreign policy in the United States. His writings, which appear on his What’s Left blog, have been reproduced widely in online and print media in many languages and have been cited in academic journals and other scholarly works. He is the author of two acclaimed books Washington’s Long War on Syria (2017) and Patriots Traitors and Empires, The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom (2018), both published by Baraka ...
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