Socialism Betrayed – Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny – Sept 25, 2022 10:30am Pacific time

Our speakers, Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny will discuss their book,  Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union (2004), and  their reflections since writing the book, including Gorbachev’s role in overturning socialism in the Soviet Union, why he arose, whether this was inevitable, and what lessons are to be learned.    Roger Keeran is  Professor Emeritus at Empire State School of the State University of New York (SUNY), He has been a member of the Communist Party USA for...

Inflation, stagnation, and recession: prospects for the US and world economy – Michael Roberts – September 18, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Michael Roberts will analyse the latest developments in the major economies as inflation rates reach 40-year highs and economic activity heads towards stagnation or worse.  What are the causes of this and what policies are needed to end this crisis? Our speaker, Michael Roberts, worked in the City of London as an economist for over 40 years. He has closely observed the machinations of global capitalism from within the dragon’s den. At the same time, he was a political activist in the labour...

LEPAIO: Labor Education Project on the AFL-CIO International Operations – Kim Scipes and Steve Zeltzer – Sunday, August 28 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The AFL-CIO has since its existence been involved in taking money from the CIA and other government agencies for international operations around the world It has supported coups in Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ukraine, and attempted coups in Venezuela, Cuba. It now operates in over 60 countries without real transparency and reports to the membership of the AFL-CIO members. Most workers in the AFL-CIO do not know about this history or the fact that the AFL-CIO “Solidarity Center”...

The Counter Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism – Professor Gerald Horne – Sunday, August 21, 2022 10:30am Pacific Time

Our speaker will be Professor Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History at the University of Houston has published dozens of books. Hear his presentation on his latest: 'The Counter-Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism', 2022, which has implications for California and Indigenous History--and the prospects for a unique form of fascism.  

Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit – August 7, 2022 10:30am Pacific Time

What are the motives and likely effects of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan? We will be looking at these questions in the light of the interlocking crises of the US empire, US capitalism and the US Democratic Party. We will start the discussion with short presentations by Gene Ruyle, Veterans for Peace and ICSS, Raj Sahai of ICSS, and David Ewing, Chair of the US-China Friendship Society.  

Lenin’s so-called “testiment” is a fraud – Dr. Grover Furr – Sunday July 31, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

'The canonical accounts of Lenin’s last writings accept the version that Lenin left a “testament” that included a number of negative remarks about Joseph Stalin, and that Lenin wished to remove Stalin from the position of General Secretary of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolshevik). This version stems partly from Leon Trotsky, who embraced it eagerly in his campaign to replace Stalin as Party leader; partly from Lenin’s wife Nadezhda Krupskaya; and partly from Nikita Khrushchev and the...

Unipolarism and Multipolarism: Panel Discussion – Sunday July 24, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

On Feb 4, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with China's President Xi Jinping at tthe opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing  They released a 5000-word document, "Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development." This document expresses the views of two of the world's largest nuclear powers, both permanent members of the UN Security Council. As such, it merits full...

Debunking the US-NATO Narrative on Ukraine

1. Myth: Russia’s “Special Military Operation” (SMO) is an unprovoked war of conquest2. Myth: Russia miscalculated its military strategy in its invasion of Ukraine Russia is losing the war.3. Myth: the claim that Ukraine is natizified is a Russian propaganda ploy4. Myth: the world is united against the "Russian aggression" in Ukraine, Russia is isolated and growing more isolated.5. Myth: the economic sanctions against Russia are working, the Russian economy is a shambles, Putin is isolated,...

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...

Eye-Witness Report on the Donbas Region and Russia – John Parker – July 3, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Our speaker, John Parker began his trip to the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine on April 27 as part of a fact-finding mission organized by Struggle-La Lucha newspaper in the U.S. to gather eyewitness observations and testimony of Lugansk residents. He also visited Russia, where he conducted interviews and was present at the May 9 Victory Day parade, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany and honoring the 27 million Soviet people who died fighting fascism. John Parker was a candidate for U.S....