List of our past programs

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Was Sykes-Picot Agreement the Genesis of the Israel-Palestine Conflict? — Mark Albertson — May 26, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Sykes-Picot (May 1916), a secret convention was held during World War-I between Britain and France supported by imperial Russia for the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. The Sykes-Picot agreement led to the division of Turkish-held Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine into various French- and British-administered areas. Mark Albertson, historian, will go through that progression of the April 1914 request by Arab nationalists desiring British assistance with their nationalism in throwing off the Ottoman yoke; the British acquiescing in November 1914 when the Ottomans join the Germans and Austria-Hungary; the Hussein-McMahan Correspondence; the Damascus Protocol; Sykes-Picot Agreement; Balfour Declaration; San Remo ...

Resisting the Purging of pro-Palestinian Faculty – Danny Shaw – May 19, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Our speaker, Danny Shaw, is among the many voices for Palestine who have been punished for speaking out against genocide. After 18 years of teaching in the Latin American and Latinx Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he was fired last month for his social media posts educating and organizing against the Israeli-U.S. genocide in Gaza. He has been camped out with the hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and staff that make up the Columbia Gaza Solidarity Encampment. We urge you to sign the petition in support of Danny Shaw, who has spoken at the Marxist Library ...

Students Protest against US Universities’ ties to the Ongoing Genocide in Gaza – May 12, 2024 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Columbia University students started the movement against the University's connection with the wars, seeking divestment. It is clear to all who have not closed their eyes that a genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza by Israel is ongoing with the support and means to conduct it provided by the US government. The protests have taken the form of encampments on university general outdoor premises. But these peaceful protestors were attacked by police and supporters of Israel, both from inside and some apparently from outside of the campuses, accusing them of violence and of being antisemites, even as Jewish students themselves ...

Freeing Labor from its Chains: Indenture, Chattel Slavery and Wage Slavery in America – Peter Fay – May 5, 2024 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

American labor is deindustrialized, deunionized, fragmented, and pauperized. Its debased condition is a prisoner of its form: that of a commodity, forever cheapening, like all others. Bereft of political leadership, labor instinctively grasps at populist rhetoric, rejecting the neoliberalism and “new world order” of America’s oligarchs. Indignant, the ruling class shames it as “deplorable”, “far-right”, and “Putin’s puppets”. In a culture devoid of class identity, America proffers individual identity as the new religion, as the new “sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world”. Labor, the unifying property of humanity, is submerged beneath the media’s vilification by ...

Peace With North Korea! Peace in Northeast Asia! – Dae-Han Song – April 28, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

North Korea has declared that South Korea is no longer an appropriate counterpart for peaceful reunification. Furthermore, it declared South Korea its main enemy. To understand this moment---beyond the demonizing of North Korea---we must understand its causes and effects as well as what we must do for peace in the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. Dae-Han Song joined the peace and reunification movement in 2003 when US bombs fell over Baghdad. He joined the East Bay Korean Americans United for Peace to prevent preemptive attack against North Korea. He has organized for API Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL) ...

Reconsidering the Rwandan Genocide and the Rwanda/Israel Pact – Ann Garrison – April 21, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

It is thirty years since the Rwandan genocide.  The presentation will explain this horrific but poorly understood crime and its aftermath.  One consequence that will be discussed in greater detail is the tight-knit relationship between Rwanda and Israel.  Both countries depend on their victimization narratives to justify what they do in Gaza and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ann Garrison is a journalist who focuses on the countries of the  African Great Lakes Region.  She is a Contributing Editor of the Black Agenda Report, a contributor to Pacifica Radio and many other platforms.  Her previous presentation at ICSS can be found at https://icssmarx.org/us-shoots-itself-in-the-foot-in-africa-again-ann-garrison-sunday-april-16-2023-1030am-pacific-time/ ...

Woke and war-crazed: Western liberal support of Ukraine – Dan Kovalik – April 14, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Our speaker, international human rights advocate and lawyer Dan Kovalik, just returned from observing the March 17th presidential elections in Russia. He was in the Kherson Oblast, which experienced terrorist attacks designed to disrupt the election. Dan will report back on the current Ukraine conflict in light of historical developments, in particular the break-up of the Soviet Union, the fight against fascism dating back to WWII, and the missed opportunities for peaceful resolutions in that region; in short, the continuing efforts of the US and its allies to weaken Russia. Dan will also report on his investigations of popular sentiment ...

Campaign for Socialism 2024 — April 7, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Campaign for Socialism 2024 Workers in the Socialist campaign of Claudia De La Cruz & Karina Garcia for President & VP will speak about their campaign. Website: votesocialist2024.com/ ...

Paul Robeson, Stalin and the History of the Soviet Union – Grover Furr – March 31, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

In 1981 Paul Robeson’s son, Paul Robeson Jr, claimed that his father had told him privately that in June 1949 he, Paul Sr, learned about the persecution of some prominent Jews in the Soviet Union, but had never publicly revealed this fact and had asked his son to promise not to reveal it during his, Paul Sr’s, lifetime. In later years Paul Jr repeatedly confirmed this story. In a recent article Grover Furr checked this story against the evidence that is now available and drew the only possible conclusion: that Paul Jr’s story is untrue. In their latest book, Stalin ...

Neoliberalism: The new class-correlation and new-age crisis – Basudev Nag Chowdhury – March 24, 2024 10:30 AM

Neoliberalism began in the last quarter of the 20th century, when the accumulated capital in the G-7 was allowed to penetrate much of the world that had closed its doors to foreign capital: Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam. India, Africa and Latin America.  These are the countries which together today have the vast majority of the global low wage working class in numbers. Yet, only after a decade and a half, the economic crisis returned in 2008. It was then postponed by a huge expansion of credit. But as is evident by new wars and tensions rising between major powers of ...

Cal Berkeley, People’s Park, and Law & Order – Tony Platt – March 17, 2024 10:30 AM

The University of California, Berkeley—widely known as “Cal”—is admired worldwide as a bastion of innovation and a hub for progressive thought. Far less known are the university’s roots in plunder, warfare, and the promotion of white supremacy. As Tony Platt shows in his latest book, The Scandal of Cal, these original sins sit at the center of UC Berkeley’s history. Tony Platt is the author of thirteen books dealing with issues of inequality, power, and justice in American history. Platt, a longtime activist, is currently a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at Cal Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law & Society ...

Mexico defends sovereignty, opposes neoliberalism – José Luis Granados Ceja – March 10, 2024 10:30 AM

Our program is about the México Solidarity Project (https://mexicosolidarityproject.org/), which recognizes the 2018 presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) as a watershed moment. AMLO and his progressive Morena party offer the first opportunity to end the corruption, impoverishment, and subservience to US interests that has marked the 70 years of neoliberal dominance. The project offers critical support for Morena, a left-leaning populist political party rooted in anti-neoliberalism and a staunch defender of national sovereignty. It is immersed in the social movements in México struggling for basic rights for workers and people in all marginalized groups. These voices for ...

How the World Order Is Shifting – BRICS or NATO – Radhika Desai – March 3, 2024 10:30 AM

Our program addresses the rapidly changing world order. This last year has been a time of summits: BRICS, G20, and G77 and the UN General Assembly. That these summits have been so hectic and have felt like such a whirlwind of events is because each marks the accelerated tempo of change on the international plane. At the NATO summit in July, Zelensky failed to get even a timetable to get into NATO. The BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August admitted six new members. Then Putin hosted the vitally important meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum to showcase Russia’s own pivot ...

Palestine and the Regional Resistance – Charlotte Kates – February 25, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The ongoing genocide in Gaza is not being perpetrated by the Zionist regime alone but with the full involvement and complicity of the United States and its partners, including Germany, Canada, the UK and France. At the same time, however, it has also strikingly illustrated the rise in the regional resistance, from the sharpening battle on the borders between Lebanon and occupied Palestine and the role of the Yemeni people, government and armed forces (and the AnsarAllah movement) in defending the Red Sea against complicity with genocide. We will discuss the role of Palestine and the rise of the regional ...

A Ukrainian Marxist speaks out against Kiev’s Regime and NATO on the second anniversary of Special Military Operation – Slava Jalili – February 18, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Two years of ‘Slava Ukraine’ from every corner, two years of ‘unprovoked invasion’ lies, two years of ‘Russia is losing’. We have seen it all unfolding in front of our eyes. But what exactly happened in February 2022, was it really necessary to start the Special Military Operation? Why is a Ukrainian Marxist on the side of Russia? Speaking: Slava Jalili is a Ukrainian Marxist-Leninist, correspondent at The Revolution Report, and member of Chicago Workers School ...

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics – Harpal Brar – February 11, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Harpal Brar will be speaking on his latest book, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics: Marketisation of the Chinese Economy. which explores the path of China after Mao's death, considering the role of the Great Leap Forward in China's economic development and current success, and the truth behind the political events of the Cultural Revolution. Brar tackles the ultimate question: would China have been better off having continued to use centralized planning, or were the reforms and marketization necessary and beneficial? Harpal Brar, former Chairman of the CPGB-ML, is a prominent political economist, author, and journalist ...