Trump accelerates attacks on immigrants

Barry Sheppard On top of US president Donald Trump’s blocking of immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries and his derision of countries in Africa, and Haiti and El Salvador as “shitholes”, his Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is stepping up deportations of immigrant rights activists...CONTINUE READING

Another fighter for Black rights dies at the hands of cops

Barry Sheppard Erica Garner, Black Lives Matter activist and daughter of African American Eric Garner, who was brutally murdered by New York City police in 2014, died on 30 December. She was 27 years old. The proximate cause of death was a heart attack, rare in one so young. The underlying cause was the...CONTINUE READING

California wildfires fanned by global warming

Barry Sheppard Wildfires north of San Francisco, in California’s wine country, exploded in early October, fanned by hot and dry winds. They have wreaked unprecedented damage. A week and a half later, the fires still burn. At least 41 people have been killed. While the fires started in hilly wooded areas,...CONTINUE READING

Puerto Rican crisis exacerbated by US imperialism

Barry Sheppard Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis after being hit by two hurricanes – a glancing blow by Irma and a direct hit by Maria. The full picture and extent of the damage to life, health, infrastructure, buildings, trees and much more will not be known for some time. The slow and grudgin...CONTINUE READING

‘We will totally destroy North Korea’

Barry Sheppard Prior to US president Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September, no UN member had ever openly stated its intention to destroy another country. Coupled with his earlier threat to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea, this threat includes the possibility...CONTINUE READING

Sanctions against Russia also target Germany

Barry Sheppard The US Senate on 14 June passed a new sanctions bill against Russia, supposedly as punishment for its “meddling” in last year’s presidential election. The vote was 98 to 2, indicating strong bipartisan support. However, a key aspect of the bill reveals that Germany is the real target: it s...CONTINUE READING

Racist murders inspired by Trump

Barry Sheppard Two murders and an attempted murder in Portland, Oregon, by a fascist are the latest in a string of hate crimes inspired by Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which keeps track of hate crimes, told independent...CONTINUE READING

The strongman falls on his face

Barry Sheppard Donald Trump promised to cut through the disarray in the two parties of capitalism in the US by forcing upon them both a new strongman – himself – who knew how to get things done and “make great deals”. The Republican health insurance debacle not only cut him down to size, but represented...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s immigrant raids go into overdrive

Barry Sheppard US president Donald Trump is turning the screws on immigrants across the country. In the week prior to 10 February, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested nearly 700 people in raids in at least 12 states: Arizona, California, New York, Georgia, North and South Carolina,...CONTINUE READING