US prisoners strike against slave labour

Barry Sheppard Prisoners in many states in the US began a national strike on 21 August, the anniversary of the murder of Black Panther member George Jackson by guards in 1971 at San Quentin prison, California. The strike will end on 9 September, the anniversary of the great prison uprising at Attica, New...CONTINUE READING

New revelations about children separated from parents

Barry Sheppard It is now abundantly clear that the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards parents with children seeking asylum in the US aimed to separate the children from their parents, keep the children in the US and deport the parents. Early on, White House chief of staff John Kelly s...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s ‘fake order’ exposed as protests grow

Barry Sheppard In response to a massive public outcry against his policy of separating asylum seekers from their children, president Trump issued an executive order on 20 June to stop the practice. A victory? Not so fast. Trump’s order reaffirmed his “zero tolerance” policy requiring asylum seekers cross...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s new immigration cruelty

Barry Sheppard Washington has a long history of using deportations to strike fear among undocumented workers. In recent years deportations have increased – former president Barack Obama became known as “deporter in chief”. But Trump has greatly stepped up the drive, mainly against undocumented Latinos, u...CONTINUE READING

The strained relationship between US Jews and Israel

Barry Sheppard At the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May, two pastors were present to make the opening and closing prayers. They come from extreme right, white Christian evangelical traditions. Both are well known for their outspoken anti-Semitism and their support for Israel. It might be thou...CONTINUE READING

Palestinian morality and Israeli-US immorality

Barry Sheppard The world saw two starkly opposed moral cultures on 14 May. On one side were unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip calling for the right of Palestinians to return to the homes and lands they were driven from by the creation of Israel 70 years ago. Palestinians call that the Nakba (“catastro...CONTINUE READING

The assassination of Martin Luther King

Barry Sheppard This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King. The murder of one of the great Black leaders of the time by white racists with the complicity of the US government, most likely the FBI, stunned African Americans in the country. Immediately, violent uprisi...CONTINUE READING

Comey given the kid gloves while the FBI is exalted

Barry Sheppard The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey, is on a tour promoting his new book, which attacks Trump. He is being given the kid gloves treatment. The Democrats, their supporters in the mass media and most self-styled “progressives” are on a drive to whitewash...CONTINUE READING

1 million march against gun violence

Barry Sheppard About 500,000 people, largely youth, demonstrated in Washington, DC, in late March, against the continued mass shootings at schools across the country. There were solidarity mobilisations with this “March for Our Lives”, totalling hundreds of thousands more in some 800 cities and towns. In...CONTINUE READING