The Secret History Of Leftist Board Games

Elizabeth Magie, inventor of The Landlord's Game, holds her game next to Monopoly. (Photo:, via Creative Commons)

By Brian Van Slyke for Truth Out – Think board games are “just games”? Think again. There’s a little known but vibrant history of leftist board games that stand in opposition to the endless number of other games about war, conquest and profiteering. (Which, admittedly, I grew up playing and loving.) And though some might scoff at the idea, ultimately, we can’t keep politics out of gaming, and in fact, we shouldn’t try. Just like fiction and other works of art, games are a reflection of our beliefs, fears, values, hopes and dreams.

Colombian Victims Of ‘Operation Orion’ Expose Uribe’s Hypocrisy

Colombia's former president and current Senator Alvaro Uribe. | Photo: Reuters

By Staff of Tele Sur – Victims of the paramilitary operation against the FARC-EP in 2002 called on the former president to take responsibility for the crimes. As Colombians mark the 14th anniversary of “Operation Orion” – a military offensive in the city of Medellin against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that led to the takeover by paramilitary groups who killed and tortured people – victims are calling for the prosecution of the official who authorized the operation: former President Alvaro Uribe.

Syria And The Left: Time To Break The Silence

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By Eric Draitser for Counter Punch – The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be interrogated, with civility and reasoned debate in short supply. But those issues are not the urgent task of this article

The 1 Percent Under Siege?

Featured illustration by Mirko Rastić.

By Brooke Harrington for ROAR Magazine – Years before the Panama Papers broke, many of the world’s richest people felt unappreciated and under attack. In 2014, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins compared the position of the rich to that of the Jews in 1930s Germany, warning of a “progressive Kristallnacht” and “a rising tide of hatred of the successful 1 percent.” Though a few of his fellow billionaires distanced themselves from these remarks, several jumped vigorously to his defense, expressing their agreement that the rich were being “pummeled” and “picked on.”

Corporate ‘Biopiracy’ In Peru Threatens Indigenous Knowledge


By Rael Mora for TeleSUR – The production and consumption of natural Andean and Amazonian ancestral products in Peru is threatened by the “biopiracy” of foreign companies who have filed over 11,690 patents for the domestic produce of the region, effectively poaching the natural heritage of the country. The resources are said to be rich in nutrients and vitamins and range from those with anti-aging properties to those that act as natural aphrodisiacs.

Chris Hedges And Robert Scheer On Activism

Chris Hedges (Credit: Nation Books)

By Emma Niles for Truth Dig – Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with journalist Chris Hedges on Monday for an intimate, salon-style conversation in Los Angeles. They discussed everything from religion and social control to war and police brutality. First, Hedges explained how his father influenced his participation in reform efforts by encouraging him to begin an LGBT activist group at his conservative college campus.

ACLU Demands Secret Court Hand Over Crucial Rulings On Surveillance Law

Among them is the court order that the government used to direct Yahoo to secretly scan its users' emails for "a specific set of characters." (Photo: Karina Smigla-Bobinski/flickr/cc)

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to reveal the secret court opinions with “novel or significant interpretations” of surveillance law, in a renewed push for government transparency. The motion, filed Wednesday by the ACLU and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, asks the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court, which rules on intelligence gathering activities in secret, to release 23 classified decisions it made between 9/11 and the passage of the USA Freedom Act in June 2015.

The Saudis and 9/11 — Confirmation Of The Larger Truth

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By Barry Kissin for Op Ed News – In 2016, Alex Gibney (“We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,” “Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Casino Jack and the United States of Money”) released a documentary based on a 2006 New Yorker magazine article by Lawrence Wright that exposes the CIA’s deliberate concealment from the FBI of the fact that two important members of al Qaeda were in the U.S. over a period of 18 months leading up to 9-11.

Factory Farms Get Bigger, Pollution Grows; Regulators Don’t Know Where They Are

As massive animals farms continue to get bigger, the EPA has trouble collecting information about where they are, much less how much they pollute. Credit: Wikimedia

By Georgina Gustin for Inside Climate News – After Hurricane Matthew churned across North Carolina earlier this month, swollen rivers deluged poultry and swine farms, killing millions of chickens and thousands of hogs and sending potentially toxic animal waste coursing into waterways. It could take weeks or months for North Carolinians to learn the scope of the pollution or where it came from—if they ever do.

El Salvador Ruling Offers A Reminder Of Why TPP Must Be Defeated

Members of Unidad Ecologia Salvadoreña (UNES) march against mining companies for World Environment Day, June 6, 2006, Santa Tecla, El Salvador. (AP Photo / Edgar Romero)

By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh for The Nation – If you needed one more reason to take sides in the last great fight of the Obama years, that of the corporate giveaway package known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), here it is. Last week, the tribunal at the center of the proposed TPP ruled against a global mining firm that sued El Salvador, but only after seven years of deliberations and over $12 million spent by the government of El Salvador.

Hillary Clinton, The Democratic Party Plantation


By Solomon Comissiong for The Black Agenda Report – The Democrats and Republicans are both proven evils. “Donald Trump is a devoted racist and xenophobe and Hillary Clinton is an imperialist who has a track record of destroying human life.” Now if the time for Black people to “take possession of the politics within our communities and put forth our own revolutionary candidates who represent our collective interests.”

What We Don’t Learn About The Black Panther Party—But Should

A free clothing distribution sponsored by the Black Panthers in New Haven, Conn., 1969.

By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian for Common Dreams – Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or minimize the significance of the Black Panthers. The first issue of the Black Panther newspaper, which at its height had a weekly circulation of 140,000 copies, asked, “WHY WAS DENZIL DOWELL KILLED?”

Social Democracy And Radical Left: Why We Continue To Build Left Unity


By Kate Hudson for Defend Democracy Press – Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election to the leadership of the Labour Party on an increased vote is a significant victory for the left in the Labour Party and for progressive politics in Britain. It is a victory that everyone on the left celebrates. It demonstrates the strength of support that exists for changing the politics of the Labour Party: for shifting the balance of power within our society, away from the political and economic elites towards the majority, to empower and enfranchise the working class and communities hardest hit by the long run attacks upon the welfare state.

Leader Of Honduran Campesino Movement Assassinated


By Nika Knight for Common Dreams – Amnesty InternationalJose Angel Flores, president of the Unified Campesinos Movement of the Aguan Valley, or MUCA, had been under police protection since March, teleSUR reported, after the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ordered the Honduran state to protect him from death threats in 2014. Former MUCA president Johnny Rivas, who hosts a radio show on the local station Radio Progreso,blamed “death squads chasing peasant families fighting for land rights” for the murder.

Zapatistas Enter Mexico’s Presidential Race

Subcomandante Marcos addresses a crowd in Mexico City’s Zócalo

By Andrew S. Vargas for Remezcla – The Zapatistas are dipping their toes into Mexican electoral politics. Last week, the near-mythical army of indigenous resistance released a communiqué summarizing the basic points of discussion that characterized the 5th National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in Chiapas, and it included a bombshell announcement. After ticking off an infuriatingly long list of violations of indigenous rights and sovereignty across Mexico (with a shoutout to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,)