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September 14, 2004
    As patience with the failed Oslo agreements was clearly breaking down nearly 4 years ago, a solidarity movement was beginning to pick up the pieces after thinking that the situation in Palestine was settled. When the inevitable second intifada exploded, activists responded quickly and hundreds of autonomous organizations emerged in North America, joining with the world to support the uprising and condemn Israeli aggression. But the movement these activists created was not without its difficulties. Palestine solidarity activist Matt Horton takes a critical look back.

In the early heady stages of the intifada, as a US-based solidarity movement began to take shape, prospects for launching a diverse and powerful coalition of forces looked promising.

June 01, 2006
    “Although the final decision for inviting foreign investment ultimately rests with a representative Iraqi government, I believe in due course the invitation will come.” ––Peter J. Robertson, Chevron Vice Chairman, 2003

Amid all the talk of training Iraqi soldiers, heading off a civil war, and protecting Iraq’s fledging democracy, one overriding agenda has been ignored in the debate over the time-table for bringing US troops home: President Bush will not withdraw US forces until US oil companies have secure access to Iraq’s oil. The process of securing this access involves four steps.

June 01, 2006
    If Huey Newtown were alive today, he’d be on the verge of a political comeback. Not because of the supposed shout-out he’s getting from the Boondocks cartoon, but because of a concept he was pushing during the early 1970s—revolutionary intercommunalism.

The idea was simple. We no longer live in a moment where nation-states have the grand relevance they once did. The rise of a truly global capitalism, by its very nature, has always gone beyond territorial limitations. Therefore, as revolutionaries, Huey said, we need to start thinking about ourselves “intercommunally” as opposed to internationally.
If placed in present-day dialogue, Huey’s concept is anything but new.

June 01, 2006
    Over the past five years, Left Turn magazine has become a resource for many organizers and activists through our in-depth news coverage of politics, media, and social movements in the US and globally. In all of our work, we have strived to project a non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, radical critique of corporate globalization and imperialism and shine a focus on concrete alternatives. But perhaps what makes Left Turn unique from much of the other alternative media is that at the core, Left Turn is a political project.

The magazine serves as a movement publication, working to reflect and support the grassroots. By playing this role, it has attempted to connect key pieces of the vibrant yet still very fractured radical movements here in the US.

Eric Tang
June 01, 2006
    This January, Chileans elected the second Socialist Party candidate since the Pinochet dictatorship and the first woman ever to the presidency. Will the new administration be part of the shift to the left that is challenging neoliberal policies across South America, or will Bachelet bow to the economic and military demands of Washington?

On election day in Chile, throngs of women gather at the vote tally at the Estadio Nacional de Chile (National Stadium) to rally for socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet. Along with the rest of the country, they anxiously await the final results of Chile’s presidential runoffs.