Subscribe to Our Newsletter





Follow LeftTurn:

Special Offer from PM Press

Now more than ever there is a vital need for radical ideas. In the four years since its founding - and on a mere shoestring - PM Press has risen to the formidable challenge of publishing and distributing knowledge and entertainment for the struggles ahead. With over 200 releases to date, they have published an impressive and stimulating array of literature, art, music, politics, and culture.

PM Press is offering readers of Left Turn a 10% discount on every purchase. In addition, they'll donate 10% of each purchase back to Left Turn to support the crucial voices of independent journalism. Simply enter the coupon code: Left Turn when shopping online or mention it when ordering by phone or email.

Click here for their online catalog.

To Nader or Not to Nader?: A Green Party Debate

By: 
Amy Goodman
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from DemocracyNow.org

The Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer will be little more than coronation ceremonies. But the Green Party convention, which kicks off today in Milwaukee, promises drama as delegates debate whether to support independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. We host a debate between Nader's running mate Peter Camejo and the leading Green Party candidate David Cobb.

Today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Green Party national convention kicks off in what will likely prove the most dramatic of this year's political conventions. That is largely due to an announcement earlier this week by independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader that he had selected Peter Camejo as his running mate.

From the Ground Up: Race and the Left Response to Katrina

By: 
Walidah Imarisha
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thousands of progressives, radicals, anarchists, activists, hippies and college students — the majority of them white — have gone down south to aid in relief and rebuilding efforts, and white organizations across the country have dedicated time and resources. But in their rush to help, are they recreating the racist dynamics we have seen from the government?

Is the white left racist?

Kifaya and the Politics of the Impossible

By: 
Issandr El Amrani
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    Social movements and activist groups in the Arab world are rarely acknowledged or heard about in the west. Even worse, recently the Bush administration has tried to take credit for the work of these grassroots groups, who struggle and protest under the most repressive conditions. One dynamic group in Egypt called Kifaya (meaning “Enough” in Arabic) has not only brought the politics of protest to the streets of Cairo but has dramatically changed “politics as usual” in Egypt under the US-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak.

On December 12, 2004, a small group of people gathered outside an imposing court at the heart of Downtown Cairo.

Moving Forward: UFPJ and the Anti-war Movement

By: 
AK Gupta
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    More than three years after an anti-war movement first took shape, momentum is on the side of those calling for an end to the US occupation of Iraq. President Bush’s approval ratings continue to slide as the number of Americans opposed to his handling of the war approaches two-thirds of the public. Congress has been locked in a rancorous debate over the course of the war and an increasing rate of US casualties indicates that the armed resistance in Iraq is growing in sophistication and capability.

The anti-war movement has made significant strides in forging a broad-based struggle to end the war and occupation.

ILL-ESTINE: FREE THE P

By: 
Andrew El-Kadi
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    “Free The People from the prejudices that pop culture places in their psyche permanently”.

    A compilation of hip-hop and spoken word, dedicated to the youth of Palestine, inspired by the global struggle for peace and justice, 2005.

    At a time when hip-hop’s conscious origins seem rarely evident in light of a more exploited form that focuses on faux-thug trends, a culture of awareness seems to be making a comeback to the forefront of hip-hop (the mainstream included). What would be a better time for socially conscious hip-hop to go global? Palestinians, that's right PALESTINIANS, have hit the hip-hop scene en-masse; even coming to the screen with a soon-to-be-released documentary entitled "Slingshot Hip Hop".

Interview with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

By: 
James Tracy
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    Roxanne-Dunbar-Ortiz has defined the term engaged intellectual through a life spent on the frontlines of the past four decades of social struggles. Born to a rural working-class white family in Oklahoma, she has never abandoned her roots through the process of becoming one of the most respected Left academics in the United States. Atdifferent times in her life, she has been involved with the armed revolutionary underground (detailed in her book Outlaw Woman), an early radical feminist, and active in civil society through the United Nations.

MEDIA ALERT: Stop Israel's Attacks on Gaza & Lebanon

Date Published: 
,

BACKGROUND: Israel is using weapons supplied by the United States to target Palestinian & Lebanese civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon in violation of the US Arms Export Control Act and the Geneva Conventions.

* On July 12th, Israel killed 23 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip with missiles fired from aircraft and shells fired from tanks. Israel killed 9 members of one family in a missile strike on a house near Gaza City.

The Katrina Anniversary

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
August 21, 2006
    (A different version of this article appears in the Summer 2006 issue of Colorlines Magazinewww.colorlines.com)

“I want as many people to come visit here as possible,” a lower 9th ward resident named Calvin told me as we walked past the infamous breached levees and destroyed homes of his neighborhood. “The national media has forgotten us, the politicians in DC have forgotten us. I support anything to get the word out.”

Among many people I've spoken with in New Orleans, this sentiment is common; the idea that the country has moved on, and if people would just come here and see for themselves, they’ll bring attention and consciousness.

Part 1: Outlines of a Mexican Rebellion

By: 
RJ Maccani
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

August 5, 2006

PART 1 OF 3

After coming back from reporting on The Other Campaign in Oaxaca, I realized that there were more than a few people here in the States that had heard of this new, national initiative but didn’t quite get it. This quote from an activist in the Palestinian Solidarity Movement sort of sums up several different things I’ve been hearing: “Yeah, it’s disappointing that they (the Zapatistas) are becoming less militant now…getting involved in electoral politics and just parading around.” Damn. Where to start?

The Other Campaign is the national initiative that has grown out of the Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle released in June of 2005.

Supplement: We Have Turned Desire Into An Autonomous Space

By: 
Leonardo Tlahui
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

“Stories from The Other Campaign” - Supplement 1 of 2

    [I’ve including this piece as I wanted to share the unedited speech of at least one adherent to The Other Campaign to give a flavor for what Delegate Zero’s meetings with adherents are like. Also, in this case, Tlahui was an especially fabulous member of the Oaxacan organizing community and definitely deserves a wide audience. –RJ]

Leonardo Tlahui’s Speech at the University of the Land (UniTierra) in Dialogue with Delegate Zero on February 10th, 2006

Welcome Sup [Marcos],

Welcome to dignity, justice and freedom.

Our snail's heart (corazon de caracol) is ready to receive the dignitary fire from the center of the earth.