Beat Goes on with Action NC

 Charlotte     Pat McCoy, the executive director of Action NC, and I visited with a class of students at Charlotte School of Law who were trying to learn the often delicate dance required of partnering with community organizations, offering stories and advice, even if perhaps not helpfully in some cases.  More fruitfully, we talked about campaigns […]

Yevgenia Chirikova and Other Environmentalists on the Run

Yevgenia Chirikova (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, file)

New Orleans       The Organizers’ Forum has conducted an International  Dialogue with community and labor organizers and activists in various movements around the world since 2002.  In our first trip to Brazil we almost miraculously stumbled into the wild excitement in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro around the election […]

The Vietnam War Nightmares Continue

Pham Thanh Cong, the director of the My Lai Museum, was eleven at the time of the massacre. His mother and four siblings died. “We forgive, but we do not forget,” he said. Credit Photograph by Katie Orlinsky

New Orleans       So many wars, so little time.   We have come to the point where when someone […]

NACLA Report on the Americas Going On-Line Only

 New Orleans     I have been a subscriber to the NACLA Report on the Americas for a decade or so and a reader for longer than that every time I would run into a copy.  Produced by the North American Congress for Latin America since 1967, the Report at its best offered insightful on-the-ground analysis of […]

India and China’s Devolution Strategy to Contain Workers and Unions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Orleans      India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP swept into power largely due to his ability to convince Indian voters that the economic progress in his state of Gujarat was worth ignoring many other parts of his record including the communalist riots killing […]

First They Come for the Nonprofits

On 21 July 2014, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered five prominent Russian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the ‘Foreign Agents’ list. – See more at:

Waveland   It seems not so much a pattern as an iron law that as governments move to clamp down on their citizens, first they come for […]