In 1981, there were several cases of atypical pneumonia and diarrhea in Boston area hospitals that caused severe wasting and resulted in death. The cases clustered demographically in young Haitian immigrants. At the same time, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported cases of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Caucasian homosexual men, mean age of 39, in New York City and San Francisco.
In 1950 at the age of 82, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois accepted the American Labor Party’s nomination to run for the New York seat of the U.S. Senate. Regarding this decision, his second wife, Shirley Graham, wrote: “The fact that you have done this now is conclusive proof of your own in[n]ate greatness. You accept the historic role in which events have cast you!” (Du Bois Papers, Shirley Graham Du Bois to W.E.B. Du Bois, Sept. 1, 1950).
The year 2019 was a year of extreme weather events spread across the world. Sweltering heat hit much of the globe. Raging wildfires were recorded in Brazil, Bolivia, Australia and the United States. Massive floods ravaged even cities like Venice, famed to be able to handle floods.
It is a matter of moral and political necessity that the planet’s progressive citizens speak out unambiguously against the U.S. aggression perpetrated against Iran and the danger of an Iran-U.S. war. The murder of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani was, at best, a reckless act by a desperate president, completely panicked about his impeachment. At worst, it was a declaration of war against a sovereign country which could lead to a much larger regional conflict.