Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Talking politics with the well-known antiwar activist

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist and an anti-imperialist rabble-rouser. She became politically active after her son, a soldier, was killed in Iraq in April 2005. Shortly thereafter she formed Gold Star Families for Peace, made up of other families who opposed US militarism. She became nationally-known in August of 2005 after establishing a protest camp near President George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas. Hundreds of people participated in the protest, which was called “Camp Casey” after Sheehan’s son. At this time, the media nicknamed her “Peace Mom.”

Sheehan has run for office three times, including against Congressman Nancy Pelosi. She rejects the US American political duopoly and is a member of the Peace and Freedom Party. In 2018, she formed the Women’s March On the Pentagon, which has been organizing an annual emonstration against war and imperialism at the Pentagon in Washington DC. She has been arrested multiple times for protesting.

Sheehan has authored eight books including “Dear President Bush,” “The Obama Files: Chronicles of an Award-Winning War Criminal” and “Myth America:10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution!”

She also publishes a blog and produces a podcast at Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, with new content every week.

In our conversation, recorded on March 3rd, 2020, we talked about antiwar activism, US imperialism, the futility of electoral politics, the environmental crimes of the US military, how propaganda supports war, how political organizing is affected by technology and social media, and other topics. It was a real honor to speak with her.

March On the Pentagon:




Sunday, April 26, 2020

Protect Venezuela from a Panamanian Style U.S. Invasion (SOAPBOX PODCAST 4/25/20)

April 25, 2020

 GUEST:  Whitney Webb

Whitney Webb – Writer/Investigator:
Whitney Webb is a staff writer for The Last American Vagabond. She has previously written for Mintpress News, Ben Swann’s Truth In Media. Her work has appeared on Global Research, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She currently lives with her family in southern Chile.

For this episode of The Soapbox, Cindy chats with journalist, Whitney Webb about her piece entitled:

As US Shale Oil Plunges, Trump Admin Takes Aim at Venezuela

A confluence of factors suggests that such a Panama-style invasion of Venezuela is not only a possibility, but increasingly likely.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Protect Our Postal Service from Trumpian Attacks (SOAPBOX PODCAST 4/24/20)

April 25, 2020


Chuck (far left)

 Talk about ESSENTIAL employees! In my decades of life, I can't remember a time when I didn't receive my mail.  No matter where you live, or your economic status, the USPS provides a valuable AND essential and reasonable service to every person in this country. 

While banks and airlines are receiving billions with no conditions, through Trump's maliciousness, needed Federal help is being withheld from the post office (which does not normally receive federal funds). The Postal Service (whose founding precedes this country), is being economically harmed like the rest of us. It's not about receiving your junk mail, or bills, it's about 1.2 billion prescriptions which are delivered each year, and other valuable community services provided!

For this episode, Cindy and Chuck Zlatkin discuss the importance of saving the Public Postal Service (consistently rated as the most popular federal program) from the latest attacks by the Trump regime, especially through the Covid-19 economic collapse.

Besides thanking your letter carrier or window clerk:


Tell Congress: During This Pandemic, Support Our Public Postal Service 






Monday, April 20, 2020

Stand With Kashmir (SOAPBOX PODCAST 4/20/20)

April 20, 2020


GUEST: Idrisa Pandit
TOPIC: Stand with Kashmir






Indian occupation forces continue to exert large scale, documented, and unpunished human rights abuses in Kashmir.
 Idrisa Pandit:

Idrisa Pandit is a social justice activist and an interdisciplinary Studies scholar based in Waterloo, Ontario. Idrisa is also the founder of Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo and a member of Interfaith Grand River. Idrisa has been recognized for her volunteerism and community contributions. Among her numerous awards are the University of Waterloo 2017 President's Community Award, Ontario's 2016 Leading Women Leading Girls Award, and the Oktoberfest 2016 Woman of the Year Award. Idrisa's research and writing focuses on interfaith relations, anti-oppression, anti-racism, gender and Islam, and the Kashmir Conflict. Follow Idrisa Pandit on Twitter here 


Kashmir Scholars Consultative and Action Network KSCAN

The Kashmir Scholars Consultative and Action Network (KSCAN), is an interdisciplinary group of scholars from various countries and regions engaged in research on the region of Kashmir. Each of us has written about Kashmiri history, society, culture, and politics, and their relation to the protracted conflict; and we are particularly concerned about the present conditions of violence. Our research on the Kashmir conflict addresses its history, its consequences for the region and beyond, and its possible resolution. It has implications for an internationally mediated political solution and is of relevance to policy makers.





Friday, April 3, 2020

From President Nicolas Maduro Moros To the Peoples of the World (REPRINT)

 From: President Nicholas Maduro 
To: The Peoples of the World
In greeting you, with affection, I take the liberty of addressing you on the occasion of denouncing the severe events taking place against the peace and stability of Venezuela, at a time when the concern of the States and Governments should be focused on the protection of the life and health of their citizens, due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As it is publicly known, last March 26, the government of the United States announced a very serious action against a group of high officials of the Venezuelan State, including the Constitutional President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro.

This action consisted in the presentation of a formal accusation before the American judicial system, which is not only by illegal in itself, by also seeks to support a false accusation of drug trafficking and terrorism, with the sole objective of simulating the alleged judicialization of the Venezuelan authorities.

This American performance includes the unusual offer of an international reward to anyone who provides information about the President and the high Venezuelan officials, leading to a dangerous moment of tension in the continent. I, therefore, consider it necessary to make an account of the facts, which reveal the perverse plot behind the accusations of the Department of Justice.

Just one day before, on March 25, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounced before national and international public opinion the development in Colombian territory of an operation aimed at attempting against the life of President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro Moros, his family members, and high State officials; as well as attacking civil and military objectives in our country, accusing Mr. Clíver Alcalá, a retired general of the Venezuelan armed forces, of being the military chief of that operation.

This denouncement was made with all responsibility, after a control operation in the road to the north of Colombia, near the border with Venezuela was announced on March 24, in which the police of that country captured a batch or war weapons in a civilian vehicle.

The investigations revealed that it was a sophisticated arsenal aimed at a group of former Venezuelan and Colombian military and paramilitary personnel who were training in camps located in Colombian territory.

On March 26, the aforementioned Clíver Alcalá, gave a statement to a Colombian media outlet -from his residence in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia- in which he confirmed his participation in the reported events, confessing to being the military leader of the operation and revealing that the weapons were purchased by order of Mr. Juan Guaidó, national deputy, who calls himself interim President of Venezuela and serves as Washington’s operator in the country. He also confirmed that the weapons were intended to carry out a military operation to assassinate senior members of the Venezuelan State and Government and to produce a coup d’état in Venezuela.

Mr. Alcalá clarified that the weapons were purchased through a contract signed by himself, Mr. Juan Guaidó, U.S. advisors and Mr.Juan José Rendón, political advisor to President Iván Duque, and carried out with the knowledge of Colombian government authorities.

In the face of this confession, the unusual response of the United States government has been the publication of the accusations mentioned at the beginning of this letter, with the extravagant inclusion of the name of Mr. Alcalá, as if he were part of the Venezuelan authorities and not a mercenary hired by the United States to carry out a terrorist operation against the Venezuelan government.

As a demonstration of this statement, I need no more proof than to mention the alleged capture of Mr. Alcalá by Colombian security forces and his immediate surrender to U.S. DEA authorities, in a curious act in which the prisoner, without handcuffs, was shaking hands with his captors, right in front of the stairs of the plane that would take him on a special VIP flight to the United States, which shows that in reality, this whole set-up is about the rescue of someone they consider a U.S. agent.

It must be stressed that the unsuccessful armed operation was originally designed to be executed at the end of this month, while all of Venezuela is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Actually, this is precisely the main battle that concerns humanity today.

A battle that our nation is successfully waging, having managed to stop the contagion curve, reinforcing health provisions and keeping the population in a massive quarantine, with a low number of positive cases and deaths.

For all these reasons, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela alerts our brothers and sisters of political organizations and social movements around the world about the reckless and criminal steps being taken by the administration of Donald Trump which, despite the frightening acceleration of the growth of COVID-19 affecting the American people, seems determined to deepen its policy of aggression against sovereign states in the region, and especially against the Venezuelan people.

During the pandemic, the U.S. government, instead of focusing on policies of global cooperation in health and prevention, has increased unilateral coercive measures, has rejected requests from the international community to lift or make flexible the illegal sanctions that prevent Venezuela from accessing medicines, medical equipment, and food.

At the same time, it has banned humanitarian flights from the United States to Venezuela to repatriate hundreds of Venezuelans trapped in the economic and health crisis in the northern country.

By denouncing these serious facts, Venezuela ratifies its unwavering will to maintain a relationship of respect and cooperation with all nations, especially in this unprecedented circumstance that forces responsible governments to work together and put aside their differences, as is the case with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under such serious circumstances, I request your invaluable support in the face of this unusual and arbitrary persecution, executed through a new version of that rancid McCarthyism unleashed after World War II. At that time, they willingly labeled their adversaries as Communists in order to persecute them; today they do so by means of the whimsical categories of terrorists or drug traffickers, without having any evidence whatsoever.

Condemning and neutralizing today these unjustifiable attacks against Venezuela will be very useful to prevent Washington from launching similar campaigns against other peoples and governments of the world tomorrow. We must all adhere to the principles of the United Nations Charter, to prevent excessive unilateralism from leading to international chaos.

Brothers and sisters of the world, you can be absolutely sure that Venezuela will stand firm in its fight for peace and that, under any circumstances, it will prevail. No imperialist aggression, however ferocious it may be, will divert us from the sovereign and independent path that we have forged for 200 years, nor will it distance us from the sacred obligation to preserve the life and health of our people in the face of the frightening global pandemic of COVID-19.

I take this opportunity to express my solidarity and that of the people of Venezuela to all the peoples who today also suffer serious consequences from the effects of the pandemic. If we are obliged to draw any lesson from all this difficult experience, it is precisely that only together we can move forward. The political and economic models that advocate selfishness and individualism have demonstrated their total failure to face this situation. Let us firmly advance towards a new World with justice and social equality, in which the happiness and fullness of the human being is the center of our actions.

I appreciate the solidarity that you have permanently expressed towards my country and my people, denouncing the criminal blockade to which we and many other nations are subjected. I take this opportunity to reiterate my respect and affection, and to invite you to continue united, plowing a future of hope and dignity.