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Home in Puerto Rico destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017

The blackout that engulfed Puerto Rico when Category One hurricane, Fiona, hit on September 18, laid bare the impacts of austerity and privatisation carried under United States fiscal control, reports Barry Sheppard.

Cuba

Don Fitz explores the intertwined reasons behind why life expectancy in the United States dropped almost three years between 2019–21, while, in Cuba, it rose by 0.2 years.

Anti racism

Twenty-one-year-old white supremacist and soldier Killian Ryan was arrested and discharged from the army for lying on a form, but his threats to kill Black people were seemingly overlooked, reports Malik Miah.

William deBuys

Conservationist and author William (Bill) deBuys recently published The Trail to Kanjiroba, a memoir of two journeys through the mountainous Upper Dolpo region of Nepal. He discusses his work with Bill Nevins.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Pocock pays tribute to Barbara Ehrenreich, best known for her “classic of social justice literature”, Nickel and Dimed, who died on September 1.

Latin American leaders

Ahead of Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s inauguration, US Republican Senator Ted Cruz railed about the “acute dangers to American national security” posed by leftist governments in Latin America, reports Ana Zorita.

Daniel Ellsberg, Ed Snowden, Julian Assange

The FBI raid on former United States President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida has put the spotlight back on the nefarious Espionage Act, reports Barry Sheppard.

FBI raid

African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) leaders’ homes and offices were violently raided by the United States Federal Bureau of Inestigation (FBI) on July 29, reports Malik Miah.

Dangerous Rhythms

Bill Nevins reviews TJ English’s enthralling new book, Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld, the story of how jazz and organised crime evolved side-by-side in the United States.

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Four Kentucky police officers have been arrested and charged over the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, following a two-year campaign, reports Malik Miah.

Abortion rights protest

Indiana has become the first state in the United States to pass extreme abortion restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade, reports Common Dreams.

Campaigners

In an August 2 referendum, voters in Kansas resoundingly rejected a proposed amendment to remove the right to abortion from the state's constitution, reports Jake Johnson.

Child in Yemen

Just weeks after visiting the Middle East, United States President Joe Biden’s administration approved more than US$5 billion in missile sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports Brett Wilkins.

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi's tour of Asia has deliberately and in a calculated manner heightened tensions in the region, writes William Briggs. It was designed to be provocative and has succeeded.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time is a glowing tribute to a great and suffering writer who exposed the core futility of US culture, writes Barry Healy.

Nearly two months after the May 24 shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, part of the truth has been released, report Malik Miah and Barry Sheppard.

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