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North Korea: myths, facts and where relations are heading

Listen now: Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, speaks to Don Debar, host of the morning show on CPRmetro.org, regarding myths and facts about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – North Korea. He reviews the most recent attacks by the United States and South Korean intelligence services at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and what they mean for U.S.-North Korea relations.

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In one of the richest countries in the world – zero maternity leave

Listen now: Nathalie Hrizi, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in San Francisco who is currently on paid maternity leave – a benefit won by her union, discusses the overwhelming absence of such paid leave in the United States. Countries around the world offer between 12 and 50 weeks of paid parental leave, with the United States and just three other countries standing alone without any support for new parents. This indicting feature of U.S. capitalism can only be changed through mass struggle.

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Jeremy Corbin’s election advances the struggles against imperialism and austerity

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate, speaks on the significant election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party in Britain. Corbyn’s election signals the growing worldwide opposition to austerity, environmental destruction and imperialist war. Corbyn has organized against the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq, andstood with the people of Palestine and against the growing austerity measures against working people in Britain. This revival of left-wing forces in Britain and elsewhere presents opportunities to advance the struggle worldwide.

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Capitalism’s assault on the Ogallala Aquifer

Listen now: Joel Gallegos, regular contributor to Liberation News and member of the PSL in Albuquerque, N.M., speaks on the capitalist depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest underground water sources in the world. As the crisis of water access grows, the capitalist ruling class stands idle. It is the action of working people that can provide the basis of sustainable access to fresh water for humanity.

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Guatemala protests signal new resistance

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the PSL’s 2016 presidential candidate, discusses the massive demonstrations and social movement in Guatemala that forced Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina to resign on September 6.

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March for Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Resistance & Resilience

Listen now: Paige Murphy of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Red Nation in Albuquerque, N.M.,  talks about the kick-off of the organizing for the March for Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Resistance and Resilience. The march will deliver the demands of abolishing Columbus Day, evicting corporate polluters, ending bordertown violence, and defending treaty rights on and off Native land.

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Fighting expanded police powers in D.C.

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate and an organizer with the Stop Police Terror Project – D.C., discusses the new plan by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to expand police powers and increase penalties for several crimes, as well as efforts to oppose the new plan.

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The Cold War: class-based conflict on a global scale

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, explains the so-called “Cold War,” the half-century conflict between the United States and other imperialists against the socialist countries struggling to break free from colonial and imperialist domination. The Cold War period is marked by both hot wars and cold wars, but most importantly was a class-based conflict between the workers and oppressed on one side and the bosses on the other. This, of course, contrasts with war based on inter-imperialist rivalry exemplified in First and Second World Wars.

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Fear, racism and the Trump campaign

Listen now: Karina Garcia, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City, speaks to the role that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign plays for the ruling class. She reviews his racist demagoguery against Latino people in particular, his program of American exceptionalism, and how although some are swayed by this, the majority are seeking real alternatives to the issues faced by working people.

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The meaning of the upcoming Greek elections

Listen now: Walter Smolarek, a regular contributor to Liberation News, discusses the upcoming elections in Greece, the split within SYRIZA and how it may play out, and the continued struggle of the Greek people against austerity.

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The movement against police terror: growth and challenges

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate, discusses the movement against police terror in the United States one year after the police murder of Michael Brown. He provides historical context for today’s movement and describes necessary tasks to move the fight against racism forward.

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Voices from California’s Central Valley: How the drought crisis impacts poor and working people

Listen now: Liberation Radio reports from Tulare County in California’s Central Valley, where working and poor people have been hit hardest by the ongoing drought. While big agribusiness continues draining reserves in search of ever-greater profits, local and state governments have done nothing to help the people affected the most by the crisis.

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The struggle against Puerto Rico’s unpayable debt

Listen now: Francisco Fortuño Bernier of the Movement Socialista de Trabajadores (Workers’ Socialist Movement) and its student counterpart Unión de Juventudes Socialists (Union of Socialist Youth) speaks about his experience in the Puerto Rican student movement that carried out strikes against the unpayable $72 billion debt the island has accrued through the colonial relationship under U.S. domination. Half of people in Puerto Rico already live in poverty. Now, austerity programs will continue to expand – an attack that will be met with increased struggle.

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The importance of Black August

Listen now: Sean Blackmon, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and an organizer with the Stop Police Terror Project – DC, speaks on the significance of Black August to the revolutionary movement as well as to the struggles against the Prison-Industrial Complex and for self-determination. He also discusses the movement against police terror in Washington, D.C.

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Marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Listen now: Lilly Daigle, U.S. Field Organizer for Global Zero, remembers the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the attacks, and discusses the movement against nuclear weapons in the U.S. today.

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PSL delegation reports on #BlackLivesMatter conference

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reports on behalf of the PSL delegation that attended the recent #BlackLivesMatter conference in Cleveland, OH. He discusses the conference and the steps the movement must take to continue and ultimately win the struggle against police terror.

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Pure Food workers show example of fightback

Listen now: Karina Garcia of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City speaks on the example of the workers at Pure Food and Wine who, when their boss closed up shop and skipped town with their wages, began to organize food sales themselves – showing the possibility of workers’ control and fightback in the face of profit-hungry business practices. On July 30th, the workers unanimously voted to unionize.

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Winning reforms and fighting for revolutionary change

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reviews the similarities and differences in tactics between reformist and revolutionary perspectives. While revolutionaries must fight for reforms, the revolutionary is distinct in making it clear who the class enemy is, and that it is the strength of the movement that wrestles concessions from them – as opposed to the reformist view that promotes the idea that the interests of the working and capitalist classes can be reconciled. This discussion will help organizers in understanding this key distinction that is key to winning revolutionary change.