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Eyewitness: North Korea

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, the PSL’s 2016 presidential candidate, speaks about her experience in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea) during the 70th anniversary of the Worker’s Party of Korea earlier this month. She describes her impressions of changes in the DPRK since her last trip in 1989, including the impact of U.S. sanctions on the North Korean economy, and discusses the need for people in the United States to continue to oppose imperialist aggression towards North Korea.

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Palestine: A Third Intifada?

Listen now: Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, provides an analysis of what many are calling a Third Intifada, or uprising, of the Palestinian people in response to continued Israeli repression and the desecration of non-Jewish religious sites in an attempt to declare Zionist colonial victory over Palestine.

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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.

  • Listen now: PSL member Eugene Puryear looks at how SAC Capital and JPMorgan Chase are getting away with massive fraud and other illegal activities without facing any criminal charges.
  • Listen now: Christine Hong of the Korea Policy Institute discusses Korea Peace Days, a series of events calling on Washington to finally sign a peace treaty ending the six-decade-long Korean War. To listen to an extended version of this interview, click here.
  • Listen now: Filmmaker Ben Huff talks about “No Justice, No peace,” a new film on the epidemic of police brutality and the grassroots movement that is pushing back against the systemic violence unleashed by the cops.
  • Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), reports on continuing U.S. aggression against North Korea six decades after the end of fighting in the Korean War. Becker recently attended a symposium in North Korea with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
  • Latin America solidarity activist Gloria La Riva speaks on developments in Venezuela since the death of President Hugo Chávez. La Riva attended a Cuba-Venezuela solidarity conference in Caracas this July.
  • PSL member Jane Cutter reports from Seattle on the struggle of fast-food workers who are mobilizing there and across the United States for fair pay and the right to unionize. What is at stake, and how can workers win?
  • PSL member Eugene Puryear analyzes Obama’s address on the killing of Trayvon Martin. Can the president of a racist system be a leading voice against racism?
  • Sarah Sloan, National Staff Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, speaks on the continuing U.S. government war in Korea and anti-war activities marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended active military combat but did not actually end the war. Who is the real aggressor on the Korean peninsula?
  • PSL member John Beacham analyzes Detroit’s bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. Is the city’s financial crisis truly inevitable – or a coordinated attack against workers?

Speaking shortly before North Korea’s latest nuclear test made headlines, Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), answers the question: Who’s the real aggressor in the Korean Peninsula? Becker analyzes the decades-long record of U.S. aggression against Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the imperialist motives driving Washington’s foreign policy in the region.

Long-time Cuba solidarity activist Gloria La Riva talks about the recent Cuban elections, which have resulted in one of the most diverse and representative parliaments in the world, and contrasts Cuba’s workers’ democracy to the United States’ “democracy for the rich only.” (This episode features an edited version of the interview; you can find the full interview here.)

We continue our special coverage of struggles against racist police brutality with a discussion with organizer Stevie Merino about the senseless shooting of Sokha Hor. Merino gives the background on the case that has sparked outrage and become a catalyst for struggle against the ruthless Long Beach Police Department.