Scientific approach to opening of ‘New World’

Vol. 84/No. 29 - July 27, 2020
Reproduction of a painting of Genoa, Italy, in 1597, by Cristoforo Grassi. Genoa was a key European port at the time of Columbus’ voyages. Opening of Americas paved the way for the rapid development of capitalism in Holland and England, while holding it back in Spain.

The approaching 500th anniversary of the European discovery of the Americas has given rise to a widespread debate on the significance of this event and the colonization of the continent which followed. In the accompanying interview Cuban minister of culture…


New York City Hall moves to slash funds for public libraries

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in April the city plans to slash $16 million in funding for public libraries in 2020. The cuts will mean another round of reduced hours and staffing here. This won’t only hit…


Working class is the defender of learning and culture

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

When long-time reader Ray Parsons sent us the clipping that this article is based on, he commented it “illustrates that yes, it’s the working class that is the real defender of learning and culture. A point that the Socialist Workers…