Deadly Fire in London Apartment Building: Underlying Causes


Editors’ note: On Wednesday, June 14, a fire engulfed Grenfell Tower, a high-rise apartment building in West London. As of this writing, 30 residents are known to be dead, 70 are unaccounted for, and dozens sustained injuries. We received the following statement about the fire from the Radical Housing Network, a London-wide network of campaigns fighting for housing justice. It identifies intentional governmental neglect of council housing (known as “public housing” in the U.S.) and contempt for tenants as underlying causes of the tragedy. A similar analysis, by Feargus O’Sullivan, has appeared in The Atlantic.

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Video: MHI-sponsored Panel on Confronting “Anti-Neoliberal Left” Collaboration with Trumpism and the Far Right

Marxist-Humanist Initiative is unflinchingly opposed to Trumpism and the far right in all their manifestations. We have dedicated ourselves to protesting the heel coming down on our necks, and also to calling out those segments of the so-called left that continue to seek accommodation with Trumpism in any way.

As part of this effort, we sponsored and participated in a panel–Confronting “Anti-Neoliberal Left” Collaboration with Trumpism and the Far Right–at the Left Forum this past Sunday. The Left Forum, held in New York City, is the largest conference of left academics and activists in the U.S. Read More

Terror Attacks We Don’t Hear Much About


Ed. note: MHI deplores and condemns terror attacks everywhere. In the U.S., we don’t hear much news about those that are outside Western Europe. So we are re-printing reports from Afghanistan and Iran below.

From Women for Afghan Women

Mourning Victims of Terror, Everywhere


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Last Friday, after the May 31st terror attack in Kabul, Women for Afghan Women’s Executive Director, Manizha Naderi, reached out to staff in Afghanistan and in the United States, saying:

We are all devastated and horrified by this merciless attack and this senseless loss of life. The fact that no one from WAW’s headquarters and centers in Kabul was killed or hurt is almost a miracle; but, all those innocent lives lost and the hundreds of wounded remain outside the realm of human comprehension. The fact that it is Ramadan makes it even more sickening. These people are out to destroy Afghanistan and all the progress we have made as women, as a people, and as a country. But, they will not win. We must remain strong for our clients and we, as a people, must not cower to these criminals.

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