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‘Expanding Empire’ revisited

January 13, 2014

Vince Copeland, a founding leader of Workers World Party, first published a riveting booklet in 1968 entitled “Expanding Empire: The Global War Drive of Big Business and the Forces That Will Stop It.” Its popularity was expressed in several subsequent printings. In this writer’s view, it is a [...]

Kalashnikov: the worker and the rifle

January 13, 2014

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, the designer of the famous AK-47 assault rifle, died at the age of 94 at the end of December 2013 in Izhevsk, Russia, where he had lived in a simple apartment house since just after World War II. He was the 17th child of a peasant family, born in western Siberia. [...]

Workers’ struggle in Cambodia: the back story

January 11, 2014

Workers protest in Phnom Penh to demand a higher minimum wage. When the police in Cambodia shot and killed four people Jan. 3 during a workers’ demonstration calling for higher wages in the garment industry, it got the attention of the media in the imperialist world. The story, as they presented [...]

Eurozone imperialism swallows Latvia

January 11, 2014

Latvia, a small country on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, officially joined the Eurozone on Jan. 1. The Latvian government had applied the most rigorous austerity policy of any country in Europe. Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, called Latvia a “model [...]

A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 27

January 11, 2014

Cuban women and Cuban ‘marriage’ “With a bleeding eye in their hands, a sergeant and several other men went to the cell where our compañeras Melba Hernández and Haydée Santamaría were held. Addressing the latter, and showing her the eye, they said: ‘This eye belonged to your brother. If [...]

‘Affluenza’ & the Marxist cure

January 10, 2014

People everywhere were shocked and outraged that the son of a Texas factory owner, Ethan Couch, was given probation after crashing his father’s truck into a group of people who had gathered off the highway to help a motorist. Couch, who was drunk, killed four and severely injured two others, one [...]

Longest railroad strike in south Korea ends, struggle continues

January 10, 2014

Thousands of south Korean railroad workers ended their strike Dec. 30 after three weeks of intense struggle against the right-wing, anti-labor regime of President Park Geun-hye. It was the longest railroad strike in the history of Korail, the national railroad company. This intense class conflict [...]

Disasters and their causes

January 10, 2014

Syria. Libya. Iraq. South Sudan. Horror stories from these countries filled the international news as 2014 began. Humanitarian disasters. Ethnic warfare. An unexplained resurgence of al-Qaida, the current enemy-in-chief of the imperialist propaganda machine. Horror stories for the local [...]

Why the Affordable Care Act is already so expensive

January 10, 2014

The year was 1965. The U.S. government’s war in Vietnam was increasingly unpopular, especially among the young people being drafted and sent there. The movements of oppressed peoples for liberation were also growing, often inspired by the anticolonial struggles and the resistance of the [...]

New investigation, reparations sought for Clarence Moses-El

January 10, 2014

Clarence Moses-El In November 1996, Clarence Moses-El, who is imprisoned at Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington, Colo., expected to be vindicated of the rape for which he had been convicted in Denver. Ever since his conviction in 1987, Moses-El has upheld his innocence. From the [...]
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