Senate hearing airs pro/con views about abortion

By July 22, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing July 15 about the Women’s Health Protection Act. The law is needed to stop states from implementing laws claiming to protect women’s health and safety, but which limit access to legal, safe abortion and drive women’s health care providers out of business. This is the first federal legislation [...]

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Detroit: Thirsty for justice

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July 21 — The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department announced at a federal bankruptcy court hearing before Judge Steven Rhodes today that there would be a 15-day suspension of water shutoffs while policies were enacted to address the current crisis in the city. Additional measures are purportedly being designed to address the massive termination of [...]

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Brooklyn, N.Y.: ’No to gentrification’

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Honk against gentrification, July 19.WW photo: Imani Henry

The Equality for Flatbush Project held a “Save Affordable Housing/Fight Gentrification Visibility Day” on July 19 to demand an end to rising rents. The community group, which describes itself as “a new people of color-led grassroots campaign to create a stronger network between tenant rights groups, block associations and community organizations fighting for better conditions [...]

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Essence of neoliberal empire — Social chaos and world destruction

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Alberto Rabilotta is an Argentine-Canadian journalist specializing in economic issues. Workers World is publishing this two-part article as a contribution to the discussion of contemporary imperialism and how to fight it. Translation from Spanish by WW managing editor John Catalinotto. This is Part I. It’s hard not to feel that the world, humanity and our [...]

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Hamas’ conditions for ceasefire

By July 21, 2014

The Alternative Information Center describes itself as “an internationally oriented, progressive, joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization, located in Beit Sahour and Jerusalem.” As of July 20, a group of more than 200 Israelis had sent a letter to the European Council, Commission and the European Parliament calling on the EU to pressure Israel to accept Hamas’ terms of [...]

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What happens when the U.S. shoots down a passenger plane?

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Remember the Iranian airliner? On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes launched a surface-to-air missile at an Iranian civilian airliner. It was on a scheduled commercial flight from Bandar-Abbas to Dubai. The attack resulted in the deaths of 290 passengers and crew members. The U.S. proclaimed the whole thing was an “error” by the crew [...]

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U.S., media distort facts, blame rebels for plane tragedy

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July 21 — A civilian passenger plane is rerouted over a war zone. The plane crashes mysteriously in rebel-held territory. Within hours, the rebels and an “enemy” government are blamed for deliberately downing the plane and killing everyone aboard. Welcome to the Reichstag fire, 2014 edition. In February 1933, fire engulfed the German Reichstag (parliament) in [...]

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Fidel Castro on Ukraine and Gaza

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Fidel Castro writes a regular column for Granma. The Havana newspaper is named for the ship that in 1956 carried the revolutionary leader and his band of courageous young fighters to Cuba to launch an armed struggle that liberated the island from the bloody dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and his U.S. backers. Below is his [...]

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Malaysian airline crash: U.S./EU to blame

By July 19, 2014

The world is shocked and dismayed that in the midst of a civil war in Ukraine, provoked by United States and European Union imperialism, 298 people have died in the crash of a Malaysian airliner on July 18 in the war area. We at WW have no special information at this time — July 19 [...]

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NSA spy campaign against Muslims exposed

By July 17, 2014

On the one hand, the U.S. government, through its Supreme Court, has decided that corporate bosses, if their religious biases are “sincerely held,” can use them to deny fundamental reproductive rights to women workers, namely insurance funding for contraceptives. On the other hand, that same U.S. government continues to wage a non-stop campaign of racist [...]

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