Essence of neoliberal empire — Social chaos and world destruction

By July 22, 2014

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

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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Bankruptcy court addresses Detroit water shutoffs

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At march in solidarity with Palestine, July 13.>br />WW photo: Kris Hamel

July 16 — A dog and pony show put on by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy proceedings took an unexpected turn on July 15 when Moratorium NOW! Coalition activist Kris Hamel, who is also a WW managing editor, told the judge he needed to put a moratorium on mass water shutoffs [...]

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The U.S. dollar: A tool for Washington’s arrogance

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It was just another small story on the business pages and in the blogs devoted to economic news: The U.S. got BNP-Paribas — France’s largest bank — to agree to plead guilty to a felony and pay a nearly $9 billion fine, as well as fire some executives and accept some restrictions on its business. [...]

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‘No more hot school buses!’

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11-year old’s cartoon finds school buses equatorial.Cartoon: K. Stevens

Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST) and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, after receiving reports of dangerously overheated school buses, collaborated on a July 11 press conference calling for adequate air conditioning. Given a platform from which to demand safer school busing, families from many neighborhoods and cultures stepped up and spoke. About [...]

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