The racist militarization of Ferguson, Mo.

By August 18, 2014

Aug. 18 — The air was again choked in Ferguson, Mo., with smoke bombs and tear gas.  Protesters’ chants competed with bursts of firearms shooting rubber bullets. This was in late evening, after Saturday, Aug. 16, passed into the early moments of Sunday, shortly after the curfew took effect. Residents of Ferguson, a small suburb [...]

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From Pennsylvania to Ukraine and Bulgaria: The toxic aftermaths of fracking

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Many people are already deeply concerned about the sinister damage to the environment done by hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.” This process, which breaks up underground shale rock through the high-pressure injection of millions of gallons of toxins-laden water in order to release natural gas, already supplies 67 percent of the gas consumed in [...]

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‘Making connections’ tour

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Buffalo, N.Y.

A speaking tour of upstate New York cities was kicked off in Buffalo on Aug. 4 with a meeting that filled the office of the Buffalo/Western NY International Action Center. Buffalo IAC’s Garrett Dicembre introduced the speakers, Judy Bello, a member of the United National Antiwar Committee and a leader of the Upstate Coalition to [...]

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U.S.-Africa summit can’t hide imperialist aims

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A much-anticipated summit at the State Department and White House was held Aug. 4-8. Dozens of African heads of state and the chair of the continental African Union Commission attended. Nonetheless, several leading countries were not invited or chose not to attend, including Zimbabwe, Sudan, Eritrea, Chad, Egypt, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Although AUC Chair [...]

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Guitar Center unfair to workers

By August 17, 2014
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New York — Scabby the Rat made an unusual appearance on 44th Street west of Broadway on Aug. 8, with a guitar slung across his chest. He was staring at the entrance to the Guitar Center, the largest musical instrument retailer in the U.S., with 315 stores and 10,000 workers. The union rat is usually [...]

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Grocery workers fight back

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Market Basket

Thousands of workers at 71 Market Basket stores in New England have been engaged in a job action since July 17, when a hostile takeover within the company’s board ousted the then current CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. The mostly white super­visory and managerial staff of the grocery chain has been organizing weekly rallies of thousands [...]

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Marriage equality winning after decades of struggle

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More than 700 people rallied in Cincinnati on Aug. 5 and 6 in support of the right of same-sex couples to marry. On Aug. 6, a panel of three judges of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard attorneys for couples in four different states make the case for marriage equality. In opposition, attorneys [...]

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Iraqi author writes of U.S. destructive role in her country

By August 16, 2014

If one were to view unfolding events in Iraq like a tragic movie script, the scene sequence might progress in the following manner, shedding light on the events that have led to the unravelling and demise of a once great nation. Scene 1 is reminiscent of the silent cinema era: five gloomy men standing in [...]

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Palestinian youth speak in Philadelphia

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WW photo: Joseph Piette

Three young Palestinian activists — Majd Ahmad, Omar Abuasi and Rajai Dias — addressed a Philadelphia meeting on Aug. 12 on the Gaza resistance to Israeli occupation and the impact of the decades long occupation of Palestine on their own families and lives.  All three are leaders in local movements dedicated to raising awareness of [...]

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Solidarity with Ukraine anti-fascists at NY Gaza march

By August 15, 2014
WW photo: Joseph Piette

Workers World Party and International Action Center activists spoke out in solidarity with the Donbass resistance and anti-fascist fighters in Ukraine at the Aug. 9 “World Stands with Gaza” march in New York. Protesters carried the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic and signs linking the anti-imperialist/anti-fascist resistance of the people in Palestine and Ukraine. They also distributed a [...]

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