Long after explosion, East Harlem tenants fight on

By July 14, 2014

New York, July 8 — More than four months after the gas explosion in East Harlem, tenants are still suffering from the disaster.  The blowup affected more homes than just those in the two buildings that were completely demolished by it. “A lot of people think that only those living in the two buildings destroyed [...]

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Lac-Mégantic blast victims remembered

By July 13, 2014

Three hundred people gathered July 6 at the Ezra Prentice Basketball Court in South Albany, N.Y., a poor, predominantly Black neighborhood. They came to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosion and fire that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. That explosion was from a trainload of DOT-111 oil tanker cars carrying thousands of gallons [...]

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Oil trains seen as ‘mile-long bombs’

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A runaway train carrying Bakken formation crude oil derailed last year on July 6. The resulting explosion killed 47 people and demolished the town center of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada. The severity and frequency of crude oil train derailments since then has sparked a call for a week of protests this year beginning July 6, in [...]

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Detroit protesters arrested for blocking water-shutoff trucks

By July 11, 2014
Protesters block streets in front of Homrich, July 10.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

July 10 — Detroit activists concerned about the massive water shutoffs across this economically devastated city blocked entrances to the yard of Homrich Co., a firm given a nearly $6 million contract to terminate water services for hundreds of thousands of people. The company was hired by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by [...]

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Dissecting Ukraine’s ‘democracy’: Poroshenko and the neo-Nazis

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Victor Shapinov of the Ukrainian Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) here analyzes the forces at work behind the announcement by President Petro Poroshenko officially ending the Kiev junta’s ceasefire with the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics of the Donbass region. The article originally appeared on the website ActualComments.ru and was translated by Workers World contributing [...]

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Interview with Borotba — ‘They hate us because we are communists’

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Workers World is publishing parts of this interview by Andrej Hunko, who is a member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) from the Left Party (Die Linke), with Borotba leader Sergei Kirichuk. The entire interview is at tinyurl.com/mj36exz July 9, 2014 — Sergei Kirichuk is a founding member and coordinator of the Ukrainian left-wing organization Borotba [...]

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100 years later — what caused World War I?

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On June 28 just a century ago, Gavrilo Princip, a 19-year-old patriot from the oppressed nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, assassinated Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. Ferdinand was the symbol of the tyrannical rule of the decadent Habsburg Empire over Princip’s country. The militarist rulers in Vienna, the capital of the empire, seized on the assassination in Sarajevo as [...]

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Behind the Supreme Court’s reactionary rulings

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The Supreme Court finished its spring term with a reactionary siege on women’s and workers’ rights. The court assailed women’s reproductive rights in two major decisions plus an injunction, bestowed “religious rights” on corporations, and then directed a glancing blow at labor unions. These and other recent court decisions have established fundamental policies while eviscerating [...]

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Gay Honduran describes gov’t repression

By July 10, 2014

Workers World managing editor LeiLani Dowell spoke with Nelson Arambú, a leader of the LGBT ­community in Honduras and a member of the Move­ment of Diversity in Resistance, who was in New York City as part of a speaking tour on June 30. Workers World: Can you describe the situation for the LGBT movement in [...]

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Occupy activist exposes Riker’s Island

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New York — Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan was released from the Riker’s Island Correctional Facility on July 2. McMillan had been sentenced to 90 days in jail this spring after being convicted of assaulting Grantley Bovell, a New York Police Department officer. McMillan and her supporters say Bovell sexually assaulted her and that [...]

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