Borotba leader responds to teardown of Lenin statue

By October 2, 2014
Lenin statue in Kharkov

This article was written by Sergei Kirichuk, a leader of the Ukrainian organization Borotba (Struggle), now living in exile, in response to the fascists’ tearing down the statue of Vladimir Lenin in the city of Kharkov on Sept. 29.   Today the oligarchy is experiencing a “golden age,” when participants in any protest can be [...]

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A brief encounter with the Kiev junta’s border guards

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Simferopol, Crimea — “You need a valid passport to enter Ukraine. If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a Ukrainian visa if you will be in Ukraine for fewer than 90 days.” (Website Ukrainian Bureau of Consular Affairs) While visiting Simferopol, Crimea, in mid-September, I had the opportunity to visit some cities [...]

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Ebola crisis requires global response

By October 1, 2014

Sept. 29 — A special session at the 69th U.N. General Assembly discussed the spread of the Ebola virus in several West African states on Sept. 25. African Union Commission Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan spoke on the worsening crisis and the need for assistance from the international community [...]

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Latino/a community defends woman attacked by police

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Latino/a community defends woman attacked by police

Just two months after the recent New York Police Department chokehold killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, another video-recorded incident of NYPD brutality occurred on Sept. 20. When Sandra Amezquita, a pregnant woman, rushed to defend her teenage son, who was being detained by cops in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of several police present [...]

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Venezuelans defend Bolivarian Revolution

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Venezuela is in the midst of the difficult task of constructing the path to socialism. Like any living process, it does not go forward in a straight line. It instead has advances and setbacks, mistakes and corrections. The important thing is the continuous effort of the people in propelling the construction of a fair system [...]

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Lessons of the Air France strike

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An airlines strike in France highlighted the French bosses’ attempt to attack or evade French labor laws, which are stronger in protecting workers’ rights than other countries in the European Union, let alone in the anti-labor United States. The strike also provided a lesson in the bosses’ tactics aimed at dividing the working class. These [...]

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Ferguson: Community protests racist power structure

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Ferguson, Mo.

Eight people were arrested on Sept. 28 as protests continued in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. People reportedly threw rocks and bottles at police during the evening amid escalating tensions over a Missouri grand jury’s failure to file charges against white police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael [...]

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Hate crime reform a snake oil cure for LGBTQ oppression

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Philadelphia — In the wake of the recent gay bashing in Philadelphia, let’s not be fooled into thinking that cops and more incarceration will be our salvation. On Sept. 11, a group of at least three people — including a daughter of the Chalfont, Pa., chief of police — allegedly attacked and brutally beat two gay men in Philadelphia. One [...]

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Justice for John Crawford!

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John Crawford

There is now no justice for John Crawford III, the 22-year-old African-American youth killed on Aug. 5 in a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek, Ohio. A Greene County special grand jury did not indict Sgt. David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams, both white police officers, in the fatal shooting of this father of two, and found their actions [...]

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Free Sundiata Acoli!

By September 30, 2014
Sundiata Acoli

Political prisoner Sundiata Acoli, aka Clark Edward Squire, is scheduled to be released on parole after spending more than 40 years in a New Jersey maximum security prison. A New Jersey state appeals court explained in a 28-page ruling on Sept. 29 that the state parole board had dismissed evidence favorable to Acoli and given [...]

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