U.S., EU strengthen grip on Ukraine

By April 1, 2014

March 31 —  The U.S. imperialists are trying to strengthen their grip on Ukraine, having seized the reins in Kiev through a fascist-led coup against the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych. In the wake of the coup, the new, unelected puppet regime has signed an “associate agreement” with the European Union that opens wider the Ukrainian [...]

 

Ukraine: Coup regime raids home of Odessa anti-fascist leader

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Alexei Albu, center, at anti-fascist march in Odessa, March 30.

April 1 — On the morning of April 1, Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) agents raided the apartment of Odessa, Ukraine, anti-fascist leader Alexei Albu with a warrant authorizing them to search for lists of activists and for weapons. The raid was not unexpected. Albu, an elected member of the Odessa Regional Council and local coordinator [...]

 

From Latin America: Anti-imperialist solidarity with Venezuela

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Mexico City, March 28 — Progressives in Latin America and the Caribbean have put defense of the Venezuelan government and people at the top of their priorities. They showed this today when a seminar that had begun as a standard exchange of information among workers and progressive organizations from the continent and worldwide turned into [...]

 

Como es un video fascista

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Se dice que una foto vale más que mil palabras. ¿No debería una imagen animada valer aún más? Tomemos el video que se difundió ampliamente a través del Internet por un tiempo —hasta que alguien dijo que estaba protegido por la ley de derechos de autor y fue eliminado de muchos sitios web. Pero no [...]

 

Destitución del alcalde de Bogotá amenaza conversaciones de paz

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El derechista Procurador General de Colombia, usando métodos ilegales depuso al alcalde de Bogotá quien fuera popularmente elegido, amenazando así el futuro de las vitales conversaciones de paz con el movimiento político guerrillero FARC-EP y el futuro de la democracia en Colombia. El 18 de marzo, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos había otorgado “medidas [...]

 

Detroiters object to austerity plan

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The city of Detroit bankruptcy case is being played out in a courtroom far removed from the real future of the city and the destiny of its workers, retirees and residents. Yes, the federal bankruptcy court is in downtown Detroit. But the lawyers representing the emergency-management-run city and the bankers who are trying to squeeze [...]

 

March for $15 minimum wage takes place in Bay Area

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March 27 protest.WW photo: Terri Kay

Oakland, Calif. — Organized by UNITE HERE Local 2850, on March 27 several hundred East Bay hotel, restaurant and stadium workers marched for jobs, rights and power under the call of “The Town Hella Needs A Raise.” (“Hella” is a common slang term in the Bay Area, meant to convey a strong and emphatic expletive.) [...]

 

San Francisco cops kill again

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The father of slain Alex Nieto, March 29.Photo: Daniel Arauz

People demand justice for Alejandro Nieto The San Francisco’s Mission District community was shocked and angered by the news of the killing of Alejandro (Alex) Nieto by the San Francisco police on March 21. Nieto, just 28 years old, had stopped on his way to his security guard job to enjoy his favorite spot at [...]

 

Behind right-wing gains in French election

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The New York Times and Washington Post in the U.S. and the Guardian in England presented France’s local elections on March 30 as a breakthrough for the French far right, along with substantial gains for the center-right. But the real key to understanding developments in France is the record level of abstentions. Nearly 40 percent [...]

 

Women march for justice

By March 31, 2014
Women demand rights, March 26.WW photo: Liz Green

Boston — Despite temperatures hovering around freezing and 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts, the Women’s Fightback Network commemorated International Working Women’s Month with a militant march and street rally on March 26. From a speakout at the Park Street transit station, participants marched right through the doors of a nearby McDonald’s restaurant. They chanted, “What’s outrageous? McDonald’s [...]

 
On the picket line

Grocery workers fight cutbacks from coast to coast In the state of Washington, Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger blinked two hours before the strike deadline on Oct. 21, when more than 30,000 grocery workers in six counties near Seattle were mobilizing to hit the bricks. Dave Schmitz, president of Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, noted that the chains’ original contract had “some of the worst [cutbacks] I have ever seen. […]

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