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U.S.-backed wars displace tens of millions

By June 27, 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This year, a report issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that the number of displaced persons has reached a post-World-War-II high. More than 51 million people have been forced out of their homes as a result of war and instability. The leading conflicts […]


South African miners’ strike shakes big firms

By June 20, 2014

Since Jan. 23, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has led 70,000 of its members in a strike in the platinum industry in South Africa, primarily over wages. The union is demanding a minimum wage for miners of 12,500 rand (US $ 1,163) per month. Representatives of the three major world platinum producers announced […]


Detroit Land Bank seizes homes


En route to the financial district, Detroit Freedom Friday protesters walk past 65 Cadillac Square, where hidden away on the 28th and 32nd floors is the Detroit Land Bank Authority, a quasi-governmental agency formed in 2008. For the last several years the DLBA has ostensibly concerned itself with the acquisition of tax-foreclosed properties numbering in […]


Central African Republic: Mass protests hit French-backed regime

By June 15, 2014

Discontent among the people in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui with the French-imposed government has erupted in demonstrations by both the Muslim and Christian communities. These developments are taking place amid the increasing deployment of foreign military forces mandated for “peacekeeping” operations by the United Nations Security Council and regional bodies. The number […]


Trial set for Benton Harbor, Mich., activist Rev. Edward Pinkney

By June 13, 2014
Rev. Pinkney, right, at “Occupy the PGA” protest, May 2012.

St. Joseph, Mich. —  Berrien County’s courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., was filled with people from across the Midwest at a June 5 hearing to determine if a trial judge would pursue yet another case involving the Rev. Edward Pinkney. Despite pleas from defense lawyer Tat Parish, Rev. Pinkney was bound over for trial beginning […]


Maya Angelou gave literary, political voice to African-American women

By June 3, 2014
Maya Angelou

Youth and students from successive generations were influenced by Maya Angelou’s widely read book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the formative years of the author, who died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86. Angelou was born in St. Louis and later lived […]


General Baker 1941-2014

By June 1, 2014
General BakerPhoto: Daymon Hartley

A standing-room-only audience at the United Auto Workers Local 600 hall on Detroit’s border in Dearborn, Mich., attended a memorial May 24 in honor of the life and contributions of General Gordon Baker Jr., a co-founder of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers during the late 1960s. Baker died […]


Imperialists host conference on Nigerian security in Paris

By May 20, 2014

Reports of mutinies within the army mount while tensions escalate A conference on security concerns in Nigeria, the most populous state in Africa, was not held on the continent but in France, a former colonial power in the region, on May 17. Nigeria, which has recently been designated as having the largest economy in Africa, […]


Rev. Edward Pinkney criminalized again, under house arrest in Benton Harbor, Mich.


After winning national support in 2007-09 during efforts to fight charges of alleged election irregularities, the Rev. Edward Pinkney has again been indicted for his tireless work to make public officials in Benton Harbor, Mich., accountable to the people. Rev. Pinkney was placed under house arrest after he turned himself in to local authorities in late […]


ANC big winner in South Africa elections

By May 14, 2014

Despite worker unrest Twenty years after Freedom Day in 1994, the African National Congress won overwhelmingly in South Africa’s fifth national democratic elections held on May 7. The ANC, which has dominated South African politics for decades, even before coming to power in the first nonracial democratic elections, officially received 62.5 percent of the vote. […]