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Federal judge rules in favor of banks and political dictatorship in Detroit bankruptcy decision

By December 3, 2013

Dec. 3 — Judge Steven Rhodes has ruled that a state-imposed emergency manager was acting legally when bankruptcy was filed over and above the objections of the people of Detroit. The judge also said that pensions guaranteed under the Michigan constitution could be diminished. Rhodes stated that even though Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager and […]


Film review: “12 Years a Slave” illustrates horrors of U.S. slavery

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Steve McQueen

Africans were enslaved by Britain and the United States in continental North America for nearly 250 years (1619-1865). The profits accrued from the Atlantic slave trade led to the rise of industrial capitalism and the worldwide exploitative system of imperialism. (See “Capitalism and Slavery” by Eric Williams, 1944) A new film directed by Steve McQueen, […]


U.N. climate conference fails to agree to reduce pollution

By December 2, 2013

More than 190 countries attended the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, this one in Warsaw, Poland, which on Nov. 23 again ended without firm commitments to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Environmentalists condemned the event, declaring that the intransigence of the Western industrialized states prevented any substantial agreement. Since these meetings began in […]


Charges filed in killing of Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride

A Dearborn Heights, Mich., homeowner, Theodore P. Wafer, has been charged with second-degree murder in the Nov. 2 shooting death of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African-American woman who was recently employed by the Ford Motor Company. McBride had been in a traffic accident in the suburb west of Detroit and was seeking assistance when she […]


Lessons from Detroit: Socialist ideology and mass organizing

By November 22, 2013

  From a WWP Conference talk by Abayomi Azikiwe. Detroit has been and will continue to be at the forefront of the struggle against the ravages of capitalism in the contemporary period. The situation in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan illustrates clearly that the so-called economic recovery championed by the Obama administration and […]


Detroit bankruptcy means people versus banks

By November 17, 2013

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes heard closing arguments Nov. 8 in the eligibility trial for what could be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city of Detroit, represented by Jones Day — the law firm of the city’s state-imposed Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr — attempted to make a case for forcing the majority […]


Sin recuperación de la Gran Recesión los/as afroamericanos/as

By November 12, 2013

Pese a las afirmaciones de que el país se encuentra en una gradual recuperación económica, millones de personas están siendo lanzadas a la pobreza y al desempleo prolongado. Un reciente informe pone de relieve la continua opresión de los/as afroamericanos/as. El Centro para el Progreso Americano dice que la continua brecha entre la población blanca […]


African economy produces billionaires while poverty persists


Press reports from Africa indicate that there are unprecedented levels of economic growth taking place throughout the continent, which includes some of the fastest growing economies internationally. A Ventures magazine article dated Oct. 9 calculated that there are 55 billionaires on the continent, most in Nigeria and South Africa, the largest regional economies that produce […]


African Americans still not recovered from Great Recession

By November 10, 2013

Despite claims that the country is in a gradual economic recovery, millions are being thrown into poverty and prolonged joblessness. A recent report highlights the continuing oppression of African-American people. The Center for American Progress says that continuing gaps in wealth and job opportunities between the white population and the oppressed Black and Brown nations […]


South African miners demand higher wages


Conditions are driving more workers in the platinum sector of the mining industry in South Africa to engage in strikes over inadequate wages, benefits and job security. Since 2012, strikes against the mine bosses have resulted in the deaths of well over 50 people, including both rank-and-file workers and union organizers. Despite the protracted struggles […]