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‘Justice for Jennifer Laude! U.S. out of Philippines!’

By October 17, 2014
Justice for Jennifer. WW photo: Greg Butterfield

A rainy New York City rush hour didn’t deter over 50 Filipino-American activists, transgender people and supporters, who rallied outside the Philippines Consulate on Oct. 15, chanting “We say no to the VFA! Fight transphobia every day for Jennifer Laude!” Laude, a transgender Filipina woman, was found strangled in a hotel room in Olongapo City, the […]


In Ukraine and Donbass, class contradictions come to the fore

By October 14, 2014

October 8 is the Day of the Heroic Guerrilla, honoring the sacrifice of Latin American communist revolutionary Che Guevara. It is also the date of the founding congress of the Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic, held in the capital city of Donetsk. About 100 people attended the founding meeting, including parliamentarians, anti-fascist activists, […]


Exiled Ukraine union organizer: ‘Never forget who your class enemy is’

By October 11, 2014
Denis Levin and Svetlana Licht.

Simferopol, Crimea — Svetlana Licht is a trade union activist and leader of the Marxist Union Borotba (Struggle) of Ukraine. Forced to leave Kiev after the U.S.-backed far-right coup, she went first to Kharkov, where she helped to lead the city’s anti-fascist protest movement, known as AntiMaidan. In May, a death squad attempted to kidnap […]


Mass graves uncovered as retreating neo-Nazis terrorize southeastern Ukraine

By October 2, 2014
In Kharkov, an anti-fascist painted on the pedestal of toppled monument, under Lenin's name, 'ALIVE'.

Sept. 30 — Four mass graves have been discovered around Nyzhnia Krynka village, near the town of Makeeva in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The latest one came to light Sept. 28. The graves were uncovered by the Donetsk people’s militias based on tips from local residents. Nyzhnia Krynka was recently liberated from the Azov Battalion […]


A brief encounter with the Kiev junta’s border guards


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 […]


From exile, anti-fascists organize for imprisoned comrades

By September 27, 2014
Mayya stands next to Soviet Union memorial, Simferopol.WW photo: Greg Butterfield

Simferopol, Crimea On Sept. 20, the 15th day following a cease-fire agreement brokered by Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Ukrainian troops loyal to the far-right junta in Kiev bombed a chemical plant in Donetsk, sending a mushroom-shaped cloud over the capital city of the Donetsk People’s Republic. In the neighboring […]


Meet Borotba

By September 23, 2014
Exiled Borotba activists in Simferopol. WW contributing editor, Greg Butterfield, is third from the left.  Photo: Naya Serpin

Simferopol, Crimea — Since arriving on Sept. 16, I’ve been able to spend time with many of the extraordinary Union Borotba (Struggle) activists living in exile here. All have scars of some kind from the events of the past eight months, but they are also determined to return to Ukraine and fight for socialism. There’s Alexei, […]


Donbass militias evaluate cease-fire

By September 10, 2014

The popular militias united in the Novorossian Armed Forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics are composed of workers of many nationalities living throughout the Donbass mining region, formerly part of southeastern Ukraine. Both rank and file and leaders are speaking out on the future direction of their struggle against fascism and imperialism. Here […]


Donbass People’s Republics: Ceasefire and class struggle


A ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, on Sept. 5, under the auspices of the Trilateral Contact Group, went into effect at 6 p.m. local time. The parties to the agreement were the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe. The document was also signed by […]


People’s Republics advance in face of Ukraine disarray

By September 3, 2014

Sept. 1 — After a difficult summer when their very existence seemed to hang by a thread, the Union of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, also known as Novorossia, demolished Ukraine’s military blockade against its capital cities in late August. In the space of a week, the territory controlled by the People’s Republics doubled. Towns […]