Haiti mourns loss of trial as ‘Baby Doc’ dies

By October 14, 2014

Any Haitians with a progressive bone in their body regretted Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Oct. 4 death. They would have preferred a trial in open court to expose his corrupt, grisly and extensive brutality to the world — especially to younger Haitians born after Duvalier was forced to flee to France in 1986. Of course, the reactionaries […]

 

Ebola & failure of for-profit medical care

By October 13, 2014

Oct. 13 — With the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Oct. 8, the political dynamics of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak have taken on wider dimensions. Nina Pham, a nurse who was providing care for Duncan, has tested positive for the virus and is being treated in […]

 

In ‘war on ISIS,’ the main enemy is at home

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The Turkish government decided Oct. 12 to permit U.S. fighter-bombers to launch attacks on Syrian targets from Incirlik Air Force Base near the Turkish-Syrian border. This decision marked the latest escalation of the U.S.-led “war on ISIS.” It is a further step toward a major U.S. invasion into Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, two key battles […]

 

Forum on Ukraine repression and resistance

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Berkeley, Calif. — As part of an international tour of a photo-documentary chronicle of the war in Ukraine and the suffering of people whose lives it has touched, about 40 people gathered in the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall to view powerful photos of peaceful civilians and forced refugees. The presentation included a slideshow […]

 

‘Defend President Aristide!’

By October 11, 2014
WW photo: Judy Greenspan

An emergency demonstration was held in San Francisco on Sept. 30 in defense of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. About 50 people rallied at Montgomery and Market streets because of threats to President Aristide’s safety. Speakers described how on Sept. 27, masked Haitian police had surrounded Aristide’s house as Haitian radio stations broadcast news that […]

 

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

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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 […]

 

Solidarity activists honored in Cuba

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The Friendship Medal of the ­Republic of Cuba has been awarded to two hard- working solidarity activists from the United States, according to the newspaper Granma of Oct. 3. Alicia Jrapko, U.S. coordinator of the In­ter­national Committee for the Freedom of the Five, and photographer Bill Hackwell were honored for their unwavering efforts to gain […]

 

Morocco public workers strike

By October 9, 2014
Morocco

Moroccan workers in the public sector are under attack by the state, which has decided not to talk to their unions, just to impose pension cuts and other changes that will make the workers much poorer. Four of the five major public sector unions walked off the job on Sept. 23. The only one that […]

 

Statement on Ebola by healthcare group in Spain

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The following is a press release from the Anti-Privatization of Healthcare Coordination, centered in Madrid, that was issued on Oct. 7 following the announcement that a nurse at the Carlos III Hospital had contracted Ebola after contact with an Ebola patient brought back from West Africa. The Anti-Privatization of Healthcare Coordination issued a statement last […]

 

Odiario on Brazil election

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Odiario.info is a site maintained by Portuguese Marxists. They published the following commentary on Oct. 6, the day after the first round of the Brazilian elections. Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party got 41.5 percent of the vote, against 33.7 percent for Aécio Neves of the Social Democracy Party and 21.3 percent for Marina Silva […]

 
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