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, […]

 

Scottish independence and the struggle against austerity

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Excerpts from a talk given by Caleb Maupin at a Workers World Forum in New York on Sept. 19. Until recent weeks the question of Scottish independence from the so-called United Kingdom seemed an abstract question. It was something that did not seem relevant in the ongoing struggle. A number of communists and socialists in […]

 

Oil-rich Somalia faces famine while U.S. oversees military occupation

By September 21, 2014

Early in September, U.S. President Barack Obama announced he had carried out a targeted assassination of the leader of the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance organization in Somalia. The group has been fighting against the Somali government and a regional military force for over six years. In a matter of days, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for retaliatory attacks […]

 

Cuba helps fight Ebola

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In a stellar example of solidarity with the people of West Africa, socialist Cuba will provide health care workers to aid in the urgent fight against the Ebola epidemic in the region. Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales announced on Sept. 12, at a joint press conference with World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan in […]

 

Israeli soldiers refuse orders against Palestinians

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Some 43 members of an elite Israeli Defense Force intelligence unit, many still on active duty, sent an open letter of protest to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sept. 12, in which they refuse to spy on the Palestinian people. It states: “We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that […]

 

Planet’s warming caused by capitalism

By September 20, 2014

Over the last few years numerous scientific studies have reported that the pace of global climate change is accelerating and, unless immediate action is taken, may be irreversible. The most recent report by the United Nations meteorological advisory body sounded the alarm that concentrations of major greenhouse gas emissions reached historic levels in 2013 — […]

 

Global warming: Disaster for Arctic peoples

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Disco Bay in Greenland, well above the Arctic Circle, in August.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The Arctic is warming two to four times faster than the rest of the globe. This is due to a feedback loop involving the albedo (“whiteness”) effect, which is “a measure of how much of the sun’s energy is reflected back into space.” (skepticalscience.com) Ice and snow reflect much more of the sun’s rays than […]

 

The Cuban Five: 16 years of unjust imprisonment

By September 17, 2014
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, Ramón Labañino Salazar, and Rene González Sehewert.

People of conscience gathered Sept. 12 in cities across the country and the world to commemorate the 16th year since Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González — known collectively as the Cuban Five — were arrested in Miami. Several years before their arrest in 1998, these five intelligence officers ­began […]

 

Why Obama’s ‘war on ISIS’ must be opposed

By September 16, 2014

President Barack Obama announced Sept.10 that the U.S. military would build an international coalition to make “war on the Islamic State.” He said there were already 10 countries in this coalition. Administration spokespeople on the Sept. 14 Sunday morning talk shows said they were still building the coalition. The next morning a conference of 30 […]

 

Take action: Ukraine anti-fascist activist detained

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Vladislav WojciechowskiPhoto: Borotba

The following statement was issued by the International Action Center on Sept. 13. On the night of Sept. 12, Vladislav Wojciechowski, an activist with the leftist Union Borotba (Struggle), was detained in Odessa, Ukraine. According to Borotba, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is ready to charge Wojciechowski with “terrorism.” Explosives were planted by the […]

 
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