First Nation protesters tell Southwestern Energy to “Frack off!”

By October 21, 2013

Acting on behalf of a U.S. energy company, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police staged a surprise, early morning attack on an encampment of Elsipogtog First Nation (Indigenous) protesters engaged in a prolonged struggle to stop shale gas fracking on Mi’kmaq lands in New Brunswick, Canada. The encampment was awakened by an RCMP paramilitary force of […]


Marches in Portugal, Italy protest austerity

Portuguese unionists hit the bridges.

The main Portuguese union federation, the CGTP-IN, reported Oct. 19 that “Many tens of thousands of workers marched today in the two major cities of our country and on the islands of Madeira and the Azores. Their goal was to defend the gains of the April 1974 [anti-fascist] revolution, and raise demands against exploitation and […]


Suit against U.N. over cholera in Haiti

By October 20, 2013

Even though its responsibility for introducing and spreading cholera in Haiti has been irrefutably established, the United Nations has refused to take any responsibility for the 8,300 deaths and 650,000 cases due to cholera in Haiti since 2010. In May 2012, even U.N. special envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, admitted that a U.N. Nepalese soldier […]


Syria: U.S. still aims for ‘regime change’


By David Sole and John Catalinotto In a reversal of its usual role, Human Rights Watch on Oct. 11 released a report that exposed and condemned rebel groups fighting against the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria. The HRW’s board is heavily biased toward investment bankers and analysts. Most of its international reports have been directed […]


Lebanese trade unionist tells WW: War on Syria also aimed at Lebanon

Mohammad Kassem

New York City — Mohammad Kassem is a longtime trade union leader in Lebanon, and a fighter for the sovereignty and independence of the people of his area of the world. On a recent trip to the U.S., he had much to say about the union struggle in Lebanon, the root cause of the fighting […]


Colombia: The meaning of the peace process

By October 19, 2013

Historical events were plentiful in Colombia this past year: agricultural strikes, peace negotiations, people’s assemblies, large student demonstrations — in short, dynamism in social movements. Although the upsurge has not been massive enough to change the balance of power, it has been enough to give everyone a glimpse of the path toward hope for this […]


U.S. raids in Africa spark protest

By October 14, 2013

U.S. military forces intervened in the African states of Libya and Somalia on Oct. 5 under the guise of waging the “war on terrorism.” A Libyan national, Abu Anas al-Liby, was kidnapped and taken to a warship in the Mediterranean. He is being interrogated there as a suspect in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. […]


The crime at Lampedusa Island

By October 11, 2013

A boat crowded with 500 refugees that had left from a port in Libya foundered off Italy’s Lampedusa island, located 130 miles south of Sicily. According to media reports, someone set a blanket on fire to call attention to their plight. The fire spread, driving the refugees to overload one side of the ship, capsizing […]


U.S. and Japan sign military pact


The wars the Pentagon has been waging to grab control of North Africa and Southwest Asia haven’t gone well for them — even though the damage they have wreaked is enormous. However, this hasn’t stopped the generals and politicians — or the big-money think tanks that have groomed the czars of U.S. foreign policy for […]


Korean-American delegation visits the north


New York-based community organizer Meejin Richart traveled in August to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the socialist northern half of the Korean peninsula, as part of a delegation of Korean Americans. They went through the Korean Exposure and Education Program-DPRK (KEEP-D), a program of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, whose mission is to increase […]