South Africa platinum strike: Mine bosses threaten layoffs

By April 5, 2014

Efforts by South Africa’s government, led by the African National Congress, to initiate mediation between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the mine owners failed, leaving no end in sight to the platinum mining strike. The recent strike, after nearly two years of conflict in the platinum sector, have cost the bosses $1 […]

 

Tweets, the Cuban 5 and the U.S. blockade

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A widely distributed Associated Press article on April 3 revealed details of yet another covert U.S. program meant to undermine socialist Cuba. The AP’s investigative report, titled “U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest,” describes a multimillion-dollar program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that was meant to gather intelligence on cellphone […]

 

Several African states boycott EU summit

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The planned April 2-3 summit between the European Union and African nation-states has met with controversy and rejection. The republics of Zimbabwe and South Africa, two very important states in Southern Africa that won independence through formidable mass and armed struggles, have stated that their leaders will not attend the gathering in Belgium. Controversy surfaced […]

 

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela calls for peace

By April 4, 2014
Nicolás Maduro

The following is an edited reprint from an opinion/editorial,“Venezuela: A call for peace,” that first appeared in the online edition of the New York Times on April 1.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/mkco5w9.   The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts […]

 

U.S., EU strengthen grip on Ukraine

By April 1, 2014

March 31 —  The U.S. imperialists are trying to strengthen their grip on Ukraine, having seized the reins in Kiev through a fascist-led coup against the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych. In the wake of the coup, the new, unelected puppet regime has signed an “associate agreement” with the European Union that opens wider the Ukrainian […]

 

Ukraine: Coup regime raids home of Odessa anti-fascist leader

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Alexei Albu, center, at anti-fascist march in Odessa, March 30.

April 1 — On the morning of April 1, Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) agents raided the apartment of Odessa, Ukraine, anti-fascist leader Alexei Albu with a warrant authorizing them to search for lists of activists and for weapons. The raid was not unexpected. Albu, an elected member of the Odessa Regional Council and local coordinator […]

 

From Latin America: Anti-imperialist solidarity with Venezuela

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Mexico City, March 28 — Progressives in Latin America and the Caribbean have put defense of the Venezuelan government and people at the top of their priorities. They showed this today when a seminar that had begun as a standard exchange of information among workers and progressive organizations from the continent and worldwide turned into […]

 

Behind right-wing gains in French election

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The New York Times and Washington Post in the U.S. and the Guardian in England presented France’s local elections on March 30 as a breakthrough for the French far right, along with substantial gains for the center-right. But the real key to understanding developments in France is the record level of abstentions. Nearly 40 percent […]

 

Africa labor in motion

By March 31, 2014

Workers are striking in both the private and public sectors in Egypt and students are demanding jobs in Tunisia. While students in Kenya won their strike, the demands of transport workers in Nairobi have not yet been met. EGYPT In Egypt, where an uprising against the National Democratic Party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak erupted […]

 

Anti-fascists organize resistance as crisis grips Ukraine coup regime

By March 28, 2014
Marchers in Odessa defy threats, demand a referendum on autonomy and an end to political repression, March 23.Photo: Borotba

Just a month after a U.S.-backed coup d’état in Ukraine brought to power a regime dominated by neo-Nazis and pro-Western capitalist politicians, the ruling junta finds itself in deep crisis. Threats from the government in Kiev and its U.S. and Western European patrons were unable to intimidate the people of the Crimean autonomous region, who […]

 
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