CUBAN 5 FREED!

By December 17, 2014

Dec. 17 – The Obama administration announced today that the remaining incarcerated Cuban Five – Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino – have been released from U.S. prisons. The Cuban Five heroes have been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998 for trying to stop terrorist attacks against socialist Cuba.

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Mass marches affirm that ‘Black Lives Matter’

By December 16, 2014
Oakland, Calif.

The four-month uprising against police violence received a tremendous boost on Dec. 13 — a national day of actions called by Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo., organizers.  In many U.S. cities, thousands — and even tens of thousands — of determined and militant activists and ordinary people took to the streets to demand justice for […]

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Rev. Pinkney jailed for fighting racist power structure

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St. Joseph, Mich. — Another racist injustice has been committed. Here on Dec. 14, Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock sentenced the Rev. Edward Pinkney, leader of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, to 30 to 120 months after a trial by an all-white jury. The five felony charges stemmed from a successful recall petition drive […]

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Washington inflames ‘new Cold War’ with Russia

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On Dec. 4, tens of thousands of people in New York and across the U.S. took to the streets to protest the racist police murder of Eric Garner. But the U.S. House of Representatives was otherwise occupied. By an overwhelming vote of 411-10, House Republicans and Democrats alike voted “Yes” to an inflammatory resolution threatening […]

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Xmas 1914: When rank and file imposed truce during imperialist war

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The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, the war was […]

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Unidad contra el racismo en protestas

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El 8 de diciembre, las protestas en varias ciudades del país contra los asesinatos de personas negras por la policía entraron en el sexto día consecutivo. Ya fuera en Tampa, Miami y Atlanta o Berkeley, Los Ángeles, Sacramento y Seattle; Austin, Houston y Tucson o Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Nueva York, Filadelfia y decenas de otras […]

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Ramón Labañino Salazar: a prison visit with a Cuban hero

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Free Ramón Labañino Salazar.

Ashland, Ky. — We sat in the last three seats of the last neat row of red plastic chairs.  It was the visitors’ room of the federal prison here on a rainy but not so cold Saturday morning in December. A door across the room opened and there he was, Ramón Labañino Salazar. Although other […]

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Class struggle sharpens in Mexico, Puerto Rico

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Two months after the disappearance of the 43 normalistas (education students) in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto finally visited that region on Dec. 4. He went, not to offer support to the students’ families, but to inaugurate a bridge that had been damaged by a hurricane in September 2013 and to announce some economic […]

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The right of self-determination and the class struggle

By December 15, 2014

Nov. 25, 1983 (reprinted from the Dec. 8, 1983 Workers World) Of all the great domestic political problems facing the working class and the oppressed people, none surpasses in importance the relationship of national oppression to the class struggle. Indeed, one may say that it is at the heart of the basic social problem in […]

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Justice Department intervention no cure to cop terror

By December 14, 2014

Over the last several years police departments known for using lethal force against oppressed peoples have faced civil rights investigations by and consent decrees with the Justice Department. Nonetheless, violence by the police against the people has continued and even worsened. The recent public slayings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and others have […]

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