U.S., media distort facts, blame rebels for plane tragedy

By July 21, 2014

July 21 — A civilian passenger plane is rerouted over a war zone. The plane crashes mysteriously in rebel-held territory. Within hours, the rebels and an “enemy” government are blamed for deliberately downing the plane and killing everyone aboard. Welcome to the Reichstag fire, 2014 edition. In February 1933, fire engulfed the German Reichstag (parliament) in [...]

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Fidel Castro on Ukraine and Gaza

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Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro writes a regular column for Granma. The Havana newspaper is named for the ship that in 1956 carried the revolutionary leader and his band of courageous young fighters to Cuba to launch an armed struggle that liberated the island from the bloody dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and his U.S. backers. Below is his [...]

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Malaysian airline crash: U.S./EU to blame

By July 19, 2014

The world is shocked and dismayed that in the midst of a civil war in Ukraine, provoked by United States and European Union imperialism, 298 people have died in the crash of a Malaysian airliner on July 18 in the war area. We at WW have no special information at this time — July 19 [...]

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NSA spy campaign against Muslims exposed

By July 17, 2014

On the one hand, the U.S. government, through its Supreme Court, has decided that corporate bosses, if their religious biases are “sincerely held,” can use them to deny fundamental reproductive rights to women workers, namely insurance funding for contraceptives. On the other hand, that same U.S. government continues to wage a non-stop campaign of racist [...]

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Bankruptcy court addresses Detroit water shutoffs

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At march in solidarity with Palestine, July 13.>br />WW photo: Kris Hamel

July 16 — A dog and pony show put on by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy proceedings took an unexpected turn on July 15 when Moratorium NOW! Coalition activist Kris Hamel, who is also a WW managing editor, told the judge he needed to put a moratorium on mass water shutoffs [...]

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The U.S. dollar: A tool for Washington’s arrogance

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It was just another small story on the business pages and in the blogs devoted to economic news: The U.S. got BNP-Paribas — France’s largest bank — to agree to plead guilty to a felony and pay a nearly $9 billion fine, as well as fire some executives and accept some restrictions on its business. [...]

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‘No more hot school buses!’

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11-year old’s cartoon finds school buses equatorial.Cartoon: K. Stevens

Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST) and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, after receiving reports of dangerously overheated school buses, collaborated on a July 11 press conference calling for adequate air conditioning. Given a platform from which to demand safer school busing, families from many neighborhoods and cultures stepped up and spoke. About [...]

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On the picket line

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UAW forms local at Tenn. Volkswagen plant In an unorthodox move on July 10, the United Auto Workers set up Local 42 at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., where it lost a close vote (712 to 626) in February. The February vote was heavily influenced by outside interference: Republican politicians, who relied upon big [...]

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Women say NO to high court’s ruling

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Buffalo, N.Y.

A demonstration “to let Hobby Lobby know how we feel about the recent SCOTUS [Supreme Court of the United States] ruling” was held in front of the Hobby Lobby store in Williamsville, N.Y., a Buffalo suburb, on July 12. It was initiated and organized mainly by young women from in and around Buffalo, who work [...]

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NY City Hall confrontation

By July 16, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

New York City’s pro-Zionist politicians held a news conference July 14 to declare their solidarity with the Israeli onslaught against Palestinians in Gaza. Some 150 pro-Palestinian people, mostly youth, gathered to protest in groups at each gate and in City Hall Park directly across from the steps where the racist press conference was held. The [...]

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