Colombian GM workers continue fight

By August 11, 2014
Encampment at U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

A group of injured workers set up a tent encampment outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, on Aug. 1, 2011. Formerly exemplary workers at General Motors’ Colmotores plant, they were among hundreds who had been fired after sustaining work-related injuries that left them unable to do their jobs. The Association of Injured Workers and [...]

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Gaza slaughter exposes Democrats

By August 9, 2014

If your eyes weren’t open to the true role of the Democratic Party, the Israeli military’s slaughter of Palestinian civilians should have snapped them wide open. As stunning photos and videos of the devastation of Gaza are being watched 24/7 by anyone with a laptop or iPhone, Democratic politicians can’t voice their support for Israel [...]

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NLRB ruling: Workers 1, McDonald’s 0

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Labor organizing involves fighting injustice — on the picket lines, in the streets. When the bosses retaliate — and they always do — workers and unions need to use every resource to fight for their rights. Thanks to the hard-fought labor struggles of the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, setting [...]

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Capitalism increases Ebola dangers

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Aug. 7 — Ebola was identified 40 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then called Zaire. Two hundred and eighty people died in this first reported outbreak, on the banks of the river Ebola, out of 318 infected, for a fatality rate of 88 percent. For the next 40 years, Ebola was [...]

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Ukrainian Nazis and the ‘Commissar Order’

By August 8, 2014

Victor Shapinov, of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle), makes the connection between the Nazi practice of extermination of communists and commissars in 1941 and the latest news about the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” that is currently targeting communists and leftist activists in Ukraine. The article originally appeared on the website ActualComment.ru and was translated by Workers [...]

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An assassination that announced World War I

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July 31 — One hundred years ago today a brutal assassination announced the outbreak of World War I. No, it was not the killing in Sarajevo of Archduke Ferdinand, representative of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The June 28, 1914, shooting of this inconsequential political figure, who was scorned by his own royal family and despised by [...]

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Solidarity with Palestinian people

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By Professor Jose Maria Sison Chairperson, International League of the Peoples’ Struggle Aug. 7 — We, the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS), renew our call to all our member organizations, our allied organizations and the broad masses of the people of the world to sustain the mass actions in solidarity with and support for [...]

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Remember the Tonkin Gulf lie!

By August 7, 2014

Aug. 4 is the 50th anniversary of the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident. On that day in 1964, officers of a destroyer, the USS Maddox, which had been gathering intelligence data in North Vietnamese waters, claimed that three North Vietnamese Coast Guard patrol boats fired at them without provocation. It was a bald-faced lie. The [...]

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An ironic name

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In mid-July there was a vigil in a South Albany, N.Y., housing complex — named the Ezra P. Prentice Homes — for the victims of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. This poor, African-American neighborhood is just a few yards away from a rail complex holding hundreds of dangerous oil train cars containing volatile crude [...]

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Brigade defies U.S. travel ban on Cuba

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WW photo: Garrett Dicembre

Buffalo, N.Y. — Twenty-two courageous U.S. citizens, members of the 45th Venceremos Brigade, crossed the Peace Bridge from Erie, Ontario, Canada, into Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 3, proudly declaring that they had defied their own government’s ban on travel to Cuba. Along with groups of supporters, they held demonstrations on both sides of the border, [...]

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