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Oil refinery workers begin major strike

February 6, 2015

Workers on the picket line at refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky.WW photo: Benji Pyles Catlettsburg, Ky., Feb. 5 — Oil refinery workers here are on what they say is their biggest strike since 1980. The strike was forced on the workers after the energy industry failed to reach a deal with the union and [...]

Louisiana’s African slave revolt of 1811

February 6, 2015

Some writers today note that an often hidden and misrepresented anti-slavery rebellion in 1811 along the German Coast in Louisiana — located above New Orleans on the Mississippi River — was the largest African uprising during the antebellum period. Historiographical accounts of resistance to [...]

On the picket line

February 6, 2015

U.S. oil workers strike Shell The United Steelworkers called a strike on Feb. 1 at nine plants run by Royal Dutch Shell on behalf of several companies, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The refineries on strike account for 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity; they can produce 1.82 million barrels [...]

Anti-Islam frenzy in France targets kids

February 6, 2015

In Paris, “United Against Islamophobia.” An 8-year-old boy in Nice, a small city on France’s Mediterranean coast near Italy, was hauled out of school to the police station. The boy’s father was called, television crews were summoned and headlines blared about the boy allegedly not [...]

The IMF and debt worsen the Ebola epidemic

February 6, 2015

By Jérôme Duval Member of the Citizen’s Debt Audit Platform Publico, Feb. 1 Although the International Monetary Fund claims it is part of the solution, the IMF is really part of the problem of underdevelopment and has been for decades. The latest proof of this is that the conditions imposed on [...]

Mass anti-austerity rally clogs Madrid

February 5, 2015

The specter of anti-austerity is haunting Europe’s ruling bankers and bosses. Excitement over Syriza’s victory in Greece’s parliamentary election jumped westward along the Mediterranean Sea to Spain as a massive demonstration on Jan. 31 clogged central Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square. [...]

African Burial Ground exposes slavery

February 5, 2015

Yes, slavery existed in the North, too. New York was one of the largest centers of slaveholding in the U.S. In 1991, a gravesite was discovered during a dig for the construction of a new federal building in New York City’s Lower Manhattan area. It was 300 years old then. An 18th century map of [...]

The right to rebel: The case of Ahmed Evans

February 5, 2015

Part 1: How the Glenville Rebellion briefly won community control in 1968 Ahmed Evans On July 23, 1968, a gun battle between white Cleveland police officers and the Black Nationalist group “Republic of New Libya” ended with an official death toll of three police, three Black snipers and one [...]

Another legal victory for Angola 3’s Albert Woodfox

February 5, 2015

Albert Woodfox Albert Woodfox, one of the Angola 3 political prisoners, has spent 42 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. On Nov. 20, a three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to uphold a lower court’s decision to overturn Woodfox’s conviction for [...]
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