U.S.-Africa summit can’t hide imperialist aims

By August 18, 2014

A much-anticipated summit at the State Department and White House was held Aug. 4-8. Dozens of African heads of state and the chair of the continental African Union Commission attended. Nonetheless, several leading countries were not invited or chose not to attend, including Zimbabwe, Sudan, Eritrea, Chad, Egypt, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Although AUC Chair [...]

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Guitar Center unfair to workers

By August 17, 2014
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New York — Scabby the Rat made an unusual appearance on 44th Street west of Broadway on Aug. 8, with a guitar slung across his chest. He was staring at the entrance to the Guitar Center, the largest musical instrument retailer in the U.S., with 315 stores and 10,000 workers. The union rat is usually [...]

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Grocery workers fight back

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Thousands of workers at 71 Market Basket stores in New England have been engaged in a job action since July 17, when a hostile takeover within the company’s board ousted the then current CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. The mostly white super­visory and managerial staff of the grocery chain has been organizing weekly rallies of thousands [...]

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Marriage equality winning after decades of struggle

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More than 700 people rallied in Cincinnati on Aug. 5 and 6 in support of the right of same-sex couples to marry. On Aug. 6, a panel of three judges of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard attorneys for couples in four different states make the case for marriage equality. In opposition, attorneys [...]

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Iraqi author writes of U.S. destructive role in her country

By August 16, 2014

If one were to view unfolding events in Iraq like a tragic movie script, the scene sequence might progress in the following manner, shedding light on the events that have led to the unravelling and demise of a once great nation. Scene 1 is reminiscent of the silent cinema era: five gloomy men standing in [...]

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Palestinian youth speak in Philadelphia

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Three young Palestinian activists — Majd Ahmad, Omar Abuasi and Rajai Dias — addressed a Philadelphia meeting on Aug. 12 on the Gaza resistance to Israeli occupation and the impact of the decades long occupation of Palestine on their own families and lives.  All three are leaders in local movements dedicated to raising awareness of [...]

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Solidarity with Ukraine anti-fascists at NY Gaza march

By August 15, 2014
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Workers World Party and International Action Center activists spoke out in solidarity with the Donbass resistance and anti-fascist fighters in Ukraine at the Aug. 9 “World Stands with Gaza” march in New York. Protesters carried the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic and signs linking the anti-imperialist/anti-fascist resistance of the people in Palestine and Ukraine. They also distributed a [...]

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Vigils and demonstrations protest execution of Michael Brown

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A national call was issued to hold vigils and demonstrations to demand justice for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed African American who was shot multiple times and killed by police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.  At least 90 U.S. cities held protests on Aug. 14 against this horrific execution — witnessed [...]

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Mumia on Israel: settler, colonialist, apartheid state

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This occurred under George W. Bush, with the U.S. neocon administration winking, nodding and blowing kisses of approval. Today, under neoliberal rule, we see that something indeed has changed under President Barack Obama: It has gotten worse. For this time, Israel may double the death toll from July 2008. It’s already close, with 1,350 deaths [...]

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Israel causes Gaza health crisis

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Imagine living on the Gaza Strip, an outdoor prison 25 miles long and about 5 1/2 miles wide, where 1.7 million Palestinians reside. The sea is contaminated with sewage because four sewage plants have no fuel to run the generators to treat human waste, due to a lack of funds to buy the fuel. The [...]

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