Syria: U.S. imperialism and diplomacy

By February 8, 2014

The much ballyhooed Geneva II peace talks, which were supposed to bring about peace in Syria, ended on Jan. 31 with no agreement for one very good reason: The U.S had no intention of seeking any real peace agreement, but was intent on using the forum as a background for propaganda and as a way [...]

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A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 30

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Final thoughts This series has sought to shed a historical materialist spotlight on the human social/sexual relationship usually referred to as marriage. As they do with so many other social phenomena of importance to humanity, most bourgeois intellectuals doggedly avoid subjecting the institutions of social/sexual relations to historical analysis. In so doing, in their role [...]

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Fannie Lou Hamer remains a symbol 50 years after Freedom Summer

By February 7, 2014
Fannie Lou Hamer

More than 1,000 student volunteers, along with rank-and-file workers and professionals from the northern and western cities of the U.S., traveled to Mississippi and southwest Tennessee in the summer of 1964 to assist African Americans in their decades-long struggle to acquire the right to vote. This effort became known as “Freedom Summer.” The volunteers worked [...]

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Chrysler workers must resist ‘culture of poverty’

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Chrysler became 100 percent owned by Fiat on Jan. 20, when the trust fund responsible for United Auto Workers retirees’ health care sold its 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler to the Italian auto company. In five short years — since the 2009 bankruptcy, when President Barack Obama’s Auto Task Force put Fiat in charge of [...]

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Why the New York Times is worried

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Most progressive activists in the United States probably know about the reactionary, racist Koch brothers. But one has to wonder when a New York Times editorial (online Jan. 25) publicly worries about the financiers of the Tea Party and their growing influence on the political system. The Times reveals that the “Democrats have been staggered [...]

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Victory for airport workers and their union – challenges remain

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It was a “big win” according to the Service Employees union, Local 32BJ, the union trying to organize airport service workers at the three New Jersey/New York airports: Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark International. The three airports are owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. On Jan. 20, 32BJ members and supporters [...]

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On the picket line

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‘Stop Staples: The U.S. mail is not for sale’ Chanting “Stop Staples! The U.S. mail is not for sale!” about 200 members of the American Postal Workers Union, representatives of many other unions, and their supporters protested outside Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., on Jan. 28. Demonstrators oppose a deal between [...]

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U.S./EU imperialists aim to seize Ukraine

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U.S. and European Union imperialism are deep in Ukraine, backing one side of the internal power struggle, with the goal of making this former Soviet republic a colonial appendage of the West, while handing a setback to Russia. Imperialist government representatives from the U.S., the EU and Germany have stood with “opposition” protesters in capital [...]

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New York community activists tell mayor: Bratton must go!

By February 6, 2014
Charles Barron calls for firing of police commissioner.WW photo: Greg Butterfield

Activists, community members and families of police brutality victims held a news conference at City Hall on Feb. 4 to respond to claims by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton that the problem of stop-and-frisk — the massive racial profiling program especially targeting Black and Latino/a youth — has been solved. “Just [...]

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Solidarity Day Two in Boston: Rehire school bus drivers!

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By Gerry Scoppettuolo and Steve Gillis Dorchester, Mass. See the Solidarity Day Two photo album In the Boston working-class neighborhood of Dorchester, hundreds of labor and community leaders and rank-and-file workers jammed the streets Feb. 1 in front of the headquarters of one of the planet’s biggest conglomerate corporations, Veolia Transportation. Their voices, music and [...]

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