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The U.S. mercenary war drive

November 2, 2014

Because of the enormous pressure placed on the U.S. government by the heroic surviving victims and witnesses to the Blackwater massacre at Baghdad’s Nusoor Square, a federal jury convicted four Blackwater contractors on Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C. One was found guilty of murder and three of [...]

FIST publishes ‘Red Flag’

November 2, 2014

The revolutionary socialist youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) has begun publishing a quarterly magazine entitled “Red Flag.” The magazine contains articles about ongoing struggles against injustice and oppression as well as the revolutionary science of Marxism-Leninism. The [...]

Belgian railroad workers protest austerity plans

November 2, 2014

Railroad workers and the services they supply to their passengers are under attack all over Europe. In September and early October, German railroad workers walked out. The third week of October, Belgian train engineers walked out in a series of spontaneous strikes and blocked the tracks in place [...]

Brazil: The re-election of Dilma Rousseff

November 2, 2014 is maintained by Portuguese Marxists. They published the following commentary on Oct. 27, after the second and final round of the Brazilian presidential elections. Dilma Rousseff will take presidential office on Jan. 1, 2015, to govern Brazil for another four years. This election was [...]

Ebola in U.S.: Struggle over quarantine, stigmatization

October 31, 2014

Oct. 27 — Epidemiology nurse Kaci Hickox had traveled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Doctors Without Borders to help treat patients suffering from Ebola virus disease. Upon returning to the U.S. Oct. 24, Hickox was placed under quarantine. She reported no symptoms of the dreaded disease. [She was [...]

Capitalism on trial in Boston

October 31, 2014

Andre Francois, left, and Steve Kirschbaum (with bullhorn) at Sept. 15 rally. Both were illegally fired by Veolia.Photo: Howard Rotman The grievance chair and founder of the Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union will be in court on Nov. 24, facing trumped-up charges brought by the Boston-area district [...]

A nation in fear

October 31, 2014

Look at the United States. Really. Look at it. From north to south, east to west; from “sea to shining sea,” you’ll see the frenzy of fear. Fear of Ebola. Fear of ISIS. Fear of “crime.” Fear of — fear. The reason? Well, fear sells. It sells papers, attracts viewers and pulls listeners. [...]

Anti-fascist leader recounts Odessa resistance, May 2 massacre

October 31, 2014

Simferopol, Crimea — Odessa Regional Council Deputy Alexei Albu, a member of the Union Borotba (Struggle) of Ukraine, was a leader of the city’s AntiMaidan movement against the U.S.-backed coup. Albu survived the May 2 massacre, when at least 48 people were killed by neo-Nazi gangs at the [...]

On the picket line

October 31, 2014

Costly delay for home-care workers Enforcement of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and overtime after 40 hours of work a week for over 2 million home-care workers, mostly women who are disproportionately women of color, will not be fully implemented until Jan. 1, 2016. The program was [...]

New York faculty, staff demand contract

October 31, 2014

The Professional Staff Congress union represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York. It has not had a contract since 2010, although New York state law keeps the provisions of the old contract in effect. It is the only union in New York whose contract must be approved by [...]
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