The good news

By January 6, 2014

The bad news is that capitalism is forcing more suffering on the workers and oppressed. Some 1.3 million jobless workers who have been living off extended unemployment benefits — extended because even the government had to admit that the jobs just weren’t there — will be scrambling to survive after Dec. 28 when the checks [...]

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Frances Dostal: A revolutionary communist fighter

By January 5, 2014
Frances Dostal and Ted Dostal in 2000.

Frances S. Dostal, a founding member of Workers World Party and who, with her spouse Ted, founded the Cleveland branch of WWP, died in her sleep on Dec. 26 at the age of 85. She leaves behind scores of loving comrades, friends, coworkers and activists in the Cleveland movement. Frances Sherman was born in 1928 [...]

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Struggle frees people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart

By January 3, 2014
Lynne Stewart

New York, Jan. 1 — There she was standing, then walking slowly towards us, unshackled, without handcuffs or belly chain, and with a gigantic smile on her face. She was a sight for sore eyes, her inner and outer beauty reflected. Lynne Stewart’s family — her two children, who are attorneys; a daughter, who is a hospice doctor; grandchildren [...]

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Another link in the chain of mass incarceration

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Pascual CarpenterPhoto: Joe Friendly

In September 1990 — two weeks after the wrongful conviction of three defendants in the rape of a jogger in New York City’s Central Park — another group of teens was involved in a crime that received similarly intense media focus and racist depictions. Brian Watkins, a tourist from Utah visiting New York to attend [...]

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Anti-imperialist youth meet in Ecuador

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In Ecuador, years of organizing, resisting and fighting back led to the election of President Rafael Correa in 2006. Correa is identified with the protest movement. His election was a referendum on neoliberalism, and he won overwhelmingly. After Correa was elected, the U.S. imperialists tried to overthrow him. They turned to the Ecuadorian police, who [...]

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German union takes on Internet giant

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Starting last March and again during the December holiday rush, the German service workers’ union Ver.di, which is organizing the workers at Amazon’s German operation, has conducted a series of short strikes in the company’s warehouses demanding higher pay and union recognition. Ver.di is the second largest German union, with 2.3 million workers. As Amazon’s [...]

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Solidarity from Seattle workers

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On Dec. 16, when more than 1,000 workers at Amazon.com in Germany walked off the job to protest getting lower wages than other workers in comparable jobs, union activists rallied in solidarity outside the online retailer’s headquarters in Seattle. “What Amazon is doing is taking this American race-to-the-bottom roadshow to Germany and trying it out [...]

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Detroiters reject $165 million payout to big banks

By January 2, 2014

Detroit, Jan. 2 — A statement issued Jan. 1 by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs has put the spotlight on Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s sworn testimony that he was allegedly set to legally challenge Bank of America and United Bank of Switzerland on the grounds of fraud and [...]

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New York: Protesters at de Blasio inauguration slam NYPD, AIDS policies

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A few dozen hearty souls from New Yorkers Against Bratton, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Occupy Wall Street endured frigid weather on New Year’s Day to protest at the inauguration of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio. They slammed de Blasio’s choice of stop-and-frisk advocate and arch racist Bill Bratton to head the New York [...]

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Central African Republic marches demand French troops out

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The French government has admitted that 1,600 of its troops are now deployed in the Central African Republic, a former French colony. The CAR has faced internal fighting between the governing Muslim-dominated Seleka coalition and the opposition “anti-balaka” forces, which are heavily Christian. The U.N. Security Council authorized French intervention earlier in 2013, but the [...]

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