Fifty years after ‘war on poverty,’ class divisions widen

By February 14, 2014
Poor People's March at Lafayette Park and Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., June 1968.

Some five decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” class divisions inside the U.S. are widening. Today, the conditions of poor and working people are rarely addressed in Congress, the White House or the boardrooms of the transnational corporations and financial institutions. President Barack Obama touched on this issue during his [...]

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Demand justice for Central Park 5

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News conference and rally, Feb. 4.WW photo: Greg Butterfield

New York – Supporters packed the steps of City Hall on Feb. 4 to demand that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio make good on his promise to finally settle the case of the Central Park 5 and bring an end to the 25-year ordeal of these men and their families. The Central Park [...]

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Anti-fascist protesters march in Ukraine

By February 13, 2014
Young communists in Kiev carry photos of Komsomol resistance fighters executed by Nazis in occupied Ukraine 71 years before, on Feb. 8, 1943.

The Communist Party of Ukraine reported that more than 1,000 people joined the anti-fascist march in Kiev on Feb. 8. “Most were young people who oppose the attempts to seize power by the neo-Nazi groups that have settled in the center of Kiev and captured the regional administration in Western Ukraine.” The CPU reported that [...]

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Lifelong communist Frances Dostal remembered

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Frances Dostal in June 2010.WW photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer

Frances Dostal, a founding member of Workers World Party who died Dec. 26, was remembered Feb. 1 in Cleveland by more than 100 comrades, friends and movement activists. The comments, anecdotes and solidarity messages wove together a number of common threads. Frances and her life partner Ted Dostal — who died in 2003 — were [...]

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Protest on Wall Street

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Under the slogan “Rise up for the unemployed,” the People’s Power Assembly and OccuEvolve held a protest Feb. 7 on Wall Street, a few hours after the government released the latest employment figures. The protest demanded restoration of extended unemployment benefits and jobs for all at a living wage. It also raised the issue of [...]

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Imperialist politics and the Olympics

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This is the age of imperialism. The Olympic Games cannot escape being drawn into the major contemporary struggles playing out in world politics. At present the U.S. imperialists are locked in a geopolitical struggle with Russia over Syria, Iran, Ukraine, control over the former Soviet republics, the military balance of power in Europe, the safe [...]

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U.S. officials caught in Ukraine plot

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Leftists demonstrate at U.S. Embassy in Kiev, resist imperialist attempt to colonize Ukraine.

U.S. spying devices record phone calls of enemies, allies, neutrals and bystanders alike. Do U.S. officials think no one records their own calls? It seems that one such call was recorded and leaked to the Internet. It revealed much about U.S. and European Union imperialist intervention in Ukraine as well U.S.-EU tactical differences. On Feb. [...]

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Pentagon intervention in Africa grows

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Developments in Central and East Africa have dominated news coverage of Africa since December. The split within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), a close ally of Washington, and the deployment of French and African troops in the Central African Republic have led to an escalation of Pentagon involvement in these states. The U.S. [...]

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Subprime loans drive auto recovery

By February 12, 2014
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The scramble for profits is again leading to overproduction and the pushing of high-interest loans, this time in the auto industry. The capitalists are worried but keep doing it. For the bosses the recovery in auto sales is the one relatively bright spot in the capitalist economy. But that “bright spot” is about to get [...]

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Congress votes for hunger and poverty

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Corporate lobbyists get what they want as Congress cuts both food stamps and extended unemployment benefits. Congress delivered a one-two punch to workers and poor people during the first week of February. First, both houses passed a farm bill that rewards agribusiness while reducing food stamp benefits for many low-income households. Then, the Senate voted [...]

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