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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. [...]

Sexism & the blame game

September 23, 2014

Recent revelations about athletes and domestic abuse imply that these horrific acts are particular to sports culture in the United States. This is not so. This phenomenon stems from the oppression of women in class society, which exists side by side with racism, worker exploitation and other forms [...]

Atlanta Hawks owners’ racism exposed

September 17, 2014

I am not a sports fan. In fact, I have never been to a professional basketball game, much less an Atlanta Hawks game. What I know about the owners and managers of the Atlanta Hawks comes from what I have read in the local papers and heard on television — and of course, my own personal experience [...]

On the picket line

August 1, 2014

Low-paid workers win big raises at Johns Hopkins Hospital Some 2,000 low-paid workers — janitors and service, maintenance and technical workers — at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore won substantial raises under a new four-year contract reached July 8 by Service Employees 1199 United Healthcare [...]

‘Obvious Child’ a breakthrough on abortion rights

June 22, 2014

On some issues, U.S. movies lag decades behind social change. Abortion is one of them, especially when statistically one woman out of three has an abortion during her lifetime. Finally, 41 years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion, there is a female-centered movie, “Obvious Child,” which [...]

What a fascist video looks like

March 26, 2014

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Shouldn’t a moving picture be worth even more? Take the video that spread widely across the Internet for a while — until someone claimed it was copyrighted and it got pulled off a lot of websites. But not all of them. You can still find it on [...]

Pete Seeger: Folk musician, anti-capitalist fighter

February 3, 2014

Pete Seeger World-renowned folk musician and songwriter, Peter “Pete” Seeger, was born in 1919. He came from a wealthy New England family, and both his parents were classical musicians. In the summer of 1936, when Seeger was 17 years old, he went to “Mountain Dance and Folk Festival” in [...]

British TV airs Snowden statement

January 1, 2014

Whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke to the world for the first time on Dec. 25 via an Alternative Christmas Message aired by Britain’s commercial television, Channel 4. Snowden said, “[O]ur governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide mass surveillance, watching everything [...]

Black youth arrested by racist cops in Rochester, N.Y.

December 11, 2013

Police officers arrested three Black teens as they were standing outside a store in downtown Rochester, N.Y., on Nov. 27. Their “crime”? Waiting for a school bus. The three youths — Raliek Redd, 16; Deaquon Carelock, 16; and Wan’Tauhjs Weathers, 17 — are star athletes at Edison Tech [...]

Ralph Poynter visits Mumia Abu-Jamal

August 25, 2013

He’s still glowing, days later. On Aug. 10, Ralph Poynter, spouse of “the people’s lawyer,” Lynne Stewart, visited Mumia Abu-Jamal in SCI Mahanoy Prison in Pennsylvania for the first time. Both Stewart and Abu-Jamal are political prisoners. Lynne Stewart is dying in a Ft. [...]
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