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Who in the world is reading Workers World?
Published Oct 18, 2008 6:53 AM
From the editors:
As the Workers World Party National Conference approaches, we continue our
series of reports on how Workers World articles are being disseminated
internationally. Now that the financial meltdown has struck with such force in
the heartland of world imperialism, there is even a greater desire for
progressive news and analysis from this country. And it is just these topics
that the conference will discuss and expand upon.
In our last report we wrote, “We know ours is a minority opinion within
the United States. Now. We are equally sure we speak to the needs and interests
of the vast majority of workers and oppressed people.” Now, just three
months later, we may still be a minority opinion, but people no longer ignore
us when we say, “Karl Marx was correct.” And no one laughs.
In Britain—where it’s possible to use the articles without
translating—the New Worker has continued to feature our coverage. In four
issues as summer was ending, this newspaper of the New Communist Party
published six WW articles. Two were on the class struggle here: Betsey
Piette’s on job losses in the U.S. and Jim McMahan’s on the strike
The New Worker also published Abayomi Azikiwe’s articles on Mauritania
and on Zimbabwe, David Hoskins’ on the election of the Communist prime
minister of Nepal and Hillel Cohen’s on anthrax.
Though Larry Holmes wrote his analysis of the Barack Obama candidacy last May,
it still carries weight for foreign leftist political activists who are trying
to look at both sides of the contradictory Obama phenomenon. Having been
translated into Portuguese, Holmes’ article has been picked up on
Portuguese language Web sites, among them Mudar de Vida, which also translated
a WW editorial about the Iraqi resistance. (jornalmudardevida.net)
Fred Goldstein’s article “Capitalist meltdown” was also
translated into Portuguese and published on the resistir.info site, from which
odiario.info—also based in Portugal—picked it up, as did the
Brazilian sites vermelho.org.br and brasil.indymedia.org, and two trade union
center sites, portalctb.org.br for the CTB and galizacig.com in Galicia, among
two dozen sites. The same article was also translated into French and published
in Michel Collon’s site michelcollon.info.
The resistir.info site just translated Jaimeson Champion’s front-page
article on the financial crisis from the Oct. 16 issue of WW into French.
In July and then starting in October (September is their vacation month), the
Workers Action newspaper in the Ukraine translated another five WW articles
into Russian. This included an editorial on imperialism and Caspian Sea oil,
Caleb Maupin on Exxon’s environmental destruction, David Hoskins on
India’s forming an anti-partisan force, Jaimeson Champion on youth
unemployment in the U.S., and an editorial on the financial crisis and the
International solidarity with the comrades in Ukraine will be more important as
the U.S. continues to try to expand NATO eastward.
Sara Flounders’ article on NATO expansion was published in Global
Research magazine (globalresearch.ca) and one of Flounders’ on
Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia is on Michel Collon’s Web site in
Michel Mounayer in Damascus has continued to translate selected WW articles for
the Syrian newspapers al-Ba’ath and Tishreen, mostly pieces about the
Middle East and the anti-imperialist movement in the U.S. Avante, the newspaper
of the Portuguese Communist Party, published articles by Gloria Rubac on the
situation in Houston and Galveston in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and an
appreciation by Larry Holmes of the candidacy of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa
The axisoflogic.com site and the Pan African News Wire have continued to
regularly republish WW articles.
If you can report on other sites that use WW articles or have ideas on how to
reach out, write to [email protected]
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