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On October 22, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security arrested Palestinian-American feminist, activist, educator and community leader, Rasmea Odeh in her home for alleged immigration fraud as part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them “terrorists.”...
Historic Riverside Church in New York City was the location for the send-off on Oct. 10 of the “National Caravan in Solidarity with the Children and Families at the Mexico and Texas Borders.” The enthusiastic crowd of nearly 100 supporters cheered on caravan organizers and participants, jumping to their feet several times during the program....
The Turkish government decided Oct. 12 to permit U.S. fighter-bombers to launch attacks on Syrian targets from Incirlik Air Force Base near the Turkish-Syrian border. This decision marked the latest escalation of the U.S.-led “war on ISIS.” It is a further step toward a major U.S. invasion into Syria and Iraq....
With the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Oct. 8, the political dynamics of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak have taken on wider dimensions....
October 8 is the Day of the Heroic Guerrilla, honoring the sacrifice of Latin American communist revolutionary Che Guevara. It is also the date of the founding congress of the Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic, held in the capital city of Donetsk....
We will remember the 48 anti-fascists and trade unionists murdered by neo-Nazis in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 2, 2014....
It is rare that a U.S. politician reveals any important fact. It is especially rare to reveal one that exposes U.S. propaganda when it is being used to justify a new war of aggression....
The following is a press release from the Anti-Privatization of Healthcare Coordination, centered in Madrid, that was issued on Oct. 7 following the announcement that a nurse at the Carlos III Hospital had contracted Ebola after contact with an Ebola patient brought back from West Africa....
In evaluating an emerging movement it is important to look at what political forces are supporting the movement. What are the demands raised by the movement, who are they appealing to, and what is the social composition of those in motion?...
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Venezuela is in the midst of the difficult task of constructing the path to socialism. Like any living process, it does not go forward in a straight line. It instead has advances and setbacks, mistakes and corrections. The important thing is the continuous effort of the people in propelling the construction of a fair system to once and for all supplant the violent capitalism still prevalent in Venezuela....
A special session at the 69th U.N. General Assembly discussed the spread of the Ebola virus in several West African states on Sept. 25. African Union Commission Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan spoke on the worsening crisis and the need for assistance from the international community to effectively address the burgeoning impact of the disease, which has killed more than 3,100 people since March....
our mass graves have been discovered around Nyzhnia Krynka village, near the town of Makeeva in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The latest one came to light Sept. 28.<...
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Eight experts and journalists visiting the West African state of Guinea were found dead in Nzerekore on Sept. 20. They went there to educate about preventing the spread of Ebola. Reports from Guinea say the delegation met with community elders, then was later attacked by youths....
Some 43 members of an elite Israeli Defense Force intelligence unit, many still on active duty, sent an open letter of protest to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sept. 12, in which they refuse to spy on the Palestinian people. It states:...
In a stellar example of solidarity with the people of West Africa, socialist Cuba will provide health care workers to aid in the urgent fight against the Ebola epidemic in the region....
Early in September, U.S. President Barack Obama announced he had carried out a targeted assassination of the leader of the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance organization in Somalia. The group has been fighting against the Somali government and a regional military force for over six years....
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Between 1.5 million and 2 million people took to the streets in Barcelona to demand that the Spanish federal government in the capital of Madrid accept the results of a vote on the independence of Catalonia scheduled for Nov. 9....
President Barack Obama announced Sept.10 that the U.S. military would build an international coalition to make “war on the Islamic State.” He said there were already 10 countries in this coalition. Administration spokespeople on the Sept. 14 Sunday morning talk shows said they were still building the coalition. The next morning a conference of 30 countries opened in Paris on this theme....
On the night of Sept. 12, Vladislav Wojciechowski, an activists with the leftist Union Borotba (Struggle), was detained in Odessa, Ukraine. According to Borotba, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is ready to charge Vladislav with “terrorism.” Explosives were planted by the authorities during the search of the apartment where he lived....
A ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, on Sept. 5, under the auspices of the Trilateral Contact Group, went into effect at 6 p.m. local time. The parties to the agreement were the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe....
The popular militias united in the Novorossian Armed Forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics are composed of workers of many nationalities living throughout the Donbass mining region, formerly part of southeastern Ukraine. Both rank and file and leaders are speaking out on the future direction of their struggle against fascism and imperialism. Here is some of what they say:...
In Liberia, where many people have been killed by the Ebola virus, nurses and physicians went on strike on Sept. 1, 2 and 4 due to lack of pay and the dangers they face due to the minimal resources available to address the burgeoning health care disaster....
Sep 11, 2014
War on ISIL?
Imperialist heads of state at the Sept. 4-5 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, met under U.S. pressure to escalate their anti-Russia maneuvers regarding Ukraine, to schedule their gradual exit from Afghanistan and to open war on the Islamic State....
Imperialist heads of state at the Sept. 4-5 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, met under U.S. pressure to escalate their anti-Russia maneuvers regarding Ukraine, to schedule their gradual exit from Afghanistan and to open war on the Islamic State....
The peoplesclimate.org blog states that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is “urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.” However, the website realistically admits that the summit won’t necessarily solve the crisis, but that “organizing, mobilizing and building social movements are ultimately what change the course of history.”...
A dramatic exhibit of 40 photos by Russian and Ukrainian journalists showcasing the destruction and human suffering caused by the U.S.-backed war in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region opens in New York City on Thursday, Sept. 4....
The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the 28 states of NATO opens today in Newport, Wales, where these leaders will take key decisions “to ensure NATO is prepared to address current and future security challenges” that they attribute to “military aggression of Russia against Ukraine” and “growth of extremism and sectarian conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.” In this “crucial” summit, the United States, which retains the undisputed leadership in NATO, and its European allies will mobilize simultaneously on two war fronts. (Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s press conference)...
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Thousands of anti-war marchers descended on Newport, Wales, on Aug. 30 for the beginning of a week of protests against the NATO Summit scheduled there for Sept. 4 and 5. Organizers have said they expect 20,000 people in the Welsh city by Sept. 4....
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After a difficult summer when their very existence seemed to hang by a thread, the Union of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, also known as Novorossia, demolished Ukraine’s military blockade against its capital cities in late August....
Beware the fickle nature of imperialist propaganda. The political line of the corporate media is apt to flip-flop. Consider the latest revelations in late August that up to 1,000 volunteers from Western countries, including some from the United States, have been fighting in Syria against its government. Most of these volunteers are fighting within military units of the group now known as the Islamic State....
There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even acknowledged. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on climate change....
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Just one day after U.S. President Barack Obama hosted leaders from across Africa, African Americans exploded in rebellion in Ferguson, Mo....
Israel’s failure to divide, disarm or defeat the heroic resistance in Gaza is seen by all currents of the Palestinian liberation movement as their historic political victory. This is the overwhelming Palestinian sentiment....
Two hundred twenty-seven white paneled trucks ”invaded” Ukraine from Russia on Aug. 22, transporting large bags filled with grain, beans, drinking water, medicines, generators and sleeping bags. By Aug. 23, the trucks were back in Russia....
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Each day the Barack Obama administration draws closer to escalating U.S. military intervention in Iraq and extending it to Syria. Already having bombed Iraq for the first time since 2011, the Pentagon admits to sending surveillance drones into Syrian airspace. At the same time Washington and its imperialist allies are pouring weapons into the Iraqi regional Kurdish government in Erbil and, now that Nuri al-Maliki has resigned his post as prime minister under pressure from Washington, into the new pro-West regime in Baghdad....
The action to stop the Israeli ship Zim from unloading at the Port of Oakland, initially planned as a one-day event, became a movement. Originally organized by Block the Boat for Gaza, a coalition of about 70 organizations led by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, the Aug. 16 action kept growing with its success. Supported and encouraged by the initial organizers, the movement included independent activists and, most significantly, the ranks of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union....
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Black and Brown people in the United States are righteously fighting for freedom and justice. So are the Palestinian people....
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The following message of solidarity was issued Aug. 19 by the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home coalition, which is organizing for the freedom of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.  ...
For four days straight the San Francisco Bay Area community blocked the Israeli ZIM ship from unloading at the Port of Oakland. And today, we salute the rank and file of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for standing with us against Israeli apartheid by honoring our pickets and letting the ship go from the SSA terminal this afternoon!...
San Francisco Bay Area people and organizations in solidarity with Gaza announced “a massive and powerful ‘Boat Blockade’ for Aug. 16 to block the Israeli Zim ship from unloading in Oakland!”...
The “Commissar Order” (Richtlinien für die Behandlung politischer Kommissare) was issued by the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht on June 6, 1941 — two weeks before Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union. The decree stated that “the commissars are not recognized as soldiers; they are not covered by the international legal protections for [prisoners of war]. After sorting them out, destroy them.”...
President Barack Obama has now become the fourth successive U.S. president to order the bombing of Iraq, this time with a “humanitarian” pretext. But it soon became clear that Obama’s “humanitarian” excuse was as much a lie as the pretexts raised by the other three U.S. presidents and that the bombing was aimed at defending U.S. imperialism’s corporate and strategic interests....
As tens of thousands today marched for Gaza worldwide from Dublin to Caracas to Washington, over 10,000 protesters in New York City, the world center of finance capital, marched to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza...
The militant nationalist sentiments of supporters of the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” (ATO) have always been combined with expectations that the most difficult work for the Kiev government will be done by the West. At first it was thought that the European Union and the International Monetary Fund would pay for European integration, offsetting economic losses from the introduction of new standards. Ukrainians were then told that the IMF would provide money to “stabilize” the economy....
Some of the fiercest attacks on Gaza have been Israeli attacks on the Egyptian-Gaza border crossing at Rafah. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Rafah between Aug. 1 and 3, including 10 children at a well-marked school...
I was a member of the Israeli military from 1972 to 1975 and took part in the illegal Zionist occupations of Palestine, Egypt and Syria as well as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. I have witnessed firsthand the steadfastness and resistance of the Palestinian people along with their allies from other Arab communities....
While spokespersons for the U.S. government cynically condemned the July 29 Israeli shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza that was being used to shelter 3,300 civilians, the Pentagon opened up the doors to a U.S. secret cache of weapons and ammunition to Israel to resupply its dwindling stock. The shelling killed at least 16 Palestinians, including many children....
The world movement in solidarity with Palestine must join hands in demanding the complete lifting of the brutal Israeli siege of Gaza and full reconstruction....
Women gather in the dozens to block major highways, carrying signs and banners reading “Save our boys” and “Stop the slaughter.”

Protesters shout down politicians spouting pro-war rhetoric, telling them to “Go fight your own war.”...

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Hezbollah General Secretary Sayed Hassan Nasrallah made a major speech on al-Quds Day, July 25, in Beirut, Lebanon. The IAC is publishing lightly edited excerpts from an unofficial transcription and translation made in Lebanon. It focuses on Nasrallah’s evaluation of the fighting in Gaza as a failure for Israel and a victory for the resistance and also on his call to all Arabs and Arab governments, whatever other disagreements they may have, to come together to support the people of Gaza....
Efforts by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to carry out the program of restructuring in favor of the banks and corporations during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings have drawn growing opposition from inside Detroit and beyond....
Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza, targeting mostly children and civilians while destroying hospitals, schools, infrastructure, and mosques, has been built and paid for by the US. On July 18, every US Senator voted unanimously to support Israel’s attacks and increase funding to the Israeli army, now over $3.5 billion yearly. US and Israel’s goal is clear, defeat the Palestinians and weaken Gaza’s elected leadership, Hamas.  Yet the Palestinian people, strengthened by a massive worldwide solidarity movement, have continued to fight back....
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Protests on and around Al-Quds Day, the last Friday of Ramadan on July 25, took place in a number of U.S. cities. Some demonstrators linked the war on children in Gaza to the attacks on children from Central America who are crossing the U.S./Mexican border to seek refuge. Here are descriptions of some of the protests in support of the people of Gaza and against the U.S.-backed Israeli military machine....
Against the illuminating backdrop of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, there exists disturbing parallels between the cowardly New York Police Department’s racist killing of Eric Garner and the on-going, genocidal assault against the heroic Palestinian people by the Zionist garrison state of Israel. These parallels are fervently anchored in the ideology of exceptionalism, imperial expansion and white supremacy. They go to the very heart of how the United States developed into an unprecedented empire, along with the creation of Israel  as an extension to that end....
The crimes are staggering, the destruction massive. Israel is creating a 3-kilometer strip of scorched earth around Gaza City that eats up about 44 percent of the Gaza Strip, already the most densely populated place on earth. (U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)...
Currently, it is extremely difficult for leftist forces opposing fascism in Ukraine to work in the territory controlled by the Kiev government, in particular for the most active left organization -- Union Borotba (Struggle). In the cities of the southeast, there were mass arrests of AntiMaidan supporters, and today hundreds of people are behind bars. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) now searches and arrests our comrades even for simply posting on social networks (Facebook, Vkontakte), which is classified as “separatist” propaganda....
In the aftermath of the horrific crash of a Malaysian Airlines civilian jet that killed 298 people on July 18 in the war zone of eastern Ukraine, the governments of the United States and European Union are cynically trying to exploit the incident for their own imperialist gains....
The International Working Women's Coalition, which for the past 10 years has commemorated International Working Women's Day in New York City, stands with the world's working and oppressed peoples in solidarity with the heroic people of Gaza who are resisting the heinous atrocities by the fascistic, Zionist regime, especially the Israeli Defense Forces....
According to the French newspaper Le Monde, on July 19 between 6,000 and 8,000 people showed up at a banned demonstration in Paris to support the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Their main slogan was “Israel is an assassin, [French President] Hollande is an accomplice.” (Reuters, July 19)  Demonstrations, likewise officially banned, also took place in Sarcelles, a small city north of Paris, and Nice in southern France and in a number of other cities where they weren’t banned....
Often the corporate media use the term “international community” to give weight to an opinion that is really the opinion of a handful of imperialist heads of state — from the U.S., its major NATO allies and Japan. Since the Israeli assault on Gaza began, the real international community is coming out into the streets, sometimes defying police violence, to show its solidarity with Gaza and Palestine and protest....
As people of conscience around the world condemn the genocidal Israeli invasion of Gaza, protesters inside the U.S. are among those raising their voices for an immediate end to the Zionist war offensive. Many are well aware of — and angry about — the fact that U.S. taxpayer dollars fund Israel’s weapons of mass destruction and that the U.S.-backed policy toward the Palestinians is what spurs on the terrorist actions of the racist Israeli apartheid state.<...
Jul 23, 2014
We are all Gaza
Israel’s horrific assault on the people of Gaza is in its 14th day. Just today, Tel Aviv’s used its U.S.-supplied arsenal to hit five mosques and a hospital intensive care unit in Deir al-Balah, killing at least five people, including doctors, and wounding at least 70, including 30 medics....
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A civilian passenger plane is rerouted over a war zone. The plane crashes mysteriously in rebel-held territory. Within hours, the rebels and an “enemy” government are blamed for deliberately downing the plane and killing everyone aboard....
Undoubtedly, the Malaysian Boeing disaster is an event that may have long-lasting political consequences – and not only for Ukraine. The tragic deaths of innocent people stirred up public opinion in Ukraine and worldwide. In the first minutes after the incident, all parties were quick to accuse their opponents of the destruction of the airliner. But, unfortunately, the circumstances of the tragedy and the information we have available leave more questions than answers....
The Alternative Information Center describes itself as “an internationally oriented, progressive, joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization, located in Beit Sahour and Jerusalem.” As of July 20, a group of more than 200 Israelis had sent a letter to the European Council, Commission and the European Parliament calling on the EU to pressure Israel to accept Hamas’ terms of truce. And it had also gathered 725 Israeli signers as of July 21 on a Hebrew/Arabic online petition supporting Hamas’ conditions as a basis for immediate and direct negotiations....
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress and its allies have expressed outrage over Israel’s attacks on Gaza. ANC Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte re-emphasized its position in the July 11-17 issue of ANC Today....
People from all around the world and some governments have rallied to the side of the Palestinian people in Gaza, who are under relentless attack from the U.S.-armed Israeli state. Here is a small sample of what has been taking place worldwide....
STAND WITH CHILDREN & YOUTH UNDER ATTACK! Solidarity with Palestine & the People of Central America...
The Israeli apartheid state has called up as many as 40,000 reserve troops to prepare for an all-out invasion of the Gaza territory, where 1.5 million Palestinians live. Because of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory has been described as “the largest open-air prison in the world.”...
On the night of July 4-5, the militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) withdrew from the embattled cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The volunteer self-defense forces made an orderly retreat to the south, where they took up positions in and around the regional capital city of Donetsk....
Algeria’s soccer team competing in the World Cup in Brazil took the prize this year. No, not for winning the cup, although it’s true the Fennec Foxes got further along in the tournament than ever before. The prize the Foxes won was that of advancing the politics of the World Cup spectacle....
July 1 — Early this morning, the Israeli authorities used the death of three Israeli teenagers as the pretext to begin a major assault on Palestinian organizations and civilians in the West Bank and Gaza. Every voice should be raised against this assault....
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Victor Shapinov of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) analyzes the forces at work behind President Petro Poroshenko’s announcement officially ending the Kiev junta’s ceasefire with the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics of the Donbass region. The article originally appeared on the website ActualComment.ru and was translated by Greg Butterfield....
Human rights activists marched from the New York Times offices to the Empire State Building — which houses Human Rights Watch — to protest both institutions as tools of the CIA, specifically in their role attacking the Bolivarian government of Venezuela....
June 20 is World Refugee Day. This year, a report issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that the number of displaced persons has reached a post-World-War-II high....
When Secretary of State John Kerry met on June 22 with Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the coup leader who now claims the presidency of Egypt, he proclaimed that things are now “normal” in Egypt so that el-Sisi can receive the official blessings of the U.S. government. This means the U.S. will continue to bankroll the Egyptian military to the immediate tune of $575 million, money that had been “frozen,” with lots more to come. It didn’t matter to Kerry or his masters in the U.S. ruling class that another 183 people, most of them in the Muslim Brotherhood, just received a mass death sentence from the regime....
Thirty-five years of U.S. subversion, intervention and then direct occupation of Iraq are the primary cause of the violent sectarian divisions now pulling that country apart....
An official United Nations press conference featuring five U.S. observers of the June 3 Syrian presidential elections was held on June 18. The briefing, held at the U.N. headquarters here, featured Joe Iosbaker of the Anti-war Committee — Chicago; Paul Larudee of the Syria Solidarity Movement; blogger Jane Stillwater; Judy Bello, founder of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars; and Scott Williams of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together and the International Action Center. These activists joined a distinguished group of observers from 32 countries who visited polling places across Syria....
Maria Matyushenko, an activist with the anti-fascist organization Union Borotba (Struggle), was kidnapped from her apartment in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, last night. ...
The May 21 New York Times editorialized that 40 U.S. veterans died while waiting for health care at U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals and medical centers. In Phoenix, Ariz., more than 1,300 veterans were told they were getting appointments, but were never notified of them....
A train strike in southern Sweden has evolved into a major battle about worsening working conditions in the labor market here. In its drive to increase profits, the French union-busting company Veolia is meeting contract resistance from a unified union movement....
An anti-war protest by 100 women shut down the Chernivtsi-Zhitomir highway near the town of Mahala in western Ukraine on June 19. The women — mothers of Ukrainian soldiers — demanded that the government in Kiev withdraw their sons from the fratricidal war to suppress the anti-fascist uprising in southeastern Ukraine. (Depo.ua)

A day earlier, hundreds of miles to the east, in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic, thousands of mineworkers and their families marched to demand an end to the junta’s “anti-terrorist operation.” Workers from 16 regional mines downed tools to join the protest....

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Yesterday at 11am, the Syrian Mission to the United Nations convened a press conference featuring people from the US who observed the recent elections....
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Iraq’s disaster has moved back onto the front burner of world attention. As of June 15, the Barack Obama administration is considering air strikes in the country the Pentagon finally left in 2011 after eight years of occupation....
The downing of a Ukrainian military airplane in the Lugansk People’s Republic sent shockwaves around the world June 14. The plane carried troops destined to fight in the Kiev junta’s war against the people in the country’s rebellious Donbass region. All 49 people aboard were killed, including the 9-person crew....
With the outbreak of fighting from Mosul to Tikrit putting Iraq back onto the front burner of world media coverage and with the Obama administration threatening air strikes in Iraq once again, anti-war organizations and activists in the United States must take a clear position against further U.S. intervention of any type. Broad opposition must again be mobilized to demand:...
Nearly 12 million Syrians cast their ballots on June 3 at 9,601 open polling sites across Syria and in Syrian embassies around the world. With a turnout of 72 percent, President Bashar al-Assad from the Ba’ath Party won over 88 percent of the vote....
Two incidents on European territory this week demonstrate how the deepening global economic and political crisis affects the international working class on the issue of forced migration....
U.S. imperialism’s political switches can be breathtaking. It only took two days for Bowe Bergdahl to change from a diplomatic tool to a political football.

That dizzying switch has one positive result: It helps expose the reactionary character of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and gives an opportunity to review U.S. imperialism’s role in that country....

In yet another sign of the revolutionary momentum sweeping the Americas, Salvador Sánchez Cerén was inaugurated president of El Salvador on June 1 amidst an emotional and victorious air of celebration here in the capital....
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On June 3, nearly 12 million Syrians cast their ballots at one of the 9,601 polling sites across Syria. With turnout out at 72 percent, including the millions of Syrian refugees who live across the world, President Bashar al-Assad from the Ba’ath Party won the election with over 88 percent of the vote. Defeated was communist legislator Maher Hajjar, known for leading the protest movement in spring 2011 which called for better programs and assistance for the poor, who had 3.2 percent of the votes. Prominent businessman Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri also ran and received 4.3 percent....
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Cuba is awaiting the return of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, the three of the Cuban 5 who remain unjustly held in U.S. prisons. Along with René González and Fernando González, who served their full sentences and returned to Cuba, these five men are heroes who risked their own lives to infiltrate Miami-based gangs who were bombing Cuban hotels and restaurants during the 1990s....
In an important military victory for the People’s Republic of Donetsk, armed defenders brought down a Ukrainian military helicopter outside the embattled city of Slavyansk on May 29. A Ukrainian Armed Forces general and 13 soldiers were reported killed....
Why is the election in Syria so important that U.S. government officials have condemned it before it takes place? Why, at the same time, have U.S. officials embraced and applauded the results of elections organized by the military coup government of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt and the election by the fascist coup forces of billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine?...
We call on antiwar activists and people of all walks of life to stand up and oppose the horrific war against civilians in eastern Ukraine that has been unleashed by the right-wing coup regime in Kiev....
Activists against fascism and war in Ukraine have boldly called a demonstration at the presidential residence in Kiev on that day, and are asking for international support....
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Youth and students from successive generations were influenced by Maya Angelou’s widely read book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the formative years of the author, who died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86....
Following is a report and analysis of the May 25 elections by Union Borotba (Struggle), a revolutionary socialist and anti-fascist organization in Ukraine, translated by Workers World contributing editor Greg Butterfield and available on the Borotba.org website. Oligarch Petro Poroshenko declared himself the landslide winner of the presidential election, getting four times the vote of his nearest rival, Julia Timoshenko....
Today, the romantic image of the rebels of 1968 inspires youth. Young, beautiful, sexy participants of the revolutionary events of those times are placed before us as heroes of the movie “The Dreamers” by Bernardo Bertolucci, which is shown by every progressive youth film club. But those who admire the youth of the sixties, apparently, have thought little about what the youthful red rebels of 1968 would fight against today....
What makes this election unique is that it can help protect the sovereignty, even the existence of this country. It can help end the bloody war that has drained the lifeblood of the country. It is seen as a essential step toward national reconciliation....
The U.S.-backed junta of neoliberal politicians, oligarchs and fascists, which came to power in a coup against the elected government of Ukraine, staged presidential elections May 25 in an attempt to legitimize its rule....
“No to fascism in Ukraine! No war with Russia!” was the theme of the International Action Center protest in New York’s Times Square on May 26, Memorial Day. The demonstrators’ determination to denounce U.S. aggression and the expansion of NATO into Ukraine contrasted with the general mood of the sunny spring holiday. Speakers at the rally demanded hands off the Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and expressed solidarity with the anti-fascist fighters there. Representatives of South American liberation struggles in Venezuela and Honduras spoke, aligning with those in Eastern Europe fighting against U.S. imperialism. Anti-war soldiers denounced the Pentagon on Memorial Day and called for people to remember those murdered by fascists in Ukraine. After more than an hour in Times Square, the demonstration set off for CNN headquarters, about a mile away. Signs opposing the U.S. war machine and militant slogans got a great reception from many tourists and passersby as the demonstration moved up Broadway....
On February 22, the elected president of Ukraine was overthrown in a coup which was supported by the Obama administration. Since then, the country has been torn apart and violence has escalated. On May 2 in the southern city of Odessa, supporters of the new unelected Kiev government, including members of the violent extremist Right Sector party, surrounded peaceful, unarmed anti-government protestors who had taken refuge in the city’s main union hall. The right-wing crowd then set the union hall on fire, and 46 people died by being burned alive or jumping to their deaths trying to escape....
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Washington, D.C. — Westminster Church hosted an exhibit and sale of reproductions of watercolors by Antonio Guerrero, titled “I will die as I have lived,” on May 17. Guerrero is one of the unjustly imprisoned Cuban Five, who are the focus of an international campaign to free them from U.S. prisons....
People in Ukraine, at the grassroots, gave a monumental surprise to the coup organizers in Kiev. Washington’s plan was to terrorize the population into silence. The role of fascist shock troops was to overturn the elected government and seize the armed power of the state....
Borotba is an openly Marxist organization, formed in 2011, that has been deeply involved in the struggle in Ukraine. It was driven out of Kiev by the Right Sector after a fascist-led coup overthrew the Viktor Yanukovych government. Borotba has helped to organize resistance to the reactionary forces in Kharkov, Odessa and other cities....
Solidarity with the resistance in southeastern Ukraine has spread to at least six West European countries’ anti-war movements. The actions described below were reported to us after we sent out a call by the United National Anti-war Coalition (UNAC) for solidarity demonstrations across the U.S. from May 9 to May 26 and requested reports from other parts of the world about similar solidarity actions....
The people of southeast Ukraine are fighting back. Now it is time for the anti-war movement in this country to take a stand. We must act to stop the horrifying onslaught of violence unleashed on the people of Ukraine by the U.S. government and the big business interests it serves. We must not allow Wall Street, Congress and the White House to continue the buildup for war against Russia....
While the eyes of the world focus on the events in Ukraine, the U.S. empire is using this opportunity to intensify its plan to overthrow governments in the Latin American and Caribbean region that are leading the process for change there — Cuba and Venezuela....
It may surprise some that the U.S. government — especially under a reputedly liberal Democratic Party administration — would be supporting fascists in Ukraine. Not officially, of course. According to Washington and all the corporate media, the people given money and credibility by the U.S. are just anti-Russian patriots....
Meeting at Riverside Church on May 10, anti-war activists from the New York metropolitan area gave a kick-start to three weeks of activities in solidarity with the anti-fascist movement in Eastern Ukraine and opposing new U.S.-NATO ­aggression against Russia....
A video purportedly released today by the armed Boko Haram sect based in northeast Nigeria shows what are said to be schoolgirls held for a month by the group. The group’s leader says that the young women could be released in exchange for members of Boko Haram imprisoned by the Nigerian government....
The people of eastern Ukraine have defied imperialist threats from Washington, Berlin, Paris, London, Brussels and their puppets in Warsaw and Kiev and have carried out highly successful referendums under virtual wartime conditions....
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The International Action Center, along with many antiwar, social justice and solidarity organizations is calling for emergency actions to oppose the dangerous US war mobilization in Ukraine....
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Imagine a gathering of diverse activists in a medium-sized U.S. city, representing low-wage workers, communities mobilizing against police brutality and radical organizations. It might be an Occupy Wall Street encampment, a civil rights rally or anti-war conference. You may have attended such events yourself. Now imagine this gathering was attacked by a thousand members of the Ku Klux Klan, dispatched with government approval. Consider that the Klan members, armed with gasoline bombs, baseball bats and firearms, chased the unarmed activists into a union hall and set fire to the building. Suppose dozens of activists died in the fire, while others were shot dead or beaten to death while trying to escape the inferno. What if police then arrested survivors and the media blamed them for the blaze, while the bigots responsible were allowed to escape? How would the workers’ and progressive movements respond to such an atrocity? This is the horrific scenario that played out in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 2. Neo-Nazi gangs bused in from western Ukraine marched through the city, posing as sports fans going to a soccer match. They attacked local anti-fascist activists who tried to block them outside a shopping center...
U.S. imperialism has orchestrated and approved a new military offensive against the anti-Kiev resistance in towns and cities of the populous, industrial region of eastern Ukraine. This is playing with fire....
The U.S. corporate media are in lock step lying and distorting the events in Ukraine. These are many little lies leading to another version of the Big Lie, as explained by Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels and used to justify U.S. aggression from Vietnam to Iraq and Libya....
The overwhelming majority of the population of the U.S. is against being dragged into another disastrous war. Nothing is more dangerous than the aggressive U.S./NATO troop movements right on the borders of Russia. Sending U.S. destroyers into the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea; scheduling threatening U.S./NATO war games and troop movements in East Europe; and imposing sanctions on the Russian Federation is a threat to peace on a world scale. We have seen the cost of past and continuing U.S. wars, which enrich the military corporations while impoverishing the targeted countries as well as poor and working people here in the U.S. The years of U.S. funding of fascist forces in Ukraine and the recognition of a government in Kiev that overthrew the elected government, seized power and appointed extreme right-wing groups to head the police, army and national guard in order to pull Ukraine into NATO membership makes the U.S. complicit in the complete denial of the rights of the Ukrainian people. It is also a provocation against the entire region....
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In a determined protest against the U.S. use of drone warfare, 150 people marched to the gates of Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 27. The multinational march was part of a regional day of education and action linking poverty, racism and war....
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April 24 is the first anniversary of the horrific Rana Plaza building collapse in Dakar, Bangladesh, when at least 1,135 garment workers died, mostly young women. Thousands more were injured....
The Soviet Union no longer exists. The Russian Federation is not a socialist state. But the U.S. military and political establishment still seek to destroy Russia. That’s the object of the crisis the Pentagon, State Department and CIA are orchestrating in Ukraine....
The Geneva statement signed by the U.S., EU, Russia and the Kiev puppet government on April 17 was meant by the U.S. and European imperialists to gain time for the regime in Kiev to regroup and push back the struggle in southeast Ukraine. Judging by the torrent of bellicose U.S. threats and propaganda that followed, the effort failed miserably. President Barack Obama had warned Russia that sanctions and isolation would follow if it didn’t get the resistance in southeast Ukraine to give up. Secretary of State John Kerry gave Russia “days, not weeks” to move against the activists. Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev to show backing for Washington’s illegal coup regime in Kiev. This arrogance, fortified with lies about Russian forces being responsible for the popular uprisings, is driven by frustration stemming from at least three fundamental problems that U.S. imperialism faces in its struggle to seize Ukraine. First, no threats of any kind can bolster the faltering coup regime in Kiev. Second, no threats and ravings of imperialist politicians and generals will gain one ounce of political support among the Ukrainian masses in the southeast. Third, the dictates and ultimatums coming from the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department have so far had no effect on pushing back the Russian government in its opposition to a U.S. takeover of Ukraine....
Pushed and prodded by U.S. officials, the far-right coup regime in Kiev is now in the twelfth day of an on-again, off-again military offensive against the rebellious working-class cities of southeastern Ukraine....
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As of this writing, the maneuver by U.S. and European imperialism at the Geneva “reconciliation” talks to disarm and disperse the anti-Western resistance in southeast Ukraine has been rebuffed by the masses there....
News arrived this afternoon from Geneva that Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine’s coup government in Kiev had reached an agreement expressed in a public text “on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.”...
What historical significance does May have for the people of Honduras? Is it transcendent just because of the festivities on International Workers’ Day, during which workers around the world lift their collective fists to greet their class brothers and sisters with the voices of proletarian internationalism?...
Desperate to stamp out a popular uprising in southeastern Ukraine, the junta in Kiev — which came to power through a violent coup using fascist groupings against elected President Viktor Yanukovych — is attempting to crush the newly declared People’s Republic of Donetsk and rebellions in other cities....
The IAC will make reports on this important event available for our members and friends who follow our website as they become available. The link below provides the program planned for the event this week....
Following the March 7 and 8 International Commission of Inquiry by Voices for the Five in London, efforts are now turned to building the Third ‘5 Days for the Cuban 5’ in Washington D.C. from 4-11 June 2014.The final report of London's International Commission of Inquiry will be presented to the U.S. public and will then be delivered direct to the Obama administration. The week of activities in Washington will bring together personalities from the U.S. and abroad, including jurists, parliamentarians, writers, intellectuals, activists and religious people to call for the freedom of the Cuban 5, five men unjustly imprisoned in U.S. prisons for defending their country against terrorism. René González, one of the Five who returned to Cuba after serving his entire sentence recently said. “The decision of arresting the Cuban 5 was made in Washington and it is there where the final decision of freeing them will take place.”...
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A widely distributed Associated Press article on April 3 revealed details of yet another covert U.S. program meant to undermine socialist Cuba....
Some 260 leftist political activists from 39 countries, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean but including people from around the world, gathered in Mexico City from March 27 to 29. They joined hundreds from the hosting Labor Party (Partido del Trabajo or PT) at its 18th International Seminar. Some 100 speakers, from a broad range of left political positions, spoke on many subjects with a common thread: the danger posed by Washington’s aggressive posture toward all countries south of the U.S. border and especially toward the Bolivarian government of Venezuela....
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Workers are striking in both the private and public sectors in Egypt and students are demanding jobs in Tunisia. While students in Kenya won their strike, the demands of transport workers in Nairobi have not yet been met....
Progressives in Latin America and the Caribbean have put defense of the Venezuelan government and people at the top of their priorities. They showed this today when a seminar that had begun as a standard exchange of information among workers and progressive organizations from the continent and worldwide turned into a demonstration of solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela....
On the morning of April 1, Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) agents raided the apartment of Odessa, Ukraine, anti-fascist leader Alexei Albu with a warrant authorizing them to search for lists of activists and for weapons....
The U.S. imperialists are trying to strengthen their grip on Ukraine, having seized the reins in Kiev through a fascist-led coup against the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych....
The New York Times and Washington Post in the U.S. and the Guardian in England presented France’s local elections on March 30 as a breakthrough for the French far right, along with substantial gains for the center-right....
The U.S.-funded Aquino regime in the Philippines has arrested Wilma Tiamzon and Benito Tiamzon and five other consultants to the National Democratic Front peace negotiating team. The arrests violate the Joint Agreement on Safety and Impunity Guarantees that protects peace consultants from arrests....
On the 15th anniversary of US bombing of Serbia and as new even more ominous dangers arise in Ukraine and Crimea, it is important to remember history....
The overwhelming, popular turnout of the Crimean masses who affirmed their decision to separate from the Kiev coup regime in Ukraine and associate with Russia is the first great setback for the U.S. and NATO in their 15-year march to the East....
In Africa women have been in the forefront of movements toward national liberation, social and environmental justice, and gender equality....
In response to a call from the International Action Center, demonstrations, outreach and other actions took place in cities and areas across the United States in mid-March to demand U.S. hands off Venezuela and no U.S. intervention in Ukraine or Russia. These actions also countered the lies and distortions of the big-business-owned media regarding the situation in these areas of the world....
Although escalating instability and threats of civil war have dominated the corporate media’s coverage of the African continent, trade unions and student organizations are raising issues that involve the workplace and educational institutions. Workers and youth, through their unions and mass organizations, have been expressing profound discontent with the impact of the world capitalist crisis, which has its origins in the Western imperialist states....
Confronting a barrage of pro-war propaganda, anti-war groups, low-wage workers and community activists are beginning to mobilize against U.S. war moves in Ukraine, while continuing to rally against Washington’s efforts to destabilize Venezuela’s Bolivarian government....
What do oil and gas have to do with the U.S.-sponsored crisis in the Ukraine? Lots. But that is barely mentioned in the mass media here. And it’s not the first time....
Emboldened by the U.S.-orchestrated coup d’état in the capital city of Kiev and Pentagon military posturing against Russia, fascist violence in Ukraine has escalated from vandalism to arson, beatings to shootings, and now — the brazen murder of anti-fascist activists. To answer these attacks, progressive and communist forces are continuing mass actions and organizing self-defense....
The voters in Crimea on March 16 overwhelmingly voted to separate from Ukraine. The leaders of Crimea then signed a treaty to join the Russian Federation....
Behind Washington’s hypocritical talk of “national sovereignty,” “territorial integrity” and “international law” in its efforts to undercut the overwhelming vote of the people of Crimea to join Russia stands a stark struggle over whether Ukraine will be dragged into the ever expanding, U.S.-commanded NATO military web. Since 1995, the year NATO waged its first aggressive war against Yugoslavia, NATO has expanded into nine countries of Eastern Europe and three former republics of the former Soviet Union. The Obama administration is using more than words in this deepening struggle. The Pentagon has moved F-16 fighter-bombers, F-15 fighters, C-130 transport planes and RC-135 aerial tankers to Russia’s borders and sent the USS Truxtun destroyer, armed with cruise missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, into the Black Sea. Washington threatens economic sanctions, putting pressure on Germany and other EU members to join in. A lot is at stake....
Across the U.S., anti-war activists, low-wage workers and community members are beginning to mobilize to counter the latest U.S. war moves against Russia and express outrage at the campaign of disinformation emanating from Washington and corporate media outlets about recent events in Ukraine....
As reported by the Union Borotba (Struggle), a mass protest took place on the March 8 International Women’s Day holiday in Kharkiv city center in the eastern Ukraine. Many of the thousands carried red flags and gathered near the monument to Lenin, “which we managed to protect from the Nazis during recent rallies.”...
The International Action Center has put out a call for a week of actions regarding Ukraine, lasting from March 10 to 17. We wholeheartedly endorse this call and encourage all our readers to take part in whatever way you can....
Corporate media have always lied about the reasons for war, from Vietnam and Iraq to Libya and Syria. If you turn on CNN or FOX News, read the New York Times or listen to NPR, you aren't getting the real story. Here are 10 things the U.S. corporate media won't tell you about what's happening in Ukraine....
The International Action Center publishes here in full the statement by the United National Antiwar Coalition, which demands “U.S. Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela” and calls the U.S. government “the main instigator of the present crises in both countries.”...
A proposal submitted to the 15-member U.N. Security Council on March 3 calls for the deployment of an additional 12,000 foreign troops to the Central African Republic. The so-called “peacekeeping force” is ostensibly designed to reinforce the 9,000 French, African and European Union soldiers already in or being sent to the mineral-rich state....
When Kiev’s City Hall was seized with guns and Molotov cocktails, one of the first acts of the Euromaidan street fighters was to unfurl a number of flags and insignia. Prominent among the flags were swastikas, Iron Crosses, Nazi SS lightning bolts, the Celtic cross used by the Ku Klux Klan, and the Confederate “stars and bars” flag of slaveholders in the United States. (tinyurl.com/ltfu4vq)...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev on March 4 and laid flowers at the site of a memorial — to fascists who had died in the fighting that toppled the legally elected Ukrainian government, headed by Viktor Yanukovych....
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The armed coup over the Feb. 22-23 weekend in Kiev, which was with great probability supported by Washington, is momentous in many ways. Within hours the coup trashed the agreement that took so long to be hammered out in discussions led by the European Union and especially by Germany; this agreement involved Moscow and was signed by the Ukrainian opposition parties on the one hand and the government and President Viktor Yanukovych on the other. Thus, not everyone in the West shared in the exuberant joy shown after the overthrow. It has once again become clear that in relation to the Ukraine and Russia, the U.S. and the EU, specifically Washington and Berlin, act according to different and sometimes conflicting agendas....
Anti-war activists rallied in New York’s Times Square in the bitter cold on Feb. 27 to protest the U.S. and European Union’s blatant intervention that is promoting fascist elements against the people of Venezuela and Ukraine. The International Action Center and Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), a youth organization that had scheduled a regional conference here on March 2, called the action, which other anti-imperialists joined....
As internationalists living in the most powerful imperialist country in the world, it is incumbent upon us to always pay attention to the international situation. If you don’t pay attention to it, it can overwhelm you. The present crisis in Ukraine is a case in point....
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On Dec. 15, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), with the full tacit support of Washington, traveled to Ukraine uninvited and spoke to demonstrators who are trying to overthrow the elected government. These demonstrators are protesting President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a trade deal with the European Union....
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?...
The present crisis in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula was provoked by the seizure of political power in Kiev by proxies of the U.S. imperialists and their junior partners in the European Union. This seizure of power, by political subversion and fascist shock troops in the streets, if successfully consolidated, would bring a regime of pro-imperialist collaborators to the southern borders of Russia. This provocative act of aggression by Western imperialism threatens the sovereignty of Ukraine and the stability of the region. It courts the danger of war. ...
The longstanding policy of the bourgeois government of Ukraine, as well as the global economic crisis, have created intolerable living conditions for the majority of its citizens. During the last half of the Yanukovych regime, a significant part of the solution to the economic problems was promised through European integration. The sudden abandonment of the announced plans provoked widespread discontent and actions. The process was classless and largely spontaneous. A nationalist movement was used by the liberal opposition as the street strike force, and thereafter the nature of the protest acquired anti-communist or even fascist traits....
United States weapons are still killing Iraqis as the government that the U.S. 10-year-long occupation installed bombs the rebellious cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. According to supporters of Iraqi sovereignty around the world, the regime of Nouri al-Maliki has exaggerated the presence of al-Qaida-like groups to justify its assault on the population....
The bloody interventionist hand of US imperialism abounds. Whether it is in the Ukraine or in Venezuela, right-wing forces that support and want to continue austerity measures, or reverse the revolutionary progress made in Venezuela by the Chavez/Maduro administrations that benefits the workers and the poor of Venezuela are taking center stage right now emboldened by their backers in Washington....
Destroying the Ukraine government through an armed insurrection is part of a broader strategy by U.S. imperialism to colonize the former Soviet republics and encircle Russia. The right-wing forces now running Kiev would let the Ukrainian masses become debt slaves to U.S., French and German banks. Washington has escalated its global campaign of reactionary subversion from Ukraine to Venezuela. A takeover in Ukraine would bring the Pentagon and Wall Street to the borders of Russia. In Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution is crucial to the bloc of countries resisting U.S. imperialist domination in Latin America....
When the imperialist strategists want money, they get it. Billions of dollars have been made available for U.S.-backed crimes of sabotage, destabilization and aggressive intervention, including funds for the most reactionary fascist elements in Venezuela, pro-Nazis in the Ukraine, and for forces linked to al-Qaida in Syria....
The United States supported repressive reactionaries in Haiti even before its independence in 1804. The first foreign aid granted by the U.S. — $750,000, a tremendous sum then — was sent to French slave masters in Haiti to put down the rebellion. This was done during slave-owning George Washington’s administration, under the direction of slave-owning Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson....
National elections will be held in the Republic of South Africa on May 7. The ruling African National Congress, after two decades in power, hopes to maintain control of the post-apartheid state....
Almost every city in Bosnia-Herzegovina has been shaken by a series of mass demonstrations that started Feb. 4. Government officials have been forced to resign amid mass workers’ uprisings and assemblies in a country that was once part of the former (socialist) Yugoslavia....
U.S. and European Union imperialism have initiated an offensive against the Ukrainian government. It is part of their attempt to reconquer parts of the former Soviet Union and surround, weaken and destroy Russia....
The current violence by rightist forces opposing the Bolivarian Revolution is a continuation of the siege that began in 2001 when President Hugo Chávez approved 49 economic laws in the framework of the Enabling Law of 2001. At that time, particularly the Land Law and the Law on Hydrocarbons represented the first threat of the revolution to the economic power of the comprador bourgeoisie and its imperialist allies. This was years before Commander Chávez, who died a year ago on March 5, declared socialism as a path for the revolution....
The largest and most militant of France’s five major trade union confederations, the CGT, filed 148 “strike notices” for actions to take place on Feb. 6. The unions hit growing income inequality and raised concerns about employment, wages, working conditions, public services and benefits. They called for “another division of society’s wealth.”...
With the death of Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, 2013, the impact of his life and political work was recognized not just by the people of South Africa and the African continent but oppressed and struggling peoples throughout the world. People of African descent outside of Africa cherish the legacy of Mandela that remains an inspiration to the African-American people’s movement for genuine equality and self-determination....
Near the end of February, the U.S. and the regime in south Korea will begin joint military exercises off the coasts of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — north Korea....
Rocket scientist, inventor, cancer pioneer, human computer, bomber pilot, judo master. Why do we have to read their obituaries to know about them?...
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....
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?...
This is the age of imperialism. The Olympic Games cannot escape being drawn into the major contemporary struggles playing out in world politics....
The much ballyhooed Geneva II peace talks, which were supposed to bring about peace in Syria, ended on Jan. 31 with no agreement for one very good reason: The U.S had no intention of seeking any real peace agreement, but was intent on using the forum as a background for propaganda and as a way to deceive and weaken the Syrian government....
After spending 15 years unjustly imprisoned for fighting terrorism, Fernando González, one of the Cuban Five, is scheduled to be released from federal prison on Feb. 27. Fernando will be the second of the Five to be released. René González was released in October 2011 after serving his entire sentence....
Under increasing pressure and scrutiny from civil rights groups, public polls — and even their own imperialist allies — the National Security Agency, which has been carrying out massive programs of domestic spying, is beginning to show serious cracks in its armor of secrecy and criminality....
For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi....
Thousands of teachers, students and their families and progressive organizations shook Puerto Rico’s local government as they went to the streets all over the island on Jan. 14 and 15 to demand that the cost of PR’s severe economic crisis is not carried on the backs of the public school teachers....
An 11-week strike by 7,000 members of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has resulted in a settlement granting them a raise of 9.5 percent. The strike against Northam Platinum facilities at Zondereinde was a major challenge for the NUM in the face of intransigence by the bosses and competition from the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)....
A mid-January mass rebellion in one neighborhood of a mid-sized city in north-central Spain beat back a rightist City Hall government and sparked solidarity protests in nearly 50 other cities. This first working-class victory since the capitalist crisis exploded in 2008 has turned the name of the area — Gamonal — into a cry of resistance that could reverberate from Athens to Detroit....
The federal holiday that commemorates martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes on added significance this year in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students in public educational institutions are facing massive layoffs and school closings, while local government employees are threatened with job elimination and the theft of pensions and health care programs....
The following statement was released by the leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Jan. 15:...
An increase in deaths in Iraq from internal fighting and bombing doubled in 2013 from a year earlier, reaching levels unseen since 2008. In early January, the Nouri al-Maliki regime launched an attack on demonstrators in Falluja and Ramadi, using the alleged presence of al-Qaida as a pretext and asking for U.S. military aid....
Once again the U.S. government is targeting the solidarity movement with harassment in an attempt to silence the progressive movement in this country....
A 50-person committee to draft an amended Egyptian constitution completed its work. The military-appointed regime that came to power through an army coup on July 3 of last year is encouraging people to vote in the upcoming national referendum on Jan. 14-15....
An increase in deaths in Iraq from internal fighting and bombing doubled in 2013 from a year earlier, reaching levels unseen since 2008. In early January, the Nouri al-Maliki regime launched an attack on demonstrators in Falluja and Ramadi, using the alleged presence of al-Qaida as a pretext and asking for U.S. military aid....
Thousands of south Korean railroad workers ended their strike Dec. 30 after three weeks of intense struggle against the right-wing, anti-labor regime of President Park Geun-hye. It was the longest railroad strike in the history of Korail, the national railroad company. This intense class conflict has now moved to parliament, where a committee made up of the government and opposition parties will make decisions....
When the police in Cambodia shot and killed four people Jan. 3 during a workers’ demonstration calling for higher wages in the garment industry, it got the attention of the media in the imperialist world. The story, as they presented it, was a simple one: The Cambodian government was repressing workers seeking a living wage....
Ramsey Clark, founder of the IAC traveled to Cuba in November 2013 and participated at a Colloquium for the Cuban Five.  Here is an important interview published in Granma, Cuba's national paper....
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....
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....
Could we build an activist organization to take on the most difficult, unpopular issues and defend the countries, people and individuals who are thoroughly demonized by the U.S. corporate media? Could we oppose racism, mass incarceration, and hunger at home, and link these crimes to endless U.S. wars abroad?...
Last month, a delegation from the International Action Center traveled to Honduras to assist with monitoring the presidential election there. Widespread fraud was expected and did indeed happen. The IAC delegation is unanimous in declaring the election as fraudulent. While in Honduras, the delegation also had the opportunity to meet with many Hondurans who have suffered under the brutal U.S. government-supported Honduran regime. One such meeting was in Comayagua, Honduras’ original capital, with the families of men murdered in a horrific prison fire. ...
Taken from a Dec. 5 statement which can be read in its entirety at Native News Online at tinyurl.com/q7rcsnp. Political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been incarcerated for 37 years....
Taken from a Dec. 8 audio column recorded by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on prisonradio.org....
Taken from a speech given by Army Gen. Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the funeral honors for the historic leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution....
South Africa’s masses poured into the streets and assigned venues to mourn the death and celebrate the life and struggles of Nelson Rohlihahla Mandela. From formal memorial services in Johannesburg to Mandela’s remains lying in state in Pretoria, to community gatherings and those at his residences, all culminating in the state funeral in Qunu, people from inside the country and internationally expressed their grief and appreciation for the heroic contributions of one of the most notable political figures of the 20th and early 21st centuries. At the official memorial services on Dec. 10, which took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg where the 2010 World Soccer Cup was held, more than 100,000 people gathered inside and around the stadium to express their condolences. There was live streaming of the memorial as well as activities surrounding the stadium....
To date, no official has been brought to justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and for waging a war of aggression, the supreme international crime. We have to change that equation. All those who are responsible for the invasion of Iraq should be held accountable for the destruction of the country's infrastructure, its economic and social structures, its historical past and its health and education....
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh has written a detailed and devastating exposure of the U.S. government’s manipulation of military intelligence to create a pretext for the war it very nearly unleashed against Syria last September....
With strong, almost universal support from the corporate media, the United States government along with the European Union is carrying out a propaganda blitz while threatening sanctions against the government of Ukraine....
Imagine waking up to the news that the only country you have ever known has officially rejected you by a 9 to 2 vote. That is what will potentially happen to hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic in the coming year....
Over the course of international climate change conferences since the Kyoto Accords were established in 1997, a pivotal debate has been whether developed countries or developing countries should shoulder the primary responsibility for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions....
Fascist elements from the Svoboda organizations have been playing an increasingly active role in a protest movement in Kiev of the country’s wealthiest sectors, who are demanding that Ukraine orient its politics and economy toward the imperialist European Union. The following was posted online Dec. 10 at kpu.ua by the press service of the Central Committee of the Lenin Komsomol of Ukraine (Young Communists)....
We join the billions who are grieving for Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We reprint below an article published last July when Mandela was hospitalized....
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expressed its deep condolences upon the death of the South African national symbol of struggle and solidarity against the apartheid regime, a friend of liberation movements around the world, the leader Nelson Mandela....
Nelson Mandela’s death has drawn responses from throughout the U.S. and the world. To oppressed and working people, Mandela was a symbol and example of self-sacrifice and lifelong commitment to revolutionary change....
The six-month nuclear agreement among Iran and the “5+1” countries has been described as a breakthrough, a departure, a disaster or a betrayal, depending on the speaker. Much of the language of the agreement reached in Geneva on Nov. 24 reeks of imperialist arrogance....
Just after an extended period of time in lockdown, one of the Cuban Five political prisoners inside the U.S., Hero of the Republic of Cuba Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, dedicated this short message to the memory of Nelson Mandela....
Last night, the millions of the people of South Africa, majority of whom the working class and poor, and the billions of the rest of the people the world over, lost a true revolutionary, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba....
When Latin America is under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back! The revolutionary youth of FIST - Fight Imperialism, Stand together want to send a solidarity delegation to the World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) in Quito, Ecuador this December! The WFYS is an exciting anti-imperialist gathering where of tens of thousands of young people from around the world to share their struggles and learn from each other. The Festival is held every several years, usually in a nation that engaged in a struggle against imperialism....
The capitalist press is busy speculating on the motives of the People’s Republic of China in setting up an Air Defense Information Zone that covers the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea....
This year the International Action Center’s consistent work for more than two decades had a strong impact in the struggle against U.S. war and militarism....
On Nov. 18, thousands of protesters came out into the streets throughout Haiti to say, “Down with Martelly!” They were commemorating the 210th anniversary of the battle of Vertières, when Jean-Jacques Dessalines led his forces to decisive victory in Haiti’s revolutionary war against its French slave masters....
This week a delegation will travel to Honduras to show our solidarity with the resistance there during the country’s national elections. This will be the third time the International Action Center has sent a delegation to Honduras. The first was in October 2009, when democratically elected President Mel Zelaya was overthrown in a U.S.-supported coup. We were able to witness with our own eyes a burgeoning and exciting resistance movement incorporating all sectors of Honduras’s working class....
A presidential election is taking place in Honduras today that polls indicate will reverse the 2009 coup. Progressive and human rights organizations have reported on the military’s last-minute attempts to intimidate international observers who have come to ensure a fair and free election process....
On Nov. 6, the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP insurgency published a joint statement regarding the agreement reached on the second item on the agenda of the peace negotiations that have been underway in Havana, Cuba. The point in question is “political participation.”...
A missile launched from a CIA drone killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud in northwest Pakistan. This Nov. 1 strike occurred just 18 hours before a planned invitation to a conference between Taliban leaders and the Pakistan government. The conference was designed to end the long and bloody civil war in that country. (Inter Press Service, Nov. 7)...
From the night of Nov. 10 to early the next morning, protesters filled Athen’s Syntagma Square in front of the Greek parliament. Syriza, the left party with the largest number of seats and votes in parliament, had filed a censure motion against the government and called its supporters to come out in support....
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We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, appeal to all our global region committees, national chapters, member-organizations, our friends and all the people of the world to carry out a campaign of raising resources and delivering them to the millions of people afflicted by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 35 provinces in the central part of the Philippines....
Haiyan, a disastrous Class 5 super-typhoon, just roared across the Philippines with winds believed to have set new records for this type of storm. It was so destructive that, as of this writing, authorities there have not been able to provide even an estimate of the carnage....
A U.S.-sponsored military coup in Honduras on June 29, 2009, ousted elected President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya. Since that time, his spouse, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, has become a leading figure in the movement to restore his presidency as well as a leader in the burgeoning resistance movement for the rights of all throughout the country...
The main Portuguese union federation, the CGTP-IN, reported Oct. 19 that “Many tens of thousands of workers marched today in the two major cities of our country and on the islands of Madeira and the Azores. Their goal was to defend the gains of the April 1974 [anti-fascist] revolution, and raise demands against exploitation and impoverishment, and that the government resign....
Tens of thousands of students, teachers and parents in Spain marched Oct. 24 to protest cutbacks in education and a new education “reform” act that cuts funding of universities, raises tuition fees, places obstacles on university study grants and requires annual exams for students....
The International Action Center condemns the strike by Israeli planes or missiles of Syrian territory near the coastal city of Latakia on Oct. 31. This is at least the third time this year that Israeli forces have bombed or hit targets inside Syria, according to media and U.S. government sources....
It was a true indication of what workers’ power means. A mass outpouring of workers at an hours-long rally tonight served notice to the notorious, union-busting transnational corporation, Veolia, that rank-and-file members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, stand prepared to defend their leaders and union by any means necessary. Today Veolia held a second disciplinary hearing to try to illegally terminate five elected officers of Local 8751 — Grievance Chair Stevan Kirschbaum,  Recording Secretary Andre Francois, Vice President Steve Gillis and Stewards Garry Murchison and Richard Lynch. As the speeches, chants and drumming penetrated the hearing, the Veolia bosses were forced to initiate a stay on imposing any discipline against the Five — until a third hearing, scheduled to take place on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. No one had to be convinced that the bosses are dragging out the hearings in hopes that the union will tire of mobilizing in support of the Five. The first hearing, on Oct. 23, had ignited the bus drivers and their supporters to rally against the fabricated charges brought against their leaders....
In an impressive display of strength and unity in the face of a state attack against a militant union, hundreds of Boston bus drivers, bus monitors and community supporters came out tonight in support of the School Bus Union 5: Andre Francois, Steven Gillis, Stevan Kirschbaum, Richard Lynch and Garry Murchison. Today’s events put the Veolia transnational corporation on the defensive, thwarting its hell-bent plan to break the union by attempting to unlawfully fire these long-time, respected members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union. The first hit against Veolia’s plans to terminate Gillis, Kirschbaum and the three other defendants was the legal brief presented to the corporation from the Steelworkers International legal defense team on Oct. 21. It reads in part:  “As is explained herein, none of the named employees has engaged in any of the misconduct alleged against them inasmuch as the facts (as now known to the union) make clear that the events of October 8, 2013, amounted to an unlawful lockout by the Company and not a work stoppage by the employees and that, even if there were a work stoppage prior to the time when the Company locked the employees off the property, such work stoppage would have been a lawful unfair labor practice strike in any event.  Moreover, pursuant to the facts expounded herein, the five named employees did not plan or orchestrate any of the concerted activity that occurred on October 8 and thus have no culpability beyond that.”...
U.S. military operations on Oct. 5 in Libya and Somalia were neither isolated events nor solely prompted by the siege at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, for which the Somali-based Al-Shabaab took responsibility. Since December, the White House has declared that it will intensify its presence in Africa under the guise of waging the “war on terrorism.”...
Students in New York City are so right-on to protest David Petraeus’ appointment as a highly paid professor at the City University of New York. Gen. Petraeus, retired from the Army in 2011 after a bloody reign in Iraq and Afghanistan and who was director of the CIA for a year, is a rabid warmonger and absolutely deserves to be thrown out of any educational institution....
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In a reversal of its usual role, Human Rights Watch on Oct. 11 released a report that exposed and condemned rebel groups fighting against the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria....
Even though its responsibility for introducing and spreading cholera in Haiti has been irrefutably established, the United Nations has refused to take any responsibility for the 8,300 deaths and 650,000 cases due to cholera in Haiti since 2010....
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The main Portuguese union federation, the CGTP-IN, reported Oct. 19 that “Many tens of thousands of workers marched today in the two major cities of our country and on the islands of Madeira and the Azores. Their goal was to defend the gains of the April 1974 [anti-fascist] revolution, and raise demands against exploitation and impoverishment, and that the government resign....
Acting on behalf of a U.S. energy company, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police staged a surprise, early morning attack on an encampment of Elsipogtog First Nation (Indigenous) protesters engaged in a prolonged struggle to stop shale gas fracking on Mi’kmaq lands in New Brunswick, Canada....
October 15 Ad Hoc Coalition to hold Press Conference at the Colombian Consulate to express support for the peace process in Colombia and call for an end to union repression in that country. The case of unionist Huber Ballesteros will be highlighted. Solidarity with the social justice movement in Colombia will also be expressed....
From the United States, women who belong to the National Women's Fightback Network of the International Action Center send a warm and caring embrace to the brave people of Syria and especially to the women. It is the women and the children who suffer most from the impact of wars....
Historical events were plentiful in Colombia this past year: agricultural strikes, peace negotiations, people’s assemblies, large student demonstrations — in short, dynamism in social movements. Although the upsurge has not been massive enough to change the balance of power, it has been enough to give everyone a glimpse of the path toward hope for this country’s people, for whom hope up to now has been denied....
U.S. military forces intervened in the African states of Libya and Somalia on Oct. 5 under the guise of waging the “war on terrorism.”...
Once part of the massive and financially troubled Vivendi Universal empire, in 2002 the company name was changed to Veolia to serve as the umbrella brand for its water, environmental services, energy services and transport divisions. In a further attempt to distance itself from Vivendi’s notoriety, Veolia has established numerous small companies under different names in different countries....
The movement in Colombia has issued a worldwide call to progressives, unionists and justice loving people everywhere to support the peace process in Colombia. The International Day of Solidarity is a Call to Action issued by Colombian organizations, FENSUAGRO and Lazos de Dignidad. FENSUAGRO is Colombia's largest agricultural workers union. Its Vice President, Huber Ballesteros was arrested and charged with 'aggravated rebellion', and is symbolic of the ominous repression against Colombia's union and progressive movement. Colombia has endured a social, political and armed conflict for more than 50 years. Almost 220,000 people - almost all civilians - have died in the violence. Millions have been displaced from their homes....
The movement in Colombia has issued a worldwide call to progressives, unionists and justice loving people everywhere to support the peace process in Colombia. The International Day of Solidarity is a Call to Action issued by Colombian organizations, FENSUAGRO and Lazos de Dignidad. FENSUAGRO is Colombia's largest agricultural workers union. Its Vice President, Huber Ballesteros was arrested and charged with 'aggravated rebellion', and is symbolic of the ominous repression against Colombia's union and progressive movement. Colombia has endured a social, political and armed conflict for more than 50 years. Almost 220,000 people - almost all civilians - have died in the violence. Millions have been displaced from their homes....
38 a month! That’s the monthly minimum wage for more than 4 million garment workers in Bangladesh, most of whom are women. Many children also work in these factories. This is the lowest clothing industry pay in the world, less than half the pay in many other formerly colonized countries....
August 28, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), formerly known as the Korean CIA, raided the offices and homes of the Unified Progressive Party, which holds six seats in South Korea’s National Assembly. Three members were arrested during the raids, and lawmaker Lee Seok-ki was later stripped of immunity and placed under arrest....
Whether he shows his face in Los Angeles or New York, David Petraeus — the retired general who commanded U.N. and U.S. troops in Afghanistan and then served as head of the CIA — has to confront protesters who call him a mass murderer, war criminal and liar....
Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is making positive predictions: Unemployment has gone from 27.8 percent to 27.1 percent, though for youth under 25 it remained at 59 percent in the last quarter. He claims that in six years the economy should be back to where it was in 2008....
Sep 26, 2013
The real WMDs
Over the next few weeks heads of state and foreign ministers from predatory imperialist countries and developing nations trying to defend their sovereignty will take the podium at the United Nations when the General Assembly convenes....
With the U.S. government keeping both massive bombing and regime change “on the table” for Syria in mid-September, we from the International Action Center and others among the anti-war forces in the U.S. believed it important to organize a delegation to visit this small country now facing imperialist attack....
On Sept. 20, a liberal media voice in Miami, National Public Radio station WLRN, aired a “news” discussion about the Cuban 5 after another program on the same station cancelled an earlier interview about Stephen Kimber’s new book: “What Lies Across the Water: the Real Story of the Cuban Five.” Kimber’s website quoted the original program host/producer concluding that “the topic is too ‘incendiary’ and [he] fears a negative reaction from certain segments of the community.” A quick reversal came after a press release from the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 made the censorship known....
Haiti and the huge problems facing its people have dropped out of the news recently. The Washington Post and the New York Times call the reason “donor fatigue.” However, that doesn’t mean the tremendous difficulties Haiti faced before the January 2010 earthquake, which were worsened by that disaster, have lessened. It only means the  big-business press have stopped talking about them....
Billows of smoke emanated from the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on the third day of a standoff among Kenyan, Israeli and U.S. FBI forces against members of the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance movement based in Somalia, which had seized the mall. Reports indicated that at least 62 people have been killed since the incident began on Sept. 21, most of them civilian mall shoppers....
A significant turnout of nearly 1,000 anti-war demonstrators, most from the Syrian-American community, marched in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, the day that the U.S. Congress reconvened and the day before President Barack Obama withdrew the war resolution against Syria. The first topic on Congress’ agenda was to discuss the resolution giving the executive authority to bomb Syria. This was the last thing wanted by many of the Syrian-origin people living in the U.S., and so they came to protest....
A delegation of anti-war and human-rights activists from the United States entered Syria Sept. 16 on a fact-finding and people-to-people solidarity trip. The participants plan to counter the ubiquitous pro-war propaganda spread in the U.S. and NATO imperialist countries and former colonial powers that demonizes the Syrian government....
Cubans festooned their island with yellow ribbons on Sept. 12, marking the 15th anniversary of the arrest of five Cuban men in Miami. Even the Washington Post, which has ignored or been hostile to the campaign to free the Cuban 5, published an Associated Press article that day headlined “Havana dresses up with yellow ribbons in campaign to push for Cuban 5 agents’ release.”...
An anti-war delegation from the United States visited Syria the week of Sept. 16 to see for themselves what is happening there. The delegation included human rights lawyer and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark; Cynthia McKinney, a former six-term congressperson from Georgia; Dedon Kamathi of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party and Pacifica Radio; and Johnny Achi of Arab Americans 4 Syria in Los Angeles. The International Action Center, which pulled together the delegation, sent key organizers John Parker from Los Angeles and Sara Flounders from New York....
While most media coverage makes it look like the war danger has diminished, Secretary of State John Kerry has made it clear that the threat of attack will persist -- that it is still the U.S. strategic plan to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power even if all Syrian chemical weapons are destroyed. (Business Week, Sept. 16) ...
The anti-war movement is in a race with the Pentagon to stop the U.S. from its goal -- pushed back momentarily -- of going to war with Syria. This urgency is what made the International Action Center (IAC) send a delegation from the United States to Syria. The IAC's Sara Flounders gives an audio report (below) on the team's trip so far, featuring an on-air meeting with members of "Over Our Dead Bodies" -- the youth encampment of hundreds of voluntary human shields at Syria's communications centers....
President Barack Obama and the White House are struggling mightily to override global and domestic opposition to a military adventure in Syria by trying to get Congress to vote for war. Washington is pulling out all the stops. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough went on all five Sunday morning television shows to push the war. Obama is appearing on six major TV networks tonight and will make a major speech tomorrow, all to try to reverse a growing momentum against the Syrian adventure....
Journalist Nick Turse’s study, entitled “AFRICOM’s Gigantic ‘Small Footprint,’” reviews the increasing role of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) at TomDispatch.com. It illustrates why this issue should become a major focus of Western peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist movements. Little attention has been paid to imperialist interventions in the oppressed African nations....
In this age of horribly destructive weapons and the ability of U.S. government agencies to pore over everyone’s private communications — if they are digitized, as most are — there is a tendency to regard the capitalist state as all-powerful, a juggernaut that can roll over everyone if it wants....
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On the eve of the United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (UN HLD) in October 2013, migrants around the world will launch Millions Migrants Mobilizing Worldwide or 3MW, a global cultural campaign consisting of a choreographed line dance to an original song highlighting the root causes of forced migration and the issues migrants and refugees face everyday, such as family separation, labor exploitation, wage theft, detention, deportation, criminalization and discrimination....

The President's speech Tuesday night repeated all of the lies the United States has been telling about Syria to justify war -- and shows that war may be delayed, but is not off the table. The biggest lie being told right now is that Assad agreed to give up his country's chemical weapons because of the United States' "credible military threat." What has really happened is that the warmakers in the Pentagon, and their backers on Wall Street, ran into a gigantic brick wall of resistance. They were forced to back down for the time being. They wanted to go to war right now. But when Kerry said on Monday, "All Assad has to do is give up his chemical weapons," Syria and Russia called his bluff. ...
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Reflecting deep opposition to the U.S. plans to attack Syria, yesterday anti-war demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities around the country and worldwide....
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At this critical moment, the number one priority for organized labor must be to publicly, unequivocally, and loudly oppose the president’s plans to attack Syria. Understandably, the question of another war, this one against Syria, was likely not on the agenda of the AFL-CIO convention beginning this weekend in Los Angeles. Recent events, however, have changed everything and there’s no point in pretending that the situation is the same as before. If the plans to attack Syria are denounced from the podium of the labor convention, this would mean that organized labor has risen to the challenge of becoming the militant, thoroughly progressive, independent movement of working people in the United States. Not to do it would reduce the leadership of the AFL-CIO to providing cover for the president’s war plans....
We, the  member organizations of the International Women’s Alliance, raise our collective voices against the impending interventionist war that the United States is planning to wage against the Syrian people.

The U.S. Senate’s recent approval of a punitive missile strike on Syria constitutes a direct act of aggression masquerading as humanitarian action. Despite widespread opposition from the international community and lack of authorization from the United Nations, the U.S. remains hell-bent on attacking Syria, even as reports show that Syrian rebels funded by the Saudi government — a close U.S. ally — were the ones responsible for the March 19 simultaneous chemical assaults in Aleppo and Ataybah, which left approximately 26 people including 16 Syrian soldiers dead, with 86 more seriously injured....

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an attack on Syria. But the resolution the committee passed leaped from "limited air strikes" to 90 days of bombardment. This is an ominous escalation. Remember "the Iraq supplement"? George W. Bush was required to get Congressional funding for the war every 90 days. Once war started, Congress never asserted itself again. That war lasted seven-and-a-half years, cost $4 trillion dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives -- and isn't really over. Kerry admitted to Congress on Monday that the vow of "no boots on the ground" isn't firm. "I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States."...
On Sept. 3, Republican senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham, brokers for the Pentagon hawks, met with President Obama and came away saying that they now support plans for missile strikes against Syria.  Graham said the attacks were going to be “a little more robust” than he had thought. There was talk of attacks on Syrian aircraft, artillery and rockets, and assurances from Obama that the attacks would be aimed at “shifting the momentum on the battlefield.” McCain called the meeting “encouraging” and said it would be “catastrophic” not to support the strikes....
On Aug. 28, with Washington, London and Paris apparently on the verge of opening up another very unpopular and dangerous war by firing missiles at Syria, anti-war activists in the U.S. and around the world went to the streets before the rockets were launched....
Anti-war, anti-imperialist and Syrian-American organizations inside the U.S. all see the coming week as the last chance to mobilize popular resistance to a military strike on Syria. Polls show the people are very worried about the political and economic consequences of another costly war, but this sentiment must be organized to affect the outcome....
Join in to stop the attack on Syria. The coming days provide the last chance to mobilize popular resistance to the military strike. The people fear both the political and economic consequences of another costly war. Millions believe the pretext for the war is another Big Lie like the lies used before the Vietnam, Iraq and Libya wars. We need to join together to loudly oppose this new war. ...
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Syrian Americans are agonizing for their country and their families. Syrian Americans are tormented for their adopted country, the US. Syrians all over the world are bleeding, morally and literally....
In 1973, fascist terror orchestrated by the U.S. government in Chile led to the crushing of a genuine revolutionary people’s struggle that was sweeping the country. A progressive, popular and beloved leader, Salvador Allende, had been elected President. ...

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President Obama has called for a vote in Congress to authorize an attack on Syria. Congress is scheduled to return on Monday, Sept 9. President Obama is using the same tactics as President Bush did before the Iraq War. When the UN Security Council would not support the U.S. war, Bush turned to the U.S. Congress for a war vote giving him “all necessary means”. Ten years later Iraq lay in ruins. A million Iraqis died, millions became refugees. More than 1.5 million US soldiers were deployed to Iraq. Today thousands of U.S. and NATO soldiers are disabled, traumatized and 1/3 will suffer from PTSD. Just as in Iraq, Afghanistan and earlier in Vietnam this is again a U.S. war based on lies. Bombing Syria is NOT a 'humanitarian intervention’. It is another war for Wall Street Profit! This time there is a risk of global confrontation or even world war. This war will only serve the billionaires and militarists who profit from war and conquest. The workers and poor will pay, in Syria and here in the U.S.

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The IAC along with HondurasUSAResistencia and other national solidarity organizations, including the Honduras Solidarity Network are organizing a delegation to Honduras in solidarity with the resistance movement. We will be eye-witnesses for the historic presidential election that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. The Presidential candidate is Xiomara Castro Zelaya, a leader of the resistance, and a union and also a resistance leader for Vice President, Juan Barahona. ...
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Barack Obama’s speech today, delivered from the White House Rose Garden, was aimed at winning the acquiescence of the war-weary and austerity-clobbered people in the United States for an illegal, aggressive and highly dangerous assault on the sovereign nation of Syria....
President Obama is using the same tactics as President Bush did before the Iraq War. When the UN Security Council would not support the U.S. war, Bush turned to the U.S. Congress for a war vote giving him “all necessary means”. Ten years later Iraq lay in ruins. A million Iraqis died, millions became refugees. More than 1.5 million US soldiers were deployed to Iraq. Today thousands of U.S. and NATO soldiers are disabled, traumatized and 1/3 will suffer from PTSD. Just as in Iraq, Afghanistan and earlier in Vietnam this is again a U.S. war based on lies. Bombing Syria is NOT a 'humanitarian intervention’. It is another war for Wall Street Profit! This time there is a risk of global confrontation or even world war. ...
Without presenting even a hint of proof of Washington’s allegations that Syria has used poison gas, Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that a rocket attack on the sovereign state of Syria from four U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean is imminent....
Yesterday we sent email alerts urging activists to begin mobilizing for what has long been known as 'Day After' protests against a US military strike. But it is important that across the country everyone opposed to still another US war find ways to raise their opposition now, BEFORE another criminal US war is unleashed with cruise missiles and a barrage of war propaganda and cynical lies of 'humanitarian concern'. In NYC, Chicago, Dearborn MI, Los Angeles, Washington DC and several other cities, there are plans for immediate protests this Wed and Thurs....
The International Action Center along with Honduras USA Resistencia and other national solidarity organizations, including the Honduras Solidarity Network, are organizing a delegation to Honduras in solidarity with the resistance movement. The delegation will be eyewitnesses for the historic presidential election that is scheduled to take place on Nov. 24. The presidential candidate is Xiomara Castro Zelaya, a leader of the resistance, and the vice-presidential candidate is Juan Barahona, a union and also a resistance leader....
Before we discuss any of the details of the latest Big Lie, The IAC denounces any missile or air attack on Syria as an international war crime. We call upon all anti-war forces in the United States to stand up to say “No!” to this act of aggression.

U.S. imperialism is poised to open another war. This one, the latest in a long series of aggressive wars, would target Syria. As we write, four U.S. destroyers, each with 90 cruise missiles, are moving into place in the eastern Mediterranean to be able to launch these death-dealers at the Syrian people. As with earlier major U.S. aggressions against Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya, Washington has presented a Big Lie to try to justify an unwarranted and illegal assault on the Syrian people.With Yugoslavia, the claim, shown later to be false, was that the Serbian government was committing “genocide” against Albanian-ethnic people in Kosovo. In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s government was alleged to be on the verge of committing a bloodbath in Benghazi — another Big Lie invented by U.S.-NATO forces. And we all know that no “weapons of mass destruction” were found in Iraq....

The International Anti-imperialist Coordinating Committee (IACC) condemns the persistent efforts of the imperialist powers to destabilize Syria and oust the present Government of President Bashar el-Assad. They hatched a conspiracy to instigate some anti-Government forces to start an armed conflict against the legitimate Government led by President Assad....
The current campaign of massacres and repression launched by the Egyptian military constitutes a new and bloody chapter in the decades-long war by the generals against the Muslim Brotherhood.  But it is more than that...
Troubled children often create imaginary friends and secret worlds to cope with impossible realities. But what if imaginary friends became real and secret worlds could be visited? “Beyond the Horse’s Eye: A Fantasy Out of Time” by Janet Rose is built around a fascinating concept: Empathy for all living things can be channeled into a powerful energy force. This exciting read is wise and full of intuition about pain, survival, rehabilitation and change. Science fiction is a very political medium in which hopes can be projected onto another galaxy or another dimension. With analogies and fantasy, it enables readers to envision  the world they want and perhaps to formulate how to get there....
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Once again, the Egyptian masses have taken history’s center stage. In what some are calling the greatest outpouring of humanity in history, the people in Egypt took to the streets in the millions for five days, beginning June 30, in a show of no confidence in the Morsi government and to demand their right to food, shelter, justice, dignity and freedom from repression....
The latest massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters demonstrating in Cairo was ordered by the U.S.-trained Egyptian generals who had earlier carried out the military coup that ousted elected President Mohamed Morsi.

This bloody slaughter, along with the appointment of 17 Army and two police generals as governors of the 27 Egyptian governorates, plus the coup regime’s declaration of a one-month “state of emergency,” should wipe out any remaining doubts about the ousting of Morsi. It was an outright military coup. His democratic right to govern based on an election has far more legitimacy than any general’s diktat....

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U.S. and European diplomats, along with emissaries from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have descended on Cairo to consult with Egyptian generals and Muslim Brotherhood leaders in an attempt to find a path to political and social stability after the brutal military coup d’état of July 3....
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Despite U.S. threats to retaliate, the Russian Federation government on Aug. 1 granted whistle-blower Edward Snowden temporary sanctuary. Snowden left Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, where he has spent the last 39 days, to move into an apartment. He has already been offered employment at VKontakte, a Russian social network website. (New York Times, Aug. 1)...
Zimbabwe held national harmonized elections on July 31 that returned President Robert Mugabe to office for his seventh term since independence in 1980. The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party won more than two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly, giving the party the capacity to form its own government....
Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — Even on normal days, this magnificent city proudly wears its history on its sleeve. There are monuments and buildings everywhere dedicated to the almost unimaginable sacrifices the Korean people have made to safeguard their independence from would-be conquerors....
Despite CIA coordination of training operations in Jordan and safe havens in Turkey and despite countless reports in the corporate media of the imminent surrender of a panicked Syrian government, the more than two-year intense effort to overthrow the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad is collapsing....
The Southern African nation of Zimbabwe will hold “harmonized elections” on July 31. Registered voters will select local and national representatives for legislative and administrative positions. This process is the culmination of nearly five years of negotiations that grew out of the crisis that developed around elections held in 2008....
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Musical Performers by: Neri Olivares, The Bolivarian Brigade, DJ Mellow G This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of the mass struggle that led to the victory of the Cuban Revolution. On July 26, 1953, some 160 men and women, led by Fidel Castro and Abel Santamaria, launched attacks on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba and the nearby Bayamo garrison. The attacks failed and dozens of the rebels were murdered after capture and horrible torture, or were jailed. But the action paved the way for a revolutionary war led by the July 26 Movement, culminating in a popular insurrection that toppled the US-supported Batista dictatorship on January 1, 1959....
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On July 8, the self-styled “National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces” met once again under U.S. direction in neighboring Turkey. But instead of it bringing greater unity, “Prime Minister” in exile Ghassan Hitto resigned his position. Hitto is a U.S. citizen....
An unprecedented outpouring of millions of Egyptians from all across the country has shown that the Egyptian revolution is not only alive but is on the rise. Having accomplished the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak by protracted mobilization, enormous heroism and great sacrifice, the masses have once again come into the streets to demand the fulfillment of the revolution that they fought for in 2011....
The International Action Center expresses its outrage at the international crime committed by the U.S. imperialist government and its NATO allies in Europe in denying a refueling stop to the plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from an energy conference in Moscow.This plane was refused overflight permission by France, Spain, Italy and Portugal on July 2 while in the air....
It should have generated screaming headlines: “President of Bolivia’s plane forced to make emergency landing due to U.S. pressure.”...
The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country. Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan. Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid, has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war....
When the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paolo, Brazil, initiated a call on social media for a demonstration on June 6 to protest an increase of public transport fares in the city, no one imagined the enormous response it would elicit and its political repercussions....
An extraordinary anti-war forum entitled “Syria & Iran: The Next War?” was held here June 10 at the Solidarity Center.  It featured anti-war veterans from the Iranian, Israeli and U.S. militaries, and was organized by United for Peace and Justice, Veterans For Peace and the U.S. Peace Council. The International Action Center hosted the meeting and IAC co-founder Sara Flounders chaired. All the speakers were members of the VFP Iran Working Group....
CONDENAMOS enérgicamente  los asesinatos sistemáticos y selectivos y la permanente violación a los Derechos Humanos que desde el golpe de Estado del 28 de junio del 2009 apoyado por los EE.UU. y asestado contra el presidente constitucional Manuel Zelaya Rosales, han venido cometiéndose contra del pueblo hondureño. ...
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When Italian President Giorgio Napolitano met His Majesty King Abdullah II last year in Jordan, he expressed “the high regard with which Italy observes how the Hashemite dynasty has always pursued its desire for peace and its moderate line.”...
On 15 June, President Recep Erdogan told the demonstrators: “We have our meeting at Kazlicesme tomorrow. Before it, if you don’t leave the park, we will remove you with police.” After this meeting with Erdogan, Taksim Dayanisma (Taksim Solidarity) decided to remove the tents, leaving only one as a symbol. But the police didn’t wait for the resisters to remove their tents. They attacked immediately....
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After a series of meetings in Washington, the Obama administration escalated the war against Syria by announcing that the United States would ship weapons directly to their proxy rebels in Syria. The New York Times described this materiel as “small arms and ammunition,” but added that the transfers may include anti-tank weapons as well. (New York Times, June 14)...
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As night fell on Istanbul June 15, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan unleashed paramilitary forces, called Jandarma, on protesters camped in historic Taksim Square. His aim was to stamp out the people’s movement sweeping Turkey....
Former members of the Kenyan Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as the Mau Mau, along with others who were imprisoned and tortured beginning in 1952, filed legal action in British courts demanding compensation for their suffering....
Although the British government offered a formal apology and modest compensation for the crimes committed against the people of Kenya during the war of independence between 1952 and 1960, many of the veterans of the struggle say that the existing list of victims is not complete....
On  May 22, with cries of “That, that, that’s the way to govern” and “They shall not return” (referring to the right-wing oligarchy’s lust for power), the first graduating class of the Jesus Rivero Bolivarian Workers University heard Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s proposal to create a Workers’ Militia in workplaces around the country....
On May 20, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court annulled the conviction of Guatemalan dictator, Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt.

Just ten days before, Ríos Montt had been found guilty for acts of genocide and crimes against humanity in Guatemala that amounted to some of the worst atrocities ever in Latin American history. His conviction had been the very first time that a head of state had been held accountable for atrocities in a national tribunal. His conviction included his being sentenced to 80 years in prison....

The issue of China is one of the most important questions of the 21st century for the working class and the oppressed peoples, as well as the hostile imperialist ruling classes of the world....
Something so important has been happening in Turkey since May 29 that even we here are bewildered and amazed by this unexpected uprising. It is something, very hopeful, very new and very fresh. For a park and for a few trees, Turkish youth rose up and brought new hope and new light to Turkey’s society....
Jun 16, 2013
The Syrian pretext
he reactionary terrorist gangs trying to overturn the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad are near collapse after a military defeat in the town of Qusair on the Lebanese border. Leading U.S. militarists — the most prominent being Sen. John McCain — are attacking President Barack Obama for allowing this collapse. The result: The Obama administration, without evidence, claims Assad used chemical weapons. This pretext is his excuse to justify providing small arms and ammunition to those he calls the “rebels.”...
The crucial victory by the Syrian Arab Army against imperialist-backed terrorist ‘rebels’ in Qusair, a town near the border with Lebanon, has further disintegrated the military and political opposition to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. At the same time, the threats against Syria’s government by imperialist and reactionary monarchist powers, led by the United States, are increasing....
While the White House orders the Pentagon to plan a no-fly zone over Syria and the U.S. has troops at the ready in Jordan, for the past two years the CIA has coordinated massive weapons shipments from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey with the aim of guaranteeing that a pro-U.S. regime comes to power, therefore negating the Syrian people’s right to self-determination....
Report from Continental Conference for the Withdrawal of Minustah Troops from Haiti ...
Over 50 member-states of the African Union concluded its 21st Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 27. The regional grouping was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which originated during the height of the anti-colonial struggle during 1963....
The battle for Qusair is shaping up to be a major turning point in the Syrian war. The two sides, the imperialist-backed “rebels” and the Syrian Arab Army troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, are locked in heavy combat for this strategic city near the Lebanese border....
It was not a good week for Monsanto, the largest manufacturer and promoter of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)....
René González, the first of the Cuban Five to be released from U.S. jails, was the first speaker at the press conference on May 30 in Washington, D.C., that opened the Second “Five Days for the Five.” The purpose of this international event is to take up the case of the Cuban Five and raise awareness about both this serious criminal injustice and the overall criminal U.S. policy toward the Republic of Cuba....
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On May 25, activists from around the world will unite to march against Monsanto, the largest manufacturer and promoter of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)....
There is mythology of Western interventionism in Syria: The role of the United States and other Western nations has been to bolster moderates within a broad anti-government coalition fighting for freedom against a tyrannical regime. As late as Feb. 28 of this year, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. was for the first time shipping “nonlethal aid” to the Syrian opposition, a public position he has maintained through recent calls to double aid to Syrian rebels and reach a goal of over a billion dollars in international aid....
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Sometimes by examining what the corporate media cover and what they ignore, you can learn something useful about what the superrich want the workers to know....
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Buses will be leaving from the Bronx (Hostos Community College), El Barrio/East Harlem (Julia de Burgos Cultural Center), Washington Heights (Port Authority Bus Terminal/179 Street & Broadway) and from D.C. 37-Local 372 and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center/1199-SEIU, Manhattan....
On May 3, the U.S. government falsely branded Assata Shakur … as a “terrorist,” placing her name as the first woman on the most-wanted terrorist list, with obvious alternative motives, but supposedly for the false charges 40 years ago. This act is doubly scurrilous as it implies that Cuba, a country that has suffered nearly 3,500 deaths from relentless U.S.-based terrorist attacks since its revolution for sovereignty in 1959, harbors “terrorists” because in the 1970s and 80s it gave Shakur and other Black freedom fighters refuge. The National Network on Cuba rejects this slanderous act and demands that it be reversed immediately....
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The May 2-3 and 4-5 nighttime bombings of Syria’s International Airport, military installations in a Damascus suburb and a military supply depot reportedly killed 300 people. The bombings were initially denied but then confirmed by Israel and soon after given the stamp of approval by the Obama Administration....
The Black is Back Coalition (BIBC) and a coalition of left and progressive forces will demonstrate against the State's $2 million 'dead or alive' bounty on the life of Assata Shakur, a former political prisoner who was granted political asylum in Cuba in 1984....
The latest Israeli warplane striking the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, during the nights of May 2-3 and May 4-5 have dangerously escalated foreign intervention in the ongoing war in Syria. The anti-war movement in the United States must be alert to the growing attempt by the U.S., other NATO powers and now the main militarist threat in the region, Israel, to overturn the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria and replace it with an imperialist puppet....
Any real war on terror would start by hunting down those responsible for the textile factory collapse outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. Start from the bottom, round up the subcontractors who place the job orders. Then the garment factories owners who ordered workers back into the Rana plant. They ignored the big crack in the wall. Then the building’s owner who swore it was safe....
Tens of thousands of workers marched through central Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, on May Day to demand the death penalty for the owner of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed April 24 killing more than 525 workers, most of them young women, and injuring 2,500 more who were found trapped in the rubble. Hundreds of young workers are still unaccounted for and believed dead under the factory’s ruins....
In Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, at least 300 workers, mostly women, died at the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapse on April 24.   In addition to the appalling number of deaths, more than 1,200 were injured there in the worst industrial disaster ever to befall this country....
An inspiring and electrifying meeting was held at the Solidarity Center in New York City on April 25 featuring Mariela Castro Espín, the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) in Havana, Cuba, and a deputy of the Cuban parliament, the National Assembly of People’s Power. The meeting was sponsored by the International Action Center. ...
One million Colombians marched in the capital city of Bogotá as well as other cities and towns on April 9 to show their support of peace negotiations between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peoples Army (FARC-EP). Talks which began in Oslo, Norway, in 2012 are now continuing in Havana, Cuba....
As many as 250,000 students took to the streets in Santiago and other Chilean cities on April 11, renewing their demands for education reform.

After two years of student marches that have paralyzed Chile’s major cities and generated expectations of change to a troubled system, the crisis over education reform remains a key electoral issue ahead of November’s presidential election....

The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is a corporation that does military research for the Israeli government. They design drones that kill Palestinian children and design tractors that bulldoze Palestinian families....
The International Action Center joins the Alliance for Global Justice, Witness for Peace-SW, National Lawyers Guild, Boston Bolivarians, National Network on Cuba, and all the organizations in the United States who are mobilizing to defend the Venezuelan election of President Nicolás Maduro and against U.S. interference in that country....
The International Action Center joins the Alliance for Global Justice, Witness for Peace-SW, National Lawyers Guild, Boston Bolivarians, National Network on Cuba, and all the organizations in the United States who are mobilizing to defend the Venezuelan election of President Nicolás Maduro and against U.S. interference in that country....
Fascist-like elements backed by U.S. imperialism are attempting a coup against constitutional rule in Venezuela. The Venezuelan masses, other Latin Americans and progressives worldwide are standing up and saying “no” to this coup, which follows the rightist defeat in that country’s free and fair election April 14....
Right-wing elements backed by U.S. imperialism are attempting a coup against constitutional rule in Venezuela. Seven people in Venezuela have already been killed. There is a witch hunt against Cuban doctors who have made great sacrifice to provide health care there. The Venezuelan masses, other Latin Americans and progressives worldwide have stood up and said "no" to this coup, which follows the rightist defeat in that country's free and fair election April 15....
Right-wing elements backed by U.S. imperialism are attempting a coup against constitutional rule in Venezuela. Seven people in Venezuela have already been killed. There is a witch hunt against Cuban doctors who have made great sacrifice to provide health care there. The Venezuelan masses, other Latin Americans and progressives worldwide have stood up and said “no” to this coup, which follows the rightist defeat in that country’s free and fair election April 15....
Much still remains unknown about the bomb explosions yesterday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and what was behind this disaster that has tragically hit so many individuals and families who were on the scene, the majority of them spectators....
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For a second month, tens of thousands of U.S. and south Korean troops are carrying out simulated assaults on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — north Korea....
While the Obama administration continues to claim that it is providing only “nonlethal” aid to the Syrian opposition, its role in fueling the bloody war there is increasingly coming to light....
A military coup on March 24 in the capital city of Bangui changed the government of the Central African Republic. Michel Djotodia is the leader of the Seleka Coalition, which seized power and established a new government largely composed of political figures who had been in opposition to the former regime....
The International Action Center reprints below an official statement from the Korean People’s Army on the dangerous situation created by U.S. military moves close to the boundaries of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — north Korea....
A documentary by Aleida Guevara an Oceanfilm...
The International Action Center, including its chapters around the country, condemn in the strongest terms the heinous, brutal assassination of Georges Henri Honorat, a prominent editor of Haïti Progrès and secretary general of Haiti’s Popular National Party, on March 23. The 55-year-old Honorat was shot twice in a drive-by assault in front of his home in the Delmas section of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. ...
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Achebe will be remembered for his literary contributions and his fierce criticism of colonial and postcolonial African society. His books will remain a mainstay of libraries and classrooms for many generations to come. Nigeria today has still not overcome the legacy of imperialism. Despite its vast oil wealth, there is profound inequality in the country....
Ten years ago on March 20, Washington brought the long plague of invasion, occupation and mass murder to the Iraqi people. The least the Iraqis deserve is a moment of reflection....
President Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Israel, the first since his first election in 2008, began March 20. Worldwide media attention was focused on what the powerful U.S. leader would tell its client regime and settler state. Overall, reports indicated worse news for the beleaguered Palestinian people and for sovereign Syria....
The shadow of war has hung over the Korean peninsula for six decades — almost a lifetime. That is how long the Korean people have been waiting for a peace treaty to be signed since the fighting ended in 1953....
French President François Hollande called for an end of the European Union’s embargo on arms shipments to Syria just prior to an EU summit meeting in Brussels on March 14. Britain also has taken this position. Both countries are considering directly shipping weapons to the “rebels” if the EU does not lift the embargo. (New York Times, March 15)...
When European Union leaders gathered at their economic summit meeting in Brussels, they were confronted by thousands of protesters who denounced them and their austerity policies. Working people and labor union representatives from all over Europe demonstrated at the European Commission and Council headquarters on March 14....
The concept of equal rights for women has been around for more than 200 years, ever since Mary Wollstonecraft published her essay, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” in 1792. “Equal rights for men and women” was included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed by the United Nations in 1948....
The July 26th Coalition, a solidarity group that supports the Cuban revolution, hosted a March 13 evening of information and open dialogue with two representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) in New York City. The women were here participating in events held at the United Nations and hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women during International Working Women’s Month....
The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has brought out the malicious and carnal glee of the corporate press, who report breathlessly, not only on his mortal passing, but an end to the Bolivarian Revolution.

They are the voices of their vampire, Wall Street bosses, who delight in owning more of the earth, no matter how much misery they may cause for millions....

Syria’s counterrevolutionary opposition has taken a step that moves it even closer to U.S. imperialism. At the same time, the Barack Obama administration has moved a step closer to direct and open intervention in the war against Syria, using the pretext that “chemical weapons” have been used....
The corporate media in the U.S. play a powerful role in preparation for imperialist war. They play an even more insidious role in rewriting the history of U.S. wars and obstructing the purpose of U.S. wars.<...
He came from humble beginnings from among the teeming millions in Venezuelan poverty and joined the army as much to make a living as to serve the people.  He and a group of mid-level military officers staged an unsuccessful coup in February, 1992 against the corrupt regime of President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Within eight years, the man that led the coup would be elected president and Hugo Chávez would proclaim Venezuela as home of the revolutionary liberator, Simón Bolívar, who fought and prevailed against Spanish colonialists for Latin American independence early in the 19th century....
It was with profound and searing grief that our people and the Revolutionary Government learned about the decease of President Hugo Chávez Frías and are therefore preparing to pay a heartfelt and patriotic tribute to him, for he will go down in history as a Hero of Our America....
The International Action Center is supporting this campaign called by the Korea Alliance of Progressive Movements! We urge you all to do the same! Stand for Peace on the Korean Peninsula!...
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The International Action Center urges you to attend these NYC events in honor of President Hugo Chávez and in solidarity with the Venezuelan people:...
Just days before an inspection team was due to check that Greece’s new austerity measures were in place, tens of thousands of workers took to the streets on Feb. 20 and shut the country down. The strikers made it clear that “reforms” that leave patients without health care and drugs, students without education, taxpayers without money, families with no one employed, workers without labor rights and 68 percent of the youth without jobs are really attacks on the Greek people and their standard of living. (Greek Reporter, Feb. 20)...
The International Women’s Alliance calls on women all over the globe to advance their ongoing struggles against imperialist globalization and the crisis of capitalism by mobilizing with militant actions on March 8, 2013, to commemorate International Working Women’s Day. The International Conference of Working Women over 100 years ago gave birth to what is now popularly known as International Women’s Day. The origin of this day was to highlight the resistance and organizing power of working women to gain the right to fair wages and working hours, the right to vote and an end to discrimination. Today, we must remember to hold true to the origins of March 8 and return to the important issues that weigh heavily on women all over the world: the crises of capitalism and imperialism....
In the almost two decades since the U.S. military first deployed them, drones have generally escaped the spotlight, except in alternative media or military-oriented trade publications. However, their use inside the U.S. has opened a debate that has reached into the U.S. Congress.

Up until recently, these pilotless planes, which have brought death in the night to villages on the other side of the world, attracted little attention here in the mass media or government “oversight” bodies. Now, as police agencies and private corporations line up to buy drones, civil liberties and other organizations have demanded more information about how they will be used....

Support of the legal and legitimate rights of the Iranian people for self-determination and sovereignty is growing as the new round of negotiations with Iran and the countries of 5+1, i.e. US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany is set for February 26th in Kazakhstan....
The new form of global warfare alleges to “protect” by preemptively preventing mass atrocities. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S.-educated academic and mother, is caught in its web and now serving 86 years in a federal prison in Texas....
In support of efforts to pressure the U.S. government to repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders traveled to Pakistan last December...
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John Brennan found himself in an uncomfortable and unusual situation on Feb. 7 when protesters loudly confronted him, intent on holding him and the U.S. government accountable for their past and present war crimes. Brennan is the chief counterterrorism adviser to the Obama administration....
Pepe Palacios, a LGBTQ leader and activist from the resistance movement in Honduras, spoke at an event hosted by the Venezuelan Consulate here on Feb. 12. Palacios described the brutal government repression in Honduras, as well as the courageous, unified resistance of the Honduran people. The event was presented by the International Action Center and El Colectivo Honduras USA Resistencia — Partido Libre. Palacios is traveling throughout the U.S. as part of a national tour organized by the Honduras Solidarity Network....
Alex Jones, the ultra-right-wing radio host, has made a name for himself in recent weeks by rabidly denouncing proposed gun control legislation. He yelled at CNN interviewer Piers Morgan, but in his tirade Jones stated many historical inaccuracies....
The 500,000 members of Tunisia’s union federation shut down this North African country’s major cities on Feb 8 as tens of thousands joined the funeral march in Tunis of Chokri Belaïd, slain leader of the Unified Patriotic Democratic Movement, a Marxist and pan-Arabist organization. According to reports, masked killers gunned down Belaïd in his car on the morning of Feb. 6 outside his home in Tunis....
Pepe is traveling throughout the US as part of a national tour organized by the Honduras Solidarity Network. Please come to learn about the brutal repression being carried out against the LGBT community in Honduras. But also learn about the heroic resistance of the Honduran people who are organizing against the illegal coup of 2009 and for a new society. Since 2009, over 80 mainly transgender women and gay men have been killed in Honduras....
Now that President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dedicated a small budget to defend LGBT rights internationally, it’s the perfect time to remind them that the abuse and killings of gay and transgender people keep piling up in Honduras—even as Washington heralds the country’s return to “democracy.”...
It was a special evening of solidarity with Venezuela on Jan. 31 in Detroit. With President Hugo Chávez ill and recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, and the U.S. government working overtime with rightwing forces inside Venezuela to promote division and try to destabilize that country, Detroiters wanted to express their solidarity with Chávez, with the Bolivarian Revolution and with the masses of poor and working people in Venezuela....
There are facts, and then there is fiction. Let’s deal with the fiction first. In the fictional world reflected in Hollywood movies like the remake of “Red Dawn,” the socialist north of Korea launches a war against the United States, invading and killing many people. It would hardly be necessary to answer such a ridiculous fiction were it not for the fact that the corporate media are constantly coming up with alarming stories about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, picturing it as irrational, aggressive and ready to attack....
On Jan. 24, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the Pentagon had lifted its ban on women serving in combat, and that more than 230,000 “battlefront” positions could be opened up to them. Military officials must submit plans by May on how to include women in combat, although they have until January 2016 to list male-only positions....
International Action Center co-director Sara Flounders was interviewed by RT News on Jan. 29 regarding the trials held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; U.S. secret prisons; and the use of torture by the U.S. Her comments also included the case of Aafia Siddiqui and other Muslim political prisoners. The six-minute video segment can be seen at tinyurl.com/atf88t8....
As part of the decade-long NATO war and occupation in Iraq, led by the U.S., the imperialists conducted a campaign to promote foreign control by sowing and deepening religious and cultural divisions. The Iraqi people have paid a terrible price. More than a million lives have been lost, many from the shootings and bombings instigated by the NATO occupiers that continue to this day....
Israel’s air force bombed a military facility in western Syria at dawn today, according to several media sources. Reports describe Israeli warplanes flying low, below radar, and destroying a building northwest of Damascus. The Syrian Arab News Agency reported that “a scientific research center used by the military” was hit, killing two workers and wounding five....
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According to UN investigations in 2010 there are more than 27,000 prisoners held by the U.S. in more than 100 secret prisons around the world and on 17 ships as floating prisons. These are almost entirely Muslim prisoners....
As a Cuba solidarity network, we lift our voices to tell Washington and the Venezuelan elite: NO to destabilization efforts in Venezuela, which we fully recognize is also aimed at Cuba's sovereignty. We say: "Hands off the Bolivarian Revolution."...
French imperialism has launched major military operations in West and East Africa under the guise of fighting “Islamic terrorism.” French fighter jets and commandos have gone into operation in the north and central regions of Mali....
In response to the French imperialist intervention in January, the Coalition of Patriotic Organizations of Mali (COPAM) called demonstrations against the presence of foreign troops in their country.  COPAM demands that the current transitional president, Dioncounda Traoré, resign. They target him for giving the green light to troops from the Economic Community of West African States to intervene in Mali under the auspices of the U.N. (Radio France International, Jan. 11)...
The war that French imperialism has escalated in its former West African colony of Mali has now spread to neighboring Algeria. There, some 82 people have been reported killed after an attempted seizure of hostages at a natural gas field. Imperialist governments are lining up for a long intervention in Africa....
From January 22 to January 31, activists in ten cities across the U.S. will hold various events in solidarity with Venezuela....
The event at historic Riverside Church’s Assembly Hall the evening of Jan. 12 will long be remembered. Over 350 political, community and anti-war activists, along with U.N. diplomats and consular officials from Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, Iran and Serbia, celebrated both the 85th birthday of human-rights lawyer and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and the 20th anniversary of the International Action Center, an anti-imperialist, anti-racist organization that Clark founded in 1992...
The only thing that surprised me when I heard that the Algerian kidnappers had called for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui was that it hadn’t happened sooner. Don’t get me wrong, as a former hostage myself, there is no way I condone the actions of what has unfolded in a remote corner of the Algerian desert. And my heart goes out to the families of those who have lost loved ones in the unfolding drama at the In Amenas gas plant siege said to have been masterminded by Mohktar Belmokhtar. The infamous one-eyed Algerian militant apparently with ties to al Qaida, has claimed responsibility for launching Wednesday’s attack. It also goes without saying there is no way the kidnappers, whether politically or criminally motivated, can be justified in their actions....
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets on January 10 throughout Venezuela to show their support for legally elected President Hugo Chávez as well as for the Bolivarian Revolution....
In the U.S., the solidarity and progressive movement will organize National Days of Solidarity With Venezuela to send messages of good wishes to President Chavez and to let the people of Venezuela, especially the poor and working people who most benefit from the Bolivarian Revolution know that we will not allow the Obama administration to intervene in Venezuela....
The Venezuelan people have demonstrated over and over their support and gratitude to President Chavez and clearly remain committed to the process of fundamental change in their country, no matter what. We are confident that the fundamental roots of the Bolivarian Revolution will remain strong and grow....
Those in China who advocate bourgeois democracy, deepening capitalist reforms and opening up further to imperialism staged a journalists’ rebellion the first week of January at the nationally circulated magazine Southern Weekend, based in Guangzhou. Guangzhou, which is across the bay from Hong Kong, is the capital of Guangdong province, the stronghold of capitalism in China....
French imperialism has launched major military operations in West and East Africa under the guise of fighting “Islamic terrorism.” French fighter jets and commandos have gone into operation in the north and central regions of Mali....
As we approach the new round of negotiations between the countries of 5+1 i.e. US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany with Iran to discuss the so called “Iran’s nuclear issue”, we the undersigned declare our stand on this issue, as follows:...
As we approach the new round of negotiations between the countries of 5+1 i.e. US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany with Iran to discuss the so called “Iran’s nuclear issue”, we the undersigned declare our stand on this issue, as follows:...
The event at historic Riverside Church’s Assembly Hall the evening of Jan. 12 will long be remembered. Over 350 political, community and anti-war activists, along with U.N. diplomats and consular officials from Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, Iran and Serbia, celebrated both the 85th birthday of human-rights lawyer and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and the 20th anniversary of the International Action Center, an anti-imperialist, anti-racist organization that Clark founded in 1992. The evening reflected a broad leftist spectrum of respect and admiration for Clark and his principled stances throughout his life. The gala event began with a delectable buffet of mainly Latin American, South Asian and Middle Eastern hors d’oeuvres and dishes prepared and donated by IAC staff and other activist volunteers....
Three years after the earthquake that killed 300,000 people on Jan. 12, 2010, reconstruction has barely begun in Haiti. Debris has been removed from the streets in Port-au-Prince, Léogane and Pétionville, but at least 500,000 people are still living in tents — ripped, torn and tattered by the storms and hurricanes that have hit this country in the last three years....
Jan. 10 — The people of Venezuela poured into the streets by the hundreds of thousands in the country’s four major cities today to defend recently re-elected President Hugo Chávez and his government....
On Jan. 3, as part of its regular condition updates of President Hugo Chávez following his Dec. 11 surgery, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela alerted “the Venezuelan public of a campaign of psychological warfare unleashed by the international media regarding the health of the head of state,” as the Jan. 10 date anticipated for the oath of office for his new six-year presidential term nears....
The unnamed victim — whom protesters dubbed Braveheart and Dimini (“lightning” in Hindi) — clung to life for almost two weeks after the torturous attack by six men on her and her male companion in a moving city bus. Now the perpetrators, including the driver and a youth, face murder charges and possible death sentences....
Since the International Action Center originated in 1992 out of two small rooms in former Attorney General Ramsey Clark’s law office, this organization has played a unique and vital role by combating the U.S. imperialist offensive aimed at reconquering those parts of the world that had won some independence and sovereignty between 1945 and 1991....
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As assistant attorney general for the Lands Division, Ramsey Clark played a key role in drafting the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965....
Jan 10, 2013
Spain: Free Alfon!
There are times when an individual framed, beaten and jailed by the police is just a victim. There are other times when that person becomes a symbol of struggle for an entire movement....
International Longshore and Warehouse Union locals in the Pacific Northwest continue to work at terminals owned by the Grain Handlers Association after three out of four terminal owners imposed the agri-bosses highly concessionary “last, best and final” offer on Dec. 27. By nearly 94 percent, ILWU members rejected that package, which the ILWU reports demanded “more than 750 changes to a contract that’s made the industry successful for the past 80 years.”...
It is fitting that we gather today. As icy winds whip against the walls of Riverside Church, we celebrate the work and life of Ramsey Clark and the International Action Center — Ramsey’s 85th year and the IAC’s 20....
The ominous signs of impending war with Syria escalate. NATO is massing troops and military equipment on Syria's borders, and preparing to install missiles aimed at Syria. U.S. warships are stationed off Syria’s coast....
By an overwhelming vote of its online readers, the British newspaper The Guardian has been forced to name U.S. political prisoner Pvt. B. Manning its “Person of the Year.”...
Since Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced the recurrence of the cancer that he has been battling since 2011 and the need for additional surgery, he has been the object of world solidarity. He told the Venezuelan people on Dec. 8 that his last medical examination showed that malignant cells recurred at the site in his abdomen where he had been treated earlier. As a result, he needed a fourth operation....
This year, possibly for the first time ever, the United Mine Workers did not endorse a presidential candidate. In 2008, the union was an early endorser of Obama, and has usually supported Democratic candidates. The union’s decision to sit it out this year was an indication of the crisis that has befallen coal miners, who don’t know where to turn for help....
An exciting Jan. 12 gala is being organized by supporters of the International Action Center to honor and celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary, as well as the 85th birthday of IAC founder Ramsey Clark. The event will be held at the historic Riverside Church in New York City and will raise funds to support the important anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist work of the IAC....
Most people find it unconscionable that anyone would deliberately harm a child. In fact, most would have the same reaction to callous disregard that puts a young life in danger’s way....
During the 1990's, in Venezuela and in Latin America in general, when the poor were getting poorer and everyone's standard of living was declining precipitously, when we felt that the lights were going out and that our reasons for happiness were evaporating, Hugo Chavez provided his radiant light, the light of the people, of the liberator Simon Bolivar....
While this is not and legally cannot be an ILA- union initiated mobilization, it is supported by ILA rank-and-file leaders in solidarity with the Bangladeshi workers who lost their lives last month in the tragic fire, exploited with slave wages by Walmart and other corporate retail giants....
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have been demonstrating on both sides with regard to a draft constitution for the North African state. President Mohamed Morsi, whose Nov. 22 edict increasing his political powers sparked mass protests, has now announced a Dec. 15 date for a national referendum to approve or reject the controversial document. The Muslim Brotherhood, which is behind Morsi’s political party, and the Salafist Muslim organizations form a majority in the government and have a broad political base, which means the referendum would likely approve the new constitution....
Arriving in Karachi, Pakistan, at 4 a.m. for a trip in support of efforts to free and repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders received an overwhelmingly warm welcome on Dec. 2. Hundreds of Siddiqui’s supporters met the two at the airport in the wee hours of the morning, carrying flowers, signs and banners, and chanting “Free Aafia!” and “Welcome!”...
Arriving in Karachi, Pakistan, at 4 a.m. for a trip in support of efforts to free and repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders received an overwhelmingly warm welcome on Dec. 2. Hundreds of Siddiqui’s supporters met the two at the airport in the wee hours of the morning, carrying flowers, signs and banners, and chanting “Free Aafia!” and “Welcome!”...
In support of continuing efforts to pressure the U.S. government to repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders will travel to Pakistan from Dec. 2-9.

The trip will focus on due process and justice and expose U.S. practices of secret renditions, illegal confinement and torture — practices highlighted by Siddiqui’s case....

Within days of the start of Israel’s latest aerial offensive on the imprisoned people of the Gaza Strip, solidarity protests with the Palestinian people were held in over 300 cities worldwide. Demonstrations have continued since the Nov. 21 cease-fire agreement....
A cease-fire agreement went into effect in battle-scarred Gaza on Nov. 21. After a week of heavy bombing raids and missile attacks by the Israeli armed forces that killed more than 160 Palestinians and wounded over 1,000, mainly civilians, Israel and the elected Hamas government of Gaza agreed to end hostilities. The government of Egypt, with the participation of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, brokered the agreement....
Mass protests erupted across Egypt following President Mohamed Morsi’s Nov. 22 announcement of a series of decrees that would further consolidate his administration’s power over areas of law, the judiciary and the constitution. On Nov. 26, he met with leaders of the Supreme Judiciary Council in Cairo in an attempt to calm the atmosphere on the eve of scheduled demonstrations both for and against his ruling....
The Russell Tribunal is an International People’s Tribunal organized to bring to light Israel’s recognized violations of international law and to advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights....
Millions of people struck Nov. 14, and hundreds of thousands more poured into the streets in an unprecedented, coordinated general strike against the austerity measures that tear at the very bodies of the poor and working people of Europe. People in 23 countries protested, coordinated by the European Trade Union Confederation....
In the Western Cape of South Africa, where farmworkers produce fruits, and wines that are sold domestically and internationally, employees in 16 towns and farming communities have been on strike since Nov. 6. They are demanding a minimum wage increase from $8 to $20 per day. Many are members of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU), an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Nonetheless, the strikes are similar in character to the unprotected miners’ actions....
After superstorm Sandy we think “climate change.” It is back in the headlines. But people in the Arctic have been noticing changes and coping with them for many years. Now, sharp shifts in weather are occurring in the Arctic, where ice and snow are an important part of life. These changes affect transportation and food, making life much more difficult for Indigenous peoples in the North....
Nov. 19 — Israel has launched another brutal military attack on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, a small, densely populated strip of land that houses 1.7 million people. Once again, Israel has the complete backing of the U.S. government, which for decades has bankrolled the Zionist settler state and its military, enabling their many assaults on the Arab and Muslim peoples of the oil-rich region....
ON NOV. 21st the film “Red Dawn” will be released in theaters throughout the United States. This film is vile, racist, war propaganda and must be opposed by all progressive minded people....
Israel continues to attack Gaza, killing innocent people and destroying infrastructure!...
The people of Europe are angry, very angry — and they’re doing something about it....
Harsh austerity measures have created an economic and social disaster that affects tens of millions across Europe. Greece, Portugal and Spain are particularly hard-hit. A coalition of New York Greek-Americans, groups in solidarity with Greece and working people across Europe have called for a rally at the United Nations Missions of Greece and the European Union on Wednesday, November 14, 2012....
The disaster known as Hurricane Sandy should have come as no surprise. Every possible warning sign had preceded it.

For years, international conferences had been held at which scientists laid out the effects of global warming on the climate. What were once considered extraordinary weather events — torrential rains, severe droughts, more frequent and intense tornadoes and hurricanes — had become the new norm....

The eyes of the world were glued to their TV screens. TeleSUR and the BBC in Spanish transmitted live the almost three-hour-long press conference of the representatives of FARC-EP and the Colombian government on Oct. 18, at the end of the establishment of the Peace Negotiation table in Oslo, Norway....
Supporters of Bani Walid’s people demonstrated outside the General National Congress parliament in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 21 calling for a halt to the town’s siege. Bani Walid’s 80,000 people were a bastion of support for the former Jamahiriya government led by the martyred Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Protesters attempted to enter the building but were dispersed by police....
In this series of articles, which began in March, it has been our contention that the vilification, slander, character assassination and criminal charges against Bo Xilai and his spouse, Gu Kailai, have been a smokescreen put up by the current leadership of the Communist Party of China to conceal an intense political struggle and suppress an emerging left force within the party.

Joining in this campaign, even leading it at times, have been the imperialist media. They have worked in concert with the CPC leadership to circulate every rumor, every unsubstantiated accusation against Bo and Gu to a global audience and back to China. This so-called “free press” without hesitation gave its verdict of “guilty as charged,” despite the fact that neither Bo nor Gu has had any opportunity to state their cases to China and the world, nor has the government produced any credible evidence subject to open, adversarial examination....

During the last 19 months of chaotic civil war in Syria, with opposition rebels armed by the U.S., NATO and the Gulf monarchies through Turkey, have you ever heard Syrian government representatives defend their government’s position regarding the fighting in their country? If you live in the imperialist U.S. or Europe, your answer is probably “never.” Why? Syrian television stations are banned by sanctions, and corporate-owned television hardly ever offers the “enemy” sound bites. Even in other Arabic-speaking countries, the Syrian position has been drowned out by the anti-Syrian propaganda from Qatar and Saudi Arabia....
So now we finally know part of the terrible truth. Will the Human Right Council finally wake up and start to investigate the thousands upon thousands of war crimes, committed by the Anglo-American occupation forces and their local Iraqi stooges? Will the ICC finally do what it is created for: persecute war criminals? Investigate the US genocide in Iraq? Please? After more than one million deaths, and millions of refugees?...
With Hugo Chavez’s historic win this October, the Venezuelan people have committed to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution, with its advances in social equality, human rights, community power, and more. Join us this January to witness the presidential inauguration on January 10th, followed by visits to different parts of the country. One of the focuses of this trip will be food sovereignty, or how both the government and the people are taking back control of the country’s agricultural and food systems. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process. There will also be trips to beaches, parks, and other sites of interest....
With Hugo Chavez’s historic win this October, the Venezuelan people have committed to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution, with its advances in social equality, human rights, community power, and more. Join us this January to witness the presidential inauguration on January 10th, followed by visits to different parts of the country. One of the focuses of this trip will be food sovereignty, or how both the government and the people are taking back control of the country’s agricultural and food systems. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process. There will also be trips to beaches, parks, and other sites of interest....
Turkey’s war jets forced down a civilian airliner flying from Moscow to Damascus. Thirty-five Russians and Syrians were passengers on the Oct. 10 flight, endangered by the action. U.S. spokesperson Victoria Nuland immediately supported Turkey’s act of air piracy. Also, some 150 U.S. special troops moved into Syria’s southern neighbor, Jordan....
As famine lurks throughout Haiti and cholera daily kills the weak, the very young and the old, the response of the Haitian people has been growing militancy. In massive numbers they have taken to the streets to demand an end to the corrupt regime of President Michel Martelly....
One year since the brutal assassination of former Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the Republican Party is using Libya’s political crisis in an attempt to defeat President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election. Both U.S. ruling-class parties backed the 2011 war against this oil-producing nation that had maintained the highest standard of living in Africa....
Information on Venezuela’s recent presidential elections....
The horrible, near-fatal shooting of a young Pakistani schoolgirl, reportedly by members of the Taliban, has focused world attention on the conflict between the armed Islamic group and Pakistani advocates of education for women. Malala Yousafzai, 14 years old, was shot in the head and neck while on a school bus, according to her classmates. She has been flown to Britain to receive medical attention for severe damage to her skull....
For over a year and a half we've been hearing about what's going on in the Middle East, and the so-called ‘Arab Spring’.  Yet with all the proclamations of ‘free press’ we seldom hear the voices of those most affected by war and terrorism....
Turkey’s war-jets forced down a civilian airliner, flying from Moscow to Damascus. Thirty-five Russians and Syrians were passengers. This aggressive act brings NATO another step closer to open war against Syria as part of an imperialist plan to take over the country. ...
Faced with the risk that the escalating tension between Syria and Turkey will lead to an open NATO attack on Syria, either directly or through the Turkish army, the Platform Against Imperialist War CALLS UPON THE POPULATION TO REACT WITH DETERMINATION TO OPPOSE THIS NEW AGGRESSION FROM THE IMPERIALIST POWERS OF THE U.S., THE EU AND ISRAEL....
As the struggle goes on, the government investigation began into the unrest surrounding the wildcat strike, led by rock-drill operators, at Lonmin Platinum PLC. On Oct. 1, the proceedings in Rustenberg started with the reading of the names of the 34 workers killed by police on Aug. 16.

Ian Farlam, the retired judge who is directing the Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, commented, “Our country weeps because of the tragic loss, and this commission will work expeditiously to ensure the truth is revealed.” (AllAfrica.com, Oct. 1)...

Money is the lifeblood of capitalism.More and more, the bankers have it locked away in their vaults and don’t know what to do with it. They already face that most irrational feature of capitalism, “overproduction,” which to them means that corporations aren’t expanding because there’s not much of a market for more goods and services, so therefore companies aren’t borrowing money and the bankers are stuck with cash that’s just sitting there, not drawing interest....
While staying aware of its destructive capacity, we can expand our view if we also examine its weaknesses. The Pentagon’s Achilles’ heel lies within the contradictions of the capitalist system that created this monstrosity....
NATO-member Turkey has used alleged mortar fire from Syria as a pretext to launch artillery fire across the border, killing Syrian soldiers, and to prepare military intervention. NATO -- an alliance mainly of the former colonial overlords of the world and the current biggest imperialist powers -- immediately supported Turkey's aggression. The British and German governments, the European Union and the U.S. all criticized the Syrian government and sympathized with Turkey. The Turkish Parliament has approved further attacks....
Racism is a weapon of war. We stand in solidarity with victims of police, state, and racial violence and build links to people under attack – Muslims, Sikhs, immigrant workers, death row prisoners, ­African-American and Latino youth, social justice ­activists are all targets in an atmosphere of escalating racism and repression....
South African police have arrested striking workers in an effort to stem protests and violence in the areas surrounding platinum and gold mines. Since rock-drill operators walked off the job in August at the Lonmin Platinum facilities at Marikana, 45 people have been killed....
Some 1 million of Portugal’s 11 million people held massive marches in Lisbon, Oporto and 38 other cities and towns to condemn the austerity policies of the troika — the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — and of the three parties backing austerity in Parliament....
There are times in history when war and politics converge with economics to create a true turning point, a point at which things cannot and will not ever be the same. Such points in time are marked by fierce struggle....
During the period of September 18 to October 1, 2012, heads of states and high-level officials from the world over will be gathering in New York to address the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly. Pakistan USA Freedom Forum sees this as an ideal time for all peace-loving people to send a clear message to the UN and the world and demand: ...
The International Action Center joins the call by the United National Antiwar Coalition for demonstrations, meetings, vigils or other actions for the weekend of Oct. 5-7, along with protests internationally in 3 cities in Canada - Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor and protests in London, Tehran, Iran and Islamabad, Pakistan to mark the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan....
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Animated short on the impact of depleted uranium weapons and the international campaign against them, produced by the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons and IKV Pax Christi....
The massive, angry demonstrations and attacks on U.S. embassies sweeping through the Muslim world comes in the context of a campaign against Muslims carried out by the U.S. government in an attempt to justify their wars against Muslim countries. This campaign includes preemptive prosecutions where FBI agents create phony plots and encourage behavior that can be prosecuted and attacks on civil liberties at home; the Peter King hearings; NYPD spying on Muslims; raids and detentions; and states that have passed anti-Muslim laws. It includes the physical attacks on Muslims, on mosques and on people who racist whites think are Muslims, like Sikhs, and opposition to Muslim building projects like Park 51 and much more....
A meeting in Tehran starting Aug. 26 puts into the sharpest perspective the waning position of U.S. imperialism globally and especially in the Middle East. Both the U.S. and Israel’s demands for a boycott of the meeting were ignored. Clearly the U.S. hold is slipping....
Nine years after the crushing to death of Rachel Aliene Corrie by an Israeli bulldozer, a judge in Haifa has absolved the state of Israel of any responsibility, either for her death or for failing to hold a full and credible investigation....
he United National Anti-war Coalition has called for protest actions across the country on the anniversary of the imperialist U.S. invasion of Afghanistan....
Some 50 workers celebrated outside the jail as South African authorities announced on Sept. 2 that they were provisionally dropping murder charges against 270 miners. All the jailed workers were scheduled to be released by Sept. 6...
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hirty-four African miners were killed by police on Aug. 16 in Marikana, South Africa. Another 78 were wounded and 259 were arrested.These platinum miners were striking against Lonmin PLC-based in London-for living wages and safety. Every month a worker dies in the mines owned by Lonmin....
Chavela Vargas, born Isabel Vargas Lizano in the town of San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica, died at the age of 93 in Cuernavaca, México, on Aug. 5. A singer as well as a sex and gender rebel, Vargas emigrated to Mexico at the age of 14 and lived most of her life there as a naturalized Mexican citizen....
Each week brings U.S. imperialism closer to direct military intervention in Syria with the aim of overthrowing the government of President Bashir al-Assad and crushing Syria’s independence and sovereignty. Up to now Washington has avoided direct intervention, working instead with its NATO allies through Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to fund and arm the reactionary opposition to Assad and the Syrian people....
Ecuador, with the support of much of Latin America, is in what may be a long-term standoff with British imperialism over the fate of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange....
Aug. 20 — Striking platinum miners have defied Lonmin Platinum PLC’s back to work orders and continue their job action in Marikana, South Africa, despite a horrific police massacre and threats of termination. This is the British-based, multibillion-dollar firm’s latest ultimatum to the mineworkers, who walked off their jobs on Aug. 10 to protest low salaries and poor working conditions....
With the Non-Aligned Movement meeting this week in Tehran, Veterans For Peace is urging the organization of 120 nations not formally allied with any major power bloc to take steps to deter the Israeli-American threats of war against Iran over its nuclear enrichment program....
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The Summer Olympics, since 1960, has provided a global forum for a whole host of important social issues and struggles. The great Muhammad Ali, at the age of 18, threw his boxing gold medal into a river near his home of Louisville, Ky., to protest U.S. racism in the aftermath of the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Only 10 days before the 1968 Olympics opened in Mexico City, a student-led protest against government repression at the city’s Plaza de las Tres Culturas was attacked by government forces, resulting in the Tlatelolco Massacre, during which hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed....

Gu Kailai’s trial and conviction for the alleged murder of British businessperson Neil Heywood is a show trial staged by the top leadership of the Communist Party of China for purely political purposes....
Can a dollar figure be put on the Olympics? The answer is yes, according to a July 25 CNN article entitled, “Is the Olympics worth more than Google?” The article dissects a report released by Brand Finance, a worldwide consultative firm, which reveals that the XXX Olympics in London are worth $47.5 billion, second only to Apple at $70.6 billion and just ahead of Google at $47.4 billion. This particular view is based on figures in the International Olympic Committee’s financial statements. The worth of the games is reportedly more than that of Coca-Cola, Samsung and General Electric....
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toured nine African countries over an 11-day period beginning Aug. 1. During the tour Washington’s top diplomat pushed U.S. militarism and verbally attacked the People’s Republic of China. Clinton’s visit comes just two weeks after a major Africa-China summit meeting in Beijing between 50 countries on the continent and Chinese government leaders....
The summer Olympics began in 1896 in Athens, Greece, as a vehicle for bringing together mainly amateur athletes from around the world who qualified to compete in various sports. Excluding the cancellation of these games in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to two World Wars, the summer Olympics have taken place every four years in industrialized cities in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2016, the XXXI Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — the first Latin American country to host the games....
he fighting in Syria is shaping up as a military showdown between the Syrian army on one side and “rebel” fighters openly backed by the U.S.-NATO imperialist powers, along with Israel, on the other. These “rebels” are being armed directly through NATO-member Turkey and the Qatari and Saudi Arabian monarchies....
China’s Olympic triumphs prove once again the transforming nature of revolutions. The People’s Republic of China sent its first delegation of athletes to the 1952 Olympic summer games in Helsinki, Finland. Arriving late, they were able to participate in only one sporting event. Due to the imperialists refusing to recognize the Chinese communist government in Beijing, and instead declaring Taiwan the representative of China in the Olympics, the PRC boycotted the summer games for the next 32 years....
Thousands of HIV-positive people and activists from all over the globe came to the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July to confront big drug companies and wealthy capitalist nations and to demand cheaper drugs and desperately needed prevention and treatment programs. ...
This year, the International AIDS Conference is being held in Washington, D.C., a city with one of the highest HIV rates in the world. At 3 percent, the HIV rate in this country’s capital is close to that of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 5 percent rate. (unaids.org) This situation prevails despite the enormous wealth held by the 1% and the existence of a monumental academic and scientific establishment....
Teachers, students with jobless futures and indentured to enormous loan debt, and public workers from the U.S. will travel to Tijuana, Mexico, for the Aug. 17 through 19 Ninth U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference. The conference will be preceded by a 3-day seminar from Aug. 15 through 17 led by instructors from the Cuban Workers Central Union’s Lázaro Peña Workers School. The Aug. 17 evening program will uplift the struggle to free the Cuban 5 — Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, René González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort — unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998....
We are once again on the verge of another disastrous war in the Middle East. The United States and its allies in Europe and the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are consciously pushing Syria toward a destructive civil war. The objective is to bring down the Assad regime, an ally of the Iranian government, as a stepping-stone toward further isolation of Iran and preparation of the ground for a military attack on that country....
U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference Aug 17 - 19...
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana has not had much to say about the current deadly heat wave that has swept his state and much of the United States. Sitting in his air-conditioned office, he is largely insulated from the disaster that is sweeping not only Indianapolis, the state capital, but most of the country....
Washington’s strategy to cement a military alliance of the U.S., Japan and south Korea came unglued on June 29 at the last minute as popular pressure forced the Seoul regime to back out of signing a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo. ...
The U.S. and its allies are escalating the war fever against Syria. Not only do they claim to have “discovered” another “massacre” by the government, but they are also trotting out the much discredited charge that Syria possesses — and will use — weapons of mass destruction.

The latest “massacre” supposedly occurred on July 12 in the village of Tremseh near the Syrian city of Hama. Some mainstream press headlines bellowed that Syrian government forces and alleged pro-government militia had slaughtered as many as 220 people indiscriminately....

Hundreds of striking coal miners marched 285 miles from Asturias on Spain’s north coast to the capital city of Madrid, where thousands of other workers joined them as they entered the city. Hundreds of thousands of others came to show solidarity as the miners’ three-week trek ended with a massive demonstration on July 11....
A New York City march on June 28 to celebrate the third year of resistance to the U.S.-sponsored coup in Honduras turned into a protest of the recent parliamentary coup in Paraguay as well. The International Action Center’s Committee in Solidarity with the Caribbean and Latin America, joined by activists from Honduras, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Ecuador, rallied near Times Square and then marched to the United Nations, stopping and chanting at the Honduran and Paraguayan consulates on the way....
Demonstrations against U.S./NATO military intervention in Syria were held in at least 29 cities coast-to-coast in the United States during the week ending July 1. The United National Antiwar Coalition had called the protests and demanded: Hands off Syria and Iran! End the drone wars! and Money for jobs, education and health care, not endless war! Following are brief descriptions of some of these actions....
Below are 3 interviews where Sara Flounders gives the International Action Center’s views and analysis of the U.S. role in the widening war in Syria today and the growing threats against Iran.

The interviews are with: RT News, Press TV and Pacifica – KPFA: Project Censored....

Another right-wing coup d’état has toppled a democratically elected president in Latin America. Three years after the coup in Honduras that deposed President Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, the same forces have overthrown President Fernando Lugo in Paraguay....
Jun 29, 2012
HANDS OFF SYRIA
The Turkish regime, in cahoots with the NATO powers, has carried out a provocation against the Syrian people that threatens a new war of imperialist conquest in Western Asia. That’s the message out of Brussels on June 26, where a cynical meeting of NATO labeled Syria the “aggressor.” Why? Because Syria’s air defenses shot down a Turkish plane flying low and fast into its airspace as it was about to reach its territory. The Turkish government even admitted that its RF4E Phantom jet had flown into Syria’s airspace on June 22 — “erroneously.” Western governments and corporate media immediately heaped the blame on Syria — making it obvious that a planned provocation is in progress. Important sections of the anti-war and progressive movement in the United States have reacted to this new war thacreat, calling actions during the week of June 23 to July 1 to protest NATO war moves. They have also called for “day after” actions following any new U.S., NATO or Turkish aggression against Syria....
The following timeline reviews the progression of U.S.-NATO intervention in Syria and counteracts the Big Lie in the corporate media aimed at preparing open imperialist military aggression against the Syrian people....
The growing threat of war against Syria is escalating! Recently, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Russia not to get in the way of US backed efforts to force out the government of President Assad. The U.S. supplied Turkish jet shot down over Syria has heightened tensions. While Washington and its NATO allies openly funds and arms mercenary forces in Syria, the corporate media is making every effort to overwhelm us with calls for another "Humanitarian War"....
The growing threats of war against Syria are alarming. Recently, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Russia not to get in the way of US backed efforts to force out the government of President Assad. The corporate media is making every effort to overwhelm us with calls for another “Humanitarian War”. The drum beat of aggression against Iran grows daily as well. The coup by the U.S. funded and trained Egyptian military, overturning the first popularly elected government in recent history is another ominous warning. The threat of new war is real while US drone attacks are an expanding form of anonymous war....
During the past three years, the Turkish state has imprisoned some 8000 citizens under the guise of fighting terrorism. In a wave of detentions known as the “KCK operations,” it has targeted activists, academics, journalists, lawyers, students, elected officials, translators and publishers on account of their democratic activities in support of the rights demanded by Kurdish citizens in Turkey....
Eight people continue to be held in jail in Chicago, arrested before or during the protests against the NATO summit in Chicago in May. Four of the men face terrorism-related charges and the other four serious felonies, while the NATO generals responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands have left town to return to their occupation of Afghanistan and plotting for their next war. ...
The world crisis in education and the attack on public workers is the theme for a special U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America/North America conference Aug. 17-19 in Tijuana, Mexico, which is next door to San Diego....
s the U.S. and its allies prepare to intervene in Syria, they have seized on the massacre that took place at Houla last week to justify a war. The State Department called the rampage “despicable” and complained about a regime that could “connive in or organize” such a thing, although who was responsible is very much in dispute. Many countries, including the U.S., have expelled Syrian diplomats, which is often a prelude to war....
In Chicago, long known as “the Windy City,” people are witnessing mega gales of wind as NATO comes to town....
A Russian news team was told by Syrian eyewitnesses that the May 25 massacre of civilians in Houla, universally blamed on the Assad government, was in fact committed by local criminals, mercenaries and other forces connected to the imperialist-armed “Free Syrian Army.”...
Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter heard nothing but applause on May 23 as she made her first public appearance in San Francisco....
he capitalist government and the big business media in the U.S. have firmly and vociferously taken sides against Bo Xilai and any manifestation of leftist policy in China. These same media and government have also demanded economic and political concessions from the Chinese government....
Colombians launched a new movement in April that may challenge the oligarchy’s rule there. La Marcha Patriótica [Patriotic March or PM] is an outgrowth of the diverse social movements in Colombia....
The Chinese government has responded to accusations by the U.S. government and media criticizing that rapidly developing country for purported violations of human rights. On May 25, it issued a very detailed report called “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011.”...
Quebec’s university students have been waging a determined battle in the past four months to stop the provincial government from carrying through a 75 percent tuition hike....
A delegation of human rights activists from the U.S., organized by Rights Action and the Alliance for Global Justice, recently visited the site of the May 11 massacre of indigenous Moskito people in Honduras....
Activist Sara Flounders from the International Action Center says that it is likely that the UN will give an absolutely different version of what happened in Houla, “because the whole purpose of the UN – peace mission – from the beginning has been to give a diplomatic cover to continued intervention in Syria,” she told RT....
Spokespeople from the NATO countries and their loyal media outlets have seized upon a massacre at Houla, Syria, to mobilize for open imperialist military intervention against the Syrian government and — and no one should doubt this — against the people of Syria. NATO governments have already begun expelling Syrian diplomats. There seems to be no doubt at this time — May 29 — that a massacre took place. There is, however, much confusion about who exactly carried out the massacre. The corporate media is blaming the killings on the Syrian government and calling for foreign intervention. The Syrians, however, deny that their armed forces or police have taken part, blame the killings on the armed opposition and have themselves condemned the killings and are organizing an investigation....
Spokespeople from the NATO countries and their loyal media outlets have seized upon a massacre at Houla, Syria, to mobilize for open imperialist military intervention against the Syrian government and — and no one should doubt this — against the people of Syria. NATO governments have already begun expelling Syrian diplomats....
The Hunger Project reports that out of a global population of 6.8 billion, 925 million people do not have sufficient food for members of their households. Moreover, 98 percent of undernourished people live in the so-called developing countries — those states that are colonies or former colonies....
Quebec students, who have been striking for three months for lower tuition and demonstrating each of the last 25 nights including May 18, have now targeted Law 78, adopted by the Quebec parliament a day earlier....
The recent G8 summit did nothing to relieve the worldwide capitalist crisis that has cost up to 80 million jobs worldwide since 2008. Nor did it help feed the hungry, stop global warming or prevent wars....
This city was the scene of an historic outpouring of activism and indignation on May 20, when at least 15,000 people rallied and marched in opposition to the imperialist war policies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The demonstration took place in defiance of state and ruling-class intimidation, which was engineered by the city administration and the corporate media under the aegis of the White House and the Pentagon. For weeks the local and national pro-business and military-friendly media had been inundated with reports of possible street violence and mass arrests. It was an attempt to discourage people from coming to Chicago for a series of activities that began on the weekend of May 12-13 with a People’s Summit. ...
The International Action Center congratulates the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8) for a well-organized, powerful united mass rally with a focused message against NATO, NATO's wars, growing repression and the disastrous cuts in every social program. May 20 was, despite all the threats and violence baiting, the largest antiwar demonstration in many years....
The International Action Center congratulates the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8) for a well-organized, powerful united mass rally with a focused message against NATO, NATO's wars, growing repression and the disastrous cuts in every social program. May 20 was, despite all the threats and violence baiting, the largest antiwar demonstration in many years....
The capitalist media worldwide have given a resounding show of support for the cause of Chen Guangcheng, a sightless dissident activist and pawn of U.S. intelligence who was smuggled into the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on April 27....
Below is the press release issued by the National Lawyers Guild about the criminal actions of the Chicago Police Department against prominent Occupy Chicago activists....
s Egyptians prepare for the first round of national presidential elections on May 23-24, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has enacted a series of repressive measures. Clashes between armed militias of supporters of the Islamist political parties killed up to 20 people on May 2 outside the Ministry of Defense in the Abbassiya District of Cairo. Many believe SCAF backs the militias....
Thousands of activists plan to come to Chicago to protest the May 20 summit of the so-called North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But this U.S.-dominated gang of warmakers and enforcers for the banks will not be the only international organization meeting in Chicago that weekend....
While the elections in Greece and France had a common thread — rejecting austerity — their impacts will be different....
The capitalist media worldwide have given a resounding show of support for the cause of Chen Guangcheng, a sightless dissident activist and pawn of U.S. intelligence who was smuggled into the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on April 27....
April 27 marked the 40th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the founder of modern-day Ghana and a leading theoretician of the post-World War II national liberation movement for unity and socialism. Nkrumah’s legacy is reflected in the ongoing efforts of the peoples of Africa and the world who seek genuine freedom from colonialism, neocolonialism and imperialism....
Charles Taylor, former rebel leader and head of state in the West African country of Liberia, was convicted on April 26 by the Special Tribunal on Sierra Leone. The court, held in the Netherlands, was ostensibly set up by the United Nations in conjunction with the Sierra Leone government....
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke partnered with Occupy Atlanta, the International Action Center and other organizations to stage a two-prong action at the annual Coca-Cola stockholders’ meeting, held at the Cobb Galleria in suburban Atlanta on April 25....
Longtime Los Angeles Chicano activist and organizer Carlos Montes will go on trial May 15 on trumped-up charges that amount to political persecution. Montes’ supporters are mobilizing for his legal and popular defense....
Carlos Montes goes on trial Tuesday, May 15, to 22, 2012 because District Attorney Steve Cooley is moving forward with the FBI-initiated political prosecution against this long time Chicano leader and anti-war, labor, and immigrant rights activist. Along with the FBI, District Attorney Steve Cooley is attempting to imprison Carlos Montes on charges stemming from 42 years ago....
The International Action Center urges you to take immediate action on the appeal below in solidarity with 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike in the prisons of the U.S.-backed Israeli apartheid regime....
The campaign in China to discredit Bo Xilai has reached a new crescendo. Every newspaper, television and radio station in the country has carried official statements and editorials attacking Bo and repeating the charge that he is under investigation for unspecified “serious disciplinary violations.” ...
The “5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington, D.C.” are over, but its broad and unified call to the Obama administration continues to echo: Open the U.S. prison doors and return Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and Rene González to their Cuban homeland....
Ahmed Ben Bella, the first president of independent Algeria, and one of the great revolutionary figures of Arab nationalism, died on April 11 at age of 96....
Once again, as during the 2009 Summit of the Americas, the recent VI edition of the outmoded Summit finished without a declaration. According to the Summit’s bylaws, such a declaration must be unanimous....
The campaign of vilification to destroy Bo Xilai is an all-out attempt by the top leadership of the Communist Party of China to put up a smokescreen concealing a right-left political struggle over the deepening economic and political penetration of capitalism at the summits of Chinese society....
In Florida in 1998, five Cuban men were arrested and eventually tried on trumped-up charges of conspiracy to commit espionage, and given sentences ranging from 15 years to 2 live terms plus 15 years....
Starting this weekend, solidarity friends from different U.S. cities, Canada and Europe will gather in the capital of the United States to denounce the colossal injustice committed against the Cuban 5 and to demand that President Obama  immediately release these men whose only crime was to defend their people from the scourge of terrorism.  Until the Cuban 5 return to their homeland the solidarity movement will continue to demand that the U.S. government grant regular visas to all the family members of the Five....
It is now world news that Bo Xilai, a high-ranking member of the 25-member Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party, has been removed from his key post as Party Secretary of the important Chongqing branch of the CCP....
The ouster of Bo Xilai as Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing comes at a juncture of intensifying contradictions, pressures and antagonisms in China. They reflect three decades of a steadily advancing encroachment of the capitalist mode of production and a dangerous erosion of the socialist framework established by the great Chinese Revolution of 1949....
Activities include lobbying, lit distribution, documentary film screenings, public cultural events. Personalities, actors and artists, union leaders, writers, researchers, and activists from the U.S. and abroad will gather in D.C. for these days....
Momentum is building for concentrated activity in Washington DC, as a growing list of endorsers who support changing relations with Cuba embrace 5 days for the Cuban 5, April 17 to 21. Last week Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and actor Danny Glover both agreed to participate in the largest of the public events, "Obama Give me Five" on Friday April 20th at 6:00 pm. The evening of exhibits, speakers and poetry will take place at the Festival Center, located at 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington....
New Delhi, India, was the venue for the fourth BRICS Summit, which convened on March 29. BRICS stands for Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa, which together house 43 percent of the world’s population and are playing a greater role within a world economic system still dominated by the capitalist mode of production and social relations....
A 24-hour general strike, involving more than 80 percent of the workforce on a countrywide level, stopped large sections of the economy in Spain on March 29. The leaders of the two major union confederations that called the strike, the UGT and the CCOO, provided the numbers. ...
As contradictions mount in the global capitalist economy, they are reflected in China. The factional struggle in the Chinese leadership can only be understood as a struggle over which way to go forward and how to contain and resolve the mounting economic and social contradictions arising out of capitalist development....
Honduras Solidarity Event - 3/26/12 @6:00 PM - @International Action Center...
Five Days to Free the Cuban Five begins April 17 and continues through a demonstration on April 21 at the White House. The theme will be “Obama, give me Five,” referring to the five Cubans held in the U.S. against their will....
While the stock markets in the United States and Europe have recovered — a bit — and the Greek workers have not had a general strike and massive protests for a few weeks, the struggle is far from over....
Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González and Rene González, known as the Cuban Five, have been unjustly held in U.S. prisons since 1998....
Mar 18, 2012
AFRICA ROUNDUP
As the United States and the European Union escalate their military and economic roles on the African continent, mounting political crises have resulted in much social unrest. From Libya and Kenya to Nigeria and Somalia, internal turmoil, labor unrest and mass resistance illustrate the interconnectedness of events throughout the international scene....
International Women’s Day, commemorated on March 8, was founded in 1910 by European socialist women, to demonstrate solidarity with women worldwide. The special day honors struggles against inequality, oppression and war....
The blood-curdling action of a U.S. sergeant who stormed into the homes of Afghan civilians and blew away 16 people, including children, is not an isolated one as the Pentagon war makers are projecting. Even President Barack Obama’s “apology” cannot hide the fact that maintaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan is the broader crime....
On March 2, the so-called U.N. Panel of Experts from the Human Rights Council issued a 200-page report on Libya, saying in essence that war crimes were committed by both the government led by Col. Moammar Gadhafi and the National Transitional Council forces that were put in power by the imperialist states. The report stated that Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 were justified and legitimate and that the Gadhafi administration deserved to be overthrown by the Western states and their allies....
The tornado season in the United States started early this year — a whole season early. Winter’s grip was still on the land when deadly twisters in the Midwest and South disintegrated homes and flung people and animals around like rag dolls. Like everything else about the weather these days, that broke all kinds of records....
Poet, essayist, editor, teacher, radio host, political activist and union organizer, Louis Reyes Rivera willingly served as a bridge between African- and Latino/a-American communities. No wonder his unexpected death on March 2 in Brooklyn, N.Y., initiated a crescendo of accolades and reminiscences from those communities as well as many cultural and activist groups....
With President Barack Obama set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 4, the Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Affairs Magazine, two imperialist think tanks where U.S. strategists express their opinions and analysis, scheduled a “debate” on March 1 in New York City. The question to debate was, is it “Time to Attack Iran?”...
Without getting publicity in the United States, a struggle opposing U.S. corporate interests is brewing in Central America. An Indigenous woman, Cacica [Chief] Silvia Carrera is leading this struggle. ...
Syrian insurgents are being trained by personnel of the NATO-backed National Transitional Council in Libya, as Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has complained on March 7 before the UN Security Council. In addition, NATO member States are actively intervening in the Syrian civil war. There is much evidence of direct and even military support to armed opposition groups by U.S., France and British forces, even if the intervening powers have taken every effort to leave no obvious traces....
No longer can soothing words from the White House, the State Department or the Pentagon cover up the intolerable brutality of the U.S.-NATO war of occupation in Afghanistan. ...
Voice your opposition to this phony debate on whether military attack or sanctions and sabotage should be used to attack Iran. Both sides of this debate are promoting war with Iran and the death and destruction of yet another country in the Middle East. The only debate is what weapons to use....
Workers in some factories and students in the universities in Egypt held strikes on Feb. 11, one year after the revolution that forced President Hosni Mubarak out of office and shook the world. A week earlier massive protests held the Egyptian regime and the police responsible for the deaths of more than 70 people at a soccer match....
Update: On Feb. 21 the Guardian (Britain) reported that Adnan had agreed to end his hunger strike in exchange for his release from detention on April 17....
A fire that began late in the evening on Feb. 14 burned 382 prisoners to death at the Comayagua Prison Farm in Honduras. Some clutched the bars of their cells while others drowned in the water tanks in an attempt to escape the flames. According to Berta Oliva of the prisoner relative organization Cofadeh (Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras), some were shot to death before they burned. ...
Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for 63 days – one day for each year of the occupation of Palestine; one day, one year, of steadfastness, resilience, resistance, and dignity in the face of occupation and oppression. His courage and commitment must inspire us all to act to amplify his message, support his action, demand his freedom – and the freedom of Palestine....
Since the U.S.-NATO-engineered war began against Libya last March 19, a new push has begun to recolonize Africa through the machinations of various intelligence agencies, special forces and surrogate militias armed and trained by the imperialists. Regional insecurity has grown rapidly....
In March 2003, Dr. Siddiqui was kidnapped with her three young children in Karachi, Pakistan, and held in secret detention by U.S. forces at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan for five years....
On Jan. 19, a request for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles from the United States was filed in the Panamanian courts, according to LaEstrella.com. Posada and four co-conspirators were convicted of the attempted assassination of the then-Cuban president, Fidel Castro, at the 2000 Ibero-American Summit in Panama. Their plot to bomb the crowded university venue with 200 pounds of explosives was thwarted, saving many lives....
For the big-business media like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and CNN television, the big news from Greece involves what is going to happen to Greek bonds, the euro, the European economy and the world economy. For these media and their owners, the hundreds of billions, even trillions of dollars at stake explain this emphasis....
strong>The struggle for Syria isn't just about Syria--it's the struggle for a free, democratic Middle East versus one that lives under the yoke of American and Israeli hegemony....
When the New York Times publishes an op-ed piece stating that Honduras is “descending deeper into a human rights and security abyss” and adds that this is “in good part the State Department’s making,” something is changing. (Jan. 26)...
A series of attacks have been launched against the U.S.- and NATO-installed National Transitional Council in Libya. The most significant events occurred on Jan. 23 when local forces still loyal to the former government of slain leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi retook the city of Bani Walid, located 120 miles southeast of Tripoli....
Judge Carvès Jean, basing his decision on the recommendation of Haiti’s state prosecutor, told the media on Jan. 30 that he had dropped all murder, torture and other charges against Jean-Claude Duvalier. The former Haitian dictator, who has had the support of both U.S. and French imperialism, will face only corruption charges....
We are in very dangerous times, and we have to do everything we can to prevent another war—this time against Iran.  Almost every day we hear about new sanctions, new threats, new promises that “all options are on the table.” It seems like the general public is complacent about this and do not  understand the severe consequences –possibly World War III....
Anti-war organizations from across the United States and 6 other countries came together on Saturday, Feb. 4, to protest the rising crescendo of threats against Iran. In more than 30 states and 80 cities, large and small, groups joined forces to raise four key demands. "No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations!" was the slogan on the lead banner of the New York demonstration, which was sponsored by an ad hoc committee of several groups. Many placards and hand-made signs also pointed to Wall Street and the banks as the real danger, not Iran. The corporate media have been reporting for weeks that the Israeli regime is weighing an attack on Iran aimed at dismantling its nuclear program. Yet even former U.S. intelligence officers point out that Iran's nuclear development is entirely peaceful; it is not building any nuclear weapons. (See "Divining the Truth About Iran" by Ray McGovern, published by commondreams.org.) Yet totally unsubstantiated claims to the contrary form the basis on which Israel, which itself has a large nuclear arsenal and has been armed and financed by the U.S., is now publicly claiming its right to launch a military attack on Iran....
As January ended, so did several meetings where representatives of the global 1% gather to decide the fate of hundreds of millions — the 99%....
The Feb. 4 actions are aimed to condemn US, it's EU allies and Israel’s war threats, covert and overt operations, sanctions, assassinations and media propaganda of repeated lies. This in short constitutes the current policies of the hegemonic powers, headed by US government, against the peace-loving people of Iran....
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Long-time Tunisian ruler President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled his country on Jan 14, 2011, for the monarchy of Saudi Arabia, where he has been granted political refuge. The uprising that began in Tunisia 14 months ago was the first in a series of events that have reshaped the debate and struggle in much of Africa and the Middle East....
It was more than 10 years ago — Oct. 7, 2001, to be precise — that the Bush administration first sent troops to Afghanistan, in what it called Operation Enduring Freedom. The name was cooked up by whoever in the Pentagon comes up with such euphemisms. The only thing that has endured is war, brutal and destructive....
During mid-January, the number of deaths and injuries in Somalia escalated as foreign military forces accelerated their campaign to destroy the al-Shabab Islamic resistance movement and subdue areas of the country under its control....
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In his speech assuming the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma criticized the U.N. for its stance that led to the eight-month war against Libya....
A broad spectrum of U.S.-based anti-imperialist and anti-war organizations agreed on a Jan. 17 conference call to hold coordinated protests across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4. The demands will be: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.” The ad-hoc group that took part in the call decided that although there are only two weeks to organize, it will invite anti-war forces around the world to join in, if possible, so that this emergency action could develop into a global day of action....
Feb 11th, 2011, the whole world witnessed millions of Egyptian protesters marching in the streets of Egypt and protesting in Tahrir Square, demanding their basic human rights: dignity, freedom, and social justice. After decades of patience and suffering, Egyptians finally spoke out loudly and peacefully demanding the fall of a police-based authoritarian regime, the end of Mubarak’s dictatorship, and the establishment of a civilian, democratic state. Under the maximal pressure exerted by Egyptians, Mubarak was toppled. The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) took charge in leading the country through the transitional stage. At that time, SCAF members and military personnel were regarded as heroes...
A broad spectrum of U.S.-based anti-imperialist and anti-war organizations, including the IAC, agreed on a Jan. 17 conference call to hold coordinated protests across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4. The demands will be: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.”...
The following statement was issued by Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general and co-founder and representative of the International Action Center:...
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to four countries in Latin America and the Caribbean highlights the commitment of the members of the Bolivarian Alliance of Our America (ALBA) to defy U.S. threats and act as sovereign, independent nations....
There is growing apprehension that through miscalculation, deliberate provocation or a staged false flag operation, a U.S. war with Iran is imminent. The dangerous combination of top U.S. officials’ public threats, the Pentagon’s massive military deployment, continued drone flights and industrial sabotage against Iran provides an ominous warning. The corporate media have been more than willing to cheer industrial sabotage, computer viruses and targeted assassinations. War maneuvers with Israel scheduled for mid-January were suddenly postponed Jan. 15 until May or later....
We believe that the message of the postcard will be an attractive one for US audiences and will be stronger if the same message gets multiplied all over the world. We will make the PDF available for you to print them locally....
In Their quest for Dignity, Freedom, Justice, and Democracy, Egyptian & Egyptian Solidarity Groups are calling upon people from all nations, races, colors, and religions as well as human rights and peace groups and organizations to join Egyptians abroad in their rallies to support the Egyptian revolution....
Another Iranian Scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, has been assassinated in Iran by a car bomb.  This is the fifth Iranian scientist targeted by assassins working in Iran in two years. Four attacks succeeded. This is a deadly escalation of the covert criminal activities conducted by the U.S., Israel and their terrorists and domestic spies in Iran against the government and people of Iran. ...
As 2012 began, Washington’s actions and threats gave substance to U.S. imperialism’s long-standing war plans against Iran. The actions included sanctions aimed at breaking Iran’s economy, warship deployments off Iran’s shores and plans for joint war exercises with Israel....
In their quest for dignity, Freedom, Justice, and Democracy, Egyptian Americans & Egyptian Solidarity Groups are calling upon people from all nations, races, colors, and religions as well as human rights and peace groups and organizations to join Egyptians abroad in their rallies to support the Egyptian revolution....
Some 10,000 women of all classes and walks of life took to the streets of Cairo on Dec. 20 to protest the military’s misogynistic, violent assaults on Egyptian women. Many demanded that the military step down immediately....
The Wikileaks website released cables showing that plans for the Kenyan military invasion of southern Somalia had been mapped out for nearly two years and refuting claims that the intervention was done without Washington’s knowledge. They showed that high-level meetings had taken place in early 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which laid the ground work for renewed attempts to eliminate the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance movement that controls large sections of the Horn of Africa nation....
International Longshore and Warehouse Union rank-and-file members and the Occupy movements in Longview, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles and other West Coast cities are organizing to blockade a grain ship arriving in Longview sometime in January. This ship is supposed to be loaded by a non-ILWU crew with cargo from the new EGT export terminal. The date won’t be known until three to four days in advance....
Next spring, international military, financial, and political leaders who serve the 1% at home and abroad will meet in Chicago to discuss their economic and military strategies for the planet for the coming period....
As Washington was announcing the end of its occupation, Iraqis burned U.S. flags, brandished banners and thronged the streets of Falluja to celebrate the U.S. troops’ withdrawal from the former resistance stronghold and site of some of the Iraq War’s fiercest battles....
More than 7,000 Haitians have died and over 500,000 have been sickened from the cholera the United Nations introduced to Haiti a little over a year ago. Haiti has the highest rate and greatest severity of cholera of any country in the world....
In 2012 the International Action Center will commemorate its 20th anniversary. What a celebration! We are full of enthusiasm and determination for the period ahead. Twenty years of resistance to endless wars and now a new surge of hope! How true the famous observation on change: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” The whole world has turned. A new spirit of struggle and resistance has finally come to the U.S. Youth are in the streets. The International Action Center is in the midst of the new Occupy movement from coast to coast. The unsolvable global capitalist crisis has pushed millions of youth who feel they have no future into open struggle and awareness of the super-rich 1% whose profits are based on war, massive government bailouts, cutbacks in all social programs, and a national plague of foreclosures....
As it enters its twentieth year, the International Action Center can count a long list of major and increasing initiatives and contributions it has made in the struggle against militarism, authoritarianism, and economic exploitation at home and abroad....
A very important conference on climate change took place in Durban, South Africa, during early December. COP 17 was sponsored by the United Nations and was billed as an event that would bring all states and regions together to hammer out a new agreement for limiting the rapid pace of global warming, which many cite as the cause of the escalating problems of natural disasters, droughts and mounting food deficits....
African-American lesbian activist, poet and writer Audre Lorde wrote that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” Published in 1984, her statement is a perfect response to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Dec. 6 announcement that the U.S. will supposedly be championing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world. Clinton gave her outrageously hypocritical remarks at an event recognizing International Human Rights Day in Geneva, Switzerland....
Today, Occupy activists from Vancouver, Canada, to San Diego, Calif., disrupted and shut down West Coast ports in solidarity with port workers. Specifically, they embraced the port truckers’ struggle for union recognition and efforts by the International Longshore Workers Union to fight union-busting in Longview, Wash. They were also responding to federally coordinated attacks on the Occupy movement across the country. Once again, the largest protests were in Oakland, Calif. Despite continuous and well-publicized attempts by Oakland city officials and the Port of Oakland to discredit the port shutdown campaign, the all-day protest was massive. It started at 5 a.m. at the West Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit station, in the shadow of the Port of Oakland....
While the military government now says the turnout at the polls was 52 percent, lower than its earlier figure of 70 percent, many voters waited in line for hours to participate in the first of three elections for parliament. They saw the vote as a right won by the revolutionary movement....
The U.S.-NATO forces, using the United Nations and the Arab League as a cover, are positioning themselves for a military intervention in Syria. At the same time, they have upped their economic war on the government led by Bashir al-Assad....
More than 2 million workers walked out for 24 hours on Nov. 30 in England, Scotland and Wales in an action the union leadership called the largest in at least 30 years. Some say it was the biggest since the 1926 general strike. The strikers closed two-thirds of the schools, picked up no garbage, forced the postponement of 6,000 nonessential operations in the hospitals and did this defying weeks of anti-strike propaganda....
It is more than four years since the housing bubble burst and the world capitalist economic crisis came down upon the heads of the working class and the oppressed in August 2007. Despite all the talk of economic recovery, the plague of unemployment, underemployment, rising poverty, lower wages and general insecurity is still growing....
Every year the International Action Center sends out a full report of the past year of struggle and solidarity actions to our many supporters....
The Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War is serious about getting George W. Bush and Tony L. Blair arrested and prosecuted, after the milestone verdict of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, where they were found guilty of Crimes against Peace, Crimes against Humanity and War crimes on 22 November 2011.&...
On Tuesday 29 November 2011, the 1st anniversary of martyrdom of the Iranian scientist and university professor, Majid Shahriari, who was assassinated by terrorists backed by the governments of Israel, US and UK, hundreds of Iranian youth lead by representatives of several organizations of university students hold a demonstration in front of the UK embassy in Tehran to demand closure of that embassy and to end relations of the government of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) with the government of UK,

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The 7th International Colloquium for the freedom of the Cuban Five concluded in this eastern Cuban city on Nov. 19. Representatives from international committees that have mobilized parliaments, unions, Nobel laureates and millions over the past 13 years of unjust U.S. incarceration of these five heroic Cuban men planned the next phase in a week of events....
More than 3 million workers in Portugal walked off the job on Nov. 24 to protest austerity measures and the takeover of their country’s economy by the “Troika” — the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This has been done with the collusion of the big Portuguese capitalists and their political parties....
Dec. 17 marks the anniversary of a year of uprisings, strikes, government resignations and regime change on the African continent. A resource-rich and strategically located geopolitical region, Africa has experienced numerous mass demonstrations, general strikes, rebellions and full-scale military assaults as part of a heightening global class struggle for control of the continent’s economic and political future....
Record numbers of Egyptian voters of all ages and classes, women and men, cast ballots for a new parliament Nov. 28 and 29. Some waited in line for hours to vote in the first election of its kind in 50 years....
“A social movement strong enough to force change.” That statement could describe the Occupy Wall Street movement, but it refers to the struggle of Mexican electrical workers and Mexican miners in Cananea, Sonora. Leaders from these struggles will open the 8th U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference on Dec. 2 in Tijuana, Mexico....
The Western-orchestrated military effort to defeat the Islamic resistance group Al-Shabaab in Somalia is bogged down, despite the deployment of the most modern weapons against this people’s movement....
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The masses have opened a new chapter in the Egyptian revolution. They have stood strong in Tahrir Square for nearly four days against bullets and gas demanding that the military regime, which succeeded President Hosni Mubarak last Feb. 12, step down....
The International Atomic Energy Agency made public the names of Iranian nuclear scientists in a new report released this week. Publishing their names makes these scientists targets for assassination....
Under the cover of a bogus report by a United Nations agency, the U.S. and its allies are laying the groundwork for a military attack on Iran. In order to counter this danger to humanity, the International Action Center would like to expose the perfidious role of the agency in question, the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA is supposed to be a neutral investigator of nuclear development around the world. Instead, it has turned into a tool for imperialist aggression....
In order to give an idea of the potential of the USSR in its efforts to maintain parity with the United States in this sphere, we only need to point out that when its disintegration occurred in 1991, in Byelorussia there were 81 nuclear warheads, in Kazakhstan 1400 and in the Ukraine approximately 5000; all these went over to the Russian Federation, the only state capable of sustaining its immense cost, in order to maintain independence....
This Dec. 2, 3 and 4 workers from the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and other Latin American countries will analyze the global capitalist crisis, its effects on workers throughout the hemisphere and with real examples showing how to combat it. Three days of intensive classes and discussion -- Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 , with teachers from Cuba's Lazaro Pena workers' school -- will precede the conference....
An all-out offensive against the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance movement based in Somalia is currently underway in the southern region of this Horn of Africa nation. A combined force of U.S. Predator drones and French naval vessels is targeting four towns in the southern region so that Kenyan military forces on the ground can seize Kismayo, a port city under the control of Al-Shabaab. The city is a major source of trade and serves as the economic lifeline for the resistance movement, which has been labeled by the U.S. as a terrorist organization allied with al-Qaida....
Alfonso Cano, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) was killed in combat on Nov. 4 by the Colombian Army in that country’s southwest region of Cauca. For several hours that day, dozens of helicopters and planes surrounded this rural area, the home of peasant families, and then they started bombing, hitting the place where the FARC leader was....
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From capitalist media pundits to the Occupy Wall Street encampments struggling to hold public space in countless cities and towns across the U.S., this question is bubbling underneath the daily actions and police repression....
An all-out offensive against the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance movement based in Somalia is currently underway in the southern region of this Horn of Africa nation. A combined force of U.S. Predator drones and French naval vessels is targeting four towns in the southern region so that Kenyan military forces on the ground can seize Kismayo, a port city under the control of Al-Shabaab. The city is a major source of trade and serves as the economic lifeline for the resistance movement, which has been labeled by the U.S. as a terrorist organization allied with al-Qaida....
The brutal lynching of Moammar Gadhafi, the leader of Libya, is the latest criminal act in NATO's seven-month war of regime change and conquest....
In a desperate attempt to cover up its absolute inability to solve the economic and political crisis that has engulfed the world, the U.S. ruling class and the U.S. government have resorted to a tried-and-true method of diverting mass sentiment: war frenzy....
Occupy Boston and the United National Antiwar Committee rocked the city’s business district as 5,000 protesters marched on Oct. 15 with cries of “Whose streets? Our streets!” A contingent from Steelworkers Local 8751 representing Boston school bus drivers led the march from a union sound truck festooned with placards declaring “Wall Street = War Street.” The truck was ringed by a steadfast security contingent from Vets for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade....
It was called as a global Day of Rage that also focused on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. This convergence of events on Oct. 15 put tens of thousands of people in motion here in New York and in other cities across the country, reinforcing their anger at imperialist wars....
News spread around the world on Oct. 20-21 that NATO planes had struck a car caravan leaving Sirte in Libya, wounding Moammar Gadhafi, and that the Libyan leader was captured alive and subsequently killed. The details of his death are sketchy and may be purposely distorted or obscured by his killers. This main fact stands out: It took the intervention of the imperialist air forces — including a U.S. Predator drone and a French warplane — to end the life of this African leader....
Another U.S. military intervention is underway, this time in Central Africa. The Obama administration announced on Oct. 14 that the Pentagon is deploying 100 military advisers and Special Forces troops to four countries: Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo....
These are hard times. There doesn’t appear to be any respite coming soon. The political atmosphere has shifted in response to the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. This crisis, because of how the changes in technology, communication and production have made the world smaller, is global in its impact....
In international financial centers, big cities and small towns, protests swept through Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Canada and the U.S. Demonstrators in the hundreds of thousands protested corporate avarice, growing poverty, joblessness and austerity cutbacks....
ost news published in the corporate media here about the problems in the “eurozone” involve the threat of Greece declaring bankruptcy and this spreading to Portugal and maybe even Spain and Italy....
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, formerly director of the CIA, said at a news conference at NATO headquarters on Oct. 6 that the nearly nine-month-old war against the North African state of Libya would continue until all vestiges of resistance on the part of the people were eliminated....
The federal trial of Paul Bergrin, the strong and courageous attorney who took on the White House and US military for authorizing abuses in Iraq, and who is wrongfully accused of murder, gets more and more outrageous....
The International Women’s Alliance (IWA) supports the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ actions and calls on women’s organizations, networks, and alliances worldwide to join and express their solidarity especially on the Global Day of Action on October 15....
Preliminary recommendations from the September Observer Team’s findings are 1. International Human Rights Organizations increase their attention on Honduras as the electoral process is pursued by the FARP and the land struggle continues in the Aguan Basin of Honduras. 2. That US congress and State Department take concrete and public action to condemn human right violations in Honduras and withhold military/police aid from Honduras while Honduran military and police agents continue to be complicit in forced disappearances, illegal raids, illegal detentions and human rights violations across the country....
A worsening economic crisis; three disastrous wars that have killed millions of people and cost trillions of dollars stolen from essential programs for OIL, OIL, OIL and the U.S. corporate drive for markets, profit and empire – this is why the U.S. government has FALSELY accused the Iranian government of sponsoring a terrorist plot in the United States....
ABRACADABRA is not a play. It is an act of Justice and Life, written mainly by children who share the dream of freedom . A teacher invites her students to walk the road to the essences, through five very true stories of heroism and virtue....
Oct. 15 is a day of nationally coordinated antiwar actions in cities across the U.S., the 10th anniversary of the massively destructive and criminal U.S. war on Afghanistan....
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Despite the Sept. 15 visit to Libya of British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the struggle for control of the oil- producing North African state of Libya is far from complete. Battles for control of Bani Walid and Sirte illustrate that supporters of Muammar Gadhafi’s government still represent a disciplined fighting force against the U.S./NATO fighter jets and military operatives backing the National Transitional Council “rebels.”...
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On Sept. 16, Judge Joan Lenard refused to allow René González, one of the five Cuban heroes unjustly held in U.S. prisons, to return to Cuba and his family when he is released on Oct. 7....
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 2001 U.N. Durban (South Africa) World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. To commemorate the event there will be a high-level United Nations General Assembly meeting on racism in New York City on Sept. 22. ...
On Sept. 5, hundreds of militant protesters — facing off police and tear gas in Port-Salut, Haiti — called for justice and reparations for a Haitian youth who has charged Minustah marines with gang rape. They also called for the U.N. occupation forces to leave their country....
Below is the text of a recent interview John Catalinotto did with Junge Welt about his experience at the World Trade Center 10 years ago and the political consequences of the attack. The jW article is an edited and shorter version of the original comments in English....
U.S. imperialism is once again maneuvering to counter growing world support for the Palestinian struggle. Its primary motive is to protect the interests of U.S. capital in the Middle East, which center around, but are not restricted to, exploitation of the fabulous oil wealth in the area....
People from every sector of the regional New York City progressive movement, including representatives of various religious communities, gathered at City Hall Park near the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11 to show solidarity with the Muslim community. That group has focused over the past month on condemning the racism and bigotry whipped up by the ultra-right, which was holding what turned out to be a small anti-Muslim rally a few blocks to the west....
Palestinians everywhere are mobilizing to remind the world of their right to self-determination. In New York we are marching to the UN because the world’s attention is focused on the vote on Palestine scheduled to take place there....
After nearly seven months of war against the North African state of Libya, the combined forces of NATO and its National Transitional Council “rebel” units are tightening their noose around the areas of the country where armed resistance has prevented the counterrevolution from taking over. Those millions of Libyans who remain loyal to the government and are opposing the efforts to loot the national wealth of this oil-producing nation are being pressured to lay down their arms and surrender....
“Food is a right” is not just a slogan. In 1999 the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights determined that food is actually a human right. But the price of food has doubled worldwide since 2000, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization....
By directing their enormous joint military and economic power against a poorly armed, nonindustrialized country of 6 million people, the imperialist states of North America and Western Europe have imposed a criminal regime on the Libyan people....
We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), condemn in the strongest terms the US, NATO and their puppet forces for their barbaric military campaign against the people in the whole of Libya since several months ago and in Tripoli currently. The combination of escalated NATO air bombardments and ground movement of Libyan puppet forces and NATO special forces against Tripoli since 20 August aims to deliver the final blow on the Gaddafi regime....
Under the most incredibly difficult conditions – including NATO bombing, mercenary landings, Special Forces operations and the destruction of civilian infrastructure – the heroic resistance to imperialist conquest in Libya has continued....
A six-month-old war against the government of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya has reached a new stage as NATO escalated its intervention with air power, naval power, strategy and intelligence to push the Transitional National Council’s armed units into the capital, Tripoli....
The NATO powers of Europe and the U.S. are declaring victory after having pounded the small country of Libya for five brutal months. They are claiming that the “rebel” forces they command, whose road to Tripoli was paved by NATO air strikes that knocked out much of Libya’s civil and military capability, now control the capital....
On August 20, the African community of the world will register our condemnation of and resistance to the wars being made against our people and our freedom everywhere.We will oppose the heinous bombing of Libya and the violent attempt to overthrow that government....
President Barack Obama on Aug. 18 demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down, saying that the Syrian leader’s days are numbered. The governments of Britain, France and Germany joined in this demand. This statement is a blatant imperialist interference in Syria’s internal affairs. More than that, it is an open threat to intervene militarily in another country in that region, just as the U.S. and its European allies have done already in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Somalia, with rockets and bombs. It is a threat against the Syrian people of something like the last five months of slaughter of the Libyan people....
Collective punishment of civilian populations, including denial of water and food, is prohibited under the Geneva Conventions:...
Wednesday's (Aug. 10) first Planning Meeting of the Emergency Mobilization Against Racism, War and Anti-Muslem Bigotry to counter the racist, right-wing forces on Sunday, September 11 was a tremendous step forward. We discussed plans for a Rally, March and Cultural Exhibition....
Extreme right wing racist forces, who last year whipped up an ugly climate of hate against the Islamic Prayer Center at 51 Park Place, have announced new plans for Sunday, September 11 this year at the same location....
Join the International Action Center at the August 13 Millions March in Harlem!...
In the past year the British government has announced and implemented huge cuts in education and social service programs in the face of growing unemployment and poverty. Now Black and working-class youth are responding with direct action and mass rebellion.<...
Extreme right-wing, racist forces, who last year whipped up a climate of hate against the Islamic Prayer Center at 51 Park Place, have announced ugly new plans for this year -- the 10th anniversary of 9/11 -- at the same location near the World Trade Center site. This is a very dangerous threat. Anders Breivik, the racist, right-wing Norwegian responsible for the recent mass murder of 77 mostly young people in Norway, has quoted extensively from the writings of Pamela Geller of Stop Islamization of America and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. These are the two organizations opposing the Islamic Prayer Space at 51 Park Place....
RALLY for UNITY & SOLIDARITY
MANIFESTACIÓN POR LA UNIDAD Y LA SOLIDARIDAD
Sun • SEPT 11, 2011
NY City Hall • 1 pm 
RALLY Broadway & Park Pl.
Dom • 11 de sept • 1 pm
La MANIFESTACIÓN
el lado oeste de la ALCALDÍA
Broadway y Park Pl.
Be there!
Volunteers & Activists needed...
For 18 days the people of Egypt gathered in the streets in the millions and brought down the 30-year reign of U.S. client Hosni Mubarak. This January 25 Revolution, named for its first day of protest, was led by youth and students....
June 18 — The Egyptian Socialist Party was founded here today before a packed auditorium of more than 400 Egyptians and international guests. What made such an assembly possible was the enormous mass revolution of last Jan. 25 that removed the U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak and made the name “Tahrir Square” an inspiration for popular revolt worldwide....
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More than 85 percent of Egypt’s poor live in rural areas. Like all Egyptians, they are participating in the protests held throughout the country, and are expecting that a new Egyptian government will meet their urgent needs....
In addition to the mass protests in Egypt, another arena for demanding rights and fighting corruption has been Egypt’s independent trade union movement. This movement expressed its solidarity with the demonstrators, and added its clout to the struggle to bring down Hosni Mubarak five months ago....
Thousands of angry Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo and Alexandria at the end of June, battling the Central Security forces for hours before successfully pushing the riot police back. These were the most intense clashes in five months, since Egypt’s 18-day revolution in January that ousted U.S.-client Hosni Mubarak....
The desperate situation of the Haitian people has given rise to political tensions in the country’s Parliament and anger among the people against the U.S.-backed regime. The only effective aid for combating the cholera epidemic has come from socialist Cuba....
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The destructive bombing attacks on Libya by the Pentagon and NATO are highly unpopular in the United States, although you wouldn’t know it from corporate media coverage....
The International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) denounces former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sexual assault on female migrant worker Nafissatou Diallo, as well as the case’s subsequent handling by US prosecutors and the Western media, as not only an attack on her person but on women and migrants as well....
The scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World won’t make the giant media monopolies any less mouthpieces for the billionaire ruling class....
For almost five months, the combined military forces of the United States and NATO have pounded Libyan cities, towns, villages and ports in an effort to overthrow the government of Moammar Gadhafi....
The International Women’s Assembly successfully held its First General Assembly on July 5 and 6 in Quezon City, Philippines, under the theme “Advance the Global Anti-imperialist Women’s Movement! Strengthen the International Women’s Alliance!”...
On July 22 a bomb attack on central Oslo and a massacre at an island Labor Party summer camp killed 76 people, most of them youths. It was the worst such tragedy in that country of 4.8 million people since World War II....
NATO planes bombed Libya’s capital city of Tripoli on July 17 for more than two hours. From 60 to 75 ordinances hit targets in the Tajura and Seraj suburbs....
If you went to a shopping center, a street corner or a graduate school of a top university in the U.S. and conducted a pop quiz asking who are the kings or crown princes of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain; the emir of Kuwait, Qatar or Dubai; and the sultan of Oman, most people would not be able to name any of them....
Hear former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, recently returned from leading a delegation to Libya during the U.S. bombing and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Akbar Muhammad & other leading opponents of the U.S. war on Libya along with VIDEO footage. ...
Facundo Cabral, the well-known Argentinean songwriter, died July 9, the victim of a horrendous shooting in Guatemala on his way to the airport. He was 74 years old and had just finished a concert in that country’s capital before heading to Nicaragua where he was planning to end his concert tour. He was suffering from cancer and was about to go for treatment....
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Hear former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, who recently returned from leading a delegation to Libya in opposition to the U.S. criminal destruction of Libya. ...
The hotel housekeeper who accused then-head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her is fighting back after a media barrage meant to defame her character and undermine her credibility. This brave woman has filed a libel suit against the New York Post for a series of articles in which the paper, in vulgar and demeaning terms, openly claimed she was a prostitute....
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One thing is clear: whether in Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, or Venezuela, bombing people and saber rattling certainly don't win us any friends....
As the U.S./NATO war against the North African state of Libya entered its fourth month, the House of Representatives voted on June 24 to withhold authorization for the bombing campaign. In a resolution to support the war, members of Congress turned down the Obama administration’s military strategy by a vote of 295 against and 123 in favor....
Quemada (BURN): In the Nineteenth Century, the cynical and pragmatic British agent William Walker (Marlon Brando) arrives in Queimada, a Portuguese colony in the Antilles, to promote a revolution to benefit the sugar trade with England. He sees in the water/luggage bearer, José Dolores, the necessary potential to become the leader of the slave revolt. Dolores succeeds in expelling the Portuguese troops from the island; but then the provisional government of President Teddy Sanchez assumes power over Quemada with the support of the British government. Ten years later William Walker is hired again, but now by the Royal Company that is exploiting the sugar cane plantations and the Queimada government to chase José Dolores who is disturbing the sugar cane interests of England with his army of rebels. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
At first glance it would seem that Athens, Ohio, and Athens, Greece, are worlds apart. Not only does language separate them, but more than 5,100 miles of land and ocean stand between them. The only thing they seem to have in common is a name....
Two NATO airstrikes on June 19 and 20 exposed even further the criminal nature of the imperialist war against the North African state of Libya. On June 19 NATO forces struck a civilian residential area in Tripoli, the capital, killing nine people in a household, including two children....
South African President Jacob Zuma paid a state visit to Libya on May 30 that proved to be a fruitless effort to bring about a ceasefire in the war launched by Western-backed rebels and NATO forces, which have intensified their bombing of the capital of Tripoli and other areas of the country. Zuma was acting on behalf of the African Union, which held an extraordinary meeting on May 25 aimed at bringing an end to the war against Libya....
fter nearly three months of U.S./NATO bombing operations over Libya, the North African state has remained defiant in the face of one of the most intense military operations in recent months by the imperialist countries of North America and Western Europe. Official NATO sources say that more than 10,000 sorties have been flown over the oil-rich nation resulting in large-scale destruction of the country’s infrastructure and the reported deaths of 10,000 to 15,000 people....
On direct orders from the Italian government, headed by Silvio Berlusconi (who himself faces many investigations), three Libyans were arrested in Perugia, including Ahusain Nouri, president of the League of Libyan students in Italy...
Over the last few years, as the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel (BDS) has gathered steam in the U.S. and throughout the world, the apartheid state of Israel has turned to various tactics in an attempt to counter the growing solidarity with the Palestinian people. One such strategy is to portray Israel as the only place in the Middle East that is friendly to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people....
Greece’s left-wing labor confederation PAME held the third general strike of 2011 on June 15, protesting the government’s newest plans to cut another 6.4 billion euros from the already existing austerity budget. PAME, which marched in 67 cities, represents about half the organized workers and has led the workers’ struggle against the Troika....
The International Action Center - IACenter.org urges full support for 2 events to oppose US/NATO War on Libya on Saturday & Monday...
Congressional opposition to the president regarding the authorization of U.S. military attacks against Libya has opened up a path for a more popular participation in the struggle to end U.S. aggression in North Africa. An IAC petition opened a light on this issue: violation of the War Powers Act. The mass unhappiness with the war on Libya -- 70 percent of the population opposing that war in polls -- is reflected in the act of Congress challenging the administration, whatever the motivation of the individuals. This mass displeasure is also reflected in the actions of political figures like Cynthia McKinney in traveling to Libya to bring back the truth....
Plaintiffs Dennis Kucinich, Walter B. Jones, John Conyers, Jr., Roscoe Bartlett, Michael E. Capuano, Dan Burton, Howard Coble, John J. Duncan, Jr., Timothy V. Johnson, and Ron Paul (hereinafter “the Plaintiffs”), all members of Congress, bring this Complaint in their official capacities and as taxpayers and allege as follows:...
he U.S. has now intervened militarily in Libya for almost 90 days. As we wrote last month (see petition), this is a violation of the War Powers Act. For the first time, the Congress has challenged the president regarding the War Powers Act. First the House voted to raise the question with President Barack Obama at the 60-day limit since the March 19 initial bombing raids. Then Republican Rep. John Boehner sent a message warning President Obama that he would have to justify the intervention....
A historic vote on the application of the 1973 War Powers Resolution has upheld the Obama administration’s continuation of large-scale bombings aimed at overthrowing the government of Libya....
Some 80,000 people marched down the streets to Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on June 5 on the 12th straight day of protests emulating the uprising of youth in Spain. In Greece organized struggles over the past 18 months have also included general strikes led by the PAME labor confederation....
Before dawn broke June 5, as the news spread that Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh had left for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, fireworks filled the sky. As one Yemeni blogger put it, the party started at 6 a.m. To celebrate, people sacrificed cows and goats in “Change Square,” the site of the large encampment that had been peacefully pressuring Saleh to leave for the last four months....
This new book provides the bankground and analysis key to understanding today’s fast-breaking Middle East events....
Without presenting a shred of reliable evidence, NATO and International Criminal Court conspirators are charging the Libyan government with conspiracy to rape -- not only rape as the "collateral damage" of war, but rape as a political weapon....
It is now 1:10 in the afternoon and as the daily life in Tripoli unfolds that includes teachers, staff, and children at school, shopkeepers working in their businesses, streetsweepers sweeping the streets, people moving to and fro in the cars, on bicycles, and on foot, Tripoli has thus far since around 11:00 up to now, received at least 29 bombs....
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ declared on March 25, 2011 – that there are 3 repressive regimes in the Middle East that must be condemned – Syria, Libya and Iran. Why is the U.S. targeting these particular countries?...
Speaking on Libyan TV May 21, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney condemned the brutal war against the government and the people of that country. McKinney, an African American and a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy in Africa and the Middle East, traveled to Libya as part of a fact-finding mission to expose the criminal nature of the war....
Founded in 1945 at the end of World War II, NATO was founded by the United States in response to the Soviet Union’s survival as a communist state. NATO was the U.S. insurance policy that capitalist ownership and domination of European, Asian and African economies would continue....
Hundreds of thousands of people, predominantly youth, took to the streets throughout Yemen on May 28 to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave. Earlier, there had been heavy fighting between government forces and tribally based militias, joined by dissident factions of the army. (Miami Herald, May 28)...
May 30 — Demonstrations and occupations against the capitalist crisis, austerity and mass unemployment continued into their third week across Spain, sending ripples across the rest of the continent as other young people and workers organized protests and encampments in solidarity with the revolt that ignited on May 15. It’s now called 15-M....
NATO has announced it will continue the criminal bombing of Libya for another 90 days. The U.S. Congress has postponed any vote on President Obama’s obvious violation of the War Powers Act. In the face of this, Cynthia McKinney has returned to Libya with a fact finding delegation to meet with Libyans under attack by NATO’s bombs. She plans to bring back to the U.S. documented evidence of NATO war crimes....
Manuel Zelaya is going home. After nearly two years in forced exile, after two years of protests and marches, after strikes in the streets of Honduras, after the martyrdom of hundreds of members of a huge nationwide resistance, Hondurans have won the right to bring back “Mel,” their “Máximo Líder,” the elected General Coordinator of the Front for the National Popular Resistance of Honduras (FNRP)....
As the Japanese economy reels from the combined effects of the recent tsunami and human-made nuclear disaster, Japanese workers are facing increased repression as they attempt to fight back against the economic effects of the calamity and expose the nuclear industry for the danger it poses....
President Barack Obama delivered a foreign policy address related to developments in the Middle East on May 19. The speech — which avoided addressing the uprisings throughout North Africa, the Palestinian question and the U.S./NATO war against Libya — created even more hostility toward his administration domestically and internationally....
Drawing inspiration from the fighting spirit and determination of Tahrir Square and the peoples of Egypt, Tunisia and the Middle East, the peoples of Spain took the struggle against capitalist austerity, mass unemployment and the conditions of the economic crisis to a new level this past week....
Thousands of Palestinian refugees from Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza surged across fenced off borders and into Israel on May 15, asserting their right to return home. The unarmed protesters were fired upon by Israeli soldiers, killing 16 and wounding hundreds....
On May 19 the war against Libya will reach its 60-day mark. On that date this criminal war will be in explicit violation of the War Powers Act. The War Powers Act is a U.S. law that grew out of the struggle against the war in Vietnam. It requires a president involved in a military conflict lasting longer than 60 days to come before Congress for authorization to continue the war. Knowing that this war is immoral, illegal and based on lies, the Obama administration has refused to address the reasons behind initiating yet another war after years of death and destruction in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. In the past 57 days of a war that was promoted as a "humanitarian intervention" to enforce a "no-fly zone," the U.S. and NATO have conducted more than 2,500 bombing missions. ...
People in the U.S. and around the world have broad sympathy for the popular demonstrations taking place in the Middle East. All the uprisings, however, are not necessarily the same....
Playwright Tony Kushner has done some good work. His most famous plays, the “Angels in America” cycle, were some of the first mainstream dramas to draw attention to how the AIDS crisis was devastating the gay community in this country. His musical “Caroline, or Change,” which I saw in 2004 during its all-too-brief Broadway run, is an honest, tough-minded yet tender treatment of race, racism, and Black-Jewish relations in the 1960s South....
President Barack Obama has praised the targeted assassination of Osama bin Laden as a turning point and “one of the greatest military and intelligence operations in U.S. history.”...
Thousands of Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank cheered the news that the occupied Palestinian territories had taken a major step toward reconciliation. On April 27 the movements of Hamas and Fatah announced an agreement to unite. In a move that seems to have stunned the Western imperialist diplomatic world, the two groups agreed to create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year....
NATO airstrikes carried out April 30 against the home of the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi killed three of Gadhafi’s grandchildren as well as his youngest son, Saif al-Arab Gadhafi. The attacks took place amid a dramatic escalation in fighting between Libyan government forces and the Western-backed rebels in various parts of the North African state....
Despite what is being reported, the invasion of Libya has already begun. Units operating on Libyan territory for a long time have prepared the war and are carrying out the assault: they are the powerful oil companies and U.S. and European investment banks....
When U.S. imperialism engages in an attack on any government or movement, it is essential that the workers’ and progressive political movements for change gather as much information as is available and take a stand....
Very little is known about the top-secret U.S. operation that executed Osama bin Laden, except what President Barack Obama chose to announce: that U.S. secret forces found bin Laden, killed him May 1 and disposed of his body at sea on May 2....
U.S., British and French imperialism have escalated their military intervention in Libya beyond the criminal bombardment of Libya, begun on March 19. The one dominant imperialist power and the two former colonial rulers of the world jointly stated their intentions in a open letter published on April 15 in the Washington Post and other media. U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote that their goal was to remove Moammar Gadhafi, the leader of Libya. for good. That’s what they call “regime change.” This is even in violation of the resolution rammed through the UN Security Council. It is international lawlessness on a grand scale....
Libya has the highest living standard in Africa. The "United Nations Development Program (UNDP) confirms that the country has excellent prospects for achieving United Nations development goals by 2015. NATO's war will have already dashed those hopes. A collapse like the one in Iraq now threatens the country.

There has been little reaching the European public in the past few years about Libya, whose relationship with the West had normalized. European leaders met with their Libyan counterpart Muammar al-Gadhafi often and business flourished. In the course of preparation for war, the country was suddenly transformed into the most evil dictatorship. Even many war opponents accepted this characterization as their own and now want to overthrow the "tyrant."...

The wave of confrontation churning though the Arab world came late to Morocco.

It was only on February 20 that the first demonstrations against the regime took place. Announced in advance, they attracted some 8,000 people in Casablanca and Rabat. Police dispersed them with brutal force....
The objective of the war against Libya is not just its oil reserves (now estimated at 60 billion barrels), which are the greatest in Africa and whose extraction costs are among the lowest in the world, nor the natural gas reserves of which are estimated at about 1,500 billion cubic meters. In the crosshairs of "willing" of the operation “Unified Protector” there are sovereign wealth funds, capital that the Libyan state has invested abroad....
The U.S./NATO war against Libya’s people and government reveals every day that there is no such thing as a humanitarian war carried out by imperialist states against post-colonial countries....
Beloved around the world to this day, Fidel stated in 1961: “This is what they cannot forgive us ... that we have made a Socialist Revolution right under the nose of the United States. ... Comrades, workers and farmers, this is the Socialist and democratic Revolution of the people, by the people and for the people. And for this Revolution ... we are willing to give our lives.”...
The antiwar movement is back on the streets. Thousands marched on April 9 in New York and April 10 in San Francisco. These demonstrations represented an important step forward for the United National Antiwar Committee and the antiwar movement as a whole. The new antiwar movement needs to oppose the US foreign wars but also defend the domestic victims of the "war on terror," the Muslims who are being attacked. It must connect the dots between the money spent on war and the attacks on unions and cuts to education and needed programs. This is what these demonstrations on April 9 and 10 did....
Manik Mukherjee, General Secretary, International Anti-imperilist and People’s Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC) has issued the following statement on the imperialist attack on Libya :...
Israel has been rewarded by the U.S. imperialist government for its latest assault on the besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza, which began on April 7 at the same time as the federal budget showdown in Washington....
Already bogged down in a bitter war of occupation, the U.S. has found itself facing renewed outrage by Afghans who are protesting both the U.S. and its NATO allies. Otherwise “pacified” cities have joined with guerrilla forces operating mainly in the countryside to demand that U.S. and NATO forces leave immediately....
The U.S. government’s façade that it is a champion of democracy and respectful of other countries’ sovereignty has once again been torn away by Washington’s recent treatment of two distinct governments in two Latin American countries: Colombia and Ecuador....
U.S., U.N. and NATO military forces have intensified the implementation of policies aimed at total economic domination and regime change for states that resist interference in their internal affairs. As Africa becomes more of a major source for exploiting oil, strategic minerals and agricultural commodities, the continent will be under increasing pressure from Western capitalist countries....
Three thousand activists demonstrated against U.S. wars abroad on April 10 in San Francisco. Protesters rallied in Dolores Park in the city’s Mission district both before and after a march through the community. The United National Antiwar Committee sponsored the actions. Those who attended were buoyed by what they described as “the renewal of the anti-war movement....
Thousands of people from virtually all sectors of U.S. workers, the oppressed and youths gathered in Union Square in New York City April 9 and marched, shouted and drummed their anti-war slogans for two miles to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan. As this largest anti-war march in New York in years stretched for 20 blocks down Broadway, it passed by thousands of New Yorkers busy shopping, who smiled, cheered and waved at what can only be described as the new face of a vibrant movement to confront the war-makers....
Carter, invited by Cuban President Raul Castro, on behalf of The Carter Center, is the first US President in 50 years to set foot on Cuban soil. He ended his three-day trip on March 30th by also calling to remove Cuba from the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, to lift the US blockade now having been imposed on Cuba for half a century, and to remove all restrictions imposed on its citizens regarding travel to Cuba....
The new war in Libya has given rise to a new movement, as the largest anti-war demonstration New York has seen in years took to the streets of Manhattan....
WE are the vast majority of humanity who want peace, a healthy planet and a society that prioritizes human needs, democracy and civil liberties for all....
Poor and working people in Japan, the U.S. and around the world are the ones paying for these nuclear plants, paying the costs of disaster and also guaranteeing the profits of the relatively small handful of people who own them. The workers at the plant, the community around them and the people in general should be the ones to make the decisions to shut down plants at immediate risk and demand protection from GE and other nuclear power giants, as well as accountability and reparations for the damages these corporations have already caused....
The New York Times, the Washington Post and other corporate news sources are now openly admitting that the opposition forces fighting the Libyan government are supported and coordinated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Britain’s MI6 with in-country special forces....
Now is a good time to watch, either again or for the first time, the powerful 1981 film “Lion of the Desert.” It tells the story of Omar Mukhtar, a legendary leader of the armed resistance to Italy’s colonial conquest of Libya....
he Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has drawn an important conclusion from the unprovoked bombing of Libya by U.S. and NATO forces: Developing countries should never let down their guard and believe promises made by the imperialists....
The following news release was put out by the Central News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea....
The right-wing, imperialist Italian government headed by Silvio Berlusconi has joined France, Qatar and Kuwait in recognizing the so-called “rebel” Libyan National Transitional Council. The recognition comes after chief executive officer Paolo Scaroni of Italy’s giant oil monopoly, Eni, met with council members to discuss reviving the company’s access to oil production now in “rebel” territory. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, referring to Scaroni, said: “He had important meetings on restarting cooperation about energy....
The historical tsunami that continues to shake the Middle East and Southwest Asia has the apologists and strategists of imperialism scrambling to catch up with events. “We have no permanent allies, only permanent interests” seems to be their slogan, but this “pragmatic” approach is fraught with unexpected dangers and contradictions....
For the second time in two weeks, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has launched military operations aimed at overthrowing an African government. This latest was a military assault against President Laurent Gbagbo’s government in the Ivory Coast. Gbagbo has rejected the results of a disputed run-off election held last November as well as calls from the West and the regional organization ECOWAS for him to step down....
The response has been overwhelming. This will be the largest Rally against endless wars and cutbacks in NYC in years....
The recent visit to Cuba by former US President Jimmy Carter, renews our hope. His positive statements calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 and the right of family visits during an interview with Cuban television constitutes an encouraging sign for our struggle. In addition, his statements have appeared in media around the world, for many of these news outlets this marks the first time they have mentioned the Cuban 5. But we can not sit still while the 5 continue to be imprisoned and think it is over....
President Barack Obama’s speech of March 28 was largely devoted to justifying U.S. military intervention in Libya on humanitarian grounds, as being necessary to prevent a “massacre.” It was meant to obscure the fundamental fact that Washington is leading an effort, joined by the British and French imperialists, to destroy a sovereign government and recolonize Libya....
The Latin America-Caribbean Solidarity Committee of the International Action Center & HondurasUSAResistencia urges everyone to read the following statement in solidarity with the people of Honduras. A wave of repression is sweeping the country and the movement in the US must say no. We urge everyone to organize an contingent in solidarity with Latin America & the Caribbean and the historic April 9 anti-war actions in NYC and San Francisco. Si se puede!...
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The hearts of workers and the oppressed of the world go out to the Japanese people who have been hit by an earthquake and tsunami and are now threatened with nuclear disaster. We can never forget that more than 200,000 people, almost all civilians, were murdered by U.S. nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, while millions suffered from radiation poisoning, cancer and birth defects in the following decades....
Even before the first U.S. bombs rained down on Libya, protesters across the U.S. stood up to voice their opposition to yet another U.S. war for oil. These protests continue....
However the rebellion in Libya began, it was both inevitable and entirely predictable that it would quickly become an opening for imperialist intervention and counterrevolution in the oil-rich North African country....
The bombing of Libya, which began on March 19, has aroused world opposition to this new aggression by the U.S. and European imperialist powers....
Women — mostly teenaged or very young — have been kidnapped, tortured, raped, mutilated and killed by the hundreds in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, sister city to El Paso, Texas....
he major national Antiwar Rallies in NYC at Union Square, on Saturday, April 9 and in San Francisco on Sunday, April 10 are just 2 weeks away. Momentum is building based on the urgency of responding to the new attacks in Libya, no end to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more attacks and threats to Gaza, ugly attacks on Muslims, new attacks on unions and collective bargaining and a new rounds of cutbacks of every possible social program, particularly hitting the Black and immigrant communities and the unemployed....
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The ferocious storm of uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East continues to stymie the efforts of the U.S. and other Western powers to suppress or contain them. There are ongoing significant protests in Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq, all places with a substantial U.S. military presence....
On March 17, 2011, Washington showed its true intentions by pushing through a U.N. Security Council resolution that amounts to a declaration of war on the government and people of Libya. A U.S. attack is the worst possible thing that could happen to the people of Libya. It also puts the unfolding Arab revolutions, which have inspired people across North Africa and Western Asia, in the gravest danger. The resolution goes beyond a no-fly zone. It includes language saying U.N. member states could "take all necessary measures" ... "by halting attacks by air, land and sea forces under the control of the Gadhafi regime."(CNN.com, Mar 17)...
U.S. and French cruise missiles and bombs are raining down on the African state of Libya. This is not a "humanitarian' intervention....
The International Action Center calls on all anti-war and social justice activists to call Emergency Response STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN actions in their areas on Friday, March 18 or Saturday, Marcy 19, or to mobilize support for any already existing anti-war demonstrations called to mark the anniversary of the Iraq War, with this statement and signs to STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN, as well as to intensify the mobilization for the April 9th and 10th Anti-War demonstrations in New York and San Francisco called by the United National Antiwar Committee....
March 15 — Events continue to unfold rapidly in North Africa and the Gulf states. On March 14 Saudi Arabia sent tanks and 2,000 troops into the kingdom of Bahrain to protect the Al Khalifa royal family there from mass protests demanding an end to the monopoly of political power in the hands of the king....
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March 13 — Libyan government forces have taken several towns both east and west of Tripoli, the capital, driving out rebel groups that have been calling for military intervention by the imperialist states. Morale among the opposition is reportedly declining in Benghazi, which has been the de facto headquarters of the rebels....
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With the corporate media’s attention concentrated on Libya, its oil reserves and the real danger of U.S. and NATO’s military intervention, one could almost forget that enormous popular revolts are percolating throughout North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula....
As of March 7, Libyan military forces have stepped up their counteroffensive against rebel units backed by the U.S. and European Union countries. Government soldiers have retaken the town of Bin Jawad and are mounting assaults on rebels near the oil port of Ras Lanuf as well as Az Zawiyah, Tobruk and Misurata....
The uprisings in Libya, coinciding with the struggles of other countries in North Africa and Western Asia respond to conditions similar to those of other countries but have very different consequences....
Five years ago Yugoslavia's president died in The Hague. The local UN tribunal denied him adequate medical treatment. A conversation with Catherine Schütz...
Following is the statement of Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 1 [2011]....
On Sunday, Feb. 27, Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannochi resigned; he was replaced by the elderly Beji Caïd Essebsi. On Monday the ministers of Industry and Finance, the last remnants of the old regime also resigned. In the evening so did Nejib Chebbi and Ahmed Brahmi, representatives respectively of the Tajdid movement and the PDP, the two legal parties under Ben Ali. On Tuesday they were followed by two other ministers. We have lived without a government for four days in which terror has been circling like a bird of prey around the Qasbah: youth beaten, threatened, persecuted by police and hired criminals who have taken over the streets of the Medina and the surrounding April 9th Avenue. At the same time the space has been restructured and the class divide has drawn new geographical lines: while still Qasbah snugly in its sacred area, with its illustrious barbarians and hardened militants, the silent majority, silent for 23 years,  decided to speak for about two hours a day, between 5 and 7 p.m., at a daily assembly convened at the Dome in the pompous Olympic Village, to support Ghannouchi, demand an end to the demonstrations and defend the "revolution" from those who want to make one...
Defying threats from the puppet government and several party militias, thousands of Iraqis from Basra in the south to Suleimaniya in the Kurdish north took to the streets Feb. 25 in a “Great Day of Anger” inspired by the uprisings across the Arab world....
A new cabinet was sworn in on Feb. 22 in the aftermath of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the suspension of parliament and the previous government. This was precipitated by the Feb. 11 Supreme Military Council’s coup. The new cabinet’s appointment and publication of the first set of political reforms on Feb. 26 is an attempt to address the Egyptian people’s demands for a rapid return to civilian rule....
Less than a dozen years after NATO bombed Yugoslavia into pieces, detaching the province of Kosovo from Serbia, there are signs that the military alliance is gearing up for another victorious little “humanitarian war”, this time against Libya. The differences are, of course, enormous. But let’s look at some of the disturbing similarities....
The protests that we are witnessing in Libya must be examined carefully and wisely. We have to realize that the intifada of Libya is not totally a genuine one for reform; Part of it is provoked by the United States and the Zionists to occupy this oil-producing country, under the pretence of “democracy,” to get rid of its legitimate government for saying “no” to US and Zionist domination. Those who broke ranks with Gaddafi called upon the USto intervene, militarily if necessary, to get rid of the legitimate government. This call gives an excuse for the US and its European allies to pass a criminal resolution of the Security Council and propose sanctions and a “no fly zone.” These actions remind us of the same scenario that Iraq endured that caused its destruction. The infamous resolution will give the US and its allies open interpretations and the options of using military power that might lead to the invasion of Libya....
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 The leaders of the rebellion, meeting yesterday in the headquarters in Benghazi, have concluded that on their own they will not be able to overthrow Gaddafi. Therefore a majority of them asked for US-NATO intervention using air power, beginning with the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libya. "The United States - they say - brought democracy when they intervened in Kosovo." A part of the rebel forces, however, thought otherwise: "We must free ourselves on our own; if we ask for foreign intervention it would be treason."...
The Arab world is seething. Though it was ignored by most of the Western media, the mood has also spread to Iraq in recent weeks to generate a massive protest movement. In contrast to the demonstrations in other Arab countries very little was reported here in Germany -- could it be because so many seriously believe Iraq has been “liberated” since Saddam Hussein's 2003 fall? At last Friday’s (Feb. 25) nationwide demonstrations alone, according to UPI, at least 29 people were killed and hundreds injured. Three hundred demonstrators were reportedly arrested. Even the Washington Post, which shows a lot of sympathy for the government forces, reported about 23 dead. ...
March 2, 2011--"The United States is moving naval and air forces in the region" to "prepare the full range of options" in the confrontation with Libya: Pentagon spokesperson Col. Dave Lapan of the Marines made this announcement yesterday, March 1. He then said that "It was President Obama who asked the military to prepare for these options," because the situation in Libya is getting worse. The military then began "the planning and preparation" phase for an intervention in Libya. Pentagon planners are working on several specific plans, depending on how the “repositioning of forces” begins so as to have maximum flexibility to implement any option. ...
Libya had been an Italian colony until Italy’s defeat in World War II. After the war, the U.S. and Britain set up a monarchy in Libya under King Idris I. Moammar al-Gadhafi was a military officer when he led a coup in 1969 against the monarchy. This led to the nationalization of Libya’s oil and social gains for the Libyan people...
The White House is meeting with its allies among the European imperialist NATO countries to discuss imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, jamming all communications of President Moammar Gadhafi inside Libya, and carving military corridors into Libya from Egypt and Tunisia, supposedly to “assist refugees.” (New York Times, Feb. 27)...
The Al-Mahalla strike is part of the spate of industrial unrest that has rocked the country in the midst and aftermath of the 25 January revolution. Policemen, bank employees, workers at the Helwan Coke Company, in military production, cement, iron and steel and at the Suez Canal all struck for higher wages and improved working conditions, demanding an end to corruption in the workplace....
OIL became the principal wealth in the hands of the large yankee transnationals; with that source of energy, they had at their disposal an instrument that considerably increased their political power in the world. It was their principal weapon when they decided to simply liquidate the Cuban Revolution as soon as the first, just and sovereign laws were enacted in our homeland: by depriving it of oil....
WE are the vast majority of humanity who want peace, a healthy planet and a society that prioritizes human needs, democracy and civil liberties for all....
Venezuelan president calls for mediation to end crisis while the US and other powers weigh military options....
As popular revolts spread across the Arab world, now breaking out in Morocco and Algeria, Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain, even in Kuwait, it is important to remember one of the nations in this region that faces a special situation: It is forcibly occupied by 50,000 U.S. troops. It is Iraq, which the U.S. and Britain invaded in March 2003 and which the U.S. has occupied since. No one should forget, when considering the crimes of the U.S.-backed tyrants, that U.S. imperialism is responsible for the deaths of a million Iraqis and the displacement of 4 million....
Anti-government protesters in Bahrain swarmed back into a symbolic square on Feb. 19, putting riot police to flight in a striking victory for their cause....
Protests continued throughout the country of Yemen on Feb. 21 to demand the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The demonstrations, which began during the time of the uprising in Tunisia and gained traction with recent events in Egypt, have increased in scope and intensity in the past 12 days....
Of all the struggles going on in North Africa and the Middle East right now, the most difficult to unravel is the one in Libya....
The International Action Center urges solidarity with the resistance struggles shaking dictatorships throughout the Arab World....
Anti-government demonstrations have spread to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where 30,000 people marched on Feb. 18 demanding the resignation of President Ismael Omar Guelleh. Two people were killed when police attacked protesters in this country’s capital, which is also called Djibouti....
The delegation includes a member of Honduras USA Resistencia who will be a delegate to the historic first Grand National Assembly of the Frente National de Resistencia Popular (FNRP) Assembly and two international observers. The Assembly will be held on February 26, 2011 in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa....
While millions across the world watched live 18 days of dramatic revolution that ousted the US-allied torture-friendly regime of Hosni Mubarak, no one is offered live feed from Iraq of its people’s uprising against an enemy much worse....
The following link connects our readers with the first of a series of 15 excellent daily stories on the trial of anti-Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in El Paso, Texas. These articles are available in English and Spanish. ...
The Egyptian military would like to put the genie of the Egyptian Revolution back in the bottle. But it won’t go back. The so-called “orderly transition” — backed by the Obama administration, NATO and the Egyptian ruling class — has the immediate tactical goal of pushing the masses of people off the streets and off the stage of history....
Ghazala, a courageous woman, founder of the Committee of Unemployed Graduates of Gafsa that so actively participated in the protests of 2008, has given us a contact in Qasserine. We meet him halfway there, in Mejel Bel Abbes. Boubaker, 33 year old, master's in engineering, also a member of the Committee of Unemployed Graduates, is surviving by doing some odd jobs as an electrician. He is tall, a bit prim, neatly dressed in the dignified severity that attempts to preserve a modest sovereignty of his appearance in the midst of difficulties. Like many educated young people in similar circumstances in a situation where he is forced to remain single, he has wound up developing, without wanting to, an air of a preacher or priest: there is something, how can we put it, excessively clean in their dress and mannerisms. He speaks little French, but has an almost scholarly knowledge of the history of the area, whose natural wealth, well known by Romans, Vandals and Berbers, has been misappropriated and wasted by postcolonial Tunisia....
The greatest analysts of human society described real revolutions as “festivals of the masses.” We see then that the 18 days that overturned the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship is one of the greatest revolutions in the history of humanity. Never before have so many in such a condensed period of time become the actors and writers of their own history. We congratulate the people of Egypt for their tremendous victory over a tyrant who for 30 years had the support of the “great powers” of the European Union and especially of the United States until the final moments of his reign....
These reports from Cairo are from Faiza Rady, formerly a resident of Philadelphia, who has returned to Egypt...
The International Action Center joins with the people of Egypt and the world in celebrating the stunning triumph of people's power and mass action in Egypt. The greatest analysts of human society described real revolutions as “festivals of the masses.” We see then that the 18 days that overturned the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship is one of the greatest revolutions in the history of humanity. Never before have so many in such a condensed period of time become the actors and writers of their own history. We congratulate the people of Egypt for their tremendous victory over a tyrant who for 30 years had the support of the “great powers” of the European Union and especially of the United States until the final moments of his reign....
From Gafsa to Redeyef you travel towards striped mountains that mark the border with Algeria, under a pure blue sky, through a hard, dry terrain, a planetary extension, which is about to succumb once more to the temptation of being landscape: small towns with camels browsing between the houses, shepherds with colorful headdresses, massive women sitting in the sun, wrapped in white cloth, sharing tasks and conversation. Everything seems fresh, clean, motionless, eternal and clear. But in reality there are few places in Tunisia as ground down by its history as this square of adverse and ancient land....
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In the midst of the gravest foreign policy crisis since assuming her job — the mass uprising in Egypt — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Haiti on Jan. 30....
The Egyptian revolt against the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak regime has inspired many workers and oppressed people throughout the world. Mass solidarity demonstrations have taken place to show support for Egypt’s popular uprising. Here are brief reports on just a few notable actions, most of them on Feb. 5 or 6....
With the popular uprising that is rocking cities across Egypt now heading into its third week, solidarity rallies are building across the U.S. in response. Many of these protests are calling on the U.S. government to end its funding for the repressive regime of Hosni Mubarak....
Feb. 9 reports from Cairo say there are growing numbers of Egyptian workers who have gone out on strike all over the country, as the struggle to oust the despised, U.S.-backed Mubarak regime intensifies....
Feb. 8 — Hosni Mubarak’s military-police regime and its creators in Washington are waging a war of attrition to wear down the newly emerging Egyptian revolution. But the people show no signs of backing down. More than a million anti-government demonstrators today once again filled Liberation Square. Despite police-agent attacks, gradual escalation of pressure from the military and slanderous campaigns against the protesters on Egyptian state television, all reports are that masses of people have flooded into central Cairo to demand the immediate ouster of Mubarak....
"France is Paris, the rest is scenery," 19th century French centralism said with contempt. Many times before we had been in central and southern Tunisia, but we had never seen anything but flocks of sheep and clouds, striated mountains and clean deserts, and people who seemed to passively accept, in the villages and cafes along the highway, their condition as a watermark or wrinkle in the tapestry. Our short and intense journey, parallel to the turbulence that has shaken the country for more than a month, reflects the decisive transformation, mental and material, of a landscape into a territory....
March in Solidarity with millions of Egyptian People in their struggle for democracy and human rights as they demand the immediate DEPARTURE of the repressive U.S. backed Mubarak regime....
This interview was conducted in bits and parts, in the middle of a protest demonstration, stopping to talk once you recovered your breath after running through the streets near Bourghiba Avenue. These are crucial days for the revolution, but the glare of the mainstream media is now directed towards Egypt. "Tunisia is not an international issue but a local one," the Al Jazeera employees told us when we tried to inform them that Benali militia had returned to their old ways in Sfax. Boukadous disagrees. "The revolution began in the provinces and remains very active there."...
Nationalists, liberals, Islamists and leftists: A National Assembly should choose new transitional leadership in Egypt. There must be strong representation of youth....
The masses in Tahrir (Liberation) Square - now known among the fighters as Martyrs’ Square — gave the counterrevolutionary thugs of a dying regime blow for blow, pushed them back and held the square, thus achieving both a military and political victory. They were fully aware of the crucial political importance of holding the square for the people. This was a victory for the masses of Egyptian people, the people of the Middle East as a whole, and the workers and oppressed of the world....
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“You can only talk of revolution if there is a time when the whole people go out to the streets to take part in a big festival. The victories are celebrated and if we are not celebrating it's because there is victory. We have not been able to celebrate anything in the street, not even the expulsion of Ben Ali. And that means we have not yet won.”...
Don’t be confused by the deceptive and false statements uttered by President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Roddam Clinton suggesting that they have sympathy for Egyptians fighting for liberation and jobs in Tahrir Square. <...
Since the early hours of the morning loud music from large speakers in front of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on the Corniche Al Nile in downtown Cairo has been booming. Shortly past 8 a.m., at the end of the curfew, as the first cars and pedestrians crossed over from the Nile Zamalik in the direction of the city center, an additional person reports to the loudspeaker to speak. He promises that the government understands the concerns of the people and resolves to keep the country in peace and prosperity. A man holds a T-shirt in the air, on which President Hosni Mubarak is caught looking down and smiling. A good three dozen men wave the Egyptian flag and look around uncertainly, and some melancholy men behind them run swiftly past them along the promenade towards Tahrir Square, Liberation Square. While some — probably for fear of losing their jobs — cheer the Mubarak regime — the others will demand this day the resignation of the man who ruled Egypt for 30 years. Only rarely is there even a short battle of words between the two camps, that is then quickly ended by soldiers, who have been blocking for days now bank of the Nile between the State Department and Tahrir Square....
We returned this morning to Qasba, closed on all four sides by barbed wire. The police only let in the employees who work in the district. But from the outside we were able to see and photograph, the new lime painted on the walls looking like a facelift, revealing a hidden history, a strangled antiquity. There is no doubt they have done a good job. Not a trace of a slogan or a comma of graffiti or stroke of black ink. Not even on the prime minister's stone palace can you find the slightest trace of the noisy discussions that for five days fused politics and life in a pure present without future....
The revolutionary upheaval in Egypt has brought millions of workers, youth and professionals into the streets to demand the removal of the U.S.-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak. The potential looms for a total collapse of Washington’s foreign policy in the region....
As of Jan. 24, the Lebanese Parliament is holding discussions to form a new government. A year-old “unity government” containing all political factions fell on Jan. 12, when Hezbollah pulled its people out of cabinet posts....
Jan. 30 — Massive protests continue throughout Egypt to demand an end to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, a 30-year dictatorship that has served as an anchor for U.S. imperialism in the Middle East. In the streets protesters have fraternized with members of the military, while police forces have largely retreated. Meanwhile, youth direct traffic, as self-defense committees have been organized to defend neighborhoods from violence at the hands of “thugs,” who many suspect to be plainclothes police and members of the ruling National Democratic Party. After three days of demonstrations in which tens of thousands of people faced brutal repression at the hands of the Egyptian state apparatus, hundreds of thousands came out on Jan. 28 to protest the police brutality, poverty, unemployment and corruption they have endured under the Mubarak regime. Defying a curfew imposed by Mubarak the day before, protesters hit the streets not only in the capital city, Cairo, but in cities throughout the country....
Hamida Ben Romdhane, director of La Press on January 13, still director of La Press on January 30, writes an article today entitled "I am guilty,” in which he lashes out against "the smoothies, sycophants, calculators and manipulators" that for years have been lackeys in the service of the dictator's personality cult. "Today," he says, "Tunisia breathes freely and so does our newspaper. ...
NY with UPR New York with University of Puerto Rico Solidarity Committee) applauds students at the University of Puerto Rico who have developed and implemented creative and peaceful civil disobedience tactics in opposition to the University Administration’s implementation of an unjust tuition increase, the current trend towards privatization, and the use of riot police on University grounds....
IAPSCC salutes the people of Egypt for their determined struggle to end the 30-year long tyrannical rule of Mubarak having a tacit understanding with Israel and who was backed by the imperialist powers, esp. the USA, all these years. Inspired by the example of Tunisian people’s struggle and victory over dictatorial rulers, people in Egypt have taken to the streets for over one week defying curfew and planning still more powerful movement....
After two weeks of restraint, in fact, the police have returned to take charge of the situation. Yesterday they broke hands and legs in the Qasbah and throughout the day lists have circulated of unconfirmed dead and missing. At least 20 people were arrested this afternoon at the station. And on the Qasbah square where yesterday there were still blankets, tents and cooking pots, some dozens of mobile phones were scattered about. Of many of the people the police scattered yesterday nothing is known.Meanwhile this morning, 12 hours later, the walls of the building that for five days was the ministry of the people were being painted over, the Press published a front-page photograph of the crushed concentration under the headline: "in the Qasbah the freedom caravan follows the protests." The revolution is already a brand-name, the spark of life of a government that weaves in the darkness and a press that uses new names to name the same things....
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Finally this afternoon, at 4 p.m., the police assaulted the Qasbah, killing Omar Auini, who suffocated on tear gas and injuring at least 15 people, most of them with broken hands and legs....

At 9:30 a.m. a taxi driver answered our question about Mohamed Ghannouchi with impeccable reasoning:“Do you know why I want him to go? Because he doesn't want to go. If he doesn't want to go, it's because he is hiding something. If he is hiding something, it can't be something good. And if he is hiding something bad, he has to go.”...
If everything was following a plan, if 120 people were killed to rejuvenate the old country and better locate it in an Arab world submissive to Washington's plans, if it were aimed at better ensuring continuity by introducing some cosmetic changes, then now it would have to sweep away the embers that the wind -- always unpredictable -- has blown together at the Qasbah. The past returns with unsettling speed....
A seemingly all-powerful military, police and media apparatus, that has had the support of the U.S. superpower for decades, is crumbling before the even greater strength of a united people who have first conquered fear and may now push the dictator’s regime into the dustbin of history....
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across Egypt demanding the ouster of U.S. ally President Hosni Mubarak. These are the largest anti-regime protests in Mubarak’s 30-year rule of this North African country of 85 million people. Though the White House has declared the Mubarak regime “stable,” even greater protests are expected on Jan. 28 following Friday services at mosques throughout the country. Egyptian opposition forces were inspired by the uprising in nearby Tunisia, which on Jan. 14 forced that country’s dictator, Zine El Abadine Ben Ali, to flee to Saudi Arabia. The uprising in Tunisia surprised not only its own rulers but their imperialist overlords in Paris and Washington....
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To affirm and ensure our participation in the revolution of our people, who fought for their right to freedom and national dignity, this people who sacrificed dozens of martyrs and thousands of wounded and arrested, and in order to complete and secure the victory against both domestic and foreign enemies and against those who are attempting to hijack the sacrifices of the people, have constituted "The January 14th Front” as a political structure to promote and ensure the revolution to achieve its goals and fight and stop the forces of counterrevolution; this front is a structure that brings together national, progressive and democratic parties, forces and organizations....
After a festive and liberating week with unanimous participation, Tunisian society is beginning to split along class lines. It is a territorial division, which is beginning to separate Bourguiba Avenue from the Qasbah, and is also a cyber division, in which the same people who used facebook to fuel the revolution are today calling for calm and the restoration of order against the insurgent proletariat. You can perceive a disturbing contraction. Hamida Ben Romdhane, director of La Press, which on Jan. 13 dutifully praised the last steps Ben Ali took to try to calm the masses, on Jan. 20 exhibited on its front cover jewels allegedly confiscated from the Trabelsi family and praised the revolution of the worthy people of Tunisia....
The unknown country, which has made the revolution, which has sacrificed 120 lives in the protests, is found not on Bourguiba Avenue, where intellectuals celebrate a revolution that they can gain from and then withdraw, but in the Qasbah in front of the prime minister's headquarters. Yesterday hundreds of people slept here, and now, at 12 a.m. (on Jan. 24), thousands of them are still shouting: "nidal nidal hata iusqut el nitham", "Al yaum al-yaum tusqut el-hukuma" ("Struggle, struggle until we end the regime","today, today we overthrow the government.") ...
A revolution, can it so easily become a habit? Is it compatible with the customary normal duties of government, the production and reproduction of everyday life, the natural decline of forces? The government hopes and protesters fear the same thing: fatigue will set in. But this Sunday [Jan. 23] of transition to "the first day of normality," which will once again put to the test the people's ability to break out, Bourguiba Avenue remains vibrant under a light so pure, so sharp, that its buildings and the trees look bare, even skinless....
In some sense these days I feel very Tunisian: because, like other Tunisians, I realize that up to now I understood nothing about Tunisia. And because what is now clear to me, like to all other Tunisians, is mostly a great confusion. The situation, eight days after the collapse of the tyrant, it stretches and stretches without breaking. As in all revolutions, everything is decided in the first few weeks and today one everything feels a little uncomfortable -- like amorphous, painful, formless freedom -- a great uncertainty....
The following is a day-by-day chronicle of developments in Tunisia, which are written in Spanish and which the IAC is translating to English:...
We started the day with frightening evidence that there are things the revolution can’t do and that irrational forces operate beyond the dominant logic governing things. Our friend Amin has caught the flu.

Regardless, the revolution can cure sadness, melancholy, moodiness and suicidal tendencies. Mohammed cites the experience of a friend discharged by his psychiatrist after Jan. 14, the day of the dictator's fall. We invented a new term, "thauratherapy" -- the revolution (thaura) as psychological therapy. The demonstrations, which are repeated another day in the city center, are saving bodies and souls....

A leading U.S. scientist who deals with global warming and climate change is calling the People’s Republic of China “the best hope” for turning around a looming disaster for the world and “stopping rule by fossil fuel interests.”...
Jan. 24 — Tunisia’s workers and youth have continued mass demonstrations and strikes aimed at removing the neocolonial regime and replacing it with a representative government of national unity....
Haiti has endured a year of unimaginable and profound suffering, under a government dedicated to greed and serving the interests of the imperialists. More than 1.5 million people are living in huts or under sheets and tarps throughout Port-au-Prince, still homeless since last January’s earthquake. There is an unemployment rate of 80 percent. More than 3,600 people have died and another 171,000 are infected from the cholera epidemic, imported by Minustah, the U.N.’s occupation force....
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on Jan. 11 that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was “becoming a direct threat to the United States.”...
Jan. 18 — A popular uprising in the North African state of Tunisia since mid-December has driven President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had ruled the Western-allied government for 23 years, into exile. Ben Ali fled on Jan. 14 after tens of thousands of workers and youths attacked the Ministry of the Interior and other government buildings in the capital of Tunis and in the city of Carthage. When a street vendor who was attacked by police committed suicide by self-immolation on Dec. 17, it unleashed this enormous struggle. Defying tear gas and even live fire from the security forces that killed between 50 and 100 people, thousands also demonstrated in dozens of Tunisia’s provincial cities until they brought down a repressive head of state....
In late fall of 2009, the Barack Obama administration, under heavy pressure from the Pentagon, agreed to increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by another 30,000 troops. According to the deal between Obama and the generals, the troops were to start withdrawing in July 2011. It was supposed to be a “surge” leading to a quick victory....
The steadfast determination that we saw in Gaza reinforces the importance of the major national antiwar coalition that is taking shape for April 9, organized by the United National Antiwar Committee - UNAC. What makes the April 9th bi-coastal rallies, in New York City and San Francisco truly historic is this coalitions very strong solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as the strong opposition to racism and the wave of anti-Islamic hysteria that has been sweeping the country. The International Action Center has made these issues a cornerstone of our work for many years. ...
The steadfast determination that we saw in Gaza reinforces the importance of the major national antiwar coalition that is taking shape for April 9, organized by the United National Antiwar Committee - UNAC. What makes the April 9th bi-coastal rallies, in New York City and San Francisco truly historic is this coalitions very strong solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as the strong opposition to racism and the wave of anti-Islamic hysteria that has been sweeping the country. The International Action Center has made these issues a cornerstone of our work for many years. ...
Hear: Ramsey Clark and Sara Flounders, just returned from Gaza on: Gaza in 2011 – what is needed from the Solidarity Movement?...
This year, through an exciting educational and cultural program, we will celebrate and honor the achievements of young people in Cuba, as well as learn about their daily lives and experiences as we visit organic gardens, neighborhood projects, health centers and schools....
A dispute over a recent election in the West African state of Ivory Coast has prompted calls by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for President Laurent Gbagbo to step down. According to the U.N. head, the electoral commission has determined that opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won the election....
The movement in solidarity with the people of Gaza has grown rapidly since the Dec. 27, 2008, bombing and invasion of Gaza that killed 1,450 Palestinians, almost all civilians. The ongoing Israeli blockade of the 1.5 million people living in the small territory and the continued Israeli threats have accelerated this movement’s growth. Behind this development is not only the exposure of the crimes of the Israeli occupation regime, but also the courage of Palestinians both in Gaza and the West Back who keep on struggling against all odds....
International human rights activist Ramsey Clark led a delegation that, after a day-long struggle for admission, crossed into Gaza on Jan. 4 to show solidarity with the blockaded population of the strip. Two years ago the Israeli military invaded and bombed Gaza two years ago, killing 1,450 Palestinians, almost all civilians, including many children. Among those with Clark is Co-director of the International Action Center Sara Flounders. Both are veteran solidarity activists with the struggle of Palestinians for self-determination and the right to live in peace and freedom in every part of Palestine.....
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A mass movement of protest and anger has erupted in Haiti against the oppression, extreme poverty and desperation experienced by the vast majority of people. The militant struggle is challenging the so-called “constitutionally mandated” election of Nov. 28, claiming fraud and misconduct throughout the process....
The New Year began early for the IAC.On Thanksgiving eve we were confronted with the danger of renewed U.S. war on the Korean peninsula. We initiated an emergency protest for December 3, together with other peace and solidarity organizations....
Tens of thousands of workers in Greece took to the streets Dec. 15 to protest the drastic austerity measures the Greek government has imposed on them, under pressure from the banks that loaned money to cover its financial crisis....
After the George Bush-Dick Cheney ticket stole the 2000 presidential elections, Halliburton Corporation became a household word in the United States. Vice President Cheney had been Halliburton’s CEO during 1995-2000. With its subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown and Root, Halliburton won lucrative government contracts during the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq....
This is the whole basis of a materialist understanding of history. But this reality can sometimes be confirmed in a manner that catches everyone by surprise. Dominance that was once unchallenged is suddenly contested on all sides. The struggle for change breaks out in new and unexpected ways....
The dangerous military crisis on the Korean peninsula has been defused for the moment. The Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea did not retaliate, even though the U.S. imperialists and their south Korean clients on Dec. 20 staged provocative live-fire exercises from Yeonpyeong Island, eight miles from the mainland of the DPRK. The DPRK, which had warned of retaliation if the exercises went forward, declared that the limited exercises carried out by the south Korean military were “not worth it.” The U.S. and the south Korean regime were shown up as military provocateurs willing to risk a major war....
The right-wing government in South Korea is once again threatening live-fire war “exercises” from an island right off the coast of north Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). The DPRK has made it very clear that this would be an act of war to which it would respond vigorously. A huge crisis is in the making. The U.S., which over the last month has been conducting joint naval exercises in the area with both Japan and South Korea, could tell its client state in Seoul to cancel these provocative military maneuvers. But instead, the U.S. again blocked any agreement to resolve the crisis during a day-long meeting of the Security Council at U.N. headquarters on Dec. 19....
After receiving massive support in Cuba, a delegation of Iranian activists has visited Venezuela in the second stop of its tour of Latin American countries, an effort designed to promote international solidarity with Iran....
Five Somali nationals were convicted of piracy in a U.S. federal court in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 24, with their sentencing set for March 2011. Based on slave-era laws and criminal statutes that have not been enforced since the 1820s, the Somalis could be sentenced to life in prison....
Today marks the one year anniversary of the assassination of Walter Trochez, a human rights, LGBTQ and democracy activist in Honduras. His death, like those of many other activists, LGBTQ leaders, journalists, unionists and teachers has been nominally investigated by a police force that itself has been implicated in violence against civilians since the coup on June 28, 2009. Despite the efforts of the U.S. State Department, multinational corporations, the Government of Honduras and their lobbyists to portray the current situation as sporadic violence, attributable to generic 'crime' within a post-election return to normalcy, it is clear that targeted bloodshed and a culture of impunity has taken hold....
The New York chapter of the Women’s Fightback Network hosted a reportback meeting Dec. 4 on the Montreal International Women’s Conference that took place Aug. 13-16 in Canada. The meeting, held at the Solidarity Center in Manhattan, was standing room only as women activists of many nationalities, ages and political backgrounds saw video footage and a power point presentation about the conference....
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still live under tarps and tents because their houses were destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake. Hundreds are dying every week from an epidemic of cholera caused by lack of access to clean water. Haiti is still occupied by Minustah, the U.N.’s armed force for the “stabilization” of this impoverished country....
Imperialist diplomacy is constructed on lies and secrets. No one is surprised by the secrets. Few are surprised by the lies. Still, a sudden exposure of the lies and secrets can arouse a strong political reaction....
Documents released by the WikiLeaks website under the direction of Australian national Julian Assange provide insight into U.S. political maneuvers on the African continent. Although more attention was paid to diplomatic cables on events in Saudi Arabia, Britain, Iran, etc., there are significant leaks related to the frustrations of the U.S. State Department in influencing developments in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Morocco and Algeria....
For the seventh consecutive year, union leaders, social movement activists and socialists from many countries in the Western Hemisphere came together in this dynamic border city on the first weekend in December for intense discussions. They focused on the global crisis of the imperialist system, its increasing belligerence and its devastating attacks on the living conditions of the international working class....
When the campaign “Solidarity with Iran – SI!” was initiated in mid October 2010 through an appeal under the same name, the initiators – House of Latin America (HOLA), an NGO based in Iran - were confident of the promising prospect of the campaign.  Now, the campaign's success in a short period to gain the support of 100s of activists and 10s of organizations involved in the international peace movement indicates the correctness of such assessment....
I’m troubled but hopeful as I write you now. During the past year, there has been a dangerous upsurge, largely manufactured by the media, in anti-Islamic bigotry. Simultaneously – supposedly, in the name of “peace” – there has been a surge of U.S. attacks against civilians, largely by drones, in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The so-called “end of combat operations” in Iraq has become a cruel joke....
Just a few months ago, on July 26, 2010, Lucius Walker, the head of the American organization Pastors for Peace, at an encounter with Cuban intellectuals and artists, asked me what the solution for Haiti’s problems would be....
On Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north....
Latin American solidarity and anti-imperialist activists around the world, as well as the people of Latin America did not need WikiLeaks’ “leaked” documents to tell them what they already knew: the U.S. government was well aware that the June 28, 2009 ouster of democratically and legitimately elected President Jose Manuel Zelaya of Honduras was illegal and unconstitutional....
Scores of U.S. warships and fighter jets, carrying more than 6,000 crew members and reinforced by ships, planes and 70,000 soldiers of the armed forces of south Korea, began carrying out joint military “exercises” in the sea west of Korea on Nov. 28. They have brought the divided peninsula to the brink of war. In July some 20 U.S. warships and 200 planes had carried out similar maneuvers with the armed forces of the south. So this is the second time in less than six months that Washington and the right-wing south Korean regime of Lee Myung-Bak have carried out a grave provocation against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (socialist north Korea)....
In response to a U.S. War Crisis on Korean peninsula we are urging your participation in a Rally this Tuesday, Nov 30 at 5pm at Rockefeller Center and 2 on-line actions....
For more than a week, mass protests against the U.N.’s occupation have broken out throughout Haiti, especially in Cap-Haïtien on its northern coast and Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital. Protests have also taken place in southern cities like Cayes and in the center of the country in Gonaïve....
On Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north....
This past August, activists attended a historic Women’s Anti-Imperialist Conference in Montreal Attend a Special Forum to hear reports ...
On the rainy night of Nov. 5, hundreds of thousands of Haitians huddled under their tarps and tents while Hurricane Tomas passed. The government, which told them to flee, put only 15,000 people on trucks to go to higher ground....
Thousands of people demonstrated in Madrid, Spain, on Nov. 13 in response to a Nov. 8 massacre carried out by Moroccan security forces in a displaced person’s camp at Laayoune, Western Sahara, in northwest Africa. Dozens of Sahawari people were killed, and up to 4,500 injured in the massacre....
A United Nations Human Rights Council gathering in Switzerland heard testimony from oppressed groups inside the United States who exposed Washington’s official state policy of gross violations against peoples of color and workers in general....
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e urge all individuals concerned with human rights to sign this international petition to U.S. and Pakistani government officials, urging the immediate repatriation to Pakistan of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui....
As part of the International Week to Repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui campaign,a coalition in the U.S. - led by The Peace Thru Justice Foundation and the International Action Center - will pay a visit the Pakistani Consulate to hold a press conference (followed by a presentation of petitions), to call on the Pakistani government to secure Dr. Siddiqui's release and repatriation back to her home country where she rightfully belongs....
Many participants believed the real choice humanity faces is between increased misery and wars on one side and the struggle for a socialist future on the other. The capitalist collapse and persistent decline for the working class make this choice ever more urgent....
From Dec. 3 to 5 in Tijuana, Mexico — just minutes from the San Diego, Calif., airport — a cross-section of workers from Latin America who are confronting the global crisis will meet with U.S. workers grappling with devastating challenges. Building on six previous conferences, the meeting’s aim is to grow the unity of the working class in the Americas and increase its influence — from the tip of Chile to Alaska — by sharing problems but also examining strategies to fight and win....
We all are stunned and saddened by the abrupt announcement that Tariq Aziz has been condemned to hang. He was found guilty on bogus charges by the illegitimate court in Baghdad that tried various Ba’ath Party officials, including President Saddam Hussein. At that time, he received a sentence of 22 years in prison, assuring he would die before he again saw daylight. Now, he is sentenced to hang....
A military and political crisis for the U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government in Somalia has prompted calls for additional troop deployments under the ostensible command of the United Nations Security Council. Both the U.S. and the secretary general for the U.N. have publicly acknowledged that nearly 8,000 Ugandan and Burundian troops propping up the TFG have not been able to effectively challenge the growing influence of Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (popularly known as Al-Shabaab) and Hizbul Islam, the leading resistance groups inside the Horn of Africa nation....
A prisoner was kneeling on the ground, blindfolded and handcuffed, when an Iraqi soldier kicked him in the neck. A U.S. marine sergeant was watching and reported the incident, which was duly recorded and deemed “valid.” The outcome: “No investigation required.”...
The U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 26 voted 187 to 2 against the 48-year economic blockade of Cuba. Only the U.S. and Israel voted for it. Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained....
The message was as grim and clear as a KKK cross burning. “Mosques, we burn,” said a warning scribbled at the door of the smoke-smudged mosque of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank....
With the close of the most recent round of climate talks in Tianjin, China, which took place during the first week of October, the world is gearing up for the next major talks in Cancún, Mexico, to begin in late November. The Tianjin talks, with delegates from more than 150 countries, produced very little progress, as the fundamental divide between the desires of rich countries and the needs of poor ones was not resolved....
A people-to-people delegation that included two members of the International Action Center arrived in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 9 to increase solidarity with the people of Iran, defend Iran’s sovereignty and stop the accelerated U.S. push for war against Iran....
In Mexico, from Nov. 3-11, Migrants & their supporters will declare:...
Resolution in Support of the Cuban Five, their Rights to Fair Trial and Visitation Rights for their Families...
On Oct. 5, 2000, a coup engineered by U.S. imperialist agencies and supported by Western European imperialist governments overthrew the Socialist Party government in Yugoslavia led by Slobodan Milosevic. At the time — only 16 months after a vicious 79-day U.S.-led NATO air war against the people of Yugoslavia — there was much confusion even among progressive and anti-war forces in the imperialist countries due to the overwhelming anti-Milosevic propaganda in the corporate media. The following interview by Cathrin Schütz with former Milosevic aide Vladimir Krsljanin throws light on those events and the developments in Serbia in the last 10 years....
A critical hearing is scheduled Nov. 9 in the nearly three-decade-old case of journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who sits on death row in Pennsylvania. Mumia was severely wounded and arrested on Dec. 9, 1981, in Philadelphia and was later charged, tried and convicted of the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner....
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Hungary has arrested Zoltan Bakonyi, managing director of MAL Aluminium, the privately owned company responsible for the country’s worst environmental disaster. Bakonyi is son of the company’s owner, Arlep Bakonyi, “a businessman who played a central role in the privatization of the country’s aluminum industry and is the largest shareholder of the company.” (New York Times, Oct. 11)

As of Oct. 11, 4,000 people were desperately working to reinforce the reservoir dam owned by MAL that had partially burst a week earlier....

There is much to be learned from the indisputable fact that the U.S. military, despite all its high-tech weaponry and the billions of dollars at its disposal, has lost control of the situation in Afghanistan and has forced even the corrupt Pakistani government to denounce Pentagon attacks as “intolerable” and close parts of its border with Afghanistan....
On the invitation of an Iranian non-governmental organization dedicated to the building of solidarity with the people of Latin America and in response to increasing threats and continuing sanctions on Iran by the United States, delegates from international solidarity, anti-war and women's organizations, including the International Action Center, met in Iran to coordinate efforts to defend the people of Iran in this urgent hour....
U.S. efforts to supply its troops and the puppet regime in Afghanistan came to a standstill on Sept. 30. Convoys of trucks bearing fuel and other supplies were backed up for hundreds of miles on the long supply route that runs from Karachi, the main port of Pakistan, to the mountain passes leading into Afghanistan....
Sara Flounders and John Parker, leaders of the International Action Center in New York and Los Angeles, will be joining a people-to-people delegation to visit Iran on Oct. 9. The purpose of the trip is to express solidarity with the people of Iran, in the face of continuing U.S. threats to attack a nation of 75 million people....
n October 6, 1976 a civilian Cuban airliner took off from the coast of Barbados towards Cuba. Among the 73 passengers on board was the Cuban Junior Fencing team who were proudly returning to their island with gold medals. Along with them were 11 humble students from Guyana who were to begin studying in Cuba, five passengers of the Democratic Republic of Korea, among them a young girl. There were 57 Cuban passengers and flight crew on that plane. But flight 455 never made it to its destination. Its 73 passengers died a horrible death when a bomb, ordered to be placed in the plane by the international terrorists Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, blew up in mid air....
The Ecuadorean people came into the streets by the thousands to confront the national police and prevent a coup and possible assassination of President Rafael Correa on Sept. 30. A section of about 800 of these police had kept the president captive for 14 hours at the Police Hospital in Quito before military units brought him back to the presidential palace....
Furcan Dogan Furcan Dogan. I’m going to say Furcan Dogan so often that it will seem as “American” as Tom Smith or Bill Jones. Furcan Dogan was an American, a young American of only 19 years when on May 31st a hail of Israeli bullets ended his life on the Gaza aid ship, Mavi Marmarar. Furcan was filming the Israeli assault when an IDF commando fired his first shot pointblank hitting Furcan squarely in the chest. Four more shots were fired into Furcan leaving him dead and unrecognizable....
The 86-year sentence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui is an outrage and a shameful act. This is why I shouted out in court, "Shame! Shame! Shame on this court!" as the judge declared his sentence. 

It is U.S. act of insult, intended to send a message of domination. The highly publicized trial of Dr Siddiqui is part of the demonization and criminalization of all Muslim people that U.S. institutions, including   courts,  media, police and military increasingly use to justify their criminal wars. It is part of the war on Afghanistan, Iraq, expanding into Pakistan and threatening Iran. ...

You do not know me. Why should you? Or maybe you should have known me and the many other UN officials who struggled in Iraq when you prepared your Iraq policy. Reading the Iraq details of your "journey", as told in your memoir, has confirmed my fears. You tell a story of a leader, but not of a statesman. You could have, at least belatedly, set the record straight. Instead you repeat all the arguments we have heard before, such as why sanctions had to be the way they were; why the fear of Saddam Hussein outweighed the fear of crossing the line between concern for people and power politics; why Iraq ended up as a human garbage can. You preferred to latch on to Bill Clinton's 1998 Iraq Liberation Act and George W Bush's determination to implement it....
The plight of the Cuban Five is never far from the minds of progressive people around the world. This Sept. 12, exactly 12 years since their arrest in the United States for defending Cuba from terrorist attacks, organizations and individuals intensified demands for their release through petitions, demonstrations and ad campaigns....
The U.S. corporate press was silent when thousands of Hondurans poured into the streets of Tegucigalpa on Sept. 7 to join the 12-hour national strike called by the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). It affected all 18 provinces and paralyzed the streets of 11 Honduran cities. Traffic was stopped on roads and bridges. ...
We urge all individuals concerned with human rights to sign this international petition to U.S. and Pakistani government officials, urging the immediate repatriation to Pakistan of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui....
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been living in misery for more than seven months — without houses, jobs, sanitation, potable water or electricity. The lucky ones have tents for shelter, others only tarps or sheets....
August was a month of fierce struggle in Honduras. The National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) has engaged in strikes, marches and sit-ins, while the government of Honduras has responded with ruthless repression. Speaking Sept. 6 on the resistance station Radio Globo, Juan Barahona, assistant coordinator of FNRP and president of the United Workers Federation, said he had never seen such brutality by the military and police in Honduras, not even in the 1980s....
The International Action Center has announced the formation of the Latin America-Caribbean Solidarity Committee. The committee has already begun planning a number of events in solidarity with the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) of Honduras....
Tens of thousands of teachers in Puerto Rico held a one-day work stoppage Aug. 26 to protest the neoliberal Gov. Luis Fortuño’s offensive, which has left the island’s education system in shambles. This historic stoppage shut 90 percent of the island’s schools. Teachers showed great resistance, as the recent successful student strike of the University of Puerto Rico also did....
The French government of Nicolas Sarkozy is attacking the country’s large and diverse immigrant and foreign communities, which it calls the sources of delinquency and crime, with expulsions and deportations, loss and denial of French citizenship, and new laws imprisoning parents for the crimes their children commit, as well as increased police violence. According to many French political analysts, the Sarkozy administration is using this approach to repair its public standing, which has been battered by the worldwide recession, growing unemployment and the anger of France’s combative unions....
Uniting under the theme, “Moving forward the militant global women’s movement in the 21st century,” more than 350 women from 32 countries participated in the Montreal International Women’s Conference, held Aug. 13-16. The conference resulted in the formation of an International Women’s Alliance. The IWA will hold its first assembly in 2011 to adopt a constitution of principles of unity and an action proposal....
“We won! It’s over — America!” A young man whoops and hollers in what could be a cry from the crowd at a sports game. In fact, it was the ill-judged, hubristic “victory’” shout of a soldier rolling over the Kuwaiti border in his armored truck, as supposedly the last U.S. combat brigade left Iraq after seven grueling years....
The following statement was issued by the Communist Youth Union (KSM) of the Czech Republic on Aug. 3 regarding the Czech government’s intention to place a U.S. early-warning system in their country. It illustrates both the continuing aggressive role of the U.S. and NATO in Eastern Europe and the existence of progressive forces in that region that are resisting renewed imperialist domination....
Many articles have been written reflecting on five decades of historical experience — referred to as the 50th anniversary of the “Year of Africa” — since 17 African nations gained political independence. Yet few pay adequate attention to the indispensable role of women in the campaigns for national liberation and their continuing efforts in the present century....
Expressing the sounds of her beloved Puerto Rico, hundreds of people singing plenas and chanting about her valiant character accompanied independence fighter Lolita Lebrón to her final resting place in the Old San Juan Cemetery. She was buried close to her dear Maestro, Don Pedro Albizu Campos. As she had requested, the burial took place just over 24 hours after her death....
The United Nations’ International Court of Justice ruled that a 2008 declaration of separation by the parliament of Serbia’s Kosovo province was legal under international law. Although the judges explained their July 22 decision on a narrow basis, it may still encourage recognition of the historically Serbian province’s secession....
n Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped a four-ton uranium bomb on Hiroshima, only to follow that horrific attack by unleashing a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki three days later. The cities became infernos.

By the end of 1945, more than 250,000 people — men, women, children, mainly civilians — were dead. Many were incinerated instantly. People within a one-mile radius of Hiroshima were vaporized. Thousands died agonizing deaths soon after from burns, injuries and radiation poisoning. In subsequent years, more deaths occurred from cancers and other radiation-related diseases....

Following a protracted political struggle waged by Zimbabwe and its allies against U.S., British and European Union imperialist efforts to ban its sale of diamonds, Zimbabwe sold the first group of diamonds from the Chiadzwa mines — 900,000 carats — on Aug. 11. The sales earned $72 million in one day.

Government estimates are that at least $1 billion can be earned every year through the sale of diamonds just from the Chiadzwa mines. That would increase state revenues by 50 percent and could fund many social service programs....

Even in a time of global climate change, the immense suffering of the Pakistani people due to vast floods did not have to happen. Investment in infrastructure and a timely emergency response program could have minimized what has become one of the world's worst disasters. But decades of U.S. intervention to keep corrupt and reactionary military regimes in power against the will of the people have left this country one of the poorest and least developed in the region....
On Monday, August 16th Solidarity Rally for Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused by the U.S. military of leaking the video called "Collateral Murder" to the website WikiLeaks. The footage, made public in April 2010, shows US Army Bravo Company 2-16 killing civilians in Bagdad in July 2007....
Two Korean groups in the United States — the pro-reunification, community-based, grassroots organization Nodutdol and the National Campaign to End the Korean War — held a joint cultural event in Washington, D.C., on July 25 to call for a peace treaty between the U.S. and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, often referred to by the U.S. media as north Korea....
With the overwhelming support of the more than 700 people who registered for the three-day event, the United National Anti-war Conference decided July 25 to adopt an action program. It included support for a series of actions across the country in the coming weeks and months and for mass demonstrations next April 9 on the East and West Coasts. These actions will demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. and other occupation troops and mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan....
nce Again the US government has imposed another cruel punishment against Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban 5 imprisoned in the US for fighting against terrorism....
On Aug. 13-16, a ground-breaking conference of women from many countries and organizations will be held in Montreal to take up the crucial issues facing women worldwide, such as war, occupation, and corporate globalization, which brings with it low wages, and sweatshops and forces millions of women a year to leave their homelands to obtain jobs. The worldwide economic crisis is only worsening conditions for millions of women....
The U.S. and south Korean militaries are staging their largest joint war exercises in years off the coast of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea....
The media explosion following the publication of reports of some 90,000 classified cables between U.S. officials may accelerate the struggle to end the imperialist occupation of Afghanistan....
This is the moment to open a campaign to reawaken and mobilize a movement that can end the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. The New York Times in the U.S., the Guardian in Britain and Der Spiegel in Germany have published their spins on 92,000 classified cables released by Wikileaks, cables with messages between U.S. officials regarding the occupation of Afghanistan and the war against the Afghan resistance....
In 1945, two U.S. colonels in Washington D.C. divided the Korean peninsula along the 38th parallel. This arbitrary divide soon became a border and military frontline before and during the Korean War. An Armistice temporarily ceased fighting on the Korean peninsula and established the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the 38th parallel. A peace treaty was never signed, and to this day, Korea remains in a state of war....
The Muslim Solidarity Committee and Project SALAM (Support And Legal Advocacy for Muslims) have called for a public demonstration on Sunday, July 25 in Albany in solidarity with the Muslim community there, that has been subject to discrimination and persecution by the U.S. political police. The demonstration is set for the end of a national anti-war conference in the city. The organizers have called on conference participants to meet at east steps of the Capitol, Washington & State Streets, a block from the Conference site, at 1 p.m. for a march to Masjid As-Salam at 278 Central Avenue. The Muslim Solidarity Committee and Project SALAM will also participate in a luncheon panel on political repression and closing Guantanamo. ...
Bomb blasts in and around the Ugandan capital of Kampala on July 11 killed at least 74 people who were gathered at a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant watching the finals of the 2010 World Cup....
Iraqi women have been among the most liberated of their gender in the Middle East. They have a long history of political activism and social participation since the 19th century, having taken part in the struggle against colonial domination and in the fight for national unity, social justice and legal equality throughout the 20th century. In fact, UNICEF reported in 1993 that “rarely do women in the Arab world enjoy as much power and support as they do in Iraq.”...
A look at Google News shows that tens of thousands of articles have reported or commented on President Barack Obama's firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his replacement by Gen. David Petraeus. This exposure of disarray and demoralization within U.S. imperialism's military and civilian leadership provides a welcome opportunity to accelerate efforts to force Washington and its allies to withdraw and end the illegal U.S.-NATO war and occupation of Afghanistan....
On June 18, a U.S. carrier group quietly slipped through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea, headed toward the Persian Gulf. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Force included an aircraft carrier, a guided missile cruiser and nearly a dozen Aegis-class destroyers. Also included were the German frigate GGS Hessen and at least one Israeli vessel....
Western imperialist states are continuing their efforts to undermine Zimbabwe’s sovereignty. The most egregious campaign recently has been the attempt to block the southern African nation from selling its diamonds on the international market....
Workers across Europe — specifically in Greece, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy in the West and Romania in the East — have begun to resist the capitalists’ relentless assault on their wages, benefits, social services and secure existence....
There are no vacations yet for the students who won a two-month strike at the University of Puerto Rico. Instead, they have continued organizing and demanding that the administration fulfills the agreement....
In the final two weeks of June we have seen a number of serious developments in the Middle East involving the United States, Israel, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. While almost completely ignored by the U.S. mainstream press, there is considerable alarm around the world and especially in the Middle East. Some of these developments are unprecedented and could denote a sharp escalation in the U.S./NATO and Israeli campaign against Iran, or even all-out war....
Nodutdol will be organizing an interactive outdoor art exhibit on the national mall, a film screening, lobbying, press conference, and a congressional briefing....
Therefore, we call on the UN Security Council to not only resolve the matter of the Cheonan fairly but also work towards the realization of a Peace Treaty on the Korean peninsula. This will legally ensure peace on the Korean peninsula, as well as contribute to global peace....
The climate change we are living is not any crisis, it is a global alert about the way toward self destruction that the powerful have chosen, given the lack of equitable possibilities that the world need in order to survive –the indigenous peoples, the social groups living in poverty, women,the elderly and children are the most affected by it in today’s world....
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A 22 year old U.S. soldier, B. Manning, has been arrested on suspicion of leaking classified combat video footage and secret documents to a whistle-blower website. SPC Manning, from Potomac, Maryland, is assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, located east of Baghdad. SPC Manning was arrested in Iraq and is currently being held in Kuwait pending further investigations. The WikiLeaks website posted a video which shows U.S. occupation forces shooting civilians on a Baghdad street during 2007....
Jubilantly chanting, “Victory, victory, victory for history!” and “Eleven campuses, one UPR!” students at the University of Puerto Rico on the 58th day of their strike emerged from a final negotiating session with the Board of Trustees having won an agreement. It still has to be ratified at an assembly of the students as a whole....
A video produced for and shown at the 2010 U.S. social forum's IAC workshop on the struggle for jobs and against wars....
The government of the Spanish state has sabotaged an international conference in the Asturias autonomous region of Spain. By doing so, Spain joined the U.S. in supporting the occupation regime in Baghdad....
June 28th, 2010, marks the first year of the Military Coup in Honduras; the worst political, social and economic disaster in Honduran history. In the morning of that fatal day, more than 200 military men irrupted in the residence of Constitutional President, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, beat him, tied him down and in his pajamas, put him on a plane and dropped him in the Airport in Costa Rica. Today, President Zelaya and his family are exiled and wish to soon go back to Honduras. ...
Israel and its apologists bristle when Israel is called an apartheid state. Most loudly shouting, “Israeli apartheid,” however, are those who know the best — the workers of South Africa, who suffered the most under South African apartheid. South African trade unions have denounced the siege of Gaza and the apartheid wall on the West Bank, and have urged forward the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS)....
The heroes and heroines of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, so brutally attacked by Israeli commandos on May 31, have transformed the struggle to break the siege of Gaza and raised it to a higher level. They are the new Freedom Riders....
A group of politicians and Zionist organizations are trying to ban speakers to a major NYC meeting scheduled for this Thursday, June 17, 7 pm at House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn and speaking tour by a Turkish Member of Parliament, a U.S. filmmaker and other survivors of the horrific Israeli attack on the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara....
Talks from the IAC meeting after the attack on the Mavi Marmara in international waters by Israel....
Be part of the international opposition to the blockade of Gaza. Make your voice heard! The International Action Center urges you to sign a petition demanding justice in the wake of Israel's latest brutality -- the massacre of 9 or more unarmed activists by the Israeli army in international waters north of Gaza. Your message will go to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Congressional leaders, U.N. Secretary General Ban, members of the U.N. Security Council, U.N. member states, and the President, Prime Minister, and Cabinet of Israel along with Major media representatives and the International Red Cross....
An imperialist politician was forced to resign May 31, not for a scandal, not even for getting caught lying to the public. This time German President Horst Köhler, a Christian Democrat (CDU), was forced to resign for giving everyone a moment of truth about Germany’s role in the war in Afghanistan....
University of Puerto Rico students, labor unions, the Socialist Students Union, the Committee against Homophobia and Discrimination, UPR high school students and others held a big demonstration with a march from Munoz Rivera Park to Fortaleza — the governor’s mansion.

Gov. Luis Fortuño held a news conference at the same time to present his hostile version of the strike to the public. The governor accused the students of being “violent.” He also said that “external elements” - meaning the unions as well as left and pro-independence organizations, all of which have been in solidarity with the strikers — should not “interfere.”...

Israeli troops’ criminal actions aboard the Turkish Mavi Marmara, killing at least nine of the anti-blockade activists and wounding dozens, in turn released a storm of sympathy worldwide for those on the Freedom Flotilla and for the Palestinians caught in Gaza behind the Israeli blockade....
May 31 — A firestorm of condemnation and protest has followed Israel’s latest brutality — the massacre of at least 9 unarmed activists by the Israeli navy in international waters north of Gaza. The activists were part of a 750-member delegation on a six-boat flotilla attempting to bring humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza.The Freedom Flotilla was the largest attempt to date in the growing movement to break a three-year blockade of Gaza by Israel. Led by the Free Gaza Movement and Insani Yardim Vakfi, a Turkish organization, the flotilla carried some 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including medical and construction supplies. Representing 40 different countries, participants in the international delegation included 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, and government diplomats from various countries....
The year 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the Year of Africa, when 17 former colonial territories gained their national independence during 1960.

The liberation movements in Africa had gained momentum after World War II, when the European colonial powers were weakened by their mutual destruction from 1939 to 1945.

Colonialism was a vicious system of national oppression and exploitation with origins in the Atlantic Slave Trade starting in the 15th century. After four centuries of enslaving Africans in Western Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America and on the African continent itself, the imperialists solidified their colonial system with the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference....

A month-long meeting, involving 189 countries, is underway at the United Nations. It’s the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review. This review of a nuclear disarmament treaty that went into effect 40 years ago occurs every 5 years. Its stated purpose was disarmament by the countries holding nuclear weapons, stopping the spread or proliferation of nuclear weapons to other countries, and the right of all countries to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes....
A combative and confident workers’ movement in Greece is throwing a monkey wrench into the plans of Europe’s politicians, who are trying to revive the capitalist system by further grinding down workers’ wages and benefits.

Greek workers have been demonstrating in the tens of thousands, calling on their class sisters and brothers throughout Europe to rise up against the austerity plans that politicians of various stripes, from Britain’s Labour Party to Germany’s conservative coalition, have been carrying out in cahoots with the owners of the multinational corporations and banks....

I had the opportunity to attend the April 20-22 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where people from all over the world initiated a discussion about finding real solutions to the climate crisis. During this conference, I attended an April 21 workshop called “Taking action against corporations that damage the climate,” which brought up the Water Wars against Bechtel Corporation....
More than 150 years ago Karl Marx explained that “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle. Patrician and plebian, lord and serf, in a word oppressor and oppressed.” The struggle is an “uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight.” With modern society come “new conditions of oppression and new forms of struggle.”...
In Nepal, Honduras, Greece and elsewhere around the world, this year’s May Day actions went far beyond the traditional workers’ holiday by opening major struggles over decisive policies and in some cases over questions of power....
Ten years ago, the International Action Center initiated a major demonstration focused on the prison industrial complex. It was held on in front of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The march was called to take place on April 15, the day before militant actions to oppose the criminal policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which were meeting in that city; thousands of youth took part in those protests....
Thirty thousand people convened at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The conference, which took place from April 19-22, hosted people from more than 135 countries and 90 official state representatives. Climate activists, community organizers, artists, musicians, scholars and workers from around the world joined forces over the common goal of finding an effective and practical solution to the climate crisis — a task that the rich, ruling countries of the world proved, at the Copenhagen Climate Summit, that they are incapable of accomplishing....
Acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with President Barack Obama on April 11 at the White House as a prelude to the Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, D.C....
In solidarity with the struggling people of Haiti , the International Action Center is re-publishing the groundbreaking book, Haiti: A Slave Revolution, 200 Years after 1804....
We make a call to the international community regarding the militarization and potential massacre in the valley of Aguán, Northern Honduras. Reports estimate that of over 5000 police and military from all over the country have arrived in the valley of Aguán. There are over 3,500 families with women, children and elderly people who since last year have reclaimed land that was stolen or forcefully removed by the businessmen Miguel Facusse, René Morales and Reynaldo Canales....
Eight Honduran lawyers testified in Washington, D.C., at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States. The eight hope that the IACHR will expose and condemn the escalating human rights abuses perpetrated in that country after the June 28 coup that removed democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya Rosales from office. Above all, the lawyers hope the IACHR will force the Honduran state to investigate and punish these crimes....
The U.S.-NATO occupation of Afghanistan, begun in 2001 under President George W. Bush’s leadership, continues nine years and hundreds of billions of dollars later. Another episode typifying this criminal war recently took place when German troops shot and killed a group of soldiers in the puppet Afghan National Army who were delivering supplies to a German military base....
It is an absolutely chilling demonstration of cold-blooded murder. A U.S. Apache gunship circles a Baghdad neighborhood looking for “targets” — people to kill. A military video shows the intended targets through superimposed crosshairs: a group of men dressed in civilian clothes, no masks, no apparent weapons, casually sauntering along a street and into a small square....
While a group of workers held an 18-day occupation at Vestas wind turbine plant on Great Britain’s Isle of Wight in July, other Vestas workers and their supporters erected an encampment outside the plant. On Nov. 27 this tent community — which after four months included such comforts as a kitchen, showers, furniture and a solar-powered laptop/cell phone charging station! — was disbanded when Vestas obtained a court eviction order. Campers, however, were hardly demoralized....
The youth are more interested than anyone else in the future. Until very recently, the discussion revolved around the kind of society we would have. Today, the discussion centers on whether human society will survive....
African countries at the COP-15 climate change summit in Copenhagen led a walkout for several hours on Dec. 14 to protest the efforts of the United States, Britain and other imperialist countries and their allies to sidestep responsibility for the worsening impact of carbon dioxide emissions. The increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has caused climate change that threatens the total collapse of agricultural production on the African continent....
It seemed like a scandalous disconnect, a case of the right brain not knowing what the left brain was doing.

On March 12 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations announced the appointment of a High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The group is supposed to mobilize the money to help poorer countries deal with climate change, which had been promised them during the U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December....

The International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which was two years in the planning, ended in a train wreck. Nothing was arrived at: no treaty, no deadlines, no binding agreement of any sort....
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Despite angry statements by U.S. officials and endless verbiage in the establishment media about what it all means, this disagreement is about a diplomatic embarrassment and is not substantial....
The events of recent weeks in Haiti and Chile have had impacts far beyond the borders of these countries. These impacts have been global....
The Latin American Labor Leaders tour kicked off March 21 in Cleveland demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba and its trade and travel ban that prevents workers from exchanging views and direct understanding.

The participation of Gilda Chacón Bravo from the Confederation of Cuban Workers (Central de Trabajadores de Cuba) and the World Federation of Trade Unions has been stalled by the U.S. State Department. Although approved for a visa, her passport is currently held by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, making it impossible for her to travel and take part in the tour....

A lot of noise is being made over what happened recently in Israel when U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden went there to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....
On March 2, seven U.S. doctors gave a report on their month-long mission of providing post-earthquake medical services in Haiti at a program at Judson Memorial Church in New York City....
One-fifth of the world’s population is so poor that it does not have basic necessities such as shelter and food. Three-quarters of the poor are women and their numbers at the bottom are increasing. Why is this so?

Today, poverty is not based upon a scarcity of resources. Technology has made it possible for people to work only a few hours a day to sustain themselves and have their needs met. Poverty is the result of the grossly unequal distribution of wealth and of the globalization of the capitalist system that denies deserved economic benefits to whole populations in the developing world and growing numbers in the developed countries....

A recent statement issued by the Obama administration indicates that it is planning to carry out aerial bombardments in the Horn of Africa nation of Somalia. The announcement comes amid intense fighting in the capital of Mogadishu between the two Islamic resistance movements, Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam, and the U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government that is ruling the country....
Against all odds the southern African nation of Zimbabwe is celebrating its 30th year of independence from British settler-colonialism....
The fraud and failure of microloans and micro-financing as the bankers’ solution to global poverty can most clearly be seen in Bangladesh today, where microloans first gained international fame and support....
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The Pentagon offensive against the Afghan city of Marjah was public-relations media hype from the very first day. The sole purpose of the offensive in Marjah was to convince the U.S. population and increasingly tepid NATO allies that this imperialist war is winnable....
As the March 7 national election approaches in Iraq, the number of U.S. troops occupying the country has slipped below 100,000 for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion seven years ago. The Pentagon plans to change the name of its Iraq effort on Sept. 1, from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn” when 50,000 troops remain....
Let the Honduran People restore democracy through convening the Constitutional Convention they have been demanding to rebuild their country on a basis of equality and justice....
President Obama’s election brought hope for change in many aspects of US policy including the potential to end the illegal, immoral and internationally condemned economic blockade of Cuba....
The Union of South American Nations — UNASUR — held an emergency meeting on Feb. 9 in Quito, Ecuador, to examine the situation in Haiti after the earthquake and make plans for short- and long-term assistance to the destroyed nation. Exterior ministers and special envoys from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela and the presidents of Colombia, Paraguay and Peru joined current UNASUR President Rafael Correa from Ecuador and Haitian President René Préval....
At least $100 billion will be spent this year in occupying Afghanistan. Over three million jobs at $15 per hour could be created with this money. Instead it’s being used to kill children thousands of miles away....
Since the 1980s, militarists in Honduras have trained paramilitary forces to torture and murder labor unionists and other activists to prevent the people from exercising their basic right to resist exploitation and oppression....
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The U.S. government’s first prolonged reaction to the earthquake was to send in the U.S. Marines and the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. This is the notorious force unit that had invaded Vietnam, [Haiti’s] neighboring Dominican Republic in 1965, Grenada in 1984, Haiti in 1994 and Afghanistan. Under the preposterous pretext of providing security to the devastated nation, the U.S. landed and deployed armed soldiers instead of civil rescue personnel and equipment, water and food....
Jenny Ulysse is a teen-aged Boston community organizer who was in Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 12 and was injured in the earthquake. She has been unable to receive an x-ray or any medical attention for her injured foot and leg since then. Although she is a legal resident of the United States, lives here with her family and is the main breadwinner, is employed and goes to school in Boston, her efforts to return and obtain necessary medical attention are being rebuffed at the U.S. embassy because she is not a citizen....
In an effort to intimidate observers to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s trial Federal Marshals have instituted a new and unprecedented measure of copying photo identification and having names and addresses logged by court security officers before admission into the courtroom. This is especially threatening to the Pakistani immigrant community who is deeply concerned about the fate of their sister Aafia. An additional level of metal detectors is also posted outside the courtroom....
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s trial for alleged attempted murder of FBI agents and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan entered its second week Jan. 25 in New York City. Court officials forced all who wanted to attend the trial to twice go through metal detectors and submit to thorough searches, give photo IDs and sign their name. This intimidating process targeting noncitizens from the Pakistani community is being challenged....
Today the big question facing the peace and justice movement is whether Washington is planning a military attack against Iran. Shocking as such a thought might be, this is exactly what is being debated and contemplated at the highest levels of American politics.

The Obama administration came into office promising a break with George Bush’s policies. Many progressives voted for him because of that. He promised change and dialogue with Iran instead of confrontation. In June 2009 he traveled to Cairo in a highly publicized trip and made a beautiful speech calling for “a new beginning with Muslims” and mutual respect. He even questioned the policies of his predecessors, including the CIA-engineered coup in 1953 in Iran, and promised dialogue....

Jan. 26. — The U.S. secured its occupation of Haiti when the Pentagon placed 13,000 troops in the country around the capital and on nearby ships, with at least 4,000 more scheduled to arrive. It’s now two weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake leveled the capital city and nearby towns, wreaking havoc on the population, and in doing so eliminated the Haitian government bureaucracy, police and the United Nations military mission...
Over 200,000 may have died in the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.Thousands more are wounded and dying every day from infections, embolisms and lack of medical care and supplies. Some 2 million people are homeless. Please join the Coalition To Stand With Haiti in this demonstration to Honor the memory of the dead and to Show solidarity with those who are injured and who lost their family members and homes. ...
The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean were built with the hands of thousands of black and indigenous people. The colonizers oppressed them with the use of the whip and the dollar. The misfortune of the Haitian people is not a product of their geography but a product of a history of occupation, that which determines who lives and who dies, whose life is worth more than others. ...
The United States's goal to control the region for the benefit of its corporations has no boundaries, whether posing as an aiding partner as in Haiti, or through the imposition of an illegitimate government as in Honduras; through 'diplomacy' or through blatant military force....
Haiti has suffered a terrible natural disaster at the cost of hundreds of thousands of precious lives. This natural disaster however, has been bitterly aggravated by racism and imperialist domination....
A partial list of marches, demonstrations and events...
Jan 24, 2010
Eyewitness Lebanon
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Haiti was the most prosperous of all the French colonies during the period of slavery. The production of sugar, coffee and other agricultural products brought tremendous profits to the colonial landowners on the island of Hispaniola, which today encompasses both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. At the time of an uprising on Aug. 14, 1791, led by Boukman, more than 500,000 enslaved Africans and thousands more free Blacks and people of mixed race lived in Haiti....
We thank all the true friends of Haiti, in particular the Government and the people of South Africa for their solidarity with the victims of Haiti....
As soon as the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Cuban doctors began saving lives.Years before this monumental disaster hit, Cuba had set up a medical mission in Haiti to provide health care in areas where there had been little or none; Cubans also were training Haitian medical workers in basic first aid. When the quake struck, these teams quickly went into emergency mode....
President Obama's response to the tragedy in Haiti has been robust in military deployment and puny in what the Haitians need most: food; first responders and their specialized equipment; doctors and medical facilities and equipment; and engineers, heavy equipment, and heavy movers. Sadly, President Obama is dispatching Presidents Bush and Clinton, and thousands of Marines and U.S. soldiers. By contrast, Cuba has over 400 doctors on the ground and is sending in more; Cubans, Argentinians, Icelanders, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, and many others are already on the ground working--saving lives and treating the injured. Senegal has offered land to Haitians willing to relocate to Africa....
Send a message to President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Bush: "The People of Haiti need food, water, and medical aid, not military occupation"...
In response to the devastating eqrthquake in Haiti, IFCO Pastors for Peace is supporting these organizations, which are delivering humanitarian aid quickly: Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Lakou New York and Movement for Dominican Haitian Women....
The International Action Center expresses its full solidarity with the Haitian people at this time of greatest crisis following the devastating Jan.12 earthquake. In the Haitian capital, tens of thousands of lives have been lost and the lives of hundreds of thousands of additional people are at stake. It is essential that there be an all-out effort for immediate and massive humanitarian relief effort....
A grave tragedy has befallen the people of Haiti. Fight Imperialism Stand Together extends its solidarity to the island nation, its people and the peoples’ movements....
The earthquake that flattened Haiti’s capital and brought a new calamity to millions of people in that heroic but impoverished country has awakened calls for solidarity and aid from the vast majority of the world’s people. The number one priority is to provide food, drinkable water and emergency medical care to the approximately 3 million Haitians affected by the disaster to try to limit the deaths, injuries and illnesses to the people....
In the wake of the tragic events in Haiti,the organizers of the Martin Luther King Birthday Bail Out the People Not the Banks Protest on Wall St., scheduled for Friday, January 15, at Wall St. and Broad St. from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., have decided to make Friday's protest a solidarity event with the Haitian people....
Jan 13, 2010
Get a mirror
Looking for terrorists? Get a mirror, Secretary of State Clinton....
A bomb explosion in a Central Intelligence Agency camp in Khost Province of Afghanistan on Dec. 30 resulted in the deaths of seven experienced operatives, including the base commander. The attack struck a heavy blow against the U.S.-led occupation. It has changed the ground rules for the U.S. spy organization and evoked threats from U.S. President Barack Obama and CIA head Leon Panetta....
Demonstrators around the world marched in solidarity with the people of Gaza on the one-year anniversary of Israel’s massacre there and to demand an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza....
A Jan. 6 post on the Viva Palestina Web site reports, "One month, thousands of miles, ten countries, one ship and four flights later, Viva Palestina has begun to enter the besieged Gaza Strip."...
Egyptian security police have launched a brutal, unprovoked assault on the 500-member third Viva Palestina humanitarian relief convoy to Gaza. Dozens of convoy members have been injured and some are reported missing....
Members of the Viva Palestina international aid convoy to Gaza will begin a hunger strike at 11.25 am tomorrow (27th) in protest at the Egyptian government's refusal to allow the convoy entry onto its soil....
Dec 26, 2009
Standoff in Aqaba
This is a report from New Jersey IAC activist Ralph Loeffler, who is with the Third Viva Palestina Lifeline to Gaza convoy, which is being blocked from entering Egypt at the Jordanian port of Aqaba....
Last Dec. 27, the U.S.-funded Israel war machine unleashed a blizzard of U.S.-made weapons of mass destruction on the towns and refugee camps of Gaza, the most densely populated place on earth. 1,500 died, many of them women and children. Tens of thousands lost their arms, legs, eyes, were paralyzed, orphaned or made homeless....
Among the most important corporate media censored news stories of the past decade, one must be that over one million people have died because of the United States military invasion and occupation of Iraq. This, of course, does not include the number of deaths from the first Gulf War nor the ensuing sanctions placed upon the country of Iraq that, combined, caused close to an additional one million Iraqi deaths....
The following lesbian/gay/bi and trans activists as well as progressives in the United States working in solidarity with the Honduran people and against the U.S.-backed illegal military coup strongly condemn the assassination of Walter Tróchez, a 25-year-old member of the lesbian/gay/bi/trans community in Honduras and an active participant in the National Resistance Front....
...the Open Letter supports the growing international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, by calling on trade unionists in the United States to Divest from State of Israel Bonds, support workers' refusal to handle Israeli cargo, break ties with the racist Histadrut, and oppose U.S. military and economic aid for Israel....
NEWS arriving from the Danish capital paints a picture of chaos. After planning an event in which around 40,000 people were to participate, the hosts have no way of keeping their promise. Evo, who was the first of the ALBA presidents to arrive there, expressed certain profound truths emanating from the millenary culture of his people....
Washington has already begun to send more troops to occupy Afghanistan following President Barack Obama’s Dec. 1 speech at West Point. In Afghanistan as in Iraq, the U.S. occupation will bring death to more Afghan civilians and more U.S. troops. It threatens to open a civil war in Pakistan, while the occupation of Iraq continues....
Many of us relearned something obvious over the past year: elections offer only an opportunity to avoid tragedy, further exploitation and, at best, stagnation with a bad outcome or with a good outcome, a better chance for peace, the end of militarism, progress toward economic and social justice and a world of cooperation, not competition. Most often, our two-party national elections offer a slight difference, if any, on critical issues....
The use of devices that carry and spread to unknown distances high amounts of toxic metals poses the question of the present contamination in the territory of the strip of Gaza. One report on the presence of metals in the soil of Gaza, with samples in 170 locations, published in 2005, could be a reference for comparison, if a more systematic collection of samples is undertaken, as it should....
I have been reading some of the slogans painted on the streets, and I think those slogans of these youngsters, some of which I heard when I was young, and of the young woman there, two of which I noted. You can hear among others, two powerful slogans. One: Don’t change the climate, change the system....
The International Action Center stands in solidarity with the thousands of activists from across the globe who are protesting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. We condemn the acts of police brutality, including use of chemical weapons and the preemptive arrests of more than 1,000 people. We demand the release of all who have been arrested....
It was a great feeling to be one of the 100,000 people from all corners of the world at the Palace Square in front of the Danish Parliament on Dec. 12, the fifth day of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen....
In evaluating the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen -- with more than 15,000 participants from 192 countries, including more than 100 heads of state, as well as 100,000 demonstrators in the streets -- it is important to ask: How is it possible that the worst polluter of carbon dioxide and other toxic emissions on the planet is not a focus of any conference discussion or proposed restrictions?...
After a barrage of propaganda emanating from Washington and the big business media, most people in the U.S. have been led to believe that any failure to reach an agreement at the Copenhagen summit on climate change will be China's fault....
African countries at the COP-15 climate change summit in Copenhagen led a walkout for several hours on Dec. 14 to protest the efforts of the United States, Britain and other imperialist countries and their allies to sidestep responsibility for the worsening impact of carbon dioxide emissions. The increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has caused climate change that threatens the total collapse of agricultural production on the African continent....
As we raised several times before, the purpose of this redeployment is not to fight the war on terror, but it is instead a humiliating submission to U.S. pressure that risks the security of Korean people, and involves it in a bloody, amoral, war of aggression and occupation for the ultimate purpose of installing a pro-U.S. regime....
For a look at what REALLY happened in Honduras the day of the elections, this video is a must see. Thanks to REALNEWS for this excellent work....
None of the Five should be in prison, for their only crime was to stop terrorism against Cuba, terrorism carried out by right-wing Cuban American organizations in Florida...
Why is the largest military machine on the planet unable to defeat the resistance in Afghanistan, in a war that has lasted longer than World War II or Vietnam? Afghanistan ranks among the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world today. It has one of the shortest life expectancy rates, highest infant mortality rates and lowest rates of literacy.The total U.S. military budget has more than doubled from the beginning of this war in 2001 to the $680 billion budget signed by President Barack Obama Oct. 28. The U.S. military budget today is larger than the military budgets of the rest of the world combined. The U.S. arsenal has the most advanced high-tech weapons....
Following months of Pentagon pressure to send more U.S. troops to Central Asia, President Barack Obama announced the escalation to West Point Army officers and the country on Dec. 1. He said he had already issued orders to send some 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and that the transfer of troops was already underway....
On December 3rd, 2009, in New York City the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) is presenting Vale CEO Roger Agnelli with its Global Citizenship Award. Agnelli isn’t a ‘good citizen.’ Under his watch Vale has waged an all out war on workers all over the world....
Next Tuesday, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, President Barack Obama will announce plans to send somewhere between 25,000 and 35,000 additional troops to continue the war against the people of Afghanistan.

Join us on Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm to say, “Bring the Troops Home Now! We need jobs, not war!”...

A new chapter in relations between the People’s Republic of China and the African continent began during the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC), which was held Nov. 6-9 in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced eight new measures to enhance partnerships with 53 African states in the areas of agriculture, debt relief, market access expansion, climate change, medical affairs, education, environmental protection and promotion of investment....
Recently, at three General Motors and Ford plants in the U.S. and Canada, production was temporarily brought to a standstill. This time, however, the cause was not sagging car sales but an event halfway around the world....
A national tour organized to highlight the use of administrative detention, an inhumane punishment aimed at Palestinian political prisoners, visited a number of U.S. cities from Nov. 3 to Nov. 20. Administrative detention is a cruel form of arrest that offers the accused man, woman or even child no charges to dispute, no trial and no limit to their maximum sentence....
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Unfortunately, the military coup in Honduras and the United States’ announcement to recognize the elections, without reversing the military coup is another coup to all of Latin America and undoubtedly a regression in relations. The other day, while waiting at a traffic light, I told another driver who was wearing a hat with the image of Obama, “Obama has let us down in my country Honduras, they are about to recognize some elections under a state of terror”. The traffic light changed and each of us accelerated and quickly lost sight of each other....
When I first met with Secretary of State Clinton on July 8 after the coup d'etat, the position of the Obama administration was made clear to me and to the world regarding its condemnation of the coup d'etat, non-recognition of the coup regime authorities and urging the return to the rule of law with the reinstatement of the President elected by the people....
Shannon’s actions prove him unfit to serve as US ambassador to Brazil. How can Shannon effectively serve as US ambassador when Brazil has been among the strongest voices demanding that the Age of Coups in the Americas is over and that the Honduran coup cannot be allowed to stand?...
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Nov. 2—After 125 days on the streets protesting the military coup that had deposed their elected president, the people of Honduras have finally seen a positive sign that could lead to the reinstatement of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales....
The International Action Center congratulates the people of Honduras and their vanguard, the National Popular Front of Resistance against the Coup for the signing of the Tegucigalpa-San José accord last Friday, October 30....
On 4 November 2009, the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Report) is scheduled to be tabled before the Plenary of the UN General Assembly in New York.  Following the Report’s endorsement at the Human Rights Council on 21 October 2009, it now falls to the General Assembly to ensure that the Report is endorsed and its recommendations acted upon. ...
Some 2,000 demonstrators from all over Lebanon gathered in downtown Beirut Oct. 12 to demand that the Lebanese government rebuild the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp destroyed by the Lebanese Army in 2007. A master plan for reconstruction was approved by the Lebanese government in 2008, but reconstruction has been postponed repeatedly....
On Oct. 13, a 21-year-plus-10-month prison term was imposed on Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez by the same Florida U.S. District Court that initially condemned him to a life sentence plus 10 years. The steadfast support of the Cuban people and government, amplified with worldwide solidarity, forced the U.S. government to back off some of the unjust and wildly excessive life sentences imposed on Guerrero, one of the revolutionary heroes known as the Cuban Five....
It concluded that there is evidence of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity....
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The renowned film director Roman Polanski is being held in a Swiss jail, awaiting possible extradition to the United States. He was arrested on a 31-year-old warrant while traveling to the Zurich Film Festival to receive an award. He faces charges for sexually assaulting a child in 1977 in Los Angeles....
After a week of showing solidarity with the people of Honduras on the streets and gaining insightful information on what has transpired during the 105 days since a right-wing coup, the 12 people composing the U.S. Delegation in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance returned to the U.S. in the wee hours of Oct. 12....
When cameras are running, Washington officials sometimes express “concern” for the plight of the Palestinian people. But even this phony caring doesn’t extend to the 4.5 million Palestinians who for 61 years have remained stateless, without official nationality, stranded in Arab countries....
On Monday, October 12, [2009] a 12-member U.S. delegation returned from Honduras after a four-day visit to the country.  Delegates conducted a fact-finding investigation that included dozens of interviews, as well as participation in street actions, in order to witness firsthand the repression carried out by the fraudulent and illegal Micheletti government....
The tragic death of Mr. Roy George, Vice-president of Pricol Ltd., Coimbatore on 22 September 2009 occurred, as you are aware, against a background of deeply disturbing actions of management of Pricol Ltd Coimbatore. Not only has the company continually and openly flouted labour laws, Supreme Court directions, Chennai High Court directions, orders of the Government of Tamil Nadu, issued on 29th June 2009 that the demands of the workers are met, and the directions of the Labour Department of Government of Tamil Nadu, but it has continued to victimise and harass the workers. It has also pressurised and blackmailed them to try to force them to leave their union, the AICCTU. The workers however have refused to leave their union and have continued to struggle through a variety of peaceful and democratic means....
Send a message to the White House, Congress, Honduran officials and the media demanding they insure the safety and security of this U.S. delegation....
A press conference featuring representatives of the U.S. Delegation to Honduras, who will announce their intention to travel to Honduras from Oct. 7-11 on a fact-finding mission. The delegation calls on elected officials, the Obama administration and the State Department to assure our safety....
According to the history books, 100 years ago on Sept. 21, 1909, Kwame Nkrumah, the founder and leader of the African independence movement and the foremost advocate of Pan-Africanism during his time, was born in the western Nzima region of the Gold Coast, later known as the independent state of Ghana....
The G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh gathered the finance ministers, top bankers and political leaders of the world’s largest economies, ostensibly to take up the most serious economic collapse of capitalism in three generations. Instead, they attacked Iran....
It has been 27 years since the massacre of at least 2,000 unarmed Palestinians and poor Lebanese in the Sabra and Shatila refugees camps here in Beirut....
t this moment the Embassy of Brazil in Tegucigalpa where President Manuel Zelaya has been staying since he returned to his country on September 21, together with his family and close to 100 supporters, is being blockaded and attacked with chemical and electronic noise-producing weapons by the Honduran military. Poisonous chemicals and gases are being thrown from helicopters. The entrance is guarded by heavily armed troops who do not allow the delivery of food or other necessities. Water and electricity have been cut off several times in an effort to starve and hurt those inside....
President Zelaya reports from the Brazilian embassy that they have been subjected to "bombardments with chemical products and ultrasound waves that provoke illness and make people very nervous."...
It is time to let Iraq to Iraqis, to withdraw unconditionally and let Iraq to a transitional government that is supported by the resistance and the anti-occupation forces and masses. It is this government that can offer a sincere election. The U.S. government and think tank theatre for Iraq hasn't produced - and will not produce - but blood, death and destruction for Iraqis.

Abdul Ilah Albayaty is an Iraqi analyst, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee....

resident Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed on June 28 by a right-wing pro-U.S. coup, has returned home to his beloved country. Reports indicate that he is secure at the Brazilian embassy. His return is a victory for the people of Honduras and is a direct result of their non-stop and daily struggle for over 80 days....
President Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed on June 28 by a right-wing pro-U.S. coup, has returned home to his beloved country. Reports indicate that he is secure at the Brazilian embassy. His return is a victory for the people of Honduras and is a direct result of their non-stop and daily struggle for over 80 days....
A vast reconstruction effort, spearheaded by Hezbollah, the Lebanese resistance movement, is rebuilding some 300 villages and towns in Lebanon devastated by the Israeli bombing of 2006. Yet these mountainous regions have not yet restored much of the small family farming plots so crucial to the economy....
Mutadhar al-Zaidi, is an Iraqi journalist who was jailed on Dec. 14, 2008, after he threw his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush, at a Baghdad press conference, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. His actions which were hailed worldwide, protested the U.S.-led war and occupation of Iraq. Following al-Zaidi’s release on Sept. 15, 2009, he gave this speech....
With Defense Secretary Robert Gates expected to ask for 45,000 more U.S. troops for Afghanistan, it looks like a U.S. escalation of that ugly war will be the next big issue to be fought out in Congress, with most opposition coming from Democrats. Will the administration rely on support from the most rightist forces in Congress to continue to promote the war against the Afghans, sending many thousands of U.S. youth and contract mercenaries to kill and die occupying that Central Asian land?...
The International Action Center is excited to announce that it is organizing a delegation to this important conference in Honduras. This conference will be a striking blow against the illegitimate government of Roberto Micheletti as it will show worldwide solidarity with the people of Honduras who continue to demand the return of President Manuel Zelaya and a peoples Constitutional Assembly despite wide repression....
Biden’s threat came during a full corporate media offensive against Iran. Its timing - and the new threats - should serve as an alert to the entire progressive and anti-war movement. U.S. aircraft carriers, destroyers, nuclear submarines, jet aircraft and drones clog the seas that wash up on Iranian shores. In light of the events of this summer, and the ongoing propoganda war against Iran, it is important to remember that John Bolton told the Telegraph of London in 2007 that a US military attack on Iran would "be a 'last option' after economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed."...
s the decision day for escalating the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan grows closer, a mass slaughter of Afghans in northern Kunduz province has put the war on center stage worldwide and sharpened popular opposition within the NATO countries, including inside the U.S. itself....
Two disasters. One a natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. The other a human-made disaster, the carpet bombing of Lebanon in 2006. Both inflicted widespread death and destruction.

In the U.S, the richest country in the world, Washington is coordinating the recovery effort. In Lebanon, a tiny poor and war-torn nation, Hezbollah, a grassroots resistance movement that Washington called “terrorist,” organizes most of the reconstruction. Hezbollah receives substantial aid in this effort from Syria and especially Iran, countries Washington also calls “terrorist.”...

Dahia was the area hardest hit by Israel in 2006. It suffered 934 bombing raids, according to the Lebanese army. Much of the neighborhood was reduced to rubble....
In the 2006 war, in retaliation for its failed invasion, Israel bombed virtually every one of Lebanon’s southern villages and towns. Roads and bridges were destroyed, with mosques and churches smashed and Red Cross ambulances, schools, government emergency centers, factories, power and water networks blown apart. And then, in the last days of the war, after getting a rush weapons’ delivery from the Pentagon, Israel dropped 1.2 million cluster bombs on the South....
The pride was palpable and the emotion stirring. It was the pride of a people who have twice freed their land from U.S.-backed Israeli forces....
The Gaza Strip, populated by 1.5 million Palestinians, is virtually an open-air prison—a place of punishment and exile for Palestinians. No one can officially get in or out of Gaza unless given permission at border checkpoints that are opened at the whim of Israel and Egypt. If your name is not on a pre-existing list, you can’t get into Gaza or leave it....
As the crisis for the Honduran oligarchy and U.S. imperialism deepens, momentum gathers for the August 28th Days of Action against the coup. August 28th will be the two month anniversary of the coup d’état where President Manual Zelaya was ousted....
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The old adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” underlines a dangerous reality regarding any alleged change in U.S. relations with Latin America, and especially regarding Honduras and Colombia....
There was much anticipation on the African continent about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 11-day recent visit to seven countries. However, the tour’s outcome largely reaffirmed the continuance of past U.S. policy toward Africa....
Hondurans continue the struggle in the streets. Defying criminal police and military who repress, arrest and shoot tear and pepper gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition at them, the people have protested the military coup regime every day for seven long weeks....
More than 100,000 troops from the Pentagon and its NATO allies now occupy Afghanistan. They are inflicting more deaths and terror on the Afghans. They are also dying in record numbers now, nearly eight years after the initial U.S. invasion....
We demand: Stop the killings & repression of the Honduran people;No to human rights violations in Honduras; Support the non-violent resistance of the Honduran People and the National Front for Resistance Against the Coup d’état; Immediate return of Constitutional law and restore Constitutional President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales; No to an electoral process as product of the de facto regime; No to the militarization of Honduras, or U.S. military bases in Honduras...
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On June 28, 2009, the legitimate President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was taken from his house by the country's military at gunpoint and taken outside the country. An illegitimate and criminal government was installed with Raoberto Micheletti as its President. ...
Honduran workers and farmers have protested every day since a military coup d’état overthrew that country’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya on June 28. Voices of that resistance movement spoke in Philadelphia July 31 stressing the urgency that Zelaya be returned to power and the coup d’état overturned....
On July 29 the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn hosted a standing-room-only report-back meeting led by several participants of the Viva Palestina historic U.S. convoy who returned July 17 and 18 from Gaza City in Palestine. The audience was majority Black....
Two hundred Haitians on July 26 crammed themselves into a small sailing vessel, according to news reports. They were seeking to escape from a country that continues to be occupied by foreign troops and whose people suffer from massive poverty and starvation....
The failure of capitalist methods of production and distribution is clearly illustrated by the way the collapse of the financial and industrial centers in Western Europe and the United States has devastated former colonial countries. Since late 2007 tens of millions of workers and farmers in several regions of the African continent have been severely affected by unemployment, rising commodities prices, food deficits and the decline in material aid from the industrialized states....
The old adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” underlines a dangerous reality regarding any alleged change in U.S. relations with Latin America, and especially regarding Honduras and Colombia....
December, 4, 5 and 6,/ Diciembre 4,5 y 6, 2009. ¡La lucha obrera no tiene fronteras! The workers’struggle has no borders!Uniting America's Working Class and Increasing its Influence...
The International Action Center is calling on the anti-war and progressive movement to participate in National Days of Solidarity with the people resisting the coup d'etat in Honduras on the two month anniversary of the coup ...
This panel of speakers, the majority of whom are Iranian born, will present information and views based on research and sober analysis. Questions and answers follow the presentations....
The Stop War On Iran Campaign was founded in March of 2005 to oppose the threat of a U.S. attack on Iran. Since that time, Stop War On Iran activists have held teach-ins, forums, and protests across the U.S.As threats against Iran continue, we will continue to organize, mobilize and educate to stop another war for Empire.The oil companies and Wall Street firms who want control over Iran's vast natural resources have billions of dollars and access to the corporate media to wage their disinformation campaign....
We have just learned that Israeli security forces have refused entry to three U.S. activists attempting to visit the Palestinian Territories. One of them, Karen Sullivan, is being sent home on a flight tonight, and two others, Sarah Martin and Katrina Plotz have refused to leave, and are being taken into custody. They are being treated as criminals, while their only goal was to learn about the reality of life for the Palestinian people. All three should be allowed to enter the country, as millions of tourists do every year....
Participants will include:...
The ongoing crisis in Iran following the recent presidential elections has been a source of much misunderstanding and confusion in antiwar and progressive organizations, particularly in the United States.  In the face of ongoing threats of military action against Iran, especially recent remarks by Vice President Joe Biden that gave a green light for an Israeli attack and this week's visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Israel, the antiwar movement must be clear in its opposition to any attack, or to the propaganda used to justify such an attack....
The conflict in Iran that opened up with the June presidential elections there has had an impact on the progressive and anti-imperialist movement worldwide, including in the United States. Misunderstanding the events has created some confusion in anti-war ranks. This is especially dangerous after Vice President Joe Biden on July 5 gave a virtual green light to an Israeli attack on Iran. The anti-war movement must stay alert to protest any move in that direction....
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It has been amazing to see the popular surge, coalescence and coordination during the first 23 days since the coup. Unions, youth and students, women, peasants, Indigenous, Afro descendants—all have joined in the Popular National Front of Resistance against the Coup D’État (FNPRG)....
If the U.S. government was interested in supporting democracy or in building respect for the will of the people in a democratic election, it should have started by respecting the outcome of the 2006 Palestinian election. The Palestinian people voted in large numbers, electing Hamas candidates to parliament with large enough votes to form the Palestinian government. In Gaza, Hamas had a total sweep....
I demand that the Barack Obama administration and the U.S. Congress unequivocally condemn the unconstitutional and anti-democratic military coup in Honduras and insist that the military regime and the newly appointed but illegitimate president of Honduras restore President Zelaya to office, free all the imprisoned popular leaders and remove the curfew. I further demand that the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras be recalled immediately until such time as President Zelaya is restored to office....
The discussion of this legal project, named Organic Law of Gender Equality, represents a further advance of your Revolution and demonstrates the wish to correct these inequalities and discriminations which for decades have plagued our societies. We understand that it is not possible to have a society with justice and equality when some of the members of that society suffer discrimination, whether it is because of their age, the color of their skin, their ethnic origins, their sex or their sexual orientation....
Jul 16, 2009
Commentary on Iran
The ten days of turmoil in the aftermath of Iran’s presidential election sharply divided world public opinion into two opposite poles: those who believed in and supported Iran’s sovereignty and independence, mainly the working people of Iran and the peoples of the developing countries, on one hand, and those whose interests lie in believing in U.S. hegemony in the Middle East and the domination of monopoly capital over the world’s human and natural resources, on the other....
Organizers of the largest U.S. humanitarian aid convoy to Palestine in history spoke today by telephone from Cairo to 50 people protesting outside the Egyptian United Nations Mission in New York. ...
he largest humanitarian aid convoy in history to travel from the U.S. to Palestine succeeded in crossing the Rafah border into Gaza late today....
July 14—Organizers of the largest U.S. humanitarian aid convoy to Palestine in history spoke today by telephone from Cairo to 50 people protesting outside the Egyptian United Nations Mission in New York. They updated supporters on the progress of the Viva Palestina effort. The news was that the Egyptian government had agreed to allow more than $1 million in medical aid into Gaza, and that the convoy was expected to reach the border with Gaza on July 15....
Come out to hear the latest developments in Honduras following the right-wing coup against President Manuel Zelaya on June 28th and demonstrate your solidarity with the Honduran people, as they continue to demand their president back....
As we write, the Viva Palestina Convoy is being denied passage into Gaza by the Egyptian Government....
As we write, the Viva Palestina Convoy is being denied passage into Gaza by the Egyptian Government....
As the world watches, massive demonstrations in Iran -- some say the largest since the 1979 Revolution -- are denouncing the results of the June 12 presidential election. Official announcements that incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad garnered nearly 63 percent of the vote are being met with cries of "fraud" by supporters of his principal challenger, former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein....
The largest ever US humanitarian aid convoy is now gathering in Egypt to head across the border into Gaza on Monday, July 13....
Please consider making an emergency donation.Stop War on Iran was founded in early 2005 as an international campaign to oppose a U.S. military attack on Iran and other acts of war, including sanctions and covert destabilization....
The thousands of Palestinian prisoners are facing an ongoing campaign in denial of their rights - from denial of family visits, to the imposition of solitary confinement and isolation. Every day, they stand on the front lines, confronting the injustice and repression of the occupation, as prisoners for the freedom of Palestinian land and the Palestinian people....
On June 28, the Honduran army used weapons and force to take Honduras’ constitutional President Manuel Zelaya from his residence and send him to Costa Rica in what was the first military coup d'état in Central America in more than 30 years. This act of extreme violence can only bring more war and destabilization to the region....
June 30—Some 200 heavily armed soldiers from the Honduran army surrounded the house of democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya at dawn on June 28. After firing on the house, soldiers forced their way in, pointed their rifles at Zelaya’s head and chest, and forced him into a vehicle. They drove him to an airplane that flew him to Costa Rica....
Today units of the Israeli navy blockading Gaza attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the Spirit of Humanity, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries. The passengers and crew, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, are being forcibly dragged toward Israel. The boat is carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza with an international delegation that set sail from Lanarca, Cyprus....
The next day, July 4th, hundreds  of people from across the United States will depart New York to Egypt, where they will load trucks with millions of dollars worth of medical supplies and drive it to the besieged people of Gaza. Weapons made in USA have brought death and destruction to the people of Palestine. We will be coming to Gaza with medical aid that saves lives instead....
Manuel Zelaya is backed by a majority of labor unions and social movements in Honduras. This coup was carried out in a way that mirrors the removal of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti and the attempted coup against President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, who was brought back to power by the Venezuelan people....
Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel....
Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel....
[23 miles off the coast of Gaza, 15:30pm] - Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel....
Councilmember Barron Calls on President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton to Call off Israeli Warships which are threatening the life of Fmr Rep Cynthia McKinney and those aboard the Spirit of Humanity...
Manuel Zelaya is backed by a majority of labor unions and social movements in Honduras.  This coup was carried out in a way that mirrors the removal of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti and the attempted coup against President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, who was brought back to power by the Venezuelan people...
I demand that the Barack Obama administration and the U.S. Congress unequivocally condemn the unconstitutional and anti-democratic military coup in Honduras and insist that the military regime and the newly appointed but illegitimate president of Honduras restore President Zelaya to office, free all the imprisoned popular leaders and remove the curfew. I further demand that the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras be recalled immediately until such time as President Zelaya is restored to office....
Supporters of the beleaguered Palestinian people plan to leave from New York City on July 4 with medical supplies they will deliver to hospitals in Gaza....
Join dozens of organizations, academics and activists to endorse this letter to Ban Ki-Moon, including the National Lawyers Guild, the Palestinian Youth Network, UK MP George Galloway and many more! See full list of initial endorsers below......
Dan Restrepo, Presidential Advisor to President Obama for Latin American Affairs, is currently on CNN en Español. He has just stated that Obama's government is communicating with the coup forces in Honduras, trying to "feel out" the situation....
June 26, 2009, is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, a particularly significant day for those of us concerned about the continued use of this criminal act worldwide. Most recently, a US citizen of Filipino descent has fallen victim to this cruel and degrading act in the Philippines....
A CIA-trained sharpshooter takes position on a rooftop in Tehran. His contact on the street below, waiting with a camera, calls. “She just got out of the car. A perfect target.”...
The confrontation among Iran’s ruling politicians that has brought large crowds into the streets of Tehran is not taking place in isolation. It is happening in a country still facing U.S. sanctions and warships, hostility from every imperialist capital and venom from the West’s corporate media....
The third G20 summit is going to be in Pittsburgh, Pa., on September 24 and 25, 2009. The challenge before the movements for economic and social justice, as well as the antiwar movement, is that the next meeting of the powers that govern the world economy be met with a powerful mass mobilization demanding that jobs and social needs, and not war and greed, prevail--here in the U.S., and across the world. ...
Here’s how Koreans in the north look at the current situation between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States, based on conversations with a member of that country’s leading party, the Workers Party of Korea....
What distinguishes the contemporary economic crisis within global capitalism from other downturns over the last three decades is that the rapid deterioration of the social conditions of working people and the oppressed is taking place simultaneously all over the planet....
The Supreme Court has confirmed the U.S. legal system’s ongoing hypocrisy in the treatment of the Cuban Five. The court on June 15 made public a list of what cases it will hear during its coming term—and the appeal of the Cuban Five was left off the list, with no explanation....
Thousands of Haitians from all over North America traveled to Miami June 5 and 6 to spend hours paying tribute to Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste. They came from Orlando, Fla., Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Montreal....
The first thing to make clear about the Iranian election is that the U.S. and other imperialist states have no right to intervene. The media here are now filled with moralizing, even racist scolding of Iran over the election results. Who are they to act so hoity-toity? Remember George W. Bush’s open theft of the 2000 election in Florida?...
The US Supreme Court announced today that it will not review the case of the Five Cuban Patriots. This decision denies our 5 brothers, unjustly imprisoned from more than a decade for monitoring terrorist organizations based in Miami, from ever having the possibility of an impartial and just trial outside Miami....
The third G20 summit is going to be in Pittsburgh , Pa. on September 24 and 25, 2009. The challenge before the movements for economic and social justice, as well as the antiwar movement, is that the next meeting of the powers that govern the world economy be met with a powerful mass mobilization demanding that jobs and social needs, not war and greed, prevail--here in the U.S. and across the world....
The third G20 summit is going to be in Pittsburgh, Pa., on September 24 and 25, 2009. The challenge before the movements for economic and social justice, as well as the antiwar movement, is that the next meeting of the powers that govern the world economy be met with a powerful mass mobilization demanding that jobs and social needs, and not war and greed, prevail--here in the U.S., and across the world....
Jun 1, 2009
Hands Off Korea!
The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is not a threat to the United States or anyone else. The U.S. military is threatening North Korea....
More than 100 vigils, rallies, marches and other actions were held across the U.S. and in other countries worldwide on May 19 in support of Troy Anthony Davis, the Georgia man facing execution for a crime he has always denied committing....
The imperialists, with the U.S. leading the pack, have been pressuring countries to delay or even cancel the conference. This pressure extended to rewriting and watering down the original draft, which was considered “too leftist.” Rich countries were planning to send low-level officials, while Latin American countries were planning to send their presidents and/or their foreign ministers....
More than 2 million people were forced to flee their homes when the Pakistani Army, financed and equipped by the Pentagon, moved into the Swat Valley after a week of intense bombardment by bombers, jet fighters and helicopter gunships....
The U.S. Coast Guard and a few individual boaters pulled 27 people out of the ocean off south Florida May 13. Ten of them were dead after fleeing mass hunger and misery in Haiti. The sailing vessel they were on had sunk around 2 a.m. and the survivors had to tread water for 10 hours until their rescue....
A newly reconfigured Transitional Federal Government established during early 2009 in Somalia has lost control of large areas of the country to the al-Shabab and Hisbul Islam resistance organizations. On May 17 and 18, the towns of Jowhar and Mahaday north of Mogadishu, the capital, fell to al-Shabab....
Although pressure and hostility on the part of some G20 governments has resulted in the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development being postponed from June 1 to 3 until June 24 to 26, the People's Economic Summit this Sunday, May 31 will go on as scheduled....
Based on the global capitalist economic crisis which is wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of millions of people world wide, United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto-Brockman is organizing an urgent Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, to take place on June 1-3 at the United Nations in New York City....
Inside the Roosevelt Hotel in busy midtown Manhattan on May 10, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was trying to reassure some 300 members of the expatriate community that his just-completed visit to Washington was not a capitulation to U.S. pressure....
"There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect," said Army Specialist Victor Agosto, who has already served one tour in Iraq in almost four years in the Army. He spoke on May 7 with Alice Embree of "The Rag Blog," publication of the Austin Movement for a Democratic Society....
More and more, U.S. imperialism is making Pakistan a battleground in its ugly war to achieve unchallenged control of western Asia. And more and more, the Pentagon's cold, high-tech ratcheting up of death and destruction is driving the Pakistani people into open resistance.

Mountain villages that once rarely saw a car are now the targets of pilotless drones -- the latest deadly gimmick in a remote-controlled war where the actual pilots sit in Arizona or Nevada....

Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda announced his resignation from his post as head of the Maoist-led coalition government on May 4, just over a year after his Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) placed first in the country's Constituent Assembly (CA) elections....
The government of Sri Lanka, with U.S. arms and military aid from Israel and Pakistan, is waging a brutal war against the Tamil people of Sri Lanka....
s layoffs have spread to the service and retail sectors, where women are the majority of workers, their jobless rate grew by an alarming 36.7 percent in the five months prior to February 2009. The rate worsened for African-American women, whose unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in February, while for Latinas it reached 10.2 percent....
One of the meetings is the June 1 - 3 UN General Assembly's International Conference on the Global Economic and Financial Crisis. On Sunday, May 31, the day before the UN meeting, the People's Economic Summit will take place directly across the street from the UN building, under tents in Dag HammarskjÖld Plaza....Because of the unique nature of the June UN conference, The Bail Out the People Movement decided to call a People's Economic Summit in conjunction with it. The goal of the one-day People's Economic Summit is to bring together activists, organizers and leaders from the various movements and struggles around the region, the country, and some from around the world....
An international movement has been established to protest the already seven-year-long imprisonment of Dragoljub Milanovic, a target of NATO's effort to blame the victim following its U.S.-led bombing campaign against Yugoslav civilians 10 years ago....
Over the last several months, a series of dramatic cases involving police killings of civilians has brought to light the essential role of law enforcement within capitalist societies. Numerous cities throughout the United States have seen a dramatic increase in the murder of African Americans by cops as well as the escalation of raids and deportations against immigrants both documented and undocumented....
Fear of a swine flu pandemic is spreading much faster than the virus itself. While it's too soon to predict how widespread and deadly this new variation of influenza virus will be, information about the likely origin of the outbreak is starting to surface. A huge factory-farm pig operation owned by U.S. corporate giant Smithfield and operated by its Mexican subsidiary, Granjas Carroll de Mexico, may have spawned this new threat to public health....
May 1 is May Day -- International Workers' Day. It began in the United States a long time ago during the struggle for the eight-hour work day, but that history is not well known here, and for good reason. The scions of capitalism who feed us their ideology don't want workers and oppressed people to know their own history of struggle....
There have been two "walkouts" from the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Geneva. It is instructive to observe which countries walked out....
In the aftermath of the April 12 sniper killings of three Somali teenagers by the U.S. Navy, several U.S. agencies met on April 17 to conduct a review of military and foreign policy toward this Horn of Africa nation. The State Department, Pentagon and Justice Department have outlined a series of options to ostensibly fight "piracy" in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean....
A citywide rally and sendoff were held here in mid-April for the December 12th Movement International Secretaria's delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The conference takes place from April 20-24 in Geneva, Switzerland....
This Sudanese province is the theater of a conflict on which the international opinion is rallying. As for any struggle on the African ground, we receive the same images of misery: men are tearing, children are crying and blood is flowing....
Review of progress and assessment of implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action by all stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels, including the assessment of contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance...
We participants of the Civil Society Forum for the Durban Review Conference 2009 held in Geneva 17 to 19 April strongly welcome the holding of the Durban Review Conference and reaffirm our full and dedicated support for the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action (DDPA) adopted by the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance....
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Review of progress and assessment of implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action by all stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels, including the assessment of contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance...
We, the representatives of local, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society groups from around the world gathered in Durban/South Africa during the week of 28 August – 3 September 2001 for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), guided by our commitment in the struggle against racism and racial discrimination and inspired by the recommendations of the NGO Forums held in Strasbourg/France, Santiago de Chile/Chile, Dakar/Senegal and Tehran/Iran and the related sub-regional NGO meetings held in Warsaw/Poland, Kathmandu/Nepal, Cairo/Egypt and Quito/Ecuador, in preparation for the World Conference, hereby make the following Declaration:...
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We express our full support for a strong Durban Review Conference, the NGO/Civil Society Forum, the Conference on Palestine, and other similar activities being held before and during the Review Conference that support the Conference and the goals for which it stands....
After the execution of three Somalis and the wounding and capturing of another in the Indian Ocean on April 12, a leader of the so-called pirates vowed to avenge the deaths of these youth who held the U.S. captain of a cargo vessel known as the Maersk Alabama for five days. Captain Richard Phillips was released while the U.S. military and the corporate media hailed the killings of the Somalis, saying the actions were justified....
Between 20-24 April 2009 the world will take either an important step forward towards prohibiting discrimination, especially racial discrimination, or an unfortunate step backwards, if governments are unwilling to confront or even to discuss the core issues. Which way the international community will go will depend largely on the activities of states, and to a lesser extent civil society, participating in the Durban Review Conference to be held at the UN European headquarters in Geneva....
The decision by the Obama administration to boycott the Durban Review Conference Against Racism has raised a torrent of petitions, protests and criticism. An actual boycott of the upcoming April 20-24 meeting would be the first time that the United States has refused to participate in a United Nations conference. This has come as a shock to many who expected a fundamentally different attitude toward an international conference on racism from the Obama administration....
Please sign a petition to President Obama urging the United States to participate in the Durban Review Conference and its remaining preparatory meetings. The United States is currently refusing to participate in the Durban Review Conference, a United Nations Conference to discuss the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances....
The following statement was issued by members of the December 12th Movement, who held a press conference on March 21 in Harlem on the U.S. government's refusal to attend the United Nations World Conference against Racism-Durban Review in April....
It is an honor to address this meeting of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic. This organization has never faltered in its resistance to NATO, defending the people of Serbia and of all of the former Yugoslavia....
We are gathered here today to remember historical facts, interpret them under the light of experience and extract the necessary lessons to guide our efforts and our struggles for peace and a new world governed under the primacy of justice and solidarity. ...
Hundreds of representatives are meeting in Belgrade on March 23-24 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia and the heroic resistance of its people and military during NATO's aggressive and illegal war. ...
Ricardo Alarcón, president of Cuba's Parliament, speaking in Havana, denounced the U.S. and international corporate media for their silence regarding the massive international support for the petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of the Cuban Five....
n the vast U.S. spy network, there are undoubtedly whole rooms -- maybe even whole buildings -- of "experts" whose job is to analyze what's happening in Cuba. They study all kinds of data, some of it published openly by the Cuban government, some of it provided, or rather sold, by counter-revolutionaries cultivated by U.S. diplomats and handlers....
Celebrations, commemorations and protests were held worldwide on International Women's Day (IWD) this year from Lima, Peru, to Lahore, Pakistan. The themes varied but all actions demonstrated women declaring their rights and protesting against injustice....
On International Women's Day this year, we express our solidarity with our heroic sisters in Gaza who have endured the horrific U.S.-backed Israeli siege and who are standing up with courage and resilience....
40 Years of Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution! 40 Years of Friendship with the Cuban People!...
Mar 14, 2009
Boycott Starbucks!
Protesters from the Gaza Committee in Dearborn, Mich., picketed Starbucks on March 7 over its connections to Israel. ...
A divestment teach-in at Temple University on March 5 put technology to use for Palestine as students here spoke directly with students from the Hampshire College divestment movement in Massachusetts through the power of Skype, an Internet telephone program....
The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on as few as 100 cases per year, although thousands are submitted. The briefs submitted support a full examination of the legal issues in both cases....
Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir visited the North Darfur state capital of El-Fasher on March 8 in defiance of an International Criminal Court warrant issued for his arrest just a few days before. It was the first ICC warrant issued against a sitting head of state. As he addressed a rally of tens of thousands of supporters, the president defied the ICC and its imperialist backers....
Manik Mukherjee, General Secretary of the International Anti-imperialist and People's Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC), has issued the following statement condemning the indictment of President Omar Hasan Ahmad Al Bashir of the Republic of Sudan by the International Criminal Court....
The U.S. government is threatening to expel 30,000 Haitians living inside its borders. Among the millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. who live each day with the fearful possibility of deportation, the Department of Homeland Security has made undocumented Haitians a special focus....
he Palestinian Unified Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is taking hold and growing in unions, universities and among political forces on many continents....
Tell President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Caribbean Economic Community Chair Barrow, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, ICE director John P. Torres, Congress and members of the media: Stop the Deportation of 30,000 Haitians!...
The Troops Out Now Coalition condemns the announcement today that Washington plans to keep an occupying force of 50,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely....
Trade union actions starting in January have brought Guadeloupe, a French colony in the Caribbean, to a standstill. The underlying reasons for the work stoppage stem from the global economic crisis and the total political control of Guadeloupe by the French imperialist state under the leadership of the rightist president, Nicholas Sarkozy....
The same day that a unity government took office in Zimbabwe, Feb. 13, opponents of Western colonialism protested before the British and U.S. missions to the United Nations in New York City demanding an end to the economic sanctions imposed on this southern African country and the right to self-determination. ...
The following excerpts are from talks presented at a Feb. 8 "Zimbabwe: Pan Africanism or Imperialism" forum in Harlem, N.Y. The forum was organized by the December 12th Movement and Friends of Zimbabwe....
A Lebanese ship carrying 60 tons of humanitarian aid for the besieged people of Gaza was aggressively intercepted and seized on Feb. 5 by the Israeli navy....
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As of this letter's date, the Israeli military has brutally killed over 784 (and rising) people in Gaza, including countless children and women....
Eighteen months ago, outraged when the Palestinians voted for the militant leadership of Hamas in democratic elections, Israel imposed a total lockdown on the entire population of Gaza. But the entire people were determined to continue to resist. They found a way to circumvent total starvation....
The struggle to free the Cuban Five entered a new stage Jan. 30 when the defense team filed a formal request—a petition for a writ of certiorari—asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decisions of lower courts that have caused these five Cuban antiterrorist heroes to be imprisoned in the United States since 1998....
Since the invasion of Gaza began on Dec. 27, the idea of divestment and boycott against Israel has spread to college campuses all over the country. A group called Students for Justice in Palestine based at Hampshire College, a small liberal arts school in western Massachusetts, has been advocating for divestment at its school for the last two years....
Israel's savage assault on the civilian population of Gaza has aroused the greatest worldwide outrage ever against the U.S.-backed settler state. Perhaps nothing symbolized this more than the report of veteran anti-apartheid fighter Dennis Brutus leading a protest in Durban, South Africa, against Israeli Ambassador Dov Segev-Steinberg. Brutus was instrumental in the cultural boycott campaign against apartheid South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s....
Washington and Tel Aviv want to destroy any organization that fights for Palestinian self-determination. And the European Union wants this too. Why? Because the Palestinian struggle and especially Gaza for 60 years has been the shining example of resistance to occupation, an example of national liberation for all the world. And the imperialists hope that by smashing the civilian population they can defeat this struggle and demoralize millions....
This forum coincided with the terrorist and criminal attack launched by “Israel” against the Palestinians in Gaza, at a time when the whole world is facing financial, economic and political crises resulting mainly from the policies of war and hegemony. The forum aimed at reinforcing the possibility of building an alternative world based on the principles of respecting humanity as a whole and defending the vulnerable and oppressed in the world....
The best protection against another Lebanon, Iraq, and Gaza is to make sure that the United States enacts better policy by electing better policy-makers. The financial crisis inside the U.S. also means that the traditional engines of empire have run out of gas. Gaza also shows us that the mighty don't always win....
The following is from a talk by Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, at the Palestine Plenary Session of the Jan. 16-18 Beirut International Forum for Resistance, Anti-Imperialism, Peoples' Solidarity and Alternatives....
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As the people of Gaza staved off yet another attempt by the U.S.-armed and -funded Israeli military to eradicate the cause of Palestine by murdering its people, delegates from around the world gathered in Beirut to build solidarity and practical support for their cause among secular leftist and Islamic anti-imperialist forces....
From five prisons scattered throughout the bowels of the United States, we condemn this crime with all our strength; we demand that the barbarity stop now and we send all of our love and support from the deepest part of our souls to the beloved Palestinian people. We will be with you today and always. If there is one thing that profoundly hurts us about our imprisonment it is that we cannot do much more for you, for your cause, for our peoples, but we trust that soon we will be able to accompany you physically....
It's good that Jewish people of conscience are disassociating themselves from the Gaza aggression. But it's not enough. This atrocity is only the latest, and it's no aberration. It reflects the program of the Israeli settler state—which is based on the theft of Palestine, the ouster and suppression of the Palestinian people, and the racist ideology of Zionism—and of its primary sponsor, the Pentagon and U.S. business establishment....
The United Nations just stands by, the European Union is in full support of the Zionist state and the whole war is paid and equipped by U.S. imperialism. From Saudi Arabia to Egypt to India, nations who were once considered friends of Palestine stand by and watch Gaza BURN -- Day after Day, after Day!! ...We must sustain an ongoing movement to BOYCOTT, DIVEST and to impose SANCTIONS on the Israeli state and WAR CRIMES CHARGES on its leaders. We must demand an accounting from our own governments. ...
It's not enough to oppose the bombing. It's not enough to demand an end to the 41-year occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. We stand in complete and unconditional support for the self-determination of the Palestinian people. This includes the right to return to Palestine, from the river to the sea, and the right to democratically determine the form and the future of the Palestinian state. ...
International Action Center co-director Sara Flounders, on route to the Beirut Forum (Jan. 16-19), spoke at the important Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin Jan. 10 (sponsored by the daily newspaper, Junge Welt). The conference became a de-facto tribunal condemning Israel, along with its backers in the U.S. and the European Union, for war crimes in Gaza. Before 1,000 people, Flounders argued forcefully for the Palestinian right to resist siege and occupation and the need for progressives in the imperialist countries to act in solidarity with this resistance in Palestine as well as in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan....
While the president of the UN General Assembly has condemned Israel's killings of Palestinians as "genocide," so too have Black activists and religious leaders who will be holding a press conference Thursday at the Downtown Federal Building to denounce the U.S. government for funding and supplying with arms Israel's latest war in Gaza, which has killed nearly 1,000 Palestinians with well over 4,000 injured....
Today, more than 15,000 people rallied in Times Square to protest Israel's ongoing assault against the people of Palestine . The demonstration stretched from 42nd Street south to 38 Street, along 7th Ave , and was followed by a spirited march past the New York Times building to the Time Warner building on 58th Street where CNN's New York office is located. Eyewitnesses reported that the police used pepper spray in an unprovoked assault on the protesters including teenagers and children as young as ten years old. Others were pushed and struck by police....
For 18 months my people in Gaza have been under siege, incarcerated inside the world's biggest prison, sealed off from land, air and sea, caged and starved, denied even medication for our sick. After the slow death policy came the bombardment. In this most densely populated of places, nothing has been spared Israel's warplanes, from government buildings to homes, mosques, hospitals, schools and markets. More than 540 have been killed and thousands permanently maimed. A third are women and children. Whole families have been massacred, some while they slept....
We are writing with an urgent request for your help to build an ongoing massive outpouring of support and solidarity to stand with Gaza....
The International Action Center condemns the criminal U.S.-backed Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, and the massacre of now nearly 600 and serious wounding of thousands of Palestinians. We call upon the progressive, anti-war and workers' movement in the United States to join the angry, growing worldwide protests of these latest Israeli war crimes with U.S. complicity and stop the genocide. We refuse impunity to the Israeli state and its backers....
La Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres - FDIM, expresa su condena al ataque militar asesino, perpetrado por el Estado sionista de Israel con apoyo y respaldo de la Administración Bush , en la Franja de Gaza, en la Palestina. Después de más de diez días de bombardeos aéreos y ahora también por tierra, ese crimen de guerra sin precedente, deja centenares de muertos y miles de heridos, de entre ellos las mujeres, los niños y los anciões, en medio de una destrucción volumosa, dejando el pueblo palestino sin electricidad, en la oscuridad total, sin comida, sin agua y sin remedios en los hospitales que viven un verdadero colapso. ...
The following is a summary of actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza, concentrating on those that took place between Jan. 1 and Jan. 4, 2009. By Jan. 4 this included some emergency protests of the Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip....
"Denunciamos que con el visto bueno de la Casa Blanca y bajo la complicidad del sistema de Naciones Unidas, se permite al gobierno sionista de Israel convertir a Gaza en un inmenso campo de concentración, convertir a Palestina en la mayor prisión a cielo abierto conocida en el mundo y tolerada por muchos de los supuestos países defensores de los Derechos Humanos", declar acció Carolus Wimmer, Vicepresidente del Parlatino Grupo Venezolano, ante los recientes ataques de Israel contra el pueblo palestino en la Franja de Gaza...." ...
Since December 27, 2008, the US-supported Zionist Israel has carried out a war of aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza. It has launched air strikes by F-16 jet fighter planes and Apache helicopters and artillery shelling by naval vessels in order to massacre hundreds and injure thousands of Palestinians and destroy their homes, mosques, schools, public buildings, oil depots, power plants, water facilities and other infrastructure. ...
Saturday saw sizable protests throughout the world against the bombing and invasion of Gaza. -- As the Israeli military began a massive ground invasion of Gaza, including infantry, tanks, and artillery, hundreds of thousands of people were in the streets around the world chanting "Free, Free Palestine!"...The International Action Center is mobilizing for demonstrations across the U.S. to stop the attack on Gaza, and we are networking with activists across the globe who are taking to the streets against U.S./Israeli war crimes....
The genocidal U.S.-backed Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has had at least one unintended consequence. It has mobilized the anti-imperialist movement and other anti-war forces around the world. The Washington-Tel-Aviv axis might not yet see this as an obstacle to their war crimes. But it is a work in progress, coming as the workers' movements are beginning to get in motion to fight the repercussions of the capitalist economic collapse. Now they are fighting to prevent the massacre associated with what appears to be a planned ground assault into Gaza. In 2006, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon had other unintended consequences....
The genocidal U.S.-backed Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip has had at least one unintended consequence. It has mobilized the anti-imperialist movement and other anti-war forces around the world. The Washington-Tel Aviv axis might not yet see this as an obstacle to their war crimes. But it is a work in progress, coming as the workers' movements are beginning to get in motion to fight the consequences of the capitalist economic collapse. Even in vast parts of the world where the winter holidays often drain the strength of a social movement, people reacted quickly, angrily and in some places massively to oppose the new Israeli assault....
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The 1,400-plus delegates at the 18th Congress of the Portuguese Communist Party, and the thousands of other PCP militants invited to observe, made it clear that in this one corner of imperialist Europe there is a living, breathing combat organization with roots in every laboring and productive section of society....
More than 5,000 delegates filled the hall to overflowing at the Arab International Congress for the Right of Return, held in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 23 and 24. Delegates came from 54 countries....
The International Anti-imperialist and people's Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC) strongly condemns the horrendous aerial attack by Israel on Gaza killing and injuring hundreds of Palestinian people and demands that Israeli aggression against Palestine must immediately cease. In a most brazen manner the Israeli Government has bragged more severe attacks might follow....
The youth organization FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) sent out the following statement on the Israeli assault on Gaza: The massacre of at least 225 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Zionist military, using U.S.-supplied F-16s and Apache attack helicopters, is the latest in a long line of crimes against humanity committed by Israel....
Unable to break the spirit of the Palestinians after 18 months of putting Gaza under siege, the Israeli terror machine, using U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and “Apache” helicopters, dropped more than 100 tons of bombs on Palestinians in Gaza on Dec. 27. The unprecedented onslaught on a civilian population killed at least 229 people and wounded at least 700 more. (Reuters, Dec. 28)...
The International Action Center condemns the criminal U.S.-backed Israeli bombing massacre on Gaza, and the mass murder of 200 and serious wounding of another 300 Palestinians. We call upon the progressive, anti-war and workers' movement in the United States to join the angry, growing worldwide protests of these latest Israeli war crimes with U.S. complicity. We refuse impunity to the Israeli state and its backers....
e must act now, before the massacres continue! Over 200 people were killed in Gaza on Saturday, December 27 in a series of Israeli attacks - with US-made and paid for weaponry - upon the Palestinian people. These cold-blooded killings come on top of a siege on Gaza that has killed hundreds by depriving them of medical care, deprived Gazans of electricity, power and fuel and attempted to strangle the life of the Palestinian people in Gaza....
Today, November 23rd, I was slated to give remarks in Damascus, Syria at a Conference being held to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, sadly, the 60th year that the Palestinian people have been denied their Right of Return enshrined in that Universal Declaration. But a funny thing happened to me while at the Atlanta airport on my way to the Conference: I was not allowed to exit the country....
The right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands from which they were expelled with compensation for the losses that they have incurred lies at the centre and heart of the Palestinian issue. It is a deeply-rooted and inalienable right that cannot be compromised, bargained or diminished....
The Ethiopian government on Nov. 25 announced it was withdrawing its military forces from neighboring Somalia. This represents a defeat for the foreign policy aims of Washington, which encouraged the government of Meles Zenawi to invade Somalia in December 2006....
What's their real agenda? To use the crisis over the terrorist attacks in Mumbai as a lever to bring Pakistan more fully into the U.S.-led war against Afghanistan....
This First Arab International Congregation is taking place at a time when defense and support of the heroic Palestinian Resistance is sorely needed. We are confident that its decisions and the Damascus Declaration for the Right of Return will resonate throughout Palestine, the Middle East and all over the world, including Washington D.C. ...
The Israeli Army invaded the Gaza Strip on Nov. 4 with tanks, helicopters and jet aircraft. The attack was an explicit violation of a five-month Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance groupings in Gaza. The elected Hamas government there had agreed to the cease-fire....
In a recent statement from the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUC), the possibility was raised of a greater military presence there under U.N. auspices. This announcement comes at a time when there has been an escalation of fighting between rebel groups and the Congolese National Army in North and South Kivu provinces, located in mineral-rich eastern Congo....
The Pakistani government warned Gen. David Petraeus, now head of the U.S. Central Command running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that frequent missile strikes on its territory risk inflaming anti-American sentiment. (AP, Nov. 3)...
Four U.S. Black Hawk helicopters swept across the Iraqi-Syrian border Oct. 26 to the al-Sukkariah family farm in the town of Abu Kama. U.S. Special Forces landed and killed eight civilians, including three children, according to the Syrian government. It was the first attack of this scale by U.S. military forces against Syria....
For months now Afghanistan has been deadlier for U.S. troops than Iraq, even though there are 32,000 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and 160,000 in Iraq....
The 2008 Cuba/Venezuela/Latin America/North America Labor Conference is fast approaching - along with an economic crisis that crumbles illusions in the profit-first capitalist system and a new administration coming to Washington,D.C. setting the sights of millions of workers on a better life. There is a lot to learn and much to discuss and share....
Help us pressure the Egyptian Government to Open the Rafah Crossing so that Palestinians may access basic supplies to survive....
The world is facing one of the most severe economic crises affecting the common man, due to the imperial and reckless policies of Bush and his allies. These same policies have led to one of the darkest days of Pakistan's history, November 3, 2007, when the worst dictator of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, suspended the constitution for the second time and arrested Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhry and his sixty fellow judges of the Pakistani Superior Courts, forcing the country from civilized society to the dark ages....
The IAPSCC condemns in strongest terms the latest US attacks on Syria and Pakistan killing many citizens of the two countries. This is a gross violation of the sovereignty of the two nations and must be regarded as blatantly illegal and unjustified acts of war. ...
All who want to stop the Bush White House from starting another war should immediately protest the unilateral, unjustifiable and criminal October 26 U.S. assaults on Syrian and Pakistani sovereignty. Don’t let Bush get away with expanded war crimes in the Middle East. Condemn his efforts to hand a wider war to the next administration....
Violent and repressive tactics are being used against thousands of Indigenous people who are participating in a national mobilization to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis they face....
An unprecedented humanitarian crisis has brought about tremendous suffering, illness, and death to more than 500,000 war refugees in Mindanao, Philippines....
During the last week of September, unprecedented fighting took place in several areas of the east African nation of Somalia. This rising tide of armed conflict is directly related to the resistance efforts of the Somali people against the occupation of their country by the military forces of neighboring Ethiopia. The Ethiopian invasion in December 2006 was fully supported, financially and militarily, by the U.S....
All surveys and opinion polls show that a majority of people living in Germany oppose the country's massive participation in the illegal occupation of Afghanistan, although only a minority in the Bundestag (Parliament) reflect this position. Here, the demonstrators from the Left Party carry a banner that reads: "Federal Army out of Afghanistan."...
Prachanda said, he was labeled a terrorist by the U.S. and had a price on his head of 55 million rupees (about $1.2 million). The CPN(M) is still on the U.S. "terrorism watch list," even though he is now representing Nepal at the General Assembly....
Actor Danny Glover sent the following message of solidarity on Sept. 13 to the concert "Five Stars and One Song" held in New York in support of the Cuban 5....
After months of painstaking negotiations between the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two main opposition parties, the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and the small breakaway faction known as the MDC-M, the leadership of these organizations reached an agreement to share power in a Government of National Unity (GNU)....
U.S. imperialism's every effort to assert itself and reverse its declining global domination confirms its weakened position....
Anti-war activists need to address the latest phase of the war - the war against working people here!...
The struggle between U.S. imperialism on one side and the movement for sovereignty and self-determination for the countries of Latin America on the other reached a new stage in early September with use of paramilitary force against the popular Evo Morales government in Bolivia. This escalation has already led to more than 30 deaths, the expulsion of two U.S. ambassadors and an emergency meeting of Latin America heads of state in Chile....
Cuban leaders of the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC) will visit Tijuana, Mexico, a city 15 minutes from the San Diego, U.S./Mexico border. This conference will give people from North America (the United States, Canada and Mexico) the opportunity to hear first hand from the Cubans about Cuba’s workers and their unions. Also, you will hear from leaders of the Venezuelan union, UNT, about the present situation of the Venezuelan revolution and the issues facing Venezuelan workers, representatives of Mexico, United States, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, the Philippines and Nicaragua discussing the social and labor movements in the Americas....
As many of you know, the Bush Administration, with the support of politicians from both parties in Congress, has repeatedly threatened Iran with military action, and many now believe that an attack may be imminent....
The International Action Center would like to express its solidarity with Bolivia, President Evo Morales, and the MAS government in this time of U.S. orchestrated violence in Santa Cruz and other departments of the Media Luna. We support Bolivia's declaration of the U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg as a persona non grata, and we protest U.S. involvement in Bolivia and its efforts to undermine and subvert the process of change in Bolivia that will benefit the sectors of its population that have been most oppressed, the Indigenous and Afro-Bolivian peoples. ...
The Bush Administration, with the support of politicians of both parties in Congress, has repeatedly threatened Iran with military action, and many now believe that an attack may be imminent.The Stop War on Iran campaign has issued an international call for actions on September 27....
With little more than a month past since Bolivian President Evo Morales won a recall referendum with 67% of the vote, Bolivia's secessionist opposition has taken to the streets beginning in Santa Cruz, one of the wealthiest regions of the country. Three days of mayhem and violence have wracked the city of Santa Cruz resulting in at least 8 deaths so far, spurred on by calls broadcast over the national media to join in "civil disobedience" against the government....
The International Action Center condemns the U.S. silencing of Mrs. Masood "disappeared" of Pakistan. The United States Department of Homeland Security has cowardly revoked the travel visa for Amna Masood Janjua. She was prevented from traveling to the US to meet with human rights organizations and members of Congress by US agents who boarded the plane she was on, forcing her off. ...
With shouts of "Jallalah Evo" and "Jallalah Bolivia," which roughly translate to "We will continue in the struggle," thousands of exhilarated Bolivians celebrated their triumph over a recall referendum on Aug. 10. They gathered in Plaza Murillo facing Palacio Quemado, the presidential palace, awaiting their president, Evo Morales, after defeating the recall by a wide margin....
The undersigned, friends of Iraq from France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United States of America, Egypt, Sweden and Iraq, organized in the International Anti-Occupation Network (IAON) and gathered in Le Feyt, France, from 25 to 27 August 2008, have adopted the following position and declaration reflecting our commitment to a true end to the occupation and to a lasting, sustainable peace in Iraq....
In early August the western powers and news media launched an anti-Russia campaign following events in Georgia and South Ossetia. With great concern, people around the world watched the recent military confrontation in Georgia, which had been a republic in the former Soviet Union. ...
The Georgian army's assault on the small nation of South Ossetia this August, backed and armed by the U.S., will have widespread repercussions, including here in the U.S. The attack immediately caused great suffering to tens of thousands of people in South Ossetia and Georgia. It was the topic of a top-level meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels and will impact on the struggle against placing U.S. missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic....
Tell Bush, Cheney, Rice And Congress: U.S. hands off Georgia & Russia - No New War - End Nato Now! Please Join The IAC's U.S. Hands Off Georgia & Russia - End Nato Now Campaign. Your Action Is Needed Now!...
As the threat of war and sanctions against Iran grows, “No War on Iran” was a slogan and chant that resonated across the U.S. on the weekend of Aug. 1-2 as emergency marches, rallies, vigils, teach-ins, honk for peace picket lines and leaflet distributions were held to protest U.S.-Israeli war threats against Iran. ...
Manik Mukherjee, General Secretary of International Anti-imperialist and People's Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC)attended the programme on National Workers Day Celebration on invitation from the Sudan Workers Trade Union Front (SWTUF). The Conference started on August 3, 2008 with nearly 2000 delegates from 20 countries at the Friendship Hall, Khartoum. The Text of Manik Mukherjee's Speech at the Conference is given below. ...
(RHC)—Senator Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz of the Mexican Senate has added her name to the list of international politicians, activists and cultural and artistic personalities who are urging the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice to grant visas without further delay to Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva, whose husbands, Gerardo Hernandez and René Gonzalez are serving prison sentences in US gaols for infiltrating terrorist groups in Miami. ...
Fifty five years is a short period of time in the life of a nation but enough to confirm that July 26 marked the beginning of a new era in Cuban history. In his fundamental speech at the official ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the Moncada also held here in Santiago de Cuba, Fidel recalled the inflammatory poem written by the outstanding Communist leader and noble intellectual Ruben Martínez Villena: ...
It is with great sadness that we learned today that our comrade and friend, Yoomi Jeong, is no longer among us. We had stood together shoulder to shoulder for years fighting to end the U.S. occupation of the Korean peninsula and to build solidarity and understanding between the progressive movements in Korea and the United States. During those years of struggle we learned to respect and appreciate the devotion, skill, understanding and love that Yoomi brought to this work. We again witnessed her determination as she fought her illness against all odds these last two years....
Colombia made prime news around the world on July 2 like never before. We learned that former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt had been freed from a Marxist guerrilla group along with three U.S. Pentagon contractors -- Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell -- and 11 members of the Colombian army and police....
If bombs start falling on Iran, a world calamity will surely result. Yet this is a distinct possibility since President Bush has not taken the "military option" off the table - the exact same language he used just before the senseless attack on Iraq, hundre4des of thousands of Iraq deaths, over 4100 U.S. military deaths and $562 billion ago....
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Recent news makes it clear why it is more important than ever that we take to the streets on August 2. According to press reports, President Bush has given the Israeli military the go-ahead to prepare for an imminent attack on Iran. Once again the most powerful forces of US corporate power - the military-industrial-petroleum complex -are using Israel as their proxy to threaten war on surrounding countries in the region. Israel is armed, financed, and politically and diplomatically supported by Washington....
We have just been notified about the decision of the three Judges of Atlanta. Under absurd political pressures, two of them rejected nearly all of our appeal points, and only granted three of us retrials,in an attempt to divide us, weaken us and isolate us....
Please show your support for the Migrants Trade Union and the right of migrant workers in South Korea to form and join trade unions. Send a letter to the South Korean Supreme Court and government telling them to recognize MTU!!...
Dear Friends of the Cuban Five: For more than ten years, Adriana and Gerardo have not been able to see each other. Olga and René have also been denied the right to family visits, since August 2000. This is due to the cruel and unjustified refusal by the U.S. government to grant entry visas to the wives of two of the Cuban Five. ...
This resolution, which has 220 co-sponsors from both major parties, demands that the President immediately impose a land, sea, and air blockade on Iran to stop shipments of gasoline, and to subject all cargo entering or leaving Iran to stringent inspection requirements....
As told by most history textbooks in the U.S., the Korean War started with a June 25, 1950, invasion from the communist north and the freedom-loving U.S. came to the aid of the besieged democratic Republic of Korea in the south. The reality was very different....
Mr. Marsalis, perhaps by now you've seen or heard about the open letter to you from the British Committee for Universities of Palestine regarding your quartet's concert date in Tel Aviv on July 17. ...
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea took a dramatic step on June 27 to prove conclusively to the world that it was disabling its technology for making nuclear weapons. As representatives of the international media recorded the event, it blew up the cooling tower at its Yongbyon reactor. The reactor had been shut down and sealed since July 15 of last year....
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was inaugurated for a sixth term on June 29 after winning a landslide victory on behalf of the ruling Zimbabwe African Nation Union-Patriotic Front against the opposition Western-backed Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangira....
We are writing because of the new and immediate danger of a U.S. attack on Iran, either directly by the Pentagon or through Israel. ...
On June 26, the Stop War on Iran Campaign issued a call for emergency actions on August 2 to stop the Bush Administration's drive towards an attack against Iran. In the few days since we’ve issued the call, responses have been pouring in. Already, we have heard back from activists and organizers who are planning protests, rallies, and pickets in more than 50 cities, including a major demonstration in New York City in Times Square and a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington. Actions will also be held in Los Angeles, several cities in Texas, locations throughout New England, small towns in Utah, and more. We are working on compiling a list of the growing number of local actions now, which we will have online soon....
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Allendistas and revolutionaries in New York are inviting everyone to celebrate the birth of President Salvador Allende, who was cruelly assassinated and defeated by a U.S. decree and by the armed Pinochet gang....
Two years ago, in this very hall, the international community agreed to eradicate world hunger. It adopted a goal of halving the number of malnourished people by 2015. Today that modest and inadequate goal seems like a pipe dream....
South Korea has been seeing nightly mass demonstrations for over a month, a candlelight march of 1 million people on June 10 and a strike wave of key industrial unions. All are connected to a trade agreement between Washington and the current government of President Lee Myung-bak that would allow U.S. beef into the country....
Join with the International Action Center and U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange on a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations in Colombia and attend the Tribunal!...
The danger of a U.S. attack on Iran, either directly by the Pentagon or through Israel, was made more explicit in the first week of June....
A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the verdicts of guilt against each of the five Cuban heroes on June 4. This was the second round of appeals for the Five, all of whom have been in prison for almost a decade for trying to prevent U.S.-backed terrorist organizations in Miami from engaging in violent attacks on Cuba....
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The Cuban Five are five Cuban men – Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino, Gerardo Hernandez - who are currently still in U.S. prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami, on June 8, 2001. ...
The following relation has being created by the Spanish Campaign against the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq (CEOSI,) with the information provided by direct Iraqi university sources and international and Arab media. ...
The Dalai Lama claims that China is committing "cultural genocide" against the Tibetan people, and his claims and news of the events unfolding in the regional capital of Lhasa have captured a great deal of attention in the major media outlets in the U.S....
Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City on May 15th to protest the presentation of the Milton Friedman Prize to Yon Goichochea. Inside, the leader of a counterrevolutionary Venezuelan student group received the award at a lavish $500-a-plate banquet sponsored by The Cato Institute, a right-wing think tank....
A political and military accord signed between the Sudanese government of Omar al-Beshir and Chadian President Idriss Deby in January was dissolved in the aftermath of an attack by a Darfur rebel group on May 10. The so-called Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) carried out an assault in Omdurman resulting in the deaths of approximately 200 people....
With the theme "Sovereignty and Food Security: Food for Life," delegations from 15 countries met in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 7 to discuss and plan strategies to confront the serious hunger crisis that is affecting the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean....
n June/July 2008 14 different routes of the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba will be on the road visiting more than 120 US and Canadian cities. We will travel in school buses, trucks, and cars to Cuba via Mexico with medical and educational supplies collected from groups across the US and Canada as a collective challenge to the inhuman and immoral US blockade and travel ban. Five of our buses will be named in honor of the Five Cuban patriots who are unjustly incarcerated in US jails. ...
The International Action Center sends greetings of solidarity, condolence and great respect to the comrades, friends and family of the great Philippine working class leader Crispin Beltran - Ka Bel. His heroic contributions to the struggle of the Philippine people stand as a shining example to all peoples fighting for change and a new world....
NATO held a three-day meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on April 2 to 4, attended by George W. Bush and other heads of state. It was a stormy affair. This alliance of imperialist military powers, long dominated by the U.S., was divided on several proposals being pushed by Washington....
s the Bush administration really trying to help the people of Myanmar recover from the natural disaster that struck there? Then why is it insisting that the Pentagon be in charge of its aid? And why did it impose sanctions on the country when it knew the cyclone was about to hit?...
On the eve of the NATO summit, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said an additional 7,500 soldiers and 3,000 military trainers needed to be sent immediately to Afghanistan....
Human Rights activists from NYC want to express their solidarity with the Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), Pro Human Rights Association, and its directors Francisco Soberon and Miguel Lugo who are being harassed by Peruvian officials....
May Day, or International Workers' Day, was celebrated with marches, combative demonstrations and sometimes open struggles all over the world. In the non-imperialist world, these actions focused on the great increase in food prices in recent weeks, in Europe on defending jobs and workers' wages. In both Europe and the United States, immigrant rights were up front. In the U.S. longshore workers held a rare political strike against war on the West Coast....
May 7, 2008 - Oppose Zionist celebration of 60 years of Nakba 2. May 16, 2008 - Major Rally at the UN to commemorate 60 years of Nakba...
U.S. imperialism is ramping up its military threats in Latin America and the Caribbean. On April 24 the U.S. Navy announced the re-establishment of the U.S. Fourth Fleet to increase and coordinate the U.S. military presence there. As a sign of its aggressive intent, the new commander is Rear Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, who has been head of the Naval Special Warfare Command, better known as the SEALs....
In 1948 villages and towns in Palestine were destroyed by the Israeli military and its Zionist gangs. Hundreds of Palestinian women, men and children were killed. New towns -- exclusively for Israelis -- were built atop the ruins. Seven hundred fifty thousand Palestinians fled to neighboring Arab countries living their lives in refugee camps. They continue to live in forced exile (shatat) all over the world and as internally displaced in refugee camps in Palestine. In the three generations of raising their children, their numbers have grown to millions, and the their struggle to return home has never faltered....
A national press conference to demand the immediate release of Dr. Sami Al-Arian was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center in Harlem on April 15. Al-Arian was in the 44th day of a hunger strike to demand that the government abide by the terms of his release. He has been imprisoned for more than five years....Al-Arian, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida, was arrested in 2003. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft trumpeted it as the "arrest of the most dangerous financier of Islamic Jihad in the Western world." This case of a Palestinian who raised funds for orphans and charities back home is viewed as one of the most extreme examples of racist and anti-Muslim persecution....
A large crowd of protesters marched on Haiti's Presidential Palace April 8 waving green branches and shouting, "We're hungry! Feed us!" They pushed large metal trash bins to scale the walls....
Friday, April 11, is the scheduled release date of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian professor on a hunger strike, who has been imprisoned for more than five years. But the Department of Justice, through its continuous abuse of the grand jury system, is threatening to keep him imprisoned for many years....
The Brooklyn-based December 12 Movement issued the following statement titled "West launches preemptive propaganda strike to depose presidency of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe" on March 30 from Harare, Zimbabwe....
For the Office of the Attorney General (the "Fiscalia") it is clear that the action at San Jose de Apartado sought to impose fear and terror in the civilians of that community....
Hundreds of military veterans of the Bush administration&'s so-called war on terror attended the Winter Soldier 2008 hearings held here March 13-16 at the National Labor College, an AFL-CIO affiliate just outside Washington. The four-day event was organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)....
Can there be any doubt that the U.S. government is behind the attacks on China targeting the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? The events that unfolded at the lighting of the Olympic flame March 24 in Greece were most revealing. A protest briefly disrupted the ceremonies. The news reports all said that the protest was about Tibet....
A category of semi-secret U.S. bases is vastly extending the Pentagon's military presence around the globe. Innocuously called CSLs, for Cooperative Security Locations, these bases are a new, covert form of intervention....
We hope that you can join us to welcome and hear Edgar Paez, from the National Board of SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian union of the food industry workers. He will be April 1-2, 2008, in Philadelphia as part of a tour through the U.S. to bring attention to the danger not only for Colombian orkers, but for workers in the U.S as well, of signing a Free Trade agreement with Colombia....
Unable to defeat the Palestinian people's determination to assert their rights and sovereignty after 60 years of the most brutal occupation and expropriation of land, the entire U.S.-Israeli strategy for years has been based on exacerbating every division, every difference in the Palestinian struggle....
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As the fifth anniversary of the criminal U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan neared, tens of thousands hit the streets on Mar. 15 calling for an end to the war. In Los Angeles marchers targeted CNN at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga chanting, "CNN, can't you see? Put the peace march on TV!"...
In this time of economic crisis, thousands of homes are being foreclosed, workers are being laid off in record numbers, and our education system and social programs are severely underfunded. Meanwhile, the raging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing human lives on both sides as well as U.S. tax dollars. The population of the U.S. has proven that we are against these imperialist wars; and yet our tax dollars are going to these occupations, as opposed to our needs....
Suppose a group of KKKers and other white supremacists had their own "church" that was really a center for justifying and organizing murderous attacks on African Americans. Suppose an African-American person, tired of lynchings, tortures, beatings and humiliation of his people, came into this church with guns blazing....
Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred yesterday morning, on the 9th day of his hunger strike, to a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina run by the Bureau of Prisons. Since beginning his no- water or food hunger strike on March 3, Dr. Al-Arian has lost 23 pounds and grown weaker. He has not yet been given an IV. A doctor who examined him on Monday said he is suffering from starvation and Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred yesterday morning, on the 9th day of his hunger strike, to a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina run by the Bureau of Prisons. Since beginning his no- water or food hunger strike on March 3, Dr. Al-Arian has lost 23 pounds and grown weaker. He has not yet been given an IV. A doctor who examined him on Monday said he is suffering from starvation and dehydration....
As news flashed of the formal resignation of Cuba's Fidel Castro from the office of the President, morbid celebrations broke out in "Little Havana"(Miami), Florida, the U.S. capital of the Cuban exiled, anti-Castro movement. Just as they rejoiced at his illness in 2006, they reveled at his resignation....
A march more than five blocks long went from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, near the United Nations, through Times Square and past Madison Square Garden to protest the U.S. theft of Serbia's Kosovo. Many New Yorkers and tourists watched with interest as the marchers went on their way to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 25th Street near Broadway....
A four-member jury of distinguished legal officials, after hearing and considering two days of intense, moving and precise testimony at the International Associations Center in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 24 found the Israeli state guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in its 2006 war on Lebanon....
The International Citizens' Tribunal on Lebanon, according to conventional and usual international law, and according to the imperative standards contained in the 1948 and 1949 Geneva Conventions and Protocol A (1977) and in the Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998; acknowledging the enormous crimes committed by Israel in the 2006 war (indiscriminate bombardments and destruction, murder of more than one thousand and one hundred persons, among them children, women and elderly persons, enormous damage to social and economic life, use of forbidden arms, etc.) declares the Israeli authorities responsible for the 2006 war against Lebanon and guilty of the following international crimes: War Crimes, Crimes against humanity, Genocide...
March 2nd,The government of Alvaro Uribe murdered Comandante Raul Reyes of the FARC at dawn on March 1 in an operation conceived and executed with U.S. support. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's defense minister first announced this news in a triumphant official statement that greatly distorted the facts of the events so as to hide the criminal nature of the terrorist act....
The International Action Center urges everyone to support the Colombian people at this critical moment. Over the past weekend, relations between Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador became very tense when the Colombian government with the complicity of the U.S. crossed illegally into Ecuador and invaded this neighboring country. The Colombian government rained many bombs and cowardly executed a group of insurgent forces from the FARC-EP, including Raul Reyes, Chancellor in charge of International Relations....
Some 5,000 people, about 90 percent of them originally from Serbia but now part of the working class in the factories in and around Vicenza, marched Feb. 24 through that northern Italian town to protest the secession of Kosovo from Serbia....
On Feb. 24 hundreds gathered in front of the White house to oppose the latest U.S. attack on Serbia, organized by the STOP (Stop Terrorizing Orthodox Peoples) Coalition. Major protest demonstrations were held in Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece; Vicenza, Italy; Montreal and Toronto; Cleveland and Chicago. This week demonstrations will continue, including a major demonstration in front of the U.N. on March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m....
Those who know and love Cuba know that Fidel's announcement that he would not run again for president marked a sad day. Yet we are confident that the Revolution will prevail at every phase of its long journey....
Growing list of cities participating in actions on or around Feb. 29, 2008, in solidarity with the Haitian people, on the 4th anniversary of the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d'etat in Haiti....
The very instability and wrenching poverty that imperialism has brought to the region will in the long run be the seeds of its undoing. The history of the achievements made when Yugoslavia enjoyed real independence and sovereignty through unity and socialist development will assert itself in the future....
The demonstration of over 500,000 people in Belgrade and the attack on the U.S. Embassy show the depth of outrage and anger over the seizure of the Serbian province of Kosovo. Two Kosovo border posts were destroyed, one by fire the other in an explosion, along with ten McDonald's outlets and several Western banks and other hated targets. The Western media had overwhelming applauded the U.S. destruction in 1999 and it now has a responsibility to explain the reason for the mass anger of millions of people. The outrage is because the province of Kosovo is not actually being granted "independence." Millions of people see recognition of Kosovo's "independence" as an effort to legitimize a direct U.S. colony and to permanently secure a giant U.S. military base in the region....
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, at a NATO meeting in Munich on Feb. 10, threatened the European population with alleged terrorist threats to their security. Gates insisted that the Europeans should be ready to send their youth to be cannon fodder in U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Asia....
n early January, in a unilateral move, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) released two women it had been holding. Its aim was to demonstrate it was serious about wanting to negotiate a humanitarian exchange of prisoners with the Colombian government....
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Chad, in central Africa, was brutally conquered by France over a century ago and made part of its colonial empire. Today, while nominally independent, it is the fifth poorest country in the world, according to the U.N. However, it has become a significant, though not major, exporter of oil in the past three years....
The Venezuelan government has promised that the recent attempts by the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, to steal assets that belong to the Venezuelan people will be met with stiff resistance....
The internal crisis wrenching Pakistan today cannot be separated from the impact of decades of U.S. military aid and continuing intervention to support military dictatorship there....
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Speakers include: Ramsey Clark, Najam Ud Din, Ryan Hancock, Sara Flounders, and Omer Khwaja. Special screening of "Missing in Pakistan," a 24-minute independently produced documentary about the abduction and illegal detention of Pakistani citizens by Pakistani intelligence agencies....
wo organizations that analyze the media have counted 935 false statements made by the Bush gang between Sept. 11, 2001, and March 19, 2003, that greased the way for the invasion of Iraq. This useful information exposes almost by itself the responsibility of the entire U.S. ruling class for the conspiracy to wage war....
A federal judge here on Jan. 28 sentenced Ricardo Palmera, a peace negotiator for the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces-People's Army (FARC-EP), to 60 years in prison without parole....
By tearing down the wall between Gaza and Egypt, the Palestinian people and their organizations gave an impulse to the anti-imperialist movement all over the Middle East and throughout the world. Demonstrations set for Jan. 25-26,which were first called as a plea to stop Israel’s criminal siege of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza, turned into militant displays of solidarity with a people in struggle....
The whole world watched in wonder on Jan. 23 when the blockaded Palestinian people of Gaza blew up the walls imprisoning them and walked en masse into Egypt....
Some 60,000 people protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, on Dec. 2. They were demanding the right of political prisoner Vojislav Seselj to defend himself before the anti-Yugoslav tribunal at The Hague, which the U.S. and other NATO forces set up through the United Nations in 1992. The tribunal is known as the ICTY....
The ultra-right-wing forces now running Serbia's Kosovo province plan to announce its secession from Serbia in 2008. The U.S. and most NATO powers support this reactionary move, continuing their strategy of "divide and conquer" in the Balkans. This strategy has pulled Yugoslavia into pieces, leaving the region unstable, divided and now facing new internecine wars....
he U.S. calls it "Operation Status." The United Nations calls it "The Ahtisaari Plan." It is the U.S./NATO "independence" project for Kosovo, which has been a province of Serbia since the 14th century. With NATO's 17,000 troops backing it, Kosovo's government is set to secede on Feb. 6, declaring itself a separate country....
The Iraqi sectarian Government established under the US occupation is about to agree with the occupying power to transfer all Iraqi prisoners of war (POW) and detainees held in the Baghdad International Airport prison from US authority to its authority. This information was confirmed by the American airport prison authority who informed the defense lawyers of Iraqi POW that beginning with 31 March 2008 it will relinquish the responsibility of their safety during their visits to the prison. This means that the handover is imminent, and a new carnage place, similar to that when president Saddam Hussein and his comrades were handed over to the same sectarian Government and its Militias. ...
More than 800,000 Palestinians have been living in darkness since Israel forcibly closed the border and blocked fuel shipments into Gaza on Jan. 18, forcing Gaza's only electrical plant to shut down. The general director of Gaza's single electricity plant, Derar Abu Sissi, explained that "the catastrophe will affect hospitals, clinics, water wells, houses, factories, all aspects of life."...
The U.S. backed Israeli blockade of Gaza must end! Internationally coordinated demonstrations will be happening on Friday and Saturday. International Action Center urges everyone to attend the demonstration nearest you, and to forward this call from Al-Awda (Palestine Right to Return Coalition) to as many people and as many lists as you can!...
The Israeli state, with the complete backing of the imperialists of the U.S. and the European Union, as well as their clients among the corrupt feudal monarchs in the region, has deprived the entire Palestinian population in Gaza of electricity, sanitation, potable water, heat, cooking gas, medicines and adequate food. And it is winter in Palestine. Nothing has been done to end this crime against humanity, this collective punishment of the Palestinian people, despite many appeals to international agencies and organizations....
The Bush administration released on Feb. 1 a vile four-page summary of a longer classified report on Iraq called the National Intelligence Estimate. Prepared by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies active there, the summary described the situation in Iraq as going from bad to worse. ...
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez publicly announced on Jan. 9 that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had just sent him details of the location in their country where two women held by the FARC, Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo, were to be released....
Beginning in 2001 students from the U.S. began studying in Havana for free at the Latin American School of Medicine (LASM). Originally 500 students were offered scholarships annually. This has been increased to 1,000. The only condition is that the students make a commitment to serve poor communities in the U.S. after receiving their medical licenses....
The crimes committed by the Israeli army in Lebanon during the summer 2006 are a violent affront to the universal human conscience. These are criminal acts, as many people feel instinctively. They are different from the acts that take place in all armed conflict committed by the aggressor as well as by the aggressed. But feeling is not enough. The facts must be established. They must then be assessed in light of existing international law. This should be done with the detachment and rigor of a process that excludes any a priori conclusions, the results of which will convince all people of good will....
In the past week, the Bush Administration has been caught red-handed manufacturing the highly publicized provocation" off the Iranian coast on Jan. 6 when five small Iranian open-air speedboats allegedly challenged three massive U. S. guided-missile warships. The U.S. Navy has now admitted that it had spliced together the audio and video tape it presented as evidence and that the threatening voice on the video warning "you may explode" may not have belonged to any Iranian sailors....
The deeds committed by the Israeli army and secret services in Lebanon, as in the occupied Palestinian territories, is a violent affront to the universal human conscience. These are criminal acts, as many people feel instinctively.They are different from the acts that take place in all armed conflict committed by the aggressor as well as by the aggressed.But feeling is not enough.The facts must be established....
The International Jury of Conscience for Lebanon” is a project which intends to develop the struggle against impunity regarding the crimes committed, which intends to promote international law and in particular human rights and which places the respect of fundamental human rights above any other consideration. The discussion will proceed in greatest serenity and the publicity that arises from it will reside exclusively within the framework of human rights. It will question only the facts that occurred during the conflict of July-August 2006 in connection with the respect of these rights. This project does not include a political debate on the question of the relationship between Israel and its neighbors, nor about the Palestinian question....
The Bush Administration has initiated an extremely dangerous war provocation just off Iran's coast, in the Strait of Hormuz. With Bush on his way to the Middle East to mobilize a collection of oil-rich U.S. client states against Iran, the U.S. government is working overtime to create a public-relations incident to heighten tensions in the region and threaten a new war. ...
A report of interviews, meetings, and other first-hand accounts of the situation in the Philippines: issued March 2007...
On Sept. 30, the television program "Desperate Housewives" had one of its main characters make a scripted racist slur against Filipino medical professionals. The character insulted the medical education system of the Philippines....
We know that US imperialism will always use wars of aggression as a potent weapon in order to control the much needed resources in the world for the benefit of the big monopoly corporations. US imperialism will always display its military strength and capability to bully nations asserting their sovereignty. It is actually strengthening military relations with Japan and Australia to ensure that its interest in South-East Asia and the Pacific is well guarded. ...
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One of the most underreported stories from the Vietnam War is the role played by the disintegration of military discipline as the war dragged on. While the situation in Iraq has not reached the same point yet, revolutionaries understand that the fact that the bosses are forced to rely on workers in uniform to wage their wars raises the possibility that the troops will say, "No."...
For 11 months the people's movement of Nandigram has defied the full power of the Indian state, military, police and armed death squads in a struggle to halt a planned "chemical hub" that would destroy their district....
The financing of U.S. president George W. Bush's wars is now just about accomplished for 2008. By a large majority, briefly before Dec. 25 the House of Representatives and Senate granted an additional $70 billion for the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A large number of Democrats again voted for continuing the funding. What made it easier for this bill to pass was that in the U.S. there was a changed perception of the war in occupied Iraq....
The Israeli siege of Gaza is an international crime of collective punishment on an entire population. It is a crime carried out with the full support and authorization of Washington. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had rejected overtures by Hamas, the militant Islamic group that is the elected government in Gaza, for discussions about even a temporary cease-fire. ...
Three years ago today, on May 1, 2003, U.S. President George Bush made his famous landing on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln in a secret flight and sent his congratulations to the sailors and pilots while standing under a banner that read: "Mission Accomplished." At that same time, when Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld still believed he could "shock and awe" all of Iraq into accepting these plans, the U.S. leaders might have believed they could set up a single weak and submissive Iraqi puppet government....
To conclude I would like to denounce the total lack of interest in human lives by the occupying forces and the Western mainstream press. There is obviously a lot of racism involved in the way this occupation is handled by the MNF-I and covered by the media. Some of the academics assassinated were among the finest scientists not only in the Middle East, but worldwide. Nevertheless, none of these murders have been investigated, and very few commemorations appeared in the Western press when these famous academics were killed. And that is another crime....
As was agreed upon in the meeting of Iraq activists in Madrid during the International Seminar about the assassination of Iraqi academics and health workers, the International Anti-Occupation Network has been established....
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