Mexico: Students “disappeared” for fighting privatized education

[Bolding by SC] At the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico’s Guerrero state, the revolutionary spirit among students remains unbowed in spite of events that have robbed them of 46 classmates. “My nickname is Cienfuegos,” said student Salvador Castro Fernández, in reference to a companion of Che Guevara, the Marxist icon and key figure of the Cuban Revolution.…

EFF: Policy documents in 5 points

By Greg Nicolson [Reposted from http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-10-29-eff-policy-documents-in-5-points/#.VFJ6HRZnCEU] [Bolding by SC]   The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will hold its first National People’s Assembly in December under the banner “People’s power for economic freedom”. In policy documents to be discussed, the party says the ANC is lost and disintegrating. GREG NICOLSON ponders five points the Fighters could…

US child poverty among worst in developed world

[Bolding by SC.  See link for graphs] The United States ranks near the bottom of the pack of wealthy nations on a measure of child poverty, according to a new report from UNICEF. Nearly one third of U.S. children live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income in 2008…

Block the Boat Declares Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel

Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic. Members of ILWU Local 10 informed Block the Boat organizers that the Zim Beijing which was headed to the Port of Oakland, has been re-routed…

NUMSA: We are forging ahead with the building of a United Front!

NUMSA NEC PRESS STATEMENT ON THE CRISIS IN COSATU 27th October 2014 When Cosatu was born in 1985, the federation brought together many different trade unions with different organisational, political and administrative cultures and traditions. From 1981, it took four long hard years to emerge from the unity talks with the establishment of the largest federation…

PKK offshoot declares autonomy in Turkey

The Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) — an affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — declared autonomy in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak on Saturday. Hundreds of masked YDG-H members holding PKK flags marched in military-like order to the same spot where they had announced their establishment in June…

Numsa breaks away from ANC alliance

  Johannesburg – The National Union of Metalworkers of SA is severing ties with the ruling alliance comprising the ANC, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). It said on Monday that it will launch a socialist united front as soon as December. “We decided to break with…

“Everything Is Free” – Mexican Protesters Raid Supermarkets

[Reposted from http://www.ibtimes.com/mexican-protesters-raid-supermarkets-one-month-anniversary-student-disappearances-nears-1713159] Students in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state took over a radio station and raided supermarkets in the state capital Saturday, a day before the one-month anniversary of the disappearances of 43 students who have sparked mass anger against local and state authorities. Dozens of protesters reportedly looted four department stores in Chilpancingo, the…

The FBI came looking for me

By Scott Williams [Bolding by SC] I am writing to let everyone know that the FBI visited my father today with the intention of questioning me about my trip to Syria as an international election observer for the 2014 Syrian presidential elections. In June 2014, I visited Syria with the objective of learning the truth…

Egypt sentences 23 activists to three years in prison

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists to three years in jail for organising illegal protests, the latest in several verdicts against political activists in recent months. The defendants include activist Sanaa Seif, sister of prominent activist and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, rights lawyer Yara Sallam, photojournalist Abdel-Rahman Mohamed of Al-Badil news website and…

London activists occupy Airbus

[Reposted from http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-london-activists-occupy-airbus-protest-israel-weapons-deals  See link for video] [Bolding by SC] More than twenty activists occupied the London offices of Airbus on Friday to protest the aerospace company’s military cooperation with Israel. “Staff were unable to arrive for work and senior executives agreed to meet the campaigners in a bid to end the occupation of the…

What matters

“What matters is not so much the color of your skin as the power you serve and the millions you betray” -Frantz Fanon

Venezuela seizes warehouses of medical goods, food

[Reposted from http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-venezuela-economy-idUSKCN0ID00A20141024] [Bolding by SC] (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that “bourgeois criminals” were hoarding for speculation and contraband. The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down,…

Netanyahu Tightens Grip On Jerusalem

[Reposted from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/14848-netanyahu-orders-the-enforcement-of-israeli-sovereignty-over-all-of-jerusalem] [Bolding by SC] On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered “that sovereignty be enforced in all parts of Jerusalem by positioning additional [occupation] forces throughout” the holy city, which both Palestinians and Israelis claim as their capital, Al-Quds newspaper reported. Netanyahu made these remarks in a statement issued by his office…

Tens of thousands march… Protesters torch city hall… Armed vigilantes back students

Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City and Iguala, Mexico on Wednesday to protest the disappearance of 43 student-teachers who went missing on September 26. Reflecting growing outrage over the failure of Mexican authorities to resolve the case, a group of masked protesters separated from the peaceful demonstration of several thousand in Iguala, broke into…

Pennsylvania’s Attempt to Silence Prison Activist Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Todd Steven Burroughs The state has written a piece of legislation specifically designed to keep the internationally known prison activist, writer and speaker from speaking out. [Reposted from http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/10/pennsylvania_s_attempt_to_silence_prisoner_mumia_abu_jamal.html] [Bolding by SC] Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett just signed a new law that allows convicted prisoners to be sued by their victims for “seeking publicity…

Report: US-Backed Ukraine Army Used Cluster Bombs Against Its Own People

by Jon Queally [Reposted from http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/21/us-backed-ukraine-army-used-cluster-bombs-against-its-own-people-reports ...  see link for video] [Bolding by SC] ‘Firing cluster munitions into populated areas is utterly irresponsible and those who ordered such attacks should be held to account,’ says rights group. The Ukraine Army, backed by both the U.S. and NATO throughout its military campaign against rebel factions in…

Philippines: Peasants Shut Down Trial of Political Prisoners

Tiamzon couple hearing suspended as Quezon City Courthouse Shuts Down The Quezon City Regional Trial Court suspended work today, as peasants and activists protested on its grounds and called for the release of political prisoners Wilma and Benito Tiamzon. BY DEE AYROSO Bulatlat.com [Bolding by SC] MANILA – The pre-trial hearing of political prisoners Wilma…

Cuba: Why I Defend Socialism

By Elio Delgado Legon HAVANA TIMES — I could begin by saying that I lived under a capitalist regime for long enough to be able to make comparisons. It would nonetheless suffice to make a general statement: 60 years elapsed from the time Cuba achieved independence from Spanish domination to the triumph of the revolution…

‘Democracy would see poorer people dominate Hong Kong vote’

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told media that if the government met pro-democracy protesters’ demands it would result in the city’s poorer people dominating elections. In an interview with foreign media, carried in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the International New York Times, the embattled chief executive reiterated his position that free elections were impossible. Demonstrators…

Amazon Deforestation Spikes 190 Percent

By Joaquim Moreira Salles [Reposted from http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/20/3581935/amazon-deforestation-up-190-percent/] [Bolding by SC] Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is up 190 percent for the months of August and September compared to the same period last year according to the non-profit Imazon, which monitors deforestation via satellite imagery. This marks a steep reversal in what was an otherwise declining…

#Gamergate: Feminist vlogger vs. sexist gaming industry

By Liberation Staff [Reposted from http://www.liberationnews.org/feminist-vlogger-vs-sexist-gaming-industry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feminist-vlogger-vs-sexist-gaming-industry] [Bolding by SC]   Anita Sarkeesian is a young feminist media critic and blogger who in the past few years has received media attention for her controversial YouTube series featuring hard hitting analysis of the video gaming industry and their depiction of women in games. The controversy around her…

Black Open Carry Protesters Are Marching For Community Defense

By Abu Hussein [Reposted from http://countercurrentnews.com/2014/10/black-open-carry-protesters-are-marching-against-police-brutality-and-the-media-is-silent/] [Bolding by SC] They call themselves the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named after the co-founder of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense. Like the defunct organization which called for reform of community policing, demanding that police come from the neighborhoods they serve, the Huey P. Newton Gun…

Mexico: Thousands march in Acapulco as protests gather pace

By Jo Tuckman [Reposted from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/18/mexico-protests-acapulco-student-teachers-missing] Pressure continues to mount on the Mexican authorities to find 43 student teachers who disappeared three weeks ago in the southern city of Iguala, many of them after being arrested by local police. Thousands marched through the resort city of Acapulco on Friday calling for the return of the…

California leads the way in the ‘Block the Boat’ movement

By Ben Norton A new phase is developing in the US Palestinian solidarity movement: Block the Boat. In organizing theory, activists often emphasize the importance of formulating what they call an “escalation plan.” When pushing for social change, they explain, it is important that one’s methods of exerting pressure on power slowly grow in strength,…

In Ethiopia, foreign investment is a fancy word for stealing land

By Dosert Rose [Reposted from http://oromianeconomist.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/in-ethiopia-foreign-investment-is-a-fancy-word-for-stealing-land-colonialism-never-left-oromia/   See link for more pictures and video] [Bolding by SC] Since 2000, over 37 million hectares of land, mainly in the world’s poorest nations, have been acquired by foreign investors “without the free, prior, and informed consent of communities” in what, according to Oxfam and other organizations, constitutes a “land grab.”…