Cambodia deploys troops as garment workers renew wage campaign

  PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia deployed armed troops in its capital on Wednesday as garment workers held rallies to revive a campaign for higher wages that had helped to stoke a year-long political crisis.   About 500 textile workers rallied in an industrial suburb of Phnom Penh, demanding a sharp hike in the monthly…

West Bank Jewish settler population soars

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382,031 at the end of June, up from 374,469 six months earlier, the leading settler organization said Tuesday. The number does not include annexed east Jerusalem, which Israel has declared to be an integral part of the Jewish state and an inseparable component of its…

S&P issues downgrade before Venezuela takes seat on UN Security Council

After the failed 2006 bid for a coveted seat on the United Nation’s Security Council, Venezuela has unanimous backing from Latin American and Caribbean countries to win a two-year term, giving the Bolivarian Republic a likely chance to weigh in on international matters such as peacekeeping, military actions and sanctions. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services…

India: Maoists hold large public gathering, issue warning to govt

Odisha Sun Times Bureau Malkangiri, Sep 15: [Reposted from http://odishasuntimes.com/86732/maoists-hold-large-public-gathering-odisha-forest-issue-warning-govt/] Thousands of tribals led by Vijay Laxmi, commander of the Korukonda (Andhra) Dalam gathered inside the inaccessible and dense Ralegada forest in the cut-off region of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district on the Andhra-Odisha border this weekend, reports said. Senior Maoist leaders from outside the state…

Help is on the way

  The US is prepared to send as many troops as necessary to secure the resources in West Africa from the Ebola virus. Take that, Ebola!   Obama announces plan to fight heart disease

Cuba sends six-ton medical aid shipment to Gaza

Cuba sent six tons of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, following Israel’s latest devastating military offensive there, state daily Granma reported Thursday. The humanitarian aid, including medications, were delivered Wednesday by the charge d’affaires of the Cuban embassy in Cairo, Alexander Pellicer, to the first counselor of the Palestinian embassy, Basheer…

US embargo has cost Cuba $116.8bn in damages

[Reposted from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/09/cuba-us-embargo-116bn-un-report] [Bolding by SC] US economic sanctions against Cuba have cost the island nation $3.9bn in foreign trade over the past year, helping to raise the overall estimate of economic damage to $116.8bn over the past 55 years, Cuba said on Tuesday. The figures were published in a report that Cuba prepares for…

US using Ebola to advance imperialist agenda in Africa

[Bolding by SC] The United States is using the epidemic of the Ebola virus to advance its imperialist agenda in West Africa, a civil rights activist and journalist in Detroit says. Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on President…

A cup of tea with the PKK

[Reposted from http://www.dw.de/a-cup-of-tea-with-the-pkk/a-17908851] [Bolding by SC] The linoleum staircase that leads up to a nondescript gray door in a building somewhere in Central Berlin is worn and somewhat grimy. Inside, several middle-aged men are clustered around a table littered with newspapers and overflowing ashtrays. As they sip their glasses of strong black tea, a Kurdish…

Maduro Announces ‘Five Big Revolutions’ in Venezuela

By TeleSUR English- venezuelanalysis.com [Bolding by SC] In declarations to the country on Tuesday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced what he described as “five revolutions”, as part of a need to “improve our service to the people.” Maduro said the revolutions would be a “a new way of functioning” for the government, and emphasized the…

Israel confiscates 1,000 more acres of Palestinian land

by Renee Lewis [Reposted from http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/31/bethlehem-israelconfiscates.html]   [Bolding by SC] Israel on Sunday confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement south of Bethlehem in the West Bank — a move described by Israeli rights group Peace Now as “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s.” Settlements built on Palestinian…

The PKK winning against the Islamic State

One of those groups emerging to fight jihadist are the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. There are approximately 20,000 fighters in Syria with up to another 40,000 fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Turkey. “The Iraqi army collapsed and the Peshmerga failed. We are the only force who has repeatedly defeated jihadist,” said…

India: Maoist regaining grounds

By Rahul Tripathi [Reposted from http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/naxal-threat-red-corridor-expanding-in-maharashtra-odisha-and-telangana/1/379014.html] [Bolding by SC] Even as the Narendra Modi’s government readies a new anti-Maoist doctrine, Maoist seems to be gaining ground in the districts of Maharashtra and Odisha, where they had considerably diminished under the previous regime. As per the half yearly report of the Central Intelligence Committee, accessed by…

Communists attack two Philippine plantations in one day

BUTUAN – Members of the New People’s Army raided a banana plantation and the aircraft hangar of a company offering crop-dusting services in Mindanao on Saturday, the military said Sunday. The attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the strife-torn island of Mindanao on Saturday caused extensive damage but no one was killed, officials…

Secretary of Fear

“This is way beyond anything we have seen. We must prepare for everything. Get Ready!” US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on ISIL capabilities

ALBA Expresses Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson

[Reposted from http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/ALBA-Criticizes-the-US-for-Unresolved-Racial-Violence-and-Discrimination-20140819-0072.html] The Latin American and Caribbean bloc asked U.S. authorities to carry out a fair investigation into the death of Michael Brown. The ALBA countries released a joint statement Tuesday expressing their “profound concern” with the violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, which the bloc said is a reminder of the serious racial discrimination that has yet to be resolved…

The empire will fall from within

[Reposted from http://pflp.ps/english/2014/08/19/pflp-salutes-the-black-struggle-in-the-us-the-empire-will-fall-from-within/] In light of the police murder of the martyr Michael Brown and the ongoing struggle in Ferguson, Missouri, in the United States, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes and stands firmly with the ongoing struggle of Black people and all oppressed communities in the United States. Comrade Khaled Barakat…

The Never-Ending Spiral

“The Hunanese have a proverb:  There is no pattern for straw shoes, they shape up as one weaves them. The ideology of continuing revolution continuously stimulates the enthusiasm of the cadres and the masses. There is no final stage; mankind progresses like the universe, in a never-ending spiral.” – Mao  

“Communal Governance” progressing in Venezuela

By Ewan Robertson [Reposted from http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/10848] [Bolding by SC] Mérida, 15th August 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities. The development comes after President Nicolas Maduro travelled…

New resistance group launched in Egypt

A new allegedly left-wing group called the People’s Resistance Movement made its official debut in Cairo via Facebook on Thursday, the first anniversary of the 14 August crackdown, which claimed the lives of at least 1,150 protestors according to a recent Human Rights Watch report. A 14-minuted recorded video statement, read out by an anonymous…

10 Things to Know About the World’s Longest Communist Revolution

By Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com [Reposted from http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/08/15/10-things-to-know-about-the-worlds-longest-communist-revolutio/] [Bolding by SC] 1. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was reestablished on December 26, 1968 in Alaminos, Pangasinan. Its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), was formed on March 29, 1969 in Capas, Tarlac. The revolutionary alliance, National Democratic Front (NDF), was founded on April…

Venezuelan National Guard guns down protesting steelworkers

[Reposted from http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/13/vene-a13.html] By Bill Van Auken [Bolding by SC] National Guard troops opened fire on protesting steelworkers Monday at the SIDOR steel mill in the industrial zone of Ciudad Guayana, in Venezuela’s southeastern Bolívar State. At least three workers were wounded by shotgun blasts in the confrontation, while others were overcome by tear gas,…