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.”…

20,000 Zapatistas march for missing students

By Orsetta Bellani [Reposted from http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/13048] Some twenty thousand members of the bases of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation marched briskly through San Cristobal de las Casas on October 8. They gathered on the outskirts of the city, under a blue sky stained with clouds that threatened rain and then walked in long, orderly…

Protesters occupy Mexico town halls over missing students

AFP [Bolding by SC] IGUALA, Mexico: Protesters occupied three town halls in southern Mexico on Thursday to demand the safe return of 43 students who disappeared after gang-linked police attacked them last month. Students and teachers had threatened to enter all 81 municipalities in Guerrero state in the latest protest over a case that has…

Youth march against capitalism at World Business Forum

By David Card New York — The capitalist class held an event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 7-8 called the World Business Forum. Five thousand of the richest CEOs and bankers met there to share their experiences in how to slash benefits, lower wages and bust unions. Outraged by this display…

Demonstrators demand justice for transgender woman murdered by US Marine

Activists in the Philippines rallied outside the US embassy in the capital, Manila, and burnt US flag to express their anger over the killing of a woman by a US Marine. On Tuesday, the demonstrators demanded that Washington hand over the Marine who allegedly strangled a 26-year-old woman in a motel room. Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender…

Mexico City Universities Strike in Support of Escalating Protests

#ParoNAcionalYA [Reposted from  http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-City-Universities-Strike-in-Support-of-Escalating-Ayotzinapa-Protests-20141014-0009.html .  See link for video] [Bolding by SC] As 35 busloads of teacher-training students from Michoacán head for Guerrero state to join increasingly militant protests for justice, students from major universities in Mexico City call a two-day strike. On Monday, Ayotzinapa students and teachers stepped up their actions in blocking highways and staging…

CPP hails heroic armed revolutionary resistance of Kurds against ISIS

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) hails the revolutionary Kurdish people in their heroic armed resistance against the renewed assaults of the ISIS in the town of Kobane (or Ayn al-Arab), in the northern border of Syria just south of Turkey. Despite being outgunned, the people of Kobane through the YPG or People’s Protection…

Mexican state’s HQ torched in demonstration for missing students

Chilpancingo, Mexico: Protesters torched part of the government headquarters of Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero on Monday amid demonstrations demanding the return of 43 students missing since an attack by gang-linked police. Hundreds of students and teachers ransacked the government complex in the state capital Chilpancingo, allowing workers to leave before breaking windows and setting…

Hundreds of European Kurds join Peshmerga and YPG

By Deniz Serinci [Reposted from http://rudaw.net/english/world/13102014] [Bolding by SC] COPENHAGEN, Denmark –Hundreds of Kurds from the West are reported to have gone to fight alongside the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga and the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces in their battles against the Islamic State. Hussein Mohammad gave up his job as a musician in Germany…

Morales dedicates his “anti-imperialist” triumph to Castro and Chavez

[Reposted from http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2746812_morales-dedicates-his-anti-imperialist-triumph-to-castro-and-chavez.html] [Bolding by SC]   La Paz, Oct 13 (EFE).- Bolivian President Evo Morales has celebrated his apparent reelection with a speech dedicating the triumph to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and all “anti-imperialist” governments of the world. According to exit polls and quick surveys by the Bolivian…

Philippines: Communist rebels kill 7 soldiers in retaliation of brutal slaying of farmer and son

Mindanao Examiner [Reposted from http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20141013113756] [Bolding by SC] DAVAO CITY – Communist rebels killed 7 government soldiers in separate attacks in southern Philippines in retaliation to the brutal slaying of a farmer and his son by the military, a spokesman for the New People’s Army said on Monday. Roel Agustin said rebel forces ambushed members…

PFLP calls for unified front with Kobane against ISIS and their imperialist supporters

[Bolding by SC] The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expresses its solidarity with the Kurdish resistance in Kobane struggling to defend themselves and their community from the reactionary armed group, ISIS, whose entry into our region has been facilitated and supported by imperialist powers and their lackeys. Comrade Khaled Barakat said that “All…

Socialism is the only answer

“I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.” – Malala Yousafzai http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/13/socialist_city_councilmember_on_nobel_prize

Mexican students escalate protests, hijack buses, delivery trucks

By Manuel Rueda [Reposted from http://fusion.net/story/21265/mexican-students-hijack-buses-delivery-trucks-amid-escalating-protests/] [Bolding by SC]   CHILPANCINGO, Mexico —Protests against the disappearance of 43 students in southern Mexico intensified on Saturday when a group of masked youths blocked a main highway and hijacked four trucks and four buses. The group, students from the Ayotzinapa rural teacher’s college, blocked the highway connecting…

The Real Christopher Columbus

by Howard Zinn [Reposted from https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/10/the-real-christopher-columbus/] [Bolding by SC] Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, the Arawaks ran to greet them,…

College of missing Mexican students vows to maintain revolutionary zeal

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Foreign Staff [Reposted from http://www.sacbee.com/2014/10/09/6772954/college-of-missing-mexican-students.html] [Bolding by SC] TIXTLA, Mexico — With its murals of Che Guevara and Karl Marx and painted slogans about revolution, the rural teachers college in Tixtla, Mexico, seems like a throwback in time. The college calls itself a cradle of revolutionaries, and students indeed occasionally take…