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To Our Friends in Bengal

News travels to us that events in West Bengal have overtaken the optimism that some of us have experienced during trips to the state.  We are concerned about the rancour that has divided the public space, created what appear to be unbridgeable gaps between people who share similar values.  It is this that distresses us.  […]

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The Politics of Immigration

Upcoming New York Area Events on Immigration with Jane Guskin & David Wilson authors of The Politics of Immigration: Questions & Answers For information:Website: thepoliticsofimmigration.org/ Blog:thepoliticsofimmigration.blogspot.com/ Email: thepoliticsofimmigration@gmail.com NOVEMBER  2007 Thursday, Nov. 15, between Noon and 1 pm Interview on “Lakou New York,” hosted by Dahoud André and Ernest Banatte (“Mèt Bano”) For listeners in […]

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Surmounting Sectarianism in the Middle East: An Interview with Hisham Bustani

In a recent interview with the Qatari daily al-Raya, the Jordanian Marxist writer and activist Hisham Bustani analyses current issues: the situation in the Arab region; threats against Iran; the “Broader Middle East Initiative”; the U.S., Arab regimes, and Islamists; and prospects of the Arab liberation project.  This interview, conducted by the journalist As’ad al-Azzouni, […]

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Putin in Iran: Interview with Vladimir Putin

Interview with IRNA Information Agency and Iranian State Television and Radio ABBAS ALI HADJI PARVANE: In the name of Allah!  Mr President, we are very grateful to you for finding the time to give us this interview in spite of your busy schedule and to answer our questions on Russia’s international position and bilateral relations […]

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Welcome Home, Joma Sison!

Watch the welcoming of Joma Sison by his friends and colleagues after his release from detention. The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) is an anti-imperialist and democratic formation.  The video was made available at YouTube by beweging. | | Print

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Echoes of Pain in Sounds of Cicadas: Hibakusha Testimony

At the end of those air raid shelters was our shelter.  I went in, hoping to find my brother, but I couldn’t find him.  I got out of the shelter. Then, little Kyoko called my name. “Mi-chan, Mi-chan,” the voice of a girl said.  I asked, “Who are you?”  The voice said, “It’s Kyoko.” Coming […]

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DemoKracy

دموكراسي از گروه آبجيز “Abjee” is a Persian slang for sister . . . and sisters are what Safoura (vocal, guitar, and composition) and Melody Safavi (vocal and lyrics) are.  For more information about Abjeez and their music samples and videos, visit their Web site: . | | Print

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Young Lesbians from Newark Need Our Support!

On August 18, 2006, seven young African American lesbians traveled to the West Village from their homes in Newark for a regular night out.  When walking down the street, a male bystander assaulted them with sexist and homophobic comments.  The women tried to defend themselves, and a fight broke out.  Thus began the women’s nightmare […]

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The US and the 21st Century

Introductory Note: This essay is an adaptation and reworking of a historic 1963 document of the Students for a Democratic Society.  Its original was mimeographed in several thousand copies and distributed jointly by the SDS National Office and the newly-created Economic Research and Action Project (ERAP).  America and the New Era was intended to be […]

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Condemn Arrest of Dr. Binayak Sen: Oppose Attack on People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Chhatisgarh

13th May 2007 We, the following Civil and Democratic Rights organizations, strongly condemn the arrest of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (Chhattisgarh) and Vice President, PUCL (National) under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004 and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2006.  Dr. Sen is a very well-respected civil rights […]

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Life Under Occupation in Iraq

Local 2627, DC 37, AFSCME interviews labor leader Houzan Mahmoud. This interview was conducted on March 5, 2007, at an event sponsored by the Center for Study of Working Class Life and cosponsored by U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW).  Houzan Mahmoud is the international representative of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in […]

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Global Solidarity School

The Global Solidarity School is the initiative of progressive Canadians involved in trade union and academic education.  The school will combine educational programs with Cuban cultural explorations that extend well beyond a typical tourist experience. As a student at the Global Solidarity School, you will meet with international counterparts who care about the wellbeing of […]

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Same-Sex Love in India: Open Letters against Section 377

To the Government of India, Members of the Judiciary, and All Citizens, To build a truly democratic and plural India, we must collectively fight against laws and policies that abuse human rights and limit fundamental freedoms. This is why we, concerned Indian citizens and people of Indian origin, support the overturning of Section 377 of […]

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On Soccer and Suffering

Like millions of other Italian Americans, I rejoiced in Italy‘s dramatic penalty-kick World Cup victory over France.  For a country that has given us little to cheer about recently, it was a welcome and much-needed celebration, a festival combining benign patriotism, wistful nostalgia, and a release for long-suffering fans. In fact, both the country and […]

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