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Finland 1906: The revolutionary roots of women’s suffrage — an International Women’s Day tribute

[originally published at https://johnriddell.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/finland-1906-the-revolutionary-roots-of-womens-suffrage-an-international-womens-day-tribute/] March 8, 2015 In 1906, Finland became the world’s first nation to grant full female suffrage.[1] This watershed achievement for women was won by Finnish socialists during the revolutionary upheaval that swept the Czarist empire to which Finland belonged. Yet this important history has been overlooked by both academics and activists. […]

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Socialists and Electoral Politics Today

For socialists, the issue of working class independence often takes center stage during elections. Socialists in recent months have been grappling with how to break the subordination of our class, and its organizations, to the Democratic Party, a party of the bosses. This subordination remains the main obstacle today to effectively resisting privatization, union busting, […]

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Christie’s Budget Address Brings More Pain

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in his February 2015 budget address, revealed his intent to inflict further benefit cuts on public employees. The day before his speech, a judge ordered Christie to pay $1.57 more into the pension fund — money he withheld last year in defiance of a 2011 agreement. Public sector unions had sued Christie to enforce their rights […]

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First Reactions Inside Greece to the “Reform Program” Approved by the Eurogroup

[Note: The following article is reprinted from Issue No. 341 (March 5, 2015) of Informations Ouvrières (Labor News), the weekly newspaper of the Independent Workers Party of France (POI).] After the publication of the list of “reforms” that the Greek government forwarded to the creditors of Greece — and that were “validated” by them — […]

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Interview with Colia LaFayette Clark: “We Have to Finish the March of the Civil Rights Movement!”

PRESENTATION As the struggles against police brutality and racism in the United States intensify, it is critical to take a moment and discuss the legacy of the struggle for Black Liberation in the United States. The Organizer newspaper correspondent Anthony Palmer was fortunate enough to sit down with Colia LaFayette Clark for this purpose. Sister […]

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What Is the Meaning of the “Normalization” of Diplomatic Relations Between the U.S. and Cuba?

On December 17, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the “normalization” of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the lifting of several restrictions on personal, economic and financial activities imposed by the U.S. government in January 1961, when the blockade was enacted. Obama also agreed to free three of the remaining “Cuban Five” political prisoners held […]

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Following the Agreement Reached Between the Greek Government and Its Creditors: Questions and Answers

[reprinted from Issue No. 340 – February 25, 2015 – of Informations Ouvriéres [Labor News], the weekly newspaper of the Independent Workers Party (POI) of France] What did the Greek government agree to with the European institutions? The Greek government agreed on February 20 to come up with a “program of reforms” that it will […]

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Who killed Brandon Tate-Brown?

A protest was held in Northeast Philadelphia on Saturday, February 21st, the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, to demand justice for Brandon Tate-Brown, a Philadelphia man shot down by Philly cops in the early hours of December 15th, 2014. More than 100 protesters braved cold temperatures and snowstorm to demonstrate outside of the […]

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Recent murders of Muslims illustrate the dangers of Islamophobia

The murder last week of 3 Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC, followed a few days later by the arson of an Islamic school in Houston, and an assault on an Arab-American family by two white men in a grocery store in Dearborn, shows the dangers of anti-Muslim rhetoric, prejudice and hatred. The victims of […]

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Regarding “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty

With more than one million copies sold around the world, Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (1), is achieving pretty exceptional sales for an economics book published little more than a year ago in its original edition in French and barely eight months ago in its English edition. It is true that, whilst […]

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