On the Emerging Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba
BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE | DECEMBER 21, 2014
The December 17 joint announcement by Barack Obama and Raúl Castro Ruiz, presidents of the United States and Cuba, respectively, on the immediate steps being taken to normalize relations between the two countries has stunned the world.
After more than 50 years of Cold War conflict, which included a failed invasion, a nuclear superpower standoff, and decades of covert warfare, espionage and economic blockade, both the U.S. and Cuba are now talking about the establishing of embassies, loosened restrictions on travel and money transfers, and increasing access to the Internet for the majority of Cuban citizens.
Grand Jury Decisions in Deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner Expose Reality of Capitalism
BY MARTIN SAYLES and ROBIN WAKIPAJAN | DECEMBER 8, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y., December 7 — As we go to press, mass protests continue across the country in response to grand jury decisions that have cleared the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury returned a “no true bill” (a legal term for no charges) against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who shot and killed Brown while he stood with his hands in the air. Nine days later, on Dec. 3, a Staten Island grand jury handed down its own “no true bill” in the case of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied a chokehold on Garner, provoking a heart attack.
“A System Cannot Fail Those Who It Was Never Designed to Protect.” — W.E.B. Dubois
BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
The outcome of the so-called grand jury in the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of 18-year-old Mike Brown, should not have come as a surprise to anyone. It certainly wasn’t a surprise to those living in Ferguson, who already knew that the fix was in.
From the beginning, it was clear that none of the local or state officials, from Governor Jay Nixon to County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to Mayor James Knowles and Chief Thomas Jackson, wanted to see Wilson face a trial in the August 9 shooting. They would have preferred to see those residents who were angry over Brown’s death quietly and forcefully swept off the streets. Indeed, that was the original plan — to drive the African American community off the streets and back into their homes through the use of their armed enforcers of “law and order.”
Obama Dresses Up Slave-Labor Order as ‘Immigration Reform;’ Dems Rejoice
BY MARTIN SAYLES | NOVEMBER 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 22 — President Barack Obama’s announcement last Thursday on how the federal government will deal with up to 5 million undocumented workers and family members of American citizens has been hailed by Democrats and reformist immigrant rights advocates across the board, while being universally slammed by conservative Republicans and racists.
BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD | SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
Ever since the forces of Da’esh (aka ISIS/ISIL/IS) seized control of Mosul and other northern Iraqi cities, those opposing the so-called “Islamic State” have sought to organize themselves and take up arms to defend their homes and villages from the Islamist onslaught. Now, some of these ad hoc groups have begun to work together.
In late August, the Popular Resistance Forces were established in Kirkuk as a new self-defense organization. Unlike most of the other existing militia that have emerged as Da’esh has swept across Iraq and Syria, including the phony “Red Army” of the “official” Communist Party, the PRF is a multi-ethnic and non-sectarian military organization, welcoming Kurds and Arabs, Sunni and Shi’a, Jews, Christians and Yazidi, and men and women, into their fighting ranks. Both the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq and Worker-Communist Party of Kurdistan have welcomed the initiative taken by the working-class organizers of the Popular Resistance Forces to join the growing fight.