Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en The Tangled Imperial Web: Iraq. War. Again.http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4261http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4261Lead ArticleImperialism creates crises that it cannot solve. That&rsquo;s the ultimate takeaway from president Obama&rsquo;s September 10 speech &ndash; and the entire series of cascading catastrophes from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan and beyond. As the United States slip-slides into its next Middle East war, are there any reasons to expect this time will turn out differently?<br />Leaving aside the boilerplate twaddle about U.S. &ldquo;leadership&rdquo; in combating every global crisis from terrorism to Ebola...by David FinkelFri, 12 Sep 2014 12:56:39 +0000 Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Ferguson on Center Stagehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4227http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4227Lead ArticleTwo Americas. Two realities. Race matters. Us against them.<br />The mass media have swarmed all over Ferguson, Missouri for one reason: The Black community went into the streets after the police murder of Michael Brown, and refused orders to leave. They have inspired solidarity actions taking place all over the United States and internationally, including Latino, Asian and white young people along with African Americans.<br />&ldquo;Hands Up, Don&#39;t Shoot&rdquo; spread across the country. It reflects...by Malik MiahTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:44:26 +0000 The Growing Crisis in the Middle East: An Update on Palestine, Iraq, and Kurdistanhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4223http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4223Lead ArticleCease-fires--brief interruptions in Israel&rsquo;s destruction of Gaza--come and go, for one simple reason: Israel will not lift the blockade, the siege, the strangulation of Gaza, and the United States will not force it to do so. Officially, the line is that the blockade won&rsquo;t end &ldquo;until the rockets stop and Hamas is disarmed.&rdquo; The reality is that if Hamas were disarmed and the rockets stopped the blockade would continue anyway, and the people of Gaza know it, because the real...by David FinkelWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:52:01 +0000 Our Planet, Our Movementhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4233http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4233Against the Current ArticleTHE SEPTEMBER 21 Peoples Climate March and related activities &#8212; notably, the September 19-20 NYC Climate Convergence Conference (http://convergeforclimate.org/) &#8212; make a timely occasion to look at the dimensions of the global environmental crisis and how to confront it.<br />If solutions are to be found, where to begin? Undoubtedly, all-out efforts in basic and applied climate research, conversion to solar and sustainable technology, and profound changes in agriculture and industry will...The EditorsThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:10:03 +0000 Piketty on Capital and Inequalityhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4254http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4254Against the Current ArticleCapital in the Twenty-First Century<br />By Thomas Piketty<br />Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2014, viii+ 685 pages, $39.95.<br />THE ISSUE OF growing inequalities of in&shy;come and wealth in the advanced capitalist world over the past four decades has been the subject of both social scientific research and political struggle. On the one hand, there is an extensive literature that amply documents the growth of inequality globally since the mid-1970s. While ideologues of neo-liberalism have attempted...Charlie PostFri, 29 Aug 2014 19:44:23 +0000 Resisting the New McCarthyismhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4239http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4239Against the Current ArticlePROFESSOR RABAB ABDULHADI is founder and Senior Scholar at the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) at San Francisco State University. A longtime scholar and a lifelong activist for Palestinian freedom, her account of &ldquo;Living Under Occupation&rdquo; was published in the July-August 2012 issue of Against the Current (http://www.solidarity-us.org/pdfs/ATC%20159--Rabab.pdf).<br />After leading a January 2014 academic and labor delegation to Palestine and Jordan, Dr....an interview with Rabab AbdulhadiThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:28:27 +0000 Palestine Solidarity and Mass Mobilizationhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4263http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4263Webzine ArticleOmar Barghouti wrote in December 2013 that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign "may well be reaching a tipping point." Barghouti is one of the founders of this movement to pressure Israel to recognize fundamental Palestinian rights. This may be the breakthrough moment for BDS, shifting from the slow accumulation of modest victories to major successes and widespread support. He described this as the "South Africa moment," where BDS organizing would reach the critical mass of...by Alan SearsMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:16:36 +0000 Remembering Claudia Morcomhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4262http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4262Webzine ArticleClaudia House Morcom, an important figure in the civil rights movement in the South during the 1960s, a significant member of the progressive Black movement in Detroit and an activist in the fight for human rights internationally as well as in the United States, passed away on August 17, 2014 at age 82.<br />We each met Claudia before we met each other. She hired Ron in 1967 at Neighborhood Legal Services, which she had just taken over as the first Director in Detroit. As a young National Lawyers...by Ron Reosti & Chris CollinsFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:30:37 +0000 The Tangled Imperial Web: Iraq. War. Again.http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4261http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4261Webzine ArticleImperialism creates crises that it cannot solve. That&rsquo;s the ultimate takeaway from president Obama&rsquo;s September 10 speech &ndash; and the entire series of cascading catastrophes from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan and beyond. As the United States slip-slides into its next Middle East war, are there any reasons to expect this time will turn out differently?<br />Leaving aside the boilerplate twaddle about U.S. &ldquo;leadership&rdquo; in combating every global crisis from terrorism to Ebola...by David FinkelFri, 12 Sep 2014 12:56:39 +0000 At NUMSA’s Initiative, New Liberation Forces Debate Future of Post-Apartheid South Africahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4260http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4260Webzine ArticleAround 30 guests from across the globe and 120 shop stewards from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met from August 7-10 in Johannesburg to discuss the prospects and challenges of building a new, left political alternative to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party of now deceased national hero Nelson Mandela.<br />This call by the country’s largest trade union, with over 300,000 members, has caused reverberations throughout the working class as a whole, and...by Federico FuentesTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:20:51 +0000 Is Water a Human Right in Detroit?http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4259http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4259Webzine ArticleNote: this article was originally written in August. The introduction, immediately below, is new and updates the original article.<br />Introduction/Update<br />On August 28 The People’s Water Board Coalition, supported by the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, demanded a temporary restraining order against the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, Two days earlier the department resumed residential shutoffs and disconnected another 600 families.<br />During what turned out to be...by Dianne FeeleyTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:17:02 +0000 Ebola, Poverty, and Racismhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4258http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4258Webzine ArticleThe problem<br />The Ebola Virus is not a new discovery. It is named after the river Ebola in Congo, on whose banks it was discovered in 1976. This first epidemic there caused about 300 fatalities. Since then there were repeated outbreaks of the disease in different African countries, the last biggest ones 2007 in Uganda and again in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola virus basically is not very problematic from an epidemiological point of view. Transmission works exclusively through the...by Thadeus PatoSat, 06 Sep 2014 12:27:42 +0000