Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Ferguson: Poster City for Municipal Extortionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4398http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4398Lead ArticleTa-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic may have said it best when he said Ferguson was run by a gang, but Ferguson certainly is not unique. A Justice Department report painted a vivid picture of the police and courts shaking down low-income, Black residents of Ferguson in order to pad their own pockets and support the agenda of a white power structure. Since then, news reports across TV, newspapers and radio have shown that the practice of targeting poor people for selective ticketing, fines, and fees...by John ReedMon, 23 Mar 2015 20:18:40 +0000 Women Under Attack in 2015http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4393http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4393Lead ArticleIn the United States, as elsewhere, a woman’s body is not her own. College campuses are a hunting ground for sexual predators, as women come forward to disclose various forms of date rape. According to police records, almost one-third of female homicide victims are killed by their partners. Each year an estimated 1.3 million women suffer domestic abuse; one of every four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Witnessing violence between parents (or other caregivers) is...from the Editors of Against the CurrentSun, 08 Mar 2015 15:38:37 +0000 Solidarity with the Students and Parents of Ayotzinapahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4391http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4391Lead ArticleSince September 26, 2014 the demand has been the same: “They were taken away alive! We want them back alive!” We denounce the clear participation and responsibility of the state at all levels and in particular the involvement of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Mexican Army in the disappearance of our comrades.<br />The government of Peña Nieto has not only given no response to the demand of the social movement in Mexico, but has also attempted to hide the deep social crisis the country is...by the International Committee of the Fourth InternationalThu, 05 Mar 2015 17:13:04 +0000 Bhopal's Fight for Memoryhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4371http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4371Against the Current ArticleON THE NIGHT of December 2, 1984, unknown poisonous gases (released by the runaway reaction of water with methyl isocyanate, or MIC) burst out from a Union Carbide pesticide plant located in a densely populated, working poor vicinity of the city of Bhopal in central India. The plant, scheduled for possible closure, was understaffed, not maintained adequately, and had already seen prior deaths from exposure to leaks.<br />Over 5000 persons from the area immediately adjacent to the factory died in the...Sara Abraham interviews Nityanand JayaramanMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:30:27 +0000 Frank Fried (1927-2015)http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4386http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4386Against the Current ArticleFRANK FRIED, AMONG the most remarkable U.S. revolutionary socialists in the second half of the 20th century, passed away in Alameda, CA on January 13, 2014 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, the novelist Alice Wilson-Fried.<br />Frank was attracted to the political views of the Socialist Workers Party in Chicago as a teenager. He joined the SWP in 1944 just before he entered the U.S. Navy. It was not a propitious time to be joining the party. Its leaders, including those who...Patrick M. QuinnMon, 23 Feb 2015 21:04:01 +0000 China: Rise and Emergent Crisishttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4385http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4385Against the Current ArticleFragility<br />By Au Loong Yu, with contributions from Bai Ruixue, Bruno Jetin and Pierre Rousset<br />Merlin Press in association with Resistance Books and IIRE, 2012, 326 pages, &euro;26 + shipping from www.iire.org/en/iire-shop.html.<br />THE METEORIC RISE of Chinese capitalism over the past two decades has elicited myriad responses by mainstream and left commentators. From neoconservatives decrying the rise of the &ldquo;red dragon&rdquo; to leftists seeking to find socialist diamonds in the rough of...Jase ShortMon, 23 Feb 2015 21:02:18 +0000 The Trouble with Martyrdom: How Have Turkey’s Conservatives Responded to the Özgecan Aslan Case?http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4399http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4399Webzine ArticleIn response to the brutal rape and murder of university student Özgecan Aslan on February 11, Turkey’s Director of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez had choice words of outrage: he blamed a “vicious and oppressive culture” for the death of “our pure sister.” In the light of other statements by supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), it is not hard to guess which culture Görmez had in mind.<br />A few days after the attack, the pro-government newspaper Yeni Akit...by Justus LinksFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:46:59 +0000 Ferguson: Poster City for Municipal Extortionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4398http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4398Webzine ArticleTa-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic may have said it best when he said Ferguson was run by a gang, but Ferguson certainly is not unique. A U.S. Justice Department report painted a vivid picture of the police and courts shaking down low-income, Black residents of Ferguson in order to pad their own pockets and support the agenda of a white power structure. Since then, news reports across TV, newspapers and radio have shown that the practice of targeting poor people for selective ticketing, fines, and...by John ReedMon, 23 Mar 2015 20:18:40 +0000 Feminists in El Salvador Continue Fight for Justice for Women Imprisoned for Obstetrical Complicationshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4397http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4397Webzine ArticleGuadalupe, pregnant at the age of 18 in El Salvador as the result of a rape, suffered obstetrical complications before she gave birth in the home where she worked as a domestic employee to a fetus that did not survive. After hours of hemorrhaging, her employer took her to the public hospital. There, medical personnel accused her of abortion, illegal under all circumstances in El Salvador, and turned her over to police. Prosecutors upgraded the charges to aggravated homicide, and the judge sent...by Kathy BougherWed, 18 Mar 2015 16:48:56 +0000 Neither the 13th nor the 15th Represent Us: Crisis of Government in Brazilhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4396http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4396Webzine ArticleOn Friday 13 March and Sunday 15 March, Brazil saw two mass mobilizations across the country. Over a million people took to the streets. The first was called by the governing Workers’ Party (PT) and its supporters to counter the second, organized by a number of right-wing forces seeking to take advantage of governmental disarray and call for the removal of President Dilma Rousseff. The crisis in government has been caused by a vast and still unfolding corruption scandal involving the...by InsurgenciaTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:12:24 +0000 Recovering the Revolutionary Legacy of Malcolm Xhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4395http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4395Webzine ArticleFebruary 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the Black liberation movement of the 1960s.<br />Lenin once wrote, “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to covert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say,...by Barry SheppardMon, 09 Mar 2015 18:50:21 +0000 Women Under Attack in 2015http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4393http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4393Webzine ArticleIn the United States, as elsewhere, a woman’s body is not her own. College campuses are a hunting ground for sexual predators, as women come forward to disclose various forms of date rape. According to police records, almost one-third of female homicide victims are killed by their partners. Each year an estimated 1.3 million women suffer domestic abuse; one of every four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Witnessing violence between parents (or other caregivers) is...from the Editors of Against the CurrentSun, 08 Mar 2015 15:38:37 +0000