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West Papua gains allies in its quest for self-determination, after decades of Indonesian oppression

April 2015

New Guinea — the second biggest island in the world, lies to Australia’s north. Predatory colonialism by the Netherlands, Germany, England, Australia and Indonesia has devastated the way of life for hundreds of Melanesian indigenous nations and exploited this resource-rich territory. The eastern half of the island, Papua New Guinea, was granted full independence from… Read more »

Closing the gender pay gap: what will it take?

June 2015

The battle for equal pay for women has gained attention recently, although it’s simmered for decades. In the 1950s, women got 60 cents for every dollar paid to men. Sixty years later, they still earn only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. Closing the gap by less than half a penny a year… Read more »

I was a pieceworker for Google

June 2015

Working in a call center is pure hell. I was hired by a company that manages the 24/7 call center that contracts tech support for Google, the developer of the Android operating system that runs the smart phone you may have in your pocket. Eight months later, I was fired. This experience has given me… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, June 2015

June 2015

MUMIA VERY ILL Public pressure needed to save his life! (Excerpts from an email from freemumia.com.) On Saturday, May 2, Pam Africa and Abdul Jon visited Mumia Abu-Jamal at SCI Mahanoy. He was weak, stable, alert and still in the infirmary. Mumia’s attorney Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center submitted an expert medical recommendation… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion — Military chic: selling the brand

August 2015

A recent article in The New York Times gushed about a new fashion line featuring military surplus clothing “reworked for the soldier in us all.” The $200 (!) jumpsuit pictured with the article looks like something you’d wear to work on your car, but no matter. It got us thinking about military chic and selling… Read more »

Cartel Land: Confusing documentary on Mexico loses its way

August 2015

This close-range, in-the-trenches documentary is filmed against the backdrop of the sham “war on drugs,” cooked up by corrupt politicians and agencies of Mexico and the United States. Its stars are real Mexican civilians rising up in armed self-defense against a thriving multi-billion-dollar drug industry — one that has killed more than 80,000 in Mexico… Read more »

Melbourne coalition turns out to fight fascists

August 2015

Australia is not on the brink of revolution. But protest is escalating against the cruelties of a collapsing global and domestic economy. Since March 2014, hundreds of thousands of Australians have marched to tell the conservative Abbott government that its harsh austerity programs will not be tolerated. It is trying to decimate social security, public… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor August 2015

August 2015

MICK PARSONS Illegally fired The interview with Mick Parsons was a real eye-opener [Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force, Vol. 36, No. 3]. Since the article was published, Parsons has been illegally fired because of his high profile activism to improve working conditions of adjuncts across the state of Kentucky. He was fired less… Read more »