In the previous issue of the Freedom Socialist, we carried a story called “The Charlie Hebdo furor: when free speech collides with defense of the persecuted” (Vol. 36, No. 2). Unfortunately, in a rush to judgment, we seized the completely wrong end of the stick. Our big factual error was our characterization of Charlie Hebdo,… Read more »
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June 2015 – Labor Weather Report: A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
March 2015 — Dignity in the fields. Over 50,000 mostly indigenous Mexican farm workers strike for over a week and block a freeway as they fight for legally mandated healthcare, a doubling of the $8 a day wage, and recognition of their union, which is independent of the government. April 2015 — All about patient… Read more »
The urgent quest for radical change in the Middle East impacts and teaches every fighter against injustice. It is rooted in the economic stagnation imposed by neoliberal austerity policies of the International Monetary Fund, peoples’ rage at profound inequality of wealth, and decades of violent repression. In 2009, Iranians tried to unseat their 30-year theocracy…. Read more »
Today, in 2015, Afghan mothers who produce only daughters are still routinely abused by their families and shunned by their communities. They are almost universally barred from employment outside the home, and a daughter can be sold into marital slavery for a one-time lump sum. Their only asset is “the ability to one day give… Read more »
Certain talking heads say that Russia’s air strikes on Syria will help stop terrorism. Nonsense. Its planes are not targeting ISIS, but revolutionaries and civilians fighting Assad and the jihadists. Most of the casualties are in market places and residential areas. Some Stalinists (meaning supporters of Soviet policy under Stalin who also support Russian policy… Read more »
On Jan. 2, Saudi Arabia — one of the top U.S. allies in the Middle East — executed 47 people. Among those beheaded was famous Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, killed for leading pro-reform demonstrations during the Arab Spring. The monarchy will not abide dissent, nor the most basic demands for human rights. And let’s… Read more »
Odeh, a Palestinian and community organizer, won a partial victory against the U.S. government’s attempt to deport her.
Political prisoner news, a salute to Heidi Durham, thanks for the article on Puerto Rico, and more.
Stop the Israeli campaign against BDS.
The Freedom Socialist Bulletin was overwhelmed by the response we received to our feature, Rebel Poets: Shaking Up the Status Quo, published last issue. We decided to publish some of the reactions from our readers who also shared some of their own writing. Pam Sidney is a rebel poet in the finest tradition. She is… Read more »