europe

Europe: austerity breeds electoral advances by the far right

August 2014

Seventy years after millions perished in the war against Hitler, fascism is on the rise, as witnessed by the results of the May election for the European Union Parliament. France’s National Front (FN), a neo-Nazi party, beat all other French parties and gained 20 seats, for a total of 23. It now rivals England’s Independent… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor, October 2014

October 2014

WOMEN WARRIORS Mary Anne Grady Flores for free speech We sat stunned in the packed courtroom on July 10 as a town justice sentenced longtime Catholic Worker activist Mary Anne Grady Flores, grandmother of three, to a year in prison. Her crime? Being the first to allegedly violate an Order of Protection, issued to over… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

December 2014

November 2014 — Locked out and ticked off. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as chair of the G20 Summit, takes the unprecedented step of excluding labor from the proceedings attended by government and financial heads of the world’s major economies. International union leaders condemn the decision as insulting. November 2014 — Ebola protection NOW! National… Read more »

Germany’s balancing act on immigration policy

April 2015

Angela Merkel, Germany’s conservative chancellor, is steering a cautious course between two conflicting pressures. On the one hand she must convince the German people to pay — with their taxes and their lives — for NATO’s Mideast wars. This is no easy task because the misery of two world wars has left them with an… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper Letters to the Editor — April 2015

April 2015

MIDDLE EAST Kurdish women I was glad to see something written in the paper about the current situation in the Middle East [The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism, Vol. 35, No. 6]. One thing that concerned me, however, was the phrase “Among the bravest are Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria”. For one, while Kurdish… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Charlie Hebdo: we got it wrong

June 2015

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 »

US trains Nazis in Ukraine national guard

June 2015

Some 300 U.S. paratroopers are now stationed in Ukraine. They started training the Azov Battalion of the Ukraine national guard on April 20 — Hitler’s birthday, no less! When USA Today reported the story, it merely interviewed a sergeant who admitted being a Nazi but hid the truth of the Nazi nature of the whole… Read more »

On trial in Greece: 69 members of the violent, ultra-right Golden Dawn party

June 2015

The trial of 69 members of the Golden Dawn party will finally begin in late May 2015. Many didn’t show up on April 20 when the trial was originally scheduled to start. But 200 black-helmeted Golden Dawn (GD) supporters did, and physically attacked five witnesses. Simultaneously, 4,000 counter-demonstrators, organized by anti-fascists and labor unions, chanted… Read more »