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New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

July 3
The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.

Detroit emergency manager hands tens of millions of dollars to consulting firms

November 23
Even as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is imposing brutal cuts in city workers’ pensions and health benefits, he is handing out at least $62 million in city revenues to private consultants.

Census report: Half of Americans poor or near poor

October 22
A related study found that “nearly two-thirds of New York City residents struggled to make ends meet.”

Mexico’s disappeared students

October 22
The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Human Rights Watch documents Ukrainian military’s use of cluster rockets

October 22
“The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes,” the report states.

Sweden mounts military operation to find alleged Russian submarine

October 22
The alleged underwater threat is being exploited to justify the militarization of the region.

Sharp rise of Ebola cases in western Sierra Leone

October 22
There are now 851 confirmed cases of Ebola and an estimated 20 deaths a day in two western Sierra Leone districts.

Hong Kong protests continue after televised debate

October 22
The discussion between government officials and protest leaders reached no agreement on the framework for the 2017 election for chief executive.

Two newly-appointed Japanese cabinet members resign

October 22
The resignations of the ministers is evidence of a further right-wing shift in the Abe government.

Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

October 22
Bosch auto workers have been on strike in Bangalore since September 16, fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.

German union proposes cost-cutting plan to boost VW profits

October 22
VW’s works council has presented a 400-page proposal aimed at tripling company profits.

Waukegan, Illinois teachers’ strike enters third week

October 22
Although the suburban Chicago district has a $37 million budget surplus, school officials are demanding teachers pay higher medical costs and accept a de facto wage cut.

Wyoming coal miner killed

October 22
The death at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine was the 13th US coal mining fatality this year

Canada: Harper using “terror attack” to impose anti-democratic measures

October 22
Canada’s Conservative government is seizing upon a purported terrorist attack to advance the ruling elite’s agenda of war and attacks on democratic rights.

<em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> premieres in New York

October 22
Despite vitriolic attacks and demands that the performance be cancelled, John Adams’s work went on as scheduled at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night.

David Fincher’s <em>Gone Girl</em>: The lady vanishes

October 22
Gone Girl wants to be a psychological study, a black comedy about the upper middle class, a social critique and a satire of media sensationalism. A few aspects are intriguing, even accomplished.

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

October 22
Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.

Defend striking German train drivers and airline pilots!

October 22
The German ruling elite regards the strikes by train drivers and pilots as an expression of growing opposition to the government’s program of austerity and war.

Hundreds of prison deaths in Florida under investigation

October 21
Whistleblowers have revealed a wave of torture and murder by guards in Florida prisons.

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan: May 22, 1919 – September 27, 2014

October 21
Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of the Left Oppositionist Ivar Smilga, dedicated her life to restoring historical truth about those who had been murdered and whose names had been besmirched by Stalinist reaction.

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