Fidel Castro: The Cuban people will overcome

Remarks by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, during the closing of the 7th Party Congress


Photo: Estudio Revolución

It constitutes a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Without them, the changes would be impossible. In a meeting such as this, which brings together more than a thousand representatives chosen by the revolutionary people themselves, who delegated their authority to them, for all it represents the greatest honor they have received in their lives, to which is added the privilege of being a revolutionary which is the product of our own consciousness.Read More »

Backed by Army of Small-Dollar Donors, Sanders Camp Forges Ahead

Common Dreams | 21 April, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking with supporters at the Agriculture Center at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

After his loss to Hillary Clinton in New York’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is facing a lot of questions—warranted or not—about what comes next for his campaign.

One thing he doesn’t have to worry about: running out of cash.

The Sanders campaign late on Wednesday filed a report with the Federal Election Commission showing it raised nearly $46 million in March—its third straight month of beating rival Clinton in the money race. The record haul shows his campaign has the financial ability to do what Sanders has vowed to do since Super Tuesday: take his political revolution all the way to the Democratic National Convention in June.Read More »

Thanks to ‘War on Whistleblowers,’ US Ranks 41st on Press Freedom Index

Common Dreams | 21 April, 2016

“The main cause for concern for RSF continues to be the current administration’s obsessive control of information.” (Photo: Roger H. Goun/flickr/cc)

The U.S. ranks 41st out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontières’ (RSF) 2016 press freedom index, largely due to the government’s “war on whistleblowers,” mass surveillance, and the lack of a shield law for journalists that guarantees their right not to reveal sources or other confidential information.Read More »

‘Dodgy Dave’ Off the Hook: British PM Escapes Tax Affairs Probe

Common Dreams | 21 April, 2016

A sign held during the March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education in London on 16 April 2016.  (Photo: RonF via The Weekly Bull/flickr/cc)

“Dodgy Dave” appears to be off the hook.

According to new reporting on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron will not face an inquiry by the parliamentary watchdog over controversy surrounding his benefiting from an offshore fund.Read More »

While Workers Struggle for $15, CEOs Enjoy Obscene Pay Raises

by Jake Johnson

Common Dreams | 20 April, 2016

(Photo: Monivette Cordeir/Orlando Weekly)

Fight for $15 has emerged as one of the most prominent progressive movements in the United States by drawing attention to, among other issues, the role wage stagnation plays in the nation’s worsening income inequality, and by forcing presidential candidates — even those on the Republican side — to contend with their calls for a living wage.

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Why I Chose to Get Arrested in Defense of Our Democracy

by Arn Pearson

Common Dreams | 19 April, 2016

The author, bottom left, pictured during Monday’s #DemocracyAwakening protest in Washington, DC. (Photo: Center for Media & Democracy)

On Monday, I joined hundreds of fellow citizens who were arrested as part of a non-violent act of civil disobedience on the steps of our U.S. Capitol.

I stood with people of all ages and all walks of life as part of a growing movement to reclaim an America that guarantees the unimpeded right to vote for all and a government that works for the people instead of the powerful plutocrats.Read More »

Why Art Matters, Even in Poverty

by Alison Stine

Common Dreams | 19 April, 2016

(Photo: Penn State/flickr/cc)

In the toy aisle, which is inconveniently next to the bread aisle, I tell my 5-year-old son we are not getting a truck today. I tell him we buy what we need, and not more. I tell him I have enough money for food, but nothing else. I tell him I don’t buy treats for myself.

“You buy art supplies,” my son says. And I’m stumped.

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