Cuba’s Castro Warns Trump to Respect Country’s Sovereignty

telesur | 26 January, 2017

Regional leaders attend a speech of Cuban President Raul Castro during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit, Jan. 25, 2017.

Regional leaders attend a speech of Cuban President Raul Castro during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit, Jan. 25, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday said Cuba hoped to continue to normalize relations with the United States, but made clear the Trump administration should not expect concessions affecting the country’s sovereignty.

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U.S: Major Climate March in Communities Nationwide on April 29

People’s Action | 26 January, 2017

WASHINGTON – Climate activists have announced a major “People’s Climate March” on April 29th in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. The effort is being organized by the coalition formed out of 2014’s People’s Climate March, which brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York City and many more around the world.

The April 29th march comes in response to widespread outrage against President Trump’s disastrous anti-climate agenda – including his executive orders this week advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines – along with his attacks on health care, immigrants, and programs and policies that improve the lives of all Americans.Read More »

Workers File Over 30 Complaints Against Labor Pick Puzder, Protest Nationwide

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 26 January, 2017

Workers in 31 cities protested Puzder's nomination on the same day the labor complaints were filed.
Workers in 31 cities protested Puzder’s nomination on the same day the labor complaints were filed. (Photo: Fight for 15 Chicago/Twitter)

U.S. Labor Secretary nominee and billionaire fast food chain owner Andy Puzder has been slapped with 33 labor complaints—about wage theft, sexual harassment, and unfair labor practices—from cooks and cashiers at his own fast food chains, all filed on Thursday at state and federal agencies.

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Trump’s Appointed Secretary of State Confirms Support for Regime Change in Venezuela

by RACHAEL BOOTHROYD-ROJAS | 23 January, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s designated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed his support for regime change in Venezuela last Friday in a written exchange with think tank Latin America Goes Global.

In the interview, which aims to gauge the new Trump administration’s prospective Latin American foreign policy, Tillerson states that he would seek to work with allied right-wing governments and organizations in the region to replace the “incompetent and dysfunctional” elected Chavista government of Nicolas Maduro.  Read More »

African labour and social militancy, Marxist framing and revolutionary movement-building

by Patrick Bond

Pambazuka News | 27 January, 2017

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik’s victory in Russia. It set the standard, at least initially (before Joseph Stalin took over in the mid-1920s), for a party of workers and other oppressed people capturing state power. At least briefly, it confirmed the potential for shop-floor and grassroots base-building even within a repressive national regime (the Czar), then a jumping of scale to participation in an intermediate semi-democratic state (the Mensheviks), and then national economic control and massive international influence.

Crucially, the 1917 events in Russia were guided at the critical moment by a revolutionary party, which reaped the whirlwind because it had a clear ideology, a vanguard of advanced cadres and steely leadership (especially Lenin and Trotsky) able to grasp the opportunities. The vast masses of unorganised peasants, the small half-hearted middle class and the army and police did not prevent the proletariat’s victory, notwithstanding being outnumbered and immature compared to the huge working classes elsewhere in Europe.Read More »

Marching for Martí and Fidel

Granma | 27 January, 2017

Participants will set off from the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and make their way to the Moncada Garrison, now the July 26 educational complex. Photo: Eduardo Palomares

Santiago de Cuba.— Two of the country’s most emblematic historic sites, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and the Moncada Garrison, will be symbolically joined in the tribute to National Hero, José Martí, and Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, to whom this year’s March of the Torches will be dedicated, on the 164th anniversary of Martí’s birth.

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