Only a militant mass movement will deliver the change Britain needs

Morning Star | January 02, 2018

THE biggest train fare rise in five years is a bitter pill to swallow for commuters who already pay by far the highest prices in Europe for services which are among the slowest and least reliable.

There’s something depressingly familiar about the annual litany of threadbare excuses from transport tycoons and Tory ministers for robbing the travelling public blind.Read More »

Cuba Celebrates 59 Years of Revolution with Cultural Events

teleSUR | January 01, 2018

Throughout the week, the country’s plazas, parks and cultural houses will house music and dance performances.


Cuba is celebrating the 59th anniversary of its revolution as it does each Jan. 1 with a 21-gun salute at the San Carlos de La Cabaña fortress in Havana, among other events.

The annual commemoration marks when leftist rebels led by deceased Fidel Castro entered the city of Santiago de Cuba on Jan. 1, 1959, and overthrew the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship.

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Cuba reaches lowest infant mortality rate in its history – four per 1,000 live births


Granma| January 02, 2018

Photo. Ariel Cecilio Lemus

Maintaining infant mortality rate below five per 1,000 live for the 10th consecutive year is reason enough for Cuba to celebrate.

But even more extraordinary is that the country has achieved the lowest rate in its history in 2017, four per 1,000 live births.

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The living, brilliant nature of Fidel’s concept of Revolution


Granma | December 07, 2017

Photo: Roberto Chile

THE concept of Revolution expressed by Fidel before the crowds gathered in the Plaza de la Revolución on May 1, 2000, encapsulates one of the most important legacies his leadership provides for socialist theory and practice, in terms of both the richness of its content and its historic significance.

Fidel summarized in an admirable synthesis his experience as the protagonist of a process of radical transformations, which led him to organize a political vanguard to overthrow the dictatorship and seize power; to lead a guerrilla war that gave rise to an army and popular movement; and direct the necessary changes so that the economic, social, political, and cultural rights of the excluded majorities, beginning with the workers and the campesinos, would for the first time be a reality in this homeland.Read More »

Jim Baldridge, 71; life devoted to labor movement

by Tim Wheeler

People’s World | December 27, 2017

Jim Baldridge, 71; life devoted to labor movement

Baldridge with his wife, Margaret.

BALTIMORE—Jim Baldridge, who devoted his life to the labor movement, to the fight for equality and world peace, died at his home December 20. Margaret, his wife of 47 years, and their daughter, Mary Jean, were by his side. Their son, Paul, was en route from his home in Nebraska.

Baldridge’s last major political assignment was as President of the Maryland-D.C. Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), an 80,000 member affiliate of the AFL-CIO. He assumed the post in 2013 and spent the rest of his life mobilizing retirees to fight back against attacks on Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, and Social Security by the ultra-right Republicans on Capitol Hill.Read More »

When companies deny climate science, their workers pay

by Carla Santos Skandier

When companies deny climate science, their workers pay

Apollo Beach power plant in Apollo Beach, Fl. / Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

After decades spreading misinformation about greenhouse gas emissions’ role as a driver of climate change, the deceptive tactics of the fossil fuel industry are slowly beginning to backfire.

In December, for instance, General Electric announced major cuts to its fossil-fuel-heavy power department—and the pain of this unplanned transition is already being felt by the people least responsible for the company’s decisions: its workers.Read More »

#TimesUp: New Initiative by Hollywood Women Aims to Confront Sexual Harassment Across All Industries

Common Dreams | January, 01, 2018

The organizers from the entertainment industry behind the “Time’s Up” effort say it’s imperative to elevate the struggles of all working women. (Image:

Following the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017 and under the banner of a new initiative called “Time’s Up,” over 300 hundred artists, actresses, directors, and entertainment industry leaders on Monday issued a “unified call for change” to end the crisis of sexual harassment and assault that exists “from movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms” nationwide.

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Top 10 Environmental Stories in a Difficult Climate

Environment America | December 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Cities and states around the country made substantial progress in 2017 to help us create the clean, green, healthy planet we deserve — in sharp contrast to the federal government, which spent the year rolling back protections for our air, water, land and health.

  1. After President Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate agreement, more than 2,500 governors, mayors and business leaders from across the country signed onto the “We are still in” statement to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on their own. This bipartisan group, which represents more than 127 million Americans, signaled to the rest of the world that the American people would uphold their commitment to the goals set by the Paris Climate agreement.

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Fidel and baseball


Granma | December 07, 2017

Fidel inaugurated revolutionary Cuba’s First National Series. Photo: Archive

It was hard times, in January of 1962. The Revolution was struggling against internal and external enemies who threatened its very existence. The Cuban people defeated one attempt after another to return the country to the past, under the undisputed leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz.

Amidst so many responsibilities as head of the nation, Fidel always found a few moments to devote to sports, which had already begun a transformation the previous year, to become an activity enjoyed by the people on a massive scale.Read More »