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Today is a great day to support workers. In America,  today shaping up to be the biggest May Day demonstrations in many years. Kent Wong, the director of the UCLA Labor Center and a vice president of the California Federation of Teachers, explains that this May Day “is being spearheaded by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, representing more than 800,000 union members. Some of the
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Cobalt and coltan are abundant in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But, paired with regional instability, the minerals attract militia, exploitation and violence.  The violent groups exploit people, including children, to mine for "conflict minerals." With the revenue they buy weapons to conquer more territories and perpetuate the fighting. MONUSCO, the UN's biggest and most expensive
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Violent conflict between rebel groups has been raging in the Central African Republic for years. Aid agencies are warning that the humanitarian situation is worsening dramatically. In October 2013, the Seleka group, made up of a Muslim majority, rebelled against the government, accusing it of neglect and marginalization. They plundered entire towns and villages, leading to the formation of the
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The Socialist Party promotes the struggle for socialism. And that struggle is not for a Utopia of a dim and distant future. On this May-Day, in a world driven mad by capitalist greed and brutality, we call upon you, Fellow Worker, to help us. May Day demonstrations began with the passing of a resolution by the Second International Working Men’s Association in 1889 to set aside the first of
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When thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated a resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful province for Afghans to take over. Two years after, the Marines are back, in a sign that things turned out rather differently. “It feels like Groundhog Day,” said Staff Sergeant Robin Spotts, on his third Helmand deployment.  The situation
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