Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en The Murderous Spiral in Jerusalemhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4306http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4306Lead ArticleThe killing of four worshippers at Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in western Jerusalem throws a harsh light on the degenerative spiral of murder and mayhem in Israel and Palestine. It also opens a window into how most media coverage prevents the U.S. public from understanding what’s happening.<br />Secretary of State John Kerry, losing no opportunity to make a pompous fool of himself, proclaimed that “to have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement, of calls for ‘days of rage,’...by David FinkelWed, 19 Nov 2014 15:17:45 +0000 Socialist Angela Walker Wins 20% in Milwaukee Sheriff Racehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4303http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4303Lead ArticleWhile the reelection of right wing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attracted most of the local and national media attention in the November 4 elections, there was also a bright spot for the left in Wisconsin. Angela Walker, an African-American bus driver and unionist running as an independent socialist candidate for Sheriff of Milwaukee County, received over 67,000 votes, representing 20.3% of the votes cast. This was a truly remarkable result given a hostile pro-business media which largely...by Keith MannFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:30:19 +0000 Who Are the Architects of Death?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4283http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4283Lead ArticleAccording to the latest predictions of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if the Ebola pandemic continues to progress at the current rhythm, it could affect 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone between now and January 2015, leading to the deaths of 700,000 in a year, and thus making Ebola the third leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after AIDS and respiratory diseases. The two countries most seriously affected could suffer the loss of 10...by Jean BatouSat, 25 Oct 2014 21:24:35 +0000 LGBT Activism in Mainland Chinahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4289http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4289Against the Current ArticleTHE 21ST CENTURY has witnessed the rapid growth of the LGBT movement in mainland China. A bigger and more diversified LGBT community has emerged along with a more tolerant attitude from both government and society. This article aims to delineate this complicated development.<br />Before 2000 homosexuality was still an extremely sensitive topic in mainland China. [Editors&rsquo; note: While the term &ldquo;homosexuality&rdquo; is anachronistic in contemporary Queer discourse in the West, we are...Holly Hou LixianMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:06:53 +0000 Family Planning and the Environmenthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4282http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4282Against the Current ArticleTHE LANDSCAPES ON Uncrowded.org are conspicuously lacking in people: a spacious meadow, a desert stretching to a distant mountain range, and a calm expanse of water.<br />The Washington D.C. non-profit promotes a troubling message against this bucolic backdrop. They claim that national and international laws encourage irresponsible childbearing and overly large populations. Population growth, they argue, is responsible for environmental degradation, as well as other societal problems:<br />&ldquo;Whether...Anne HendrixsonFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000 Notes to Our Readershttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4293http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4293Against the Current Article&ldquo;I AM CONVINCED Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.&rdquo;<br />&#8212; Malala Yousafzai, campaigner for girls&rsquo; education and winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize<br />Update on Detroit: The bankruptcy process is nearing completion, as holdout vulture creditors Syncora and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) settle for longterm future revenues from...The EditorsMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:17:23 +0000 Statement of Endorsement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctionshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4307http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4307Webzine ArticleAt their July meeting, the Joint Council of UAW 2865, the UC Student-Workers' Union, voted to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and to call for a full membership vote to be held on this issue. The statement below was passed by the Joint Council at their October meeting in order to clarify why they view BDS as a labor movement issue.<br />This September, a coalition of organizations in Gaza issued a renewed call for trade unions and other organizations throughout the world to...from the Joint Council of UAW Local 2865Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:12:51 +0000 The Spread of Brazil's "Favelas"http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4305http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4305Webzine ArticleFavelas (slums) come together quickly due to the dire lack of housing in Brazil, mainly in large cities. Because of the housing deficit, thousands of extremely poor families in Brazil occupy empty or abandoned buildings or land plots.<br />With the growth of real estate speculation, there have been many fires in very old slums, home to thousands of people. Such fires are capitalist crimes. It is widely known that large companies from the construction industry want to use those areas to build...by Wilma Olmo CorrêaWed, 19 Nov 2014 17:18:21 +0000 The Murderous Spiral in Jerusalemhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4306http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4306Webzine ArticleThe killing of four worshippers at Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in western Jerusalem throws a harsh light on the degenerative spiral of murder and mayhem in Israel and Palestine. It also opens a window into how most media coverage prevents the U.S. public from understanding what’s happening.<br />“We are so kind, we are allowing Arabs to come into our neighborhood and work and support their families,” said American-Israeli teacher Lisa Goldenhersch, quoted in the Jewish Daily Forward online,...by David FinkelWed, 19 Nov 2014 15:17:45 +0000 Solidarity Movement Calls for Urgently Needed Help for Kobanê Refugeeshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4304http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4304Webzine ArticleAs the historic resistance of YPG/YPJ (Rojava’s heroic People’s/Women’s Defense Forces) fighters against the ISIS gangs goes into its 58th day in Kobanê, the Kobanê Crisis Coordination group held a press conference in the Arîn Mîrkan Tent City in the Suruç district of Urfa regarding their report on the refugees sheltered in the district.<br />The Kobanê Crisis Coordination, which was formed by the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), DBP (Party of Democratic Regions, formerly BDP), HDP...by Harvest BlogFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:03:46 +0000 Socialist Angela Walker Wins 20% in Milwaukee Sheriff Racehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4303http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4303Webzine ArticleAngela Walker.<br />While the reelection of right wing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attracted most of the local and national media attention in the November 4 elections, there was also a bright spot for the left in Wisconsin. Angela Walker, an African-American bus driver and unionist running as an independent socialist candidate for Sheriff of Milwaukee County, received over 67,000 votes, representing 20.3% of the votes cast. This was a truly remarkable result given a hostile pro-business media...by Keith MannFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:30:19 +0000 Of the Class Struggle and the Things We Eathttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4302http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4302Webzine ArticleDo the rich and poor eat the same? Do our incomes determine our diet? Today, who is overweight? Although often, and from certain quarters, the call for healthy and wholesome food is viewed with disdain, as “a fad,” “posh”, “hippy,” or “flower power,” the reality is rather different than these short-sighted comments imply. To defend ecological, local, peasant food is most “revolutionary."<br />If we look closely we see how today’s agricultural model is determined by the interests...by Esther VivasThu, 06 Nov 2014 16:55:48 +0000