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Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of leading Soviet Left Oppositionist

By Clara Weiss, 27 October 2014

Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan (May 1919-September 2014) came from a remarkable family with longstanding revolutionary traditions. Not only her parents, but also her uncles and aunts were active participants in the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Civil War.

Amnesty International: Ferguson police crackdown violated US and international law

By Andre Damon, 25 October 2014

Police arrested and brutalized journalists and sought to “collectively punish” Ferguson residents and peaceful protestors.

The Ottawa Shooting

By Keith Jones, 25 October 2014

The Harper government is seizing on the recent attacks by individuals influenced by extreme Islamist ideologies to implement a predetermined, reactionary agenda: expanding Canada’s role in the new Mideast war and strengthening the state’s apparatus of repression.

Autopsy shows St. Louis teenager Vonderrit Myers was gunned down by police while fleeing

By Thomas Gaist, 25 October 2014

Attorneys for Myers’ family said the young man was killed by a final execution-style shot to the head.

Washington Post seizes on chemical weapons claims to press for wider war in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 25 October 2014

Two items in Friday’s Washington Post reporting chemical weapons attacks in Iraq and Syria are part of a propaganda campaign by the media to turn the operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria into a war to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.

Germany plans to expand its military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2014

The German military is planning an aggressive campaign to arm and train Kurdish forces, along with other measures to assert German imperialist interests in Iraq and Syria.

Why is there no vaccine for Ebola?

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2014

There are several reports that after the US National Institutes of Health developed an Ebola vaccine that worked in monkeys, major drug companies refused to develop it further because it was not profitable.

Right-wing oligarchs vie for power in Ukraine elections

By Markus Salzmann and Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2014

Far from ushering in a period of democracy and freedom, the coup in February and new western-backed government have plunged Ukraine into war and dictatorship.

Pennsylvania’s “Mumia Law”: New attack on political prisoners and new threat to freedom of speech

By Ed Hightower, 25 October 2014

The “Revictimization Relief Act” is a thoroughly reactionary piece of legislation that will allow crime victims and their families to sue prison inmates for engaging in constitutionally protected speech.

No cause yet determined in Pennsylvania house fire

By Samuel Davidson, 25 October 2014

Fire officials have yet to release the cause of the tragic fire that swept through an old wood-frame house in McKeesport, killing four children and two adults.