September-October 2014 News & Letters available on the web

The September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 59, #5, is available on the web.

View the issue online or as pdf.

Lead: Israel decimates Gaza as world faces global counter-revolutions
The loss of lives and vast destruction visited In Israel’s war on Gaza has surpassed the horror of 2008’s “Operation Cast Lead.” Over 2,000 Palestinians have been killed to date, mostly civilians, including hundreds of children…

Editorial: ISIS, U.S. both savage Iraq
The explosive advances of the army of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), crossing from Syria into northern and central Iraq, have brought deeper miseries to the Iraqi people who might have expected they had already endured the worst, including the effects of U.S. imperialist policy. Atrocities from mass shootings and beheadings to systematic kidnapping and rapes of women—that the world and U.S. foreign policy ignored when IS carried them out against anti-Assad revolutionaries in Syria—in Iraq no longer remained hidden.

From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: 1953 letters on Hegel’s Absolutes
Raya Dunayevskaya’s May 12, 1953, letter—presented in two parts, here and in the next issue—is one of the historic-philosophic writings included in The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism.

From New York to Ferguson, stop killer cops!
Reports of demonstrations in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Oakland, Los Angeles.

Workshop Talks: Nurses vs. Kaiser
Contract bargaining has begun between the California Nurses Association and Kaiser Permanente. CNA has steadfastly rejected management’s demand to hold negotiations in closed sessions.

Woman as Reason: Fighting rape is in our hands
Since the beginnings of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the early 1960s, we have been fighting rape, and rape culture. Finally, 50 years later, a U.S. president issued some mild recommendations on how to fight rape on college campuses, and two Democratic women have introduced legislation to make colleges more accountable for preventing and dealing with campus rapes.

Essay: Karl Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program as ground for organization
Today’s vital debate about revolutionary organization is illuminated by Marx’s concept of organization in his “Critique of the Gotha Program.”

Detroit says, ‘Water is a Human Right!
“Water is a Human Right!” chanted over 1,000 on July 18. Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Dept. had shut off water to 15,000 residents.

‘Trail for Humanity’ links immigration, environment, prisons
Spurred by racist responses to busloads of immigrant children from Central America, a 300-mile march from Merced, Calif., to the Mexican border was organized. 

House of no justice
I am an inmate at New Folsom State Prison and was personally involved in the statewide hunger strike that started on July 1 in protest of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitiation’s (CDCR) practices of cruel and unusual punishment.

More

Page 2
Putting the “human” in human services
Women WorldWide
“Borderlands/La Frontera” – a review

Page 3
Picketing for jobs
“Steel Closets”
Homeless on the move
Put miners in charge
Workers paid weakly

Pages 6-7, Readers’ Views:
Readers’ Views, Part 1
Readers’ Views, Part 2
Readers’ Views from our new website

Page 8
People’s Climate March

Page 9
Israeli freedom graffiti
UK arming of Israel is challenged
Protests stop Israeli ship from unloading
Queer Notes
Let Intersex children decide for themselves

Page 10
Prisoners’ food and mail cut

Page 11
Justice for Ezell Ford
Kansas City for Michael Brown
NYC police murder Eric Garner
We march in Oakland for #NMOS14
Handicap This!
Youth in Action

Page 12, World in View:
Honduran youth flee
Ukraine: Biggest East-West crisis in decades
In memoriam: Freedom fighter Alisar Iram
U.S. imperialism comes home

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