Özgecan Aslan: Sexual assault and murder in Turkey spark widespread outrage, demonstrations

Check out this preview of a portion of the lead article for the upcoming March-April 2015 issue of News & Letters.  Comment now so that your thoughts can be taken into account in the finished article, which, for International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month, will take up women’s oppression and freedom struggles worldwide.  

Just as in late 2012 when the brutal rape and murder of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey galvanized women throughout India (see “Rape protests in India,” Jan.-Feb. 2013 News & Letters, p. 2), so now another savage sexual assault and murder—this time in Turkey—brought forth thousands of demonstrators, mostly women, throughout the country and beyond.

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On Greece and Syriza: Against the inhumanity of austerity, we pose the fullness of human liberation!

This was posted on the News & Letters website a couple of weeks ago, and is worth reading:

On Greece and Syriza: Against the inhumanity of austerity, we pose the fullness of human liberation!

Short description: The electoral victory of Greece’s Syriza represents resistance to brutal austerity. Alarms are raised by Syriza’s alliance with the racist, theocratic Independent Greeks party.

The electoral victory of Greece’s Syriza party represents an important step in resisting the brutal austerity that has been imposed on the Greek and European working class as the capitalist system’s response to its own intractable, seemingly never-ending crisis. Unemployment is conservatively estimated at 25.8% with youth unemployment at 49.6%; nominal wages have fallen 23.5%; and public health care spending has fallen by 40%. The capitalist crisis is the most vicious of zero-sum games, in which everything is taken from the life fabric of human society until nothing is left but wars and accounting ledgers. While we in News and Letters Committees celebrate the resistance represented by the Greek vote against this intolerable system, Syriza’s immediate follow-up to the election cannot be overlooked….

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January-February 2015 N&L available on the web

The January-February 2015 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 60, #1, is available on the web.

View the issue online or as pdf.

Lead: Revolt surges against racist system destroying Black lives
Protests erupted following the decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the cold-blooded murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Thousands marched under the slogan “Black Lives Matter!” These demonstrations grew in the wake of the equally outrageous decision of a Staten Island grand jury not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner.

Editorial: Never-ending U.S. wars
The formal end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 was just in time for post-war wars to begin in Afghanistan itself, as well as in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen.

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes, Part 3
Raya Dunayevskaya’s May 20, 1953, letter is one of the historic-philosophic writings included in The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism. This letter explores Hegel’s “Philosophy of Mind” and is where she experienced her philosophic breakthrough that became the foundation of Marxist-Humanism.

European racism and economic decay
In today’s economic crisis, Europe is haunted by the specters that were supposed to be overcome by the European economic union and the single currency Eurozone: the 20th century tendency to degenerate into vile nationalism, genocidal racism and the barbarism of total war.

Workshop Talks: CNA nurses strike to save lives
2,600 mental health clinicians in California carried out a week-long strike over Kaiser Permanente’s “failure to provide timely, adequate care to patients.”

Essay: ‘We all can’t breathe’: Reflections on Marx’s Humanism and Fanon
As a Black man, I asked myself: Why—through the dialectical crises of the social relations of production and the subsequent implosion of multiple outlived modes of production—has racism persisted? Why, despite the relations of property literally bursting asunder, does racism survive? How and why does racism, sexism, homophobia survive revolution after revolution? Will we again be left behind after the next revolution?

Woman as Reason: 60 years of News & Letters’ feminist dimension
As we celebrate 60 years of publishing News & Letters, a look back at the Women’s Liberation Movement encountering Marxist-Humanism and how the women’s movement was anticipated as well as documented in its pages. It is an ongoing perspective.

Letter from Mexico: Mexican protests deepen
At the end of the Nov. 20 mass demonstration in Mexico City in support of Ayotzinapa’s missing students, acts of repression from state forces became more open and intense.

Rage against lawless police murders
Participant reports from several Black Lives Matter protests in different cities.

Lima climate talks betray future
The 20th “Conference of Parties” was held in Lima, Peru, and, rather than action, issued a “Call for Climate Action” without binding commitments or effective monitoring. The U.S. and other nations as good as admitted the bankruptcy of capitalism by arguing that binding commitments had no chance of being adopted.

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Men Explain Things to Me — a review
Women WorldWide
WOMAN’S VIEWPOINT
NJERI — LEADER OF AFRICAN WOMEN
“NO WOMEN WANTED”

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Murderous King Coal on trial
Chicago teachers’ strike reviewed
Journey to Death’s door

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Enough is enough: This movement is about humanity
Readers’ Views, Part 1
Readers’ Views, Part 2

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What solitary means

Page 9
ADAPT warns Rauner
Handicap This!

Page 10
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Queer Notes
Philosophic Dialogue on Dunayevskaya’s May 12, 1953, Letter on Hegel’s Absolutes and Gramsci’s “organic party”

Page 11
Youth in Action
Read and write for News & Letters
New York study group: 1965-2015 Fifty Years of Struggle and Revolution: The Legacy of Malcolm X

Page 12, World in View:
Zapatistas and the Ayotzinapa rebellion
Cuba-U.S. Relations
Sri Lanka election
Massacre in Nigeria

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November-December 2014 N&L available on the web

The November-December 2014 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 59, #6, is available on the web.

View the issue online or as pdf.

Lead: Racist election deepens reactionary direction of U.S.
The U.S. government took an ominous, reactionary political turn in the 2014 midterm elections, with Republicans taking control of the Senate. Multiple crises of impending war, ecological catastrophe, and a new global economic downturn mean time is running out for humanity under the disconnect between thought and reality endemic to capitalist politics.

Editorial: Rojava and Syria’s revolution
Today the heroic struggle of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, along with allies of the Free Syrian Army, to defend Kobane from the IS deserves all support. This means first the support of the people, the workers, women, and all who struggle for a better life.

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: 1953 letters on Hegel’s Absolutes, Part 2
Raya Dunayevskaya’s May 12, 1953, letter—presented in two parts, beginning in the previous issue—is one of the historic-philosophic writings included in The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism.

Mexico at a new moment of revolt
Massive protests have swept across Mexico in response to the brutal state-instigated attack against students from the Escuela Normal in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.October and November have been months of rage, led by hundreds of thousands of students.

New Spanish Translation of American Civilization on Trial:  Black Masses as Vanguard
Contradicciones históricas en la civilización de los Estados Unidos. Las masas afroamericanas como vanguardia: New Spanish Translation of American Civilization on Trial: Black Masses as Vanguard by Raya Dunayevskaya.

Hong Kong youth confront class rule
Hundreds of people in Hong Kong marched to People’s Republic of China government offices on Nov. 9 to demand direct negotiations with the government of China and to oppose sham democratic elections planned for 2017. Marchers began from encampments of thousands of protesters who had been maintaining blockades of major thoroughfares for more than six weeks.

Essay: The Syrian Revolution and its philosophy
The confrontation between differing classes and worldviews has been most intense in Syria, making it the test of world politics—and of philosophy and revolution. The Syrian Revolution has pushed thought about revolution to a new level.

Workshop Talks: Ebola fearmongers
In the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, only one person has died on U.S. soil from the virus. But millions have been led to panic. Irresponsible politicians created a climate of fear, calling for mandatory quarantines on healthy healthcare workers like Kaci Hickox returning from West Africa.

Michael Brown rally
A participant reports on demonstrations in St. Louis and Memphis over the killing of Michael Brown and others by police.

Hundreds of thousands throng People’s Climate March
Central Park in New York City was filled with hundreds of thousands at the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21.

Prison hunger strike commemorated
About 100 people commemorated one year since the suspension of the historic 60-day hunger strike by California prisoners opposing the torture of solitary confinement.

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Woman as Reason: Indians protest sexual assault
Stopping violence against women
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights — a review
Women WorldWide

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Nurses strike for care
UAW shirks campaign at Mercedes-Benz
Workers can fix L.A.
Detroit: houses lost, pensions looted

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Philosophic dialogue on Dunayevskaya’s May 12, 1953, letter on Hegel’s Absolutes

Pages 6-7
Readers’ Views, Part 1
Readers’ Views, Part 2
Debate On Middle East, Revolution And Counter-Revolution

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Aramark excels in dishing up maggots
Being in the SHU
Stop blaming migrants
Handicap This!

Page 9
Britain’s recognition of Palestine
Detroit developers flee angry homeowners
Deadly nursing home protested by disabled
Queer Notes
Revolutionary Rojava

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Youth in Action
Mexico: Students win at IPN

Page 12, World in View
Rousseff wins Brazil’s runoff election
Yemen agreement
Burkinabe revolution

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Women WorldWide September-October 2014

From the September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Protect Aminetou Mint El-Moctar in Mauritania; female genital mutilation in the U.S.; Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win “Nobel Prize of mathematics.”

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Women WorldWide

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Putting the ‘human’ in human services – News and Letters

From the September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters:

“On July 28 I attended a meeting about putting the “human” back in human services in Illinois. Several government officials were invited to hear our complaints….”

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Putting the “human” in human services

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U.S. imperialism comes home

From the September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters:

World in View column

As with the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, how imperialist oppression is tied to domestic repression in the U.S. was shockingly apparent in the heavily militarized police presence in Ferguson, Mo.

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U.S. imperialism comes home

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