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Captain Phillips - a Somali piracy yarn that tries to salve the US’s conscience

22 October 2013
Captain Phillips, a tale of kidnapping on the high seas, promotes its empathy for desperate Somalis—but Dave Sewell says it turns the real villains into heroes

Ida B Wells and the long fight against lynching in the US South

15 October 2013
A journalist, activist and militant born in slavery, Ida B Wells campaigned against lynching in the US and for women's rights, write Sarah Ensor and Ken Olende

Capitalism is still a badly wounded beast

15 October 2013
While expressing greater optimism about British prospects, the IMF cut its forecasts for global economic growth this year and next. This isn’t primarily because of the uncertainty caused by the standoff between Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress in the United States, writes Alex Callinicos

Raid in Somalia goes awry for US Navy special forces

08 October 2013
US special forces failed to capture a leader of the Islamist group Al Shabaab in the Somali town of Barawe last weekend

US budget crisis can lead to a new slump

08 October 2013
Once again the United States is shutting down government services because of a confrontation between president Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress.

Obamacare row shuts down the US

01 October 2013
The US state had to shut down non-essential services on Tuesday as Congress failed to agree the new budget at the start of the financial year. 

Obama’s Syria deal with Russia shows the limits of US power

17 September 2013
US president Barack Obama has stepped back from his threat to bomb Syria. The US and Russia signed an accord in Geneva last Saturday. 

Syria ‘response’ is a dangerous gamble for the West

27 August 2013
Whatever the extract truth about the chemical weapons attack east of Damascus on Wednesday of last week, it seems to have been on a huge scale, writes Alex Callinicos

‘Ain’t nobody gonna turn us around’: 50 years since the March on Washington

27 August 2013
Fifty years ago this week hundreds of thousands of Civil Rights activists marched through Washington in a demonstration that climaxed with Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. Socialist Worker looks at the protest and its impact

'Being black is not a crime,' say Trayvon Martin protesters

30 July 2013
Hundreds of anti-racists rallied and marched in central London last Saturday in protest against racism and injustice.

Fast food workers strike over pay in the US

30 July 2013
Fast food workers in seven US cities struck for better pay and the right to join unions on Monday of this week. 

Will Detroit disaster lead to new revolts?

23 July 2013
Detroit, I Do Mind Dying, by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, paints a marvellous portrait of a great industrial city pulsating with working class revolt.

London protest demands justice for Trayvon Martin

17 July 2013
Around 100 people protested at the US embassy in London yesterday, Tuesday, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.

Anger at racism explodes after Trayvon Martin verdict

16 July 2013
Protests have spread across the US following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case last Saturday. 

US force feeds Muslim prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo during Ramadan

09 July 2013
The US is refusing to stop the force-feeding of 45 Guantanamo detainees through the annual Muslim fast of Ramadan. The men are among 106 detainees who are on hunger strike in protest at being held in the prison for years without trial. 

People are beginning to demand real change in the US

02 July 2013
Medea Benjamin of the anti-war campaign Codepink says the tide is starting to turn for social justice activists

US fast food workers strike for a living wage

21 May 2013
Hundreds of fast food and retail workers in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, went on strike last week.

Confusion in Boston as bombing suspects shot

23 April 2013
The police manhunt for the people who planted the Boston bombs targeted two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 

US leaders backed cruel treatment

23 April 2013
It is “indisputable” that the US government used torture after 11 September 2001—and top officials are ultimately to blame.

US rhetoric and sanctions ramp up dangerous tension with North Korea

05 April 2013
North Korea recently issued a “No.1 combat readiness alert” announcing that the “North and South are at war”. Leader Kim Jong-un also put his strategic missile units on standby for launch.

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