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Obama tries to hijack revolutions

24 May 2011
Barack Obama made a speech on the Middle East on Thursday of last week.

The American Civil War: war against slavery

19 April 2011
The American Civil War began 150 years ago this month when forces bombarded Fort Sumter, a government base in South Carolina. Some claim the war between Northern and Southern US states was about the rights of states. In reality, it was a conflict between two different ways of organising society.

Wisconsin: the bill is passed but we'll fight on

22 March 2011
The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has passed a bill to remove the trade union rights of some 175,000 workers in the US.

US: workers fight on in Wisconsin

15 March 2011
Over 150,000 workers and students surrounded the Capitol building in Wisconsin in the US last Saturday.

Wisconsin: We'll keep fighting Scott Walker's bill

12 March 2011
More than 30,000 people circled the state Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, last Saturday in a continued show of outrage against governor Scott Walker.

Wisconsin - how we built a mass movement

01 March 2011
On Friday 11 February governor Scott Walker declared war on public sector workers in the US state of Wisconsin by trying to ban trade unions.

Republicans and bosses are watching Wisconsin

01 March 2011
Scott Walker’s attacks on Wisconsin teachers and other public sector workers are part of a national agenda to privatise public institutions and destroy public sector unions.

Wisconsin in revolt at governor's attack on union rights

22 February 2011
Tens of thousands public sector workers in the US are blocking the streets of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.

Minneapolis 1934: the Teamsters’ rebellion

09 November 2010
In the middle of the Great Depression of the 1930s, revolutionaries sparked and led mass strikes and factory occupations in the US. In 1934, more than 1.5 million workers took part in over 2,000 strikes—and they often won.

Obama's America is a disappointment for many

02 November 2010
US president Barack Obama was elected in 2008 on a wave of hope. There was justified exhilaration that a black man had won the most powerful elected office in the world, in a country so marked by racism.

Rally in Washington: unions take on the Tea Party

05 October 2010
Over 100,000 people rallied in Washington DC in United States on Saturday, October 2 in a demonstration calling for "Jobs, Justice and Education."

Anger in Oakland as shooting cop declared ‘not guilty’ of murder

13 July 2010
Police officer Johannes Mehserle shot 22-year-old African‑American Oscar Grant in the back at 2am on New Year’s Day 2009.

Mass protests in US for migrants

04 May 2010
Hundreds of thousands of people marched across the US on May Day against attacks on immigrants and a new legal assault in Arizona.

Kent State: When US state shot down American students

27 April 2010
On 4 May 1970, the United States National Guard shot dead four students at Kent State University in Ohio – triggering a wave of rage that spread across the US.

Eugene Debs - the revolutionary who won a million votes

13 April 2010
Eugene V Debs (1855-1926), a heroic revolutionary socialist, did as much as anyone to make socialist ideas and politics an important current in the US working class movement.

The Angola Three: Bound, gagged and jailed in the land of the free

30 March 2010
Former Black Panther Robert King spoke to Ken Olende about his life in prison—the basis for a new film

US needs more than Obama’s health changes

23 March 2010
Barack Obama’s health bill is the biggest welfare reform in the US since the 1960s. Another 32 million people will have health insurance.

Is Obama really taking on the US bankers?

26 January 2010
"Never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail. If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have."

A year of Obama: compromise, crisis and capitulation

12 January 2010
The first anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration as US president comes on 20 January.

New challenges for US movement against war

03 November 2009
The quagmire in Afghanistan is worse than it has ever been. But the US anti-war movement finds itself in a desperately floundering situation, unable to adequately mobilise protest activity around Barack Obama’s Vietnam.

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