Slavery Rears its Ugly Head (Again)

Prison LaborOn June 22, 1865, the final shot in the Civil War was fired, effectively putting an end to chattel slavery in the continental United States and dumping the carcass of that accursed system in the deepest tomb of history. Or, so we thought. Down in Dixie, as well as up North, the horrors of slavery have once again scratched and clawed their way out of the hole we thought we’d left them in. The victories of the workers, soldiers and slaves of the past are being encroached upon.

 

Islamophobia & Anti-Americanism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, when the American-Muslim community faced increased prejudice and suspicion, it was told to find solace in the notion that this hostility was a temporary anomaly that would abate with the passage of time. And while there has been a sharp rise of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes since 2001, it has still been consistently a distant second to reported anti-Semitic hate crimes. Some may conclude that there is no such thing as Islamophobia in the United States. But there is more than meets the eye here.

 

The Legal Lynching of Troy Davis

Troy DavisOn September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection by the State of Georgia. Davis was accused and convicted of murdering a police officer, Mark MacPhail, despite a lack of forensic evidence at his trial. He spent 20 years on death row.  Davis maintained his innocence throughout this period, and a movement began to grow around his case. In 2009, the U.S. District Court for Southern Georgia held a hearing to consider new evidence which had come to light in the case–namely the recantation, or changes to the testimonies, of seven of the prosecution’s nine key witnesses to the crime. Despite this, the court refused to alter Davis’ sentence.

 

Women and Wal-Mart

 

Wal-Mart is anti-womanOn Monday, June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a massive class action sexual discrimination lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart by a group of current and former women employees. This blow against the rights of these 1.5 million workers should come as no surprise. Even a cursory review of legal history shows that the courts have a long tradition of siding with big business over workers. And no wonder: most of the supposedly “impartial” judges are very political indeed, most of them having been appointed by one of the two corporate parties!

The key role of women in the Egyptian revolution

The key role of women in the Egyptian revolution. Photo: 3arabawy“I really believe the revolution has changed us. People are acting differently towards each other.” These are the words of Ms Kamel, 50, one of the many women who were out on Tahrir Square, actively participating in the revolution.