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The Ice Bucket Challenge: How Can We Really Cure ALS?

Written by John Peterson Wednesday, 27 August 2014

als thThe “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gone certifiably viral. Countless videos showing people dousing themselves with buckets of ice water have flooded social media. Everyone from GW Bush to Will Smith to Britney Spears to your next-door neighbor to half your High School classmates are joining in the late-summer antics and nominating someone else to do it. If the challenge is not met within 24 hours, the nominee is supposed to donate to the ALS Association. Some people donate no matter what. Others donate to non-ALS charities. Others just want to have a bit of fun. In theory, this is all being done to “raise awareness about ALS.” As a result of this campaign, an estimated 740,000 people have donated $42 million to the ALS Association since June 29. But what does it all mean? Is “raising awareness” enough? Do most people even know what ALS is? Is this really a way to “create a world without ALS”?

 

Italy: Festa Rossa – a resounding success!

Written by FalceMartello Monday, 25 August 2014

From the minute comrades began to set up the stage, a week before the event was due to opAlan speaking-then, it was clear that the times were ripe for the return of our national Red Festival (Festa Rossa) for the 4th year. As soon as the first comrades set foot in the XXII Aprile park, in the city of Modena, mounting tents, stages, kitchens and various stands, dozens of people from the neighbourhood came to us expressing their delight that the communist gathering had returned to the area.

 

The Jammu Kashmir National Student Federation in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Written by Danial Arif Monday, 25 August 2014

rally-in-r-thThe JKNSF organised protests rallies in many cities of Kashmir in solidarity with Palestinians and against the imperialist aggression in Gaza which has killed hundreds of innocent citizens.

 

USA: Notes From Ferguson

Written by St. Louis Workers International League Friday, 22 August 2014

Ferguson hands up dont shoot-light brigading-thAs the protests in Ferguson, MO, enter their 12th day, following the shooting of Michael Brown by local police, the Workers International League (US section of the IMT) continues to intervene in this spontaneous upsurge, in Ferguson itself, and on the campuses in the area. These events mark a qualitative turning point in the class struggle in the United States. It is already being recognized as an event for which there will be a “before” and an “after,” even by the talking heads in the media and the representatives of the capitalist political establishment.

 

USA: "You Can't Have Capitalism Without Racism"

Written by Workers International League (USA) Friday, 22 August 2014

Leaflet for demonstrations against police repression in Ferguson, MO can be downloaded here.

 

The rich protect their own: scandal cover-up exposes rottenness of the British Establishment

Written by Rob Sewell Wednesday, 20 August 2014

thumb houses-of-parliament-thA fish rots from the head down. It is the same for the crisis-ridden British Tory Establishment.

 

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