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On August 9, 2014, Mike Brown was shot down by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, and his lifeless body was left uncovered for four-and-a-half hours--to broil on a summer street and be seen by little kids and everyone else in the predominantly Black neighborhood. The murder sparked days and nights of furious protest.

In the year since, so much has changed--and not nearly enough has changed.

The Obama Administration’s recent move to upgrade Malaysia from the lowest ranking in the State Department’s 2015 report on human trafficking has raised concerns among many human rights activists.

(IPS) - A Honduran spring is happening, led by young people mobilizing over the social networks, who are flooding the streets with weekly torch marches against corruption and impunity.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president is drawing impressive crowds to rallies across the country—from 7,500 in Burlington, Vermont, to 300 in Birmingham, Alabama.

And it’s no wonder that many union members are part of this groundswell of support, or that he’s already won endorsements from a number of locals and support resolutions from the Vermont and South Carolina AFL-CIOs.

The same week Pope Francis in his climate encyclical called for “a bold cultural revolution” to win “liberation from the dominant technocratic paradigm,” a group of kayaktavists in Seattle boldly set themselves in front of Shell Oil’s monster oil rig departing to drill in the Arctic.  This past week the revolution came to Portland when kayaktavists and climbers hanging from St. John’s Bridge blocked passage of Shell’s icebreaker Fennica, a vital element of the Arctic drilling fleet.

"The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support (of the Cuban revolutionary government) is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship...Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba...A line of action which...makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of the government." Secret memorandum of Lester D Mallory, deputy assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs, April 6, 1960

España ha sido, después de Grecia, unos de los países europeos más afectados por la crisis económica que comenzó en 2008. El nivel de desempleo se sitúa casi en un 25%, una cifra que se doble para los jóvenes. Los votantes españoles registraron el deseo de un cambio en las elecciones municipales celebradas el 24 de mayo que  llevó a la izquierda al poder en Madrid, Barcelona y en media docena más de ciudades.

Hundreds of people gathered on the north side of Union Square Park Tuesday evening for a vigil honoring the nearly 25,000 people injured or killed in traffic collisions since January. Hundreds of advocates, many affiliated with the organization Families for Safe Streets, protested the normalization of traffic-related injuries in the city as well as the widespread usage of the word “accident” over “crash" to describe such incidents.

On Monday June 29, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, delivered a live message to the people of Puerto Rico stating that the island government could not repay $73 billion in debt. The governor stated, “The public debt, considering the present level of economic activity, is unpayable”.