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In the face of repression Palestine solidarity protests erupt on US college campuses

On Thursday, 18 April, 108 students at Columbia University in New York City were arrested for setting up an encampment on campus in solidarity with Palestine, calling both for a permanent ceasefire and for the university to divest from any Israeli funding. Columbia and Barnard students set up the encampment on Columbia’s main campus on Wednesday, 17 April, in the early morning hours, with students saying they would occupy the main lawn on the upper campus until their demand for divestment was met. Many of the students who were arrested have also been suspended, and the University announced on Monday, 22 April, that classes for the rest of the semester would meet online rather than in person.
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Why does US imperialism back the Israeli State?

Despite episodic and mild criticisms of the Israeli State’s action over the last few months, US imperialism’s support for the Gaza genocide has largely been unwavering. Its political representatives, from the Biden administration to the vast bulk of the members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, have baulked at any suggestion of cessation of this murderous massacre.
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“Draped in keffiyehs and faux principles”: Sinn Féin shake hands with ‘Genocide Joe’

The political establishment have made it clear that they will happily visit ‘Genocide Joe’ Biden’s White House on St. Patrick’s Day, where the warmonger-in-chief will be presented with a bowl of shamrocks - even as thousands of working class people protest the US’ support of the genocide in Gaza. Could there be an act more sickeningly evocative of the political classes’ bootlicking of US imperialist power?
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Imperialism in West Africa: Oppose war and capitalism!

Over the past three years a wave of military coups has hit the Sahel, the region where the southern boundary of the Sahara gives way to sub-Saharan Africa. These coups have occurred in former colonies of France such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Chad, and more recently Niger. Gabon in Central Africa has now also followed suit.