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Greek people say “no” to austerity

Listen nowWalter Smolarek, a regular contributor to Liberation News, discusses the recent referendum in Greece, where more than 60 percent of voters said “No” to submitting to a brutal austerity package. He analyzes what the “No” vote means, and the possible next steps for SYRIZA (the Coalition of the Radical Left), and the Greek people.

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Pushing back against student loan debt

Listen now: In the second of a two-part interview, Alexis Goldstein of Strike Debt concludes her assessment of the growing movement of and support for students struggling with loan debt from educational institutions that never granted them degrees, and for degreed students who cannot afford to pay back loans due to lack of opportunity. Trade union leaders, pro-education Congressmembers and others are signing on to this movement to push back against the largest debt in the country – student debt.

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Struggle won the same-sex marriage victory

Listen now: Preston Wood, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Los Angeles, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal in the United States and how militant struggle brought the ruling from a seeming impossibility just a few years ago to a reality today.

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Student loan “Strike Debt” movement gains momentum

Listen now: In part one of her interview with Liberation Radio, Alexis Goldstein of Strike Debt speaks on the growing movement of and support for students struggling with loan debt from educational institutions that never granted them degrees, and for degreed students who cannot afford to pay back loans due to lack of opportunity. Trade union leaders, pro-education Congressmembers and others are signing on to this movement to push back against the largest debt in the country – student debt.

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The Sino-Soviet split and its meaning today

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the Sino-Soviet split that began in the 1960s with its underpinnings in differing approaches on survival against U.S. imperialist threats. The pressures of imperialism resulted in a split – first ideologically and later state-to-state – between these sister socialist nations. China moved towards the influence of U.S. imperialism and the USSR became more isolated. This history is important for progressives and revolutionaries to understand today as the United States continues its threats against Russia and its maneuvers to destabilize and overthrow the Communist Party-led government of China.

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Racist massacre in Charleston – spawn of an empire of violence

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reviews the history of racist violence and the current racism generated by right-wing U.S. politicians and the media that led to the massacre of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church. Capitalist politicians describe this act as “tragedy,” but when nine members of a historic African-American church are murdered by a racist vigilante while engaged in prayer, it can only be described as another expression of racist terror that has dominated the history of the United States and South Carolina. The Confederate flag, a symbol of slavery and terrorism, still flies over the South Carolina State House. Puryear also explains the history of this church, which was co-founded by anti-slavery martyr Denmark Vesey, who the state of South Carolina put to death in 1822 along with many other freedom fighters and enslaved people. Vesey’s crime: organizing to liberate enslaved people in South Carolina and elsewhere.

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Debunking the myth of “American exceptionalism”

Listen now: Brian Becker, a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, debunks the idea that the United States is an “indispensable nation” and greater than other nations. He reviews stages of this idea in bourgeois history along with counterexamples of capitalist crisis in the United States, and reveals the racist and supremacist meanings behind the term. This interview is one part of a larger PSL educational series.

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Students call for Fossil Free divestment

Listen nowStudents from Georgetown University Fossil Free discuss their successful, multi-year campaign that resulted in Georgetown becoming the largest university to fully divest their endowment. The students provide insight for anyone who wants to launch a divestment campaign at their school.

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“We have to struggle for a new Turkey”

Listen now: In the second and final part of his interview with Liberation Radio, Ali Somel of the Communist Party, Turkey (KP) discusses the priorities of the KP in the struggle today, analyzes U.S. war and occupation and the resulting sectarianism in the region, and updates listeners on the May Day struggle this year that concluded in mass arrests.

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The struggle in Turkey: Interview with the Communist Party, Turkey

Listen now: Ali Somel of the Communist Party, Turkey (KP) reviews the current political and economic situation in Turkey, including the brutal suppression of the recent May Day events and arrest of 240 people – a number of them members of the KP. The KP is also running candidates in the bourgeois elections in Turkey, and Ali speaks on that intervention and other struggles to provide a glimpse into the history of the KP and movement for socialism in Turkey.

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Appeal for justice – free Kwadir Felton!

Listen now: Mother and activist Renee Felton speaks to Liberation Radio about the case of her son. Kwadir Felton was shot by Jersey City, N.J. police, blinded and thrown in prison for 16 years on trumped-up charges. Hear about his appeal for justice, the organizing of families of the incarcerated and the ongoing fight against police harassment targeting his family.

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Seattle blocks Shell from Arctic drilling

Listen now: Jane Cutter, Managing Editor of LiberationNews.org, speaks with activists who have mobilized in the Port of Seattle to say “No” to Shell’s drilling rig bound for the Arctic. Hear the voices of some of the hundreds who came out to demand Seattle play no part in climate change for corporate profit.

Akbar Muhammad fights terrorism charges in Guyana, Part III

Listen nowLiberation Radio brings you the third part of our interview with Akbar Muhammad, International Representative of the Nation of Islam. In this final segment, he provides an analysis of the political forces at play behind his arrest on false charges of terrorism and drug trafficking, and the effects that the struggle against the outstanding charges continues to have.

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Eyewitness: Russia’s 70th V-Day commemoration

Listen nowIV Sta of the Party for Socialism and Liberation gives an eyewitness account of their experience at the May 9 celebration in Russia, commemorating the tremendous Soviet victory and the sacrifices that ultimately led to the defeat of fascist Germany in World War II.

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The character of the new Israeli Cabinet

Listen now: Richard Becker, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and author of Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire, provides an analysis of the new Israeli cabinet and the character of the new Israeli government, as the U.S. realigns itself around its own interests in the region.

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Akbar Muhammad fights terrorism charges in Guyana, Part II

Listen nowLiberation Radio brings you the final segment of our interview with Akbar Muhammad, International Representative of the Nation of Islam. He discusses more of his arrest and multi-year persecution at the hands of the Guyanese government as the result of years of work with poor and oppressed communities in Guyana.

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Updates from the Baltimore Uprising

Listen nowEugene Puryear, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reports on the situation in Baltimore, speaking about the social and economic oppression facing the city’s residents as well as the importance of movements in making social change. He also discusses the national campaign to drop the charges against hundreds of people who have been arrested in the fightback movement there.

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The struggle for marriage equality

Listen now: Zachary Wolfe, an attorney and professor at Georgetown University, analyzes the cases before the Supreme Court regarding state bans on same-sex marriage and the prospects for nationwide marriage equality,and explains the rights protected by the 14th Amendment. He was in attendance at the Supreme Court oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges last month.

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Free Maile Hampton movement overturns “lynching’ charge

Listen now: Yasmina Mrabet, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Washington, D.C. and an activist with DCFerguson, describes the nationwide movement to demand that all charges be dropped against ANSWER Coalition member and Black Lives Matter activist Maile Hampton, including the recent victory that the outrageous felony “lynching” charge was dropped and the continuing campaign to demand that her remaining charge be dropped.