25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020

December 11, 1995 DUBLIN, Ireland — On November 24, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum on whether to allow civil divorce. By a narrow margin divorce became legal. The votes from working-class districts in Dublin weighed heavily in the…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

December 4, 1995 FORT MADISON, Iowa — “This is a tremendous victory,” said Mark Curtis following the decision by the Iowa Board of Parole to release him from prison. “I always knew this day would come, but it wouldn’t have…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

November 27, 1995 The largest mobilizations against U.S. bases in decades have taken place in Japan recently. They were sparked by the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan school girl. Three U.S. soldiers entered guilty pleas to conspiring to abduct and…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

November 20, 1995 UNITED NATIONS — For the fourth year in a row, the Cuban government used the platform of the United Nations to blast Washington’s economic war and called for an end to the U.S. embargo of the island.…


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Vol. 84/No. 44 - November 9, 2020

November 13, 1995 SEATTLE — The International Association of Machinists has scheduled a solidarity rally in support of strikers at Boeing. No contract talks have taken place since October 5, when 32,500 IAM members overwhelmingly rejected Boeing’s three-year contract offer.…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020

November 6, 1995 NEW YORK — The five-day whirlwind visit by Cuban president Fidel Castro here dominated the news in this city and across the country for nearly a week. It shows vividly the weight of revolutionary Cuba in world…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

October 30, 1995 DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Board of Parole for the first time in three years have agreed to meet with [Mark] Curtis. Curtis, a member of the Socialist Workers Party, has been incarcerated since 1988,…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

October 23, 1995 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — “Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonizers,” said South African president Nelson Mandela at a Cuba-Southern Africa solidarity conference here. “They have shared the same…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020

October 16, 1995 WARREN, Ohio — Failing to break the resolve of steelworkers on the picket line here, bosses at Warren Consolidated Industries announced September 29 it would temporarily suspend production. This is a major setback to the company’s efforts…


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Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

October 9, 1995 UNITED NATIONS — “Cuba will never give up in the face of threats, and it will survive in any case, as there are always ways out of a crisis, but not from the dishonor of living on…