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Open appeal of the Communist Party of Ukraine to the international communist, workers and left-wing movement

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Interview with the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Ukraine

This interview with Petro Symonenko, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Ukraine appeared in Mundo Obrero on March 2, 2014.

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Skip the Supplements, New York Times

Dietary supplements: mislabeled, contaminated and probably useless. In 2003, researchers tested “ayurvedic” remedies from health food stores throughout Boston. They found that 20 percent contained potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury or arsenic.

Seymour M. Hersh · Whose sarin? · LRB 19 December 2013

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.

China’s Spaceflight Success Sets Stage for Big Space Station

China’s objective is a 60-ton, multi-module space station by 2020.

The Latest Betting Line on the Next Pope

via Jack Norton

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

The food industry’s fight for “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition. “As a culture, we’ve become upset by the tobacco companies advertising to children, but we sit idly by while the food companies do the very same thing. And we could make a claim that the toll taken on the public health by a poor diet rivals that taken by tobacco”, Kelly Brownell, Professor of Pscyhology and Public Health, Yale University.

The 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad

The Independent.

Voice of Russia – articles commemorating Stalingrad.

To mark the occasion the city will be called Stalingrad on military holidays.

“Stalin Buses”

The Battle reenacted.

Addressing Inequalities – A Global Discussion

UNWomen and UNICEF have initiated a global online discussion on inequalities. The current discussion is on gender inequality and future topics include violence against women, disability, indigenous peoples, etc.

Via Saraswathi Menon of UNWomen

The Science of the Summer Olympics

A fascinating series of videos on what it takes to reach Olympic levels of performance – Missy Franklin and fluid dynamics, Usain Bolt’s unique biomechanics, the biomechanics of weightlifting, and compensating for disability are some of the topics.

Henning Mankell reflects on his first Wallander mystery

Harriet Gilbert’s World Book Club interviews can be heard on BBCi Player. This month’s interview has Swedish noir writer Henning Mankell speaking about Wallander and his first appearance in Faceless Killers. Next week Norways’s Jo Nesbo speaks about his unusual family – a father who fought with the Nazis and a mother in the Resistance – and how they influenced The Redbreast, a Harry Hole mystery. Down the list of WBC interviews are Russia’s Boris Akunin on his Putin-like Erast Fandorin, and Spain’s Carlos Ruiz Zafon on ‘ecclesiastical’ thrillers.

On Woody Guthrie’s Centennial, Celebrating the Life, Politics & Music of the “Dust Bowl Troubadour”

A Democracy Now! special on the life, politics and music of Woody Guthrie, the “Dust Bowl Troubadour.” Born a hundred years ago on July 14, 1912, in Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs and became a major influence on countless musicians, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. While Guthrie is best remembered as a musician, he also had a deeply political side, speaking out for labor and civil rights at the height of McCarthyism.

The CWA International Dagger 2012

Andea Camilleri’s The Potter’s Field (an Inspector Montalban mystery) is the winner of the Crime Writer Association’s International Dagger. The short list has mysteries set in Sweden, Norway, Italy and South Africa. The new talent is Maurizio de Giovanni with an intriguing sounding story set in fascist Italy.

The Death Match, New York Times

Seventy years ago, the Start Stadium in Kiev was the site of one of football’s most infamous games when a group of Ukranian players defeated a German military team.