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Vol. 74/No. 48      December 20, 2010

 
25, 50 and 75 years ago
 
December 13, 1985
The apartheid regime was dealt a blow December 1 when 10,000 unionists rallied to hail the successful completion of the founding gathering of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). It has an estimated 500,000 members.

The unionists’ growing confidence was indicated when newly elected COSATU President Elijah Barayi told cops near the rally: “I want to tell you that you will not arrest one soul at this meeting today. If you have come to provoke trouble, then you will get what you are asking for.” The federation plans to campaign for abolition of pass laws used to bar millions of Blacks from the 87 percent of the country reserved for whites except when they are working for a white boss.  
 
December 19, 1960
The Algerian struggle for freedom from imperialist France has taken a tremendous step forward. For the first time in the six-year war, the masses moved into the streets of Algiers in a demonstration of such power as to completely alter the relation of forces between the heroic guerrilla bands and the American-backed French army.

The demonstration came as an unexpected consequence of a tour by Gen. de Gaulle.

Thousands of young fascists marched into the streets Dec. 9, shouting “Keep Algeria French.” The Algerian community came into action at this point. Thousands poured out of their ghettoes in Algiers.  
 
December 21, 1935
From the bombastic scheming and prattling that accompanied the introduction of the Works Progress Administration, the na´ve observer would have been led to believe that the problem of unemployment in the United States was about to be liquidated.

Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 15, 1935, the abolition of the Federal Transient Bureau began and was completed. Relief to roving workers in search of employment was wiped out to the last penny.

On the heels of this move, Federal relief terminated in 26 states by Nov. 15. The remaining states received their final unemployment “dole.”  
 
 
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