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USA: 370 million student debt-years

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Con Karavias

The UK is heading towards a US-style education system. This article by Con Karavias, adapted from the Red Flag, the newspaper of Socialist Alternative in Australia, explains.


Currently, 12 million US citizens borrow money annually to continue studying for their degree.

The total number of those paying off student loans is 37 million. It will take each of them an average of 10 years to do it. It’ll take a lot of them far longer.

In the US, the vast majority of people are deprived of anything resembling a worthwhile education.

In the US, the vast majority of people are deprived of anything resembling a worthwhile education.

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US fast food workers' struggle escalates

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Daniel Lemberger Cooper

On 4 September, thousands of fast food workers and other service industry employees (including home healthcare workers), backed by both the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), held strikes and protests in cities in California, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, and elsewhere in the United States, for respect, improved benefits, the right to organise, and for a $15 minimum wage. Hundreds of workers and supporters were arrested.

On 4 September, thousands of fast food workers and other service industry employees (including home healthcare workers), backed by both the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), held strikes and protests in cities in California, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, and elsewhere in the United States, for respect, improved benefits, the right to organise, and for a $15 minimum wage. Hundreds of workers and supporters were arrested.

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“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”

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Gemma Short

On 9 August Michael Brown was shot as he walked down the street in his home neighbourhood in Ferguson Missouri, USA.

Michael, a black 18 year-old with no criminal record, was shot with his hands up by white police officer Darren Wilson.

On 9 August Michael Brown was shot as he walked down the street in his home neighbourhood in Ferguson Missouri, USA.

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