California governor signs legislation to bail out utility that sparked deadly fires

By MARC ROME In October, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that the effects of climate change are already happening, making natural events like wildfires more intense. A month later, the Camp Fire, fueled by Diablo winds and drought conditions, incinerated Paradise, Calif., killing 88 people with nearly 800 unaccounted for.…

The bosses’ trade deals hurt working people

By BARRY WEISLEDER On Oct. 2 negotiators reached a new continental trade deal. It’s called the USMCA. Despite a familiar cadence, it’s not a cover version of the song by the Village People. It’s NAFTA 2.0. Should we be grateful that it’s not worse than it is? First, the good news. Chapter 11 between Canada…

Quebec: CAQ takes power, QS is on the rise

By ROBBIE MAHOOD For the past 45 years, governmental power in Quebec has alternated between the federalist Parti Liberal du Québec (PLQ) and the sovereigntist Parti Quebec (PQ). That political era has ended.  Both these parties were punished by the electorate. The Liberals fell to less than 25% of the vote, the lowest in its…

‘Proud Boys’ assault NYC protesters

By MARTY GOODMAN “We will kill you. That’s the Proud Boys in a nutshell.” — Gavin McInnes, Proud Boy founder “The German resurrection is a male event.” — Engelbert Huber, Nazi author, 1933 Shortly after an Oct. 12 presentation by fascist “Proud Boy” founder Gavin McInnes at the Manhattan Republican Club, three anti-fascist protesters were assaulted by…

Solidarity with the migrant caravan!

By LISA LUINENBURG Over the last few weeks, eyes across the world have been following the human drama of the caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. border. The caravan is made up of mostly young people from Central America, the majority from Honduras, who are trying to escape the grinding…

Does criticism of Israel equal anti-Semitism?

By STEVE XAVIER The aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting has focused renewed attention on anti-Semitism. Claims that a shadowy group of sinister figures are behind world events—which appear in conspiracy theories about financier George Soros, the 9/11 tragedy, and elsewhere—have dangerous implications. These conspiracy theories have deep roots on the far right,…

The caravan that defies borders

By ELENA ZELEDON — SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The 8000 poor people marching together through the states of Central America towards the United States are another sign that the pillars of imperialist domination, already weakened by the blows of the global recession in 2008, are now shaken by the exploding social contradictions of this…

Faced with Nicaragua’s social and political crisis: Solidarity with popular demands and against Ortegista repression!

  This statement was adopted by the Executive Bureau of the Fourth International on 28 October 2018. The Sandinista Popular Revolution The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) was born as a “vanguard organization” with an anti-imperialist and revolutionary orientation, as established in its Historic Programme (1969), “capable of taking political power (…) establishing a social…

 Trump administration attacks trans rights

By AUTUMN RAIN and ERWIN FREED The New York Times reported on Oct. 21 that the Trump administration is “considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights…

The rise of right-wing violence in Trump’s America

By JOHN LESLIE Homemade pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and Trump critics sparked nationwide fear and an FBI manhunt. The 14 bombs were sent to billionaire George Soros, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, Former Vice President Joe Biden, actor Robert DeNiro, and others. One of the devices was delivered…

ACT UP’s struggle against power

By ANN MONTAGUE The AIDS Holocaust took place from 1985-1995, and it saw the loss of many gay men who had spearheaded Stonewall and launched the gay liberation movement. But many continued with a new fight. Remembering that history will remind us of a time when gay men, together with lesbians and straight supporters, organized…

Ireland will offer free abortions

By LISA LUINENBURG In a stunning victory for women, Ireland officially removed its nearly total ban on abortions in late September. The change was a result of a referendum on May 25 of this year, in which 66.4% of voters (to 33.6% against) overwhelmingly voted for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution,…