Organizing against U.S. colonial rule in Puerto Rico

Socialist Action reporter Ernie Gotta recently interviewed Francisco A. Santiago of Juventud Hostosiana (JH), a youth group for Puerto Rican independence affiliated with the Movimiento Independista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH). This article continues a series that Socialist Action is publishing on the movement against the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). You can … Continue reading Organizing against U.S. colonial rule in Puerto Rico

Crime and Punishment in Peña Nieto’s Mexico

By MANUEL AGUILAR MORA On July 18, in the National Palace at the enactment ceremony of a package of laws to create the National Anti-Corruption System (SNA), in front of an audience composed of hundreds of public officials, and flanked on both sides by the presidents of the houses of the Congress and secretaries of … Continue reading Crime and Punishment in Peña Nieto’s Mexico

Elections in Spain: Podemos falters, right regaining control

By LAZARO MONTEVERDE The political revolution has been postponed. For the second time in six months Spanish voters went to the polls to vote in national elections on June 26. The big winner was the hard right and the biggest loser was the new left-populist party Podemos. An earlier election held on Dec. 20 resulted … Continue reading Elections in Spain: Podemos falters, right regaining control

Clinton, Kissinger and the coup in Honduras

By ANN MONTAGUE In one of the early Democratic Party debates, in order to inflate her credentials as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton threw out an off-the-cuff comment about her relationship with Henry Kissinger: “I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better—better than anybody had run it in a … Continue reading Clinton, Kissinger and the coup in Honduras

Class struggle in Ireland: 1916

By SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY — Socialist Democracy is the sympathizing organization of the Fourth International in Ireland. —  At first sight, the Tale of 1916 seems a simple one. On the one hand, there was a small band—an alliance of socialists and revolutionary democrats. On the other hand, were the British imperialists and their Unionist supporters. … Continue reading Class struggle in Ireland: 1916

One million strike in France

By JEFF MACKLER One million workers and students took to the streets of Paris and cities across France on March 31 to protest draconian Labor Code changes proposed by the austerity-minded governing French Socialist Party of Francois Holland. The changes are set to be considered by the French parliament in late April; more giant protests … Continue reading One million strike in France

Cuban official tours Bay Area

By NICK BAKER — SAN FRANCISCO — Miguel Fraga, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy, which opened last year in Washington, D.C., came to the Bay Area in March for a week-long tour, speaking to students and community members about life in Cuba, renewed U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, and the need to end the U.S. embargo … Continue reading Cuban official tours Bay Area

Coalition to expose U.S.-Saudi alliance

By MARILYN VOGT-DOWNEY Over 260 people attended the first 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, at the University of the District of Columbia Law School. The conference was organized by Code Pink and a new organization, the Coalition to End the U.S.-Saudi Alliance. The … Continue reading Coalition to expose U.S.-Saudi alliance

Fidel Castro on Obama’s visit to Cuba

By FIDEL CASTRO RUZ This letter by Fidel Castro is reprinted from the March 28 edition of Granma, published by the Cuban Communist Party. Brother Obama, We don’t need the empire to give us anything. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because our commitment is to peace and fraternity among all human beings who … Continue reading Fidel Castro on Obama’s visit to Cuba

RCMP spied on my father

By ROBBIE MAHOOD On Oct. 30, 2015, revelations of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spying on my father, Ed Mahood, almost 60 years ago, recently came to light courtesy of a phone call from an Ottawa journalist to my sister. A small group of journalists in Ottawa are reviewing the heavily edited RCMP intelligence reports from that era … Continue reading RCMP spied on my father

Chicago coalition protests blockade of Cuba

By MARK UGOLINI To coincide with Barack Obama’s March 20-22 trip to Cuba, 30 Chicago activists participated in a “Public Speak-Out and Discussion” at Roosevelt University’s downtown campus on March 19, demanding “End the U.S. Blockade and Travel Ban on Cuba, Return Guantánamo!” The meeting was sponsored by the Chicago Cuba Coalition, which described the … Continue reading Chicago coalition protests blockade of Cuba

New developments in Palestine struggle

By ERNIE GOTTA In February, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Mohammed al-Qeeq, an imprisoned Palestinian journalist on his 85th day of hunger strike. Al-Qeeq had asked to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank. Directly following this decision, however, a partial victory was won in the case of Palestinian American activist Rasmea … Continue reading New developments in Palestine struggle

Argentina strike against Macri gov’t

This report first appeared on the Left Voice website. It is an adaptation of an article by Josefina L. Martínez in La Izquierda Diario, a publication that reflects the views of the Argentine Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (PTS).  The Public Workers’ Association (in Spanish, the Asociación de Trabajadores del Estado, ATE) called the first public sector strike, … Continue reading Argentina strike against Macri gov’t

Stop persecution of Muslims & immigrants!

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Beginning in early January, Socialist Action joined with many other organizations for a series of conference calls on the need for united action to more effectively combat the rising tide of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hatred in this country. The ad-hoc coalition that was formed took the name Stand Together Against … Continue reading Stop persecution of Muslims & immigrants!

Haiti’s dictator resigns as election trap set

By MARTY GOODMAN Weeks of massive protests against election fraud in Haiti and calling for the ouster of the pro-U.S. Haitian President Michel Martelly forced the dictator to finally step down on Feb. 7. The Haitian constitution prohibits a succeeding five-year term, and Feb. 7 was the date for his term to end. Feb. 7, … Continue reading Haiti’s dictator resigns as election trap set

When “withdrawal” means escalation

By BARRY WEISLEDER — TORONTO — As if in a dance of the seven veils, Canada’s  Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is sequentially exposing its false election promises, revealing an agenda that increasingly resembles that of the widely despised Conservative predecessor regime. For starters, an immediate and meaningful increase to the Canada Pension is now … Continue reading When “withdrawal” means escalation

Paris climate talks produce hot air

By CARL SACK After 10 days of talks at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris, negotiators from 195 countries celebrated the adoption of an agreement that calls for a goal of limiting global warming to 1.5o Centigrade above pre-industrial levels. On one hand, the agreement goes farther than any previous accord to acknowledge the … Continue reading Paris climate talks produce hot air

Biggest strikes in Quebec since 1972

By ROBBIE MAHOOD — MONTREAL — Leaders of Quebec’s Common Front of public sector unions and the provincial Liberal government of Premier Philippe Couillard announced a tentative agreement on Dec. 17. The deal covers wages and pensions. Working conditions are negotiated separately by sector. Grouped in the Common Front are the unions representing government employees affiliated with the … Continue reading Biggest strikes in Quebec since 1972

U.S. imperialism’s Syria strategy

By JEFF MACKLER  U.S. Major General Michael Nagata was unceremoniously removed some two months ago after his $500 million Syrian assignment to train by the end of the year a projected 5400 Syrian infantrymen to supposedly fight ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) “languished in complications,” according to U.S. News and World Report. This … Continue reading U.S. imperialism’s Syria strategy

U.S. & Europe clamp down on refugees

By LISA LUINENBURG  A huge number of refugees have been flowing across European borders in the last year, and this great migration crisis has had reverberations in the United States as well, where over 100,000 migrants fleeing violence in Central America arrived in 2015. As of Dec. 21, more than a million refugees have crossed … Continue reading U.S. & Europe clamp down on refugees

Venezuela must learn from Indonesia

By BARRY WEISLEDER The 50th anniversary of one of the biggest political massacres of the 20th century passed in the West almost without notice. In 1965, a military coup in Indonesia, backed by the United States, unleashed a slaughter that consumed over one million lives. The aim of the insurgent generals was annihilation of the … Continue reading Venezuela must learn from Indonesia

Grassroots environment struggles in China

By RENA LAU Just in the last month there have been two cases of environmental protests occurring in China. Around one thousand people protested on the streets of Yangjiang city, in Guangdong province, against the construction of an incinerator. And ten thousand people protested against a chemical factory in Shangrao city, Jianxi province. The protesters … Continue reading Grassroots environment struggles in China

Pro-U.S. dictator steals Haitian election

By MARTY GOODMAN Enraged Haitians took to the streets in the thousands in the wake of the rigged Oct. 25 elections in Haiti. Protests took place throughout November in Port au Prince in support of the candidates, but were sometimes met with right-wingers armed with machetes, clubs, hammers, and guns, as cops looked on. One … Continue reading Pro-U.S. dictator steals Haitian election