Pandemic Explodes, Capitalist Economy Tanks

By JAMES FORTIN Now that the COVID-19 contagion has spread to the four corners of the globe, the unpreparedness of the capitalist state and the outright disregard by the ruling class for the fate of the working people of the United States has come into full view. Underlying a perfect-storm scenario is the certain emerging…

Assange: Empire of Surveillance and Imperialism

By KATU ARKONADA The trial against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a perfect metaphor for how United States imperialism operates in the world today. The Armed Forces, the Department of State, and the CIA caused thousands of deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria, but it’s the person who showed to the world those crimes who…

System Change, Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup

By JAMES FORTIN Some things change, some things don’t.  Yet.  Slowly, but steadily, the impact of global warming is becoming so visible and understandable that masses of people are recognizing a problem exists.  But as  entire countries and populations experience unending devastations, capitalist governments such as Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the U.S. and China…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices challenge Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal rights

By JEFF MACKLER In a blatant attempt to thwart innocent political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Philadelphia Common Pleas Court-ordered appeal of his 1981 frame-up murder conviction of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, four Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices, in late February, ordered a King’s Court petition at the request of Faulkner’s wife, Maureen Faulkner. Pending the outcome…

UNAC antiwar conference registers gains

By ADAM BUSTILLOS Some 300 antiwar and social justice activists from 27 states and four nations attended the fifth national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) at the People’s Forum in New York City over the weekend of February 21-23. Entitled, “Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis – Building Power Together,” the…

China Coronavirus Challenge Spreads to World Stage

By JAMES FORTIN As the novel coronavirus continues to dominate the concerns of health officials around the globe, two truths about the contagion have remained unchallenged: Nations are ill prepared for the arrival of the virus and once it lands, cannot readily stop its spread despite herculean efforts in some cases to do so. As…

International Women’s Day

The worldwide emergence of a fighting women’s movement By ANN MONTAGUE and LISA LUINENBERG In Russia in 1913 working class women used International Women’s Day to demand the right to vote. On March 8th, 1917 women working in the massive textile factories walked off the job in protest. On International Women’s Day they struck to…