Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH Trump Close to White House—The highest profile current real estate project of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is the conversion of the historic Washington, D.C., Old Post Office, within sight of the president’s residence, into a luxury hotel. Trump does not own the new Trump International Hotel—he is leasing the property from…

Bernie Sanders’ demise: What are the lessons?

By JEFF MACKLER (This is an updated and expanded version of the article we first published on May 12.) U.S. primary election math pundits, as well as virtually the entire corporate media, insist, and with good reason, that Bernie Sanders has lost the Democratic Party presidential primary election contest. Indeed, following his nearly 13-point California…

Entrapped Somali youth on trial for ‘conspiracy’

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL The local capitalist media dubbed it, “Minnesota’s Terror Trial.” Guled Ali Omar, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, and Abdirahman Yasin Daud were allegedly part of a massive plot to travel to Syria in order to join ISIS (“ISIL”). The “conspiracy” was said to involve at least 10 young Somali men, all residents of the…

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

By CHRISTINE MARIE “Astro Noise,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Feb. 5 – May 2, 2016. In the “Seeds of Time,” Frederic Jameson famously wrote of our cultural moment, “It seems to be easier to imagine the thorough-going deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due…

Nabisco workers protest layoffs and downsizing

By MARK UGOLINI A spirited and determined group of about 150 current and former Nabisco bakery workers and their supporters demonstrated on May 18 at Mondelez International’s annual shareholder meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. Workers protested the company’s decision to lay off 600 of the 1200 workers at its Southwest side Chicago plant. Mondelez International is…

Sanders, socialism and the U.S. left in crisis

By JEFF MACKLER U.S. primary election math pundits are now calculating that Bernie Sanders cannot win the Democratic Party presidential primary contest. His impending demise, and indeed his Democratic Party candidacy itself, has sparked a wide-ranging discussion and debate in the U.S. socialist movement, and in broader circles, that reveals an extraordinary level of confusion…

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…

Primero de Mayo: día de lucha

Por LISA LUINENBURG  Traducido por Marco Dávila El 1ro de Mayo tradicionalmente ha sido un día cuando los trabajadores de todo el mundo se reúnen para expresar sus demandas. Este día festivo fue originalmente elegido para conmemorar el suceso de Haymarket, cuando la policía mató a cuatro protestantes en un mitin en Chicago, donde se exigían…

Greece 2015: Lessons of the defeat

By JEFF MACKLER The classic definition of Greek tragedy from the times of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides 2500 years ago applies with a vengeance today. The Greek working masses have suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of Europe’s imperial economic and political powers—tragically, with the full complicity of the reformist, that is, pro-capitalist, Syriza…

Outrage at NY police chief appointment

By MARTY GOODMAN  Shock and outrage greeted the appointment of New York City’s former Chief of Police Bill Bratton as top cop under newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Bratton was the city’s police chief in 1994-1996, during the conservative administration of Rudy Guiliani, which was notorious for police murders of Blacks and…

The march on Washington — past & present

By ANDREW POLLACK The militant outpouring on the streets in reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, racist murderer of Trayvon Martin, combined with a series of other recent attacks on people of color in the U.S. (such as the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act) has most observers predicting a big turnout…

Taliban shoots young feminist, socialist

By DANIEL XAVIER (Updated Oct. 15) Tens of thousands of people rallied in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 14 to show support for Malala Yousufzai, a young feminist and socialist activist who was shot by the Taliban. The following day, Malala arrived at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, England, where she was airlifted for further treatment.…

What Libya’s Elections Mean for the People

Millions of Libyans cast their ballots on July 7 in the first “free” election Libya has seen in over four decades. Throngs of people packed into voting booths to select the country’s new 200-seat National Assembly, which will be tasked with creating a new government and writing up a draft constitution. In response to the…

Court Confirms Ten-Year Sentence for Lynne Stewart

<!–[if !mso]><![endif]–> The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today confirmed the  2010 decision of Federal District Court Judge John Koeltl to change his 28-month jail sentence for radical attorney and human rights activist, Lynne Stewart, to ten years. The court’s June 28, 2012  decision was not unexpected. Following federal prosecutors’ appeal of…

Gerry Foley: A life dedicated to socialist revolution

Few revolutionaries, past or present, have devoted their entire adult lives to the socialist cause as full-timers. Gerry Foley was one of them. He died unexpectedly on April 21 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state. Gerry spent 50 years fighting—at near poverty wages—to free humanity from every…

Minneapolis May Day March

On May 1, people gathered in the Latino neighborhood of Minneapolis and marched through the main immigrant business sector, to end at a local park for a rally. Police estimated 2000 participants (compared to 400 last year). The crowd was probably about one-third Latino immigrants.  MIRAc (the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee) spent over three months…

Gerry Foley, Presente!

Dear Comrades, I just learned from Gerry Foley’s friend in Mexico that Gerry died  suddenly today in Mexico. Gerry called me a few days ago to say that  he was happily moving from his rented home in Mérida to a happy home  in San Cristobol de Las Cases, in the mountains of Chiapas. Just a few…

On the Upcoming Greek Elections

ANTARSYA (Front of the Greek Anti-Capitalist Left): Statement on the parliamentary elections to be held on May 6 in Greece There is another way! Without debt, euro, EU and memoranda!For the anti-capitalist overthrow of the coalition government and the Troika!Power and wealth in the hands of the workers! For a battle-front based on a break…

U.S., Israel hurl war threats against Iran

The drums of war in Washington are beating yet again. U.S. government officials, along with corporate media pundits, are calling for military action against Iran. Using similar logic that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq (that Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction,” which turned out to be a lie), the United States…

Greek workers resist economic free fall

ATHENS—The Memorandum No. 2 became reality by a vote in the Greek Parliament on Feb. 12. One hundred ninety-nine MPs, mainly of the ruling parties, PASOK and “New Democracy” (ND), decided to completely sell out the interests of the Greek population, working people and young people, and especially of future generations, to the dictatorship of…