Cuarta Internacional oposición

Aprovechar las ocasiones, construir una internacional para la revolución y el comunismo. I) El estado hoy de la IVª. A) La política de los « partidos amplios » : un balance catastrófico. La dirección de la IVª ha sustituido el objetivo estratégico de construcción de partidos revolucionarios por el de « partidos amplios ». Un siglo después de la revolución…

Widespread protests challenge Trump’s anti-Muslim order

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Protests erupted throughout the United States and the world following President Trump’s stunning order that suspended entry into the U.S. by refugees and other travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa. Thousands demonstrated at airports and federal courthouses. Chants included: “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here!”…

Mariela Castro and Cuba’s LGBT revolution

By ANN MONTAGUE “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution,” directed by Jon Albert and Sual Landau. Cuban producer Roberto Chile. An HBO Documentary Production. This just released film follows Mariela Castro and Cuban LGBT activists as they travel through rural towns to engage with Cubans about the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia on May 17,…

Eva Bartlett speaks on Syria

By JEFF MACKLER At meetings initiated by the newly formed Hands Off Syria Coalition (HOSC), independent Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett reported on her several trips to Syria, including most recently to Aleppo in late November. Bartlett toured the U.S. in mid-December addressing packed meetings in New York City and other East Coast venues as well as…

How to fight Trump? Defeating Democratic Party strategy is key

By MARK UGOLINI Donald Trump, a pompous real-estate mogul and multi-billionaire, has taken the White House while surrounded by billionaire cabinet appointees who have a combined net worth greater than one-third of the United States. An Ivy-League-educated bigot, who from childhood has become accustomed to an opulent lifestyle, including a Manhattan “grand penthouse mansion” with…

Women’s Marches: From protest to movement?

By PENELOPE DUGGAN “Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice, to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out. “The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be…

Say no to discrimination against Muslims!

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL To respond to the incoming Trump administration—overflowing with Islamophobes—will require a strategy for challenging Islamophobia on several levels. The first thing to note, however, is that Islamophobia, defined as the irrational fear and hatred of Muslims, is not technically the correct term for the oppression that Muslims are increasingly confronting. It is…

Which way forward for women in 2017?

By CHRISTINE MARIE Hundreds of thousands are joining the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. On the same day, at least 200 sister marches are taking place in cities and towns all over the United States. The outpouring, which reportedly began as two social media posts in response to the defeat of Hillary Clinton…

Standing with Standing Rock

By MARTY GOODMAN More than bitter winter weather lies ahead for hundreds of Native American nations and their supporters battling hazardous fossil-fuel pipelines on sacred Sioux land at the Standing Rock camp near Cannonball, North Dakota. A far more bitter struggle looms for Native American rights and climate justice with the incoming Trump administration. Former…

Labor Briefing: January 2017

By BILL ONASCH Good News, Bad News From SEIU—In recent years, this paper has often had good news to report about the two-million member Service Employees International Union. They have played an exemplary role in championing long neglected low-wage workers. The Fight for 15 Dollars and a Union has become the most important and inspiring…

Dying to Live: Cesar DeLeon on hunger strike in Wisconsin prison

By LUCAS ALAN DIETSCHE As of December, Cesar DeLeon is the only  confirmed one out of an initial seven prisoners on a hunger strike that started in Wisconsin in June 2016. Visitors have said he is delirious, underweight, and suffering hunger pains, as well as displaying signs of physical abuse. In letters, DeLeon has also reported on physical…

Labor Briefing: December 2016

By BILL ONASCH The Other Election—There was never any doubt that the working class would lose the election of a new POTUS. That one was a contest between lesser or maximum evils. Heads they win, tails we lose. But while that face-off dominated the press and airwaves ad nauseam, little attention was given to the…

Canada-EU trade pact still not a done deal

By Y. FIKRET KAYALI The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, barely rescued from the grave, may yet prove to be one of the walking-dead. The signature of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and those of his European counterparts on the document are, at this point, merely ceremonial. Before implementation, ratification votes must be held in Ottawa and…

Trump promises more perks for big business

By MARK UGOLINI Events surrounding the Nov. 8 presidential election confirm the depth of the crisis that U.S. capitalist rulers find themselves in. We’ve seen growing turmoil and major divisions between and within both major parties. The two-party system, for years a stable bulwark of U.S. capitalism, has been exhibiting signs of distress. The transition…

Somali youth sentenced in ‘Minneapolis Terror Trial’

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL MINNEAPOLIS—The show trial dubbed by our local capitalist media, “Minnesota’s Terror Trial,” ended in November with the sentencing of the nine young men (eight Somali and one Oromo) who pled to or were convicted of charges relating to alleged attempts to join the “designated foreign terrorist organization” ISIS (the Islamic State). The…