“Yellow vests,” working people from small towns, countryside, win support for their struggle in Cis-sac-Medoc, France, Dec. 5. Sign at right says “Urgent, purchasing power, dignity for all.”

Working people win gains, dignity in French protests

Yellow vest actions continue, inspire workers worldwide

The over three-week-long revolt of the “gilets jaunes” — yellow vests — has shaken the rulers in France. These are working people and small proprietors from small towns and rural areas who have borne the burden of years of being…


editorial

‘Militant’: Take story of yellow vest movement to US workers

As readers look over the coverage and pictures of the yellow vest protests in France on the front page of this week’s Militant, we think you’ll see yourself. Workers, farmers, small shop owners, young and old, native-born and immigrant, demanding…


US rulers push Beijing for trade and tariff concessions

At the behest of Washington, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top executive and daughter of the founder of the giant Chinese telecom company Huawei, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 1. This is the latest front in a wider conflict…


SWP speaks in interests of working people

New readers of Militant, books: Join SWP in campaigning!

The Militant  welcomes the 1,400 new subscribers to the paper, and the workers, young people and others who bought 999 books on working-class politics by leaders of the Socialist Workers Party. This represents an advance for the reach of the…



Kaiser health care workers strike over heavy workload

SAN FRANCISCO — Some 4,000 mental health care workers at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics across California began a strike Dec. 10 that is set to last five days.  The National Union of Healthcare Workers and their supporters mounted a…

Features

Working people in Mosul rebuild lives, culture after defeat of Islamic State

‘Christians and Muslims have lived side by side in Iraq for centuries’; population faces government indifference to war-caused hardships
Above, boisterous poetry reading with open mic at Qantara cultural cafe in east Mosul Nov. 30, one of many activities banned under Islamic State that are coming back to life in the city. Below right, Hussein Abbas Ahmed, a teacher, outside remains of his home in “old city” in west Mosul, large swaths of which were destroyed during the fight against IS, including during indiscriminate U.S.-bombing raids.

MOSUL, Iraq — Working people here continue to confront the impact of Islamic State’s three-year reign of terror and the destructive nine-month battle of Mosul that drove out the brutal and reactionary sect. Now they face ongoing Iraqi government indifference…



In defense of the US working class

SWP leader at Havana event answers question: ‘Can working people in US make a socialist revolution?’
Striking teachers at West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, Feb. 26, 2018, as one of most significant labor battles in U.S. in decades exploded. Teachers and other school workers went on strike statewide, winning support from students, parents, churches and other unions. Strikes and protests spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina. “What happened there is a living refutation of the portrait of working-class bigotry and ‘backwardness’ painted by middle class liberals and much of the radical left,” says Socialist Workers Party leader Mary-Alice Waters.
  The following is the talk by Mary-Alice Waters to a conference organized by the Cuban Institute of…




SWP Statement

For recognition of a Palestinian state and Israel

• For recognition of a Palestinian state and of Israel
• For repeal of U.S. Jerusalem Embassy Act
• For workers’ solidarity in Israel, Palestine, the world over
The following statement, drafted by Steve Clark, was released Dec. 11 by Jack Barnes, Socialist Workers Party…
Cuba and Chernobyl

This Cuban documentary produced in 2006 tells the story of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine and Cuba’s exemplary internationalist medical program that treated more than 25,000 victims.