Israel-Iran rulers clash as Syria war continues

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

The long-standing struggle between the rulers of Israel and Iran in the Middle East has been sharpened by the Tehran rulers’ gains in the wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and the strengthening of its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon. This…


Olympic talks are blow to US moves against NKorea

Washington: More sanctions, but willing to talk
Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018
Despite sitting just feet apart, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence avoided all contact with North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Top row from left, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; right, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Bottom row left, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, far right, Pence.

In a setback for Washington’s decadeslong campaign to isolate and punish the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the North, the South Korean government welcomed a sizable athletic and government delegation, including Kim Yo Jong, sister of the DPRK’s leader…


Stock market gyrations sign of capitalism’s crisis today

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

Huge gyrations on stock prices accompanied by a market plunge that wiped out some $5 trillion in paper values at the beginning of February highlight the fact that overvalued stocks — fueled by speculative investment — are increasingly vulnerable to…


Rising support for abortion rights forces referendum vote in Ireland

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018
Sept. 24, 2016, protest in Dublin, part of fight for repeal of abortion ban in Irish Constitution.

LONDON — In response to a growing campaign for abortion rights, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced Jan. 29 that a referendum will be held in Ireland this spring on repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment, approved…


The FBI, US rulers’ political police, is the enemy of the working class!

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

Since it was tasked with going after revolutionary-minded workers and “subversive activity” in 1939, the FBI has an unbroken record of trampling on political rights. In their frenzy to derail the Donald Trump presidency, the liberal press and middle-class left…



What’s behind protests in Iran against dress code for women?

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

Growing opposition to the Iranian capitalist rulers’ enforcement of restrictive dress codes for women has led to protests across the country, with women photographing themselves taking off their chador, or veil, in public. The press in the U.S. — from…


Rail worker turns over bosses’ bribe to build the SWP

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

Bosses at the railroad in New York state, where Jeffrey Patterson works, paid him an extra $243.93 of back pay as “an incentive to encourage workers to sign a new contract that cuts medical benefits, particularly for those with families…


Literacy drive ‘changed people, advanced revolution’ in Cuba

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

NEW YORK — When U.S.-backed mercenaries invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, “literacy volunteers didn’t stop doing what we were organized to do — wipe out illiteracy across the country — we kept on going,” Griselda…


Workers in Finland pay for deal to make bosses stronger

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018

Thousands demonstrated in Helsinki Feb. 2 protesting laws that cut government aid to unemployed workers if they don’t seek jobs “actively” enough. This is the latest step in an ongoing “Finland First” campaign to strengthen the capitalists’ ability to compete…