Iraqi protests condemn assassination of novelist

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019

BAGHDAD, Iraq — There has been widespread outcry here after the Feb. 2 murder of prominent Iraqi writer and novelist Alaa Mashzoub. He was gunned down as he was bicycling home from a writers’ gathering in his home city of…

Capitalist crisis blocks ‘affordable family formation’

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019

The capitalist economic crisis is increasingly dashing the hopes of many working people, and some among middle-class layers, that their children’s lives will be an improvement over their own. Low wages, mounting debts, and rising rents and housing prices have…

Readers help ‘Militant’ zero in on $10,000 appeal

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019

“Keep up the good work!” George Blue from Michigan City, Indiana, wrote when he sent in a check for $25 to the Militant’s special winter appeal. “I first started reading the Militant in 1970 when I was in prison —…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019

February 28, 1994 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to lift a moratorium on farm foreclosures will deal a devastating blow to thousands of working farmers. The labor movement should speak out against this move to protect the profits of…

US troops, warplanes, bombs out of Korea now!

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019
Woman reads ribbons urging peace and reunification of North and South Korea at Demilitarized Zone, May 24, 2018. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim are set to meet Feb. 27.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced they’ve set Feb. 27-28 in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second face-to-face summit meeting on denuclearization of Korea. Teams of U.S. and North Korean negotiators have been meeting to prepare…

Cuba and Algerian revolutions: an intertwined history

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019
At Havana International Book Fair, where Algeria is country of honor, Oscar Creach Wenclar browses books at Algeria pavilion Feb. 11. He was proud that his father was one of nearly 700 Cuban volunteers who went to Algeria in 1963 to help defend the newly independent nation against imperialist-backed invasion by Moroccan troops

HAVANA — Algeria is the country of honor at this year’s Havana International Book Fair, which opened here Feb. 7. Many of those attending the fair are curious to learn more about the culture and history of that North African…

Baghdad book fair organizers: ‘We won’t be stopped by terror’

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019
Thousands flocked to International Book Fair in Baghdad in February. At left is photo of Alaa Mashzoub, well-known Iraqi novelist who was murdered just days before start of book fair.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Thousands of people here are flocking to the 46th Baghdad International Book Fair, which began Feb. 7, seeking out Iraqi and world literature, and books on everything from science and technology, languages and art, to religion, history,…