Harry Villegas (Pombo): Fought at side of Che Guevara

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Harry Villegas, left, and fellow combatants Alberto Fernández Montes and Serapio Aquino in Bolivia in 1966 or 1967, part of revolutionary struggle led by Che Guevara.

Cuban revolutionary leader Harry Villegas died Dec. 29 in Havana, after engaging in more than six decades of struggle against capitalist exploitation, imperialist oppression, and for national liberation and socialism. He is best known for fighting alongside Ernesto Che Guevara…

Johnson says workers ‘lent’ him their votes to get UK out of EU

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Picket at Waterloo station, London, during December strike against South Western Railway in defense of guard jobs, safety for rail workers and passengers. Fight by workers to get UK out of EU took place against backdrop of deepening capitalist crisis, growing disdain of Labour Party.

LONDON — Boris Johnson claimed his Conservative Party’s huge electoral victory, built on an overwhelming working-class vote, was the “starting gun being fired on what promises to be a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom.” But…

Solidarity crucial in striking Asarco workers’ fight against union busting

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Members of Machinists Local 933 from Raytheon missile plant in Tucson brought donations to Asarco picket line at Mission Mine Dec. 20. Copper miners strike began Oct. 13.

“It’s about the solidarity, about everybody sticking together and staying together, outside of that it’s community support, labor organization support,” Karla Schumann, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 104, said at the picket line outside Asarco’s Mission Mine in Sahuarita, Arizona, Dec.…

SWP fighting 2020 platform points political road forward

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

As the Socialist Workers Party prepares to launch its 2020 campaign for president and vice president, the party has begun announcing a series of candidates for federal and state offices across the country (see below). This is the SWP’s fighting…

India protesters demand repeal of anti-Muslim act

New law makes religion the basis for citizenship
Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Rally in Kochi, India, Jan. 1 protests government moves to undercut united, secular state.

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets across India protesting the push by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enforce a new Citizenship Amendment Act passed Dec. 11. The sectarian law makes religion the criterion for who will…

US hands off Iraq, Iran! Get out of the Middle East!

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

Washington mounted airstrikes Dec. 29, targeting the Tehran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah militia, whose forces are part of Iraq’s military — hitting three sites in Iraq and two in Syria, killing at least 25 militia members.  Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned…

Iraq uprising inspires art, culture in Tahrir Square

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

“Revolutions are the festivals of the oppressed and exploited,” V.I. Lenin, the Bolshevik leader of the victorious 1917 socialist revolution in Russia, noted. The flowering of art and literature, emblematic of the newly found sense of freedom that accompanies truly…

US hands off Iran, Iraq! Get out of the Mideast!

‘For immediate withdrawal of US troops from Mideast’
Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

  The following corrected statement was issued Jan. 10 by Naomi Craine, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois. The Socialist Workers Party condemns Washington’s military action killing Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani; Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a leader of…


Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

How can we stop high rents? The landlord at our apartment building has tried to evict me and other tenants in order to be able to raise the rents. We’ve fought back. My eviction has been dismissed for now and…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

January 16, 1995 BOSTON — Less than seven hours after an antiabortion gunman walked into two Boston-area clinics December 30 and shot seven people, killing two clinic workers, more than 500 people turned out in front of one of the…