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Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

Socialist Workers Party candidates Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett are on the campaign trail, speaking at public meetings; talking to working people door to door in cities and towns, small and large; joining social protests; walking picket lines with workers…

Women in Iraq say no to segregation of protesters

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

Hundreds of women took to the streets of Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya and Basra Feb. 13 to protest demands by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr that women and men attending anti-government protests and encampments be segregated. “We refuse,” 20-year-old Ruwayda Khteer told…

Kennedy: ‘All workers should back Asarco strike’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

SAHUARITA, Ariz. — “I will get out the word about your strike wherever I go. This strike is important and bringing more solidarity to bear is important. My campaign is behind you 100%,” Alyson Kennedy, SWP candidate for U.S. president,…

Capitalist economies wobble as coronavirus cases spread

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Above, women in Tehran wear masks Feb. 23 after coronavirus outbreak, which has taken over 50 lives in Iran. Inset, trader on New York Stock Exchange. Shares slumped on reports disease has spread to Iran, northern Italy, more as world economy slows.

Media worldwide headlined the news Feb. 24 with reports that coronavirus infections and deaths were spreading outside China, where it originated, with spikes in South Korea, Japan, Iran and northern Italy. Capitalist governments around the world either admit their health…

Families, former inmates, SWP protest conditions at Georgia jail

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
At speak out protesting conditions at Cobb County Detention Center in Marietta, Georgia, Doug Jenkins, above, testifies about being incarcerated there during lockdown. Inset, Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, speaks at hearing.

MARIETTA, Ga. — “It’s monstrous what they are doing. How do we allow this?” asked Wanda Webb, one of dozens of family members and former inmates who spoke out at a Feb. 18 meeting here protesting conditions at the Cobb…

‘Communism is not a doctrine but a movement’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Meatpackers march June 12, 2000, from United Food and Commercial Workers union hall in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Dakota Premium plant gate in fight that won union recognition. Communists “have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole,” wrote Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in the Communist Manifesto. “They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mold the proletarian movement.”

Below is a chapter from The Turn to Industry: Forging a Proletarian Party by Socialist Workers Party National Secretary Jack Barnes. It is entitled, “Communism Is Not a Doctrine but a Movement.” Copyright © 2019 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by…

Join 2020 May Day international brigade to Cuba!

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

“I have been wanting to go to Cuba ever since I heard about the May Day brigade. I think it is a great opportunity to exchange culture and check out the political differences between Cuba and the U.S.,” Brian Wickman,…

Bosses step up spying on workers — on and off the job

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

Bosses across the country are seeking greater control over workers’ lives, both on and off the job. This includes more sophisticated surveillance of employees at work and new rules to force workers to change their health and personal habits, and…

New book on Ebola launched at Cuban tropical medicine school

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Top, Dr. Manuel Romero, director of Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, welcomes speakers, Feb. 18. Seated from left, Enrique Ubieta, author of Red Zone; Martín Koppel, Pathfinder editor; and Mary-Alice Waters, president of Pathfinder. Bottom, Koppel talks to Didye Ruiz, part of Cuban health care team to Equatorial Guinea during 2014-15 Ebola epidemic. Damayanti Matos, center, discusses books with Philippe Tessier and Malcolm Jarrett, right, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. vice president.

HAVANA — Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa, by Cuban writer Enrique Ubieta, published by Pathfinder Press in both English and Spanish, was presented Feb. 18 at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine here.…