A debate: Marxism and the fight against Jew-hatred

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Jewish Press ran Socialist Workers Party statement on fight against Jew-hatred in Dec. 27 issue, which drew an attack.

A debate has unfolded in the Jewish Press, the largest Jewish weekly in the U.S., over the origins of Jew-hatred and how to fight it. The Dec. 27 issue reprinted a Dec. 17 statement by Seth Galinsky for the Socialist…


Letters

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

Sinister precedent The article about Maya Forstater’s legally upheld firing for “offensive speech,” which the U.K. tribunal decreed a violation of mandated language (Feb. 17 Militant ), accurately highlights the corrosive effects of such actions on freedom of speech and…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

March 6, 1995 PEORIA, Illinois — Members of United Auto Workers on strike against Caterpillar in central Illinois continue to voice their resolve to keep up the fight until they can go back with a contract and their union intact.…


US flu outbreak toll caused by for-profit ‘care’ system

Cuba’s revolution shows different road possible
Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Above, figures as of Feb. 19 in flu health crisis. So far this year alone 31 million in U.S. have caught the flu. Inset, Palomar Medical Center triage tent in Escondido, California, Jan. 3, set up because of growing influx of flu patients. Under capitalism health care is a commodity.

The public health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China threatens — if it becomes an international pandemic — to overwhelm the profit-driven system of “health care” of the U.S. and other capitalist rulers. For the greater part of…


Walmart turns loose its robot delivery cars

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

While Amazon is gearing up to begin drone deliveries directly to customers’ doorsteps, Walmart has partnered with robotics company Nuro and is building self-driving vehicles to deliver groceries. They plan to run these vehicles in Houston early this year. These…


Join Asarco strikers at Feb. 24 rally!

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

Workers forced out on strike by Asarco copper bosses in Arizona and Texas are coming together Feb. 24 to protest outside the national conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration at the Convention Center in Phoenix. Some 6,000…


Chicago judge throws out Gerald Reed’s acquittal

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

CHICAGO — In December 2018, Cook County Judge Thomas Gainer overturned Gerald Reed’s 1991 conviction on murder charges, ruling his “confession” had been extracted through torture. Still Reed languished in jail, because prosecutors objected to his release prior to a…


For second time in 2 months, CP oil train derails and burns

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Derailed Canadian Pacific oil train burns near town of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Feb. 6.

MONTREAL — A Canadian Pacific oil train derailed, crashed and burned near the small community of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Feb. 6, the second time this has happened there in two months. With toxic smoke spewing into the air 80 people were…


Eyewitness to Iran protests: ‘They lie, trample our rights’

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Sari, northern Iran, Nov. 16, 2019. Sparked by hikes in gas prices, protests mark growing unrest with regime’s expansionist military aims in region, taking big toll in soldiers’ lives and social needs of workers and farmers.

The following interview was conducted in December 2019 with a participant in one of the protests by workers and youth that spread across Iran’s cities, working-class suburbs and rural towns in mid-November. It was received by the Militant  in the…


SWP candidate talks program with Black farmers in Georgia

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, talks to Kevin Stanley, a U.S. Army veteran and peanut farmer. Stanley agreed with Fruit that what matters in the elections is which class interests a party represents and which class holds political power.

ALBANY, Ga. — One of the largest workshops at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives 37th annual conference here Feb. 13-14 discussed the challenges Black farmers face in keeping land they inherited from parents or grandparents who had not left wills…