India farmers broaden fight against Modi gov’t attacks

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
Farmers block Jalandhar-New Delhi National Highway during “chakka jam” protest Feb. 6 against new government laws ending state-backed minimum prices guaranteed to farmers.

“There were farmers from different communities — Haryanis, Punjabis, other states,” Jagtar Singh, a working farmer from Mandiani, a village of 2,000 in Punjab, India, told the Militant by phone Feb. 6. He was describing the encampments set up by…

Why Lenin declared war on ‘Great Russian chauvinism’

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
V.I. Lenin, leader of 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, front left, during Second Congress of Communist International, July 19, 1920, led fight for right of oppressed nationalities to self-determination.

The Spanish edition of Lenin’s Final Fight: Speeches and Writings 1922-23 is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for February. In the final months of his active life, Vladimir Lenin, the central leader of the world’s first socialist revolution,…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

February 26, 1996 LOS ANGELES — José Luis Ponce, one of Cuba’s principal diplomatic spokespeople in the United States, conducted a speaking tour of southern California in early February. Ponce sketched the social gains of the Cuban revolution — in…

GameStop, stock market frenzy shows crisis of capitalism

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

The rapid rise, steep fall and continuing oscillation of the stock price of GameStop, a chain of video-game stores, is motivated by the same greed-driven speculative mania that has gripped the stock market periodically over decades. Initially some smaller-scale capitalist…

Minn. Marathon oil workers fight for safety, no subcontracting

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn.— Over 200 workers and supporters attended a rally Feb. 4 in solidarity with members of Teamsters Local 120 on strike at the Marathon refinery here. They are fighting for safe working conditions and an end to…

‘The ‘Militant’ lets me know what workers are doing’

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

CINCINNATI — “I want to keep getting the Militant. I generally don’t read newspapers, but the Militant is different — the articles let me know what workers are doing all over,” Rubeisha Gaines, a nursing student, told this worker-correspondent as…

As bosses go after workers, gov’t attacks political rights

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
Thirty-five Teamster members went on strike Feb. 5 in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, demanding bosses back off raise in their health insurance costs that would cut their wages.

The key political question in the U.S. today is the ongoing social and economic crisis facing working people, as bosses and their government shore up their profits by attacking workers’ jobs, wages, working conditions and political rights. At the same…

Ohio cop charged with murder of Andre Hill

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

Adam Coy, the 19-year veteran Columbus, Ohio, cop who shot and killed Andre Maurice Hill in December, was arrested and arraigned on charges of felony murder Feb. 3. The night of the Dec. 22 killing Coy and another cop were…

New Zealand rally: ‘No to military takeover in Myanmar’

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
New Zealand rally: ‘No to military takeover in Myanmar’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “Military rule, down, down!” chanted 200 Burmese refugees, students and others here Feb. 5, protesting the Myanmar military’s ousting of the elected government and reimposition of direct rule four days earlier. Many wore the red shirts…