US rulers end 20-year-long imperialist war in Afghanistan

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021
Afghan national flag raised again in main square protest in Jalalabad Aug. 18 after its removal by Taliban. Three people were reported killed, 12 wounded as Taliban soldiers fired on crowd.

The U.S. rulers’ 20-year war and occupation of Afghanistan, and the carnage it inflicted on working people at home and abroad, ended with further devastation as the Taliban retook the capital, Kabul, Aug. 15. In the wake of President Joseph…

Earthquake, decades of US plunder brings social catastrophe in Haiti

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021
Cuban medical volunteers treat patients in southwest Haiti after earthquake. Cuba’s internationalist medical mission — 253 health care workers strong — has been in Haiti for 22 years.

The capitalist press in the U.S. presents the social catastrophe unfolding in Haiti since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake ravaged its southwest Aug. 14 as a natural disaster. But there is little that is “natural” about the more than 1,900 dead,…

SWP campaign: ‘Workers need to fight to take political power’

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021
“I lost everything I valued in the Camp Fire,” Richard Reed told Jeff Powers, left, and Joel Britton, right, Socialist Workers Party candidate for State Assembly, in Paradise, California, Aug. 7. SWP campaigners are returning to visit with workers in area devastated by Dixie Fire.

“Working people today are keenly interested in how we can organize to fight to change the disastrous conditions we face worldwide — from Afghanistan, to Haiti, to the Middle East and here in mines, mills and other workplaces across the…

Workers need our own foreign policy

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021

Statement by Joanne Kuniansky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New Jersey governor, Aug. 18.  President Joseph Biden claims his foreign policy “is the right one for America.” But there is no “America” that stands above conflicting social classes — the…

NLRB orders union election rerun at Amazon warehouse in Alabama

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021

A National Labor Relations Board official recommended Aug. 2 that the April vote against the recognizing of a union at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, earlier this year be thrown out for company malfeasance, and a new election…

Presidential election in Peru reflects rising class tensions

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021
Hundreds wait in long lines attempting to get a COVID-19 vaccine in San Martín de Porres district in Lima, Peru, July 4. Peru has the world’s worst per capita death toll from the virus.

Pedro Castillo, Peru’s newly elected president, took office July 28 in the midst of sharp political polarization and rising class tensions fed by a deepening economic and social crisis. Castillo, the candidate of Peru Libré (Free Peru), a party on…

Stalin school of falsification led attack against Bolshevism

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021
V.I. Lenin, above left, leader of Russian Revolution, pictured alongside Leon Trotsky, commander of Soviet Red Army, Nov. 7, 1919. Inset, Joseph Stalin ordered Trotsky and others crudely airbrushed out of history as his bureaucratic machine prepared purge of those revolutionary leaders fighting for Lenin’s proletarian internationalist course.

The Stalin School of Falsification by Leon Trotsky is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. Trotsky was part of the central leadership of the mighty Bolshevik-led Russian Revolution of 1917 that transformed world history. He was part…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021

September 2, 1996 Leading the bipartisan assault against a half century of social gains by working people, President William Clinton announced July 31 that he will sign the new “welfare reform” bill adopted by the U.S. Congress. By eliminating federally…

Canada nickel strikers defeat Vale takeback drive

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021

Some 2,400 striking nickel miners, and mill and smelter workers returned to work at Vale International S.A. in Sudbury, Ontario, Aug. 9 after pushing back the bosses’ attempt to eliminate retiree health benefits for new hires. Under the slogan “Local…

Chicago auto mechanics strike car dealers to defend union, pay

Vol. 85/No. 32 - August 30, 2021

CHICAGO — More than 800 auto mechanics at 56 new car dealerships have been walking picket lines around the Chicago metro area since Aug. 2. The day before, International Association of Machinists Automobile Mechanics Union Local 701 members rejected contract…