Memphis cops charged with murder in killing of Tyre Nichols

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023

ATLANTA — Five members of a Memphis police specialized “crime suppression” unit were fired and charged with second-degree murder and other felonies Jan. 26 after city authorities reviewed videos showing them brutally beating Tyre Nichols 19 days earlier. The 29-year-old…

Ukraine fighters battle Putin’s push in Donetsk

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Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Woman holds sign, “Ukraine: not our enemies, but our brothers,” at monument to Ukrainian poet Lesya Ukrainka in Moscow Jan. 21. Bouquets, toys placed at sites in 50 cities protesting Moscow’s deadly Jan. 14 strike on Dnipro apartments show growing opposition to Putin’s war.

Almost a year after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, he is intensifying efforts to bomb its people into submission. His regime, whose origins lie in the KGB political police apparatus of the former Soviet Union, aims…

Mary Lou Montauk, 78 years a builder, supporter of the SWP

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Mary Lou Montauk, front, in 1973 protest organized by Socialist Workers Party in the Bay Area against French government arrest of leaders of Ligue Communiste, a sister party of the SWP.

OAKLAND, Calif. — More than 50 people gathered here Jan. 21 to celebrate the life and political contributions of Mary Lou Montauk, a member and supporter of the Socialist Workers Party for 78 years. She died Jan. 5. “Mary Lou…

Political polarization in Brazil grows as economic crisis persists

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Thousands marched in cities across Brazil Nov. 14 demanding lower food and fuel prices. Brazil is the world’s third-largest food producer, yet 33 million don’t have enough to eat.

The failed attempt on Jan. 8 by thousands of right-wing forces to provoke the intervention of Brazil’s armed forces against recently elected President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has set the stage for heightened social and political polarization as the…

Rents, mortgages soar, tighten squeeze on workers’ families

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023

With housing costs rising faster than workers’ wages, those renting apartments or homes are paying on the average 30% of their income for rent, an all-time high. Mortgage rates have doubled in the past year. Underneath these figures is the…