Workers across China protest wave of layoffs, unpaid wages

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Hundreds of workers at Alltest Biotech factory in Hangzhou, China, protest Jan. 9, part of actions across the country against layoffs, outstanding back pay. Police arrested dozens here.

Local governments across China are increasingly trying to crack down on protests by workers fighting spreading layoffs and growing unpaid wages. They have “threatened to punish workers who take ‘extremist measures,’ such as protests blocking traffic or outside government offices…

Baluchistan protests: ‘End death penalty! For freedom!’

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Protesters chanted, “No monarchy, no Supreme Leader,” at Jan. 27 action in Baluchistan, Iran.

Despite stepped-up harassment by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij thugs, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Iran’s Baluchistan region Jan. 27 to call for an end to government repression. The nationwide protests for “Women, life, freedom”…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023

February 16, 1998 From speech by Cuban President Fidel Castro at January 25 ceremony concluding the visit of Pope John Paul II. “Cuba does not know fear; it despises lies, it listens with respect, it believes in its ideas, it…

HarperCollins strikers rally for higher pay, union rights

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Workers on strike against HarperCollins and supporters protest Jan. 18 in New York City in fight for higher pay and in defense of their union, United Auto Workers Local 2110.

NEW YORK — More than 150 workers on strike against HarperCollins and their supporters held an enthusiastic protest in front of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp — the parent company of the publishing house — Jan. 18, the 50th day some…

Iraida Aguirrechu, a life made possible by Cuba’s revolution

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023
Iraida Aguirrechu, right, of Editora Política, at Feb. 6, 2006, Havana International Book Fair presentation of Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution. From left, Cuban Vice President José Ramón Fernández; generals Gustavo Chui, Armando Choy and Moisés Sío Wong; Pathfinder President Mary-Alice Waters.

Iraida Aguirrechu was one of the hundreds of thousands of Cuban women and men whose entire life trajectory was shaped — and made possible — by Cuba’s socialist revolution. A revolution that has defied more than six decades of attempts…

Mary-Alice Waters: Tribute to the life of Iraida Aguirrechu

Vol. 87/No. 6 - February 13, 2023

The following tribute to Iraida Aguirrechu was delivered by Mary-Alice Waters during a brief ceremony on Jan. 11 at the Pantheon of Internationalist Combatants, located in the Colón Cemetery, Havana, Cuba, where Aguirrechu’s ashes are interred. Waters is the president…