Canada wildfires cover North America with huge toxic smog

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023

MONTREAL — In one of the worst wildfire seasons in Canada, over 2,600 forest fires have spread across the country, forcing more than 100,000 people to be evacuated from their homes. Hundreds of homes were destroyed as over 23,000 square…

Legacy of colonial rule, crisis of capitalism fuel fighting in Sudan

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023
Sixty thousand Sudanese refugees camped in neighboring Chad after fleeing fighting since April. Inset, smoke rises over Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, during military clashes May 1.

Bloody clashes between the Sudan government’s armed forces and now insurgent paramilitary Rapid Support Forces exploded April 15 in Khartoum, so far killing more than 1,000 civilians and wounding over 4,000. At root is the legacy of imperialist exploitation and…

Los Angeles Militant Labor Forum panel discusses fight for constitutional rights

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023

LOS ANGELES —“Defend constitutional freedoms: Oppose U.S. government spying, harassment and frame-ups” was the topic of the May 21 weekly Militant Labor Forum here. Speaking were Mwezi Odom, from the African People’s Socialist Party, and Norton Sandler, from the Socialist Workers…

Working people in Ukraine step up defense of national independence

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023

The Ukrainian government has launched a counteroffensive aimed at retaking territory seized by Moscow’s forces since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the country to try to subjugate its people. Ukrainian forces are making slow gains in fierce battles, while the…

288 dead in train crash in India is result of workings of capitalism

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023
Hundreds of working people join efforts to free those trapped in wreckage after high-speed train collision in India. Years of government neglect, underfinancing led to disaster.

Working people worldwide were horrified at news coverage when at least 288 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in a head-on collision between government-run passenger and freight trains in India June 2. Rail bosses’ drive for profits at…

Rail unions: ‘Bosses drive for profits cause of derailments’

East Palestine protests demand health care, control
Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023
East Palestine, Ohio, town hall meeting Feb. 15, 12 days after toxic train disaster. Residents are winning support of rail unionists in fight to gain control over cleanup, health care.

Working people in and around East Palestine, Ohio, refuse to be helpless victims. They’re organizing and protesting, demanding control over the ongoing cleanup and long-term health care following the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern railroad derailment and release of toxic chemicals.…

CL campaign: ‘For solidarity with union battles today’

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023
Félix Vincent Ardea, Communist League candidate in Montreal, speaks at June 12 candidates’ debate. “Our campaign aims to help strengthen unions, struggles of workers, farmers,” he said.

MONTREAL — On June 16 Communist League candidate Félix Vincent Ardea, a Canadian National Railway freight conductor and Teamsters union member, and other CN Teamster members joined a 150-strong solidarity march of strikers and supporters of the 330 United Steelworkers…

New indictment of Trump is assault on political rights all workers need

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023

Dealing serious blows to constitutional freedoms, President Joseph Biden is using his Justice Department to escalate the Democrats’ drive to destroy former President Donald Trump. For the first time ever, a sitting president — who is also a candidate for…

‘Monroe Doctrine’ aided fight against colonial rule in the Americas

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023
Mural in Chihuahua, Mexico, depicts from left, Abraham Lincoln, leader of Union forces in 1861-65 U.S. Civil War; Benito Juárez, Mexican national hero who fought foreign occupation, 1861-67; and Simón Bolivar, who led 1811-25 Latin American independence struggles against Spanish colonial rule.

The Monroe Doctrine, whose 200th anniversary is marked this year, has been the subject of countless articles in the press. Many argue that the foreign policy position announced by President James Monroe in 1823 was a declaration of “imperialist” designs…

Protest demands justice in Iowa apartment building collapse

Vol. 87/No. 24 - July 3, 2023
Protest June 7 at Davenport, Iowa, City Hall, with partially collapsed apartment building in back, demands owner, city officials be held responsible for deaths, injuries, loss of homes.

The Davenport, a 116-year-old apartment building in downtown Davenport, Iowa, partially collapsed May 28, killing Branden Colvin Sr., 42; Ryan Hitchcock, 51; and Daniel Prien, 60; and injuring many others. Fifty tenants lost their homes and possessions in the 78-unit…