UK fight over firing for defense of women’s rights, science

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

MANCHESTER, England — Judge James Tayler of the Central London Employment Tribunal upheld the firing of Maya Forstater Dec. 19. Forstater had spoken out against undermining women’s rights in the name of protecting those who “identify” as the opposite sex.…


UK: Workers vote to demand ‘Get out of EU,’ reject Labour anti-Semitism

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Jonathan Silberman, right, Communist League parliamentary candidate in Tottenham, speaks with rail guards (conductors) on strike against South Western Railway, Waterloo station Dec. 4.

The ruling Conservative Party won in a landslide in the U.K. parliamentary elections Dec. 12, winning 365 seats against the opposition Labour Party’s 203. The election campaign followed an unrelenting three-year drive by the main capitalist parties to prevent the…




Erbil book fair draws thousands, reflects Kurdish gains

Vol. 83/No. 16 - April 22, 2019

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — The 10-day-long 14th Erbil International Book Fair opened here April 3, attracting tens of thousands of people seeking novels, poetry and books on science and technology, religion and philosophy, social sciences and politics. The annual…



Kurdistan debate on road to women’s emancipation

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

SULAYMANIYAH, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — Sixty people turned out here Mar. 30 for a lively discussion and debate on the struggle for women’s emancipation, hosted by two local youth groups, Tema and Nova. Alyson Kennedy, the 2016 Socialist Workers Party’s…


Long view of history on display at Iraqi museum

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
Left, Pathfinder editorial director Steve Clark, left, and Ögmundur Jónsson in Assyrian gallery of Iraq National Museum. Photo posted online by Iraqi Museum Friends, Feb. 18. Right, The only statue of a woman in the Neo-Assyrian galleries (911-612 B.C.), which has massive statues and carvings of kings and their male servants. Rise of class-divided society degraded the status of women, images of whom were frequent millennia earlier.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The greatest of all battles confronting the working class in the years ahead is “the battle to throw off the self-image the rulers teach us, and to recognize that we are capable of taking power and organizing…



Baghdad book fair organizers: ‘We won’t be stopped by terror’

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019
Thousands flocked to International Book Fair in Baghdad in February. At left is photo of Alaa Mashzoub, well-known Iraqi novelist who was murdered just days before start of book fair.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Thousands of people here are flocking to the 46th Baghdad International Book Fair, which began Feb. 7, seeking out Iraqi and world literature, and books on everything from science and technology, languages and art, to religion, history,…