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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ukraine fighters battle Putin’s push in Donetsk

Support Ukraine independence, Moscow out now!
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…

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…