Military coup in Gabon keeps power in Bongo family

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023

Minutes after Ali Bongo Ondimba was reelected to a third term as president of Gabon Aug. 30, a coup led by Brice Clothaire Oligui Nguema, head of the country’s central security forces, overthrew the government. Ali Bongo became president in…

Cuba arrests group recruiting for Moscow’s war in Ukraine

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023

Col. César Rodríguez of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior announced Sept. 7 the arrest of 17 people who were part of a secret network recruiting young men on the island to join Moscow’s forces in their war on Ukraine. Cuba’s…

Protest Abbas’ defense of the Holocaust

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023

Statement by Róger Calero, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New York City Council, Sept. 13. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Aug. 24 statement defending the Holocaust should be condemned by the labor movement and all those opposed to exploitation and…

Autoworkers fight for big pay boost, end to two-tier

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023
Members of United Auto Workers Local 551 rally in their union hall in Chicago Sept. 8. If no agreement is reached by Sept. 14, 150,000 autoworkers at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis voted 97% to strike.

CHICAGO — The 150,000 members of the United Auto Workers at the Big Three auto companies — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis — voted by 97% to strike if their demands aren’t met by the bosses before their contract expires…

With proper leadership, the working class can overcome

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023

Teamster Bureaucracy by Farrell Dobbs is one of the Books of the Month for September. The last of his four volumes on the Teamsters, it covers the political campaign to organize working-class resistance to the bosses’ attacks and the U.S.…

Working people in Ukraine fight to defend their independence

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023
Russian police arrest Elena Osipova, “the conscience of St. Petersburg,” in that city, March 2, 2022. Kremlin’s repression has suppressed but not prevented widespread anti-war sentiments.

At the heart of the courageous struggle by working people in Ukraine to defend their country against the invasion by Russian President Vladimir Putin is their centurieslong quest for national self-determination. They won their independence as a result of the…

50 years after US-backed coup in Chile, what are lessons for today?

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023
Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro is greeted by El Teniente copper miners, Chile, Nov. 24, 1971.

On Sept. 11, 1973, Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet and the military brass backed by Washington overthrew the elected government of President Salvador Allende in blood, dealing a blow to working people that lasted decades. On the 50th anniversary of the…

25, 50, and 75 years ago

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023

September 28, 1998 Working-class fighters should throw their support behind the Dec. 10 national day of protests to demand the release of 15 Puerto Rican political prisoners held in U.S. jails. The Puerto Rican patriots were given maximum sentences —…

CL in Canada: ‘Drop charges against Freedom Convoy truckers’

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023
After using armed cops, gov’t Emergencies Act to crush “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa, Canadian rulers have deepened assault on unions and political rights crucial for working class.

MONTREAL — “The frame-up trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber is the latest attack on the February 2022 Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa by truckers and others opposed to vaccine mandates that barred truckers from making trips to and…

New Syria actions decry conditions, call for ouster of the Assad regime

Vol. 87/No. 35 - September 25, 2023

For the first time since the defeat of the mass popular uprising against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria in 2011, sizable new protests against dire economic conditions and Assad’s dictatorial rule erupted in mid-August and have continued into September…