Nassar conviction gain for women, judge’s conduct undercuts rights

Vol. 82/No. 7 - February 19, 2018

The exposure of the extent of sexual abuse by sports doctor Lawrence Nassar, who worked for the U.S.A. Gymnastics team, the United States Olympic Committee, Michigan State University, Karolyi ranch and other sports training centers, has drawn international attention and…


Joint Olympics team is an advance for Korean people

Socialist Workers Party says ‘Korea is one!’
Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018
South Korean hockey players give bouquets to North Korean players Jan. 25 at Jincheon, South Korea, sports complex. This is first joint team between North and South Korea since 1991.

For the first time in 27 years, North and South Korea are fielding a joint team at an international sports event. Athletes from the two Koreas will also march together under a “unification flag” at the Feb. 9 opening ceremony…


US rulers debate deal on Dreamers, immigrants

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

In his State of the Union speech Jan. 30, President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would more than double the number of “dreamers” protected from deportation and open the door for them to gain citizenship.…


What’s behind working-class uprising, discontent in Iran

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018
Two weeks of working-class protests began in Mashhad, Iran, above, and spread to 90 other cities and towns, ignited by opposition to cleric-led regime’s reactionary wars abroad.

The mounting toll on working people from the wars being waged throughout the Middle East by Iran’s capitalist class was the catalyst for the working-class uprising that swept 90 cities and towns across the country starting Dec. 28 for a…


Fight for voting rights of former prisoners makes gains in Florida

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

Supporters of political rights in Florida have gathered more than 766,000 signatures to put an amendment to the state constitution granting voting rights to over 1.5 million people who had been convicted of felonies on the ballot this November. Floridians…


President Trump pushes US bosses’ political interests at Davos confab

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

“I’m here to deliver a simple message,” President Donald Trump told participants in the World Economic Forum Jan. 26. “Now is the perfect time to bring your business, your jobs, your investments to the United States.” “America first does not…


Kurds fight Turkish rulers invasion of Afrin in Syria

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018
Thousands in Qamishli, Kurdish area of Syria, protest Jan. 30 against Turkish war on Afrin.

The capitalist rulers in Turkey continue their punishing bombardment and ground invasion against the Kurdish region of Afrin in northwest Syria. As the seven-year-long Syrian civil war grinds on, the ruling classes in the U.S., Russia, Iran and other capitalist…


Protest Turkish rulers war moves against Syria Kurds

Washington, Moscow give green light to Ankara attack
Vol. 82/No. 5 - February 5, 2018
Rally in the city of Afrin Jan. 18 protests against Turkish army attacks on the Kurdish region.

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a combined air and artillery bombardment and ground invasion of the Kurdish region of Afrin in northwest Syria Jan. 19. The attacks — cynically dubbed Operation Olive Branch — are being…


US rulers’ long record of plunder in Haiti

Vol. 82/No. 5 - February 5, 2018

Weeks after revoking Temporary Protected Status for tens of thousands of Haitians living and working in the U.S., the Donald Trump administration barred Haitians from obtaining visas for temporary work in agriculture and other industries Jan. 17. Do these moves…


Canada rail workers win fight against frame-up

Vol. 82/No. 5 - February 5, 2018

SHERBROOKE, Quebec — The rail bosses and federal government were handed a stinging defeat when the three-and-a-half-month frame-up trial of locomotive engineer Tom Harding and train traffic controller Richard Labrie, both members of United Steelworkers Local 1976, and low-level former…