Ethiopia war threatens wider conflict in the Horn of Africa

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

After two weeks of bloody military conflict that has already displaced thousands of civilian refugees, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced a “final” offensive Nov. 17 against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front that rules in the country’s northern Tigray state.…


Bolshevik Revolution showed road forward in Transcaucasus

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Armenia-Azerbaijan Map

Weeks of fighting in the southern Caucasus between the regimes in Azerbaijan and Armenia over control of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has taken a big toll on working people throughout the area. With the Turkish government backing Azerbaijan and Moscow…


Defending the Cuban Revolution, strengthening US working people

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020
United actions have been at center of Socialist Workers Party’s defense of Cuban Revolution for six decades. Above, April 15, 1961, picket at U.N. called by Fair Play for Cuba Committee, which organized in U.S. and Canada to halt attacks on Cuba. Inset, SWP leader Mary-Alice Waters, right, and party’s 2008 presidential candidate Róger Calero carry banner in September 2008 march to free Cuban 5 in Washington, D.C. Also participating were IFCO/Pastors for Peace, National Network on Cuba, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Green Party, D.C. Metro Committee to Free the Five and others.

An article headlined “Would a Joe Biden White House Be Better for Cuba?” appeared in last week’s print edition of the Militant. It was retracted and not included in the online edition after the National Committee of the Socialist Workers…


Belarus protests and strikes shake Lukashenko regime

Vol. 84/No. 44 - November 9, 2020
Some 200,000 protesters in Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 25, mark 11 weeks of marches, strikes demanding dictator Alexander Lukashenko resign, new elections be held and all those detained by authorities be released.

Demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, some 200,000 people took to the streets of Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 25, the largest protest against the regime in several weeks. Strikes by workers around the country the following day kept up the…


Quebec meeting celebrates fight against 1970 War Measures Act

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Militant  coverage of Nov. 21, 1981, Ottawa rally of 100,000 workers. Working people in Quebec and across Canada defeated rulers’ 1970 repression, spurring struggles for Quebec national rights, advancing united labor battles and helped build the communist movement in Canada.

MONTREAL — A special Militant Labor Forum organized here Oct. 17 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the accomplishments of the communist movement in helping lead the fight against the capitalist rulers’ imposition of the War Measures Act. The speakers were…


Rulers use ‘racial sensitivity’ programs to attack working class

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Civil rights protest attacked by cops in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. Mass Black-led movement ended Jim Crow, advancing consciousness in whole working class against racism.

Under the false flag of pushing back racism, many government agencies, bosses at some of the largest corporations and school administrators are imposing mandatory “racial sensitivity” programs to shame, silence and intimidate workers who they say are all marked by…


Socialist Workers Party 2020 campaign action platform

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

  THE SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY PRESENTS A FIGHTING WORKING-CLASS PROGRAM. WE NEED TO ORGANIZE TO FIGHT GROWING EMPLOYER ATTACKS ON OUR JOBS, WAGES AND WORKING CONDITIONS. Build solidarity with workers’ struggles to organize and defend themselves. On this course, we can…


Armenia, Azerbaijan fighting fueled by regional rivalries

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020
Armenia, Azerbaijan fighting fueled by regional rivalries

Bloody clashes have broken out in the Caucasus as the regimes in Azerbaijan and Armenia are battling over control of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Their decadeslong dispute over the area is stoked by the rulers of Russia and Turkey, who…


Midwest farmers face crisis of mounting debt, bankruptcies

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Nebraska hog farmer Jim Bartling feared he would have to euthanize pigs like fellow farmers when packinghouse bosses shut plants in April. More farmers are filing for bankruptcy today.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rising debts and plummeting incomes are forcing more farmers to file for bankruptcy, despite the likelihood that federal payments supposedly to compensate farmers will hit record levels. About 580 farmers filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in…