US flu outbreak toll caused by for-profit ‘care’ system

Cuba’s revolution shows different road possible
Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Above, figures as of Feb. 19 in flu health crisis. So far this year alone 31 million in U.S. have caught the flu. Inset, Palomar Medical Center triage tent in Escondido, California, Jan. 3, set up because of growing influx of flu patients. Under capitalism health care is a commodity.

The public health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China threatens — if it becomes an international pandemic — to overwhelm the profit-driven system of “health care” of the U.S. and other capitalist rulers. For the greater part of…


Coronavirus shows need for revolution in health care

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020

When the first cases of acute pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus were diagnosed last December in Wuhan, China, government authorities there downplayed the development. Now the capitalist rulers worldwide are scrambling about what to do with an epidemic that…


Harvard scientists charged in spying for China

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

In a high-profile escalation of Washington’s campaign against intellectual property theft by the rulers in Beijing, FBI agents arrested professor Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, Jan. 28. He was charged with lying to…


China rulers take steps to consolidate control in Asia

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020
Huawei display of 5G mobile station at China Expo in Shenzhen, Oct. 29, 2019. Beijing seeks to use high-tech dominance to help establish long-term bloc with reliant Asian regimes.

While big-business press headlines have focused on the trade disputes and agreements between Washington and Beijing, the course of the rulers in China has become increasingly clear. Armed with a long view, they are focused on building their own empire…


Cuba’s socialist revolution, China and the world class struggle today

Cuban Revolution shows what’s possible when working people take power, transforming ourselves as we transform class relations of life and work
Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Above, mobilization in Havana’s Chinatown on the 11th anniversary of Chinese Revolution, October 1960, as Cuban toilers were expropriating domestic and imperialist capital. Inset, laundry worker, Havana, 1940s. “Absence of anti-Chinese discrimination today,” Mary-Alice Waters points out, is product of Cuba’s socialist revolution.

The following is the presentation by Mary-Alice Waters, who spoke as part of a panel discussion in Guangzhou, China, one of some 50 during the 10th International Conference of ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. The…


Mass protest advances Hong Kong political rights fight

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

Protesters in Hong Kong hold up five fingers as a sign of continued support for their five demands Dec. 8 in the largest action for greater political rights in months. Others carried large banners such as “Free Hong Kong.” The…


Overseas Chinese and China’s growing weight in world politics

Conference participants discuss impact of today’s Washington-Beijing tensions
Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019
Some of the 300 participants in International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas conference in Guangzhou, China, November 8-11.

GUANGZHOU, China — “Chinese Overseas and China: Through a Global Lens” was the theme of the 10th International Conference of ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, that took place at Jinan University here Nov. 8-11. Concern…


Hong Kong workers back students against police attacks

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019

While international media attention has focused on clashes between students and riot police, thousands of office and other workers flooded the streets in downtown Hong Kong in daily lunchtime actions. These demonstrations in support of the protest movement, like the…


US-Chinese rulers’ rivalry grows despite new trade deal

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019

As the governments of China and the U.S. prepare to sign “phase-one” of an agreement over their trade conflicts, rivalry between Washington, the world’s dominant imperialist power, and the rising power of Beijing continues to harden. The planned deal between…


Hong Kong ban on masks can’t stop struggle for political rights

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019

As mass protests for political rights and against Beijing’s interference continued, the Hong Kong government announced Oct. 4 it was implementing a highly controversial ban on people wearing face masks at public assemblies. The Chinese government applauded the repressive measure,…