Social crisis from West Coast fires caused by capitalist greed

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
A few of the 1,200 workers in the “Hillbilly Brigade” who volunteered to fight fires gather for a meal at Hansen family farm after battling the Riverside Fire near Molalla, Oregon, Sept. 16.

GRIDLEY, Calif. — Since early August wildfires have burned out of control across California, Oregon and Washington state. Over 2 million acres have burned in California alone as of Sept. 20. These are some of the largest fires in that…


Capitalist profit drive fuels Australia bushfire disaster

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
After deadly wildfires, Australian government belatedly organized evacuation of stranded people trapped on Mallacoota Beach Dec. 31. Inset, volunteer firefighter battles bushfire. Authorities allowed huge buildup of forest and brush, “a time bomb waiting to go off.”

BALMORAL VILLAGE, Australia — Supporters of the Militant  arrived here, 60 miles southwest of Sydney, to discuss the impact of large-scale fires in December and to offer solidarity. We found a hub of activity at the local Rural Fire Service…


Climate summit didn’t, won’t stop capitalist rulers fouling the earth

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

No binding decisions to reduce greenhouse gases were produced at the Dec. 2-16 United Nations Madrid Climate Change Conference. The representatives of the competing imperialist and capitalist powers there stuck with “voluntary” targets to reduce emissions and finagled over “carbon…