New Zealand elections masked crisis facing working people

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020
Annalucia Vermunt, left, one of Communist League’s two candidates in October parliamentary elections in New Zealand, campaigns on workers’ doorsteps in Northcote.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — As the Labour Party enters its second term in government here, having trounced the National Party opposition in parliamentary elections Oct. 17, working people in New Zealand face growing pressure on jobs, wages, housing and health…

Bob Cantrick, over five decades building communist movement

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020

MONTREAL — Bob Cantrick, a member and supporter of the communist movement for over five decades, died Nov. 4 in Toronto at the age of 76. He had been hospitalized for a serious respiratory condition after undergoing radiation therapy for…

Thailand protests demand ouster of military regime

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020

“I saw the police dragging my friends outside violently, trying to stop us,” Thailand student protest leader Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon told Asia.Nikkei in an interview in Bangkok Oct. 29. “I could not accept it and that has ignited my anger…

Atlanta solidarity vigil with protests in Nigeria

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020
Atlanta solidarity vigil with protests in Nigeria

ATLANTA — “We’re here to honor the lives lost in Nigeria,” Victor Bomi told a protest outside the Nigerian Consulate here Oct. 30. “Even one Nigerian life lost is too many — too many killed by SARS, by the police,…

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.…

After new Islamist attacks, Paris responds with repression

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

Since the opening Sept. 2 of the trial of 14 people accused of aiding the deadly anti-Semitic assault in 2015 on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, there have been three brutal assaults and killings in France…

Oberlin College aims to crush small store owner

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

A battle in the northern Ohio town of Oberlin with substantial stakes for working people has reached a new stage. Issues of wealth and power, class privilege and social standing are at its core. On Nov. 10, a state appeals…

Thousands in Belarus keep fighting to topple regime

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

Tens of thousands rallied in Minsk and across Belarus Nov. 1, in the face of government threats and police firing live “warning” shots in the air. Some 240 protesters were arrested. Millions have marched to demand the resignation of hated…

Drive to win new ‘Militant’ readers off to a good start

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
“I like the idea of workers acting together,” Michael Little, right, told Socialist Workers Party campaigner Dan Fein Sept. 26 in Kankakee, Illinois. Little renewed his subscription to the Militant and bought two books by SWP National Secretary Jack Barnes.

The Militant ’s eight-week drive to sell 1,200 subscriptions kicked off Sept. 26. This effort to expand the reach of the paper during and after the 2020 election is coupled with selling an equal number of books by Socialist Workers…