Migrant workers in Beijing mobilize to protest evictions

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

Thousands of migrant workers in Beijing are fighting back against a stepped-up campaign by city officials seeking to force tens of thousands of them out of the area. City officials have demolished whole neighborhoods, in some instances ordering residents to…


Cop who shot Walter Scott in South Carolina gets 20 years

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

In a victory in the fight against police brutality, a federal judge in Charleston, South Carolina, Dec. 7 sentenced North Charleston cop Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for the 2015 killing of Walter Scott. Slager stopped Scott on…


Quebec: Frame-up case against rail workers unravels

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

MONTREAL — At the conclusion of the state’s presentation Dec. 12 of its frame-up case against locomotive engineer Tom Harding and train controller Richard Labrie, members of United Steelworkers Local 1976, their attorneys told the judge and jury they will…


Rail workers fight bosses’ plan for driver-only trains

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018
Members of Rail and Maritime Transport Union picket Papakura Train Station in Auckland, New Zealand, during one-day strike Dec. 8 to protest plans to cut train crew to one worker.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Some 500 members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union held a one-day strike and picketed stations here Dec. 8 to protest company plans to introduce one-person passenger train “crews.” “Safety of staff and the public…


Kazakh miners organize sit-in to fight for wages, safety

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

Some 680 coal miners in north-central Kazakhstan stayed underground Dec. 11-14, halting production and occupying the ArcelorMittal mine in Shakhtinsk to press their fight for wages, safety and other demands. The miners, members of the Trade Union of Mining and…


Che: Fidel spoke for all of us

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

In Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War, 1956-58, Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto Che Guevara describes the broad support in both wings of the July 26 Movement for Fidel Castro’s principled, revolutionary response to the Miami Pact. Copyright © 1996 by…


Millions of workers saddled with unpayable student loan debts

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

Millions of working people in the U.S. are saddled with huge student loan debts, now at a record level of $1.37 trillion. That’s higher than any other component of the household debt that is strangling growing numbers of working people,…


Teva workers in Israel join together to fight layoffs

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018
Dec. 18 protest by Teva Pharmaceutical workers outside factory in Jerusalem.

In one of the largest labor actions in Israel in recent years, thousands of workers joined a four-hour general strike Dec. 17 in solidarity with Teva Pharmaceutical workers fighting layoffs and plant closings announced Dec. 14. Teva, the largest generic…


Communist League in UK holds congress

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018
Communist League in UK holds congress

MANCHESTER, England — The 10th National Congress of the Communist League in the U.K. met here Dec. 16-17. The elected delegates, above, discussed and adopted a Political Resolution outlining a course to build the League and the international communist movement…


Washington, North Korea probe possible nuke negotiations

Vol. 82/No. 1 - January 1, 2018

Recent developments and statements by government leaders in South Korea, North Korea, the United States, Russia and China have all indicated that despite their sharply counterposed views and national interests, they are looking for ways to start negotiations to reach…