Workers in Puerto Rico resist attacks by US, colonial rulers

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

We’ve done the Band-Aid,” Mike Byrne, Puerto Rico coordinator for the U.S. rulers’ Federal Emergency Management Agency, told the press in early April. “We’ve patched the [electrical] system back together.” Some patch! At least 100,000 people are still without power…

Campaign with ‘Militant,’ SWP books!

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

The Militant urges its readers to join the Socialist Workers Party campaign to sell subscriptions to the party’s paper, books by SWP leaders and other revolutionaries, and win contributors to the Militant Fighting Fund. The increase in labor battles by…

Norfolk Southern sues rail workers for crash damage

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

Seeking to pin the blame on workers for deteriorating railroad safety conditions, Norfolk Southern Railway bosses are suing two of its employees for a collision and derailment in Georgetown, Kentucky, last month. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court…

‘Sankara’: a vivid portrayal of Burkina Faso Revolution

London performance depicts how communist leadership of 1983-87 revolution resonates today
Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

Sankara, a play written and directed by Ricky Dujany, 2018, ran at London’s Cockpit Theatre from March 20 to April 14. BY JONATHAN SILBERMAN AND ÖGMUNDUR JÓNSSON LONDON — Our congratulations to Ricky Dujany, who wrote and directed the play…

Teachers mount fights against gov’t attacks

School protests inspire workers, set example
Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018
Teachers protest April 13 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Teachers’ struggles across country are taking on character of broader social movement, an example for building a fighting labor movement.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a scene increasingly familiar across the country, thousands of teachers, other school workers and students and supporters rallied outside the state Capitol here April 13. They were protesting attacks by Gov. Matt Bevin and the state…

The working class is the true target of liberals’ fury

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

In a virtually unprecedented move, FBI agents raided the office, home and hotel room of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen April 9. They were directed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at…

‘I want to read these socialist books and that Militant paper’

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — “I want to read these socialist books and newspapers. They are just what I was looking for. Capitalism has nothing to offer workers today,” said math teacher Charles Coulston when he came up to the Socialist Workers…

US-led Syria missile attack driven by conflicts with Tehran, Moscow

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018
Douma, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, March 30. After five-year siege, air assaults and chemical weapon attack, Syrian government forced opposition groups to surrender and leave.

The imperialist rulers in Washington, London and Paris carried out a joint missile attack on the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship’s chemical weapons operations in Syria April 13. This followed the regime’s gas attack on civilians in opposition stronghold Douma, a Damascus…

SWP: ‘All US troops out of Korea! End sanctions against the DPRK!’

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

The following message was sent to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by Steve Clark, writing on behalf of the Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialists April 13. The Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialists send greetings on the Democratic…

Defeat of US imperialism at Playa Girón was historic

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

Below is an excerpt from Cuba’s Internationalist Foreign Policy, 1975-80, by Fidel Castro, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. It comes from his speech “Angola: African Girón,” given on April 19, 1976, in commemoration of the 15th…