Chinese immigrants are not ‘passive victims of discrimination’

Conference in Nagasaki, Japan, discusses experience of Chinese workers, peasants and merchants who emigrated around the world
Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

NAGASAKI, Japan — The experiences of Chinese workers, peasants and merchants who have emigrated in their millions to Southeast Asia and beyond, becoming part of the class struggle and political lives of working people in many nations, was a focus…


Bosses push for profits fuels rise in job deaths

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018
Construction workers rally to protest attacks on unions, safety in New York City Nov. 14.

For the third year in a row the number of workers who were killed on the job increased in 2016. Some 5,200 workers paid with their lives for the bosses’ drive for profits, with immigrants and older workers hardest hit.…


Fla. rail worker fights firing after speaking out on safety

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

Louis Billingsley, a freight rail conductor with 12 years experience, is fighting his firing after speaking out against unsafe practices and conditions at the CSX railroad in a televised interview on CBS Action News Jax in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville is…


The capitalist rulers face a deepening political crisis

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

Below is an excerpt from the political resolution adopted at the Dec. 16-17 Communist League congress. It is from the section titled, “The rulers’ deepening political crisis.” The post-World War II imperialist relations and structures are becoming unstable and undependable;…


Protests in Puerto Rico: 1 million plus still without power

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018
Protests in Puerto Rico: 1 million plus still without power

Anger is rising in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico over the slow pace of government efforts to restore electricity and other basic necessities more than three months after hurricanes Maria and Irma. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority admitted…


To rule, the working class must master all past culture

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

Below is an excerpt from “Culture and Socialism,” an essay in Art and Revolution by Leon Trotsky, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for January. Trotsky was one of the central leaders of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The essay is based…


‘Unions are important not just for pay, but for safety’

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — In the early morning hours of Dec. 11, 2017, Alfred Cadena, a 61-year-old operator on the Continuous Annealing Line, was killed on the job at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor mill here. He had 41 years’ experience…


Amtrak, gov’t seek to cover up bosses’ role in  Wash. derailment

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018
Amtrak train on first trip on new tracks spills onto highway in DuPont, Washington, after derailment Dec. 18. Bosses rushed to put crews on new bypass without adequate training.

After Amtrak Cascades train 501 derailed and crashed Dec. 18 as it traveled over the just completed Point Defiance Bypass on its way from Seattle to Portland, government officials and railroad bosses began to try to blame the engineer. Three…


Send bosses ‘blood money’ to SWP

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

When Corsair Components in Hayward, California, laid off its workforce, but needed the workers it had just fired to stay on for several weeks to clear the warehouse shelves, the company offered them each $2,000 in addition to their wages.…


Nagasaki: A fitting setting for meeting on overseas Chinese

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

With a long history of Chinese settlement and trade, Nagasaki provided a fitting setting for this year’s ISSCO conference. The port city of Nagasaki was established on the northwest coast of Kyushu Island in 1571 for trade with Portugal and…