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…


Auckland art auction extends solidarity to Cuba

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018
Auckland art auction extends solidarity to Cuba

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “Hurricane Irma devastated hundreds of families in Cuba,” Mario Alzugarary, above right, Cuba’s ambassador to New Zealand, told those attending the opening of a three-day art exhibit and auction at the George Fraser Gallery, Dec. 14.…


‘In Cuba there is no discrimination against Chinese’

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

NAGASAKI, Japan — The differing class origins and perspectives of the millions of people who made up the Chinese “diaspora” over the last 200 years, and how these differences affected their struggles against discrimination, were discussed and debated at an…


Truckers on strike across Russia face gov’t attacks

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

Long-haul truckers in Russia conducted their third countrywide work stoppage during the holiday season Dec. 15-25. Since November 2015 they have fought the government over the Platon tax system, a per-ton toll imposed on owners of trucks weighing over 12…


Senate probe of Green Party is threat to workers’ rights

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Dec. 18 that it’s opening an investigation into the campaign of Jill Stein, who ran as Green Party candidate for U.S. president in 2016, claiming the move is part of its witch hunt into whether…


US gov’t lies, misconduct bring mistrial in Bundy case

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

In an important victory for ranchers, workers and farmers, federal Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial Dec. 20 in the government’s frame-up trial against rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons, Ryan and Ammon, and supporter Ryan Payne. The four…


Economic crisis behind protests in Iran cities

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

In the wake of years of economic hardship, Tehran’s wars in Syria and Iraq, and recent price increases, daily protests by workers and youth spread across Iran in late December. Some participants have chanted slogans opposing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Others…


Communist League in UK to go ‘deeper into  working class’

Vol. 82/No. 2 - January 15, 2018

MANCHESTER, England — “Workers’ anger has intensified since the 2007-2008 crash, with declining real wages, growing job insecurity and uncertainty of what the future holds in today’s world of crisis, conflict and wars,” said Jonathan Silberman, a leader of the…