Russian, Turkish rulers truce in Idlib, Syria, holds – for now

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Above, Russian air force bombing of a hospital in Idlib, Syria, during airstrike in June. Inset, rescue workers dig through rubble after the bombing. Thousands of Syrian refugees have been forced to Idlib, only to come under assault once again.

The capitalist rulers in Russia and Turkey signed a new “demilitarized zone” agreement Sept. 17, halting, for now, the bombardment against rebel forces and civilians in Idlib province in Syria. Government troops and Tehran-backed militia had been poised for a…


Typhoon hits Philippines, adds to social crisis facing workers

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Miners join rescue workers to dig out victims buried in mudslide in Itogon, Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Mangkhut, named Ompong here, slammed into northern Luzon, the largest island in the north of the archipelago, Sept. 15. With torrential rains and sustained winds of 105 mph gusting up to 160 mph, the Category 5…


Dallas cop who killed Botham Jean is fired

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

DALLAS — Since Dallas cop Amber Guyger shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment here Sept. 6 there has been a steady stream of protests. In response, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall announced Sept. 24 that she…


Kentucky UFCW workers end strike, push back two-tier plan

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
United Food and Commercial Workers members picket at Four Roses distillery Sept. 14. During two-week strike unionists won solidarity, pushed back company’s divisive two-tier plan.

COX’S CREEK, Ky. — Workers at the Four Roses distillery and bottling plant pushed back the bosses’ attempt to extract concessions Sept. 21 when the company agreed to a contract that backed off divisive two-tier provisions workers were determined to…


Calif. raisin workers reject contract, strike Sun-Maid

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

KINGSBURG, Calif. — More than 500 raisin workers went on strike here against Sun-Maid Growers of California Sept. 10. One hundred Teamster Local 431 members picketed the main entrance to the plant Sept. 22, chanting, “Sun-Maid, unfair!” “Si se puede!”…


Workers win strike over health care at several Chicago hotels

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

CHICAGO — “Nine down and 17 to go,” Beatriz Cervantes, a striker walking the picket line at the Palmer House here, told the Militant  Sept. 23. Originally from Mexico, she has 15 years seniority as a steward on night shift…


Lenin discusses Tolstoy’s writing and coming Russian Revolution

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Tolstoy, right, in his writings against oppression of the state and official church expressed strength and weakness of peasant movement, wrote Lenin. “The heritage which he has left, belongs to the future. This heritage is accepted and is being worked upon by the Russian proletariat,” Lenin said, to “overthrow capitalism and create a new society.” Above, peasants before 1917 revolution.

Below is the Nov. 29, 1910, article by V.I. Lenin, the central leader of the 1917 Bolshevik proletarian revolution in Russia. It’s entitled “An Appraisal of Leo Tolstoy,” one of the great Russian writers in the dying days of czarist…


Washington, Pyongyang press talks on nuclear arms

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

Efforts by the rulers in Washington and leaders in North Korea to reach an agreement on “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula moved forward during a three-day summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…


Bosses refuse help from locked-out unionists in Mass. gas explosions

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Unionists locked out by National Grid power company at Aug. 29 protest, above, offered to help after explosions at homes served by nonunion Columbia Gas. They were turned down.

BOSTON — Gas explosions rocked houses in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, three towns along the Merrimack River near Boston Sept. 13, killing one person and injuring dozens. Seventy homes exploded or caught fire from leaks caused by overpressurized gas…


Liberals assault rights workers need over Supreme Court pick

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

On Sept. 27 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an unusual second hearing on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been loudly accused of sexual abuse in two instances — neither…