Demand US rulers end Korea War!

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

The steps taken by the North and South Korean heads of state, with the backing of the White House, at their Sept. 18-20 summit to press forward efforts to reduce military tensions, increase links between the two countries and push…


Puerto Rico: One year after Hurricane Maria

Social disaster is result of capitalism, colonial rule
Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Lucila Cabrera, 86, sits on porch of her house near Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, still covered with plastic tarp. One year after Hurricane Maria, tens of thousands of homes still have not gotten funds or help to build a new roof. FEMA has denied one third of requests for aid.

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico last Sept. 20, the U.S. and local governments continue to display their class disregard for the lives of working people there. Most, but still not all,…



‘Working people need to build our own political party’

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Communist League member Catharina Tirsén, right, speaks with Vanessa Goral on her doorstep in Newbury Park in east London Sept. 22. In discussing fight against Jew-hatred, Goral said, “I come from a Polish Roma family. Scapegoating of Roma people can be very strong.”

“The working class in this country should have more of a say. We do need a voice,” Marion Franklin, a medical personal care assistant, told Helen Meyers, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate, when she knocked on his door…


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…