Canadian nationalism, tariffs dead end for working farmers

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Farmers march in Montreal Nov. 18 to press government to impose protectionist measures to keep out farm imports. Reliance on the propertied rulers and tariffs benefits big capitalist farmers, leaving working farmers to be chewed up by the capitalist rents and mortgages system.

MONTREAL — Should working farmers rely on the capitalist government to enact protectionist tariffs to defend their class interests?  This question was posed by the nationalist and protectionist political framework of the demonstration of 5,000 farmers and their supporters from…


At G-20 US, China rulers reach truce in trade dispute

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, met over dinner after the G-20 summit ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 1. They agreed to a 90-day truce over imposing any new punitive tariffs on Chinese imports by the White…


Florida victory boosts fight for ex-prisoners’ voting rights

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Oct. 30 rally in Florida for Amendment 4, which passed overwhelmingly, restored franchise to over a million ex-prisoners. Victory has spurred similar efforts in Kentucky, Iowa.

Working people across the country were inspired by the Nov. 6 voting rights victory in Florida when an amendment to the state constitution was passed overwhelmingly, restoring the franchise to workers released from prison after serving time on felony convictions. …


Castro: ‘Internationalism is paying our debt to humanity’

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Cuban and Angolan fighters celebrate 1983 battle in Cangamba, Angola, pushing back forces backed by apartheid South Africa and U.S. rulers. “This internationalist mission in Angola” Castro said, victorious in 1988, “had a very big impact on Africa,” helping lead to fall of the apartheid regime.

Below are excerpts from In Defense of Socialism by Fidel Castro. The book contains four speeches by the central leader of the revolution given around the 30th anniversary of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. These speeches were given at the high…


‘Yellow vest’ protests force French gov’t to back down

French ‘deplorables’ demand more, want ‘whole baguette’
Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Protesters at Arc de Triomphe in Paris Dec. 1, before cop tear gas and water cannon attack.

PARIS — In face of sustained mass, popular mobilizations from rural areas as well as working-class suburbs, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Dec. 4 a six-month suspension of the proposed hike in car fuel taxes. These proposed taxes were…


Working class must lead rural revolt against capitalist rulers

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018

Around the world, a mood of angry revolt is spreading among the “people from nowhere” — workers, family farmers and the rural poor, those who never have a voice in the big business press. Whether wage slaves or debt slaves,…


Disaster from Camp Fire is result of capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Fire survivors Rubyjade Stewart and son Rene, outside their tent in Chico Walmart lot Nov. 21.

CHICO, Calif. — It was raining heavily when Socialist Workers Party members from Oakland arrived at the Chico Walmart parking lot here Nov. 29. Our goal was to extend solidarity with survivors of the Camp Fire camped out here and…


Welcome to the 1,404 new readers of the ‘Militant’!

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Irma Carpio, a high school student in Louisville, Kentucky, speaks with SWP member Amy Husk Dec. 1. Carpio had organized with other students to support teachers’ strike last spring.

The Militant welcomes the 1,404 readers who subscribed over the last eight weeks! A final scoreboard on the drive to sell 1,400 subscriptions and an equal number of books on working-class politics by leaders of the Socialist Workers Party, along…



Moscow launches assault on Ukraine access to Sea of Azov

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Russian fighter jets fly over Kerch bridge with Russian tanker blocking access to Sea of Azov during assault on, seizure of three Ukrainian naval boats and their 24 crew members Nov. 25.

In an aggressive inflammation of tensions, the capitalist rulers in Moscow ordered Russian forces to fire on and seize three Ukrainian naval vessels, including a tugboat, and their crews as they tried to pass through the Kerch Strait Nov. 25…