‘Militant’: Take story of yellow vest movement to US workers

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

As readers look over the coverage and pictures of the yellow vest protests in France on the front page of this week’s Militant, we think you’ll see yourself. Workers, farmers, small shop owners, young and old, native-born and immigrant, demanding…


US rulers push Beijing for trade and tariff concessions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

At the behest of Washington, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top executive and daughter of the founder of the giant Chinese telecom company Huawei, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 1. This is the latest front in a wider conflict…


Shipyard workers in Liverpool organize ‘rolling’ strike actions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

LIVERPOOL, England — Shipyard workers, members of the Unite and GMB unions, walked out of the Cammell Laird shipyard here Nov. 23 and began “rolling” strike actions. On Dec. 7 they decided to suspend the strikes for four weeks to…


Puerto Rico unions protest gov’t health care cuts

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Puerto Rico unions protest gov’t health care cuts

More than 1,000 members of public workers unions in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico marched in San Juan Dec. 5 to oppose the slashing of government payments for medical insurance by some $350 a month. Workers — still reeling…


Lenin: ‘I declare war to death on Great Russian chauvinism’

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
V.I. Lenin, central leader of 1917 Russian Revolution, at left in front, with delegates at 1920 Second Congress of Communist International. He led 1922-23 fight to defend national rights of oppressed peoples long encased in czardom’s prison house of nations, like toilers in Ukraine.

Below are excerpts from Lenin’s Final Fight: Speeches and Writings, 1922-1923. The first is a memo by Vladimir Lenin to the political bureau of the All-Russian Communist Party, formerly the Bolshevik Party. From chapter two of the book — “The…


Sulaymaniyah students protest campus conditions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Sulaymaniyah students protest campus conditions

SULAYMANIYAH, Kurdistan — Around 100 women at the University of Sulaymaniyah breached the college’s 5 p.m. curfew for female students Nov. 23, walking out of their dorms at 11 p.m. to protest living conditions there. The protest continued until midnight…


Mosul ‘reading festival’ celebrates return of art, literature

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Mime performance by Mosul University students Nov. 30 acts out recent history. Dancers in white defeat Islamic State fighters in black, return a painting to view and a musician plays his flute to cheers of the crowd.

MOSUL, Iraq — More than 1,000 people, including hundreds of youth, participated in the second “reading festival” here since the end of the three-year reign of terror by Islamic State. The Nov. 30 event was a celebration of the defeat…


Dallas cop charged with murder for killing Botham Jean

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

DALLAS — Cop Amber Guyger was charged with murder Nov. 30 in the shooting here of 26-year-old Botham Jean on Sept. 6. Guyger, who entered Jean’s apartment as he was watching football, shot him twice. She claimed the killing was a…


Keep up pressure against Florida prison censorship!

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

After impounding seven issues in one 10-week stretch earlier this year, Florida prison officials have eased off on their censorship against the Militant. This isn’t because of any change in the socialist newsweekly’s political coverage of working-class politics and protests…


Chicago charter teachers win strike for higher pay, smaller classes

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Teachers picket Acero charter schools in Chicago Dec. 4 during victorious five-day strike. Teachers won smaller class sizes, pay raises, better working conditions and prohibition against Acero giving out information on immigration status of students, teachers and families.

CHICAGO — Teachers and staff at Acero charter schools here celebrated a victory Dec. 9 after a five-day strike. “Today our students and families have won — bottom line,” Chicago Teachers Union staff member Andy Cooks told the gathering. A…