Conflicts heat up in Syria as US, rivals push interests

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

The multifront conflicts in Syria being fought by rival capitalist powers in the region — alongside intervention from Moscow and the imperialist rulers in Washington — continue to take a horrific toll on working people there. As each of these…


Malcolm X: ‘It is impossible for capitalism to survive’

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

Below is an excerpt from an interview with Malcolm X published in the March-April, 1965 issue of the Young Socialist, conducted Jan. 18 of that year by Jack Barnes and Barry Sheppard of the Young Socialist Alliance. A month later,…


‘We’ll protest until all the lights are on in Puerto Rico’

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018
‘We’ll protest until all the lights are on in Puerto Rico’

More than 200 residents of Aguas Buenas and nearby towns marched outside Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s central offices in San Juan Feb. 12. They sang, “We come from Aguas Buenas to let you know, if the light doesn’t come…


Capitalist rulers in South Africa see new government as road to profits

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

The propertied rulers in South Africa are hoping the ouster of President Jacob Zuma and his replacement with wealthy businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, who recently replaced Zuma as president of the African National Congress as well, signals a more favorable environment…


Seattle school bus drivers win new contract

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018
Seattle Education Association members picket Feb. 7 in support of Teamsters school bus drivers who struck First Student bosses. Nine-day strike led to gains in health care coverage, pensions.

SEATTLE — Seattle School District bus drivers who are members of Teamsters Local 174 overwhelmingly ratified a contract with First Student bosses Feb. 10 after a nine-day strike here. Teamster leaders say advances were made in getting health care coverage…


South African revolution: Historic victory for the working people

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

Below is an excerpt from a speech given in 1985 by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, titled, “The Coming Revolution in South Africa.” It’s published in New International magazine no. 5. Copyright © 1985 by New…


IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, makes a deal

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

After a month of brief walkouts and a series of 24-hour protest strikes, IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, has signed a contract covering 900,000 workers in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The same deal is likely to be rolled out for…


Criminal ‘justice’ parole system pushes workers back into prison

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

There is a debate today among the capitalist rulers and those they’ve tasked with running their criminal “justice” system — whether it’s in their best interests to reduce the number of workers behind bars and those on the parole and…



Liberals hail FBI witch hunt against Trump White House

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

Liberals are singing the praises of the U.S. political police after former FBI boss Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three Russian organizations for conspiracy to “defraud the United States” by interfering in politics here. The Feb. 16 indictments…