Mexican workers get boost in fight for wage raise by strike victories

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

After 35,000 workers at 45 mostly foreign-owned parts factories in Matamoros, Mexico, went on strike and won a 20 percent wage increase and a $1,700 bonus Feb. 11, new strikes have erupted pressing bosses for raises and better conditions. Workers…


Celebrate US rulers’ decision to end Korea war exercises

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

Washington announced March 1 the Pentagon is ending permanently the large-scale annual war “games” involving tens of thousands of troops it has organized in Korea for decades. “The decision to permanently halt the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle war exercises…



Despite ‘state of emergency’ thousands protest in Sudan

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

Thousands took to the streets of Khartoum and other Sudanese cities to protest the rule of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir Feb. 28, defying the government’s declaration of a state of emergency. The actions are fueled by years of hardship confronting…


‘Prisons exist in this country to take away our humanity’

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Dennis Richter, center, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Los Angeles City Council, and campaign supporter, Barbara Bowman, speak to Lenin Mendoza in Reseda, San Fernando Valley Feb. 24. Mendoza said, “It’s hard for people to pay for basic necessities now,” as he bought subscription to the Militant and In Defense of the US Working Class.

When Dennis Richter, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Los Angeles City Council, knocked on the door of Lenin Mendoza Feb. 24, and explained some of the politics and perspectives his campaign is raising, Mendoza, a hospital worker, invited Richter to…


Algeria rallies: ‘Get rid of president, the entire regime’

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Algeria rallies: ‘Get rid of president, the entire regime’

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in cities and towns across Algeria in opposition to the announced re-election bid by the country’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 82, and to protest the dire economic conditions they face. Bouteflika, who has ruled the…


Protest after Sacramento cops who killed Stephon Clark let off

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Protest after Sacramento cops who killed Stephon Clark let off

Over 100 protesters took to the streets in Sacramento, California, March 4 to protest Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s decision not to file charges against the two cops who shot and killed Stephon Clark in his grandparents’ backyard…


Volunteers rebuild homes after tornado hit Havana

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

HAVANA — A tornado ripped through five city districts here Jan. 27, wrecking hundreds of homes and buildings. Today new apartments are being turned over to residents who lost their homes, and repairs are underway for hundreds of others. A…


US gov’t to allow lawsuits over Cuba nationalizations

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

The U.S. government March 4 opened the door to lawsuits against a restricted list of Cuban companies using land or properties that were nationalized under workers control in Cuba in the early years of the revolution. The Washington Post  notes…


Women’s right to an abortion faces gov’t attack in Missouri

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Protesters at University of Missouri demonstrate in 2015 in support of women’s right to abortion, demanding university hospital executives reverse decision to cut off admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions at Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Missouri.

After years of bitter fighting in Missouri courts over the right of Planned Parenthood clinics there to provide abortions, a Feb. 22 federal district court upheld a state law making it illegal for doctors to perform abortions unless they have…