No to attacks on Muslims, mosques in New Zealand!

Protest NZ rulers’ efforts to restrict political rights!
Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
March 16 march in Melbourne, Australia, protesting anti-immigrant lone gunman’s armed assault on worshippers attending services at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50.

The following statement was issued March 16 by the Communist League in New Zealand. The Communist League condemns, in the strongest way, the rightist shooting massacre at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch that has left 50 dead…

Solidarity with victims of anti-Muslim killings

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A brutal massacre by a rightist shooter that left 50 dead and dozens injured at two mosques in the city of Christchurch March 15 has been seized on by ruling politicians to rally support behind their…

Boeing bosses’ drive for profit leads to deadly plane crashes

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019

Over the last five months the new flagship of Boeing’s fleet — the 737 MAX airliner — went down in Ethiopia and Indonesia shortly after takeoff in two similar and deadly crashes that took 346 lives. At fault is the…

SWP takes campaign to small towns, rural areas

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
Fidelina Santos buys Spanish edition of Is Socialist Revolution in the US Possible? from Tom Ricci and Naomi Craine in Chicago March 12. They were campaigning door to door with Dan Fein, SWP candidate for mayor. Ricci, a rail carman, said, “This was the opposite” to his experience canvassing for Democrats years ago. People were “enthusiastic about communist literature.” Workers they met bought three books by SWP leaders and a Militant subscription.

At the heart of the week-in, week-out, political work of the Socialist Workers Party and its sister Communist Leagues in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. is party members going out of the cities far and wide to talk…

New York protests demand gov’t give immigrants driver’s licenses

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
Protest in Riverhead, Long Island March 12, part of actions in New York, New Jersey and other states demanding driver’s licenses for immigrants, a move that would strengthen working class.

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — “What do we want? Driver’s licenses. Why do we want them? To drive without fear!” some 170 people chanted in English and Spanish as they marched through this town of 14,000 March 12.  The marchers were overwhelmingly…

Syrian gov’t, Moscow step up strikes on opposition forces in Idlib province

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019

Stepped-up bombing of Syrian rebel-held communities in Idlib province by the government in Damascus and its backer in Moscow  are deepening the ruinous conditions eight years of war have inflicted on working people there.  Conflicting interests among the capitalist powers…

Long view of history on display at Iraqi museum

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
Left, Pathfinder editorial director Steve Clark, left, and Ögmundur Jónsson in Assyrian gallery of Iraq National Museum. Photo posted online by Iraqi Museum Friends, Feb. 18. Right, The only statue of a woman in the Neo-Assyrian galleries (911-612 B.C.), which has massive statues and carvings of kings and their male servants. Rise of class-divided society degraded the status of women, images of whom were frequent millennia earlier.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The greatest of all battles confronting the working class in the years ahead is “the battle to throw off the self-image the rulers teach us, and to recognize that we are capable of taking power and organizing…

‘No imperialist regime can ever conduct a just war’

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
Most of the 18 convicted leaders of the SWP and Minneapolis Teamsters line up on way to prison, December 1943. This was U.S. rulers’ first use of their thought-control Smith Act, adopted as Washington prepared to enter the inter-imperialist Second World War.

This week’s Book of the Month is The Socialist Workers Party in World War II: Writings and Speeches, 1940-43 by James P. Cannon. The excerpt below is from “A Statement on the U.S. Entry into World War II, December 22,…

Locked out Quebec aluminum workers reject bosses’ ultimatum

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019

After 14 months picket lines remain up at the massive ABI Becancour, Quebec, aluminum smelter after locked-out members of United Steelworkers Local 9700 voted down the latest concessions contract. An overwhelming 82 percent of the strikers voted “no” at a…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra players strike to defend pensions

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019

CHICAGO — Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians put down their instruments and raised picket signs March 11, opposing management’s demand to replace their guaranteed “defined benefit” pension with “direct contribution” savings accounts.  “What they’re proposing would not be even with what…