Iran book fair: US embargo hits pocket cash, not political interest

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019
Some 3,200 publishers participated in Tehran book fair, attracting hundreds of thousands from across Iran. Over 300 books by revolutionary working-class leaders were sold at Pathfinder booth. Talaye Porsoo, which displayed 53 Pathfinder titles in Farsi, sold over 700 books.

TEHRAN, Iran — The 32nd Tehran International Book Fair took place at the large Mosalla mosque complex here April 24-May 4. Hundreds of thousands from around the country attended amid rising U.S. imperialist military threats, economic sanctions and a declining…


Calif. Fresh Express workers walk out, win wage raise

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019

SALINAS, Calif. — Some 200 workers walked off the job here June 11 at Fresh Express, a large fruit and vegetable processing plant, after the company abruptly cancelled contract negotiations with Local 5 of the United Food and Commercial Workers…



1,000 in Australia rally for right to abortion

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019

SYDNEY — Over 1,000 supporters of women’s right to choose abortion marched through the central city here June 9 amid a sea of homemade signs. They chanted, “my body, my choice” and “our bodies, our rights.” The action was initiated…


Join SWP on ‘right side of history’

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019

The 2020 U.S. elections — with 16 months to go — are front-page news, as incumbent Donald Trump and some two dozen Democratic wannabes pound away at each other. All these Democratic and Republican politicians, whether self-proclaimed socialists, liberals or…


Liberals’ Green New Deal is trap for working class

Modeled on Roosevelt’s WWII attacks on unions
Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019

One feature of capitalist politics in the U.S. is the entry of a layer of self-proclaimed socialists — like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who see their mission to rebrand the Democratic Party to better ensnarl workers and to reform and defend…


UN committee backs Puerto Rico fight for independence

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019

UNITED NATIONS — This year’s U.N. decolonization hearings on the status of Puerto Rico June 24 reflected the growing anger at Washington and the colonial government among millions of Puerto Ricans on the island and in the U.S. over the…


Join ‘Militant’ in fight against censorship in Florida prisons

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019

The Florida prison system’s Literature Review Committee upheld the ban on four more issues of the Militant June 20, despite the fact it hadn’t yet received the paper’s appeal of the impoundments. They had previously agreed to extend the deadline…


SWP candidates step up campaigning, demand ‘US rulers’ hands off Iran!’

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019
Left, SWP candidate for Pittsburgh City Council Malcolm Jarrett joins Wabtec workers picket May 17. Alyson Kennedy, at right, campaigns door to door in West Dallas in 2018. Two SWP campaigners will travel, speak across country.

Socialist Workers Party candidates and their supporters across the country are stepping up efforts to introduce the party, its working-class program and activities to workers and youth coming out of the party-sponsored 2019 International Active Workers Conference held June 13-15.…


Railroad workers need to fight for workers control over trains, safety

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019
Coal train near Powder River Basin area of northeast Wyoming. BNSF bosses recently began running dangerously extra-long coal trains from Wyoming mines to Wisconsin. SWP program calls for trains with no more than 50 cars and crew of four, two on each end of the train.

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Union Pacific freight train containing cars carrying military munitions, including hand grenades, bombs and highly volatile ammonium nitrate, commonly used in explosives, from Nebraska to the U.S. Army Depot in Nevada, derailed June 19 as it…