US, British rulers step up threats against Tehran – US hands off!

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Above, British warship HMS Montrose, which drove off three Iranian vessels London says were trying to block passage of the British Heritage, an oil tanker, in the Strait of Hormuz July 10.

The capitalist rulers in Washington and their imperialist allies continue to make threats against Tehran and stoke military tensions in the Gulf. The U.S. government has sent a naval armada into the Red Sea, a B-52 bomber squadron and 1,000…



Divisions wrack Democrats as race-baiting charges fly

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
During Democrat candidates’ debate, Kamala Harris attacked rival Joe Biden over stance on federally mandated busing to desegregate public schools in 1970s. In fact, neither candidate nor their party supported the policy. Above, Boston protesters defend busing, December 1974.

Divisions within the Democratic Party blew up after its leadership led the party to vote for a House bill backed by President Donald Trump to fund immigration and border cops that didn’t restrict how the funds could be used. Only…


SWP calls for workers control of production, safety at PG&E

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
“PG&E management’s sole concern is maximizing profits for its shareholders,” said SWP candidate for San Francisco mayor Joel Britton at July 9 hearing on company’s demand for rate increase. He called “for nationalization of PG&E and running it under workers control.”

SAN FRANCISCO — Joel Britton, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of San Francisco, was the first speaker at a public hearing here July 9 sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric Company and the California Public Utilities Commission, the state…


Telecom bosses on trial for driving workers to suicide

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019

A highly publicized two-month trial over charges top bosses at France’s former government telephone monopoly relentlessly drove dozens of workers to suicide by “moral harassment” in their push to cut the workforce and boost profits was closely followed by working…


Walmart’s attendance policy shows need for a union

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Workers at Walmart stores across the U.S. were informed by the bosses in February that the company was implementing a new attendance policy. The giant retailer slashed from nine to five the number of days a worker can…


Socialist Workers Party champions desegregation fight

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019

A brief, but acrimonious, exchange about busing for school desegregation between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden at the June 27 Democratic Party debate in Miami received lots of news coverage but had little substance.   Neither Harris nor Biden are…


Ruling is gain for working class

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019

The Lorain County jury ruling in favor of the Gibson family in their legal challenge to baseless “racism” smears by the administrators of Oberlin College is a political victory for the working class. It is a break with years of…


Debs: ‘Our hearts are with the Bolsheviki in Russia’

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Eugene V. Debs speaks in Canton, Ohio, against imperialist war, June 1918, for which he was sentenced to prison. Inset, campaign button for Debs 1920 Socialist Party campaign for president from prison. He got almost a million votes, highest socialist vote in U.S. history.

The selection below is from Eugene V. Debs Speaks, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for July. Debs was a pioneer socialist agitator, railroad union fighter and supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. He was jailed by the…


17,000 workers strike Walmart in Chile over wages, job security

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Walmart workers picket in Santiago, Chile, July 10, part of strike by 17,000 members of SIL union for better wages, and against job cuts and speedup. Sign reads, “No more abuses.”

Some 17,000 unionized workers across Chile went on strike against Walmart July 10. It is “the largest private sector strike in decades” in the country, Telesur TV News reported.  The strike vote was organized June 25-27 by Sindicato Interempresa Líder…