Fight to end US embargo of Cuba discussed at Nepal forum

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Delegates to Asia-Pacific conference of soldarity with Cuba, held July 26-27 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — “We are thankful to the Cuban government for sending a medical team to Nepal and assisting us during the devastating earthquake in 2015. The support from Cuba was prompt, spontaneous, and genuine,” said Pushpa Kamal Dahal, former…


Hong Kong protests demand Beijing grant political rights

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Demonstrators at Hong Kong airport shut down all flights Aug. 12-13. Hundreds of thousands of working people have been protesting over 10 weeks. Demands include direct elections.

Protests involving hundreds of thousands of working people demanding greater political rights have continued for a 10th week in Hong Kong. Many at the actions are demanding the government of the semi-autonomous territory and its Beijing overseers grant direct elections…


US Steel ‘doesn’t care about health of Mon Valley people’

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019

PITTSBURGH — Residents of Allegheny County vented their anger at U.S. Steel bosses and county officials at a public hearing July 30, after publication of a draft agreement that allows the company to continue operating its Clairton plant after years…


Layoffs, workers’ debts refute gov’t claims of ‘good times’

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Workers at Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, November 2017. Competition between retail giants drives bosses’ assaults on workers who face job cuts and low wages.

According to acting Department of Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella, July’s official unemployment rate of 3.7% “demonstrates the steady and consistent growth of the American economy.” But for millions of working people facing low-wage jobs, many at part-time hours; layoffs; and…


Ebola outbreak worsened by wars wracking Congo

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019

In the worst ever Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some 1,800 have died and at least 2,700 people have been infected with the disease in the past year. The spread of the outbreak is exacerbated…


New Puerto Rico governor defends US colonial rule

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019

Ending — for the moment — the immediate political crisis in Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez took the oath of office Aug. 7 as governor of the U.S. colony following weeks of protests  that forced the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló. But…


‘Militant’ reporters head to Puerto Rico

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. president in 2016; Seth Galinsky, the SWP candidate for New York City public advocate; and Linda Joyce from Atlanta are heading to Puerto Rico Aug. 15 for five days to bring…


Women’s emancipation requires ending domestic servitude

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Women attend literacy class in Soviet Union in early 1920s during Russian Revolution. “A radical reform of the family, and of the whole order of domestic life, ” Leon Trotsky writes,“ requires a great conscious effort on the part of the whole mass of the working class.”

Women and the Family by Leon Trotsky, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. Trotsky, a leader of the Russian Revolution, fought to continue the communist course of V.I. Lenin after his death, in the face of…