Iraqi protests grow, demand halt to Tehran’s interference

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
Demonstrators in Iraq block Joumhouriya bridge in Baghdad Nov. 3. Protesters demand end to government’s refusal to provide jobs, electricity, and an end to Tehran’s ongoing intervention.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in Baghdad Nov. 1 in the largest anti-government demonstrations since the U.S. invasion in 2003. The actions — fueled by deteriorating living conditions, demands for political rights and widespread anger about the Iranian government’s…


As competition heats up, retail bosses tell workers, ‘Speed up’

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
Worker at Amazon Fulfillment Center in Staten Island, New York, hits button to indicate order robotically transported to her workstation is done. Bosses’ speedup has led to increase in on-the-job injuries. Inset, company tests drone making deliveries.

Amazon, like its giant retail competitor Walmart, seeks to maximize its profits off workers’ backs. Both companies are stepping up use of robots to press their relentless speedup and intensify the exploitation of workers.  A study by the New York…


Israel protest: ‘Don’t deport Filipino classmates’

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
United Children of Israel

About 1,000 students, parents and teachers protested outside Givon Prison near Tel Aviv Oct. 31, demanding the release of two Israeli-born Filipino students and their mothers who were slated for deportation. The students, some wearing scout uniforms, chanted “Don’t expel…


US-Chinese rulers’ rivalry grows despite new trade deal

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019

As the governments of China and the U.S. prepare to sign “phase-one” of an agreement over their trade conflicts, rivalry between Washington, the world’s dominant imperialist power, and the rising power of Beijing continues to harden. The planned deal between…


Asarco strike deserves support of all workers

Company bosses ‘want to get rid of the union’
Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
Strikers at 24-hour picket line at Mission Mine, Sahuarita, Arizona, Nov. 5, where Asarco is bringing in strikebreakers. Area working people are joining the pickets to show solidarity.

Workers on strike since Oct. 13 against Asarco copper bosses at the company’s mine and processing complexes in Arizona and its smelter in Texas are winning broad solidarity for their fight for better wages, benefits and union rights. “The support’s…


DC meeting: ‘US hands off Cuba and Venezuela’

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
“We fought revolutionary struggles to overthrow slavery in Cuba and here in the U.S.,” José Ramón Cabañas, inset, Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S., told event in soldiarity with Cuba and Venezuela in Washington, D.C., Oct. 19. “Our solidarity has strong historic roots.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 100 participants gathered at the African American Civil War Museum for a “U.S. Imperialist Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela” forum here Oct. 19. The museum is an important institution in D.C. Its mission “is to…


Fight continues to keep last abortion clinic in Missouri

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
Fight continues to keep last abortion clinic in Missouri

Planned Parenthood is continuing to fight against a concerted political campaign by Missouri’s governor, the state’s director of health services and anti-abortion forces to close the only clinic in the state that provides abortion services. Protesters carrying a large banner…


UK election: ‘Workers need our own political party’

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019

MANCHESTER, England — “I can’t decide how to vote. I don’t understand why they don’t do Brexit,” rail worker Danny Boyle told this reporter as we talked during a break at Manchester Piccadilly station, where we both work. Similar conversations…



‘Communism is not a doctrine, but a movement’

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
Bolshevik leader V.I. Lenin, left, speaking in Moscow in 1920 and Fidel Castro, right, addressing mass rally in Havana in 1962. Russian and Cuban Revolutions, two great proletarian revolutions of the 20th century, made key contributions to the development of internationalist working-class program and strategy.

Their Trotsky and Ours by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for November. Based on his 1982 speech, it explains that to lead a successful working-class revolution, a mass…