Airline food catering workers rally for higher pay, health care

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of airline workers joined protests at airports in 16 cities Nov. 26 in support of food catering workers fighting for higher pay and affordable health care coverage. The workers, employed by LSG Sky Chefs and Gate…

French public hospital workers protest government cutbacks

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

PARIS — Some 10,000 public hospital workers conducted a one-day strike and march here Nov. 14 to defend the country’s public hospitals. For the first time, members of all medical professions — from nursing assistants to doctors — acted together.…

Bus drivers in New Zealand fight for higher wages

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In the week beginning Dec. 2, around half of all bus trips in Auckland became free to the public. More than 900 drivers employed by two of the city’s bus companies — NZ Bus and Go…

Mass protest advances Hong Kong political rights fight

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

Protesters in Hong Kong hold up five fingers as a sign of continued support for their five demands Dec. 8 in the largest action for greater political rights in months. Others carried large banners such as “Free Hong Kong.” The…

Welcome new readers! Help get out books, the ‘Militant’

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019
SWP member Leroy Watson, right, talks to Joshoa Gantile on his doorstep in Hometown, Illinois, Dec. 8. SWP says workers need to build a labor party to defend our class interests.

The Militant extends a warm welcome to the 1,208 readers who subscribed to the paper during the Socialist Workers Party fall drive to win new readers that concluded Dec. 10. Party members also raised over $100,000 for the party’s annual…

US life expectancy declines for three years in a row

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

One of the most gruesome results of the impact of the economic and social crisis of capitalism today is that life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for three straight years. Since 2010, mortality rates for workers in their prime…

US gov’t weighs sending more troops into its Mideast wars

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

The administration of President Donald Trump is weighing a new deployment of thousands of troops and additional weaponry to the Middle East as it continues to battle for influence against the capitalist regime in Tehran. The Iranian rulers have taken…

Overseas Chinese and China’s growing weight in world politics

Conference participants discuss impact of today’s Washington-Beijing tensions
Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019
Some of the 300 participants in International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas conference in Guangzhou, China, November 8-11.

GUANGZHOU, China — “Chinese Overseas and China: Through a Global Lens” was the theme of the 10th International Conference of ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, that took place at Jinan University here Nov. 8-11. Concern…

NATO summit reflects crisis of imperialist world ‘order’

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019
Despite German rulers having largest economy in Europe, not one of their six submarines was operational in 2018. Less than half their tanks, helicopters, fighter jets are usable. Mismatch between economic and military power will not survive deeper inter-imperialist conflicts.

As they press every opening to take down Donald Trump before the 2020 elections, Democrats and the liberal press leapt on tapes of French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other government leaders making fun of the…