Workers donate ‘blood money’ bribes to build SWP

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

Enclosed is a check for $35.83 that I discovered on my Walmart check stub,” wrote Anthony Dutrow from Miami, “no doubt some kind of holiday ‘gift’ and no doubt ‘blood money.’ “This was one of the many things they’ve thrown…


‘I am Troy Davis’: powerful protest against death penalty

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Standing left is Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant, killed by BART police in 2009, who portrayed Troy Davis in Dec. 8 New York performance of “I am Troy Davis.” Gwen Carr, seated left, mother of Eric Garner who was killed by New York Cop chokehold in 2014, played Davis’ mother. Inset is Troy Davis with his nethew, De’Jaun Davis-Correia, whom he mentored and tutored through school from behind bars while on death row.

NEW YORK — Some 100 people joined the family of Troy Davis to see a live performance Dec. 8 of “I am Troy Davis,” a theatrical protest against cop frame-ups and the death penalty. The screenplay adaption of the book…


CP’s oil train wreck raises specter of new Lac-Mégantic

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

MONTREAL — Two weeks after 3,200 Canadian National Railway workers carried out their Nov. 19-26 strike targeting unsafe conditions pushed by the bosses, a Canadian Pacific crude oil train derailed and caught fire Dec. 9 near the town of Guernsey…


Algeria protests reject rigged presidential election

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

Algeria’s capitalist rulers are working overtime in an attempt to cobble together a new government that can quiet widespread protests against continuing military rule. Against mass opposition, they held a presidential election Dec. 12 where all five hand-picked candidates had…


Climate summit didn’t, won’t stop capitalist rulers fouling the earth

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

No binding decisions to reduce greenhouse gases were produced at the Dec. 2-16 United Nations Madrid Climate Change Conference. The representatives of the competing imperialist and capitalist powers there stuck with “voluntary” targets to reduce emissions and finagled over “carbon…



Murders at Jersey City deli were anti-Semitic assault

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Above, Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, after two anti-Semitic attackers killed Moshe Deutsch, Leah Mindel Ferencz and Douglas Miguel Rodríguez, from left in the inset.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A murderous attack targeting Jews at the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket left three people dead Dec. 10. Despite the fact that killers David Anderson and Francine Graham charged directly into the deli, opening fire before they…



Capitalist rivalries in Mideast fuel expanding war in Libya

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Oil driller escorted by Turkish naval frigate in eastern Mediterranean Aug. 6. Rebel forces led by Khalifa Haftar, backed by Cairo, Paris and now Moscow, have besieged the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, armed by Turkey and Qatar, escalating oil-fueled civil war in Libya.

The escalating battle for control of Libya — and especially its vast oil and gas wealth — intensified Dec. 12. The yearslong conflict between rival forces in the east and the west of this north African country is being transformed…


Democrats push to impeachment boosts US rulers political police

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

As Democrats advanced their witch hunt against President Donald Trump aimed at overturning the 2016 election, State Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report on FBI spy operations targeting Trump’s election campaign then. Horowitz’s account exposes how Washington’s political…