‘Only working class can protect humanity’

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

No capitalist government on earth, including Washington, has made the preparations necessary to deal effectively with the spread of coronavirus. The capitalist class — and the parties and governments that protect their class rule and their “right” to wrest profits…

‘A US working-class party that is serious about socialist revolution’

At book fair, union events, Cuban workers discuss Socialist Workers Party political course, US class struggle
Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Meeting at Central Organization of Cuban Workers (CTC), Feb. 20. From left: Pathfinder editor Martín Koppel; Socialist Workers Party leader Mary-Alice Waters; Pathfinder editor Róger Calero; Silvio Jova, CTC magazine editorial board; and Caridad Cabrera, CTC’s Americas Department. Inset, Ismael Drullet, CTC international relations secretary. “In the most powerful capitalist country in the world, there are people explaining the need for a socialist revolution,” said Jova.

HAVANA — “These books are important for understanding that in the most powerful capitalist country in the world, there are people explaining the need for a socialist revolution, a radical change in the system,” said Silvio Jova, representing the Central…

For-profit US ‘health care’ will increase virus threat

Revolutionary Cuba points the road forward
Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Clinic in Camagüey, Cuba, in March. Through its neighborhood doctors, nurses and special programs put in place since outbreak of coronavirus, Cuba has mobilized to confront new disease. Unlike the for-profit system in capitalist countries, in Cuba no one is left on their own.

The coronavirus contagion is now spreading faster outside China, where it first appeared in December, than inside. The Chinese regime’s extremely aggressive lockdown of hundreds of millions slowed the advance of the disease for now, but by March 2 the…

Say no to US gov’t slanders against Cuban Revolution!

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

Washington has stepped up its economic and political war against the Cuban Revolution over the past year  — increasing the shortages and hardships faced by working people there. The U.S. rulers, and their Democratic and Republican parties alike, have tried…

Budget failure at EU meeting shows the bloc is unraveling

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Greek teachers protest against layoffs in Athens, March 21, 2014. “Merkel out” sign shows anger over Berlin’s demand that Athens impose greater “austerity” on working people to get new EU loans. In 2018, Greek rulers agreed to restrictions on social spending for next 40 years!

A rancorous summit over the European Union’s effort to adopt a new six-year budget broke up Feb. 21 with no agreement among its rival capitalist powers. The deep divisions among them show that far from coming together after the U.K.…

‘We need our own party, a labor party’

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Retiree Ernest Williams, left, in North Long Beach Feb. 27, tells SWP candidate for vice president Malcolm Jarrett, right, and campaigner Bernie Senter that half his pension goes for medical expenses. SWP calls for government-guaranteed cradle-to-grave health care, Jarrett said.

LOS ANGELES — The Socialist Workers Party candidates for president and vice president, Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, campaigned among workers at the Farmer John pork processing plant here Feb. 28 during shift change. “It’s good you’re here in the…

Asarco copper strikers face a serious fight and deserve solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

With their strike against Asarco now into its fifth month, copper workers continue to put up their picket lines 24/7 and to win solidarity in the face of the company’s blatant union busting and refusal to negotiate. “They’re fighting for…

Syrian, Turkish forces clash in Idlib as 9-year civil war widens

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

The Syrian and Turkish governments are intensifying airstrikes on each other’s forces as they fight over control of Syria’s Idlib province, a region held by armed groups opposed to the Bashar al-Assad regime. Alongside the two fighting forces, Moscow, Tehran…

Campaign for women’s right to abortion launched in Argentina

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Tens of thousands march Feb. 19 in Buenos Aires for legalization of abortion in Argentina. Young women lead campaign for right to choose and play key role in building support.

Led by young women, fighters for abortion rights are on the move in Argentina. In the past few years they have organized a series of large mobilizations, won growing support and forced a first-ever vote on legalization in the National…

‘Workers need to rely on themselves in fight for safety’

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — Joel Britton, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Congress in the 13th District here, campaigned Feb. 29 in West Oakland, where trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent linked to increased cancer risk, has been found in the groundwater under McClymonds…