Crisis in West Africa rooted in decades of colonial rule

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Thomas Sankara, above, led popular revolution in 1983-87 bringing the toilers to power in Burkina Faso. There is no comparable revolutionary leadership anywhere in West Africa today.

A humanitarian crisis is spreading in the Sahel region of West Africa, affecting the lives of millions of toilers. Over the past few years there has been a sharp increase in operations by various reactionary armed groups, killing thousands of…

Protests continue in Iraq against interventions by Iran, Washington

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

After rocket attacks killed three U.S.-led coalition soldiers — two from the U.S. and one from the U.K. — at a U.S. military base in Iraq, Washington retaliated with airstrikes aimed at Tehran-backed militia forces March 12. The Iraqi government…

‘We need to stand up to the bosses’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
SWP presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and nurse Christina Ware talk near San Leandro housing complex where residents are fighting landlord’s moves to nearly double their rent..

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett campaigned at a housing complex here March 11. Residents are fighting against efforts to force them out of their low-rent apartments. The visit…

‘We need workers control over production, utilities’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Rachele Fruit, right, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, speaks with Judy Sands March 7 at her home in Juliette, where the power company has contaminated the drinking water.

JULIETTE, Ga. — Signs were visible in yards all around this rural Georgia town of 1,500 near Macon that read “Georgia Power: Clean Up Your Trash!” when Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate, campaigned here March 7.…

Back strikers’ five monthlong battle against Asarco union busting

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Five months into their strike, over 1,700 copper miners are standing up against Asarco’s union-busting drive. They’ve kept up picket lines 24/7 and reached out for solidarity and support.    The company, which has three mines — Mission, Ray and…

Jobs, lives hit as profit-driven bosses shut operations

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Hundreds of millions of working people in the United States and worldwide are being hit with mounting devastation to the lives and livelihoods of ourselves and our families, due to the capitalist rulers’ demonstrated incapacity to contain and reverse today’s…

New Zealand: Edwards’ death ‘should never have happened’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “This should never have happened,” Hilton Rohe, a retired meatpacking worker, told the Militant Feb. 20 in a phone interview. He was talking about the death of fellow union fighter Alfred Edwards, known as Baldy, who…

Founders of US Communist Party aimed to lead workers to power

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, delegates at 1919 founding convention of U.S. Communist Party. Degeneration of the party began after early years, Cannon said, “when it abandoned perspective of revolution in this country” and became “a cheering squad for the Stalinist bureaucracy in Russia.”

The First Ten Years of American Communism by James P. Cannon is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March. Cannon was a founding leader of the Communist Party of the United States in 1919 following the Russian Revolution.…

75 years after Auschwitz: ‘Not long ago. Not far away’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Picture on display at New York exhibit on Holocaust shows train delivering Jews and others to Auschwitz death camp in Poland. One million Jews were killed in gas chambers there.

NEW YORK — This January marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest and most murderous of the Nazi German forced labor and death camps  during the second imperialist world war. Over 1.1 million people were gassed…