Protest in Syria: Down with Assad! Moscow, Tehran out of our country

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Mainly youthful protesters in Suweida, southern Syria, June 7, chanted “Get out Bashar,” and “Syria is for us, it is not for Assad’s family.” They called for Russian and Iranian forces, which have propped up Bashar al-Assad’s regime during brutal civil conflicts since 2011, to get out.

Chanting, “The people want the fall of the regime” and other slogans calling for the toppling of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, hundreds of demonstrators marched in Suweida June 7. This is an area in Syria where most people backed Assad…


‘Building socialism is a voluntary task of free men and women’

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Faced with provocations and war threats from Washington in 1980 as struggles spread across Latin America and the Caribbean, including revolutions by workers and farmers in Nicaragua and Grenada, millions of working people mobilized across Cuba in defense of their revolution.

Cuba’s Internationalist Foreign Policy 1975-80 by Fidel Castro is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for June. Castro was the central leader of the Cuban Revolution that triumphed in 1959. Excerpted here is his 1980 “Speech to the Fighting…


SWP ‘stimulus’ appeal climbs over $116,000

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020

In the last week the Socialist Workers Party “stimulus” appeal grew by $11,200 to a total of $116,200, from 11 more people, for a total of 105 contributors. Many contributions come with notes. “Enclosed is my contribution from ‘stimulus’ payments…


Frank Gorton built communist movement in Canada, UK, US

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Frank Gorton, far right with bullhorn, was union spokesperson in 1969 demonstration for wage parity between skilled, unskilled workers at Raleigh bike factory in Nottingham, England.

MONTREAL — The political activity and contributions of Frank Gorton, a 56-year cadre of the world communist movement, were celebrated here at a May 31 event sponsored by the Communist League. Gorton dedicated his life to building communist parties in…


Worldwide protests say, ‘End police brutality!’

Workers, youth march in cities, towns, rural areas across US
Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Old Bridge, New Jersey, June 4, one of hundreds — perhaps thousands — of protests that have exploded in small towns across U.S. after Minneapolis cops brutally killed George Floyd.

More than two weeks after Minneapolis cops brutally killed George Floyd, protests on an unprecedented scale continue to sweep the world. From big cities to rural towns in the U.S. and elsewhere, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, have joined…


French auto workers strike over Renault plant closures

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Renault workers lead 1,000 autoworkers and their supporters in June 6 march to plant that bosses say they want to shutter. Lead banner says, “No to the closing of the Renault-Choisy factory after 70 years of existence.” Workers chanted, “We won’t move! Renault-Choisy is ours!”

Facing plant closings by the bosses at Renault, autoworkers in France are organizing strikes and protest rallies against company plans to eliminate 4,600 jobs nationwide. These actions have forced the company to back off  from some of the plant closings…


Workers fight boss attacks on jobs, pay, work conditions

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020

From airlines to auto plants, oil companies to food packing, bosses around the world are pushing to crank up production as governments lift onerous lockdowns, opening the door for the employers to ratchet up cutthroat capitalist competition for markets and…


Cops and their violence are an essential part of capitalist rule

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following statement June 9. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. The explosion of demonstrations against the Minneapolis cop killing of George Floyd that have swept the…



Planned Parenthood wins fight to keep Missouri abortion clinic open

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
St. Louis Planned Parenthood, only clinic open in Missouri for women who choose to have an abortion, hangs huge banner May 29 after defeat of state officials’ move to shut it down.

Supporters of women’s right to choose whether to have an abortion registered an important victory May 29 when the state government’s attempt to shut down Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic was blocked. The Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis now…