Port explosion fuels protests against gov’t in Lebanon

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Long-standing outrage among working people over a deepening economic and political crisis in Lebanon boiled over following a massive explosion Aug. 4 on the docks in Beirut. It killed at least 158 people and wounded over 6,000. For days after…


Montreal port workers strike over unsafe schedules

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

MONTREAL — Some 1,125 port workers, members of Local 375 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, went on strike here Aug. 10 in an important labor battle for all working people. The key issue is exhausting schedules that force…


Protests boost interest in books on working-class politics, history

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Eso Won Books co-owner James Fugate talks with customers in Los Angeles. Protests against cop killing of George Floyd led to jump in sales of political books. Supporters of Pathfinder Press are campaigning to increase distribution of books by SWP leaders, other revolutionaries.

“When social protests pick up, people start to read more about working-class struggles,” Jim Kendrick, from Kansas City, Missouri, told the Militant. Kendrick is one of dozens of volunteers across North America working to get Pathfinder books into bookstores and…


SWP ‘stimulus’ appeal at $143,600, more to come

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

As late and delayed “stimulus” payments continue to be sent out by the government, the Socialist Workers Party’s special appeal increases. In the last two weeks $5,000 came from six people, bringing the total to $143,600 from 131 contributors! Laura…


Protesters: Prosecute cops who killed Breonna Taylor!

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Twenty-six billboards in Louisville from Oprah Magazine demand charge cops who killed Breonna Taylor.

Growing refusal among working people to accept police brutality is propelling support for the arrest and prosecution of the Louisville, Kentucky, cops who killed Breonna Taylor. But five months after the emergency-room technician was gunned down in a “no-knock” break-in…


Philadelphia: Political fight breaks out over Jew-hatred

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — The ugly face of Jew-hatred today and how to combat it has become a burning political question here over the last month. On July 23 Rodney Muhammad, president of the Philadelphia NAACP, minister at Nation of Islam Mosque…


London bans China’s Huawei, looks for trade bloc with US

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

LONDON — In a reversal of its previous policy, the government in the U.K. banned mobile phone firms from buying parts from Chinese telecom giant Huawei beginning in 2021, and ordered those companies to eliminate all Huawei components from 5G networks…


As crisis deepens, workers fight boss attacks on jobs, conditions

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Working people around the world are taking action on the shop floor and in the street to resist the propertied rulers’ moves to deepen the exploitation of labor upon which their state power is based. The bosses’ “solution” to the…


Sugar workers in Iran on strike since June over unpaid wages

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Worker speaks at Aug. 1 rally of some 4,000 on strike at Haft Tappeh sugar complex in Shush. Strikers are demanding months of back pay and safer job conditions. To his right, in white shirts, are three members of Iran’s parliament.

Thousands of factory workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company in Iran have been on strike since June 12 demanding months of back wages. The strike is the latest in a number of walkouts Haft Tappeh workers have been…


Belarus protests erupt over presidential election results

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Tens of thousands in Belarus took to the streets and built barricades in Minsk, the capital, and many more defied a sweeping security crackdown across the country, to protest the sham reelection Aug. 9 of President Alexander Lukashenko. They chanted…