Chicago judge throws out Gerald Reed’s acquittal

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

CHICAGO — In December 2018, Cook County Judge Thomas Gainer overturned Gerald Reed’s 1991 conviction on murder charges, ruling his “confession” had been extracted through torture. Still Reed languished in jail, because prosecutors objected to his release prior to a…


Eyewitness to Iran protests: ‘They lie, trample our rights’

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Sari, northern Iran, Nov. 16, 2019. Sparked by hikes in gas prices, protests mark growing unrest with regime’s expansionist military aims in region, taking big toll in soldiers’ lives and social needs of workers and farmers.

The following interview was conducted in December 2019 with a participant in one of the protests by workers and youth that spread across Iran’s cities, working-class suburbs and rural towns in mid-November. It was received by the Militant  in the…


Airline catering workers stage nationwide protest

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

SEATTLE — Nearly 100 airline catering workers and supporters rallied and marched at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Feb. 14 demanding their bosses negotiate a new contract. The workers are part of 20,000 union members at  LSG Sky Chefs and Gate…


A debate: Marxism and the fight against Jew-hatred

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Jewish Press ran Socialist Workers Party statement on fight against Jew-hatred in Dec. 27 issue, which drew an attack.

A debate has unfolded in the Jewish Press, the largest Jewish weekly in the U.S., over the origins of Jew-hatred and how to fight it. The Dec. 27 issue reprinted a Dec. 17 statement by Seth Galinsky for the Socialist…


SWP candidate talks program with Black farmers in Georgia

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, talks to Kevin Stanley, a U.S. Army veteran and peanut farmer. Stanley agreed with Fruit that what matters in the elections is which class interests a party represents and which class holds political power.

ALBANY, Ga. — One of the largest workshops at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives 37th annual conference here Feb. 13-14 discussed the challenges Black farmers face in keeping land they inherited from parents or grandparents who had not left wills…


‘Cuban Revolution taught us to go where we’re needed in the world’

Book on Cuba’s volunteer medical mission against Ebola in W. Africa launched at Havana International Book Fair
Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Feb. 10 book launch, from left, moderator Róger Calero, Pathfinder Press; Gerardo Hernández, vice rector, Higher Institute for International Relations; Enrique Ubieta, Red Zone author; Dr. Carlos Castro Baras, headed Cuban medical brigade in Guinea; Víctor Dreke, Cuba-Africa Friendship Committee president; Martín Koppel, Pathfinder Press.

HAVANA — The successful effort by Cuban medical volunteers to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa “was not the work of doctors who were on their own. Behind them was an entire country and a revolution that made this…


US flu outbreak toll caused by for-profit ‘care’ system

Cuba’s revolution shows different road possible
Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Above, figures as of Feb. 19 in flu health crisis. So far this year alone 31 million in U.S. have caught the flu. Inset, Palomar Medical Center triage tent in Escondido, California, Jan. 3, set up because of growing influx of flu patients. Under capitalism health care is a commodity.

The public health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China threatens — if it becomes an international pandemic — to overwhelm the profit-driven system of “health care” of the U.S. and other capitalist rulers. For the greater part of…


Assad regime offensive in Syria brings devastation

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

The offensive against rebel forces and civilians in Syria’s Idlib province carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime and its backers in Moscow and Tehran has intensified since December. The assaults have forced 800,000 people to flee their homes, the…


Crisis deepens in Democratic party in fight over nominee

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

The crisis wracking the Democratic Party is escalating amid debate over selecting a candidate capable of preventing what the party considers “unthinkable” — President Donald Trump winning reelection in November. And their debate over what kind of ideology to run…


SWP campaign: Back workers’ fights for better wages, working conditions

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Dennis Richter, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress in California, discusses party’s working-class program with dental assistant Mayra Mejía in Lathrop Feb. 16.

LATHROP, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party candidates campaigning for the party’s national ticket headed by Alyson Kennedy for U.S. president and Malcolm Jarrett for vice president are talking with workers about the party’s platform to confront the economic, social and…