‘We need a labor party, independent of the bosses’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy speaks to meeting at Louisville apartment complex Feb. 20, hosted by resident Lamont Anthony, seated behind podium.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “We don’t say, ‘Vote for me and I’ll fix everything,’” Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, told a meeting at the Mount Lebanon of Cedars apartments community room here Feb. 20. Instead, Kennedy, running mate…


Capitalist two party system’s stability won’t be restored

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

The deep divisions in the Democratic Party continue to chafe as Bernie Sanders, who says he is a democratic socialist, is leading the party’s early primaries. His centrist opponents are desperate to prevent him from getting the nomination and stop…


‘Second-class status of women arose with class society’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Women garment workers in Dhaka fighting for union rights, better wages and conditions, October 2014. Bangladeshi “fashion” industry workforce of 4 million is 80% female. Women in these factories have joined union struggles, advancing their confidence and status.

The Spanish-language edition of Cosmetics, Fashions, and the Exploitation of Women by Joseph Hansen, Evelyn Reed and Mary-Alice Waters is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March. This Marxist classic on women’s liberation began as a 1954 debate…


New Zealand protesters say ‘Abortion is not a crime’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Feb. 18 march in support of abortion rights in Auckland, New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “I am a young person who doesn’t believe abortion should be in the Crimes Act,” high school student Lucy Mackenzie told the crowd as she kicked off a rally here Feb. 18 demanding a woman’s right…



Over a million Syrians forced to flee Idlib in face of regime’s offensive

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

The Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad — backed by Moscow’s air power and Tehran-organized militias — continues its murderous bombardment of rebel fighters and civilians in the country’s Idlib province, with disastrous consequences for working people. Over a third of…


Striking Asarco miners protest bosses’ union-busting attacks

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Striking Asarco copper workers and supporters protest in Phoenix Feb. 24 against bosses’ attacks and refusal to negotiate. Some 1,700 workers have been on strike since Oct. 13.

PHOENIX — “Asarco, Asarco, you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side,” chanted over 100 copper strikers and their supporters protesting here Feb. 24 in front of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration conference. The gathering attracted thousands…


New book on Ebola launched at Cuban tropical medicine school

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Top, Dr. Manuel Romero, director of Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, welcomes speakers, Feb. 18. Seated from left, Enrique Ubieta, author of Red Zone; Martín Koppel, Pathfinder editor; and Mary-Alice Waters, president of Pathfinder. Bottom, Koppel talks to Didye Ruiz, part of Cuban health care team to Equatorial Guinea during 2014-15 Ebola epidemic. Damayanti Matos, center, discusses books with Philippe Tessier and Malcolm Jarrett, right, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. vice president.

HAVANA — Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa, by Cuban writer Enrique Ubieta, published by Pathfinder Press in both English and Spanish, was presented Feb. 18 at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine here.…


Families, former inmates, SWP protest conditions at Georgia jail

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
At speak out protesting conditions at Cobb County Detention Center in Marietta, Georgia, Doug Jenkins, above, testifies about being incarcerated there during lockdown. Inset, Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, speaks at hearing.

MARIETTA, Ga. — “It’s monstrous what they are doing. How do we allow this?” asked Wanda Webb, one of dozens of family members and former inmates who spoke out at a Feb. 18 meeting here protesting conditions at the Cobb…


Capitalist economies wobble as coronavirus cases spread

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Above, women in Tehran wear masks Feb. 23 after coronavirus outbreak, which has taken over 50 lives in Iran. Inset, trader on New York Stock Exchange. Shares slumped on reports disease has spread to Iran, northern Italy, more as world economy slows.

Media worldwide headlined the news Feb. 24 with reports that coronavirus infections and deaths were spreading outside China, where it originated, with spikes in South Korea, Japan, Iran and northern Italy. Capitalist governments around the world either admit their health…