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February 2023

The Commies Are Coming!

Editorial for issue 38 of Socialist Revolution magazine. Subscribe now to get your copy!According to Donald Trump, he was brilliantly accurate when he predicted in 2019 that “America will never be a socialist country.” Why? Because, as he stated a few weeks ago, “the train didn’t stop at the socialist station… We hit the Marxist station and…

Top Union Leader U-Turns Against Fare-Free Buses and Trains

The President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), John Costa, has decided to overturn the union’s support for fare-free mass transit. This U-turn from the previous policy of the union places ATU International in the same camp as the employers and in conflict with all those forces who want an expansion of mass transportation. The previous President…

Frank Hamilton, the People’s Musician

Posted February 28, 2023 Left to right on guitar, banjo and guitar the three vagabonds who hitchhiked through the South collecting songs in the 50s: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Frank Hamilton, and Guy Carawan. Taken at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, TN. Coal miner Lee Tom plays fiddle. Perry Horton, father of the founder of Highlander, Myles Horton…

‘It’s disrupted all of my lesson plans’: Florida ramps up book bans, censorship

As the new semester began, teachers throughout Florida were faced with new state laws strictly limiting curricula—prompting schools to remove droves of books from their classrooms and libraries for fear of being in violation of the draconian but opaque new laws. An already-chilling reality gripping the third most populous state is getting even chillier…

PSL Editorial – Will the Supreme Court bury millions in even more student debt?

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in two related cases that threaten to overturn the student debt forgiveness policy announced by the Biden administration last year. One case was brought by right-wing state governments, and another by notorious right-wing law firm Consovoy McCarthy on behalf of two individual plaintiffs. Their aim is to force…

Defeats in the front line spark chaos in the Kiev junta

With Soledar fallen, Bakhmut surrounded and the liberation of the Donbass proceeding apace, the imperialist disaster on the military front in Ukraine is now translating into an extraordinary descent into faction-fighting on the political front. Attempts by CIA chief William Burns to bang heads together in Kiev and concentrate minds on implementing the…

Communist Party of Ireland: On the “Northern Ireland Protocol” between EU and Britain

"The “Northern Ireland Protocol” negotiations are best characterised as part of the inter-imperialist struggle between the EU and Britain with regard to the latter’s future trading relationship and access to markets within that bloc. They are about securing Britain’s future relationship with the EU and are not about the Irish people north or…

Ontario has found 11 species at risk

This story is a collaboration between the Toronto Star and The Narwhal. The Ontario government’s own research has found 11 species whose survival is in danger living along the proposed route of Highway 413 — including two central to a federal environmental review that may delay the controversial project. According to documents obtained by The Narwhal…

Black Workers and the Labor Resurgence

After decades of decline, the labor movement in the U.S. has been gaining some momentum. According to the NLRB, more than 2,000 petitions to form a union were filed in the U.S. last year, the most since 2015. Gallup reports 71% of Americans say they approve of labor unions, the highest number since 1965.Non-white workers are playing a key role in all…

Israel-Palestine: Violence escalates with settler rampage

On the night of 26 February, 400 Israeli settlers rampaged through the Palestinian town of Hawara in the West Bank, torching homes and cars, killing one Palestinian and wounding 280 others. Settlers were allowed to continue their rampage for several hours before they were cleared out by the Israeli army. None of the settlers have been charged or even…

How the Mexican Revolution shaped radical politics worldwide

From 1910-1920, armed peasants and workers reshaped Mexico in a democratic and agrarian revolution. The Mexican Revolution rippled throughout the world, influencing radical politics from Chicago to Moscow. Despite its potent effect on contemporary revolutionaries, the Mexican Revolution’s legacy has gone somewhat unrecognized today, particularly within…

Burnout and super-exploitation: Capitalism’s race to the bottom

The BBC Worklife blog recently hosted a post entitled The companies that churn through young workers. The article describes the harrowing environment that many young employees enter in the UK fashion industry. Sarah, the subject of the piece, found her passion for fashion quickly curdling in the face of long hours, bad pay, and no prospects of career…

Red Review #87: — International Left and Labour News

With news from Italy, Germany, the USA, Finland, Tunisia, the DPRK and elsewhere. There is also a section with statements from Communist parties related to the first anniversary of the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Communist youth march against war in Italy, February 25, 2023February 20:USA: Six workers in the South are standing up to a billion-dollar…

Professors join the picket: Workers at 150 UK universities pledge 18 days of strike action

At the beginning of February, some of the largest strikes in recent memory took place at universities and higher education institutes across the United Kingdom. The University and College Union (UCU), the single biggest trade union of higher education workers in the UK, has called for eighteen days of strike action across 150 universities, setting the…

Buffalo Tesla workers fight to form Tesla’s first-ever union

Tesla, a multi-million-dollar company known for its union-busting tactics, has fired over 40 workers at their plant in Buffalo, N.Y., in an attempt to halt a fast-growing union drive. At Tesla plants across the country, workers have reported issues with low pay, wage theft and safety violations. Workers at the Tesla Gigafactory 2 plant in Buffalo have…

UCU dispute at the crossroads

Rs21 members in UCU analyse the current UCU dispute and consider the role of the UCU bureaucracy in recent weeks. Photo: Steve Eason In January, the future of the UCU dispute over pay, pensions and conditions was in a precarious situation. A vote by the Higher Education Executive committee (HEC) to call indefinite strike action had been publicly denounced…

EEA 2: Long waves, profit curves, imperialism and socialist planning

There were some interesting papers presented in the URPE sessions at the Eastern Economics Association conference that ended last weekend (see my previous post).  I cannot cover them all but just a few papers that were kindly sent to me by their authors.  First, long waves in capitalist accumulation.  Professor Jason Hecht of Ramp College presented…

Starbucks: Poster Child for Corporate Abuse

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, in a recent interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, proudly showed off his newest invention: a tablespoon of olive oil added to a cup of coffee to bring out rich, complex flavors. The conversation took place in Italy and was meant to showcase Schultz’s commitment to the innovation and quality of Starbucks coffee as he gets…

Naxalites Sabotage Vehicle At Road Construction Site In Gadchiroli District

Gadchiroli District, February 28, 2023: A squad of Naxalites set ablaze a vehicle engaged in road construction work in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, police said on Tuesday. According to a police official, at around 11 pm on Monday, armed Naxalites came to the construction site at Botanpundi-Visamundi road and set afire the vehicle, a mixer truck…

European Communist Initiative: Statement on the 80th Anniversary of the Heroic Battle of Stalingrad

In a statement on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the heroic and decisive victory of the Soviet Red Army against Nazi Germany in Stalingrad, the Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative stresses out:"This year marks the 80th anniversary of the great Battle of Stalingrad, which was of decisive importance and contribution to the Antifascist…

The Full Monty at 25

Credit: Channel 4 Films Set in Sheffield against a post-Thatcher socioeconomic backdrop, the 1997 film The Full Monty follows six men as they search for work, money and meaning in a fractured landscape where all three are hard to find. The film was and remains a frank yet funny depiction of a northern city scarred by the privatisation of British Steel…

Chand Led CPN Stages Protests Against Financial Institutions In Kalikot District

Kalikot District, February 28, 2023: The Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) staged demonstrations against banks and financial institutions in Kalikot district. The CPN staged the demonstrations alleging that the banks and financial institutions were defrauding the citizens by charging high interest rates. The Party’s District Secretary…

Cleveland tenants demand fair treatment, compensation after displacement due to burst water pipe

For the past two months, residents at the Winton Manor Apartments in Cleveland have been displaced from their homes after a water pipe burst on the night of Dec. 23, 2022, flooding several apartments in the building. Water ran for 14 hours before the valve was shut off. Both management in the building and property management executives failed to communicate…

Philippines: Resist US-Marcos regime’s plan to turn Samar to howling wilderness

Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines.  The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounces the US-Marcos regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the deployment of an excessive number of counterinsurgency troops in Samar over the past weeks. The fascist surge aims…

Tampa: The Andrew Joseph Memorial Weekend

Andrew Joseph commemorated in Tampa, FL. (Fight Back! News/staff) Tampa, FL - The Tampa community, Black Lives Matter activists, and impacted families from across the country gathered in Tampa for the Andrew Joseph Memorial Weekend. The family-hosted event took place from Friday, February 17 to February 19. The weekend commemorates the ninth anniversary…


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