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Congress imposes rail worker contract

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters Railroad workers with SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, rally for a fair contract on Dec. 21, 2022, in Wash. D.C. Photo: Smart Kansas City, Kans.—Congress has done its best to become the nation’s strikebreaker by forcing a five-year contract…

Woman as Reason: Church survives on sexism & hypocrisy

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Terry Moon Student-led demonstration for abortion rights at Central Ohio College on June 28, 2022. Photo: Paul Becker/Becker1999 The Catholic Church has always been awash in misogyny: banning women from leadership positions; in Ireland enslaving pregnant women and taking their children; for…

Review: ‘Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution’

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Adele In the early 2010s, massive pro-democracy demonstrations called the Arab Spring challenged authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and North Africa. In Cairo, Egypt, nearly two million people regularly packed Tahrir Square for months calling for the downfall of the government of Hosni…

A Spectre, Haunting explores the Manifesto

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters Herr Lange wonders that Engels, I etc. take the dead dog of Hegel seriously
Herr Lange is naĂŻve enough to say that I “move with rare freedom” in empirical matter
this
is nothing but a paraphrase for the method of dealing with matter—that is, the dialectic method.” —Karl Marx, June…

Prisoners want opportunities to learn

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters Prisoner art titled “Prisoner’s Dilemma,” by Giulia Forsythe Gunnison, Utah—I’m hoping to raise awareness of how everything here in Utah’s prison system is going to hell. Excuse my language but I’m one of many frustrated and depressed inmates trying to better ourselves before we reenter…

Women Worldwide: January-February 2023

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Artemis For over 30 years while Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at war, peace negotiations did not involve women. Because of their patriarchal cultures, feminist, pro-democracy, and peace activists are harassed and often jailed. Feminists on both sides aim to break this cycle of violence. Since…

Queer Notes: January-February 2023

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Elise In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the owners of Scott Coffee and Tea shop were threatened with arson and physical violence for their plans to host a Halloween-themed drag story hour. Outside the event, Trans supporters carrying signs like “Teach Love Not Hate” and “Find Beauty in Diversity,”…

German youth speak

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters The Socialist Youth of Germany—The Falcons—is an organization of young people. We’re aiming for a liberated society where people have ruptured the logic of capitalist exploitation in thought and action and taken on responsibility for themselves and their environment. Freedom (liberation from…

Peru’s Congress targets Indigenous

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Eugene Walker Peruvian President Pedro Castillo bungled an attempt to free himself from the reactionary Peruvian Congress, which had twice subjected him to an impeachment vote in his first year in office, and was about to launch a third. He declared a state of emergency, attempting to dismiss…

Azadkar (Tooraj Haji Moradi), 1952-2022

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters Tooraj Haji Moradi (1952-2022), whose pen name was Azadkar, was a revolutionary to his core and remained so throughout his life. Azadkar first met News and Letters Committees in early 1978 in the midst of the ongoing Revolution in Iran. He was the first Iranian Marxist-Humanist who became fascinated…

Readers’ Views: Azadkar (Tooraj Haji Moradi), 1952-2022

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters It hurts to hear that Azadkar has passed. He was slightly built, but a giant in making the Iranian Revolution indigenous to Marxist-Humanism, and Marxist-Humanism indigenous to the Iranian Revolution. He and I participated in an international summit of farmers in Ottawa, the capital of Canada…

Jordan truckers strike

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters Truck drivers in Jordan were on strike during most of December, as soaring fuel prices have left them unable to work. Drivers simply stopped their trucks on the side of the highway and refused to deliver freight until the government dropped exorbitant fuel taxes. In the southern city of Maan, there…

School workers defy anti-union law to win

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters School support workers in Ontario, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, ratified a four-year contract on Dec. 6, after weeks of defying both school administrators and provincial politicians. The 55,000 custodians, librarians and educational assistants of CUPE went on strike on Nov…

Win for Michigan workers

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters Detroit–At last over 600,000 Michigan workers will receive increased minimum wages and earn paid sick leave, thanks to a court ruling this summer overturning a 2018 law the state legislature had quickly and cynically passed. The court thus pre-empted a minimum wage ballot proposal that had been…

Readers’ Views: January-February 2023, Part One

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters WOMEN’S STRUGGLES FOR FREEDOM I have taken people to abortion clinics year after year. They are many different kinds of people. When there are protesters and you eventually get inside, people talk to each other. A 19-year-old Black woman talks with a 40-year-old white woman, talks to Latinas…

‘Sweet Years of Protest’

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters SĂ©amas Cain allowed himself two boasts in Sweet Years of Protest: 1990-2021; A Chronicle of Actions, Ideas, and Events, published by Oyster Moon Press, Berkeley, Calif. He proudly includes himself in the “ugly Anarchists” denounced by Trump in June 2020: protesters enraged by the murder of…

Readers’ Views: January-February 2023, Part Two

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters IRAN AND PHILOSOPHY OF REVOLUTION Raya Dunayevskaya’s “Contradictions in Iranian Revolution” (Nov.-Dec. 2022 N&L) caught something profound when she singled out W. Morgan Shuster writing regarding Iran 1907 that the women then “at a bound” had become “the most progressive, not to say…

Youth in Action: January-February 2023

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Buddy Bell Graduate researchers and academic student employees of the University of California’s campuses ratified a labor contract on Dec. 23 after being on strike for six weeks. The strike delayed final exams and grading. The UC agreed to raise the starting nine-month salary of an academic…

Handicap This!: January-February 2023

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Elise Vanuatu, a Pacific island country, urged on by the Vanuatu Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association and the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability, has developed a national sign language, Storian wetem han. Without it, too many deaf children either got no education or dropped…

Ukrainian self-determination and idea of freedom

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Ron Kelch Just before Christmas Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky took an elaborately concealed trip from the hellish battlefield of Bakhmut to Washington, D.C. The quick visit culminated in a speech to the U.S. Congress. To standing ovations, minus MAGA Republicans, Zelensky declared that…

Thoughts from the Outside: Football and capitalism

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Faruq The whole nation is fascinated by football. In prison everyone is captivated by the game: the excitement of a player getting hit by someone from the opposing team. The reality, rather than mere entertainment, was brought home on Jan. 2, when Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety…

World in View: Israeli fanatics threaten Palestine, Israel

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Eugene Walker For the sixth time Benjamin Netanyahu has become Prime Minister of Israel. This time he returned to power by bargaining for a government of the most extreme right: an ultranationalist, ultra-Orthodox coalition. Not only are a number of cabinet members rabidly anti-Arab/anti-Palestinian…

World in View: Right-wing Brazilians storm the capitol

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Eugene Walker Bolsonaro supporters tear the coat of arms off the Supreme Court building and then take it over Just days after Lula da Silva had taken office as President, right-wing supporters of former President Bolsonaro stormed the Congress, Presidential Office and Supreme Court in Brasilia…

World in View: After Brexit come strikes

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Eugene Walker Great Britain is in a cost of living crisis. Newspapers are publishing “Heat or Eat Diaries.” “We live on cereal and soup, I ration washing my hair—what else can I give up to survive?” says one entry. “I never thought I’d be grateful for my auto-immune illness. But…

World in View: Migrants die in Qatar

From the January-February 2023 issue of News & Letters by Eugene Walker In the end, this is just a big prison where you can work. Nobody would be here if they had any other option, and Qatar knows it. What we are seeing here is modern slavery. —Ugandan migrant worker  In 2010 Qatar, through bribery and corruption, won the right to stage the recently…


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