Rally to end war in Yemen

Rally in Chicago calling for end to war in Yemen, including U.S.-supported Saudi military campaign. 44 blue backpacks represent children killed when the Saudi coalition dropped a U.S.-supplied bomb on a school bus packed with children.

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First ever charter school teachers’ strike

Teachers speak about why they struck Chicago’s Acero charter schools on Dec. 4-9, expanding the wave of teacher strikes to the first charter school strike in the nation.

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November-December 2018 issue of News & Letters is now online!

Lead article: Election deepens illegitimacy of Trump’s minority rule; New book: Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution in Permanence for Our Day; From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Karl Marx’s continuous development of the philosophy of revolution in permanence; Essay: Marx’s concept of permanent revolution as philosophy: Exploring it today with Dunayevskaya; Editorial: Massacre of Jews and rising racism; Immigrant caravan born in the USA; Voices From the Inside Out: Learning the meaning of parole; Women as Reason: Solidarity with Trans; California fires are not ‘natural’ disasters; Counter-revolution redefines EU, OPEC; Letter from Mexico: Rejecting fake choice in airport referendum; Bolsonaro’s fascism threatens Brazilians; more…

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Human Power is its own end – Karl Marx
November-December 2018, Vol. 63, #6

Election deepens illegitimacy of Trump’s minority rule

December 3, 2018
A Marxist-Humanist view of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections that highlights the illegitimacy of Trump's rule, showing how it is the rule of a minority won because of anti-democratic voter suppression, gerrymandering, racism, sexism, extreme anti-immigration rhetoric, hate speech and lies. It highlights the other America that opposes such...
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New book: Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution in Permanence for Our Day

December 14, 2018
New book published for the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth--Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution in Permanence for Our Day: Selected writings by Raya...
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From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Karl Marx’s continuous development of the philosophy of revolution in permanence

December 3, 2018
Marking the publication of writings by Raya Dunayevskaya on Marx’s philosophy of revolution in permanence, the article presents parts of a lecture in which she gave an overview of this concept in relationship to her just-completed book, "Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of...
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Essay: Marx’s concept of permanent revolution as philosophy: Exploring it today with Dunayevskaya

December 5, 2018
On the occasion of the publication of the new book "Marx's Philosophy of Revolution in Permanence for Our Day: Selected Writings by Raya Dunayevskaya," this essay explores Marx's ideas on the basis of Dunayevskaya's writings on them as a philosophy of revolution needed for our...
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Featured Articles

Immigrant caravan born in the USA

December 3, 2018
Migrants on the immigrant caravan to the U.S. speak for themselves about why they left their home countries, which have experienced problems due to a...
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Women as Reason, November-December 2018: Solidarity with Trans

December 11, 2018
The Trump administration’s latest outrage is its attempt to erase Transgender people. Its tactic this time is to declare that Trans people do not exist,...
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California fires are not ‘natural’ disasters

December 2, 2018
Climate change and downed power lines from PG&E are the reasons for the unprecedented wildfires in California in 2018, despite Donald Trump's attempt to put...
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World in View, November-December 2018: Counter-revolution redefines EU, OPEC

December 11, 2018
In OPEC powers' participation in the counter-revolutionary attacks on the revolutions in Syria and Yemen, and in the anti-immigrant reactionary reshaping of European politics, we...
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Letter from Mexico, November-December 2018: Rejecting fake choice in airport referendum

December 14, 2018
The elected government of Morena party organized a National Consultation on Mexico’s New Airport from Oct. 25-28. How are the Indigenous people resisting...
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Bolsonaro’s fascism threatens Brazilians

December 13, 2018
Jair Bolsonaro, elected President of Brazil, is a racist, misogynist, homophobic admirer of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship. The coming months will tell whether the masses...
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Featured Column

Voices From the Inside Out: Learning the meaning of parole

December 3, 2018
Prisoner Faruq writes of his pending parole and the obligation to fight the designation that prisoners are the "worst of the worst," to fight the...
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Editorial

Editorial: Massacre of Jews and rising racism


The Oct. 27 massacre of 11 Jewish congregants at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue is the single deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. The motive,...
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Review: Feminist Awakening in China

An account of #MeToo in China is documented in a new book by Leta Hong Fincher, “Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.”
Protesters slandered
Just before the final confirmation vote elevating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out messages that slandered the act of protest itself.
Women Worldwide
Women Worldwide column on a rape trial in Cork, Ireland; the women student movement Pinjratod or “Break the Cages” in India; and forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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‘Striking to Survive’ in China
Report on a talk in Oakland by worker-activists from China, including Fan Shigang, author and editor of “Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China.”
Iran strike solidarity
Workers at Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane in Iran have been on strike for most of November. This is the latest of their walkouts this year over unpaid wages.
Nurses on strike
Licensed practical nurses and supporters rallied at the University of Illinois Hospitals during their unfair labor practices strike.
Gig road to poverty
Contrary to the boosterism that we always hear from Trump, an MIT study revealed that on average an Uber-type driver’s income declined last year from $1,469 per month to $783, a drop of 47%.

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Readers’ Views
Readers’ Views on: Capitalism vs. the Planet; Anti-Semitism’s Inhumanity; Kavanaugh Travesty; Youth Rock!; Freedom Movements vs. Fascism across the Globe; Catholic Church Crisis; Voices from behind Bars

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The many forms of racism in the U.S.
Prisoner Robert Taliaferro discusses how racism and xenophobia are alive and well in the U.S., and take many forms, both blatant and subtle.
Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles DA, must go!
Concerned groups in Los Angles, Calif., held rallies and delivered a petition to LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey demanding she “Prosecute Killer Cops” or step down as DA.
Frantz Fanon warns Ali Shariati
A new book, “Frantz Fanon: Alienation and Freedom,” reveals that Frantz Fanon warned leftist Islamist Ali Shariati that, despite Islam’s anticolonialist potential, without the spirit of emancipation it risked diversion to sectarianism, approaching the past rather than future, like African nationalisms.

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Review: The Feeling of Being Watched
The film “The Feeling of Being Watched” exposes the FBI’s “Operation Vulgar Betrayal,” which tracked Muslim organizations only because they were Muslim, and reminds its audiences of other FBI investigations.
James Cone (1938-2018)
Obituary of scholar James H. Cone, who founded Black liberation theology and struggled against racism and white supremacy.
Handicap This!
FEMA’s failure to include people with disabilities in its response to natural disasters; airline passengers with disabilities gain a bill of rights; George Mason University sororities turn down AnnCatherine Heigl, who has Down syndrome; Texas is penalized for underfunding special education programs.
Queer Notes
“The Orlando Traveling Memorial” commemorates those murdered and those who aided the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse shooting; Transgender woman Aimee Stephens’ successful employment discrimination lawsuit; protesters decry Trump administration proposal to define gender as fixed at birth; Romania’s referendum defining a family as composed on one man and one woman fails.

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Youth in Action
Yale Law School students sit in to protest the rush to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court; three Australian eighth-graders boycott school over plan to open coal mines on indigenous land overlooking the Great Barrier Reef; and California high school students attend school board meetings en masse to demand the right of 16-18 year olds to vote in school board elections.
Iranians remember
Iranians gathered in Santa Monica in remembrance of the victims of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s 1979-1989 regime.

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Raed Fares
Raed Fares, revolutionary martyr of Kafranbel, Syria, is remembered after his assassination.
Vietnam is in turmoil
In response to massive protests in Vietnam, Communist Party General Secretary and ideologue Nguyen Phu Trong was named president, becoming the newest of the world’s strongman rulers.
Yemen peace talks
Yemeni civil society organizations have released a statement that should become the basis for peace negotiations.
Murder in Venezuela
Days after the Saudi regime murdered Jamal Khashoggi, the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro murdered its own critic, Fernando Alban Salazar, in equally horrific fashion.

 

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