Human Power is its own end – Karl Marx
March-April 2020, Vol. 65, #2

Women’s movements reach for new global stage

March 6, 2020
What has become clear in 2020 is the global nature of the women’s movements. It is a new stage which has announced itself by the...
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COVID-19: A world-historic threat

March 7, 2020
Gerry Emmett analyzes the meaning of the current coronavirus pandemic from the point of view of what Karl Marx called humanity’s metabolism with nature, which...
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From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: African revolutions at the crossroads

March 8, 2020
This 60th anniversary of the “Year of Africa,” the turning point of the African revolutions, sheds light on today’s dilemmas. We reprint for the first...
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Essay: Ecosocialism and post-Marx Marxism

Franklin Dmitryev explores the limitations of how "ecosocialism" rethinks, partially, post-Marx Marxism, focusing on theoreticians Michael Lowy and Joel...
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Featured Articles

Copper miners strike

March 11, 2020
The strike of more than 1,500 copper miners and smelters in Arizona and Texas against Asarco/Grupo Mexico has entered its fifth month, part of a...
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Torture of immigrants in the U.S.

As millions of immigrants improve the U.S. in various ways, Donald Trump continues a crusade to keep his most vile campaign promises, like stopping dark-skinned...
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World in view: France, Ireland, & ‘the idea of Europe’

With Brexit, the rise of the far right, Macron's vacuous French nationalism, and Sinn Fein's victory in Irish elections, the "idea of Europe" is under...
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Women worldwide, March-April 2020

March 8, 2020
Women worldwide column on Wet’suwet’en women fighting Coastal GasLink Pipeline; the Murang’a County Women savings and credit cooperative in Kenya; artist Jimini Hignett; dress codes...
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Review of Joseph Daher’s ‘Syria After the Uprising’

March 17, 2020
Review of the book 'Syria After the Uprisings: The Political Economy of State Resilience' by Joseph Daher. The author situates the Assad regime and Syria’s...
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Youth in action, March-April 2020

Youth in action column on the Valentine’s Day's Fridays 4 Future and Climate Strike protests, and the student group Teens Take Charge's actions against segregation...
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Voices from the inside out: On becoming human

March 11, 2020
Faruq reflects on the question of social interaction in the modern capitalist world, seen from the point of view of someone who has spent several...
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Editorial: Trump after impeachment

March 8, 2020
In the aftermath of Trump's impeachment trial, impunity and purges rage while checks and balances failed. Armed with a philosophy of freedom, the opposition to...
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Special coverage of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19: A world-historic threat

Uber, Lyft, Amazon workers revolt!

Solidarity in a Time of Crisis from Abahlali baseMjondolo (South Africa)

Thoughts of COVID-19 in prison

Pandemic as battlefield

El COVID-19 evidencia la crisis del capitalismo, muestra la urgencia de una nueva sociedad humana

COVID-19 manifests the crisis of capitalism, shows the urgency of a new human society

COVID-19 Detroit dispatch

March-April 2020 issue online; and a note on the pandemic

World in view: Notes on a pandemic

Readers’ views, March-April 2020: Part two

COVID-19 and the specter of pandemic

More in March-April 2020 issue of N&L:

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‘Leftover Women’
Review of ‘Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China’ by Leta Hong Fincher, which debunks the Chinese government’s propaganda that the status of women has been soaring since the introduction of corporate capitalism.
Zapatistas host ‘Women Who Fight’
Report by two women who attended the Zapatista Second International Gathering of Women Who Fight in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Letter from Mexico: Indigenous create tools of resistance
Report on the Assembly from Oaxaca in Defense of the Land and Territory, held as part of the three Days of Action called by the Zapatistas and the National Indigenous Congress to commemorate one year since the murder of Indigenous activist Samir Flores.
Workers strike Aptiv!
More than 18,000 workers at the U.S. company Aptiv’s maquiladora plants in Mexico walked out because, after a 120-peso wage increase, Aptiv withheld much more than that for taxes.
Prison slave labor
Federal prisoner slave labor is producing comic books and other materials for the U.S. market. UNICOR corporation pays federal prisoners from 23¢ to $1.15 per hour, often working 15½-hour shifts, with unpaid lunch and dinner times, but no other breaks.
Mental health strike
Four thousand mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente HMO held a five-day strike, once again calling attention to a serious lack of resources to provide timely care.

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Readers’ views, part one
Readers’ views on climate struggles; labor struggles; racist politics; election contradictions; Modi’s Kristallnacht?; anti-abortion terror; rewriting history; and women and culture.

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Readers’ views, part two
Readers’ views on philosophy and the retrogressive changed world; pandemics and social control; mental illness and criminal ‘justice’; culture’s bizarre normal; and voices from behind bars.

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Voices from the inside out: Impeachment and injustice
Prisoner Robert Taliaferro’s column on the meaning of the Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump.
Indigenous protest megaprojects
Report from Mexico on the three Days of Action “In Defense of Territory and Mother Earth,” by a participant in Mexico City.
Free Lyris Wolfe!
After almost three years in jail, Lyris Wolfe was finally released. There is video evidence that the offense was an accident.
Baridi speaks to Free the Caged Voices
Baridi, one of the signers of the 2012 “Agreement to End Hostilities,” talks about the contradictions of the U.S. prison system.

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AMLO and Trump join forces to oppress
Despite Mexican President López Obrador’s sweet words about humanitarian treatment of Central American immigrants entering Mexico, the truth is horribly different.
Queer notes
Queer notes on youth in Vietnam; anti-LGBTQ actions at the University of Louisville; and the firing of two teachers at John F. Kennedy High School after announcing their engagements to same-sex partners.

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A coalition of students and workers at Wayne State University in Detroit have been conducting a campaign since November 2019 for the elevators on campus to be repaired. It is a disability, safety, and working conditions issue.

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World in view: Notes on a pandemic
Every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic can be expected to highlight the class nature of society. The more important thing to remember is human solidarity.
World in view: In Syria, righteous hours expose evil years
Free Syrians continue to fight the regime and Russia, and regime supporters keep pressing for genocide. They cannot coexist.
World in view: South Africa cuts
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to cut the wages of public sector workers. He has come to represent the contradictions of post-apartheid society.

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Uber, Lyft, Amazon workers revolt!
Uber, Lyft, and Amazon workers struggle to hold their employers to account and demand protection from COVID-19 as well as a living wage and sick days.
Solidarity in a Time of Crisis from Abahlali baseMjondolo (South Africa)
Shack dwellers, and other poor people, including street traders, casual workers and undocumented migrants, have not been taken into consideration when it comes to the prevention of the coronavirus, or included in decision-making about the crisis.
Thoughts of COVID-19 in prison
In prison here in Wisconsin, the guys are not as engaged as people in the community simply because of the nature of where we are. We are still in a relatively sterile environment which would change dramatically if someone comes in from the world and is a carrier. Healthcare inside is marginal during the best of times.
Pandemic as battlefield
The battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is a battle over how society will change, mirroring the battle over how to confront and adapt to the climate and extinction crisis. Strikes are erupting across the world.
International Women’s Day 2020
What was new this International Women’s Day was larger marches, greater militancy of women participants, the new places where they took place, and the attacks against them which escalated significantly from previous years.
El COVID-19 evidencia la crisis del capitalismo, muestra la urgencia de una nueva sociedad humana
Más allá de la mayor o menor eficacia de la respuesta de uno u otro gobierno ante la pandemia, es el capitalismo en su conjunto el que muestra su incapacidad para darle solución a los problemas que amenazan la vida humana.
COVID-19 manifests the crisis of capitalism, shows the urgency of a new human society
Beyond the greater or lesser effectiveness of the response of one or the other government to the pandemic, it is capitalism as a whole that shows its inability to solve the problems that threaten human life.
Revolution in Permanence in Syria, After the Uprisings
Review-essay (longer version) on the book ‘Syria After the Uprisings: The Political Economy of State Resilience’ by Joseph Daher. With a combination of ruthless criticism and consistent solidarity, the author situates the Assad regime and Syria’s three counter-revolutions into a broader trend of global neoliberalism.
The Power of Women’s Liberation in Mexico
Participant report of women’s strike in Mexico City, March 9, 2020.
COVID-19 Detroit dispatch
Most Detroiters are adjusting to new habits of sanitation and social distancing required because of the coronavirus, but the response of city government has been mixed.


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