The January-February 2018 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 63, #1, is available on the web.
Lead article: Iranian workers, youth reach for new radical beginnings
The recent uprisings in Iran start where the 2009 revolt left off. This analysis focuses on the rebellious working-class youth as well as the interconnections to the Arab Spring, Vladimir Putin’s interference, Donald Trump’s racist agenda, and the philosophic-historic significance of the Bosnian and Syrian struggles against genocide.
Editorial: Alabama Blacks beat Trump-Moore
Black voters in Alabama, led by Black women, overcame blatant voter suppression—including discriminatory voter ID laws—to flood the polls and block Roy Moore from the Senate seat he expected that God would anoint him to.
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Prisoner Fredd writes about his prison censoring many publications, including News & Letters, for trumped up reasons, and asks for help in fighting for his right to read.
Voices from the inside out: Prisoners discuss impact of 13th Amendment
Prisoners Faruq and Robert Taliaferro write about the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allowed for prisoners to be enslaved, taking up different aspects of slavery as it appears in prison, in the U.S. and the world.
From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya. Iran: Unfoldment of, and contradictions in, revolution
This excerpt from Dunayevskaya’s March 25, 1979, Political-Philosophic Letter “Iran: Unfoldment of, and Contradictions in, Revolution” gives a history of revolt and speaks to today’s rebellions in that country by workers, women and youth.
New French edition of Indignant Heart: a Black Worker’s Journal
Announcement of the French edition of Indignant Heart: Autobiography of a Black American Worker by Charles Denby, followed by English excerpts of Denby’s Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal.
World in View: Visage of Hitler rises in Austria
Far Right racist parties have continued to make inroads into mainstream politics. 40,000 people marched in Austria against the new governing coalition of the anti-immigrant Austrian People’s Party and the neo-Nazi Freedom Party.
Woman As Reason: The humanism of #MeToo
The #MeToo movement, with roots in the 1960s, is part of a humanist revolutionary red thread that shows in a visceral way that revolution must deepen at every point in order to finally make the relationships we have with each other into actually human relationships.
In Memoriam: Narihiko Ito (1931-2017)
We honor the life of Narihiko Ito, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Rosa Luxemburg and a correspondent of Raya Dunayevskaya, and mourn his death.
Syrians & Iranians unite in D.C. rally
More than 200 protesters from the Syrian and Iranian diaspora and solidarity activists staged a joint protest in front of the White House to demand an end to the Assad dictatorship and the Iranian theocracy.
Letter from Mexico: Zapatistas and science for humanity
At the second gathering of “ConSciences for Humanity,” scientists shared with the Zapatista Indigenous communities their views of “Science in the face of the wall [capitalism].”
World in View: Another brutal winter of war in Yemen
Yemenis face another winter of war, hunger, disease, and the brunt of Saudi and Iranian imperial rivalry. Over half the population urgently needs humanitarian assistance.