July-August 2018 issue of News & Letters is now online!

July 25, 2018

The July-August 2018 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 63, #4, is available on the web.

View the issue online or as pdf.

Lead article: Millions denounce Trump’s heinous immigration abuses
Marxist-Humanist analysis of the nature of President Donald Trump’s inhuman immigration policy, the damage it is causing and the outcry against it, including from his own base.

Editorial: Trump-Kim ‘peace’ threatens masses
Marxist-Humanist analysis of the Trump-Kim summit and G7 summit shows Trump is not charting a path to world peace but rather toward a more openly brutal world order.

Voices from the Inside Out column: Prisoner reviews Specters of Revolt
Prisoner-columnist Faruq reviews the book “Specters of Revolt: On the Intellect of Insurrection and Philosophy from Below” by Richard Gilman-Opalsky.

Turkey’s Erdoğan tightens authoritarian rule
With his victory in the June 24, 2018, presidential election, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has consolidated his one-man rule of Turkey’s 80 million-plus population. He had already eliminated the office of prime minister and created a powerful executive presidency.

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: A return to the Humanism of Marx
At a time when the social crisis is total—political, economic, cultural, ideological—this clarion call for a return to the original form of the Humanism of Marxism speaks to today’s need for more than just political change, but for a total view and a total solution to global retrogression.

Essay: Saito’s ecosocialism rejects Marx’s philosophic moment
In “Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism” Kohei Saito brings to light some of the volumes of Marx’s unpublished research and growing concern over capitalism’s deleterious effect on the environment but wrongly rejects Marx’s 1844 philosophic moment.

Letter from Mexico: Will López Obrador hear masses?
Since leftist López Obrador won the Presidency of Mexico, the masses will watch him and raise their voices if he fails in his promises for workers and Indigenous and against violence and corruption.

Women demand: ‘End money bail!’
For Mothers’ Day 2018, Essie Justice Group; Young Women’s Freedom Center; Transgender, Gender-variant, Intersex Justice Project; and other mostly Black women demonstrated in front of the Oakland courthouse demanding an end to money bail.

‘Families belong together’: Demonstrations for refugees cover the entire U.S.; and L.A. is fighting Trump

Stop genocide against Syrians
Free Syria activists gathered in Chicago on June 8 in a vigil opposing the ongoing genocide against civilians who are ignored by most of the world.

What’s next for Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is in deep crisis. Almost 150 have been killed by government forces, and thousands injured. The Nicaraguan masses will need to create an emancipatory alternative.


Page 2
Woman as Reason column: Bulwark against reaction
What is bringing all reactionary forces together at this moment is the recognition by creatures like Donald Trump that women are the implacable enemy of emerging fascism.
Review: Reproductive Justice: An Introduction
Review of the book “Reproductive Justice: An Introduction” by Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger.
Rapists Freed in Spain
Massive demonstrations in 30 major cities of Spain occurred after the five rapists in the La Manada case were set free from prison on June 22.
Women WorldWide
Women Worldwide column on Equal Playing Field organization; 30,000 women marching in South Korea against “molka”; and forced marriage in Sudan.

Page 3
Trump helps Harley-Davidson kill jobs
Harley-Davidson workers found that Trump’s corporate tax cuts made it easier for the company to plan to shutter the Kansas City plant. Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum gave Harley-Davidson an incentive to move more jobs to a new plant in Thailand.
Landless people are attacked in S. Africa
Landless people in Tembisa near Johannesburg, promised housing by the municipality, occupied empty land and put up houses since February, only to rebuild them with each destruction and eviction by police.
Now published in paperback… Russia: From Proletarian Revolution to State-Capitalist Counter-Revolution
Special offer for this new paperback book!

Pages 6-7, Readers’ Views
Part 1: Readers’ Views on: Fighting Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Hysteria; Women’s Liberation; Attacks on Gays; Support Restaurant Workers; Swords into Plowshares; Human Rights Struggles in Iraq…; …And in Russia; Arthur Gursch in Memoriam
Part 2: Readers’ Views on: Marx’s New Moments and Today’s Need for Revolution and Philosophy; Fetish of Property vs. Humanity and the Planet; Voices from Behind Bars

Page 8
Prison censorship
Prisoner Fredd rails against the ridiculous censoring of reading material taking place at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, including books as well as personal mail.
Prisoner reviews The End of Policing
Review of “The End of Policing” by Alex S. Vitale by a prisoner who sees it as “a wake-up call as to the world in which [we] live: the police state Amerika.”
Inhuman Iraqi rush to judgment
Iraq’s court system has disregarded the element of coercion as they rush to put to death not only ISIS fighters but their hostages as well. On one April afternoon, two hours was all a judge needed to convict 14 women who had been rounded up from areas liberated from ISIS and sentence them to hang.

Page 9
Queer Notes
Queer notes on Delaware’s anti-Transgender legislation; Gay asylum seeker and detainee Udoka Nweke; Lesbian activist Constance Kurt; Aryman Menem, founder of Tea and Talk for Syrian LGBT; and Baltic Pride’s Pride Parade in Riga, Latvia.

Page 11
Youth in Action
Youth in action column on a student demonstration in Delhi, India; a student rally against the alt-Right at Michigan State University, and revolt in Nicaragua headed by students.

Page 12, World in View
Gaza, Israel and Trump
Since protests began on March 30, at least 135 Palestinians have been murdered by Israeli sharpshooters who targeted medical workers and youth.
Colombia’s election
The election of right-winger Iván Duque is a threat to the peace agreement that ended Colombia’s decades-long war between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla insurgency.
Reaction and racism in the ‘new’ Europe
Update on the reaction, racism and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee laws growing in Poland, Italy and Hungary.

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