¡Hugo Chávez, presente!

By March 5, 2013
Chávez campaigning in Caracas, Venezuela, October 2012.Photo: Chavez Corazon Patria

Workers World Party joins the Venezuelan people in grief over the loss of the great revolutionary leader Hugo Chávez. The death of a larger-than-life leader like Chávez is hard to take. Millions around the world will deeply mourn the loss of his vibrant personality, his warm embrace of the ordinary people, his courage and resoluteness [...]


‘Sequester’ hits the fan: Huge cuts ahead as banks get their way


It has finally happened. After many threatened “fiscal cliffs” over the past months, the deadline of Feb. 28 passed that put in motion a 10 percent cut in federal government spending on most “discretionary” budget items. In this fiscal year alone, the federal budget is to be cut by $85 billion. It’s called a “sequester,” [...]


The Dorner Manifesto


The following column was written Feb. 24. In the news business, yesterday’s news is — well, no longer news. It’s stale, old and useless. Yet this rush for what’s new often ignores that which bears closer scrutiny. I speak of the memorandum written by the Los Angeles Police Department’s former elite officer, Christopher Jordan Dorner, [...]


NBA great Dennis Rodman meets with Korean leader, punctures U.S. cold war myths

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang.

The visit of retired basketball defensive superstar Dennis Rodman to the socialist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from Feb. 26 to March 1 got the White House and the U.S. ruling class steaming mad. Rodman is reportedly the first person from the United States to meet with Kim Jong Un, who took on leadership of [...]


Palestinians protest torture and murder in Israeli prisons


Three thousand Palestinian prisoners carried out a one-day hunger strike on Feb. 24 to protest the torture and murder of Arafat Jaradat, who had been held by Israel’s infamous Shin Bet internal intelligence service. (Al-Jazeera, Feb. 24) They joined four other hunger strikers already protesting the inhuman conditions inside Israeli jails and detention centers. The [...]


Portugal’s people unite against austerity


Hundreds of thousands of Portuguese took to the streets March 2 to demand an end to the austerity programs imposed on the country by both the foreign “troika” — the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — and the domestic troika, made up of the two rightist parties running the [...]


Obama’s second term: Which road to liberation?

Larry HolmesWW photo: Brenda Ryan

These excerpts are from a Feb. 23 Workers World Party Black History Month Forum in New York City given by Larry Holmes, WWP’s first secretary and Secretariat member. Other forum speakers included Brenda Stokely, a leader of Million Worker March Movement, and the Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian [...]


Kansas unions fight austerity

By March 3, 2013

Chanting “Stand up! Fight back,” hundreds of working people and their family members throughout Kansas gathered at the state capitol in Topeka on Feb. 23 for a rally sponsored by a labor-community coalition, the Working Kansas Alliance. Despite the fact that one of the biggest snow storms in Kansas history, with snowfalls between 12 and [...]


On the picket line


Twin Cities janitors win gains After rallying tremendous community, faith-based, labor and political support, more than 4,000 janitors in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., will vote on major gains in a new three-year contract negotiated on Feb. 23. Service Employees Local 26 representatives were able to save thousands of full-time jobs. [...]


Marching in NYC from Bronx to Harlem to ‘Stop the Cops’


Rain and cold weather didn’t stop people from demonstrating against police violence in New York City on Feb. 23. They marched from 138th Street and Third Avenue in the South Bronx to the Harlem State Office Building on 125th Street. The “Stop the Cops” march commemorated the first anniversary of the deaths of Ramarley Graham [...]