Marxism and long-term unemployment

By April 5, 2014

A study published by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in January compiled figures on unemployment that have important significance for the working class and for a Marxist analysis of the present dead-end crisis of capitalism. The figures in the study confirm that the bosses’ need for labor power at all skill levels and [...]


Teachers hold national strike in Britain


Teachers across Britain went on strike March 26 over pay, pensions and teaching conditions. The National Union of Teachers got the support of many, but not all, parents. The teachers in London marched on the prime minister’s residence on Downing Street. Tom Davies, past president of the NUT chapter in Ealing, a western suburb of [...]


South Africa platinum strike: Mine bosses threaten layoffs


Efforts by South Africa’s government, led by the African National Congress, to initiate mediation between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the mine owners failed, leaving no end in sight to the platinum mining strike. The recent strike, after nearly two years of conflict in the platinum sector, have cost the bosses $1 [...]


Tweets, the Cuban 5 and the U.S. blockade


A widely distributed Associated Press article on April 3 revealed details of yet another covert U.S. program meant to undermine socialist Cuba. The AP’s investigative report, titled “U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest,” describes a multimillion-dollar program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that was meant to gather intelligence on cellphone [...]


Several African states boycott EU summit


The planned April 2-3 summit between the European Union and African nation-states has met with controversy and rejection. The republics of Zimbabwe and South Africa, two very important states in Southern Africa that won independence through formidable mass and armed struggles, have stated that their leaders will not attend the gathering in Belgium. Controversy surfaced [...]


Right-wing extremist destroys clinic


The All Families Health Center in Kalispell, Mont., was operational for only three weeks when it was vandalized and destroyed on March 4. Susan Cahill, the clinic owner, reported that the building’s plumbing and heating systems and medical equipment were destroyed, along with artwork and awards. Family photographs were slashed with knives. Files were stolen. [...]


Rights for women or corporations? Part 1


The Supreme Court heard arguments on March 25 about a highly controversial case involving two for-profit companies that object, on the grounds of “religious liberty,” to the free contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. If the justices affirm the companies’ religious claims, it could have far-reaching repercussions that go far beyond women’s rights and [...]


President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela calls for peace

By April 4, 2014
Nicolás Maduro

The following is an edited reprint from an opinion/editorial,“Venezuela: A call for peace,” that first appeared in the online edition of the New York Times on April 1.  Go to   The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts [...]


‘Land grabs’


Taken from a March 19 audio column at With the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, U.S. politicians have gone coo-coo, raising Cain about it, likening it to Hitler’s seizure of Poland, with Americans snarling about violations of international law, and “land grabs.” Almost immediately, Americans and Europeans, citing threats of “regional destabilization,” [...]


‘Community feed’ remembers police victim


San Francisco — The monthly “Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation Community Feed” on March 23 fell on the 6th annual “Feed the People Weekend.” The community event provided sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice and other wholesome foods for distribution to the people. On July 16, 2011, 19-year-old Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. was brutally killed by the [...]