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What made Katrina a "Katrina moment"?

The manmade disaster that followed after Katrina ripped the mask off U.S. society, revealing the depths of racism, poverty and inequality.

Heroes and sheroes of Katrina

SW contributors Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky were trapped in New Orleans by Katrina--their story, first told here, shocked the world.

The struggle for New Orleans

In a 2005 interview, left-wing author Mike Davis described the consequences, natural and man-made, of the Katrina catastrophe.

What we saw after Katrina

Socialist Worker reporters traveled to the Gulf Coast to talk to local residents and activists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Invasion of the profiteers

Journalist Jeremy Scahill exposed how Homeland Security hired mercenaries from Blackwater to patrol New Orleans.

Begging to be let in

A refugee crisis of immense proportions is taking place in Europe, with political leaders resisting calls to open the borders.

The label Podemos can't escape

A majority of people in Spain still consider Podemos to be "far left," despite all the efforts of party leaders to shift to the right.

The left gains in Argentina

An alliance of the far left in Argentina won nearly 750,000 votes, qualifying as one of six parties on the October presidential ballot.

Crackdown on Oaxaca teachers

Mexico's government has dismantled the Oaxaca State Institute of Public Education in an attempt to bust a militant teachers' union.

The left challenge to Tsipras

A Greek socialist explains why SYRIZA's left has broken from the party to form Popular Unity, a radical alternative for the elections to come.

An anti-Memorandum alliance

SYRIZA's Left Platform announces that it will help form a new alliance to run in early elections forced by Alexis Tsipras.

The money behind the throne

The media obsessions with campaign strategy and gaffes and voting blocs ignore the main predictor of who wins elections: money, and lots of it.

Surrendering in the drug war?

What does it mean when Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and even Newt Gingrich begin to call for reduced prison sentences?

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We can't walk away

Low-wage workers demonstrate at New York City's Kennedy Airport (SEIU 32BJ)

A union activist at New York's JFK Airport talks about how SEIU 32BJ won the victory in the fight to organize subcontracted airport workers.

Persecuting a political prisoner

The U.S. Army's campaign to silence whistleblower Chelsea Manning goes on, but so does her supporters' calls for justice.

The party and Black liberation

The Communist Party was the first socialist group in the U.S. to make the fight against racial oppression central to its program.

Monster in the Mission slayed

Plans for constructing a 10-story complex of luxury rentals and condos in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District have collapsed.

Segregationists in the North

David Simon's Show Me a Hero tells the story of how white residents in Yonkers, New York, resisted desegregation in the 1980s.

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The politics of the ISO

Where We Stand: The Politics of the ISO

In this extended series of articles on the politics of international socialism, Paul D'Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism, looks in detail at the ISO's "Where We Stand" statement.

Find out about the activities of the International Socialist Organization
Marx Matters: A collection of SW articles on the Marxist tradition
International Socialist Review |

The latest issue of the ISR is out, featuring Jennifer Roesch on "The Workers' Government Debate in the Communist International." For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the International Socialist Review website.

BLM and the 2016 elections

Confrontations between Black Lives Matter activists and political candidates have cast a light on the movement's politics and the challenges it faces.

The new "Brown scare"

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore)

Donald Trump is a bigoted buffoon, but his anti-immigrant rants fit right into the larger climate of repression and scapegoating.

His plan won't put out the fire

When some of the loudest applause for Obama's climate change plan is coming from corporate polluters, we should be more than skeptical.

A warning to witch hunters

The University of Illinois's attempts to silence fired Palestinian professor Steven Salaita have unraveled further.

Homelessness is the real crime

You might think an encounter with police is the last thing homeless people need--but that's what they face, more and more, in cities everywhere.

Grad employees call for justice

A conference of the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions took up a range of issues, from racism to the neoliberal university.

The AFT's rush to endorse

The American Federation of Teachers angered members with its earliest-ever presidential endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

We want justice for Cierra

Activists are rallying to the defense of Cierra Finkley, who is facing years in prison for defending herself from a violent partner.

Katrina and political athletes

When the levees of New Orleans broke, the crushing conformity surrounding the political lives of athletes broke with them.

Intro to NLRB union-busting

The NLRB decision to deny Northwestern football players the right to organize was as cockamamie as it was craven.

Hero of the Western Wobblies

An engaging biography of Frank Little aims to recover the IWW leader's mighty struggles as lessons for left-wingers today.

Lucha antirracista y elecciones

Los altercados entre activistas de Black Lives Matter y candidatos han arrojado luz sobre la política del movimiento y los desafíos que enfrenta.

What comes next in Greece?

The left in Greece is coming together in defiance after parliament gave final approval to Alexis Tsipras' new Memorandum.

Not the same old Labour

Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to be leader of the Labour Party has the potential to pose socialist arguments to a wider audience.

Black solidarity with Palestine

More than 1,000 Black activists, scholars and organizations have released a statement of solidarity with Palestine.

After two years of barbarism

Since the Syrian regime's poison gas attack two years ago this week, the inhabitants of eastern Ghouta have had no relief.

The hopeful need not apply

Labour Party leaders are worried that an influx of Jeremy Corbyn supporters might pressure the party to stand for something.

A revolutionary party builder

John Percy never waivered from his commitment to building the revolutionary left in Australia and around the world.

Views: BLM and Bernie Sanders

We want to win the debate

Our movements should be guided by strategies and tactics that help activists to challenge and change people's ideas.

Taking on the strategy question

The debate about the protest of Bernie Sanders' speech goes to the question of strategy for the movement, not its tactics.

Making Sanders discuss racism

Between Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders, there should be no question about which side we're on.

Who will fight for Black lives?

Raising the Black Lives Matter issue forcefully is important, but the dismissal of potential supporters as racists is a problem.

From Our Archive

Understanding the united front

Leon Trotsky

Amid the wave of upheavals after the First World War, revolutionaries developed the "united front" strategy to build working-class unity in struggle.

Tearing down the walls

The Stonewall Rebellion provides us with lessons for rebuilding a movement that can win sexual liberation for everyone.

Capitalism is a waste

The celebrated pursuit of economic "efficiency" may make sense for capitalists--but it's entirely irrational for the rest of us.

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