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Chicago police block off the street in front of the Homan Square dark site (Bob Simpson)

Guantánamo in Chicago

A shocking series of reports reveal that Chicago police have been running their own "black site" detention facility, where torture is rampant.

Framed for his own murder

Cleveland police reached a new low of victim-blaming when they claimed that 12-year-old Tamir Rice bore responsibility for his own death.

Marching against LAPD killers

The shooting of a Black homeless man by Los Angeles police exposes how city policies scapegoat the poor and unhoused.

UW walks out for diversity

Student activists led walkouts at University of Washington campuses to show opposition to racism and address the issue of diversity.

Myths behind the "hard truths"

FBI Director James Comey was praised for a speech that acknowledged the existence of racism--but mischaracterized its causes.

A divestment win at Stanford

The university's undergraduate Senate voted to support divestment from companies complicit in Israel's human rights abuses.

BDS activists blocked at UT

The first efforts of a divestment campaign at the University of Toledo were set back by bigoted and undemocratic maneuvering.

Confronting the concessions

A Greek socialist answers questions about the political situation following the agreement with the Eurogroup--and the struggles that now lie ahead.

The hidden victims of austerity

The dire conditions facing immigrants and asylum seekers in Greece are a critical issue facing the SYRIZA government.

The deal that trapped SYRIZA

The agreement between the Greek government and European lenders accepts the limits of a neoliberal policy of austerity.

Focus: International Women's Day

Zetkin and women's liberation

Often overlooked along with the International Working Women's Day holiday is the German socialist who first proposed it: Clara Zetkin.

Other top articles of the week

Playing politics with their lives

The immigrant bashing of Republicans is back in the spotlight in Washington, but we shouldn't forget the Deporter-in-Chief's dismal record.

An alternative to Mayor 1%?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's weak showing in the first round of the election has opened the way to challenger Chuy García.

Solidarity is not co-optation

A vigil in Chapel Hill for the three murdered Muslim students (Our Three Winners)

#MuslimLivesMatter isn't an appropriation that diminishes the Black struggle, but an embrace of a wider fight against racism.

Motives for murder in Russia

A Russian socialist website responds to the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

A new world in the making

There is a reason why Malcolm X's words and actions continue to resonate with radicals half a century after his death.


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 | ISReview.org

Bill Mullen writes on "Palestine, BDS and the 
battle against U.S. imperialism" for the International Socialist Review. For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the ISReview.org website.


Defend the Bronx Defenders

A defense firm for poor New Yorkers is the latest target of a right-wing backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement.

Living with the scars of slavery

A University of Washington student puts the struggle for diversity on campus in the larger context of American racial injustice.

Rodney Reed wins a reprieve

Grassroots activism played an important role in winning a stay of execution for Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed.

Why we stand with YGB

Teaching assistants at the University of Wisconsin approved a resolution in support of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition.

The extremely violent empire

The Obama administration's "Countering Violent Extremism" summit held in February was a brazen exercise in hypocrisy.

A get-out-of-terror-free card

Saudi Arabia is connected to terrorism around the world--yet the U.S. government considers it an ally in the "war on terror."

A diagnosis of Obamacare

Five years after its passage, what has the Affordable Care Act meant for U.S. workers and their access to health care?

Why we're opting out

Students taking a standardized test

It's easy to feel alone, but we can take hope from the teachers, parents and students standing up to high-stakes testing.

A tour that supports apartheid

New York City Council members must end their complicity with all forms of racist violence, from New York to Palestine

Bringing the struggles together

North Carolina's Historic Thousands on Jones march brought tens of thousands of people to the state capital of Raleigh.

Striking to stop the "accidents"

An explosion at an oil refinery in Southern California shows the high stakes in the oil workers' spreading strike against the energy giants.

Don't let Walker wreck UW

University of Wisconsin students, faculty and campus workers are mobilizing against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to slash funding.

Kind of a different state?

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras speaks in Athens right before the election

The discussion about what the SYRIZA led-government in Greece can accomplish raises important questions about the state.

What caused the capitulation?

The Eurogroup agreement that the Greek government was dragged into last week amounts to a headlong retreat.

Malcolm X: A revolutionary life

Fifty years after his murder, SW's multi-part series starts with a looks at the world that shaped one of the 20th century's most important revolutionaries.

Moving toward revolution

Malcolm X's energetic proselytizing increased the size of the Nation of Islam--but it also turned Malcolm into a political leader.

Reaching a dead end

While Malcolm X regularly criticized the civil rights movement, he could offer no alternative from within the Nation of Islam.

Emerging as a revolutionary

When Malcolm X was forced out of the Nation of Islam, he moved sharply to the left, embracing revolutionary politics.

Looking to a global rebellion

In his last year, Malcolm X became a revolutionary internationalist who was developing ties to the socialist left.

Finding 1954 in 2014

The third African Heritage Delegation to Palestine found conditions more like the Jim Crow South than a 21st century democracy.

The oppressed majority

Many associate the term oppression with discrimination against specific groups, but there is also an oppression suffered by the whole working class.

The passing of three icons

The deaths of three athletes from different sports and eras showed us how they were each trailblazers in their own ways.

Will soccer go on strike?

A possible players' strike in response to greed of the Major League Soccer management could derail the new season.

From lulz to lawmaking

What do the stories of Internet communities like Anonymous and Pirates Bay tell us about political consciousness online?

Fifty shades of mediocrity

What does Fifty Shades of Grey reveal about Hollywood's extremely limited depictions of sex–and what audiences would want?

Extrema violencia imperial

La cumbre "Confrontando la Violencia Extremista", organizada por la administración Obama, fue un ejercicio en hipocresía.

A cada cual según necesite

¿Qué es el socialismo? Imagine una sociedad cuyo propósito sea satisfacer las necesidades de cada uno de sus miembros.

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