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Protesters take to the streets of Los Angeles to demand a single-payer health care system (Molly Adams | flickr)

The only way out of the health care hunger games

We need a radical alternative to both Trumpcare and Obamacare: a single-payer system. With a groundswell of support, what are the first steps?

A stealth legislative assault

Democrats say they're standing up to Trump, but they won't challenge anti-immigrant bills being passed quietly in Congress.

Hey Senator, people aren't cars

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has compared people with pre-existing health conditions to cars that have been in accidents.

Destroying Mosul to not save it

Children walk through the ruins of their neighborhood in Mosul (European Commission DG ECHO | flickr)

The U.S.-led drive to eradicate ISIS forces in Mosul has succeeded--but at a terrible price to the people who live in what was once Iraq's second-largest city.

The left and the Lula verdict

The conviction of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has cast in sharp relief the strategic choices confronting the country's left.

Start of Turkey's hot summer?

A rally by as many as 2 million people in Istanbul is the latest sign that Turkey's discontent can't be crushed out by the regime's crackdown.

Being honest about Venezuela

As Maduro government and the right wing struggle for power, ordinary Venezuelans are watching the gains of Chavismo slip away.

Seeing all of the revolution

A new book about the Russian Revolution distinguishes itself by capturing the complexity of social groups in motion.

The International's rise and fall

On July 14, 1889, the Second International was born with the aim of uniting the workers of the world. What happened to that dream?

The right runs into a fight

A small Virginia city has become a target for racists--but its successful counterprotest of the Klan shows the importance of taking on the far right.

From Socialism 2017

The speech they tried to stop

Faced with death threats, a left-wing author had to cancel an appearance in Seattle--but she gave the speech you couldn't hear then at Socialism 2017.

The "Rust Belt" reactionaries?

Kohler workers standing strong on the picket lines

The U.S. is strewn with the wreckage of neoliberalism, including across the Midwest, where its victims are blamed for Trump's victory last fall.

Their caricature of workers

The media analysis of Trump voters ignores the reality of the working class today--and it caricatures the workers it does acknowledge.

Combahee's 40th birthday

A panel discussion at Socialism 2017 looked at the groundbreaking contribution of the Combahee River Collective to the struggle.

Other Top Articles of the Week

Treating addiction with cruelty

A city council member in Ohio has proposed that some drug addicts who overdose be left to die--but that's not far from how addicts are already treated.

On the line with Tufts nurses

Registered nurses at Tufts Medical Center are demanding that a profitable hospital prioritize patient safety and decent salaries.

Pushing unaffordable housing

A new wave of organizations that proudly claims the name "Yes In My Backyard" stands for letting developers keep building.

Why Socialism was a big deal

A plenary session crowd at Socialism 2017 (John Snowden)

Some 2,000 people packed into a Chicago convention center for the four days of discussion and debate at Socialism 2017.

Crime pays for Oakland cops

After a sex trafficking scandal that rocked the Oakland Police Department, two cops who led the cover-up have been promoted.

A Carolina clinic under siege

A documentary shows how the anti-choice bigots targeted an abortion clinic in North Carolina--with the help of the authorities.

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.

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The current issue of the ISR features an article by Lance Selfa on "Trump's first 100 days." For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the International Socialist Review website.

Taking on the right

San Diego stands with Nabra

San Diego was one of several cities where vigils were held against Islamophobia after the murder of Nabra Hassanen in Virginia.


The earth is choking on plastic

Mountains of plastic debris wash up on the shores of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Dying Regime | flickr)

Plastic waste isn't just a blight on the landscape--it is disrupting natural systems on which our very existence depends.

Calling for decent jobs

The author of a new book on call centers discusses the changing face of labor--and the potential for organizing these workers.

The not-so-great reunifier

Helmut Kohl, the former German chancellor and architect of reunification, left a legacy that defenders of social justice still battle.

Retreating in order to advance

The Bolsheviks' response to repression after the July Days uprising was to avoid provocations and prepare for future struggle.

Responses to the July Days

Two appeals from 100 years ago show the deepening conflict among Russian socialists as a new struggle for power took place.

Views in brief

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A backlash against solidarity

After plans for a rally in defense of refugees drew death threats, members of Lebanon's Socialist Forum are calling for solidarity.

A sign of struggles to come?

The media focused on violence, but the big news about the protests at the G20 summit is that they were the largest in some 10 years.

Morocco takes to the streets

A Moroccan activist describes the political climate in the country as protests have mounted, threatening the corrupt regime.

How to be like the filthy rich

Being rich is all a matter of having a "Tiger Mentality," according to one writer--in other words, the ability to steal candy from kids.

Series: The Russian Revolution

Read SW's series on the Russian Revolution, which began 100 years ago today.

The revolution gains strength

After the February Revolution, two powers existed in Russia--the Provisional Government and the workers' councils.

Repression and resurgence

The period of reaction that followed the July Days was relatively short-lived, with the movement reviving in a matter of a month.

Find a list of articles from the full Socialist Worker series on Russia 1917.

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