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Focus: The 2018 Elections

Clockwise from top left: Summer Lee, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

Is the left saving the Democratic Party?

Or more to the point: Should the left save the Democrats? Progressives are facing wrath from party leaders for their primary victories, but is it worth it?

1968: Revolt strikes in the East

The Prague Spring uprising in so-called “socialist” Czechoslovakia showed that the 1968 spirit of revolt had crossed the divide between East and West.

Massacres under apartheid

Israel, like South Africa, is a racist apartheid state, so its latest massacre of Palestinians is an echo of South Africa’s own past.

Irish women won’t go back

"Yes" supporters demonstrate for abortion rights in Dublin (People Before Profit Dublin 15 | Facebook)

In the lead-up to a referendum on repealing a section of the constitution making abortion illegal, Irish women are finding their voice.

Counterrevolution in Syria

A Swiss-Syrian socialist and author looks at some of the crucial factors for understanding war and violence in Syria, past and present.

Haitham must be freed

Egyptian authorities have again arrested labor lawyer Haitham Mohamedain. Here’s what you can do to show your solidarity.

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Business should pay its share

A law in Seattle taxing Amazon and other big companies to pay for housing is a net gain — but it was needlessly watered down.

Caused by a sickening system

The latest mass outbreak of food poisoning highlights the fact that an unsafe food supply is seen as “normal” in capitalist America.

A message from SW

Countdown to SW’s new look

Next week — on May 29 to be precise — will launch a major renovation and upgrade of our website.

Trump wants to inflict misery on Iran...again

The U.S. government is poised to reimpose devastating economic sanctions on Iran — and the price, as before, will be paid by ordinary Iranians.

A torturer at the top

Gina Haspel has blood on her hands, but there were more than enough Democrats to join with Senate Republicans to confirm her as CIA chief.

Greed, sleaze and shakedowns

More revelations from the teetering Trump tower of corruption--about fixer-lawyer Michael Cohen--reveal a deeper corrosion of the political system

Socialism 2018 | Chicago | July 5-8

Sparks of a teacher rebellion

Three participants share impressions of the historic May 16 walkout by North Carolina teachers and the protests in the capital.

Striking against union-busters

Striking graduate workers rally at Columbia University  (GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia | Facebook)

This spring’s walkout by graduate workers to force Columbia to the bargaining table can lay the basis for a bigger fight next year.

UVM nurses are worthy

A nurse practitioner at the University of Vermont Medical Center explained at a rally what health care workers are fighting for.

Will CUNY voices be heard?

CUNY's student government stopped a vote on divestment from Israeli apartheid after receiving a barrage of "anonymous" e-mails.

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.
International Socialist Review |

The current issue of the ISR features an article by Paul Le Blanc on "Debating the Russian Revolution and its relevance." For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the International Socialist Review website.

Return of the regime changers

Left to right: National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (Wikimedia Commons)

After a decade in exile, militaristic foreign policy extremists have returned to power under Trump--and they're driving toward a catastrophic war.

Driving the world toward war

A member of the Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists analyzes the frightening impact of the U.S. pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Rebellion of the teachers

How teachers got from A to Z

A rank-and-file educators group in Arizona led a statewide strike within months of forming. What can we learn from their success?

The unity N.C. teachers need

Two North Carolina educators discuss how today's one-day work stoppage was built and how to seize the moment and fight for more.

We need a "blue state" revolt

Teachers and students in big cities endure the same kind of awful conditions and drastic cuts that sparked the educators' rebellions in red states.

Schools can't take these cuts

Teachers, parents and community members are rallying in Milwaukee against drastic budget cuts--and pledging more action.

They're sick of understaffing

Nurses in Burlington, Vermont, on the march for a fair contract (Tula Adie)

Hundreds of people turned out for a march by UVM Medical Center nurses who are fighting for a contract that meets their needs.

Showing who makes UC run

Some of the lowest-paid workers at the University of California sent a powerful message with a three-day, statewide strike.

Whatever it takes at UVM

Nurses at University of Vermont Medical Center are fighting for a contract that gives them--and their patients--what they need.

Working in for grad educators

Graduate educators at UW are fighting for a university that doesn't try to leech money from students while paying workers less.

israel and Palestine

A new chapter of the Nakba

As Israelis celebrated the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, soldiers carried out a massacre of Palestinians demanding the right of return.

A history of ethnic cleansing

The expulsion of Palestine's indigenous Arab population 70 years ago is still disputed. So here, once again, are the facts.

They can't crush the struggle

Police in Puerto Rico, following orders from on high, attacked a May Day march against austerity measures imposed on the island.

South Africa's new revolt

Thousands of workers take to the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, to protest anti-labor reforms  (SAFTU | Facebook)

A South African socialist explains how the massive marches against changes in the country's labor laws came together.

A course for Québec solidaire

Delegates from all regions of Quebec came together for the last meeting of Québec solidaire before the election later this year.

Amazon puts its profits first

The Seattle City Council is voting on a plan to tax the city's wealthiest businesses--but Amazon has been fighting it tooth and nail.

Charting a path on identity

Asad Haider makes the case that socialists can emphasize opposition to oppression and still recognize the centrality of class struggle.

The villains are the stars

The movie Avengers: Infinity War expands on the Marvel universe--and on longstanding debates about overpopulation and villains.

Impact of Washington’s war

The authoritarianism of the Ortega-Murillo regime in Nicaragua owes as much to the violence of the U.S. as Ortega’s inclinations.

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