Gina Haspel appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee

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.

Irish women won’t go back

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.

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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.

Saving the Democratic Party?

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

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?

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

Rebellion of the teachers

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.

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

Education workers and students rally to demand school funding in Los Angeles (SEIU Local 99 | flickr)

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.

#RedForEd vs. Cuomo blues

The New York City teachers' union doubled down on its losing strategy of kissing up to Democrats and kicking down at anyone who wants another way.

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.

This bill won't stop trafficking

New legislation claiming to protect victims of sex trafficking instead further criminalizes and marginalizes sex workers.

Striking against union-busters

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inflicting 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Haitham must be freed

Haitham Mohamedain (Gigi Ibrahim)

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

South Africa's new revolt

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.

The shape of Brazil's resistance

A Brazilian socialist discusses the political situation after Luiz Inácio da Silva's ouster and the challenges for the left.

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.

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

Front, left to right: Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Infinity Wars

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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