In Memorium

Michael Thorburn
First Secretary
Workers Party, U.S.A.


The Workers Party is calling on all anti-war activists, on everyone who longs for peace, to join us in discussing the way forward - in sorting out what needs to be done to advance the anti-war struggle and win the peace....



Against War & Imperialism

Introduction (9.5 min.)
Monopoly Capital (8.5 min.)
The Export of Capital (18 min.)

Imperialism Means War (14.5 min.)
Against Opportunism (17 min.)

Against War and Imperialism
is now available on CD!


Hands Off Iran!

The U.S. government keeps marching down the road to war against Iran....
(Audio) (6 min.)

 
Behind the Headlines

Iran

Iraq and the "War Against Terrorism"

Immigration

News

U.S. Imperialism Targets Iraq’s Public Treasury

According to U.S. officials, the U.S.-Iraq alliance is continuing to lose the war against its self-proclaimed enemies in Iraq....

Slashing Social Investments
While the capitalists are increasing exploitation at the point of production, the government is further attacking the workers by slashing social programs....

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"Revitalizing" Industry by Increasing the Exploitation of the Workers
The cornerstone of the capitalists’ program to “restore America’s competitiveness” is the “revitalization” of American industry....

Barack Obama’s “One Nation” Theory
One measure of the ultra-reactionary character of the monopoly capitalist class is its program of slandering the poor and most vulnerable and strengthening the system of discrimination and oppression on the basis of race, nationality and national origin....

Privatization
Part of the attack on social programs is the privatization of the public sectors of the economy....

The Monopoly of the Republican and Democratic Parties
To further guard the political power from encroachments by the people, the American political system has legalized and entrenched the monopoly of the Republican and Democratic Parties over the selection of candidates....

From the Program of the Workers Party
The Workers Party calls on all progressive people to use the election period and beyond to join with us in strengthening the political party of the working class and rallying people around the independent program of economic rights, democratic renewal, a democratic foreign policy and socialism....

For Your Reference

On the Sovereignty of Countries

Recognition of the sovereignty and equality of all peoples has long been a cornerstone of international law and a basic principle of democracy....

The Severity of Obama’s Sanctions Crusade Against Iran Keeps Increasing
According to White House estimates that sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports cost the people some $5 billion per month, the sanctions were intended to rob the country of over $250 billion in revenue since additional sanctions were imposed nearly three years ago....

10/30/14
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The Peoples Will Stop the War!
On September 23, the U.S. extended its "war on terrorism" into Syria....

Don't vote! They're all the same!
The capitalist election circus aims only at giving the appearance of democracy and claiming that the people give their consent to a government which, in reality, is of the rich, by the rich and for the rich....

From the Program of the Workers Party
The Workers Party calls on all progressive people to use the election period and beyond to join with us in strengthening the political party of the working class and rallying people around the independent program of economic rights, democratic renewal, a democratic foreign policy and socialism....

U.S. Nuclear Double-Dealing
Despite empty promises of “negotiations and compromise” from the Obama administration, the U.S. government is not acting anywhere in the world as a proponent of “de-nuclearization,” “peace” or “negotiated solutions.”...

The Struggle for Higher Wages
Between 1973 and 2004, average real wages, figured on the basis of the minimal cost-of-living calculator of the U.S. Labor Department, fell 20%....

Turning Things Around
For several years now, wages and living standards have been falling for the vast majority of the people....

Print Edition, 10/9/14
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War on Terrorism: Blueprint for World Domination
After a long international screening process, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai from the World Bank has been selected as Afghanistan’s newest “President-elect.”...

The U.S. Used Iraq as a Launching Pad for War Against Syria
The U.S. has now used its occupation of Iraq to launch a new aggressive war in the Middle East....

The Struggle of the Working Class Against the Generalized Capitalist Offensive
oday, the capitalists are waging a generalized offensive directed against the entire working class....

Militarization of the Economy
The Democrats and Republicans keep pouring the funds in the public treasury down the military sink-hole and sacrificing all the vital needs of the people at the alter of U.S. imperialism’s expanding empire....

Print Edition, 9/24/14
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Join in Building the Alternative!
Today, large numbers of people have turned off and tuned out the elections....

Why U.S. Imperialism Wants War
On September 10, President Obama spoke about U.S. “counter-terrorism” strategy....

The Need to Create a New Political Culture and Political Unity Amongst the American People
The thoroughly anti-social agenda being imposed on our country by the monopoly capitalist class confronts the working class and people with a serious challenge....

Print Edition, 9/16/14
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Build a Popular Front Against War and Imperialism!
These days, White House excuses for war and armed intervention are becoming increasingly puffed-up and arbitrary....

The Palestinian Nation Will Survive and Win!
Even while U.S. imperialism backs Israeli zionism to the hilt and supports its terror and aggression, the Obama administration is hatching up new intrigues and plots to liquidate the resistance and struggle of the Palestinian people....

U.S.-Colombia "Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation"
During a trip to Mexico and Colombia, U.S. Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, met with the Colombian Vice Minister of Defense....

Only the Political Economy of the Working Class Can Lead the Way Out of the Crisis
Below, we summarize the final part of a speech presented by Michael Thorburn at the October 25, 1999 meeting of the Chicago Branch of the Workers Party (part one appeared on 7/29/14)....

Democratic Foreign Policy
The struggle against war and imperialism is a vital part of the struggle of the American working class and people....

Israeli Expansionism
Today, expansion is an inherent part of the zionist “vision.”...

9/3/14
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Thrill Killings Proceed After a Brief Pause;
Obama Refuses to Halt Arms Supplies to Israel

Using hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. funded and manufactured weaponry, Israeli occupation forces are inflicting a rapidly growing number of civilian casualties in state commissioned massacres widely known as “thrill killings.”....

Police Target Black Youth
The Ferguson, MO police – like police all across the country – have long had a license to harass, beat, arrest and even murder the black people....

Print Edition, 8/22/14
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Commentary

The Logic of U.S.-Israeli Aggression

Nothing stresses the fact that the American people are locked out and excluded from the political process and political system more than the smugness of politicians who freely lie about facts as elementary as the location of the borders of Israel.....

On the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
On August 6, U.S. President Obama concluded the three day “U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit” in Washington, DC....

Print Edition, 8/7/14
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Support the Palestinian Liberation Struggle Against Zionism and Imperialism!
Even with the supreme arrogance that comes with an American Iron Dome ballistic missile shield, Israel wanted a “protective edge” against the paltry munitions of Palestinian guerrillas....

U.S. Backing for "Operation Protective Edge"
Budgeted ahead of time by the Israeli legislative committee, monies for “Operation Protective Edge,” amounted to an estimated $880 million....

Only the Political Economy of the Working Class Can Lead the Way Out of the Crisis
Below, we summarize the first part of a speech presented by Michael Thorburn at the October 25, 1999 meeting of the Chicago Branch of the Workers Party....

People's Liberation Struggles Are a Great Force for Peace
The U.S. government is using the electoral victory of Hamas as an occasion to again intensify its pressure against the Palestinian people....

On the 69th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
69 years ago, in willful rejection of “lesser” means and at a time when Japan was already a defeated power, the U.S. government chose to drop an atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima....

For Your Reference

A Brief History

The aggressive state of Israel is the product of a political movement known as zionism. Political zionism arose in Europe around the turn of the 20th century....

Eurocentrism, Multi-Culturalism and the Struggle Against National Oppression
The struggle to abolish all forms of discrimination and oppression on the basis of race, nationality, national origin, etc. is one of the great historical movements of this century....

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U.S. Imperialism Unleashes its Attack Dog on the Gaza Strip
After a month openly drooling over the prospect of invading Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on July 17th that he could “resist no longer” and gave the green light for an Israeli ground invasion....

Anti-War Edition, 7/17/14
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Workers Party's Fight for the Pro-Social Agenda
In the present conditions serious responsibilities as well as tremendous possibilities confront the Party and the working class activists....

U.S. Continues War

As the Obama administration threatens to launch new U.S. airstrikes and makes plans to increase the number of U.S. military advisers stationed in Iraq, Obama is trying to justify the Iraq war by claiming that the U.S. is acting in defense of the rights of people and even civilization itself....

The Rights of Immigrants – The Rights of All
While on the surface the capitalist state seems to follow contradictory policies on the question of immigration, there is a “method to this madness.” On the one hand, the capitalists recruit immigrant labor from the four ends of the earth, making extensive use of the labor of both documented and undocumented workers....

Education is a Right!
No right is more fundamental than the right of every member of society to have equal access to education so as to prepare herself for the future and learn from the accumulated knowledge of society....

Print Edition, 6/26/14
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Deepening Health Care Crisis
Nationally, our country's health care system is undergoing rapid corporatization....

Draft Program of the Working Class

The Working Class Must Lead the Way Out of the Crisis and Open the Path for the Progress of Society

Capitalism in the U.S. has reached its final stage, the stage of monopoly capitalism and imperialism....

The Struggle Over Health Care
In the U.S., monopoly capital is imposing a thoroughly reactionary, anti-social agenda on the country as a whole – imposing new and more intense forms of exploitation on the workers, slashing social investments in education, in health care, in income-support programs, in Social Security, etc., etc....

Print Edition, 5/30/14
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Rights and Government for Whom?
These days, even as the government is carrying out a broad-scale offensive against the American people, the politicians – Republicans and Democrats alike – never stop repeating such catch phrases as “getting government off the people's backs” and boasting of their commitment to “individual liberty” and the “sovereignty of the individual.”...

Militarism and War
The inherent economic processes of modern capitalism – the process of monopolization at home and the export of capital abroad – give rise to violence and domination in politics....

Stop U.S. Aid to Israel!
The Workers Party supports the Palestinian liberation struggle which aims at establishing an independent Palestinian state....

Print Edition, 5/4/14
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Defend Democratic Rights!
On April 4 at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer handed down an opinion defending the indefensible....

Workers Memorial Day
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day.  Across the country, workers will organize actions to remember the millions of workers who have either been injured, made sick, or killed on the job....

U.S. Imperialism Foments Sectarian Violence
The capitalist media is filled with stories about "sectarian violence" and "civil war" in Iraq....

We Must Reclaim and Modernize Our Public Schools!
From the earliest days of our country, the working people have fought for a system of education based on 3 great pillars – 1) universal public schooling; 2) the demand for equality in education; and 3) an enlightened, modern curriculum....

U.S. Delivers Critical Arms to Iraq
The following March 16 Press Release is reprinted for your information from the U.S. Embassy website...

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U.S. Imperialism Continues Its Occupation of Afghanistan
Tens of thousands of U.S.-NATO troops continue to occupy Afghanistan and impose the colonial rule of U.S. imperialism on the people....

U.S. Imperialism, GET OUT OF IRAQ!
The U.S. has been at war with Iraq for 24 straight years....

Asserting the Rights of Youth
Today the youth in all 50 states are required to take "high-stakes" standardized tests....

The Need for Analysis
Most people know that workers’ strike struggles, the struggles of the youth to assert their rights, the struggles against privatization, the struggles for relief for the poverty stricken and unemployed, the struggles against attacks on the rights of immigrants, etc, are most often ignored or distorted by the monopoly-controlled media....

For Your Information: U.S. Operates With Hired Guns in Iraq
The use of private military contractors is an important part of the strategy of U.S. imperialism in its attempts to subjugate Iraq while wearing the mask of “liberator” and “protector.”...

U.S. Prepares Sanctions on Venezuela
“The full U.S. Congress has spoken loudly and clearly that we stand with the Venezuelan people as they exercise their fundamental rights...."

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Economy for Whom?
The Democratic and Republican politicians, along with the monopoly-controlled mass media, keep trying to sell the American people on the alleged benefits of "increasing foreign trade" and "U.S. competitiveness in the global economy."...

Step Up the Struggle Against Yankee Imperialism!
For many years now, a major front of the anti-war movement of the American people has been the movement in solidarity with the "Bolivarian Revolution" in Venezuela....

Historical Struggle for Equality in Education
For the past 200 years, the warking class has struggled against the privilege of wealth in education, and for the definition of education as a public matter, not a private one....

Print Edition, 2/23/14
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The Struggle Over Health Care
In the U.S., monopoly capital is imposing a thoroughly reactionary, anti-social agenda on the country as a whole....

The Rights of Immigrants – The Rights of All!
The workers and democratic-minded people who are coming forward to fight against attacks on the rights of immigrants are bringing to the fore fundamental issues about the direction and future of our country....

Separate and Unequal

What the Government Has in Mind for the Schools
Education "reform" has become a major part of the program of both the Democratic and Republican parties....

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Crisis in Public Education: Separate and Unequal Schools
One of the root problems with the public school system in the U.S. is that its main financial base comes from local property taxes....

Commentary:

Resistance is the Only Solution
The entire concept of rights came into being precisely as a guard against the arbitrary power of the government; rights are an affirmation of the limitation of the powers of government and that it can never take certain things away from the people....

The Ideology of the Anti-Social Trend
As The Worker goes to press, the Democratic and Republican politicians in Congress are preparing to "reform" the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program....

What Kind of Society?
In the United States, the exploiting classes have brought workers from the four ends of the earth to the U.S. to be superexploited as slaves, indentured servants, "illegal" immigrants, "temporary" workers, etc. for some four centuries....

Upcoming Geneva II Talks are an Attack on the Edifice of International Law
In the so-called “post-Bush era” and in the face of the overwhelming opposition of the American people, U.S. President Barack Obama refuses to normalize trade relations with and recognize the sovereign equality of Syria....

Print Edition, 1/9/14
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Deepening Health Care Crisis
Nationally, our country's health care system is undergoing rapid corporatization....

U.S. Pressure Against Iran
Despite being falsely advertised by political opportunism as an opponent of "war-hawks", President Obama is continuing to beat the drum for war against Iran....

Imperialism Means War
Below we reprint excerpts from V.I. Lenin’s book: “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism.”...

Print Edition, 12/2/13
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Road of the Party

Campaign for Economic Rights
The Workers Party has initiated the Campaign for Economic Rights (CER) as a program for unifying and strengthening resistance to the capitalist offensive and as part of the work to carry through the struggle for the political economy of the working class under contemporary conditions....

Worldwide Condemnation of U.S. Blockade Against Cuba
For the twenty-second consecutive year, the United Nations General Assembly has condemned the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba....

Print Edition, 11/8/13
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Democratic Renewal
In order to defend their rights and put our country onto the high road of progress and civilization, the working people must create a new political culture and a new political unity amongst themselves....

U.S. Out of Afghanistan, Now!
Twelve years into the aggressive colonial war against Afghanistan launched by the U.S. with the support of Britain, the Pentagon is continuing to carry out offensive military operations with the aim of subjugating the people of Afghanistan....

Budget Crisis
Today the Democratic and Republican politicians are screaming about the government’s budget deficit even after taking trillions of dollars out of the public treasury and turning it over to the Wall Street bankers and Pentagon arms merchants, year after year after year....

Print Edition, 10/12/13
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Obama's Health Care "Reform"
Modern medicine and technology have created all the means necessary to provide health care for the people. But for the capitalists, the health care industry is only another means for maximizing profits....

Rights
The Workers Party says that rights are something that arise from the very social being of humans and assert themselves as claims made by individuals and groups on society....

Print Edition, 9/17/13
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Against American Chauvinism
The Workers Party vigorously denounces the U.S. government for its war threats against Syria....

For a New Political Unity
The intensifying struggle between the anti-social agenda of monopoly capital and the pro-social agenda is also intensifying the political polarization and political crisis in our country....

Political Crisis
Even while the capitalist class advertises the U.S. political system as the model for "democracy" the world over, the masses of people feel alienated and excluded from the political process and political system....

Print Edition, 9/2/13
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The Solution to the Crisis in Syria is an End to U.S. and Big Power Interference
At a time when chemical weapons may have been used against the Syrian people the urgent need for an immediate end to U.S. and Big Power interference in Syria is greater than ever....

Special Edition, 8/30/13
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Palestinian Landscape Rapidly Changing – Two Structures Demolished Every Twenty Four Hours
These days it is the official state policy of Israel to demand remuneration from Palestinians after demolishing their homes....

John Kerry's Absurd Charade Will Accomplish Nothing
Today the Israeli state continues to occupy Palestine and suppress the people....

Engels on the State
The following material is excerpted from Frederick Engels' classic work, "The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State."...

Print Edition, 8/15/13
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The Rights of Immigrants – The Rights of All!
Today, all across the country, the immigrant rights movement is putting forward demands against anti-immigrant laws, for an end to discrimination and persecution of immigrants, and for full rights for immigrants....

Socialism – Goal of the Working Class
Every day life itself is more and more forcefully presenting our country with the question: capitalism or socialism?...

July 2nd Illegal and Hostile Actions Singled Out Bolivia
The following article is reprinted from The Anti-Imperialist News Service, July 7, 2013....

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Defeat U.S. Imperialism's Program of Nuclear Blackmail!
As part of asserting itself as the "sole superpower" and maintaining a "decisive military advantage" over the rest of the world, U.S. imperialism is applying a hypocritical, double-standard on the issue of the acquisition of nuclear weapons by other states....

Join in the Discussion
At first sight, it may seem that the problems facing our country and people are nearly insurmountable....

Ideas
The following article, written by Bill Foster, is based on material which originally appeared in the pamphlet "Change."...

Print Edition, 6/15/13
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Editorial

The Emperor Has No Clothes
It seems that the less the Democratic and Republican politicians have to say about solving the real problems facing our country, the more they condemn the people for lacking "American values."...

For Your Reference

The U.S. War Against Korea
The following article is the second in a series providing background material on the U.S. occupation of Korea and the history of U.S. aggression against the Korean people....

Print Edition, 5/28/13
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The Immigration System of the U.S. Capitalist Class
The immigration policy of the U.S. capitalist class has long been to encourage large scale immigration while relying on its state machine to impose a system of discrimination and persecution against immigrants in order to maintain a cheap pool of labor....

This Fascism Must be Stopped!
As The Worker goes to press more than 100 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike to protest their imprisonment....

Government Must Make All the Investments Necessary to Extend the Social and Public Sectors of the Economy
On April 10, Obama sent his fiscal 2014 budget proposal to Congress. The proposal calls for a $93 billion increase in federal spending for the year....

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U.S. Imperialism Must End its Military Occupation and Interference in Korea!
On March 29 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blamed the perceived "tone" of formal proclamations made by the North Korean government for "ratcheting up the danger."...

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History of U.S. Occupation of Korea
Recent exposures of atrocities committed by the U.S. military during the Korean War have again provided a glimpse of the typical methods used by U.S. imperialism....

Print Edition, 3/30/13
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What Aim for Society?
In his State of the Union address Obama put forward a program for subordinating everything in America to the interests of the U.S. and international monopolists....

Obama's Smear and Destabilization Campaign Against Venezuela
In a high-profile commentary made only hours after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, U.S. President Barack Obama broadcast the fact that he considers Chavez' death the beginning of "a new chapter" in the history of Venezuela....

U.S. Continues Provocations Against North Korea
As The Worker goes to press, the U.S. and South Korean military forces are in the midst of large-scale war "games," code-named Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, on the Korean peninsula....

Print Edition, 3/19/13
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The American People Demand Peace!
According to a new doctrine laid out in a U.S. Department of Justice White Paper "an informed high level official of the U.S. government" could order assassination if he or she decides to believe the target is "a leader of al-Qaida."...

Democratic Foreign Policy
The struggle against war and imperialism is a vital part of the struggle of the American working class and people....

For Your Information

The Executive Power
Behind the democratic facade of the present system the real power is concentrated in the executive branch of government, including the vast bureaucratic machinery of the federal, state and local governments....

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Militarization is Bankrupting the Economy
Throughout the country people are demanding to know why Obama and Congress agreed to spend over $633 billion on the military for 2013 even as they work out plans for slashing social programs in the name of "balancing the budget."...

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Who Was There to Vote For?
The 2012 elections again revealed the bankruptcy of the current election process and the people's alienation from the political system....

Roots of the Conflict in the Middle East
The following reference article shows how the state of Israel was founded through the imperialist ambitions and intrigues of Western colonialism (today Israel remains a creature of U.S. imperialism) and by violently usurping the national homeland of the Palestinian people....

Palestine Brief
Reprinted from the Anti-Imperialist News Service....

Print Edition, 11/27/12
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Statement of the Workers Party, U.S.A.

Oppose U.S.-Israeli Aggression!
Support the Palestinian Liberation Struggle!
Everyday the crisis of the current political system deepens. More and more people become fed up with the two big parties and the government and the workers grapple with the question of how to create a genuine alternative....

Special Edition, 11/19/12
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For the Independent Politics of the Working Class
Everyday the crisis of the current political system deepens. More and more people become fed up with the two big parties and the government and the workers grapple with the question of how to create a genuine alternative....

Rights and Government for Whom?
These days, even as the government is carrying out a broad-scale offensive against the American people, the politicians – Republicans and Democrats alike – never stop repeating such catch phrases as "getting government off the people's backs" and boasting of their commitment to "individual liberty" and the "sovereignty of the individual."...

Whose Agenda for Education?
The elections are being used by the Democratic and Republican parties to promote their version of school "reform."...

Workers Must Assert Their Collective Rights
The trend of governmental offensives against unions and the rights of workers is continuing....

What is Blocking the Way?
In this column, "Road of the Party," we discuss some of the fundamental political and theoretical issues facing the working class....

End U.S. Aggression in Afghanistan!
Throughout the world, the peoples are demanding: “U.S., Out of Afghanistan!” “Stop the Wars!”...

U.S. Imperialism, Out of the Philippines!
The cause of the people for a permanent end to U.S. military presence in the Philippines is in danger because of the aggressive war program of U.S. imperialism....

U.S. Special Forces Stationed at the Jordan-Syria Border
In August U.S., British and Jordanian forces carried out joint military exercises in Jordan near the border with Syria....

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The People Must Find the Solutions
The capitalist election campaign is designed to de-politicize people and push the masses away from real and active participation in the political affairs of the country....

No War on Syria!
The Obama administration's high profile anti-Syria campaign has lasted well over a year....

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There Is An Alternative!
Every day the TV, radio and newspapers are filled with stories about the Presidential candidates....

Taking Action
As the work to develop widescale discussion amongst the people over their aims and agenda for society intensifies, more and more people are asking: "What should we do? How can we participate in changing the political and social system so as to empower the people and guarantee their rights?"...

Hands Off Iran!
The U.S. government is using military blackmail against Iran with the open aim of starting a war to overthrow the government....

One of the most serious obstacles in the way of the further development and realization of democracy in the U.S. – of a government genuinely of the people, by the people and for the people – is the system of privilege which is manifest in the political monopoly exercised by the Democratic and Republican parties....

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For a Pro-Social Agenda
During the last several years the monopoly capitalist class has been stepping up its anti-social offensive in our country....

The Program of Economic Rights is the Alternative to the Economic Policy of the Democrats and Republicans
In every aspect, Obama's economic program represents the consensus program of the monopoly capitalist class – of the big business interests....

Handing Over the Country to Big Business
One of the latest trends in the privatization movement of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is the creation of so-called "public-private partnerships" which use various forms of privatization in order to place public resources at the disposal of the private sector....

Stepped-up U.S. Intervention in Colombia
These days, the military ties between the U.S. and Colombian governments are closer than ever....

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U.S. Imperialism Must End Its Military Occupation and Interference in Iraq!
On February 16 Ali Al-Adeeb, Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research attended a meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss Iraq's internal affairs with U.S. State Department officials....

Against War and Imperialism
To further the discussions on how to advance the movements against capitalist globalization and the war program of U.S. imperialism, we are printing excerpts from Michael Thorburn's pamphlet "Against War and Imperialism."...

Peoples' Liberation Struggles Are a Great Force for Peace
As The Worker goes to press, the U.S.-Israeli aggressors are carrying out new attacks against the Palestinian people....

U.S. Intervention in the Philippines
On March 4, the Communist Party of the Philippines issued a press release...

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Join in Building the Alternative!
Even though the elections are still months away, the Democratic and Republican party politicians have already been campaigning for several months....

Who Controls the Political Power?
The experience of the Workers Party is that amongst the people, there is widespread and growing disillusionment with the political system and political process....

U.S. Imperialism, Hands Off Syria!
The Obama administration is continuing to "decree" that the government of Syria step down from political power and to call on the Syrian people and government to remember that the U.S. keeps "all options on the table" to achieve its aims there....

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U.S. Imperialism, Hands Off Syria!

Over the last several months, millions and millions of people all across Syria have come out in repeated mass actions to demand an end to U.S. and foreign interference and to defeat the U.S. plot to “regime change” the Syrian government....

Special Edition, 12/19/11
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Public Education Under Attack

On November 30, Chicago Public Schools announced an extensive privatization plan....

Greater Arbitrary Power Behind the "School of the Assassins"

On November 19, more than five thousand people turned out for a demonstration to demand the closing of the U.S. Department of Defense WHINSEC (also known as the School of the Americas) at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia....

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End U.S. Aggression and Interference in Libya!

The U.S. government and its NATO allies are boasting that they have won victory and brought "liberation" to Libya....

The Trends Behind the Latest "Free Trade" Agreements

With the bipartisan, nearly unanimous support of both parties, a South Korean Free Trade Agreement, a Panamian Free Trade Agreement, and a Colombian Free Trade Agreement have been passed in Congress and signed into law by Obama....

Print Edition, 11/14/11
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Build the Popular Front Against War and Imperialism
The movement in opposition to the U.S.-NATO war against Libya is bringing broad, new sections of people into active political life.

Break Out of the Straight Jacket
How many times have people been told that "Even though none of the candidates are any good, you just have to vote for the 'lesser evil?'"

Two Urgent Tasks
Despite the U.S. government's insatiable appetite for pre-emptive war and the atmosphere of continual crisis drummed up in the monopoly-controlled media, the American people are not giving way and will not give way to chauvinism and militarism.

Print Edition, 9/13/11
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World-Wide Economic Crisis
For the last several years, the finance ministers, bankers and political leaders from the world's leading capitalist countries have been forced to return again and again to the agenda of the deepening global financial and economic crisis....

Introduction to Political Economy, Part Two:
In the first article in this series, "Introduction to Political Economy," we showed how the capitalist system, based on private ownership of the means of production, disenfranchises the workers and reduces them to the condition of wage-slaves....

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Role of the Party
In order to bring the politics of economic rights, democratic renewal, a democratic foreign policy and socialism to center-stage, in order to assist the initiative of the workers to come out under their own banners and take a leading role in the political affairs of our country, the decisive thing is to build and strengthen the Party itself....

Anti-Worker Legislation
All across the country, state governments are implementing or preparing new labor laws which strike directly against the rights of the workers....

Reference Material on Anti-Worker Legislation
Some of the features of the anti-worker measures being taken or prepared by state governments include: Gutting unemployment insurance and workers' compensation which provide income-support for the unemployed and for workers injured on the job....

Causes and Lessons of the Second World War
This year (6/22) marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union by Germany. Below we reprint a speech given by Hardial Bains in September of 1989 on the occassion of the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion of Poland by Germany....

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Campaign for Economic Rights
The economic well-being and very livelihoods of the American people are under attack on two fronts....

Hands Off Syria!
The Obama administration is stepping up its threats and pressure against Syria....

Growing Rebellion Against U.S. Occupation of Iraq
On May 25 in Baghdad, 100,000 protestors gathered in Tahrir Squair to demanded the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq....

Venezuela Rejects U.S. Sanctions
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has learned of the decision announced by the Department of State of the United States to impose sanctions against our oil national company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as part of a unilateral law targeting the Islamic Republic of Iran known as CISADA....

Print Edition, 6/9/11
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Building the Mass Workers' Press
Building The Worker is the basic task which the Workers Party has taken up in the present period....

Robbery at the Gas Pump!
Price-gouging by the big oil monopolies is breaking the budgets of millions of working people....

Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation
Growing struggles demanding an end to the U.S. occupation are taking place throughout Iraq....

On the History of U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Below we provide some background on U.S. policy in the Middle East which first appeared in a previous issue of The Worker....

Print Edition, 5/5/11
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The Necessity for Independent Working Class Politics
The very fact that, under capitalism, the working class is an exploited and oppressed class forces the workers to wage a two-fold struggle, to continuously and at the same time fight for social reforms and social revolution....

For a Moratorium on the Debt
The Workers Party has called for a moratorium on interest payments on the federal debt....

Building The Worker
Building The Worker is the basic task which the Workers Party has taken up in the present period....

Print Edition, 4/17/11
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U.S. Launches Airstrikes on Lybia
On March 19, the Obama administration launched airstrikes on Lybia....

Across the country, millions of workers are taking part in meetings, demonstrations and other actions to oppose cutbacks in social services and the wave of government attacks which are trying to hamstring or eliminate altogether public employee unions and suppress the collective rights of these workers....

Build the Mass Workers' Press
Building The Worker is the basic task which the Workers Party has taken up in the present period....

Print Edition, 3/20/11
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Support the Struggle of the Egyptian People!
Stop U.S. Military Aid to Egypt!
U.S. Imperialism, Out of the Middle East!
The Egyptian uprising has dealt the Hosni Mubarak regime and its sponsor, U.S. imperialism, an important setback even as the people continue the struggle to overthrow the U.S.-backed dictatorship.

Special Edition, 2/13/11
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To Our Readers
The perspective of the monopoly-controlled media is that there are only, perhaps, a few thousand people in the world – or only a few thousand people who count for anything....

Support the Struggle of the Egyptian People!
Stop U.S. Military Aid to Egypt!
The Obama administration is working to buy time for the ruling elite in Egypt by once again resurrecting the "now that we're there we can't leave" theme....

Print Edition, 2/8/11
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The People Must Decide on the Government's Budget
The Workers Party has a very simple proposal for putting an end to the political posturing and wrangling of the Democrats and Republicans over the federal budget....

Illinois Education Bill
On December 16th and 17th the Illinois General Assembly held hearings on a bill called the Performance Counts Act....

Support the Palestinian People's Struggle
The U.S. is once again insisting that the Palestinians accept the U.S. as the "honest broker" seeking "peace" between Israeli zionism and the Palestinian people even while the U.S. and Israel blatantly refuse to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people....

Obama's Federal Wage Freeze
On December 22, Congress passed a bill authorizing Obama's proposal to freeze federal workers' wages for two years....

Strategy for Alliance for Aggression
The politico-military situation on the Korean Peninsula that was driven to the brink of a war this year is arousing deep concern of the international community....

Guantanamo Prisoners to be Held "Indefinitely"
In a December 26 interview with CNN, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs admitted that many of the 174 prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay will be held without trial "indefinitely" and that the Guantanamo prison itself will remain open for the forseeable future....

Hands Off Korea!
On November 23, South Korean artillery deployed on Yonphyong Island opened fire into the territorial waters of the DPRK ("North Korea") in the West (Yellow) Sea of Korea....

For the 19th consecutive occasion, the United Nations General Assembly has condemned the U.S. blockade of Cuba....

During the weekend of November 19-21, thousands of people will travel to Fort Benning, Georgia to demand that the U.S. army close down its "School of the Americas" (SOA), renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)....

Nurses Strike for Safe Staffing
On October 26th, some 300 nurses in California walked off the job at Watsonville Community Hospital....

One of the most decisive tasks facing us is to transform the widespread but spontaneous struggles of the people into a conscious and systematic movement....

The U.S. government lives and breathes chauvinism like humans breathe air...

Marxism-Leninism – Theory of the Working Class Movement for Emancipation
Marxism-Leninism holds that the only thing that exists, in both the natural world as well as society, is matter in motion. Thus society which exists objectively outside the mind and independent of the will of individuals is in a constant state of change, development and motion....

Profits for a Few, Poverty for Many
Recent government statistics showing that the poverty rate hit the highest point in 15 years confirm the well know fact that, in this country whose rulers boast to the whole world of their wealth, millions of people are forced to go without the basic necessities of life....

Colonization of Iraq Means War
As the Obama administration and monopoly controlled media are advertising the so-called "end of combat operations," U.S. imperialism is unfolding its economic program for Iraq....

The Need for Theory
One of the defining human qualities is the capacity of human beings to learn and apply scientific theory. By theory, we mean the laws inherent in the objective, material world....

Anti-Arab Racism is Part of the War Program
Since the U.S. government launched its aggressive wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, anti-Arab racism and attacks on Muslims have become part of the official ideology of the U.S. government....

Hands Off Social Security and Medicare!
The Democratic and Republican politicians, along with the monopoly-controlled media, are engaged in a big campaign to prepare public opinion for dramatic cutbacks in Medicare and Social Security....

Need for Democratic Renewal
Democratic renewal – that is, fundamental change in the political process and political system – is the central point in the program of the Workers Party....

As the crisis of capitalism deepens and the problems facing the people go from bad to worse, as the political process continues to block the participation of the people at every turn, excluding them from governance and entrenching the power of big business, the workers and people have no choice but to take the question of politics into their own hands....

U.S. imperialism's demand that Iran stop its nuclear energy program is nothing more nor less than a way to fabricate a pretext for war....

More Evidence of U.S. War Crimes in Iraq
An article published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health, based in Switzerland, found that the genetic damage and health effects of the war in Fallujah are comparable to the effects seen after the U.S. dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima....

Problems Are Meant to Be Solved
The attitude which an individual or a collective takes towards solving the problems of building the independent working class movement is one of the decisive issues in the ideological struggle between the workers and the capitalists....

New U.S. Pressures Against Iran
On June 9, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution demanding that Iran freeze all activities related to uranium enrichment....

Who is Responsible for Police Violence Against Immigrants?
On May 28, a longtime resident of San Diego was murdered by U.S. Border Patrol. Eyewitnesses reported that after the man was arrested, as many as twenty U.S. Border Patrol agents brutally punched and kicked the man even after he had fallen to the ground....

In recent weeks, workers throughout Europe have organized widespread strikes and other actions in opposition to the attempts of monopoly capital to further shift the burden of the economic crisis onto the backs of the people....

New York Removes Existing Cap on Charter Schools
On May 28, the state of New York passed a law to more than double the amount of charter schools....

Who Decides?
In this issue of The Worker, we publish two articles which provide information about the government’s program of slashing funds for vital public services. In fact, on all fronts the economic well-being of the people is under attack....

Movement Demands Full Rights for Immigrants
A massive movement demanding full rights for immigrants is developing all across the country....

School Districts to Cut Tens of Thousands of Jobs
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) recently conducted a survey of 1,479 school administrators in 49 states and found that 82% of school districts across the country will eliminate the jobs of 14,787 teachers in the 2010-11 school year....

More State Budget Cuts Expected
As a new fiscal year approaches, state governments are preparing yet another round of deep budget cuts in which they will slash social services, raise working people’s taxes, and cut the wages and jobs of public workers....

Economic Briefs

Jobless Recovery
Recently released data from the U.S. Labor Department shows that productivity (output per worker per hour) increased significantly during the 1st quarter – at a 3.6% annual rate....
Millions Denied a Livelihood
Statistics show that the economy is growing again.
But statistics also show that of the 15.3 million unemployed, more than 6.5 million have been unemployed for over six months....


The Workers Must Assert Their Right to a Safe Workplace
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day. All across the U.S. and Canada, workers will organize actions to remember those who have been killed or injured on the job and to develop new initiatives to win the right to a safe work environment.

Current Tactics of U.S. Imperialism
Recently, the U.S. government and monopoly controlled media have launched a "new" propaganda campaign about the threat of "nuclear terrorism" and the "arms buildup" of various countries which allegedly are trying to buy weapons on the black market and to acquire advanced military technology.

Push Forward the Anti-War Struggle!
The American people in their millions and tens of millions, are
demanding: "U.S. Troops, Out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Now!"...

New Threats and Pressure Against Iran
The U.S. is stepping up its threats and pressure against Iran.
The U.S. government is instigating the UN Security Council to impose more economic sanctions against Iran....

U.S. Steps Up Military Offensives in Afghanistan
On February 13, 7,500 U.S., British and Afghan puppet troops supported by attack helicopters and jet fighters invaded and occupied the Afghan town of Marjah and the surrounding area...

More Funding for Border Militarization
The Obama administration's proposed 2011 budget includes some $4.6 billion that would be used to continue funding 20,000 Border Patrol agents and to complete the Arizona portion of a U.S.-Mexico border fence under construction...

The Right to a Livelihood
The Workers Party says that a job or a livelihood is a right. We insist that it is the elementary responsibility of society to guarantee, in law and in practice, that everyone has a secure job or stable livelihood commensurate with our country's high level of economic development....

On the Organizing Role of the Workers' Press

Broadening and deepening the content of the mass workers' press and increasing its circulation is a vital part of building the independent working class movement....


There is no lack of opposition to the government's program of war, exploitation, racism and repression. But the people's struggles suffer from a lack of organization and independent politics....

The Struggle Over Health Care
The right to comprehensive and free health care is one of the urgent needs of the people....

Obama's Health Care "Reform"
Modern medicine and technology have created all the means necessary to provide health care for the people. But for the capitalists, the health care industry is only another means for maximizing profits....

Resistance is the Only Solution
Under the Obama administration, civil liberties and democratic rights are under sharp attack....

On the Organizing Role of the Workers Party
In this article we raise some issues concerning the organizational role of the Party and the importance of all class conscious and active workers taking a hand in the work of building the Party....

While the Rich Get Richer
While the recession and the government's economic policies are forcing tens of millions of Americans into dire poverty, other people are doing rather well for themselves....

More Money for War
At the end of October, Obama signed a $690 billion defense bill, the largest of its kind since WWII...

"School of the Americas" Protest in Georgia
On November 22, thousands of people gathered outside of Fort Benning, Georgia, to demand the closing of the "School of the Americas" and an end to U.S. military intervention throughout Latin America....

On the Theoretical and Ideological Work of the Party
The political party of the working class is the key tool built by the workers in the struggle for political power....

The Foreign Policy of Barack Obama
Large numbers of people have seen that the Obama administration's slogan of "change" in foreign policy is simply a cover for continuing, and escalating, U.S. imperialism's program for world domination....

How to Unite the People
Every day, workers are urgently raising such questions as: "What is holding back the development of our independent class movement?" "Why are we still relatively disorganized?" "Why are there splits and divisions amongst the workers?," etc..

What Kind of Organization Do We Need?
Without organization it is impossible to translate the Party's program into practice; in fact, without organization it is impossible to do anything. Organization is that thing between theory and practice which enables human beings to put their ideas into effect and change the situation. One of the defining human qualities is that humans organize themselves as the means to transform - to humanize - their natural and social environment....

Building the mass workers press is a vital part of developing the workers' independent political movement.....


The Health Care Plans of the Politicians Provide No Solutions

Both the Democratic and Republican parties have put forward a welter of health care plans which they advertise as proof of their "concern" for the people and the answer to the health care crisis. But the plain truth is that none of these proposals offer a solution to the problem....


One of the great strengths of the Workers Party is its unity.
The unity of the Party is not based on transient or partial things. It is a conscious and voluntary political unity, based on the commitment of all the Party members to work together and struggle together for the emancipation of the working class...


U.S. Plans More Militarization of Colombia

The Obama administration is negotiating a deal with the Colombian government that would allow the U.S. military to run its operations directly out of five Colombian military bases....


Hands Off Korea!
Since May 25, when the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted a nuclear test, the U.S. government has launched an intense campaign to isolate and pressure the DPRK....

Health Care is a Right
Our society has created a system of advanced medical science and technology but this system is not used to take care of the health of the people....

Illlinois Workers Fight Against Budget Cuts

Throughout the state of Illinois, workers are speaking out against proposed budget cuts. On June 23, for example 5,000 people converged on the capitol in Springfield to demand an end to spending cuts. The protest included large contingents of health workers, public employees, unemployed workers, seniors, students, and people from many walks of life....


Monopolizing the Health Care Agenda
Barack Obama is making health care reform a centerpiece of his 2009 legislative agenda. While refusing from the start to allow all options for health care reform to be on the agenda for discussion, he has also repeatedly stated his intent to compromise on each and every point of his proposal....

U.S. War in Pakistan
On May 18 the UN refugee agency reported that more than 1.5 million people have been displaced from their homes in Pakistan this month, bringing the number of displaced persons in Pakistan to over 2 million....

The Budget Deficit
When one stops to analyze both the causes of the budget deficit, as well as the "solutions" offered by Republicans and Democrats alike, one sees that the entire matter is a class question....

Is There an Alternative to the Free Market System?
One of the central points in the ideological struggle between the capitalist class and the working class is the question of what kind of economic system is required to insure the well-being of the people as well as economic development and the progress of society....

The "War on Terrorism" is a Program for World Domination
In a March 27 speech announcing his administration's strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan Obama declared, “let me be clear: al Qaeda and its allies – the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks – are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” The shameless use of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 as a pretext for escalating and spreading the wars shows that U.S. imperialism wants and needs this war....

Utopian or Scientific
by Bill Foster
Recently a young friend told me how she gets quite angry when people try to write off her struggle for social change - for socialism and communism - by saying: “those are nice ideas, but they're utopian.”...

Dangerous Threats and Pressure Against North Korea!
On April 5, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched a communications satellite into space. The launch of a communications satellite is part of the DPRK’s development of space technology and is its sovereign right....

End the Blockade of Cuba!
Amidst widespread condemnation of the U.S. blockade of Cuba by governments throughout Latin America ahead of the Summit of the Americas (a meeting of all the countries in the hemisphere, excluding Cuba) Obama administration officials have repeatedly emphasized that the U.S. will “maintain the embargo as an inducement for democratic change on the island.”...

The "War on Terrorism" Arises From the Crisis of Imperialism
The U.S. government declared a so-called “war against international terrorism” which it said would “last for decades.” Already, the U.S. has invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq and keeps escalating counter-insurgency wars in these countries....

U.S. Sending More Troops to Afghanistan
In a speech on March 10, Vice President Biden admitted that the U.S. is sending more troops to Afghanistan because U.S.-NATO forces "are not winning the war."...

U.S.-Israeli Aggression Continues in the Name of "Peace"
In the name of so-called “peace” in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Clinton openly declares that the U.S. and Israel will impose conditions on Palestinian participation in a Palestinian unity government....

Hundreds of Thousands of Job Cuts a Month
Mass layoffs are proceeding at a rapid rate. According to Forbes.com, 524,000 layoffs are expected during February. This follows an estimated 500,000 job cuts in January....

U.S. Threatens Iran
The U.S. continues to threaten Iran as a potential target for the "war against terrorism."...

Chicago Closing More Public Schools
In January the Chicago School Board announced a plan for closing some schools and "reorganizing" others....

Editorial: Guarantying the Economic Rights of the People

Nowadays, the facts of life for the working people are:
–at least 10 million workers are out of jobs and the majority of the unemployed receive no governmental assistance and are therefore left without any means of a livelihood. Some 30 million can only find part-time or temporary jobs....


U.S. Digs in for Long-Term Occupation of Iraq
On December 31, the UN Security Council resolution backing the U.S. occupation of Iraq expired and a Status of Forces "Agreement" took effect. The Status of Forces "Agreement" (SOFA) allows the U.S. to continue its occupation of Iraq under the cover of "deterring aggression and threats against the sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity of Iraq and against its democratic, federal, and constitutional system," and a "transition of power."...

Background: U.S.-Israeli Aggression in Gaza
Below we print a timeline of key events leading up to the bloody Israeli massacre of hundreds of Palestinians going on today. We begin with a day in the summer of 2004 when Israel decided to withdraw its military from the Gaza Strip and end with the January 3 invasion. Political deception, economic strangulation and overwhelming military force are among the methods being used by Israel as it tries to dictate its will through terror and crush the Palestinian nation....

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