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Costa Rican union leader Orlando Barrantes faces 12-year prison term in political frame-up

Orlando Barrantes. Photo courtesy of Orlando Barrantes Orlando Barrantes has dedicated his life to improving the conditions of poor and working people in Costa Rica. For many years he was the General Secretary of the

Keep pressure up to free Nestora Salgado

As the third year of Nestora Salgado’s unjust imprisonment begins, her supporters continue to organize in Mexico, the USA and internationally for her release. Salgado, a U.S. citizen, was jailed in Mexico in 2013 on

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor December 2015

TROTSKY Success for revolution So far Trotsky is convincing me all the more of what he kept reiterating in The History of the Russian Revolution and in The Transitional Program. A militant, action-oriented party deeply

Labor Weather Report – December 2015

Ongoing — ATI Lockout still on. In August 2015, Allegheny Technologies Inc. locked out 2,200 United Steelworker members. The company demands steep pay and benefit cuts of its workforce, even as five executives received $19

Farewell to Heidi Durham: Revolutionary feminist and fighter for the oppressed

FSP candidates Heidi Durham and Yolanda Alaniz (at right) made a splash with their 1991 race for Seattle City Council. “A comrade is as precious as a rice seedling” is the title of a poem

Unions must join forces to defeat anti-labor lawsuit before US Supreme Court

Public sector unions face a threat to their existence from a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in early 2016. As the day of decision approaches, union leaders seem to be

US presidential contest reflects the growing polarization of society

Left: Pro-choice demonstrators clearly stating their demands. Steve Rhodes. Right: Tea party rally basics: God, money and guns. Ed Reinke / AP. Who’s on top? On the Democratic Party side, the ultimate insider, Hillary Clinton,

Freedom Socialist editorial — “Suffragette” — see it!

Window-smashing, blowing up mail boxes, arson, police brutality, prison … the fight for women’s vote in Britain was no ladies’ tea party. Working women’s courageous participation in the struggle in the early 1900s is dramatized

Freedom Socialist editorial — Exposed: racist college administrators

Bastions of higher education are quaking as Black students target relentless racism. And college administrations should shake. Despite paying lip service to diversity, most U.S. campuses have done away with affirmative action programs and currently

Freedom Socialist editorial — Global climate change — not too late to fight

The 21st U.N. meeting on climate change is set to convene in Paris on Nov. 30, 2015. While politicians speechify and demonstrators demand the first binding international treaty, neoliberal pundits cook up alibis. A case

For-profit schemes threaten universal health care

May 2014. Medical students were among over 2,000 people protesting the Australian government’s plan for co-payments on doctor visits. Photo: Freya Michie / ABC News See more photos of the Hands Off Medicare rally at

War and other acts of terrorism; Defending refugees

French President François Hollande lost no time declaring a state of emergency following the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Paris this past November, which killed 130 people. Within hours the ink was dry. Two days later,

South African students stop fee hikes, fight for their future

Growing protests against the South African government of the African National Congress (ANC) have spread to campuses. In October 2015, thousands of college students nationwide rallied to stop planned tuition hikes of 10-12 percent. Students

Freedom Socialist opinion — Manhattan Project still taking lives

I was stunned to learn that President Obama signed a measure in December to establish national parks at three government sites that constituted the infamous Manhattan Project. These are Hanford in Washington state, Los Alamos

Freedom Socialist book review — Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature — Discovering Karl Marx, the essential ecologist

Many environmentalists disdain the ideas of Karl Marx. Some tout the spiritual virtues of environmental “ideals.” Some argue for individual solutions like recycling, reduced consumption and “going back to the land.” Anti-communists claim that the

“No more stolen sisters” — Canadian First Nations demand action on missing and murdered women

“Even though the grave has silenced my granddaughter’s voice, I will continue to speak for her,” vows Renee Hess of Helyna Rivera, a Mohawk woman who was murdered in the U.S.-Canada border city of Buffalo,

The criminalization of protest — Radicals and unionists persecuted in Mexico and Costa Rica

President Peña Nieto of Mexico brags about his neoliberal policies to privatize public resources, cut social services, and force anti-union education “reforms.” His government has also been exposed for its ties to drug cartels and

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — Feb 2016

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY Orlando Barrantes The FSP comrades have obtained a very valuable statement of support for our Costa Rican comrade Orlando Barrantes. International workingclass solidarity is on the move. Cuauhtémoc Ruíz Ortiz, Mexico City Editor’s