The U.S. bosses’ widening campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL or IS, represents their latest move to control Middle East oil and dominate their imperialist rivals in the heart of their global empire. Oil is the lifeblood of capitalism. The loss of the world’s most profitable reserves would devastate energy giants like ExxonMobil and send the U.S. into its worst depression in history (see box, page 2). The bosses will continue to defend their interests at all costs. Twenty-three years of invasions, bombings and sanctions have killed more than three million working-class Iraqis and tens of thousands more in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. For U.S. rulers, the most violent terrorists in the history of the world, eliminating ISIS terrorists would represent a drop in the bucket.
Newark, August 20 — A multiracial group of 250 workers, students, community activists and others, marched today to condemn the racist cop murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Abdul Kamal (an unarmed black man shot and killed by cops in Irvington, N.J. last year). The event was called by the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), an activist community group. The protesters continuously chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” while marching down Market Street to the center of Newark. Many onlookers responded favorably to the militant tone of the march. A total of 240 Challenges were distributed.
Members and friends of PLP in Colombia condemn the despicable murder of our class brother Michael Brown, whose name must sadly be added to the list of workers murdered in the U.S. and the world by the miserable capitalist system. Capitalism has shed the blood of our friends and comrades since its inception.
FERGUSON, Sept 16 — In August, the first team, three students and a teacher, of Progressive Labor Party members went to Ferguson, Missouri, to fight alongside local residents against racist police terror and murder. As soon as we got into the crowd, we could feel the tension between community members and the St. Louis County police. The cops had formed a line with assault rifles, clubs, shields, and armored trucks to block protesters from marching down the street. We responded with chants like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” or “Who Shot Mike Brown, You Shot Mike Brown!” The crowd of mostly black youth was fearless in confronting the hyper-militarized police force.
WEST BANK, Sept 17 — As if Israel had not already inflicted enough pain by murdering over 2,100 Gazans, mostly civilians and children, they have now grabbed almost 1,000 acres of cultivated Palestinian land near Bethlehem. This is said to be further punishment for the killing of three Israeli teens in July. In reality, it is just part of the plan to gradually take over all of historic Palestine through illegal Israeli settlements and land grabs. Palestinians now live on only 20 percent of this land.
As the howls of anger against black pro football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson continue unabated, they highlight the bosses’ efforts to divert anger from the biggest abusers, racists and oppressors of women and young people.
Sexism is rampant under capitalism. Driven by the need to force women into low-wage jobs and no-wage labor (to raise the next generation of workers), capitalism has both tacitly and openly encouraged degradation of women. Women are crudely objectified by capitalist culture. Young men are encouraged to use women as if they were commodities.
Port-au-Prince, August 17 — A speech by Haitian Pres. Martelly in a recent “home government” meeting in Miami with members of his cabinet and the Haitian-American business community, appealed to his base to reject the candidacy of Moïse Jean-Charles, a fake leftist, for Haitian Senate. “I don’t want anyone to vote for a communist,” ranted Martelly.
PARIS, September 13 — The Socialist government running France for the bosses since May 2012, is wobblier than ever. The bosses’ other governing party, the right-wing UMP, has been discredited by the 2007-2012 Sarkozy regime’s policies and by current scandals. The National Front fascists are eager to grab power. That’s France today: social fascists versus open fascists. The elections are a mechanism by which French banks and businesses (finance capital) maintain state power. Whether it’s the liberal fascists or the outright fascists, both sides spell disaster for workers.
Comrade Val Woodward, a staunch antiracist and champion of the working class, died on June 6 at age 87. Starting in the early 1970s, Val and his wife Clare organized the International Committee Against Racism (InCAR) in Minneapolis-St. Paul. InCAR was founded nationally by the Progressive Labor Party to combat racism on the job, in education and in academic publications.
Thousands are gathering in New York and other cities around the world for the September 21 People’s Climate March to attack capitalist complicity in global warming. Two days later, government leaders will meet yet again at the United Nations in another doomed and hypocritical show of concern over climate change. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has sanctioned a huge expansion of fracking for natural gas. Fracking leaks methane, a greenhouse gas that traps 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide.