Albrecht Dürer was born 550 years ago, on 21 May 1471, during the Renaissance, a time of upheaval that rang in the early modern age. With improved production methods, industry and trade grew rapidly, bringing with it more money and the strengthening of a new middle class. Modern science developed, age-old truths were called into doubt, and working people began to challenge their appointed places in the social, political and religious hierarchies. It was a time, among other things, when many peasants protested, arose and demanded to be treated as equals.
76 years ago, the Red Army raised the Red Flag in the Reichstag, marking the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples and the defeat of Nazism. That was a fierce and bloody struggle, led by the Soviet Union with the decisive contribution of many anti-fascist, partisan movements, with the Communist Parties at the forefront.
The most barbaric dictatorship of capital in Europe ended thanks to the enormous sacrifice of millions of Soviet soldiers, partisans and anti-fascist militants.
In this titanic struggle, the power of the working class, the Soviet power, demonstrated its superiority at all levels.Read More »
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 105 million workers in 133 countries of the planet, sends a warm militant and internationalist greeting to the workers of the world, on the occasion of May Day 2021, this important day for the world working class. Each reflection, action and plan of the WFTU – especially in this difficult period for the workers and peoples of the world – has as its sole guide the interests of the working class. This 2021 will be a year of preparation for the world’s largest trade union event – the 18th World Trade Union Congress.
The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly marks the lives and actions of workers throughout the world. Our class mourned millions of deaths around the globe. Our movement found itself in unprecedented situations, demonstrating at the same time that the struggle of the class-oriented unions must encompass the whole of workers’ lives: hygiene and safety in the workplace, access to high-quality food and water, access to a safe education for our children, free, universal and public healthcare services for all.Read More »
Women’s equal rights in health and safety at work and in society
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), the oldest trade union international representing 105 million workers in 133 countries on the five continents, offers a warm internationalist greeting to the working woman, the female trade unionist, the female militant of each country and continent on this International Working Women’s Day, March 8, 2021.
The class trade union movement has always stood alongside the just demands of the women of the working class; it has been the one which turned the claims of women into claims of its own; the one which fought by implementing in its ranks the true equality between the male worker and the female worker. In fact, thousands of working women have offered the most valuable thing they possessed, their own lives, to the cause of the true emancipation of the whole society from the chains of capitalist exploitation; the emancipation of both working men and women. The WFTU is proud of its women martyrs, offered by its affiliates to the struggle for a more just society.Read More »
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is coming under fire again from Democratic lawmakers, as well as from the American Postal Workers Union, who are calling for President Joe Biden to pave the way for DeJoy’s removal after the Trump-appointee announced higher mailing fees and logistical changes that could further slow down mail. The US Postal Service (USPS) has already suffered a more than 50% drop in on-time arrivals for first-class mail deliveries, according to the service’s own data.Read More »
Left: Alphaeus Hunton addresses 4,000 people at Abyssinian Baptist Church to open a South Africa famine relief campaign in 1946. Paul Robeson is seated behind him. | Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; Center top: Hunton picketing the South African consulate during the Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws, 1952. | Schomburg Center; Center bottom: Pamphlet by Hunton, 1950. | CPUSA Archives; Right: Hunton demonstrating in support of the pan-African struggle in 1952. | Pan-African News Wire 2nd photo: Hunton-DW-Feb15
People’s World is happy to reprint below an article from the Feb. 15, 1945 issue of the Daily Worker by W. Alphaeus Hunton, then the educational director of the Council on African Affairs (CAA).
Hunton, considered “one of the most neglected African American intellectuals” in U.S. history, partly due to his membership in the Communist Party USA, worked closely with Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois domestically and internationally. Through the CAA, he helped to build a transatlantic alliance that fostered solidarity between African Americans fighting for equality and Africans fighting for liberation against colonial subjugation and oppression.
In the column below, written during “Negro History Week,” Hunton highlights internationalism as a key strategy African Americans and Africans have deployed repeatedly against slavery and white supremacy, as well as colonialism abroad. He also merges the World War II Allied fight against fascism with the fight against racism and colonialism, and notes that African Americans and colonial peoples have an opportunity—with the war nearing its end—to push the Allied powers to fulfill the promises made as part of their war-time alliance, through, for example, the Atlantic Charter.
Next week, People’s World will reprint another column by Hunton, as well as a brief sketch of his life and work by Tony Pecinovsky, who is completing a book about Hunton to be published later this year titled The Cancer of Colonialism: W. Alphaeus Hunton, Black Liberation, and the Daily Worker, 1944-1946.
“Today’s Guest Column: Crimea Conference Heightens Role of Negro History Week,” Daily Worker, February 15, 1945.
Market is miraculous. Market is great. So, allow market to play its role. Such goes mainstream saying.
A look shows market’s miracle, its power.
Neil Irwin and Weiyi Cai wrote in The New York Times (“Why Markets Boomed in a Year of Human Misery”, January 1, 2021): “The central, befuddling economic reality of the United States at the close of 2020 is that everything is terrible in the world, while everything is wonderful in the financial markets.”Read More »
Western Intervention in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings: Political Containment, Neoliberalism, and Imperial Legacies
Online Workshop, February 23-25, 2021
University of Oxford, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and the Middle East Centre
Convenors: SPF Fellows Susann Kassem and Shun Watanabe
Generously sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Tuesday, February 23, 9-10:15 am GMT
Junko Chano (Sasakawa Peace Foundation) and Eugene Rogan (University of Oxford) Opening remarks
Susann Kassem (University of Oxford) and Shun Watanabe (Kyoto University) Introductory comments
Benjamin Schütze (Arnold Bergstraesser Institute Freiburg) Managing and controlling popular discontent: External ‘democracy promotion’ interventions in Jordan
Shun Watanabe (Kyoto University) Politics of reform as a new ruling formula in neoliberal Jordan: the case of decentralisation
Wednesday, February 24, 4-5:15 pm GMT
Jacob Mundy (Colgate University) Why is the ‘everywhere war’ mostly in the Middle East and North Africa?
Kiri Santer (University of Bern) Governance assemblages in cooperative deterrence: the case of the Libyan Coast Guard
Negar Razavi (Northwestern University) Syria still haunts me: The moral-affective politics of Washington’s ‘non-intervention’ interventions in the Arab world
Thursday, February 25, 4-5:15 pm GMT
Corinna Mullin (CUNY/ New School) Disciplining revolt: ‘Counter-terror’ as (neo)colonial intervention in post-uprising Tunisia
Catherine Herrold (Indiana University) Negotiating Western intervention: NGOs, foreign aid, and civil society in post-uprising Egypt
Susann Kassem (University of Oxford) Concluding remarks