Features from the Freedom Socialist
April 2016
March 2016 — France: 35-hr. week at risk. Students and workers hit the streets across France to defend their 35-hour work week and laws that discourage layoffs. The nation’s left-leaning government is selling “reforms” to supposedly fix high...
April 2016
ORLANDO BARRANTES Day in court for Costa Rican labor leader The hearing of Orlando Barrantes and Iván Ángulo took place March 2 in the Appellate Court in Goicoechea. Both men appeared before the court. The defense lawyers made presentations...
April 2016
The following was one in a series of ten articles collectively known as “Socialism for Skeptics,” which were written from 1993 through 1996. A Die-Hard Skeptic (DHS) takes for granted that downtrodden people who need change the most seem to spend...
April 2016
Thirty-one years ago, in 1985, New Zealand (N.Z.) banished U.S. warships from its shores. Prompted by a mass anti-nuclear movement, this South Pacific country had recently declared itself nuclear-free. But the U.S. government wanted continued access...
April 2016
Water, water, every where, / And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink. The passage from Samuel Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” aptly describes the plight of residents of Flint, Mich., who...
April 2016
Growing up in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat heard her relatives ask one another, “Do you think he was killed like the others were in 1937?” They would be discussing a family member or friend who went to the Dominican Republic for work and was never heard...
February 2016
November 2015 — Korea attacks unions. On November 21, police raided the offices of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, seizing papers and computers. The government hopes to silence the KCTU as it leads protests to proposed new “labor reforms...
February 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...
February 2016
“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, N.Y. on Aug. 10, 2011. Hess was one of...
February 2016
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...