USA/Canada

Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

Submitted by martin on 15 March, 2016 - 1:52 Author: James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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Trump to renew Iran deal

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:49 Author: Johnny Whiteley

Donald Trump is set to maintain the 2015 “nuclear deal” with Iran when it comes up for renewal on 17 January.

Under the deal Iran is obliged to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the easing of international sanctions.

Trump had previously declared his intention to undo the nuclear deal, denouncing it as weakness in the face of the regime. Accordingly, he has had to hedge his renewal of the deal with much tough-sounding bluster and secondary sanctions.

Trump in America and the world

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 11:55 Author: Ira Berkovic
Trump

On 22 December, US President Donald Trump passed the most significant piece of domestic legislation of his term thus far, the so-called “Tax Cuts and Job Act”.

This tax reform, one of the most sweeping in decades, will cut corporate tax by 15%. The package also includes measures such as lowering taxes on overseas profits.

Globalisation in trouble

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 11:03 Author: Colin Foster

"Expectations were low as the meeting began in the Argentine capital", or so the Economist magazine reported on the latest World Trade Organisation meeting of trade ministers, in Buenos Aires on 10-13 December.

"They sank even lower as it progressed. Delegates failed to agree on a joint statement, let alone on any new trade deals".

How big business makes the laws

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 10:51 Author: Rhodri Evans

In December the US Congress has passed the regressive tax-cuts scheme pushed by Donald Trump and long desired by Republicans.

The truly instructive story is about one detail. As part of his populist pitch pre-election, Donald Trump had sworn to sugar the changes at least in a small way by closing a particular tax loophole advantageous to hedge fund and private equity managers, "carried interest".

The loophole has survived. Gary Cohn, director of Trump’s National Economic Council, and a plutocrat himself, was startlingly candid about it.

Obamacare undermined

Submitted by Matthew on 13 December, 2017 - 10:49 Author: Rhodri Evans

As well as legislating for a big redistribution of income from workers to the rich, the US Republicans' "tax reform", now (mid-December) being pummelled into final shape to unite versions from the two houses of Congress, undermines "Obamacare".

Socialist Worker (US) reports that the "reform" promises "a further crisis of the health care system caused by the repeal of the Obamacare mandate requiring individuals to buy insurance.

Trump’s government for the rich

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 1:46 Author: Gerry Bates
Grad protest

Donald Trump's tax overhaul was passed early on Saturday 2 December in the US Senate. Although the bill will now need to be reconciled with the House-passed version, it is likely to include tax cuts which will make the rich and US corporations much richer, while also punishing the working class and the poor.

The reality surrounding Florida’s fantasy

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 1:12 Author: Luke Hardy

When Walt Disney planned “the Florida Project” (the plan that would become Walt Disney World Resort) he deliberately located it in a state with cheap land and compliant politicians who would allow him to own land beyond the park.

Disney wanted more than his fantasy kingdom with themed hotels, he also wanted a corporate-controlled futuristic city where anyone who would not fit in with the magic kingdom's fantasy could be kept out.

Trump’s trade turn is regressive

Submitted by Matthew on 25 October, 2017 - 10:35 Author: Editorial
NAFTA

“Anyone who thinks [Donald Trump] has dropped his vow to rip up the global trading system has not been paying attention”, wrote Edward Luce in the Financial Times (18 October), after the fourth round of US-Mexican-Canadian talks on Nafta, the North American Free Trade Agreement, closed on 17 October.

Joanne Landy

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 10:43

Joanne Landy, one of the last surviving representatives of a thin thread of living continuity between the Third Camp Trotskyists of the 1940s and politics today, died on 14 October in New York, aged 75. She was one of the early members of the Independent Socialist Club which was founded by Hal Draper in Berkeley, California, in 1964, to regroup the revolutionary socialist wing of the remnants within the Socialist Party USA of the old “Shachtmanite” Workers’ Party and Independent Socialist League.