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Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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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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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 freezes US-Cuba relations

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Cathy Nugent

Donald Trump has introduced new restrictions on travel to Cuba and on US companies trading with Cuban businesses owned by the state’s military and intelligence services (which includes most of the tourist sector). Trump has revised, but not as he originally threatened reversed Obama’s policy on Cuba.

Obama’s policy was not welcomed by right-wing dissidents inside Cuba or right-wingers within the Cuban exile community. On the other hand Trump’s policy will not be welcomed by US business.

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A tale that is close to home

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Rosalind Robson

When the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, its author, Margaret Atwood, was concerned about the growing strength of Christian fundamentalism in US politics. Unfortunately her story is still very relevant, in fact more relevant, thirty years later.

A review of The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4.

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Prosperity for the few, stagnation for the many

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Martin Thomas

Right-wingers are trumpeting the claimed prosperity of the US economy since Trump’s election, and of the British economy after Brexit. A closer look shows the prosperity as very partial.

Stock market prices in the USA have risen strongly since November 2016, though no more than their general rising trend since they hit bottom in March 2009. The slice of corporate profits in total US income is as high as it was at its pre-2008 peak, which in turn was the highest since 1965.

The world is seeing an economic recovery, but sooner or later the mismatches built into the system, and not at all mended since 2008, will bring a new crash.

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Manning finally free

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Simon Nelson

Chelsea Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth, the maximum security prison on 18 May, after seven years of harassment, brutality and enforced solitary confinement.

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 for leaking classified wire cables and military records to WikiLeaks. At the time she was a military intelligence analyst and for slightly bizarre reasons will remain classified as a member of the military for a period after her release.

Chelsea Manning’s crime was only to expose the inner workings of US imperialism where, through both its diplomatic relations and areas of its military manoeuvres, civilian life is treated purely as “collateral damage”.

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Can the FBI bring down Trump?

Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey unleashed a legal and political crisis. With the Justice Department appointing a special prosecutor to investigate over [Trump’s] objections, he could still claim he’s the victim of “the single greatest witch hunt in American history”.

Trump’s main adversary in the internal Washington power struggle is the law enforcement and intelligence services bureaucracy, which more than anything else wants a return to the status quo.

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US socialism and organising against Trump

Jason Schulman, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, co-editor of New Politics, and author of Neoliberal Labour Governments and the Union Response, discusses the challenges facing the US left under Donald Trump.

Jason Schulman is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, co-editor of New Politics, and author of Neoliberal Labour Governments and the Union Response. He spoke to Solidarity about the challenges facing the US left under Donald Trump.

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Letters

I thought Charlotte Zalens’ article “Does £70,000 make you rich?” (Solidarity 436) was really useful, informative and thought provoking. Charlotte made three important points.

One, that £70,000 is way beyond the £22,400 median wage. Two, that a salary of £70,000 places someone in the top tenth of the population by income. And, three that income inequality at the top of the scale is far greater than at the bottom.

Taxation, the super-rich and the rest of us; Judges should be elected.

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Darcus Howe on Black Power

Long-time black and left activist Darcus Howe, who recently died, was a founder member of the British Black Panthers. In this interview from 1995, he discussed the politics of “black power”.

A new TV drama — Guerilla — tells the story of the British Black Panthers. Long-time black and left activist Darcus Howe, who recently died, was a founder member of the group and consultant for the show. In this interview from 1995 Howe discussed the politics of “black power” with Dan Katz.


DH: The Panthers have been grossly misrepresented in political circles. They were an intensely revolutionary organisation, the largest non-establishment political party ever to exist in America — larger than the Communist Party or any left-wing group.

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US rush to state killings

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Stephen Larkin

On Friday 21 April, the US state of Arkansas carried out the first in a series of four executions, all scheduled before the end of the month. Ledell Lee was killed at the age of 51, after more than 20 years on death row; his was the US’s seventh execution this year, and the first to take place in Arkansas since 2005.

The circumstances surrounding Ledell Lee’s execution are the kind of sordid ones we might expect from an episode of Fargo, not from a supposedly impartial judiciary, in a supposedly advanced democracy.

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