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U.S. missiles won’t liberate the Syrian people

Trump’s missiles won’t liberate the Syrian people

Anyone who cares about justice and peace needs to mobilize against the U.S. government's new escalation of the bloodshed and repression in the Middle East. Below is a special editorial (PDF) by Socialist Worker—the newspaper of the International Socialist Organization—condemning Trump’s cruise missile attack on Syria and calling for resistance to his escalation of the U.S. war in Syria.

April 8, 2017

The Trump administration's April 7 missile strike targeting the Shayrat Syrian Arab Air Force base in Syria is a frightening escalation of a six-year-old conflict that has already had catastrophic consequences for the Syrian people.

Trump said the decision to launch 59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles was in retaliation for the April 4 Sarin gas attack in Idlib province, carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime, that killed scores of civilians and left hundreds sickened. "I will tell you that attack on children had a big impact on me," Trump said. "My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much."

But this claimed concern about civilian casualties is nothing but rank hypocrisy coming from Trump.Read more

ISO public meetings in August

Every month, ISO branches across the U.S. host public meetings around important political questions. Below is a list of ISO meetings that will take place throughout the month of August.Read more

Flint refuses to be poisoned

Flint residents demand action over the poisoning of their water -- January 2016

Flint, Michigan, a city of some 100,000 people, is being poisoned.

In April 2014, the Michigan state government forced Flint to change its water supply from Lake Huron, which had served the city for half a century, to the Flint River. The water in the river is corrosive enough to cause the lead in city pipes to seep into the water supply, and out through the taps. Read more at Socialist Worker .

Burlington dumps Trump

Protest against Donald Trump in Burlington, VT -- January 2016

When Donald Trump brought his road show of bigotry to Burlington, Vermont--a city known for its progressive politics and as the hometown of Bernie Sanders--he got the reception he deserved, as hundreds of people turned out to protest the bigot billionaire on January 7.Read more

January issue of Socialist Worker out now!

January 2016 Socialist Worker front cover

The print issue of January 2015 SW has arrived. The front page features "What will stop the police killing spree?" referring readers inside the paper to several articles on the epidemic of police murders, as well as the article "Will Rahm pay for all the Black lives lost?" The back page features "They're fanning the flames of anti-Muslim hate" and a report on an anti-Trump protest in New York City. The editorial is titled "Resistance in a year of fear." Other articles include a spread on Syria, "Where will socialism come from?" "The party of which people?" a spread on abortion rights for...Read more

Right wing gains confidence, but the resistance continues

Over the past few months, a bewildering set of events have occurred, including the ISIS attacks on Paris, Beirut, Mali and Tunisia; the incredible crackdown across Europe against refugees and climate protesters; an escalation of the war in Syria (the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, British and German votes to attack ISIS in Syria, etc.); the shootings at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, the Minneapolis Black Lives Matter protest, and at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino; a spate of hate crimes on campuses as well as the solidarity actions with Mizzou. ...Read more

December issue of Socialist Worker and Obrero Socialista out now!

December 2015 cover of Socialist Worker

The December issue of Socialist Worker and Obrero Socialista are out now. SW's front-page is headlined “Refugees are welcome here” and features articles and statements inside on the Paris attacks and the racist, pro-war backlash, including "Challenging war and racism in Paris,” “Their 'merciless war' fuels terror" and "Standing against anti-refugee hate.” The back page features the fight against racism on campus, with a spread inside on the struggle at the University of Missouri and the wave of protests in solidarity. Also inside is a spread on the fight for climate...Read more

ISO public meetings on racism, refugees and abortion rights

Many ISO branches have been involved in initiating or building protests against police brutality or in defense of refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks. For example, New York City had a comrade call in from Paris for a meeting in November, Portland organized a large forum in December, Chicago comrades helped initiate the LaQuan McDonald protests, Bay Comrades are hosting a “war, racism and ecology” meeting in December, etc. A number of branches have also held discussions of the Planned Parenthood attacks and the need to defend abortion rights.

Contact an ISO branch and find out about meetings in your area.Read more

Challenging war and racism after Paris

THE CRIMINAL slaughter of innocent people in Paris by gunmen and suicide bombers acting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being seized upon by the forces of militarism, empire and the anti-immigrant right. They want to exploit the outpouring of horror and shock over the ISIS attacks to widen the ongoing wars in the Middle East, block the tide of desperate refugees to Europe and elsewhere, and strengthen the national security state at the expense of civil liberties and democratic rights.Read more