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No to war in Syria! For a new anti-war movement!

The airstrikes against Syria on Friday night, carried out by US, French and British forces, is a flagrant and illegal act of aggression. The administrations of American President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May are guilty of a war crime, which poses the danger of triggering a conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.

The fraudulent basis for the assault was underscored shortly after Trump’s broadcast, during the subsequent press briefing by his defense secretary, General Jim Mattis. Mattis could not provide any coherent details as to the US accusations. Moreover, contradicting the president’s vow of a protracted campaign against Syria, the general appeared to indicate that there would be no more action apart from the missile strikes that had already taken place.

There is no anti-war faction within the political establishment. The Trump administration is a government of militarism, authoritarianism and reaction. The Democrats have centered their criticism of Trump on the claim that he is too soft on Russia. Indeed, a major escalation of war in the Middle East and conflict with Russia is precisely what they have demanded.

A new anti-war movement must be built, which connects the fight against war with the emerging working-class struggles, in the United States and around the world.

Meetings near you

University of Illinois at Chicago – Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm, Taft Hall, Room 117

New York University – Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 pm, Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 901

San Diego State University – Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm, Metzli Room, Aztec Student Union (2nd Floor)

Portland State University – Wednesday, April 18, 4:00 pm, PSU Library, Room 304

University of California at San Diego – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Social Science Building, Room 414

Los Angeles City College – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Student Union, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Berlin, Germany –  Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm, Sprengel Haus, Sprengelstraße 15, 13353 Berlin

SUNY Geneseo – Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 pm, Bailey 101

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

The United States government, in the closest collaboration with Google, Facebook, Twitter and other powerful information technology corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites. Similar repressive policies are being enacted by capitalist governments in Europe and throughout the world.

The new regime of censorship is being combined with an intensification of surveillance operations, aimed at monitoring what people read, write and think while on the Internet. The actions of this alliance of the state, military-intelligence agencies and oligopolistic technology corporations are a dangerous threat to freedom of speech and other core democratic rights.

Meetings near you

Detroit Conference – Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Student Center Ballroom, Wayne State University

What is Socialism?

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the originator of the materialist conception of history, the author of Das Kapital and, with Friedrich Engels, the founder of the modern revolutionary socialist movement.

Two hundred years after Marx’s birth, there is growing interest in socialism all over the world. Workers and young people confront unprecedented levels of social inequality, unending war and the threat of dictatorship. Millions are looking for an alternative and are asking the question: What is socialism?

This series of lectures will review the theory of Karl Marx and its enduring contemporary relevance.

Lecture 1: Materialist Conception of History

Wayne State University, Detroit – Tuesday, March 20, 7:00pm, WSU Student Center, Room 384

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Wednesday, March 21, 7:00pm, Michigan Union, Room G313

Lecture 2: Marxist Political Economy

Wayne State University, Detroit – Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm, WSU Student Center, Room 384

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm, Michigan Union, Room G313

Lecture 3: Utopian vs. Scientific Socialism

Wayne State University, Detroit – Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm, WSU Student Center, Room 384

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Wednesday, April 18, 7:00pm, Michigan Union, Room G313

The Tax Cut Bill: An Attack on College Students

As income inequality has reached levels unparalleled in United States history, the house of representatives has passed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy. In order to pay for this handout to the ruling class, massive cuts are being planned targeting the working-class. Some of the most draconian and vile administrative actions and budget proposals are targeting college students. As education is under continued assault from both the Republicans and the Democrats, working-class students find it impossible to make ends meet…

A political strategy to defend immigrant rights

The new year has opened with a vast escalation of the attack on immigrants. The Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status for more than a quarter-million immigrants from El Salvador, apprehended hundreds of undocumented immigrants in mass workplace raids, and is using thousands of undocumented youth enrolled in the DACA program as a bargaining chip for funding to build a wall along the US Southern border with Mexico.

The Democratic Party paved the way for Trump’s mass deportation program during the Obama administration and is now seeking a deal with Trump on a further crackdown. “If the president wants to work with us to make sure we have strong border security,” declared Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, “let’s do that.”…

The Catastrophe in Puerto Rico: an Indictment of Capitalism

Over a hundred days have passed since Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane María, the most powerful storm to make landfall on the island in nearly a century. The prevailing devastation in the US colonial territory is a grim illustration of the attitude of the ruling class, not only to the workers and youth of Puerto Rico, but to those on the US mainland as well: one of complete indifference and contempt…