Socialist candidate for governor speaks out against Jew hatred and murderous assault on Pittsburgh synagogue

By : Peter Thierjung

 MANHATTAN – "Working people everywhere should condemn the murderous assault on the Pittsburgh synagogue by an anti-Semitic and ultra - rightist terrorist who killed 11 people and gravely injured others," Róger Calero, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of New York told a campaign meeting here Oct. 27. “History tell us that Jew-hatred rises in times of capitalist crisis like today,” Calero said. “This scapegoating is a poison that weakens the working class. It is used to keep us from focusing clearly on the those who oppress and exploit us — the capitalists who own the corporations, banks, and factories." "Working people face the brunt of today’s economic, social and moral crisis of capitalism," Calero said. "Workers are discussing and looking for ways to organize, to win better wages and working conditions. We need stronger unions and need to organize the unorganized. We need to reject the divide-and-rule tactics... Read more

South Africa – National minimum wage delayed

 JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) - The introduction of a national minimum wage of 20 rand (S$2.19) an hour in South Africa could be delayed by up to two months as parliament is yet to approve necessary draft legislation, a spokesman for the labour ministry said on Friday (April 20). The minimum wage - a policy championed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as an important step to tackle labour instability and wage inequality - was approved by the Cabinet in November and meant to be introduced on May 1. Supporters of the minimum wage say it will reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth as workers can spend more. But critics say it could lead to increased unemployment, already at record highs, with some employers unable to afford higher wage bills. Labour ministry spokesman Teboho Thejane said the ministry was focused on getting the minimum wage introduced. "The minimum wage will definitely be implemented. But... Read more

DOJ tinkers with immigration courts to speed deportations

It is a judicial bureaucracy that American citizens almost never encounter, with 58 courtrooms around the country and more than 300 judges, whose decisions affect the lives of thousands of people each year. There are limited avenues for appeal and no constitutional right to a lawyer for anyone caught up in it. Welcome to the immigration court system, the latest focus of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration — less visible than a border wall and less dramatic than midnight raids by ICE officers, but arguably more important. The sequence of events that lead to immigration court vary from case to case, especially now, as even broader categories of people — ranging from convicted criminals to recent border crossers seeking asylum, longtime residents and even a few U.S. citizens — are getting caught up in the Trump administration’s sweeping enforcement dragnet. But for all who find themselves in front... Read more

In new book, Comey blasts untruthful, ‘ego-driven’ Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" in a sharply critical new book that describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he insisted were untrue but could distress his wife. In the forthcoming book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty." He also reveals new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election. He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference. The book adheres closely to Comey's public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his... Read more