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Catalonia: Rajoy’s furious response to proclamation of Republic

Catalonia: Rajoy’s furious response to proclamation of Republic

The proclamation of the Catalan Republic by the Catalan parliament provoked an immediate, furious response from the Spanish ruling class and PP government as well as from Ciudadanos (right wing Spanish nationalist Party) and PSOE (former social democratic party). Through the application of article 155 (see previous article) they are taking a series of measures […]

#MeToo – Millions of Women Speak Up

#MeToo – Millions of Women Speak Up

Angelina Jolie. Gwyneth Paltrow. Lupita Nyong’o. Ashley Judd. Did any women who worked under Harvey Weinstein not get attacked? Many of the millions or possibly tens of millions of women posting #MeToo on social media, asked the same question; which of us hasn’t been assaulted? Such has been the unanimity of women coming forward online. […]

Posted in: International, US, Women
Election Shock in Vancouver

Election Shock in Vancouver

People in Vancouver regularly talk about the coming “big one,” referring to a likely future earthquake, as the city lies near a major fault line. An earthquake struck Vancouver on Saturday, October 14, but it was a political earthquake, revealing deep faults in the city’s society. A radical independent candidate, Jean Swanson, came second in […]

Women of the Russian Revolution

Women of the Russian Revolution

Women workers launched the Russian revolution in February 1917. And increasing numbers would join the Bolshevik Party in the course of that revolutionary year. HEATHER RAWLING writes about how they forced their way onto the historical stage, an inspirational example to working-class women fighting oppression today. In 2017 we see women’s movements developing around the […]

Russia: Preparing for the fall-out from the presidential election

Russia: Preparing for the fall-out from the presidential election

The date for the next Russian presidential election has been put off for two weeks to 18 March 2018, to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the incorporation of Crimea as part of Russia. The youth protests across Russia on 26 March 2017 in response to the call by Aleksei Navalnii, the liberal anti-corruption campaigner, […]

Posted in: International, Russia
Catalonia: Defeat Article 155/Francoist repression with a general strike

Catalonia: Defeat Article 155/Francoist repression with a general strike

Release Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart! Down the PP government! For a Catalan socialist republic! After the brutal police repression unleashed on 1 October against the people of Catalonia, the Spanish ruling class and its state apparatus continue their anti-democratic offensive. The imprisonment without bail of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez is being followed by […]

Northern California Wildfires: Lives Ruined, Profits Protected

Northern California Wildfires: Lives Ruined, Profits Protected

Wildfires in Northern California, first reported October 8, have raced through communities, up valleys, and over freeways, catching many residents completely off guard and killing 42 people. At present, 21 separate fires are spreading over several hundred square miles, blackening much of the landscape of California’s wine country and filling the air with harmful smoke […]

Puerto Rico: Trump’s Katrina?

Puerto Rico: Trump’s Katrina?

More than three weeks after back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Caribbean Islands, leaving a trail of devastation and human suffering, Puerto Rico is still in a state of emergency. As we go to press, 85% of the island is still without power, 60% without telecommunications, 50% of the island does not have […]

Hong Kong: “Release political prisoners, stop disqualifications and election fraud!”

Hong Kong: “Release political prisoners, stop disqualifications and election fraud!”

Protesters gathered outside China’s embassies and consulates, as well as the Hong Kong government’s Economic and Trade Offices, in 22 cities across 20 countries on Thursday and Friday 12-13 October. The protests were part of a newly launched international campaign, Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong. The long list of protest locations included […]

Che Guevara 50 years on – revolutionary socialist and fighter

Che Guevara 50 years on – revolutionary socialist and fighter

Fifty years after his death, the image of Che Guevara is familiar to most people. A fashion statement for some, for many others it is a political declaration. They identify with the legacy left by Che Guevara as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a better, socialist world. “Shoot, coward, you are only going […]