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British Election Corbyn’s Manifesto: An important step in the right direction – Mobilise to fight for socialist change

British Election Corbyn’s Manifesto: An important step in the right direction – Mobilise to fight for socialist change

Jeremy Corbyn has launched his manifesto by declaring Labour is the “party for the many” while the Tories are the “party of the rich”. The leaking of Labour’s draft manifesto broke through the right-wing media’s relentless assaults on Corbyn, and brought the policies into the light. Social media was alive with enthusiastic discussion. Labour went […]

Ireland: A Rotten State Exposed

Ireland: A Rotten State Exposed

Jobstown, Operation Mizen, Maurice McCabe… The trial of seven adult defendants on charges of false imprisonment for participating in a peaceful, sit-down protest against former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Labour Party leader, Joan Burton, in November 2014 began at the end of April. Solidarity TD (Irish MP) and Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) member […]

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Greece: New austerity measures imposed on working class

Greece: New austerity measures imposed on working class

Editorial comment from the current edition ‘Xekinima’ (fortnightly journal of the Greek section of the CWI, ‘Xekinima – Internationalist Socialist Organisation) When New Democracy (Greece’s traditional right-wing party) and PASOK (the so-called “socialists”) were applying austerity policies, arguing that these were the way to a new period of prosperity, the mass of working class people […]

Posted in: Greece, International
Brazil: General strike demonstrates working class strength against President Temer’s ‘reforms’

Brazil: General strike demonstrates working class strength against President Temer’s ‘reforms’

On 28 April, the Brazilian working class gave a clear sign of its strength and ability to mobilise. A 24-hour general strike was called, as a unified action by all the trade union centres of the country, against the pension and labour reforms of the illegitimate government of President Michel Temer [Temer took office on […]

Posted in: Brazil, International
Britain: A bold socialist campaign by Corbyn could get rid of Tories

Britain: A bold socialist campaign by Corbyn could get rid of Tories

“The dividing lines in this election could not be clearer”, declared Jeremy Corbyn as he launched Labour’s general election campaign. He went on: “It is the establishment that complains I don’t play by the rules: by which they mean their rules.” “And in a sense, the establishment and their followers are quite right. I don’t play […]

Posted in: Britain, International
France: Success for Mélenchon

France: Success for Mélenchon

But now a fake choice between Macron and Le Pen It is confirmed that, after having got rid of the most visible figures of the politics of austerity and support for the big bosses, like Sarkozy and Valls-Hollande, it is their traditional parties that have taken a mighty blow! In an unprecedented manner, the second […]

Posted in: France, International
Russian Revolution: April 1917: How the Bolsheviks re-orientated

Russian Revolution: April 1917: How the Bolsheviks re-orientated

On 3 April 1917, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia from exile. Lenin’s arrival turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history. Just weeks earlier, demanding an end to the bloody slaughter of World War One, the masses of working class and poor in Russia had risen up in a revolution and driven […]

Turkey: Referendum “Yes” result a Pyrrhic victory for Erdogan

Turkey: Referendum “Yes” result a Pyrrhic victory for Erdogan

On Sunday 16 April, Turkey went through the most controversial and questionable referendum in its history. The constitutional amendments which were to give President Erdogan dictatorial powers, including the authority to dissolve the parliament, were brought to a referendum. Officially, the “Yes” side narrowly won, with 51 percent of the vote. By means of the […]

Posted in: International, Turkey
Chechnya: Kaydyrov regime accused of detaining and torturing gay men

Chechnya: Kaydyrov regime accused of detaining and torturing gay men

Reports of gay men being detained, tortured and killed by officials under the control of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, have hit headlines around the world and provoked anger and protests from LGBT, democratic rights and socialist activists. The Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported that police held the men from one day to several weeks, and […]

Posted in: International, LGBTQ, Russia
Spain: Historic congress of Izquierda Revolucionaria

Spain: Historic congress of Izquierda Revolucionaria

Unanimous vote towards unification with the CWI The congress of Izquierda Revolucionaria (IR) in the Spanish state was held from 13 to 16 April in Madrid. This was the 22nd congress since the organisation of Marxists organised around the paper ‘El Militante’ was founded, but was the most special congress we have held for many […]

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