Issues/Ideas

Russian Revolution timeline – September 1917

Russian Revolution timeline – September 1917

This is the seventh in our series on the events of 1917. Dates are given in the old style Julian calendar used in Russia at the time. This was 13 days earlier than the Gregorian calendar (adopted in Russia in 1918). The Bolshevik party still faces state repression, many of its leaders in prison or […]

Britain: Labour Party conference

Britain: Labour Party conference

Action against capitalist establishment sabotage still needed The mood of confidence and unity at the 2017 Labour Party conference has been widely reported. It is estimated that around 8,000 people attended either the conference or the parallel Momentum event ‘The World Transformed’, the biggest Labour Party conference in many years. Jeremy Corbyn’s speech covered much […]

Madrid government repression against Catalonia’s right to decide

Madrid government repression against Catalonia’s right to decide

After days of a police and judicial offensive, without quarter, in which democratic rights have been trampled on with fury, the Spanish Partido Popular (People’s Party/PP) government decided to use massive repression to prevent the people of Catalonia from exercising their right to decide their future. In an operation reminiscent of the days of the […]

Iraqi Kurdistan: A socialist viewpoint on the coming independence referendum
By September 22, 2017 Read More →

Iraqi Kurdistan: A socialist viewpoint on the coming independence referendum

On September 25, the Kurdistan region of Iraq (Southern Kurdistan) is set to hold a referendum on independence. Various regional and international powers have made clear their staunch objection to such a move, and Iraq’s Supreme Court has ruled for all preparations for the vote to be halted. The Turkish, Iranian and Syrian states are […]

US: Trump targets young immigrants

US: Trump targets young immigrants

After months of promising Dreamers that they had nothing to worry about and that he had a “big heart,” Trump sent out arch-reactionary AG Jeff Sessions to announce the repeal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This is a vicious attack on the immigrant population as a whole, targeting young people who came to […]

Posted in: International, Racism, US
North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict
By September 11, 2017 Read More →

North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, […]

Posted in: China, International, Korea, US, War
Russian Revolution timeline – July/August 1917

Russian Revolution timeline – July/August 1917

Below we look at the events of July and August 1917 in Russia. Dates are given in the old style Julian calendar used in Russia at the time. This was 13 days earlier than the Gregorian calendar (adopted in Russia in 1918). The economy is in crisis, with inflation out of control and workers thrown […]

Finding a Route to Socialism USA

Finding a Route to Socialism USA

At the end of June, amid a growing discussion about socialism in the US, Bhaskar Sunkara wrote an important op-ed in the New York Times entitled ‘Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past’. ALAN JONES wrote a contribution on behalf of Socialist Alternative. This is an edited version – the full article is here, from the […]

Make Vancouver Affordable for All

Make Vancouver Affordable for All

Socialist Alternative Vancouver voted unanimously to support Jean Swanson’s election campaign for the City Council by-election on October 14. Jean, running as an independent, has already gained wide support in her drive to bring a political revolution to Vancouver city hall. She is a tireless campaigner fighting for over 40 years against poverty, and for […]

Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville Reawakens the Resistance

Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville Reawakens the Resistance

Mass Demonstrations and a Left Alternative Needed to Fight the Right The vicious white nationalist violence in Charlottesville and across the country this weekend has acted as a collective wake up call. A powerful left challenge must be built against racist violence, vigilante intimidation, and bigoted government policies. Leaders like Bernie Sanders, alongside the unions, […]

Posted in: International, Racism, US