Issues/Ideas

Canada’s Housing Bubble – Heading for a Burst?

Canada’s Housing Bubble – Heading for a Burst?

Housing, whether renting or buying, in Vancouver and Toronto, is among the most expensive in the world. Having an affordable roof over their heads remains a pipedream for many of the nearly 10 million people that call these two regions home. The high cost of housing is fuelled by a worldwide bubble of speculative money […]

Posted in: Canada, Housing
CWI/IR unification: An historic strengthening of the forces of Marxism

CWI/IR unification: An historic strengthening of the forces of Marxism

22 July unification congress unanimously approves unification The Committee for a Workers’ International and Izquierda Revolucionaria held a special unification congress on 22 July in Barcelona. This was the culmination of an intense and thorough process of discussion, exchange, and practical joint militant work between both organisations over more than 10 months. Delegates elected by […]

Posted in: International, Marxism
How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

In May, the Ontario government, to the surprise of many, announced its plan to introduce a $15 an hour minimum wage, beginning with $14 in January 2017 and reaching the full $15 the following year. Given that the existing minimum is $11.75 and that the implementation time to a full 15 is one of the […]

Posted in: Canada, Ontario, Work
Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is getting a raise, and becoming the first Midwestern city to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage. The proposal will benefit 71,000 workers, overwhelmingly women and workers of color. Winning $15 in Minneapolis shows another way cities can push back against Trump’s corporate-backed agenda. In three short years, the fight for $15 in […]

Posted in: US, Work
Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

On 5 July 2015 a historic referendum took place in Greece against the European troika’s austerity memorandum, with a tremendous 61.5% majority vote for No. But two years later, Greek society under a Syriza-led government is faced with the continuation of the same policies that were applied by the traditional parties of the ruling class, […]

Posted in: Greece, Workers' Parties
July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

A century ago this week, 500,000 workers and soldiers marched through the Russian capital Petrograd, with tens of thousands joining marches in Moscow, Kiev and other cities. The demonstrations on 1 July (18 June according to Russia’s old calendar), called by the pro-government socialist parties who at that time held a majority in the soviets […]

Québec Solidaire Rejects Coalition with Parti Québecois

Québec Solidaire Rejects Coalition with Parti Québecois

The decision by the Quebec leftist independence party Québec Solidaire (QS) to refuse an electoral pact with the Parti Québécois (PQ) at its 12th congress on May 21, has set off a local media storm against QS, with the leader of the PQ, Jean-François Lisée, leading the charge, accusing QS of putting its interests first […]

Posted in: Canada, Nationalism, Quebec
Britain’s earthquake election: Consolidating the Corbyn revolution

Britain’s earthquake election: Consolidating the Corbyn revolution

In April Theresa May called a snap general election with the Tories 20 points ahead in the polls – expecting to win easily and to rout Labour. Then Jeremy Corbyn defied Labour’s right wing and launched a radical anti-austerity manifesto. Now May hangs by a thread, presiding over a split party in a minority government […]

Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

May and June: Provisional Government weak but revolutionary movement not yet able to take power The situation is one of dual power: the weakness of the Provisional Government is becoming increasingly clear; the revolutionary movement not yet able to take control. Right-wing social democrats are poised to join a coalition with the capitalist and pro-tsarist […]

Grenfell Tower tragedy: concerns about safety were raised by residents

Grenfell Tower tragedy: concerns about safety were raised by residents

Major investigation needed, independent of government Police have stated that at least 79 died in the fire, and the final number is likely to be higher. The response to fire reveals the social divides in Britain. The Prime Minister, Teresa May, on her first visit does not speak to any residents and is surrounded by […]