Nationalism

The Olympics, big business and dictatorship
By August 5, 2016 Read More →

The Olympics, big business and dictatorship

A short history of the Olympics: Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info A short history of the Olympics: Rather than the Olympic movement’s self-professed ideals of ‘internationalism’ and ‘fair play’, the Games are about two at first sight contradictory forces: nationalistic flag-waving and capitalist globalisation The Rio Olympics kicks off this week. The 2016 games, like their forerunners, will […]

Quebec and fight for 15

Quebec and fight for 15

The fight for $15 shows true colours of Parti Québecois No to an all-class pro-independence alliance Bruno, Alternative Socialiste (CWI in Quebec) Despite a number of scandals and in the face of growing opposition to its politics of austerity, the Liberal Party of Quebec (Parti Liberal du Québec) retains first place in polls. Though the […]

Spain: a break in the political establishment
By February 19, 2016 Read More →

Spain: a break in the political establishment

 Reprinted from the February 2016 issue of Socialism Today. December’s elections broke the hold of the two main capitalist parties for the first time since the Franco dictatorship. The high vote for representatives of workers’ and social movements, and the recovery of the left-populist Podemos, open up a new phase in the struggle against austerity. […]

Scotland: Independence referendum – A working-class revolt

Scotland: Independence referendum – A working-class revolt

The referendum has turned British politics upside down – even though the No vote won The referendum has turned British politics upside down – even though the No vote won. The Yes campaign became a mass mobilization of working-class communities: against austerity and rotten establishment politics, and for a positive future. This turning point raises […]

Socialism and national rights

Socialism and national rights

Ukraine, Israel/Palestine and other countries  The bloody conflict in Ukraine, alongside the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza, has brought the issue of the ‘national question’ once more forcefully onto the political agenda. How can we open a road to begin to solve seemingly age-old intractable issues? This is the question which is sharply […]

Catalonia: The national question, the European Union and the limits of capitalism

Catalonia: The national question, the European Union and the limits of capitalism

Debate centres on question of EU following massive human chain in favour of independence on 11 September On 11 September (la Diada, Catalan national holiday), up to 1.6 million Catalans took part in a massive human chain from one end of Catalonia to the other, to demand independence from the Spanish state. This follows last […]