Archive for October, 2013

Egypt: Mahalla workers’ victory a sign of future struggles

Egypt: Mahalla workers’ victory a sign of future struggles

Independent workers’ organization and socialist program needed Twenty three thousand workers at Egypt’s largest factory, Misr Spinning, in Mahalla al-Kubra, went on strike on 9 October. They demanded payment of their bonuses that were withheld by management of the state-owned company. Twelve thousand workers occupied the factory during the day, with 4,000 during the night. […]

Posted in: Egypt, International
Greece: After the Syriza congress

Greece: After the Syriza congress

Party battles promise to be as hard as the Greek class struggle The leadership of Syriza achieved the main goals it had set for the first congress of the now ‘unified’ party that took place in July. The component organizations of Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, will now be dissolved – “within a […]

Posted in: Greece, International
Italy: Berlusconi humiliated

Italy: Berlusconi humiliated

Letta government faces continuing economic and social crisis “Berlusconi is dead” declared one of the closest collaborators of il Cavaliere at the end of the worst week in his political career. Having dominated Italian politics for nearly 20 years Berlusconi was forced into a humiliating U-turn on a government vote of confidence, was faced with […]

Posted in: International, Italy
Germany: Merkel re-elected….

Germany: Merkel re-elected….

But unstable times lie ahead Despite the electoral success of Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU (the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and the Christian Social Union of Bavaria), last weekend’s general election in Germany reflects an alienation of big parts of the population from the established parties and the institutions of capitalist democracy. Given the expected […]

Posted in: Germany, International
Syria: Chemical weapons ’deal’ does not end war

Syria: Chemical weapons ’deal’ does not end war

Local and global powers fight for power and oil The agreement between the US and Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons does not mean that the war is over. While Kerry hugged Lavrov in Geneva the fighting continued. The agreement represents a sharp reversal for US imperialism. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tried […]

Posted in: International, Syria