Archive for November, 2014

South Africa: Metalworkers’ union expelled from COSATU
By November 28, 2014 Read More →

South Africa: Metalworkers’ union expelled from COSATU

Rebuild the trade union movement on socialist principles! WASP Reporters The pro-African National Congress (ANC) right-wing of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leadership has accomplished what the apartheid regime could not and split the 2.2 million-strong trade union federation. On the night of 7/8 November – dubbed the ‘night of the long […]

Ferguson, US: Build a New Black Freedom Movement

Ferguson, US: Build a New Black Freedom Movement

The prospect of a new Black freedom movement has been raised through nearly three months of heroic protests by the youth of Ferguson. Like the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, which helped spark the Civil Rights Movement, Mike Brown’s murder symbolizes the systematic violence and oppression faced by millions of people of color in […]

Posted in: Racism, US
Venezuela: Scarcity and Speculation – Whose Fault Is It?

Venezuela: Scarcity and Speculation – Whose Fault Is It?

At the end of October, in a national address to the nation, Maduro announced the discovery of two enormous warehouses of medical goods in Aragua state. While speaking, images were shown of row after row of towering shelves with everything from wheelchairs to needles to medications. Maduro stated there were enough goods to satisfy the […]

Posted in: International, Venuzuela
Ukraine: Competing ’elections’ deepen divisions
By November 20, 2014 Read More →

Ukraine: Competing ’elections’ deepen divisions

Working people need socialist alternative to warring oligarchs and outside powers It is just over one year since protestors gathered in Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti in protest at the Mykola Azarov government’s decision not to sign an ‘Association agreement’ between Ukraine and the EU. Since then, the country has moved closer and closer to economic, political, […]

Posted in: International, Ukraine
How Capitalism Stifles Science

How Capitalism Stifles Science

We are told that capitalism drives innovation and progress but the truth is production for profit mostly hampers the ability of science and technique to advance. All throughout the world people needing medical attention for diseases, curable or otherwise, are often neglected on the basis that it is unprofitable to treat them. Piling on top […]

Ebola inaction: symptom of a diseased system

Ebola inaction: symptom of a diseased system

In November 2013 there were no reports of the Ebola disease anywhere in the world. On 6 December a two-year-old boy died in Meliandou, a village in the forests of Guinea. His sister, mother and grandmother died in the following four weeks. A nurse and midwife were the next victims and are thought to have […]

Posted in: Health, International
Mexico: Wave of Protests Follow Student “Disappearances”

Mexico: Wave of Protests Follow Student “Disappearances”

Latest US-backed ‘drugs war’ horror sends shock waves throughout Mexico When it comes to student protests, the recent movement in Hong Kong has claimed the international headlines. Receiving scant media attention has been the wave of protests in Mexico, following the “disappearances” of 43 student teachers in the southern state of Guerrero. It is a […]

Posted in: International
US: Reviewing the Jess Spear Campaign in Seattle

US: Reviewing the Jess Spear Campaign in Seattle

Challenging Corporate Politicians Requires Stamina – But It’s Worth It With 18% of the votes for Jess Spear, Socialist Alternative evaluates its campaign which had a major impact in advancing the discussion on rent control, taxing the rich, and corporate politics. Socialist Alternative candidate Jess Spear’s campaign against Frank Chopp — the most powerful legislator […]

Posted in: US
US: Mid-Terms Do Not Mean a Turn to the Right in Society

US: Mid-Terms Do Not Mean a Turn to the Right in Society

Big Gains for Republicans while Voters Support Progressive Ballot Measures The significant gains made by Republicans in the mid-term elections, in particular taking control of the U.S. Senate, have caused alarm for working-class and progressive people across the country. The Republicans also solidified their control of the House of Representatives. Most shocking, however, was the […]

Posted in: US
Toronto Mayoral election: 2014

Toronto Mayoral election: 2014

“After an historical election, Toronto has chosen its first wealthy, white male mayor in nearly half a decade.”  Thus ran the headline in The Beaverton, the online satirical publication. As with all good satire, the humour is understated. For those not familiar with Toronto politics, half a decade go, Toronto elected Rob Ford, a white, […]

Posted in: Canada, NDP, Ontario