Archive for December, 2014

China: Hard landing in 2015?

China: Hard landing in 2015?

China’s economic slowdown already being felt throughout world economy “The most important number in the world, for the past 30 years and next five years, is China’s growth rate,” declared BBC Economics Editor Robert Peston. With a stream of data confirming a pronounced slowdown in the Chinese economy, fears are rising that this will act […]

Posted in: China, Economy, International
World: Middle East, Ukraine wars…upturn in European class struggle

World: Middle East, Ukraine wars…upturn in European class struggle

Committee for a Workers’ International meeting discusses a volatile period in global and class relations The recent meeting of the International Executive Committee (IEC) of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) came at the end of a turbulent year in world relations with the wars in the Middle East and Ukraine, increased tensions in […]

Posted in: International
US: CIA Torture Report Exposes Brutality of U.S. Foreign Policy

US: CIA Torture Report Exposes Brutality of U.S. Foreign Policy

The shock from the official Senate Intelligence Committee report revealing the torture by the CIA of more than 100 people is reverberating across the country and around the world. The report details sickening torture practices such as waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation of up to 180 hours, as well as brutal beatings – sometimes used […]

Posted in: International, US
Italy: Mass support for general strike expresses anger at PD government

Italy: Mass support for general strike expresses anger at PD government

New political voice vitally needed Seventy per cent of all workers in Italy stopped work during the national general strike on 12 December called by the CGIL and UIL union federations. Thousands marched in more than 50 cities all across the country. This was a significant strike, the first the CGIL had ever called against […]

Posted in: Italy
Belgium: Massive general strike makes the government wobble

Belgium: Massive general strike makes the government wobble

Towards a second plan of action to get rid of this government and austerity! The general strike of 15 December in Belgium was phenomenal. The united call of all three trade union centres illustrated the power of the working class movement. We made the government wobble, but it will need an extra push to fall. […]

Posted in: Belgium, International, Work
Australia: Major community victory stops Melbourne’s East-West Toll Road

Australia: Major community victory stops Melbourne’s East-West Toll Road

Socialist Party leads successful campaign against Toll Road and for investment in public transport Last week, state elections in Victoria saw a new Labour government elected, which promised to scrap Melbourne’s (AU) $6-8 billion East West Link toll road project. This is a major victory for community campaigners and activists. The anti-Toll Road campaign was […]

US: An Uprising Against Police Violence

US: An Uprising Against Police Violence

From Ferguson to Staten Island A Staten Island, New York, grand jury announced last week that it will not indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the illegal chokehold death of father of six and Staten Island resident, Eric Garner. This stunning announcement comes on the heels of the explosive wave of protest in Ferguson, and […]

Posted in: International, Racism, US
World Economy: The great stagnation

World Economy: The great stagnation

Six years after the financial crash and economic slump, the world capitalist economy appears to be sliding towards a new downturn. The US is struggling through a feeble ‘recovery’. Germany and the eurozone seem to be edging towards a third recession. Japan is also recession bound. Russia is being battered by falling oil revenues and […]

US: The Coming Wave of Struggle

US: The Coming Wave of Struggle

After Right Wing Gains, Working People Search For Way Forward The coming year could very well see increased struggle, on par with the explosive movements of 2011 around Wisconsin and Occupy. In 2015, the movements will have a higher consciousness and more openness to socialist ideas. Already by the end of 2014, we will likely […]

Posted in: International, US