Archive for February, 2016

South Africa: Worker and student protests intensify

South Africa: Worker and student protests intensify

#OutsourcingMustFall campaign becomes point of reference for the working class Across South Africa protests and strikes by workers and students are continuing across the higher education sector. Protests at the University of the Free State (UFS) grabbed headlines on Monday night when protesting black workers and black students were attacked by white rugby supporters at […]

Leningrad: the epic siege of 1941-44
By February 23, 2016 Read More →

Leningrad: the epic siege of 1941-44

Reprinted from the February 2016 issue of Socialism Today At the beginning of January, the BBC carried a documentary film about the blockade of Leningrad during the second world war – possibly the most tragic siege in history. The programme used eyewitness accounts and historical material to great effect. The message was powerful and moving […]

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. […]

Climate Talks: 25 years of Hot Air

Climate Talks: 25 years of Hot Air

For 25 years, establishment politicians have talked about tackling global warming – since discussions held in the run-up to the Earth summit of 1992. Most of them now agree that human action is driving potentially catastrophic climate change. But, they have done nothing to deal with this threat, bound as they are to the profit-driven […]

A World of Change – Welcome to the Anthropocene

A World of Change – Welcome to the Anthropocene

Human beings have radically altered the Earth, adapting nature in the struggle to survive and thrive. The pace of change accelerated rapidly with the development of agriculture and class-based society. It hit breakneck speed in the industrial revolution, and with post-war scientific and technological breakthroughs. Many now say that we have entered a distinctive geological […]

Marxism and the Environment

Marxism and the Environment

Marxism is often mistakenly accused of taking the environment for granted – in the pursuit of the economic growth needed to alleviate poverty and want. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Drawing on the works of Marx and Engels, and the experience of the first years of the Russian revolution. There are two […]