Archive for May, 2016

Austria – Only 31,026 votes prevent far right’s Hofer becoming president
By May 26, 2016 Read More →

Austria – Only 31,026 votes prevent far right’s Hofer becoming president

‘Breathing space’ offers chance to build a fighting, democratic left alternative Sonja Grusch, SLP (the Austrian section of the CWI) Since Saturday 23 April, a series of physical earthquakes have shaken Austria. But the most significant was the political earthquake resulting from the 24 April first round of the presidential elections. Norbert Hofer, the candidate […]

Brazil – Fall of Dilma Rousseff unleashes offensive against working class
By May 19, 2016 Read More →

Brazil – Fall of Dilma Rousseff unleashes offensive against working class

The impeachment process and historic crisis of the PT (Workers’ Party)  By André Ferrari, LSR (‘Freedom, Socialism and Revolution’ – CWI Brazil)  A new stage in the class struggle has opened in Brazil. The country is living through the deepest economic and social crisis in its history. Together with this, a massive political crisis has […]

Fire Devastates Fort McMurray
By May 14, 2016 Read More →

Fire Devastates Fort McMurray

On the evening of May 3 the entire population of the city of Fort McMurray was ordered to leave as the ‘beast’ of an out-of-control wildfire swept towards it. 94,000 people fled their homes in a few short hours, from Fort McMurray and other nearby northern Alberta communities. Most people had a terrifying drive through […]

Toronto Airport – workers mobilizing

Toronto Airport – workers mobilizing

 The following is an interview with Sean Smith, Mobilization Co-ordinator, UNIFOR 2002 and Representative, Toronto Airport Workers Council. Tim Heffernan (Socialist Alternative) is asking the questions. The interview was conducted in April 2016. Here is a useful background story from the Toronto Star, April 2015. TIM: Okay, so Sean, first question. Tell me about the […]

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 […]

The Servant State – McCormack & Workman
By May 6, 2016 Read More →

The Servant State – McCormack & Workman

“The Servant State – Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada” by Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman Fernwood Publishing, 2015 Reviewed by Tim Heffernan ————————————————————- The Servant State is a valuable book, useful for its analysis and wealth of data on the workings of Canadian capitalism from a Marxist perspective. As the authors admit, “the analytical standpoint […]

A New Moment in Britain
By May 6, 2016 Read More →

A New Moment in Britain

The EU referendum has brought into the open stark divisions within the Tory party, raising the real prospect of a split. This crisis of capitalist political representation is being played out as the fate of the Corbyn insurgency within the Labour Party is still unresolved. In extracts from a statement discussed at the Socialist Party’s […]