Archive for June, 2017

Britain’s earthquake election: Consolidating the Corbyn revolution

Britain’s earthquake election: Consolidating the Corbyn revolution

In April Theresa May called a snap general election with the Tories 20 points ahead in the polls – expecting to win easily and to rout Labour. Then Jeremy Corbyn defied Labour’s right wing and launched a radical anti-austerity manifesto. Now May hangs by a thread, presiding over a split party in a minority government […]

France: Record low vote in legislative election
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France: Record low vote in legislative election

Time to build a fighting left force The ‘sweeping victory’ for ‘La Republique En Marche!’ (REM) – the party of neo-liberal President Emmanuel Macron- in the second round of parliamentary elections is not as resounding a victory as it might appear. It has indeed got 308 MPs out of 577, plus 42 for its allies […]

Posted in: France, International
Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

May and June: Provisional Government weak but revolutionary movement not yet able to take power The situation is one of dual power: the weakness of the Provisional Government is becoming increasingly clear; the revolutionary movement not yet able to take control. Right-wing social democrats are poised to join a coalition with the capitalist and pro-tsarist […]

Grenfell Tower tragedy: concerns about safety were raised by residents

Grenfell Tower tragedy: concerns about safety were raised by residents

Major investigation needed, independent of government Police have stated that at least 79 died in the fire, and the final number is likely to be higher. The response to fire reveals the social divides in Britain. The Prime Minister, Teresa May, on her first visit does not speak to any residents and is surrounded by […]

Ireland: Jobstown Trial Exposes Establishment

Ireland: Jobstown Trial Exposes Establishment

Two and a half years ago in Ireland, nationwide protests against water charges – a new double tax introduced along with massive austerity measures – were building steadily. As the rate of nonpayment by households was rising toward 70%, Joan Burton, a leading government minister and member of the Labour Party, attended a graduation ceremony […]

Posted in: International, Ireland
Britain: After elections, May and the Tories must go!

Britain: After elections, May and the Tories must go!

Organise, strike, resist, to fight for Corbyn’s policies Theresa May’s failed election gamble is a nightmare for the capitalist class in Britain. Seven weeks ago most of Britain’s elite were hopeful that May would succeed in dramatically increasing the number of Tory MPs, thereby buttressing her government to be able to weather the storms of economic crisis, […]

Posted in: Britain, International
Capitalism’s housing crisis

Capitalism’s housing crisis

Big business is increasingly taking over the housing sector – social rented as well as private ownership. The results have been devastating as tenants face sky-high rents, fewer rights, worsening conditions, and government policies of aggressive deregulation. This article reviews two books linking the current housing crisis with globalisation and the financial markets. The Financialisation […]

Posted in: Canada, Economy, Housing
100 Years Ago, A Forgotten Soviet Revolution in LGBTQ Rights

100 Years Ago, A Forgotten Soviet Revolution in LGBTQ Rights

Review of Dan Healey’s book: Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia The socialist October Revolution in 1917 brought about fundamental, thoroughgoing changes in Russian society. Millions of people in the largest country on Earth quickly found themselves far freer than they had ever been under the despotic, anti-Semitic Tsar, the strictures of the church, and the brutality […]

Venezuela: The Constituent Assembly and tasks for revolutionaries

Venezuela: The Constituent Assembly and tasks for revolutionaries

Combat the counter-revolution with socialist, not capitalist policies On 1 May, President Nicolas Maduro announced the calling of a Constituent Assembly, “to achieve peace the Republic needs…. to defeat the fascist coup… so that it will be the people and their sovereignty which impose peace, harmony and real national dialogue.” This declaration comes in the […]

Posted in: International, Venuzuela
Protesting for Pride: LGBTQ Community Resists Trump

Protesting for Pride: LGBTQ Community Resists Trump

The rights of oppressed communities, as well as working people more broadly, are under attack by Trump, and the LGBTQ community is no exception. Key steps forward for LGBTQ rights are now on the line, with Obama-era gains like trans bathroom protections in schools coming under fire within Trump’s first weeks in office. Yet, as […]