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Europe and the workers’ movement after the ‘Brexit’ vote

Europe and the workers’ movement after the ‘Brexit’ vote

July 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm

This year’s Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI – the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) summer school met in the aftermath of the UK vote for ‘Brexit’ in the 23 June referendum. Delegates from 34 countries attended, including one from Australia. The referendum result has […]

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Irish win on water charges… war on the left

Irish win on water charges… war on the left

July 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

On the surface, one legacy of the last two years of Socialist Party (CWI) action in Ireland will be the suspension, once again, of water charges. The mass movement against the charges cannot be overstated in a country that has seen the complete lack of a fighting trade union leadership […]

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NZ: Tents and cars for houses “not a crisis”

NZ: Tents and cars for houses “not a crisis”

July 13, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Tents, garages and shipping containers without sewerage or heating are being lived in by hundreds of people across Auckland as the winter cold sets in. Mass congregations of people are forced to sleep in cars at parks. That many of these families have two members with jobs shows the severity […]

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Feminising the elite will not bring equality

Feminising the elite will not bring equality

July 12, 2016 at 9:52 am

The idea of Hilary Clinton becoming the first woman President of the US has been hailed by some establishment feminists as being a progressive development, a symbol of what can be achieved. The idea that more women holding senior roles and becoming wealthy will benefit women generally needs further scrutiny. […]

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France: Mass movement erupts

France: Mass movement erupts

July 5, 2016 at 10:37 am

An impressive movement has been spreading all across France since early March. The movement erupted in response to anti-worker legislation put forward by the Valls/Hollande government. The laws, which will see wages slashed, working conditions undermined and job security reduced, have been met with great furore by French workers and […]

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Protests in Kazakhstan

Protests in Kazakhstan

July 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

A rising mood of discontent has erupted in Kazakhstan against the dictatorial Nazarbayev government. Thousands participated in countrywide protests on Saturday May 21, only weeks after a rigged election took place. The protests were confronted by an enormous police operation. Tensions were sparked by the government’s latest privatisation proposal. They […]

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Conflict in the South China Sea – a socialist analysis

Conflict in the South China Sea – a socialist analysis

June 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

By Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info Tensions between the US and China over the South China Sea, which have been rising over the past year, could spike dramatically in coming weeks with the outcome of an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. The case in the obscure Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) […]

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Beyond Bernie: Still not with her

Beyond Bernie: Still not with her

June 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

By Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant Since the June 7 California primary, the historic upheaval that coalesced around Bernie Sanders’ campaign has continued to defy the demands of the political establishment, but has also increasingly turned into a search for the way forward. After a powerful, year-long mass campaign […]

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Britain: After the referendum

Britain: After the referendum

June 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

By Hannah Sell, Socialist Party Deputy General Secretary England & Wales “The referendum result may well go down in history as the pitchfork moment”, declared the Financial Times (FT), wailing the anger and despair of Britain’s elite at the decision by the majority of voters in Britain to leave the […]

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Capitalism and food production

Capitalism and food production

June 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

By Amy Neve The way the world produces food has gone from something essential to life, to just another commodity for profit. We are producing more than enough food to feed the entire world, yet millions of people are malnourished and face starvation every year. What makes this so much […]

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