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CWI International Executive Committee discusses World Perspectives

An historic meeting of the CWI’s International Executive Committee (IEC) took place in Belgium between 12 and 16 August.  A confident and vibrant meeting, it was tasked with taking stock of the situation following an historic crisis in the CWI, and kicking off a process of discussion and debate leading to a CWI World Congress at the beginning of 2020.  ...

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Hong Kong: Mass struggle needs a new direction

1.7 million people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday 18 August in yet another gigantic display of anger and defiance against the local (Hong Kong) and central (Beijing) governments. The struggle now enters its 12th week as the Chinese dictatorship shows no signs of shifting from its strategy of increasingly brutal police repression and zero concessions as a ‘solution’ to ...

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August 1969: The North erupts

Below is Chapter 9 of Common History, Common Struggle (by Peter Hadden) entitled “August 1969: The North Erupts”. On the fiftieth anniversary of the events of 1969 it is pertinent that Socialists, Trade Unionists and activists learn the lessons of that period. Common History, Common Struggle is available for purchase from socialistpartyni.org Chapter 9 The storm erupted in August 1969. ...

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August 1969 – When British troops went into Northern Ireland

By Peter Hadden (first published in August 2009) August 1969 was a turning point in the history of Northern Ireland. It was then that the Labour Government of Harold Wilson took the decision to send troops onto the streets, first of Derry, then of Belfast. The measure was presented as temporary – troops were needed, they said, because, with riots ...

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Mass protest needed to stop Modi’s attack on the people of Kashmir

Seventy two years after the agreement between the Maharajah (King) of Kashmir and the Indian Government on accession of Kashmir in the areas of foreign affairs, telecommunications and defence, India is unilaterally terminating the autonomous status of Jammu & Kashmir. After years of rebellion in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the government announced that the autonomous status of Jammu & Kashmur is terminated ...

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In Defence of Marxism, 80 years on

Leon Trotsky’s In Defence of Marxism is a book every Marxist needs to study. It’s a collection of letters and key documents from a sharp debate within the Socialist Workers Party in the US in 1939-40. By Per-Åke Westerlund (Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna, Sweden) It’s a very rich book, on application of Marxist theory in a rapidly changing world – Stalinism in ...

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Karl Marx’s ecological socialism is a guide for today’s struggle

Too many socialists, even among those who like to see themselves as revolutionary Marxists, have been sadly late in discovering and understanding the ecological analysis of capitalism’s irreparable metabolic rift with the planet and nature that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began working on during the 1800s. By Arne Johansson. First published 18 July in Offensiv, weekly paper of Rättvisepartiet ...

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Climate Catastrophe and the Case for a Planned Economy

The 20-warmest years on record occurred in the past 22 years and rising temperatures are just one symptom of the climate catastrophe we are now staring down. Eight percent of species are threatened with extinction. The state of Louisiana loses a football-field worth of land every 45 minutes due to rising sea levels. Wildfires are ravaging the Western U.S. and ...

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Kshama Sawant to Face Off Against Amazon’s Candidate

Big Business Candidates Get Through Primary in All Seven Seattle City Council Races The initial results for Seattle’s city council primary elections will greatly sharpen the class divisions in Seattle. Led by Amazon, big business in Seattle is waging a ferocious campaign to defeat every candidate who isn’t firmly aligned with them. Through a record-breaking infusion of corporate PAC money, business-backed candidates made it ...

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