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Vladimir Putin and the “Death of Liberalism”

By Rob Jones, CWI Russia Twenty years since he was first appointed Premier by the outgoing Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin in a provocative interview in the Financial Times recently declared that “Liberalism is dead”. His manifesto challenged the ‘liberal’ capitalist elite currently dominating the European Union and rallied right-wing populists to step up their activities. The same week, he visited ...

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Socialist Alternative in Moscow defy police bans – not once, but twice

By CWI reporters in Russia Undemocratic Moscow elections Elections to Moscow city council take place next Sunday. All the main independent, mainly liberal, candidates have not only been excluded from the election but 13 have spent most of the past few weeks in prison. Each weekend there have been protests organized, mainly illegal during which thousands have been arrested. All opposition ...

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Britain. Parliament suspended – fight for a general election now!

No to Boris coup! For mass protests, bringing together the trade unions, climate strikes movement and all those opposed to this attack on democratic rights We can’t trust capitalist MPs to protect workers and young people from a Tory No Deal Brexit! Fight for a general election and a Corbyn-led Labour government with socialist policies Serious trade union-led action against ...

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Ireland. Judiciary back the bosses again! Support the Ryanair workers right to strike!

The granting of Ryanair’s injunction against the pilot’s democratically balloted scheduled strike action last Thursday and Friday is an attack on workers’ rights by the judiciary that should concern the whole trade union movement. It should not however come as a surprise as the judiciary as part of the capitalist establishment has a natural class bias in favour of the ...

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On Italy’s horizon – economic crisis and new instability

Less than two years after the last election, Italy may soon have to vote again as the crisis in the Lega/Five star movement (M5S) coalition government unfolds. Although formally the Prime Minister is the non-party Giuseppe Conte, in reality Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Lega and Minister of the Interior is widely recognized as the undisputed head of the ...

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Britain: Big business’s bigot Boris must go!

Build for a working class campaign of strike action and mass demonstrations The election of the Eton-educated, racist toff Boris Johnson as Tory leader and thus the new prime minister reflects the political crisis of British capitalism, but it also poses a fresh And urgent challenge to the workers’ movement. By Socialist Alternative Despite his bumbling persona and his populist ...

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Northern Ireland. Workers occupy Harland & Wolff – Nationalise the shipyard to save jobs and skills!

By Socialist Party (Northern Ireland)  With Harland & Wolff just days from going into administration, placing 130 skilled jobs at risk, workers at the shipyard in Belfast – members of Unite and GMB trade unions – have begun an occupation, demanding that the government nationalise the yard to safeguard its future. It is imperative that the wider trade union movement ...

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No Surprises in Greek General Election

SYRIZA responsible for ND’s return Slightly edited editorial comment by Xekinima (CWI in Greece), published July 8, 2019. There were no surprises in the results of the July 7 elections in Greece, they confirmed the trends that were already evident in May’s Euroelections: Greece’s traditional right-wing party New Democracy (ND) was the victor, SYRIZA’s support fell as voters punished it ...

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Spanish State: “Wolf Pack” Rapists Convicted by Supreme Court

In an important victory for the mass feminist movement, the Spanish supreme court has increased the convictions in the Pamplona “Wolf Pack” case to 15 years imprisonment for the five guilty men. It also ruled that the 18 year young woman was raped and was not just a victim of the lesser charge of sexual abuse. By John Hird (member ...

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