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Cyprus rape case outrage: Stop the victim blaming

Fight to overturn the verdict – fight sexism and for socialist change Joint statement from sections of the Committee for a Workers’ International in Cyprus; England, Wales and Scotland and Israel-Palestine. The 19-year-old woman who reported being brutally gang-raped last July in Agia Napa, Cyprus, was found guilty. Guilty of daring to report a rape and asking the police to ...

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From discontent to victories – going onto the offensive in Belgium.

Endless austerity measures have affected the majority of the population. Shortages in the care sector, a lack of affordable housing, declining public services, failing infrastructure, low pensions, salaries that do not keep up with the cost of living and impossible workloads are all causing protests by bus drivers, workers in the cultural sector, health care personnel and municipal staff in ...

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Shortages and expensive prices. Medicines and vaccines: the market makes us sick!

This article by a trade union shop-steward in a major pharmaceutical company was first published in Lutte Socialiste/De Linkse Socialist, monthly paper of PSL/LSP – the CWI in Belgium. In recent weeks, a number of scandals connected to the pharmaceutical sector have broken out. Firstly, over the very high treatment costs for a sick baby, in response to which the ...

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Britain: Corbyn resignation – mobilise to stop the right wing offensive

By Tom Barker, Leicester Socialist Alternative No sooner had Labour’s disastrous election results been announced than the Blairite jackals began to howl for Jeremy Corbyn’s blood. Dame Margaret Hodge sounded the starting gun at 4am on Friday morning: “Corbyn talking about a period of ‘reflection. I’ve reflected. You failed. Please stand down.” Phil Wilson, who lost Tony Blair’s former stronghold ...

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Northern Ireland general election: Voters punish main parties as Unionists lose majority

By Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party (CWI in Northern Ireland) Both the main parties in Northern Ireland – the DUP and Sinn Féin – saw significant falls in their vote share in the recent general election, while there was a substantial increase in support for the non-sectarian Alliance Party. This points to the potential to build a cross-community, socialist alternative in ...

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Germany: SPD leadership loses election for party Chair. Reversing the trend or flash in the pan?

The victory of Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans in the membership election for the Chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has dealt a blow to the establishment around Olaf Scholz. The conservative media are furious. The paper “Die Welt” described the elected chairs as “Kühnert’s Trojan Horses” (Kühnert is the chairman of the Young Socialists) pushed in as part ...

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Croatia. “Our main aim is to present socialist ideas to the public”

Interview with Katarina Peović, candidate of Radnička fronta (Workers’ front) in Croatia’s Presidential election. There is a Presidential election in Croatia on 22nd December. Although the political landscape in Croatia is dominated by right-wing nationalist and pro-capitalist politicians and parties, Radnička fronta (RF, Workers’ Front) is standing Katarina Peović to offer a socialist alternative and give a voice to workers ...

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Vicious Tories win with lies – but mass struggle looms on the horizon

By Socialist Alternative Political Committee The Conservative victory at the general election is a major setback for the working class and youth of Britain. The bumbling bigot Johnson will whip up prejudice and launch further attacks on our services, livelihoods and environment. This will meet with resistance which we will support and help organise. Local ‘conferences of resistance’ should be ...

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Finland: major strike movement puts pressure on new government

By Jonas Brännberg – translated from article in “Offensiv” paper of the CWI in Sweden It took a week to form a new coalition government in Finland following the resignation of Prime Minister Antti Rinne in early December. Little changed, the same parties are included in the new government. Rinne’s fall followed a large successful strike in support of 700 ...

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