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Americas

‘Phase one’ trade deal doesn’t end the US-China trade war

Confrontation between the two biggest powers set to escalate Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info The ‘phase one’ trade agreement signed by the US and China on 15 January does not mark the end of their almost two-year trade war. Even as a truce this one is only partial, with two-thirds of the tariffs imposed by both governments over the past 18 months still ...

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AOC and Joe Biden Should Not Be In The Same Party

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (US) After months of attacks by the Democratic establishment against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives, she is firing back. Since her shock election to the House of Representatives in 2018, beating Democratic Party institution Joe Crowley, AOC has developed a following of millions because of her fearless telling truth to power, fighting for a Green ...

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Canadian Instability Rising

Socialist Alternative Canada Canada enters 2020 with growing instability. The Federal election in October 2019 raised more questions than it settled. Tensions between the provinces are increasing. The economy is slowing down as the world faces a new recession. The Liberals held their own in Ontario and Québec, exploiting dislike of Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford and fears of the then ...

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US. How Can Bernie Win? Getting Organized to Build the Movement for Socialism

By Bryan Kolouris, Socialist Alternative (US) Bernie Sanders is experiencing a surge in the polls; he’s ahead in New Hampshire (11/26/2019) and California (LA Times, 12/5/2019) while he is consistently crushing all other candidates among young people. All of this is despite a media blackout and recent negative campaigning by both Obama and the Clintons. Bernie’s call for a Green New Deal, tuition-free college and ...

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Tax Amazon: Strike While the Iron is Hot

By Kshama Sawant The history of American capitalism is full of corporate bullying, threats and even violence against working people when we stand up for our rights. Yet in spite of Amazon’s all-out, attempted hostile corporate takeover of Seattle City Hall this year, working people just beat the richest man in the world by running perhaps the strongest grassroots campaign ...

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Iran: Trump brings region closer to war

Rob Jones, CWI The headline and editorial in the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah newspaper “Al-Akhbar” on Friday read: “The martyrdom of Soleimani: It is war!” This is just one of the first angry reactions to the overnight US drone attack on the convoy leaving Baghdad International airport that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and at least six others, including several militia ...

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Book Review: The Logistics Industry and the Case for Socialism

Review by Kele Cable and Eli Fox, Socialist Alternative (US)    People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism By Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski Verso Books, 2019 Among the most common arguments conservatives hurl at socialism is that planned economies always fail. Typically capitalists argue that, despite the flaws of the free ...

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US: Fake progressive Buttigieg increasingly exposed

By Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative, USA With under two months until the Iowa caucus, Pete Buttigieg has risen to the top of the polls there, according to the RealClearPolitics.com polling average. His backers hope a victory in Iowa and New Hampshire, where he closely trails Sanders, will propel the South Bend, Indiana, mayor into frontrunner status, wrecking Biden’s central appeal as ...

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US: Remove Trump for his real crimes

Wednesday December 18, Trump became the third president in history to be impeached. This article was written just before and is the feature of the back page of our upcoming December-January newspaper issue. By Kaylin Nicholson, Socialist Alternative, USA Donald Trump’s presidency is a threat to working-class people in the U.S. and around the world. His racist, misogynist administration has ...

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US: Political crisis deepens as recession looms and strike wave continues

Perspectives Update November 2019 The following document was approved at the November 2019 meeting of Socialist Alternative’s National Committee. It contains an overview and updated analysis of the economic, political, and social struggle trends in the U.S. and how they relate internationally. Introduction/International Context The U.S. is heading into another tumultuous year, with a slowdown of the U.S. economy pointing ...

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