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France: Crucial days for the strike movement

Step up, extend and generalise the strike! Nicolas Croes, LSP/PSL (CWI in Belgium) This Thursday, January 9, the pension dispute reaches its 36th day of struggle without interruption since 5 December. There have been 3 national days of strike and general demonstrations, while different sectors have been on strike either intermittently or since the beginning of the movement. Such a ...

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India: Massive protest against communal division and general strike

By Geert Cool  LSP/PSL CWI in Belgium India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi has gone one step further in strengthening his Hindu nationalist regime. In August 2019, he moved to abolish the limited special rights of Jammu and Kashmir. Now, with the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the government wants to take measures to deny ...

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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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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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Australia: Climate inaction and budget cuts fuel devastating bushfires

By Jeremy Trott, Socialist Action (CWI in Australia) Australia is in the grip of an extreme bushfire crisis. Record-breaking heat waves and months of drought have created the conditions for massive blazes across the country. The scale of the fires is unprecedented, affecting every state on the continent. They are the largest bushfires ever recorded in Australia. At the time ...

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The “slavery of housework” – a socialist analysis and answers

By Sonja Grusch, Socialist Left Party – CWI in Austria Even in “enlightened” Austria, women’s work in the home and for families, whether paid or unpaid, is still poorly appreciated, especially financially. An examination of the facts demonstrates that, in 2017, Austrian women worked 22 hours a week at home, on average at least twice as much as men. Cooking took ...

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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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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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