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Thailand: A challenge to the military dictatorship?

After 5 years of Constitutional wrangling, the military junta that seized power in Thailand in 2014 organised a parliamentary election earlier this year, which resulted in a surprise showing for a new party “Future Forward”.  This week’s sacking of the King’s “consort” and six senior palace officials accused of “extremely evil conduct” and “disloyalty” indicate problems developing within the ruling ...

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Continuing the fight for International socialism

Article by Danny Byrne CWI Provisional Committee and Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales and Scotland), written for Socialist World magazine, a political journal produced by Socialist Alternative, USA. As many of our readers are aware, the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), the socialist international organization with which Socialist Alternative in the U.S. is in political solidarity, has been ...

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Canada: Instability Ahead

by Socialist Alternative Canada Canadians woke up on Tuesday, October 22, to a parliament vastly different than what we’ve had for the past four years. The new parliament reflects the profound regional differences, an urban/rural divide and diverging visions of Canada’s economy as either primarily resource-based or diversified and “green”. However, the results did not reveal a sharp class divide, ...

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Egypt. Can the current protests lead to regime change?

After several years of relative calm, a wave of protests beginning at the end of September has once again shaken Egypt (see https://worldsocialist.net/?p=383). Although for now, particularly against the background of explosive events in other parts of the Middle East, the protests have lost some momentum, the problems facing the Egyptian masses have still not been resolved. Igor Yasin from ...

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Catalonia: 18-O general strike shows the huge potential of the movement

The largely bottom-up mass protest movement against the prison sentences for pro-independence politicians is seeing a new, radicalised generation coming into struggle for the first time. However, for now, the movement lacks the democratic structures and political programme it needs in order to develop into a force fighting for an independent and socialist Catalan republic. The potential for that though ...

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Hong Kong: Robbery at Socialist Action’s office

Urgent appeal for financial solidarity chinaworker.info reporters Socialist Action, the supporters of the CWI in Hong Kong, suffered a burglary at their Hong Kong office in the early hours of 17 October. Six computers, mobile phones, three credit cards and personal artifacts belonging to staff members were stolen. Totally over 20,000 Hong Kong dollars in cash and credit card theft ...

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US: The “squad” endorses Bernie Sanders

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative, USA October 16 was an important night for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. His performance at the fourth Democratic Party primary debate showed the continued fire behind his campaign. In a moment that has since gone viral, he defended his recent statement that “billionaires should not exist” by pointing to the unthinkable reality that three men ...

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Elections in Portugal: Stability on the surface…

…But future upheavals await By Pedro, Socialistisch Alternatief (CWI in the Netherlands) After 4 years of a policy of conciliation by the left reformist parties BE and PCP, the general (parliamentary) elections in Portugal on 6 October gave a victory to the ruling “Socialist” party (PS), but without an overall majority or enthusiasm from the masses. The number and intensity ...

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Catalonia: General strike today… intensify the struggle!

Escalate the general strike tactic, build the movement democratically from below  By John Hird & Rob MacDonald, Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in the Spanish state) The Spanish state’s act of revenge against the Catalan people for daring to exercise their right to an independence referendum by handing out lengthy jail sentences to the political leaders who organised the vote on 1 ...

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Amazon Spends $1 million to Try to Buy Seattle Election

On Tuesday, Oct 15, Amazon dropped a $1 million bomb on the Seattle city elections, in a flagrant attempt to blow up Seattle’s democratic process and drive out Seattle’s socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant. This brings their total spending to a RECORD-SMASHING, totally unprecedented $1.5 million! Only US citizens and Green card holders can donate to political parties in the US ...

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