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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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Taiwan: On the eve of the storm

Taiwan capitalism in the context of Sino-US imperialist conflict – document endorsed by the 4th Congress of the CWI section in China/Hong Kong/Taiwan Note: The political parties which advocate Taiwan’s independence, of which the ruling DPP is the dominant one, bloc together as the ‘pan-greens’, while the Kuomintang and its allies who favour closer China ties / oppose independence are ...

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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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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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COP25: Capitalist world leaders have no solutions to climate disaster

By Connor Rosoman, Socialist Alternative, Brighton The United Nations’ climate talks in Madrid have ended in a ‘compromise’ agreement. Whilst deadly wildfires and temperatures of 50°C hit Australia, world leaders have been locked in a stalemate, squabbling over targets. These talks were greeted by hundreds of thousands of protesters, including Greta Thunberg herself, when they opened at the beginning of ...

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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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Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan. Eighth anniversary of the massacre of the oil-workers. 

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa – CWI in Russia On December 16th eight years ago, the international labour movement was shocked by news of the brutal massacre of dozens of striking oil-workers in the city of Zhanaozen, in West Kazakhstan. It was the culmination of a strike by several hundred, mainly young, Kazakhs which had lasted for eight months. During ...

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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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