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Association elections at the University of Haifa. The Student Union needs to start fighting for our rights!

Uri Bar-Shalom Agmon  Maavak Sozialisti/Nidal Eshteraki (Socialist Struggle) – the CWI in Israel/Palestine  In early December, the Haifa University Student Council’s Supplementary Election saw a left-wing election campaign based on a successful collaboration between Socialist Struggle and another movement around a number of key demands. It challenged those candidates of the “Student Committee” who have governed the Association for over ...

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Iraq – a tinder-box waiting to burst into flame

Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa – CWI Majority in Russia In 2003 the imperialist powers launched a brutal ‘shock and awe’ campaign intended to remove Saddam Hussein and establish a new democratic order in the Middle East. At least that was the official cover, in reality it was as much an attempt by western imperialism to get its hands on ...

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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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US: On the ground – Kshama Sawant reelection campaign

In a historic election, Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s socialist city councilmember and member of Socialist Alternative secured her seat on city council for a third term in office. Kshama Sawant has redefined what it means to be an elected official in Seattle and in the U.S. She has shown that by fighting unapologetically for working people and building movements, we can ...

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France: Massive support for general strike against pension ‘reform’

According to an IFOP survey, 64% of French people believe that the general strike of Thursday 5 December is justified. President Macron’s pension reform is going badly. The list of sectors calling for a strike has grown steadily (railway workers at SNCF, transport workers at RATP, air traffic controllers, transport, energy company EDF, students, the education sector, postal workers, care ...

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The Baltic States: Rising discontent and workers’ struggle

By James Clement  Socialist Alternative – CWI Majority in England and Wales Latvia and Lithuania have both experienced a recent upsurge in relatively small-scale strikes and protests against the effects of austerity. While Estonia has not had exactly the same level of struggles, discontent is rising amongst teachers and university academics, and the country could well follow suit. Capitalism restored ...

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Britain: Organise to fight healthcare sell-off!

By Mike Forster, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Scotland & Wales) Despite the coordinated efforts of the capitalist media and religious leaders to divert attention back onto their preferred topic of Corbyn’s alleged anti-Semitism, his release of unredacted documents exposing British government talks with the US over the NHS has put Johnson back on the defensive. These documents reveal what ...

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Netherlands: End of the era of ‘social peace’

On Wednesday 20 November, for the first time in Dutch history, a national strike of hospital workers took place. On 6 November, the leadership of the education unions was forced to allow a strike after teachers angrily reacted against plans to call off the strike. A little longer ago, on 27 September, a historic number of 35,000 school students went ...

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Capitalism and the Climate Emergency: What sort of Green New Deal do we need?

By Tom Costello, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales and Scotland) The scientific consensus is clear on the likelihood of an impending climate catastrophe. Specialists agree that a global average temperature of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would mark a tipping point. It would trigger an avalanche of immediate effects – melting ice caps leading to rising sea levels, exposing low-altitude ...

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Climate strikes: Taxing questions – who will pay for the climate crisis?

By Christian Bunke Socialist Left Party CWI in Austria On 29th November, masses of young people across the world will take strike action to demand urgent action to deal with a climate crisis which seems to be escalating on a weekly basis. Unprecedented wildfires in Australia, record water levels in Venice, catastrophic flooding in parts of northern England are just ...

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