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Climate change: The fragile balance of the Arctic

For a few years now, if not months, several atypical events – whether by their intensity or frequency – have occured. Whether they be tornadoes, springtime floods, back-to-back heat waves or quick cycling freezing and thawing; everyone is affected in one way or another. And that’s only what has been happening in Québec, or at least its southern parts. By ...

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Ambulance workers in Ireland fighting for trade union recognition

International Day of Solidarity – Monday 21 st October Katia Hancke Socialist Party Ireland Ambulance workers in the South of Ireland have been organising in NASRA, a branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), for the last ten years. The grassroots union branch is democratic with a lay leadership and a fighting approach to defending workers’ rights. Over the last ...

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Austria after the elections

On May 2019, the coalition government of the far-right FPÖ and the conservative ÖVP collapsed after a corruption scandal around the then-Vice Chancellor and leader of the FPÖ, HC Strache. Sebastian Kurz, who took over the ÖVP before the elections in 2017, has steered the party in the direction of the right-wing populism of the FPÖ. At the same time, ...

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Rojava: No to the Turkish invasion!

By Claus Ludwig SAV CWI in Germany. This is an updated version of an article from sozialismus.info A new stage of the war in Syria is now beginning after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish troops are ready to attack and occupy the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. The first wave of troops accompanied by widespread airstrikes ...

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US: Democrats begin impeachment proceedings

Build a movement to drive Trump out! As we go to press, the Democratic Party leadership in the House of Representatives has opened a formal impeachment investigation against Donald Trump. While this is not the same as definitively bringing forward articles of impeachment, it is clear now that this is the direction in which things are headed. Millions of people ...

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US: Bernie Sanders releases programme for the labour movement

“If there is going to be class warfare in this country, it’s time that the working class of this country won that war.” – Bernie Sanders As the fight for the Democratic nomination grinds on towards the winter and spring primary season, Bernie Sanders continues to work hard to differentiate himself from the pack by putting forward a bold, clear, ...

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Never Again! Sixth anniversary of the murder of the anti-fascist Pavlos Fyssas

By Xekinima, the CWI in Greece  Six years ago, on the 18th September 2013, a Golden Dawn death squad murdered the anti-fascist artist Pavlos Fyssas in a working class neighbourhood of Athens. This year, as in every year since, thousands demonstrated in cities all over Greece in commemoration of Pavlos Fyssas and against the neo-nazi ‘Golden Dawn’. The murder of ...

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Hong Kong: Emergency repressive law passed

Statement from Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) – exerpt from leaflet. More commentary and analysis to follow. The new law to ban face masks is a fundamental attack on the democratic right to protest and a serious escalation of the repressive power of the authoritarian state in Hong Hong. It is of course also tactical by Carrie Lam’s government, ...

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27 September: Millions on the streets again in global socialist climate struggle

On 27 September, millions around the world once again took to the streets in defence of the environment. Globally, 3.6 million are estimated to have participated, which means that a total of 7.6 million are estimated to have gone on strike and demonstrated for the environment [climate] on 20 and 27 September. The Committee for a Workers’ International, the socialist ...

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Harland & Wolff Occupation: Historic struggle in Northern Ireland saves jobs

For nine weeks, workers at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was once built occupied the site after the company went into administration, placing skilled jobs at risk. The workers at the shipyard – members of Unite and GMB trade unions – demanded that the government nationalise the yard to safeguard its future. Workers, young people ...

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