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Iran: A new period opening up

2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Despite the brutal suppression of the latest wave of protests, the dictatorial regime that came to power 40 years ago is now much weaker, facing a severe crisis. The crucial question is what should be the role of the workers’ movement in Iran and what programme does it need to ensure ...

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Russia: Putin launches a creeping constitutional coup

Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa (CWI in Russia) It appears to have come as a complete shock even to government ministers, when towards the end of his annual ‘State of the nation’ speech, Russian President Putin announced a series of constitutional amendments aimed, he said, at reducing the power of the Presidency, strengthening that of the Parliament and Prime Minister and ...

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Canadian Instability Rising

Socialist Alternative Canada Canada enters 2020 with growing instability. The Federal election in October 2019 raised more questions than it settled. Tensions between the provinces are increasing. The economy is slowing down as the world faces a new recession. The Liberals held their own in Ontario and Québec, exploiting dislike of Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford and fears of the then ...

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Spanish State: New Government but instability and polarization continue

Only the struggle on the streets will bring about real change for the working class! By Viki Lara, Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in the Spanish state) Pedro Sanchez was installed as president of the Spanish government in almost dramatic fashion, by only a two vote difference, after several vote changes, threats and insults by email and use of fascist graffiti symbols ...

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France: Movement against pension reform continues

Build the general strike with general assemblies in all workplaces! Such a movement has not been seen since May 1968! Against pension reforms, at the time of writing it has passed the 40-day mark without any sign of running out of breath and in spite of the holiday season! How many journalists and columnists have been whispering in our ears ...

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Britain: Labour leadership race – mobilise to defend socialist policies

By Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales & Scotland) Political Committee Labour’s 2019 election result is a setback but not the apocalyptical catastrophe the media paint it as. The Labour vote exceeded that obtained by Blair in 2005 and Brown in 2010. Many of the newly elected Tory MPs have very slender majorities which could easily be overturned, if a ...

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Austria: Conservatives and Greens form coalition

A new model for bourgeois governments? by Till Ruster, SLP (CWI in Austria) Vienna A summer night in Ibiza, a villa, vodka red bull, the alleged niece of a Russian oligarch and a hidden camera: what sounds like the setting for a James Bond movie was indeed a trap for the then Austrian Vice chancellor and long-time leader of the ...

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The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg

January 15th marked the 101st anniversary of the murder of the outstanding revolutionary socialist leader, Rosa Luxemburg. This article, first published by Socialist Party Ireland looks at her defence of both the fundamental ideas of Marxism and the necessity of revolutionary change against an increasingly opportunistic and reformist SPD leadership. By Eleanor Crossey-Malone (Socialist Party, Ireland)  Remembering Rosa Luxemburg after ...

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Britain: Entering a revolutionary decade?

Editorial from issue #4 of Socialist Alternative (CWI in England,  Wales and Scotland) 2019 may have ended in a set back for the working class in Britain, but this is not a reflection – in Britain or internationally – of the super-rich capitalist class being in a strong position. As we go into 2020, the ruling class remains divided and ...

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US Urgent Solidarity Alert – Wear RedForEd: Paraprofessionals in Somerville, Massachusetts Fight for Livable Wage

  In Somerville, Massachusetts, a city just North of Boston, 115 low-wage paraprofessionals, teacher’s assistants, organized in the Somerville Teachers Association are fighting for a livable wage and job security. Boston Socialist Alternative member Margaret is a building rep at her school and chair of the Contract Action Team. In an interview for Socialist Alternative, paper of the US organization ...

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