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Northern Ireland – New Decade, Same Approach

By Daniel Waldron – Socialist Party – CWI in Ireland Almost exactly three years after its collapse in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal, the Northern Ireland Assembly (Stormont) reconvened on Saturday 11th January and elected a new Executive. This followed an agreement between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Sinn Féin and the British and Irish governments, ...

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Scotland: thousands march for independence as mass workers’ struggle looms on the horizon

By Paul Moorhouse, Edinburgh Nicola Sturgeon must ‘accept defeat’. This was Johnson’s response to the SNP’s latest request for a second ‘indyref’. Far from being defeated, the general election gave the SNP a massive majority in Scotland, winning 48 of 59 parliamentary seats. The Tories lost 3.5% of the vote compared with 2017 and seven of their 13 seats. Labour’s ...

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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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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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Greece: Wave of repression and attacks on workers’ and democratic rights.

Eleni Mitsou – Xekinima – Internationalist Socialist Organization, CWI Majority in Greece Soon after coming to power in July 2019, the new right-wing “New Democracy” government unleashed a wave of repression and intimidation, especially against the youth in Greece. Since October, the police have been randomly attacking youth not just after protests and demonstrations, but also on “normal” days. The ...

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France: Crucial days for the strike movement

Step up, extend and generalise the strike! Nicolas Croes, LSP/PSL (CWI in Belgium) This Thursday, January 9, the pension dispute reaches its 36th day of struggle without interruption since 5 December. There have been 3 national days of strike and general demonstrations, while different sectors have been on strike either intermittently or since the beginning of the movement. Such a ...

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Cyprus rape case outrage: Stop the victim blaming

Fight to overturn the verdict – fight sexism and for socialist change Joint statement from sections of the Committee for a Workers’ International in Cyprus; England, Wales and Scotland and Israel-Palestine. The 19-year-old woman who reported being brutally gang-raped last July in Agia Napa, Cyprus, was found guilty. Guilty of daring to report a rape and asking the police to ...

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