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Uprising in Lebanon: masses united in street protests

For nearly a month, 17 October uprising has been shaking Lebanon. This movement was born spontaneously following a series of additional taxes, including a tax on the WhatsApp free communication application. By Ammar, PSL/LSP (CWI in Belgium) Brussels A sectarian political regime Since the end of the civil war (1990), Lebanon has been a country ruled by parties that were ...

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Austria. Why is violence against women increasing? 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November Monika Jank,  Sarah Moayeri Socialist Left Party – CWI in Austria In October 2019, a man killed his ex-partner and her whole family in a town in West Austria. After that horrific murder, politicians and all the established parties portrayed themselves as the saviours of women. Even the ...

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Environment inaction threatens the Eastern Mediterranean

By Athina Kariati – New Internationalist Left – the CWI in Cyprus Climate change is having severe implications for the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. According to scientists, the temperature of the area is increasing at a much faster rate than the global average and precipitation throughout the region is expected to decline. These factors, combined with the greed for ...

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Sweden. One new law but more struggle needed

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November By Louise Strömbäck – Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI Sweden) In May of 2018 the Swedish government passed  a new law on sexual consent, meaning that sex must be consensual to be legal. Before the new law, it was up to the victim to prove that it had been involuntary, ...

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Bolivia: No to the coup!

Fight the right-wing and imperialism throughout Latin America By Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução – LSR (CWI in Brazil) On Sunday afternoon (10 November,) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, and Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, announced their resignation from their positions in a process that can only be characterized as an ultra-right wing coup d’état backed by landowners, the military and imperialism. ...

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Poland – the far right and reactionary ideas in Central and Eastern Europe 

The last three months of 1989 saw the transition of Poland from a Stalinist regime to a country led by a “Solidarnosc” led government. Rather than lead to stable developing capitalism, Poland is now governed by the right-populist “Law and Justice” party. Each year on 11th November, Warsaw sees the largest far-right demonstration in Europe.  Paul Smith from Alternatywa Socjalistyczna, ...

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US: How socialists defeated Amazon’s bid to buy Seattle’s elections

Kshama Sawant re-elected despite corporate PACs spending $4 million to buy City Council By Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative Jeff Bezos’s bid to buy Seattle City Council has backfired. Despite big business dropping unprecedented cash behind Amazon-backed candidates in all seven council races, Seattle voters rejected this attempt to flip the council to the right in all but two of the ...

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Britain: Fracking paused – fight for a full ban and a socialist energy plan

The ‘moratorium’ on fracking announced by the British Tory government is both a desperate pre-election stunt and a significant victory for anti-fracking campaigners. It is the first concrete victory of the climate crisis protests and will give enormous heart to activists to fight for a total ban. By Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales & Scotland) The government ...

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A marxist feminist reply

In recent years, the global women’s movement has reintroduced the strike as a form of struggle on a mass scale, starting in Poland in 2016. International Women’s Day on 8 March in 2017 and 2018 saw internationally coordinated strikes in many countries. In 2019, up to seven million people went on strike in Spain on 8 March, which, like the ...

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US: Amazon’s bid to unseat Seattle’s socialist too close to call

Kshama Sawant’s re-election hangs in the balance after $4.1 million was spent to defeat socialist and progressive candidates. By Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative, USA The fight to re-elect Kshama Sawant was a powerful, record-setting grassroots campaign. Despite Amazon directing more financial firepower against Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative than any other candidate – helping to make it the most expensive, ...

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