Women

International Womens Day: Millions join marches and take action

Socialists around the world demand an end to women’s oppression. 
The Guardian newspaper in Britain called March 8th this year “One of the most highly charged and political International Women’s Day in memory”. The accession of the mysoginist billionaire, Donald Trump, to the US presidency is behind this sea change. But women are also angered by the cuts in social spending and the failure of governments and even female politicians to change the laws and practices that discriminate against their rights.

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Women

Hong Kong: Women’s march against sexism and racism

International Women’s Day: “Solidarity with global mass protests and women’s strikes”. 
Over 70 attended the Socialist Action (CWI) candle-lit demonstration in Hong Kong for International Women’s Day, 8 March. Protesters squeezed behind police barriers at Hong Kong’s US consulate to shout slogans against Donald Trump and his right wing sexist and racist agenda. Also to show solidarity with the global women’s strike and protests.

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Women

Spain: Hundreds of thousands participate in International Women’s day student strike

‘Libres y Combativas’ and Sindicato de Estudiantes call strike against sexist violence and for working class women’s rights. 
The call by ‘Libres y Combativas’ (a working class socialist feminist platform established by the Sindicato de Estudiantes and members of Izquierda Revolucionaria) to strike against sexist violence and in defence of the rights of working class women has brought out hundreds of thousands of students throughout the state. This is a historic strike, the first time ever that a strike of such dimensions has taken place on International Women’s Day. Mass assemblies and protests took place in more than one thousand schools and campuses. Hundreds signed up to get involved in Libres y Combativas, to strengthen the ranks of working class, anti-capitalist, revolutionary feminism.

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Pakistan

Pakistan: Political spectacle of the ruling class

Most workers underemployed, 40% in poverty – situation demands new workers’ party. 
The year 2016 ended with the traditional demagogy of the ruling class parties of Pakistan. All the ruling class parties are accusing each other of corruption and other issues.  The ruling party, ‘Pakistan Muslim League’ (PML) propagates that the ‘CPEC’ (China, Pakistan Economic Corridor) is an historic feat of their government. They are constantly beating the drum of positive news and statements in the national media for the past three years, that the CPEC would be a game-changer project in the region. They are also claiming that they will end the energy crisis in country by 2018. The government is also taking advantage of the improved law and order situation.

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Women

International Women’s Day 2017: A century on from the Russian Revolution

Demonstrations world-wide swelled by anti-Trump anger. 
International Women’s Day (8th March) is being celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). It is a hundred years since women workers of Petrograd chose this day to take the action which sparked the historic Russian revolution. It is also the day on which millions world-wide will be on the streets to denounce the reactionary views of the newly elected president of the United States, especially towards women.

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Britain

Britain: Massive demo shows battle to save the NHS can be won

Up to 250,000 march in national protest, organised from below. 
For hours they poured off coaches and out of Euston and other stations as over 100,000 people – some estimates were as high as 250,000 – streamed to London in order to march in defence of the NHS. Stop STPs ‘slashing, trashing and privatising our NHS’ was repeatedly chanted by the predominantly working-class marchers and from the platform. The Socialist Party’s placards ‘build a movement to save our NHS – campaign, strike, occupy’ were all snatched up.

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Egypt

Egypt: Price hikes hit workers and middle classes

Falling support for dictator Sisi portends growing opposition. 
Egyptian workers and middle classes have been hit hard by prices almost 30 percent higher in January than a year earlier. But after a period of few strikes and workers’ protests, and despite severe state repression, recent signs show this may be starting to change.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s sham election

Pan-democrats sink to new low by supporting “lesser evil” John Tsang. 
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive election is a five-yearly political farce. It has been described as the world’s most bizarre election. Just 1,194 electors in the elite Election Committee will cast their votes on 26 March. That’s 0.03 percent of the territory’s eligible voters. The majority in this ‘small circle’ election system are billionaires and millionaires. Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, wields ten votes in the committee through the allocation of votes to his company, CK Hutchison Holdings. This monstrosity of an electoral system, blatantly favouring the capitalist elite, is used by the Chinese dictatorship to keep control over Hong Kong. But it is a ticking bomb that enrages growing numbers of people.

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Mujer

La Revolución Rusa y la emancipación de la mujer trabajadora

Las mujeres que tomaron parte en la Gran Revolución de octubre, ¿quiénes fueron? ¿Individuos aislados? No, fueron muchísimas, decenas, cientos de miles de heroínas sin nombre quienes, marchando codo a codo con los trabajadores y los campesinos detrás de la bandera roja y la consigna de los Sóviets, pasaron sobre las ruinas de la teocracia zarista hacia un nuevo futuro. (…) Jóvenes y ancianas, trabajadoras, campesinas esposas de soldados y amas de casa pobres de ciudad. (…) ¿Al frente? Se ponían una gorra de soldado y se transformaban en combatientes del Ejército Rojo. (…) En los pueblos, las campesinas (cuyos esposos habían sido enviados al frente) tomaron las tierras de los terratenientes (…) Es un hecho claro e incontrovertible que, sin la participación de las mujeres, la Revolución de Octubre no hubiese podido llevar la Bandera Roja a la victoria.

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