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Kurdistan
Democratic autonomy or socialism?

29/08/2015: Articles on Öcalan’s ideas and Rojava, originally published in sozialismus.info, the quaterly magazine of SAV (German section of the CWI)

  Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey

Greece
What does “Popular Unity” stand for?

28/08/2015: New Left force launched following Tsipras’ betrayal

  Greece

Sri Lanka
Identifying the challenges after defeat of Rajapaksa

27/08/2015: Working class struggle top priority for socialists

  Sri Lanka

Britain
The Corbyn insurgency

27/08/2015: Whatever the outcome of the contest, Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has already transformed the political situation in Britain

  Britain

Lebanon
‘Garbage protests’ shake the ruling class

25/08/2015: Interview with Tamer Mahdi, CWI member in Lebanon

  Lebanon

World economy
China crisis triggers panic on global markets

25/08/2015: More than $5 trillion wiped off global stock markets in two weeks since Chinese devaluation

  China, World Economy

Sri Lanka
Election sees Rajapaksa fail to make a come-back

23/08/2015: Neo-liberal policies of UNP-led government will not satisfy demands of workers and poor.

  Sri Lanka

Gulf War
25 years since invasion of Kuwait

22/08/2015: ’Unfinished business’ remains today

  Iraq

History
Anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination

21/08/2015: Coming mass revolts will see workers and youth look to Trotsky’s ideas

  History, Trotsky

Scotland and the Jeremy Corbyn campaign

20/08/2015: The response to Corbyn’s campaign has parallels with the outpouring of class anger that was seen during the independence referendum

  Scotland

Thailand
Bomb in Bangkok kills 20

19/08/2015: Country plagued by military junta and economic downturn

  Thailand

Socialism
Past or future?

18/08/2015: Review of ‘PostCapitalism: a guide to our future’ by Paul Mason

  Science, Theory

Greece and the latest phase of the EU crisis

18/08/2015: Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza leadership have pushed through parliament the third bailout – and further deep cuts – although only with the help of right-wing parties. However, the crises in Greece, the eurozone and wider EU are far from over…

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Britain
Corbyn challenge - a very welcome political upheaval

17/08/2015: The Labour Party’s right-wing leaders have been astonished and horrified at the over-flowing rallies for Jeremy Corbyn around the UK over the last few weeks

  Britain

Northern Ireland
Left Challenge for Largest Union’s Leadership

15/08/2015: CWI member, Patrick Mulholland, leads Left campaign for leadership of NIPSA union

  Ireland North

Ireland
Paul Murphy and 22 activists to be charged over peaceful protest

14/08/2015: Socialist MP to be charged with false imprisonment for protesting against water charges

  Ireland Republic

Technology
Will robots end capitalism?

14/08/2015: Technological developments, the threat to jobs, and perspectives for the struggle against capitalism and for the future of humanity

  Science

 CWI School 2015
New Left formations

13/08/2015: Report of discussion on New Workers’ Parties, Left Populism and the ideas and programme of PODEMOS, SYRIZA

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China
Devaluation of yuan jolts global markets

12/08/2015: Sudden reversal of Beijing’s exchange rate policy underlines seriousness of China’s economic woes

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France/Britain
Human tragedy of Calais crisis

07/08/2015: Tories have no solutions

  Britain, France

Kurdistan
PYD leaders call for partnership with Bashar al-Assad’s regime

06/08/2015: No faith in authoritarian rulers and Western powers!

  Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey

Japan
70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bomb

06/08/2015: Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?

  Japan, Nuclear Power

 CWI School
Building the CWI

06/08/2015: Introductory video to the plenary session on ‘Building the CWI’ shown at the 2015 CWI Summer School, featuring the work of our International across the world

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Britain
Jeremy Corbyn – thousands rally to anti-austerity appeal

05/08/2015: Large attendances at Corbyn rallies across country

  Britain

US
Kshama Sawant leads primary elections count on 50%

05/08/2015: Seattle socialist primary election success

  US

Greece
‘The working class showed it will return to struggle’

04/08/2015: After Syriza capitulates, taking first steps towards building a new mass Left alternative to austerity and capitalism

  Greece

 CWI School 2015
World crisis continues amid horrific consequences

03/08/2015: Report of World Perspectives discussion at the 2015 CWI Summer School

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 CWI School
Drawing the lessons from the revolutions in North Africa

03/08/2015: Life and death struggle with the process of counter-revolution.

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US
Over 1,000 attend housing debate hosted by Socialist councillor Kshama Sawant

31/07/2015: Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s socialist councillor defending seat in primary elections on 4 August

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 CWI School
Social and political turmoil in Ireland

30/07/2015: Socialists play key role in rapidly changing situation

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Britain
Corbyn’s Labour leadership bid shows anti-austerity message popular

29/07/2015: Militant Tendency held up as bogeyman by Labour right and media - What’s the real history?

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Turkey
Horrific Suruc massacre

28/07/2015: Only workers’ unity can end terrorism and division

  Turkey

 CWI School
Europe’s euro-crisis and prospects for class struggle

28/07/2015: Ground prepared everywhere for new battles and rise of left formations

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March 8th

The day of international working women’s solidarity

www.socialistworld.net, 07/03/2013
website of the committee for a workers' international, CWI

Beware the anger of women against the bosses’ system!

Clare Doyle, CWI

For over a hundred years, March 8th has been the day on which to commemorate the great struggles of working women for a better deal at work and in society. It is also the day to celebrate the contribution of women – some famous, many unknown - in the fight against oppression and for socialism.

It is traditional on this day to remember the early strikes of textile workers in America, of ’match-girls’ in England and of the working women of St Petersburg whose strike on International Women’s Day, 1917, set off the revolution that overthrew Tsarist dictatorship in Russia. There are also the great socialist fighters to remember – Rosa Luxembourg, murdered on the orders of Social Democrat leaders in Germany, Clara Zetkin, Alexandra Kollontai. There are workers’ leaders like Mother Jones in the US who inspired mineworkers and their wives to fight the bosses without stint. This year is the centenary of the birth of Rosa Parks - the black woman in the racially segregated south of the US, whose courage in refusing to give up her seat in a Montgomery bus to a white person inspired a generation of civil rights activists.

Hidden from view

The number of women whose contribution to society is recognised, however, is extremely limited. Many statistics available now on the internet verify that the overwhelming majority of women in the world are confined to a life of toil in the home and in the field and factory. They have proportionately far smaller chances of achieving a basic education and far greater chances of being refugees or the direct victims of wars and civil wars as in Syria today. They are the overwhelming majority of the adults who bring up children on their own.

It is clear from the scarcity of women in photographs of world leaders – be it at G20s or Global Forums – that women are a clear minority even amongst the ruling elite. Even a feminist from the British aristocracy has been hidden from view for four centuries! Her ’crime’ was to argue that the women of her class should stand in line as equals when it came to inheriting family estates and accumulated wealth!

In the past it was generally only daughters of the rich, or exceptionally determined middle-class and working women, who were able to get an education and develop skills in the arts and sciences. Even when they did, recognition was late in coming, if it came at all. Last year, an ’edit-athon’ was organised by two British science organisations to try and redress the balance of Wikipedia entries internationally; women scientists tended to be either absent or accorded no more than a few lines even when their achievements were more significant than those of their much-mentioned husbands or male colleagues!

The way capitalism and class society has operated over the centuries has depended on holding most women in subjection and treating them as second class citizens. Their primary role has been to produce and care for the next generation of owners and workers and perpetuate the idea, with the help of myths and religion, of rulers and ruled...in society and in the home. Part of the ideology used to maintain this has involved cultivating humiliating images of women as only useful for reproduction, decoration and looking after men and their children or as sex objects.

Women’s rebellions against their double oppression have been the subject of jokes and comedies for centuries - from the sex-strike in Euripides’ ’Lysistrata’ to the ’bra-burning’ of the ’Women’s Liberation’ movement of the mid 20th century! Today’s media attempt to make fun of protests such as the ’Billion women march’ of 14 February and the recent ’slut-walks’ against victim-blaming that have taken place in different parts of the world.

Parties affiliated to the Committee for a Workers’ International participate in campaigns against sexism and chauvinism and for a better deal for women. In a number of countries CWI sections have taken the initiative in launching specific campaigns against gender prejudice and oppression. At the same time we emphasise how women’s oppression is rooted in the division of society into classes and the need to build the struggle to establish a different form of society - socialism.

In England and Wales, the ’Rape is no Joke’ campaign has been set up with the aim of countering a recent spate of politicians - of the ’left’ and right – as well as comedians - trivialising rape. In Sweden, there has been a vicious attempt by a group of internet users to belittle women as vulnerable sex-objects. The CWI-affiliated Ratvisepartiet Socialisterna has revived its campaign, ’Refuse to be called a whore’, to help young women counter this horrible form of harassment and humiliation.

Mass protests

In the past year, there have been significant mass demonstrations around the world on gender issues. The gang-rape and murder of the young woman student in India provoked an outpouring of anger about something which unfortunately happens to millions of women world-wide. Women from the oppressed caste dalits in India (known as ‘untouchables’) are often raped as victims of revenge punishment and the perpetrators go unpunished. The horrific statistics for rape in India are carried on the New Socialist Alternative website.

Members of the CWI in India and internationally participated in the many demonstrations in protests at the lack of action to protect women from rape. New Socialist Alternative campaigned for a safe environment for women at home as well as outside it – the need to combat the entrenched domination of men over women enshrined in law and tradition. They linked their demands with the need to fight for an end to the capitalist system itself that discriminates against and oppresses women. They called for People’s Defence Committees and also for the removal from office of top politicians convicted of rape.

While understanding why angry people on the demonstrations in India advocated such things as castration and capital punishment to deal with offenders, we opposed these measures.

In Ireland at the end of last year, CWI members were involved in organising the angry responses that spread round the world when Savita Hallapanavar died in a Galway hospital when she was denied an abortion which would probably have saved her life. The Socialist Party (Ireland) has also been a driving force in launching a new campaign called Rosa – for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity. It is holding an International Women’s Day protest on the slogans: ’Stand up for women’s right to choose’, ’Stop violence against women’, ’Rage against rape’ and ’Oppose austerity and the assault on the public sector ’.

Socialists can brook no compromise in the fight for free abortion on demand. They must fight to preserve and extend the rights now coming under attack in a number of countries.

One of the key demands in the programme for women advocated by the CWI has been for the right of all women to choose when and whether to have children. That means being fully in favour of freely available contraception, abortion and fertility treatment without the prohibition by the church, state or male partners.

Savita’s abortion was refused on the grounds that “Ireland is a Catholic country”. This is just one example of how some of the most reactionary attitudes towards women and other aspects of social life are ’justified’ by religious doctrine. Just this week, the annual UN-sponsored Gaza marathon has had to be cancelled because the Hamas-run Authority has reversed a decision to allow women to participate. Almost half of the runners who had registered to take part - international and Palestinian - were women. Last year a number of very determined women athletes faced deep-seated prejudice in their countries in order to compete in the Olympic Games.

In recent weeks, there has been a widely publicised case in Saudi Arabia of the brutal execution by beheading of a 24 year-old Sri Lankan maid. At the age of 17 she had been accused by her employers of murdering their baby. The publicity given to this case has shone a spotlight on the plight of literally millions of women forced into a form of often abusive domestic slavery in order to send a pittance to their families, mostly in poverty-stricken countries of Asia. More has to be done to campaign for the basic rights of these women, but removing the scourge of mass poverty in their home countries in their home countries is the task of the socialist revolution.

In the meantime socialists fight for every advance possible in relieving the suffering of women. Campaigns must be supported to stop the ’sale’ of hundreds of thousands of women and children across borders and into prostitution and pornography. In China we are in favour of the abolition of the one-child policy that deprives women and men choice in the size of their family. In Ethiopia, we support the heroic efforts of young women little more than children themselves travelling the country to urge the next generation to refuse to endure what they had to go through – female genital mutilation, forced marriage and violent sexual intercourse. The rate of FGM has indeed declined where campaigns have been conducted, but it will take dramatic political and social change to eradicate all the horrific indignities and physical harm that women and girls have to face around the world.

Late last year, 14 year-old Malala Yusafzai from Pakistan was flown to Britain for life-saving treatment. The Taliban had shot her in the head to try and put an end to her heroic campaign to get at least a basic education for girls. A new film called ’Girl Rising’ features similar girl-heroines to underline how giving girls an education helps them and their communities. Teams of women who volunteer to work in western Pakistan to vaccinate children against deadly diseases are also targeted and killed by reactionary Islamic fanatics.

The women of the CWI in Pakistan have organised many protests on the streets and in the workplaces as well as noisy and combative contingents on the May Day demonstrations. Recently they led the victorious strike of ’lady nurses’ in Lahore (see socialistworld.net).

Recent events in South Africa have inspired men and women worldwide who fight for a socialist alternative to the horrors of capitalism. The millions of workers there who have risen against the treacherous ANC government have many valiant woman fighters amongst them. Women in South Africa face one of the worst rates of rape and domestic violence internationally and live in one of the most unequal societies in the world. The newly formed Workers’ and Socialist Party has the potential to grow into a mass force fighting for nationalisation, democratic planning and a new form of society to end capitalist rule – a development that can inspire millions of oppressed people around the world.

It is not just in Africa, Asia or Latin America that millions of women suffer daily abuse and physical attack. It is happening on a horrifying scale in the most developed capitalist nation in the world – the USA. A feminist writer, Gloria Steinman recently pointed out that more American women have been killed by their husbands or boyfriends since 2001 than all the US citizens killed in the 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars put together.

In Spain, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a rise in domestic violence is exacerbated by cuts in public spending as well as the country’s ’machismo’ ideology that influences judges and social workers who should be taking measures to protect women from violent partners. There is not only poorer provision for women attempting to leave a violent relationship but cuts have been made to the programme meant to help men stop taking violent action against their partners.

As capitalism’s crisis deepens, women bear an unequal measure of the suffering it inflicts on working and poor people. The majority of the world’s jobless, homeless and hungry are women and their children. In Europe - North as well as South - genuine and hard-won welfare reforms are being annihilated by austerity budgets. Services are being slashed which have most assisted women as the primary carers of children and of elderly and sick relatives. Women’s jobs in the public sector, as well as welfare benefits, are being axed. In many ’developed’ economies, the lack of house-building and tighter rules on allowances for the poorest families is seeing millions of families homeless.

For purely economic reasons, young people without a decent income are staying at home with their parents, often along with their grandparents, adding to the daily burdens and strains that generally fall on women’s shoulders. Relationships are placed under enormous pressure.

What can be done to change things?

Since the earliest days, the sections of the CWI have continued the best traditions of the workers’ movement in championing the struggle for equal pay for work of equal value. Way back in the 1960s we covered the famous struggle of women workers at Fords in Britain, for example, now the subject of the film ‘Made in Dagenham’. Other campaigning work has taken up the issue of sexual harassment at work, most severe in the sweat-shops of the neo-colonial world, but a constant menace world-wide. We have fought, with some success, for domestic violence to be taken up by the trade unions; it affects the lives (and ability to be active in the movement) of so many of their members.

Over the years, in the USA, Europe and elsewhere, the struggles of women have achieved many improvements. In some countries, as the workers’ movement has receded, the situation has gone back. The austerity policies of all the major capitalist countries are now hitting the jobs of women, many of them in the public services on which they have depended to relieve them of some of the numerous tasks they are expected to perform.

Women have been to the fore in the strikes and demonstrations against cuts in Europe - be it in Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Britain, Belgium. CWI members have been fully involved in aiming to bring more and more women workers and young women into the ranks of our sections.

In the neo-colonial world, the everyday struggle to feed the family has worsened. Prices of basic foods have rocketed. This is a recipe for new social explosions like those we saw in the Spring of 2011 in Tunisia and Egypt. Women have often been to the fore in these struggles too and are still prominent on the streets in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. Millions of women in India stayed away from the factories, building sites and offices where they work to join the two day general strike in March against rocketing prices and misery wages.

A commentator in the British Guardian, Seamus Milne, welcomes the “historic shift” of women to the left as they have become more involved in the world of work. But ’left’ is relative in a world where no mass parties really stand for the interests of working class and poor people. Having more women in parliaments would also not necessarily lead to big improvements in equality of opportunity, pay and living conditions for women anywhere. Positive discrimination can give you more women holding positions but it does not, of itself, lead to policies that can change the fortunes of the vast majority of women in society. Women are still paid far less than men and must demand the full implementation of a policy of equal pay for work of equal value.

As we have known since the days of Catherine the Great, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher et al, having a woman at the head of the state was no guarantee against autocracy! Nor have female presidents in Brazil, Chile or Argentina changed the fate of the tens of millions of women struggling to bring up families in primitive conditions and in the sprawling shanty towns around the cities.

Women from the property and land-owning classes in Asia or Africa will not fight for an end to feudal relations – in agriculture or within the family including the degrading exploitation of women. Nor will they push for the end of female enslavement in garment sweatshops or on the fields or the bonded labour of children that adds to their wealth! Nor will women heads of state mean more progressive policies in relation to women. Nor does having a rich business-woman at the head of the IMF add to the wealth of working women. Nor does having a female head of a national trade union organisation make the urgent calling of national general strikes against austerity any more likely– be it Susanna Camusso in Italy or Frances O’Grady in Britain!

The future

The right to flexible well-paid jobs, child-care, affordable and adequate housing, health and education free and on demand, are all the vital components for a healthy society. A shorter working week and the provision of good quality, public services would relieve much of the burden and stress which currently falls on the shoulders of women in the family in particular.

Fully sharing and easing all domestic tasks is only viable on the basis of a shorter working week for all and the socialisation of tasks currently undertake. Community provision of good, healthy meals and communal laundries can work only on the basis of a plentiful supply of machines and of chemical free fresh food along with rotas of short shifts for well-paid workers. This was the dream of the early socialists but it was thwarted by the lack of material development in the isolated economy of the USSR, particularly under the Stalinist dictatorship which usurped the revolution, ultimately paving the way for the restoration of capitalism.

The coming to power under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party of a workers’ socialist government in Russia nearly 100 years ago saw the immediate passing of legislation aimed at establishing equal rights for women in relation to marriage, divorce, work and wages. Abortion was made free and available on demand as well as contraception. Equal rights were also established for homosexuals to counter the huge prejudices that had built up in society. This was the first government in the world to do so – something that is timely to remember in Russia today as Putin tries to eliminate all LGBT rights!

But capitalism, especially capitalism in crisis, is not able to provide what the overwhelming majority in society – the 99% - need. For women in particular, to escape oppression at work, in society and in the home a total socialist, transformation of society is more vitally necessary than ever. The conditions for the spread of socialist ideas and for revolution are growing - in southern Europe, in the Middle East, in China and perhaps, above all, in South Africa. The potential for the establishment of a federation of socialist states world-wide has never been greater.

Bosses and landlords, beware the anger of women against your system! Women of the world, fight for your rights! Join the struggle to end capitalist exploitation and look to a future society of harmony and prosperity - a socialist world!

For special International Women’s Day articles see the site of the Socialist Party (England and Wales) and further material on socialistworld.net

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Greece: What does “Popular Unity” stand for?
28/08/2015, Interview with Andreas Payiatsos, Xekinima (CWI in Greece), by Lucy Redler, SAV (CWI in Germany):
New Left force launched following Tsipras’ betrayal

Britain: The Corbyn insurgency
27/08/2015, Editorial of Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales), September 2015:
Whatever the outcome of the contest, Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has already transformed the political situation in Britain

Lebanon: ‘Garbage protests’ shake the ruling class
25/08/2015, socialistworld.net:
Interview with Tamer Mahdi, CWI member in Lebanon

World economy: China crisis triggers panic on global markets
25/08/2015, Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info:
More than $5 trillion wiped off global stock markets in two weeks since Chinese devaluation

Sri Lanka: Election sees Rajapaksa fail to make a come-back
23/08/2015, Srinath Perera, United Socialist Party (CWI in Sri Lanka):
Neo-liberal policies of UNP-led government will not satisfy demands of workers and poor.

Gulf War: 25 years since invasion of Kuwait
22/08/2015, Niall Mulholland, CWI:
’Unfinished business’ remains today

Scotland and the Jeremy Corbyn campaign
20/08/2015, Editorial taken from the current issue of the Socialist - the paper of Socialist Party Scotland (CWI):
The response to Corbyn’s campaign has parallels with the outpouring of class anger that was seen during the independence referendum

Thailand: Bomb in Bangkok kills 20
19/08/2015, Per-Ake Westerlund, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden):
Country plagued by military junta and economic downturn

Greece and the latest phase of the EU crisis
18/08/2015, Tony Saunois, CWI, from September 2015 issue of Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales):
Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza leadership have pushed through parliament the third bailout – and further deep cuts – although only with the help of right-wing parties. However, the crises in Greece, the eurozone and wider EU are far from over…

Britain: Corbyn challenge - a very welcome political upheaval
17/08/2015, Interview with Judy Beishon in the Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales):
The Labour Party’s right-wing leaders have been astonished and horrified at the over-flowing rallies for Jeremy Corbyn around the UK over the last few weeks

Northern Ireland: Left Challenge for Largest Union’s Leadership
15/08/2015, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) reporters:
CWI member, Patrick Mulholland, leads Left campaign for leadership of NIPSA union

Ireland: Paul Murphy and 22 activists to be charged over peaceful protest
14/08/2015, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) reporters:
Socialist MP to be charged with false imprisonment for protesting against water charges

CWI School 2015: New Left formations
13/08/2015, Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland (CWI in Scotland):
Report of discussion on New Workers’ Parties, Left Populism and the ideas and programme of PODEMOS, SYRIZA

China: Devaluation of yuan jolts global markets
12/08/2015, Editorial comment by chinaworker.info:
Sudden reversal of Beijing’s exchange rate policy underlines seriousness of China’s economic woes

Malaysia: Prime Minister implicated in financial scandals
11/08/2015, Socialist Alternative (CWI in Malaysia):
Power struggle in UMNO party

France/Britain: Human tragedy of Calais crisis
07/08/2015, Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, from The Socialist (weekly paper of the Socialist Party, CWI England & Wales):
Tories have no solutions

Japan: 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bomb
06/08/2015, Geoff Jones and Kate Jones, from The Socialist (newspaper of the Socialist Party – CWI England & Wales):
Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?

CWI School: Building the CWI
06/08/2015, Socialistworld.net:
Introductory video to the plenary session on ‘Building the CWI’ shown at the 2015 CWI Summer School, featuring the work of our International across the world

Britain: Jeremy Corbyn – thousands rally to anti-austerity appeal
05/08/2015, Steve Score, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales):
Large attendances at Corbyn rallies across country

US: Kshama Sawant leads primary elections count on 50%
05/08/2015, Socialist Alternative reporters:
Seattle socialist primary election success

CWI School: Drawing the lessons from the revolutions in North Africa
03/08/2015, David Johnson, Socialist Party (CWI in England and Wales):
Life and death struggle with the process of counter-revolution.

US: Over 1,000 attend housing debate hosted by Socialist councillor Kshama Sawant
31/07/2015, Kshama Sawant:
Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s socialist councillor defending seat in primary elections on 4 August

CWI School: Social and political turmoil in Ireland
30/07/2015, Eddie McCabe, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland):
Socialists play key role in rapidly changing situation

Britain: Corbyn’s Labour leadership bid shows anti-austerity message popular
29/07/2015, Editorial from The Socialist, weekly paper of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales):
Militant Tendency held up as bogeyman by Labour right and media - What’s the real history?

Turkey: Horrific Suruc massacre
28/07/2015, Paula Mitchell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales):
Only workers’ unity can end terrorism and division

Britain: Labour Left leadership candidate under fire from right wing
27/07/2015, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales - formerly the Militant Tendency) press statement on Labour leadership contest:
Blairites’ terror at popularity of left-wing ideas in Corbyn campaign

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Kurdistan: Democratic autonomy or socialism?
29/08/2015, Socialistworld.net:
Articles on Öcalan’s ideas and Rojava, originally published in sozialismus.info, the quaterly magazine of SAV (German section of the CWI)

Sri Lanka: Identifying the challenges after defeat of Rajapaksa
27/08/2015, Siritunga Jayasuriya, United Socialist Party (CWI in Sri Lanka):
Working class struggle top priority for socialists

History: Anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination
21/08/2015, Peter Taaffe, General Secretary Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales), article published on 70th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination, in 2010:
Coming mass revolts will see workers and youth look to Trotsky’s ideas

Socialism: Past or future?
18/08/2015, Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) General Secretary:
Review of ‘PostCapitalism: a guide to our future’ by Paul Mason

Technology: Will robots end capitalism?
14/08/2015, Interview with Peter Taaffe, conducted by Shahar Ben-Horin from Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI in Israel-Palestine):
Technological developments, the threat to jobs, and perspectives for the struggle against capitalism and for the future of humanity

Ireland: Mass non-payment campaign transforms political landscape
10/08/2015, Cillian Gillespie, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland):
57% refuse to pay hated water charge

Kurdistan: PYD leaders call for partnership with Bashar al-Assad’s regime
06/08/2015, Serge Jordan, CWI:
No faith in authoritarian rulers and Western powers!

Greece: ‘The working class showed it will return to struggle’
04/08/2015, Interview with a Greek socialist:
After Syriza capitulates, taking first steps towards building a new mass Left alternative to austerity and capitalism

CWI School 2015: World crisis continues amid horrific consequences
03/08/2015, Cillian Gillespie, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland):
Report of World Perspectives discussion at the 2015 CWI Summer School

CWI School: Europe’s euro-crisis and prospects for class struggle
28/07/2015, Kevin Parslow, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales):
Ground prepared everywhere for new battles and rise of left formations

China: Stock market crash can turn into a political crisis
08/07/2015, Interview, with chinaworker.info editor, Vincent Kolo:
Regime adopts panic measures as market crash threatens wider economic recession

Greece: Mighty class-based ‘NO’ shakes bosses’ EU
06/07/2015, Editorial comment by Xekinima (CWI Greece), 6 July 2015:
Referendum earthquake sees working class boldly defy Troika and Greece’s servile ruling class!

Britain: Socialists and the EU referendum
03/07/2015, Clive Heemskerk, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales):
How should socialists approach the in-or-out EU debate?

Greece: Troika threatens Greeks ahead of referendum
30/06/2015, Andreas Payiatsos and Niall Mulholland:
Vote ‘No’! For a mass working class campaign to oppose Troika and for socialist policies!

Britain’s class battle-lines are drawn
26/06/2015, Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) Deputy General Secretary - article from ’Socialism Today’:
A quarter-of-a-million people protested through London and Glasgow raising the need for trade union-led struggle

Greece: Tsipras retreats before Troika threats
24/06/2015, Statement by Xekinima (CWI Greece) [dated 23 June 2015]:
What should the SYRIZA Left do next?

Greece: No surrender to‘Gang of Lenders’
22/06/2015, Editorial article from Xekinima (CWI Greece) [dated 17 June 2015]:
Plan an anti-austerity fight-back, with socialist policies!

Iraq/Syria: US imperialist strategy in tatters
12/06/2015, Serge Jordan (CWI):
A year after ISIS captured Mosul, the jihadist group controls about half of Syria and a third of Iraq – more territory than ever before

Greece: Syriza voters want austerity ended, not another ’compromise’ Troika deal
04/06/2015, Editorial article from Xekinima (CWI Greece) website [dated 3 June 2015]:
Break with the austerity - adopt a socialist programme!

China: Is China heading for a new Tiananmen?
04/06/2015, Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info:
26th anniversary of the Beijing massacre on June 4, 1989, is also a warning of revolutionary shocks ahead

Hong Kong: Endgame for Beijing’s fake democracy plan
03/06/2015, Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info:
Government’s electoral reform proposals meet with mass opposition

Spain: Victories for Left “popular unity” lists in local elections
02/06/2015, Danny Byrne, CWI:
Two-party system dealt a new blow in local and regional elections

Belgium: Momentum to bring down right wing government lost
01/06/2015, Els Deschoemacker and Eric Byl, LSP/PSL (Belgian section of the CWI), Brussels:
Learn from the struggle, as new opportunities open up

Ireland: Massive ‘Yes’ to Marriage Equality referendum
28/05/2015, Conor Payne, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland):
Growing opposition to conservative establishment

Britain: The struggles to come
27/05/2015, Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales) General Secretary:
No fundamental change to be expected from the Labour Party