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Britain/Ireland
Dublin's #JobstownNotGuilty

23/02/2017: Defend the right to protest - stop this political vendetta!

  Ireland Republic

Ireland
A web of intrigue sparks government crisis

22/02/2017: Smear campaign against a prominent police whistleblower

  Ireland Republic

February revolution 1917
What lessons for today?

21/02/2017: 23 February 1917 (8 March in today’s calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia, which sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world.

  Russian Revolution

 Yemen
International protests in support of TOTAL/G4S workers

20/02/2017: Solidarity spreads for victims of wage robbery and killing by multinational corporations

  Solidarity, Yemen

Netherlands
Anti-immigrant Freedom Party leading polls ahead of general elections

18/02/2017: Only a choice between the “regular” and far-right?

  Netherlands

Britain
Council cuts can be fought - and they must be

16/02/2017: Corbyn needs to stand up to Brexit rebels

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Spain
Pablo Iglesias wins clear victory in Podemos congress

15/02/2017: Time to build the class struggle on the streets

  Spain

US
A socialist strategy to defeat Trump

14/02/2017: Escalate the resistance toward shutdowns on March 8 and May 1!

  US

Scotland
Greens back SNP government austerity budget

13/02/2017: TUSC council elections candidates put forward 100% anti-austerity programme

  Scotland

India
Upheaval in Tamil Nadu

09/02/2017: Corruption, nepotism, and other crimes of ruling party exposed

  India

Britain
Universal basic income demand gains ground

08/02/2017: What approach should socialists take?

  Britain

Yemen
Workers protest at parliament against TOTAL and G4S

07/02/2017: Security workers demand wages and arrest of colleagues’ killers

  Yemen

CWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria – Towards unification

06/02/2017: Joint declaration of the CWI’s IEC and Izquierda Revolucionaria’s IEC

  Spain

France
After Sarkozy, Juppé and Valls, now Fillon is on the way out

06/02/2017: Space opening up to left of Socialist Party

  France

Romania
Biggest street protests since 1989

04/02/2017: What position should the left take?

  Romania

Syria
Is an end to the war in sight?

03/02/2017: New movements for change will need to arm themselves with the lessons of the Syrian tragedy

  Syria

Quebec
Terrorist Attack in Québec City

01/02/2017: Counter terrorism and hate with solidarity

  Quebec

 CWI
9th Latin American school a success

31/01/2017: Over 200 participate in Sao Paolo CWI continental gathering

  CWI

Sri Lanka
The year 2017

31/01/2017: Between oppression and struggle

  Sri Lanka

Canada
Where are Trudeau’s ‘Sunny Ways’?

31/01/2017: Battles of Indigenous peoples, youth, workers will test Liberal government

  Canada

US
Airport protests help block Trump travel ban

30/01/2017: Defend immigrant communities

  US

Russian Revolution Centenary
January 1917 - On the eve of revolution

29/01/2017: War, hunger, hated Tsarist regime: class tensions reach breaking point

  Russian Revolution

China
CWI member Hu Xufang forced to flee

28/01/2017: Xu and his family are victims of China’s deepening police crackdown

  China

Afghanistan
The limits of US power

28/01/2017: Imperialism’s 15-year adventure a bloody catastrophe for millions

  Afghanistan

US
Build 100 days of resistance to Trump’s agenda!

27/01/2017: Establishment deeply divided as mass resistance explodes

  US

Russia
Duma legislates to decriminalise domestic violence

26/01/2017: For unified struggle for women’s rights and against capitalism

  Russia

Tamil Nadu
Mass protests against state repression

26/01/2017: Support the right to assemble and protest - release those arrested immediately!

  India

Millions on women's marches around the world

25/01/2017: Reports from mass women's marches against Trump

  US

Bangladesh
Hartal protest against power plant

25/01/2017: Follows mass strike of garment workers in December

  Bangladesh

Côte d’Ivoire
Social revolts shake Ouattara regime

24/01/2017: Public sector strike and soldiers’ mutiny expose reality behind “economic growth”

  Ivory Coast

Taiwan
US foreign policy under Trump

24/01/2017: Island risks being pawn in his game

  Taiwan

US
CWI joins protests around the world against Trump

23/01/2017: Photo gallery selection of CWI actions during weekend of mass protests

  US

US
Kshama Sawant responds to Trump inauguration speech

23/01/2017: Socialist council member speaks

  US

South Africa

Student uprising

www.socialistworld.net, 22/10/2015
website of the committee for a workers' international, CWI

Struggle for free education now!

Statement of the Socialist Youth Movement, South Africa

#capitalismmustfall!

#Zumagovernmentmustfall!

#workingpeoplemustrise!

 Demand 0% increases! Demand free education!

 Down with police brutality – defend the right to protest!

 Convene a national student assembly to build a united country-wide socialist youth movement

 Workers & students unite – for a national day of action

 Unite the struggles of students, workers & communities – build a socialist mass workers party

 Capitalism must fall! – struggle for a socialist society

Salute the uprising of tertiary education students! Like the 1976 generation, students have lifted the lid on the pressure cooker of boiling working class discontent. Since the dawn of democracy, the capitalist class and their willing accomplices in the ANC government have carried out a total onslaught on working people. The outrageous increases in registration, tuition and accommodation fees are merely the straw that has broken the back of the camel of working class patience.

The background for this is an intensification of the global capitalist crisis which began in 2008 and claimed one million jobs and for which there is no end in sight. This year alone 100 000 workers have been throw on the scrap heap of unemployment. A further 190 000 jobs may go in the metal and engineering industry which could be wiped out in six months.

Capitalism means poverty

As democracy comes of age it has become abundantly clear that the ANC government’s policies have been aimed at the preservation of the economic dictatorship of the capitalist class and the continued subjugation of the working class. The massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich has seen SA achieve the dubious distinction of being the most unequal society on earth! Just two people – Nicky Oppenheimer and Johann Rupert own as much wealth as the bottom 50% of the population.

Even the government’s own neo-liberal magic wand, the National Development Plan admits the poor quality of education for most black children results in only half of all those starting school reaching grade 12. According to a 2014 OECD review, about 3.4m between the ages of 15 and 24 are not in formal employment, education or training.

54% of us live in poverty. The first drought since 1994 has resulted in starvation in the Free State, and KZN with 15m going to bed hungry every night. As crops fail and maize prices go up, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the prices of basic goods and services and so affects the poor far more, has shot up by 27%. The disappearance of jobs has increased precarious jobs – casual, temporary or labour broker slaves – to between 25% and 50% of the total workforce. 19m are indebted with 10 000 losing their homes every year. This is the context for the rejection of the fee increases.

Reject 6%

The so-called ‘concession’ – limiting fee increases to inflation, or 6% – brokered between Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, and vice-chancellors, has been rightly rejected with the contempt it deserves. We support the demand not only for 0% increases, but for immediate steps towards the establishment of a system of free education.

It may be true, as management claims, that government cuts have left universities with an ever growing funding shortfall. But not only has management offered no resistance to these cuts, they have zealously colluded in placing the burden onto the shoulders of students through exorbitant fees increases and outsourcing of services, whilst awarding themselves extravagant salaries and perks enabling vice-chancellors to earn more than president Zuma. Now that protests have broken out, the vice-chancellors and university managements have not hesitated to use the police to supress peaceful protests.

The ANC serves the rich

The government is pleading poverty. Yet there is no shortage of money. Government economic policy has been consciously calculated to enable the country’s wealth to be looted. This includes:

 R80bn a year is being lost through illegal money flows

 35 trillion is sitting in corporate cash balances

 R700bn is estimated to have been lost to corruption

 8trillion is sitting with the Public Investment Corporation

To this list can be added the arms deal, Nkandla, and the insane plan to spend over R1 trillion on nuclear power plants.

The grovelling of the ANC leadership before global capital began with the adoption of the neo-liberal GEAR (Growth, Employment and Redistribution) policy in 1996. This converted the country into a virtual sub-continental bazaar for a capitalist shopping spree – state-owned entities (SOEs) were put on sale, exchange controls weakened, company taxes lowered, major JSE companies allowed to list abroad, and foreign investors allowed to buy stakes in the media, banks, mining, manufacturing and SOEs. The ANC facilitated a massive transfer of profits out of SA.

Instead of exposing business/government corruption under apartheid, the ANC government covered it up. The Open Society reports that a 2003 Treasury amnesty for capitalists who smuggled money out under apartheid netted a mere R68bn. Nothing was done about those who stole sole billions more.

In sharp contrast, students unable to pay registration fees upfront are excluded. Those who fall behind after admission are excluded during the academic year or denied their results after.

The ANC government has opened the gates for capital flight legalising what was previously illegal and enabling big business to take out through the front door what they previously had to through the back. The Financial Transparency Coalition told Fin24 that money connected to SA hidden in Switzerland at HSCBC was more than France’s, eight times higher than that of the US, and 3.5 times more than Spain. Academics estimate that between 2001 and 2007 capital flight increased from 12% to 23% of GDP – nearly a quarter of the country’s wealth.

MTN has threatened to withdraw from SA if tax laws are amended to prevent what occurred as during deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenure as MTN chairperson, when billions of profits made in SA were siphoned off to an off-shore account in Mauritius.

No wonder The Times could report that “South Africa has ‘the most corrupt corporate class on earth according to the business consultancy Price Water House Coopers in February 2014. In the words of The Times, South African management ‘is the world leader in money-laundering, bribery and corruption, procurement fraud, asset misappropriation, and cybercrime’, with 77 percent of all internal fraud committed by senior and middle management.”

Take the movement forward

The 6% ‘concession’ is calculated to defuse the movement, co-opt those without the stamina to struggle and to divide the haves from the have-nots amongst the students. It is an apartheid-style divide-and-rule tactic designed to perpetuate class apartheid at tertiary institutions. Students must stay united. The leaders of SASCO and COSAS will be under extreme pressure to keep the movement in ‘safe channels’ in defence of Blade, the ANC government and ultimately capitalism. Unless they break fully from the ANC they will be forced to betray the struggle. Students and ordinary members of these organisations must remain vigilant against this threat.

The Socialist Youth Movement has long called for the building of a new mass student movement. We played a pioneering role at the start of this year in the #occupy movement against financial and academic exclusions that attempted to occupy Blade’s office at the Department of Higher Education. Now such a movement is organically emerging before our eyes out of the anti-fees struggle. But spontaneity and Twitter are not adequate to consolidate the movement. We must urgently construct a new national leadership that is student-led, student-controlled, democratic and accountable. The #feesmustfall activists must form campus committees and elect delegates to a national student assembly to unite students around the following demands:

 0% increases in registration, tuition, accommodation and foreign student fees

 Scrap all student debt to tertiary education institutions and to NSFAS

 The immediate release of all results withheld for non-payment of fees

 End outsourcing – re-employ all workers on a minimum wage of 12 500 month

 An end to the corporatisation of tertiary education institutions

 Establish committees of struggle to unite students , youth and working class communities

 Free education now

Student resistance against fee increases has placed under the spotlight the social onslaught facing the working class. The labour movement must throw its weight behind this struggle. An injury to students is an injury to the working class as a whole! For a worker and student national day of action to demand free education now!

Education is an investment in society’s future – to enable the youth to play a role in society’s development. If the capitalists and their government can’t afford fee quality education we can’t afford them. Just as, after Marikana, the working class is reorganising itself with the most militant and determined elements preparing to build a new trade union federation, students too must reorganise. We need a mass united socialist student movement to link the struggle for free education with the struggle against capitalism and for the socialist transformation of society. Students must join with workers and communities in building a socialist mass workers party to prepare for that struggle.



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NEWS

Britain/Ireland: Dublin's #JobstownNotGuilty
23/02/2017, Neil Cafferky, from The Socialist (weekly paper of the Socialist Party, England & Wales):
Defend the right to protest - stop this political vendetta!

Ireland: A web of intrigue sparks government crisis
22/02/2017, By Cillian Gillespie, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) :
Smear campaign against a prominent police whistleblower

Yemen: International protests in support of TOTAL/G4S workers
20/02/2017, Socialistworld.net:
Solidarity spreads for victims of wage robbery and killing by multinational corporations

Netherlands: Anti-immigrant Freedom Party leading polls ahead of general elections
18/02/2017, Pieter Brans, Socialist Alternative (CWI in Netherlands), Amsterdam:
Only a choice between the “regular” and far-right?

Solidarity: French presidential candidate Mélenchon backs #JobstownNotGuilty campaign
17/02/2017, socialistworld.net :
Support the international solidarity campaign

Britain: Council cuts can be fought - and they must be
16/02/2017, Editorial comments from the Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) :
Corbyn needs to stand up to Brexit rebels

Spain: Pablo Iglesias wins clear victory in Podemos congress
15/02/2017, Izquierda Revolucionaria, Spain:
Time to build the class struggle on the streets

US: A socialist strategy to defeat Trump
14/02/2017, Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council Woman and member of Socialist Alternative :
Escalate the resistance toward shutdowns on March 8 and May 1!

Greece: Athens’ bus cleaners win bulk of wages owed
14/02/2017, Eleni Mitsou (Xekinima - CWI Greece) and Apostolis Cassimere’s (Board Member of OASA - Athens Bus Workers’ Union):
The struggle continues!

Scotland: Greens back SNP government austerity budget
13/02/2017, Matt Dobson, Socialist Paty Scotland (CWI), Glasgow:
TUSC council elections candidates put forward 100% anti-austerity programme

Yemen: Workers protest at parliament against TOTAL and G4S
07/02/2017, Socialistworld.net:
Security workers demand wages and arrest of colleagues’ killers

Romania: Biggest street protests since 1989
04/02/2017, Mâna de Lucru (CWI supporters in Romania):
What position should the left take?

Quebec: Terrorist Attack in Québec City
01/02/2017, Socialist Alternative (CWI in Canada) :
Counter terrorism and hate with solidarity

CWI: 9th Latin American school a success
31/01/2017, socialistworld.net:
Over 200 participate in Sao Paolo CWI continental gathering

US: Airport protests help block Trump travel ban
30/01/2017, Socialist Alternative reporters, US :
Defend immigrant communities

China: CWI member Hu Xufang forced to flee
28/01/2017, chinaworker.info reporters :
Xu and his family are victims of China’s deepening police crackdown

Russia: Duma legislates to decriminalise domestic violence
26/01/2017, From Socialist Alternative (Russian CWI) website (socialist.news) :
For unified struggle for women’s rights and against capitalism

Tamil Nadu: Mass protests against state repression
26/01/2017, Isai Priya, from Tamil Solidarity website :
Support the right to assemble and protest - release those arrested immediately!

Bangladesh: Hartal protest against power plant
25/01/2017, Pete Mason, Socialist Party (CWI in England and Wales) :
Follows mass strike of garment workers in December

Côte d’Ivoire: Social revolts shake Ouattara regime
24/01/2017, Militant Côte d’Ivoire (CWI group in Côte d’Ivoire) :
Public sector strike and soldiers’ mutiny expose reality behind “economic growth”

Taiwan: US foreign policy under Trump
24/01/2017, Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info:
Island risks being pawn in his game

US: CWI joins protests around the world against Trump
23/01/2017, socialistworld.net :
Photo gallery selection of CWI actions during weekend of mass protests

US: Kshama Sawant responds to Trump inauguration speech
23/01/2017, socialistworld.net :
Socialist council member speaks

Russian Revolution Centenary: New site celebrates and defends October socialist revolution
20/01/2017, socialistworld.net :
1917revolution.org brings rich lessons of 100 years ago to wide audience

Kazakhstan: Regime increases repression
20/01/2017, Andrei Prigor from Campaign Kazakhstan:
Citizens forced to register with police at all times

US: Global resistance against Trump’s inauguration
20/01/2017, socialistworld.net :
CWI organizes protests as millions prepare to fight Trump’s agenda

CWI Comment and Analysis

ANALYSIS

February revolution 1917: What lessons for today?
21/02/2017, Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales), printed in the Socialist (paper of the Socialist Party):
23 February 1917 (8 March in today’s calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia, which sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world.

India: Upheaval in Tamil Nadu
09/02/2017, Sajith Attepuram, New Socialist Alternative (NSA) (CWI India) :
Corruption, nepotism, and other crimes of ruling party exposed

Britain: Universal basic income demand gains ground
08/02/2017, Judy Beishon, from The Socialist (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party – CWI England & Wales) :
What approach should socialists take?

CWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria – Towards unification
06/02/2017, Socialistworld.net :
Joint declaration of the CWI’s IEC and Izquierda Revolucionaria’s IEC

France: After Sarkozy, Juppé and Valls, now Fillon is on the way out
06/02/2017, Alex Rouillard, Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI in France) :
Space opening up to left of Socialist Party

Syria: Is an end to the war in sight?
03/02/2017, Serge Jordan (CWI) :
New movements for change will need to arm themselves with the lessons of the Syrian tragedy

Sri Lanka: The year 2017
31/01/2017, Siritunga Jayasuriya, United Socialist Party (CWI in Sri Lanka) :
Between oppression and struggle

Canada: Where are Trudeau’s ‘Sunny Ways’?
31/01/2017, Tim Heffernan, Socialist Alternative (CWI Canada), Toronto

:
Battles of Indigenous peoples, youth, workers will test Liberal government

Russian Revolution Centenary: January 1917 - On the eve of revolution
29/01/2017, Niall Mulholland, from 1917revolution.org :
War, hunger, hated Tsarist regime: class tensions reach breaking point

Afghanistan: The limits of US power
28/01/2017, Judy Beishon, from Socialism Today (February 2017 issue), monthly magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)<br />
<br />
:
Imperialism’s 15-year adventure a bloody catastrophe for millions

US: Build 100 days of resistance to Trump’s agenda!
27/01/2017, Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative, US :
Establishment deeply divided as mass resistance explodes

Millions on women's marches around the world
25/01/2017, Editorial from the Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) and reports from US marches :
Reports from mass women's marches against Trump

China: New US President’s approach to China
21/01/2017, Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info :
Outbursts raise fears of confrontation

Ireland North: Snap elections called to Stormont Assembly
17/01/2017, Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland), Belfast :
Build a socialist alternative to the ‘Orange’ versus ‘Green’ headcount

Spain: What kind of Podemos do workers and youth need?
17/01/2017, Izquierda Revolucionaria, Spanish state, editorial :
Debate within leadership touches on fundamental issues for future of party

US: Trump prepares vicious attacks
05/01/2017, Philip Locker and Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative (US):
Mass resistance needed!

Russian Revolution centenary
02/01/2017, Editorial from Socialism Today, Dec/Jan 2017 edition:
Defending the legacy in a new era

2017:Upheaval and fightback will continue
01/01/2017, Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) general secretary :
Everything to play for in 2017

Britain's shifting political contours
22/12/2016, Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) from Socialism Today Dec/Jan 2017 edition :
Capitalist establishment in disarray

CWI International Executive Committee: European capitalism “battered by events”
16/12/2016, Kevin Henry, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) :
Report of discussion on Europe at CWI IEC meeting in November

CWI International Executive Committee: World shaken by seismic political events
14/12/2016, Kevin Parslow, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales):
Report of first session of the CWI International Executive Committee, discussing World Relations

World capitalism in deep crisis
08/12/2016, CWI :
Perspectives documents agreed by November CWI international meeting

Sudan: Three day nationwide strike shuts down the country, in unique defiance of Al-Bashir’s rule
30/11/2016, Serge Jordan, CWI:
Escalation of the struggle needed to overthrow repressive regime

US: Trump prepares attacks on working people,immigrants and women
27/11/2016, Tom Crean and Philip Locker, Socialist Alternative (USA):
We must prepare massive resistance!

Cuba: Fidel Castro, leader of 1959 revolution, dies at 90
26/11/2016, Tony Saunois, CWI :
Castro's life and the Cuban Revolution