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Greens back SNP government austerity budget

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Upheaval in Tamil Nadu

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Universal basic income demand gains ground

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

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Workers protest at parliament against TOTAL and G4S

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

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Biggest street protests since 1989

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Terrorist Attack in Québec City

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Where are Trudeau’s ‘Sunny Ways’?

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Duma legislates to decriminalise domestic violence

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India

Mass general strike across the country

www.socialistworld.net, 02/09/2016
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Fight must go on for minimum wage and against labour law ‘reform’

New Socialist Alternative (CWI in India)

Today millions of workers have been participating in a general strike in India, called by all the major trade unions. Among many of their demands, workers are calling for a minimum wage of no less than Rs 18 000 (£180) per month, enhanced pensions and an end to all attacks on the country’s labour laws. New Socialist Alternative (CWI) in India campaigns for a minimum wage of Rs100 per hour(£1) and fully supports the strike. In its leaflet, reproduced below, it says that a strategy and plans have to be made to make sure that the struggle continues until the demands are achieved.

BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN - WAR AHEAD - FIGHT TO WIN!

It is exactly a year ago, on 2nd September, more than 100 million working people of this landmass called India, went on a tremendous show of collective bargaining strength, through a General Strike. Here we are again to strike at the disastrous policies of this Modi led, NDA government, which has failed in all spheres of economic, social and political life of commoners in this country. The Modi administration is busy building ’castles in the air’ of bullet trains, BRICS banks and of course not to forget the chimera of becoming a Super Power, but the ground reality is staring at India’s face.

Be it the UPA of the past or the present NDA, they only represent the Capitalist-Landlord classes and their interests, they have not only ignored the working people and the oppressed but have exploited them to the core, to create and become dollar billionaires. The ruling elite take pride in rolling out the figures of wealth amidst the stark poverty of the masses, that shows the impunity with which they treat the real creators of wealth; the working people. While the neo-liberalist governments of both BJP & Congress and their media houses, often boast about the wealth creation in this country, but go into stone silence about POVERTY-SQUALOR-DESEASE-MALNUTRITION-UNEMPLOYMENT & STARVATION WAGES .

They count with pride the growing number of dollar millionaires in India, which stood at 2.5 lakh, and greedily predict that India will have 4.37 lakh millionaires by 2018, and double that number by 2023. In contrast to these lavish riches, India now has a greater share of the world’s poorest than it did thirty years ago. Then it was home to one fifth of the world’s poorest people, but today it accounts for one-third - 400 million.

While the number of millionaires and billionaires have increased , most of rural and urban poor of India still languished in poverty — the highest paid member of 74.5 % of rural households in India earned less than Rs. 5,000 per month.

Starvation Wages has to end now!

The working people of India are entirely justified in demanding higher wages, from the presently pathetic Rs.246/-per day. The Joint Trade Union body has arrived at a figure of Rs.18,000 per month as the demand, indeed in these days of high inflation and reduced purchasing capacity of the rupee, it is imperative that at least a ₹Rs.100/- an hour as a liveable minimum wage across all sections of the working people, is a fair and fighting demand.

Threatened with the resolve of the working masses under the banner of Joint Trade Unions, to go ahead with the strike, the BJP govt. has come up with the pathetic figure of ₹ Rs.350/- per day, which is not even binding to be implemented by all the state govts., combined with this the Modi govt. is proposing outlandish and regressive “reforms” in Labour laws flouting all International Labour clauses.

Enough is Enough - Strike We Will!

The women garment workers of Bangalore in April this year, have shown us the path as to what is possible when the real creators of wealth take to struggle and fight. The so called mighty Modi administration had to eat the dust and hurriedly roll back the retrograde “reforms” to PF rules. The workers of Maruthi-Suzuki, Honda(Rajasthan), Bosch-Mico(Bangalore), PRICOL workers of Tamil Nadu, etc., are all the pioneers in opposing the retrograde policies of Modi’s capitalist administration.

We need to rally in unity to realise all our demands, and we can win if we realise the vast potential of our class, if united. It is our disunity that provides the ruling class of this country a stick to beat us with impunity and dictate their terms by dividing us eternally through various ploys.

Question every answer!

It is proven beyond any doubt that the capitalism has miserably failed in solving the fundamental problems of poverty, illiteracy, squalor, disease unemployment, landlessness & housing. To cover its incapacity it continues to discriminate us by caste, class, language, gender, sexuality, regional and national identity to keep us divided from uniting in common struggle against capitalism. In fact its greed for profits is threatening the very ecological balance of earth. Environmental concerns can not be left to these “specialists” whose priorities are wealth over welfare, profit over people, greed over green.

Capitalism shows no way out; a fighting, militant, combative approach is necessary in day-to-day struggles of the working class which must & should collaborate with the struggles of Dalits and Adivasis, Women, urban & rural poor, fisher people, for a stronger alliance linked to the idea of the socialist transformation of society.

*Restore PDS:Annulling the PDS is the biggest crime that the previous Congress government initiated and now the Modi led BJP is further attacking the poor and the vulnerable by drastically cutting down all subsidies. *Make in India is sham, the cruellest joke played by sloganeering Modi on the youth of this country, provide real jobs with decent liveable wages. *Catering to the rapacious and greedy needs of both domestic and MNC’s the Modi government is out to destroy all norms and clauses that we have fought for over the last decades. Say no to retrograde Labour Reforms *Decent and Liveable Minimum wage of at least Rs.18,000/- per month, (The New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) is engaged in the campaign initiative of Fight for Rs.100/- per Hr. Living Minimum Wage). * Re-nationalise all those public sector industries & services which have been privatised by UPA & NDA. * Since the advent of Modi-BJP to power the murderous attacks on Dalits, Muslim and other vulnerable sections have increased hundred fold. The working class & Trade unions must oppose & resist Caste-ism & Communalism with all its might.

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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

Portugal: Purge in the Left Bloc
20/01/2017, Ysmail, Socialismo Revolucionário (CWI in Portugal):
6 CWI members expelled in undemocratic attack

India: Struggle against land grab in Pune
16/01/2017, Venkatesh Harale, New Socialist Alternative (CWI in India):
Socialists and villagers wage tireless battle

Book Reviews: Trotsky and February 1917
16/01/2017, Peter Taaffe, from the February 2017 issue of Socialism Today (monthly magazine of the Socialist Party – CWI England & Wales):
Preparing for revolution

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ANALYSIS

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 />
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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

China: New stage in power struggle
24/11/2016, chinaworker.info reporters:
Xi Jinping becomes “core leader”