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China
New US President’s approach to China

21/01/2017: Outbursts raise fears of confrontation

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Russian Revolution Centenary
New site celebrates and defends October socialist revolution

20/01/2017: 1917revolution.org brings rich lessons of 100 years ago to wide audience

  History

Kazakhstan
Regime increases repression

20/01/2017: Citizens forced to register with police at all times

  Kazakhstan

US
Global resistance against Trump’s inauguration

20/01/2017: CWI organizes protests as millions prepare to fight Trump’s agenda

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Portugal
Purge in the Left Bloc

20/01/2017: 6 CWI members expelled in undemocratic attack

  Portugal

Ireland North
Snap elections called to Stormont Assembly

17/01/2017: Build a socialist alternative to the ‘Orange’ versus ‘Green’ headcount

  Ireland North

Spain
What kind of Podemos do workers and youth need?

17/01/2017: Debate within leadership touches on fundamental issues for future of party

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India
Struggle against land grab in Pune

16/01/2017: Socialists and villagers wage tireless battle

  India

Book Reviews
Trotsky and February 1917

16/01/2017: Preparing for revolution

  Russian Revolution

US
Seattle activists win $29 million for house building

13/01/2017: Important precedent for using city bonding authority to build homes

  US

Palestine/Israel
Everyday life under occupation

12/01/2017: Discussion at Socialism conference in Tel Aviv

  Israel / Palestine

Mexico
Mass movement against “gasolinazo”

10/01/2017: Towards a general strike against the Nieto government!

  Mexico

US
Growing calls to “take back” Democratic Party

10/01/2017: Workers need for own party, independent of corporate cash

  US

Ireland South
Apollo House occupation taps into mood of anger over homelessness

09/01/2017: Far-reaching radical measures necessary to resolve housing crisis

  Ireland Republic

Book Review
‘A Very British Ending’

07/01/2017: Novelisation of attempts to undermine and overthrow Wilson’s Labour government

  Britain

Ireland North
'Cash for ash' scandal rocks power-sharing Executive

06/01/2017: Need for non-sectarian, socialist politics

  Ireland North

Chile
The state is murdering Machi Francisca Linconao

05/01/2017: Solidarity appeal for messages of protest

  Chile

US
Trump prepares vicious attacks

05/01/2017: Mass resistance needed!

  US

Hong Kong
CY Leung forced out!

04/01/2017: Now let’s change the whole corrupt system!

  Hong Kong

Sri Lanka
Island Nation - hell in 'paradise'

03/01/2017: Review of play called 'The Island Nation'

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Russian Revolution centenary

02/01/2017: Defending the legacy in a new era

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2017
Upheaval and fightback will continue

01/01/2017: Everything to play for in 2017

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Iranian “election”

30/12/2016: Crisis continues; infighting escalates

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Review
The Iron Heel

26/12/2016: Jack London’s timeless classic

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Britain
Labour's nuclear conflict

24/12/2016: During the second leadership campaign, Jeremy Corbyn spoke of his ambition to have ministers for peace and disarmament in a future Labour government...

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Germany
Berlin Christmas market tragedy

23/12/2016: Commiserations must not be exploited for racism

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US
Inaugurate the resistance

23/12/2016: Inauguration protests can serve as a launching pad for a massive grassroots resistance to Donald Trump’s new administration

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Austria
Victory & defeat for everyone & noone

23/12/2016: Presidential elections

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 Yemen
Three employees found killed, as workers demand unpaid wages

22/12/2016: Solidarity with workers and their families! Justice for the slain employees!

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Britain's shifting political contours

22/12/2016: Capitalist establishment in disarray

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Romania
New government, old policies

20/12/2016: The need for a socialist alternative

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Kazakhstan
Fifth anniversary of Zhanaozen massacre

19/12/2016: Letters to embassies worldwide demanding end to dictatorshi

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Establishment EU crisis deepens

17/12/2016: Fight for a socialist Brexit

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India

Mass general strike across the country

www.socialistworld.net, 02/09/2016
website of the committee for a workers' international, CWI

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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NEWS

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

Tunisia: Six years after the fall of Ben Ali, demands of revolution still to be realised
14/01/2017, Al-Badil al-Ishtiraki, CWI in Tunisia:
New revolts brewing

US: Seattle activists win $29 million for house building
13/01/2017, Adam Ziemkowski, Socialist Alternative:
Important precedent for using city bonding authority to build homes

Palestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation
12/01/2017, Per-Åke Westerlund of Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden) :
Discussion at Socialism conference in Tel Aviv

Mexico: Mass movement against “gasolinazo”
10/01/2017, David Lopez, Izquierda Revolucionaria, Mexico:
Towards a general strike against the Nieto government!

US: Growing calls to “take back” Democratic Party
10/01/2017, Calvin Priest, Socialist Alternative:
Workers need for own party, independent of corporate cash

Ireland South: Apollo House occupation taps into mood of anger over homelessness
09/01/2017, Councillor Michael O’Brien, Anti-Austerity Alliance and Socialist Party member:
Far-reaching radical measures necessary to resolve housing crisis

Book Review: ‘A Very British Ending’
07/01/2017, Review by Tony Saunois :
Novelisation of attempts to undermine and overthrow Wilson’s Labour government

Ireland North: 'Cash for ash' scandal rocks power-sharing Executive
06/01/2017, Dave Carr from The Socialist (weekly paper of the Socialist Party England & Wales):
Need for non-sectarian, socialist politics

Chile: The state is murdering Machi Francisca Linconao
05/01/2017, socialistworld.net :
Solidarity appeal for messages of protest

Hong Kong: CY Leung forced out!
04/01/2017, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) statement
:
Now let’s change the whole corrupt system!

Sri Lanka: Island Nation - hell in 'paradise'
03/01/2017, By Clare Doyle, carried on Tamil Solidarity Campaign web-site, November, 2016 :
Review of play called 'The Island Nation'

Iranian “election”
30/12/2016, P. Daryaban:
Crisis continues; infighting escalates

Review: The Iron Heel
26/12/2016, Jon Dale, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales)<br />
:
Jack London’s timeless classic

Britain: Labour's nuclear conflict
24/12/2016, Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) :
During the second leadership campaign, Jeremy Corbyn spoke of his ambition to have ministers for peace and disarmament in a future Labour government...

Germany: Berlin Christmas market tragedy
23/12/2016, by Michael Koschitzki, SAV (CWI in Germany) Berlin, initial reaction published on December 20, 2016 :
Commiserations must not be exploited for racism

US: Inaugurate the resistance
23/12/2016, Patrick Ayers, Socialist Alternative, US :
Inauguration protests can serve as a launching pad for a massive grassroots resistance to Donald Trump’s new administration

Austria: Victory & defeat for everyone & noone
23/12/2016, Tilman M. Ruster, SLP (CWI in Austria):
Presidential elections

Yemen: Three employees found killed, as workers demand unpaid wages
22/12/2016, Socialistworld.net :
Solidarity with workers and their families! Justice for the slain employees!

Romania: New government, old policies
20/12/2016, Vladimir Bortun, Mana de Lucru (CWI supporters in Romania):
The need for a socialist alternative

Kazakhstan: Fifth anniversary of Zhanaozen massacre
19/12/2016, socialistworld.net :
Letters to embassies worldwide demanding end to dictatorshi

CWI Comment and Analysis

ANALYSIS

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”

Hong Kong: Government purges Legislative Council
17/11/2016, Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) :
“Nothing short of a coup”

Ireland: The Jobstown trial and the threat to democratic rights<br />

12/11/2016, Eddie McCabe, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) :
Biggest political trial in decades, as Socialist Party & Anti Austerity Alliance MP and councillors face threat of lengthy prison sentences

History: Russia’s 1917 socialist revolution
07/11/2016, Clare Doyle, CWI :
November 7th anniversary of workers’ taking power

Capitalist system “on the edge of the volcano”
03/11/2016, International Secretariat of the CWI:
Draft documents for November CWI international meeting

Spain: PSOE leadership hands power to the PP
03/11/2016, Izquierda Revolucionaria editorial :
A new phase in the class struggle

Hungary: The political revolution of sixty years ago
23/10/2016, Clare Doyle, CWI :
When workers fought arms in hand to end Stalinist dictatorship

Britain: The fight for real democracy in the Labour Party
20/10/2016, Editorial of the Socialist, weekly paper of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales):
Defend Corbyn and transform Labour into a party acting for working class

Crisis of social democracy in Britain
19/10/2016, Peter Taaffe, from next issue of Socialism Today (monthly magazine of the Socialist Party England and Wales) :
Which way forward for the Left?

US: The disastrous failure of ‘lesser evilism’
18/10/2016, Patrick Ayers and Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative (originally published at CounterPunch.org) :
Change through mass struggle  - a new party should act as an organizing and for solidarity

Spain: Crisis in social democracy
17/10/2016, Juan Ignacio Ramos, Izquierda Revolucionaria general secretary, from Socialism Today (monthly magazine of the Socialist Party England and Wales) :
PSOE and the class struggle

Britain: Tories whip up division over Brexit
17/10/2016, Editorial from The Socialist (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party, England & Wales):
Fight for a socialist, internationalist exit