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South Africa
Metalworkers’ union expelled from COSATU

25/11/2014: Rebuild the trade union movement on socialist principles!

  Africa, South Africa

Catalonia
9 November “consultation” on independence

22/11/2014: Another show of strength for independence - fight for a Socialist Catalonia

  Spain

Greece
Workers’ victory at Diamant telesales company

21/11/2014: Xekinima (CWI) member wins key union position in Athens Municipality sector

  Greece

Israel-Palestine
Netanyahu threatens “heavy hand” response to synagogue attacks

19/11/2014: New rounds of repression answered by new wave of rage and protest

  Israel / Palestine

US
Mid-term elections do not mean a turn to the right in society

19/11/2014: Big Gains for Republicans while Voters Support Progressive Ballot Measures

  US

 Video
Socialist TD defends anti-water charges protests

18/11/2014: Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD (MP) appears on ‘Prime Time’

  Ireland Republic, Video

Vital lessons of Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’

18/11/2014: Mass struggle needs genuine internal democracy and fighting working class programme to defeat dictatorship

  Hong Kong

 Video
Water tax revolt continues in Ireland

17/11/2014: Tanaiste (Deputy PM) trapped by protestors; AAA TD (MP) and Socialist Party member, Paul Murphy, assaulted

  Ireland Republic, Video

Indonesia
"New Hope" president faces intense pressures

16/11/2014: Initiative to build mass party of working class and rural poor urgently needed

  Indonesia

Ukraine
Competing ’elections’ deepen divisions

15/11/2014: Working people need socialist alternative to warring oligarchs and outside powers

  Ukraine

Scotland
SNP government announces £500 million cuts

14/11/2014: Majority of ‘Yes’ voters want end to austerity - anti-cuts candidates needed!

  Scotland

Afghanistan
British combat troops pull out

13/11/2014: A legacy of death and destruction

  Afghanistan, Britain, US

 Germany
Highly politicised train drivers’ strike

12/11/2014: Last week German train drivers and on-board staff went on strike for four days, shaking and polarising the country

  Germany, Solidarity

Greece
Mayors refuse to make job cuts

12/11/2014: Lefts, local authority workers and communities’ united can resist Troika’s policies

  Greece

Britain
Over 1,000 attend largest ever ‘Socialism’ event

11/11/2014: Socialism 2014 - infused with contagious confidence

  Britain

Belgium
Massive demonstration in Brussels

10/11/2014: Shows anger against austerity

  Belgium

Northern Ireland
20 years after the ceasefires

10/11/2014: In 1994, the IRA and Loyalist paramilitaries called ceasefires. Four years later the Good Friday agreement was declared to mark the end of the ‘Troubles’…

  Ireland Republic

Review
Environmental disaster and the need to change everything

09/11/2014: “This Changes Everything: capitalism vs the climate”, by Naomi Klein

  Environment, Review

Germany
25 years since November 9

09/11/2014: Berlin Wall brought down by mass revolutionary movement

  Germany

Canada
Right wing wins Toronto Mayoral election

08/11/2014: NDP increasingly irrelevant to needs of workers, immigrants and youth

  Canada

Elections in Brazil

07/11/2014: Narrow win for Dilma sets scene for more crisis and instability

  Brazil

Russia’s 1917 socialist revolution

07/11/2014: November 7th anniversary of workers taking power

  Russia

Europe
Anti-fascist demonstrations set for 8-9 November

06/11/2014: Movement of workers and youth needed against racism and fascism

  Europe, Greece, Sweden

Canada
Ottawa ‘locked-down’ after Parliament gun attack

05/11/2014: Tory government whips-up terrorist fears to boost Canada’s imperialist role

  Canada

Ireland
Stunning Dublin by-election victory, huge water protests…new chapter for working class resistance

04/11/2014: How the Anti Austerity Alliance won a parliamentary seat and the way forward for the Left

  Ireland Republic

Book review
The Jihadis Return

04/11/2014: Isis and the new Sunni uprising, by Patrick Cockburn

  Middle East, Review

South Africa
Metal workers’ union clashes with Congress of South African Trade Unions

03/11/2014: For political and class independence - Struggle, solidarity and socialism!

  South Africa

Britain
Come to Socialism 2014

03/11/2014: Weekend of discussion & debate hosted by the Socialist Party – London 8-9 November

  Britain

  Ireland
’Abortion Pill Train’ video

02/11/2014: Pro-choice ROSA campaigners swallow abortion pills after rail journey

  Ireland Republic, Video, Women

Italy
Renzi government faces mounting opposition

01/11/2014: A one-day strike of all workers is needed

  Italy

Burkina Faso
Mass uprising ousts dictator

31/10/2014: No to military rule! Continue mass struggle – the whole rotten system must go!

  Burkina Faso

Ireland
Anti-water tax protest in Limerick

31/10/2014: Video of one of the city’s biggest protests

  Ireland Republic

New workers’ parties and left formations

After the collapse of the stalinist regimes in 1989 / 91, the leaders of former workers’ parties, like the Labour Party in Britain, the PT in Brasil and the SPD in Germany moved dramatically to the right. This process has gone so far that the character of these parties has changed: from workers’ parties with capitalist leaderships, they became formations which are no longer instruments used by the working class to defend and fight for their class interests. As a result, a political vacuum now exists that can and must be filled by the building of new mass parties of the working class. The CWI is active in this process in many countries, fighting to rebuild the workers’ movement and to struggle for a Marxist leadership, to make sure that these new formations develop into tools to defend the working class and achieve the socialist transformation of society.

South Africa: Limpopo WASP Launch

07/08/2013, Workers, Communities and trade unionists unify their struggle
Meschak Komani, first published by WASP

Britain: TUSC and the road to a new workers’ party

30/05/2013, Rising support for UKIP shows both the erosion of established party loyalties and the existence of a profound vacuum of working-class political representation.
Clive Heemskerk, first published in Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)

Germany: DIE LINKE and the Euro

23/05/2013, After Lafontaine’s proposal to get rid of the Euro – what should the left say?
Sascha Stanicic and Lucy Redler, SAV (CWI Germany)

South Africa: Workers & Socialist Party launched in Pretoria

21/03/2013, Launch surpassed all expectations
CWI reporters, South Africa

South Africa: WASP begins to take shape

28/01/2013, Representatives from miners’ strike committees, community groups, trade unions and left organisations met to discuss development new Workers & Socialist Party
CWI reporters, South Africa

Ireland: The ULA, the fight against austerity & building a new party of the working class

28/01/2013, The Socialist Party (CWI) has ended its membership of the United Left Alliance (ULA)
Statement by the Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland)

South Africa: Founding of Workers and Socialist Party

20/12/2012, WASP will now mobilise support for the party
Press Release, 17 Dec 2012, DSM Executive Committee, the Strike and Workers’ Committee Representatives of Bokoni Platinum, Harmony Gold, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Royal Bafokeng and Murray Roberts.

Review: "New Parties of the Left - Experiences from Europe"

21/04/2012, Challenging times for the left in Europe
Robert Bechert, CWI, first published in Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)

France: Is the NPA still a step towards a new fighting party for workers and youth?

21/02/2012, Statement from Gauche Révolutionnaire (French section of the CWI) drawing a balance sheet of its experience in the NPA
Gauche Révolutionnaire

Ireland: What programme for the United Left Alliance?

14/07/2011, After the ULA Forum: Which way forward?
Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Ireland: National Forum of the United Left Alliance on 25 June

25/06/2011, The historic tasks of the United Left Alliance (ULA)
Joe Higgins, TD (member of the Irish Parliament), Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Ireland: United Left Alliance must argue for socialist policies

13/06/2011, "The ULA, the individual members and the groups involved, must prepare for an inevitable explosion of anger here which, when it comes, will be every bit as significant as the movements sweeping southern Europe."
Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Ireland: Next steps for building the United Left Alliance

08/06/2011, The United Left Alliance has the potential to be at the heart of the active resistance to the fresh round of attacks coming from the government in the months ahead.
Michael O’Brien, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) Representative on the ULA Steering Group

Ireland: Build the ULA, build the fight back!

29/04/2011, New government: "Same circus, just different clowns!"
Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Ireland - United Left Alliance: Historic breakthrough

19/03/2011, Now build the socialist alternative to capitalist crisis
Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Ireland: "Launching a principled left alternative"

03/03/2011, Joe Higgins addressed the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) national conference via a live webcam link, just hours after the Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) won two seats in the Irish elections.
Joe Higgins, TD (member of the Irish Parliament), Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

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