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Greece
Syriza-led government announces anti-austerity policies

30/01/2015: Markets and EU leaders react against Athens

  Greece

Saudi Arabia
’Defenders of democracy’ mourn despot’s death

30/01/2015: Atrocious human rights records no concern for Western powers

  Saudi Arabia

Greece
Why did Syriza and the KKE fail to reach agreement?

29/01/2015: For socialist policies to end austerity nightmare!

  Greece

Greece
Syriza victory shows austerity elite can be beaten

29/01/2015: An inspiration for workers and youth across Europe

  Britain, Greece

Greece
Syriza comes to power, as old ruling parties collapse

27/01/2015: Left parties fail to form government - Syriza goes into coalition with populist right Independent Greeks

  Europe, Greece

China
Slowest growth rate since 1990

25/01/2015: Economy decelerated 30 percent in five years

  China

Cuba
Diplomatic relations with US restored, embargo eased

24/01/2015: Threat of capitalist restoration accelerates

  Cuba, US

Northern Ireland
Water service workers win important victory

23/01/2015: A victory for all workers and an inspiration to resist the ‘race to the bottom’

  Ireland North

Sri Lanka
Mobilise now to defend our demands

22/01/2015: Article first published in the Colombo Telegraph

  Sri Lanka

 US
Kshama Sawant gives socialist response to Obama’s "State of the Union" address

21/01/2015: "Why can’t Barack Obama say “Black Lives Matter”?"

  US, Video

Russia/Ukraine
Facing a turbulent 2015

21/01/2015: As death toll rises, economies plunge into freefall

  Russia, Ukraine

Greece
Prospect of Syriza victory raises workers’ hopes

20/01/2015: Mass intervention of working class to struggle for socialist policies is vital

  Greece

Nigeria
The Massacre in Baga

19/01/2015: Socialism or Barbarism

  Nigeria

Review
‘Eleanor Marx - a life’

17/01/2015: Clare Doyle reviews ’Eleanor Marx - A Life’ by Rachel Holmes

  Review

 Video
Joe Higgins questions Irish Central Bank governor

16/01/2015: Socialist MP grills establishment over banking bubble and collapse

  Video

Nigeria
2015 general elections and the working masses

16/01/2015: Boko Haram and the war in the north-east

  Nigeria

  Video
Ruth Coppinger calls for referendum on abortion rights in Ireland

15/01/2015: "You march in Paris, yet uphold laws any religious fundamentalist would envy"

  Ireland Republic, Video, Women

 Video
A year of struggle in Brazil

14/01/2015: LSR members intervene in struggles of 2014

  Brazil, Video

Sri Lanka
New but uncertain period opens up

14/01/2015: President Sirisena aims for clean government but will face difficulties

  Sri Lanka

Iran
Labour and children’s rights activist, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, sentenced to another nine years

13/01/2015: International action needed to overturn latest conviction and to immediately release Behnam

  Iran

Germany
What is behind the ‘PEGIDA’ anti-immigrant demonstrations?

13/01/2015: Unions and Left must organise against racism and for jobs and decent living standards for all

  Germany

France
Millions march for solidarity

12/01/2015: Unity against racism and capitalism!

  France

New Zealand
Extreme poverty worsens

12/01/2015: Workers need to build political alternative to major parties’ big business agenda

  New Zealand

France
Counter terrorist threat with workers-led mass unity

10/01/2015: The shocking, cold blooded slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, and more killings in subsequent days, has been met with mass outrage

  France

Norway
General strike called for 28 January

10/01/2015: Two-hour protest against worsening working conditions

  Norway

Sri Lanka
Rajapaksa defeated

09/01/2015: Period of uncertainty opens

  Sri Lanka

Sweden
New elections cancelled

09/01/2015: “Peace deal” between government and right-wing opposition

  Sweden

Greece
Towards a Syriza government?

08/01/2015: General elections on 25 January

  Greece

France
Deadly attack on satirical paper Charlie Hebdo

08/01/2015: Defend freedom of speech! Don’t let us be divided!

  France

Hong Kong
Politics transformed by ‘Umbrella Revolution’

07/01/2015: A fighting democratic movement must be created to continue and build upon this historic “first round”

  Hong Kong

Israel-Palestine
A successful Socialism conference in the shadow of national divide

06/01/2015: Over 150 people participated in the ‘Socialism Conference 2014’ in Tel Aviv, organised by the Socialist Struggle Movement (SSM - CWI in Israel-Palestine)

  Israel / Palestine

Northern Ireland
The Stormont House Agreement

05/01/2015: Agreeing Not To Agree, Again

  Ireland Republic

Environment
Market forces hold back renewable energy

01/01/2015: Have capitalist governments around the world finally woken up to the danger of global warming?

  Environment

New Year
Political and economic ingredients for volatile 2015

31/12/2014: As crisis of capitalism worsens, vital to organise and continue the struggle

  Britain, Europe, World Economy

Britain
In defence of TUSC

30/12/2014: As the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition gears up for its biggest ever electoral stand…

  Britain, US

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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