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US
#Movement4Bernie Takes Off Around the Country

06/02/2016: Bernie Sanders’ call for a political revolution against the billionaire class has enthused millions of people throughout the US looking for a political alternative to Wall Street.

  US

Brazil
Devastating outbreak of Zika virus

04/02/2016: Another healthcare system failure

  Brazil

Pakistan
PIA strike continues despite state repression

04/02/2016: Four workers killed, eight injured as security forces open fire on protesting workers

  Pakistan

US
Iowa results reveal crisis of establishment politics - Sanders and Clinton tie

03/02/2016: “It’s too late for establishment politics, establishment economics!”

  US

Japan
Social and political unease after “twenty lost years”

03/02/2016: Weakness of opposition is Prime Minister Abe’s only strength

  Japan

 Greece
Workers strike at Contitech-IMAS factory

02/02/2016: Solidarity campaign needed!

  Greece, Solidarity

World Economy
Capitalism buffeted by choppy waters

02/02/2016: Bosses strive to offload cost of crisis on working class - a struggle for system change is needed

  World Economy

Egypt
Fifth anniversary of heroic revolutionary uprising

01/02/2016: Workers’ struggles continue despite repression

  Egypt

India
Justice for Rohit Vemula

31/01/2016: Solidarity message from the Committee for a Workers’ International

  India, US

Britain
Fractured politics

29/01/2016: A volatile mix

  Britain

Tunisia
Suicide of unemployed youth sparks new wave of protests

22/01/2016: Five years after the fall of Ben Ali, demands of the revolution remain unsatisfied

  Tunisia

China
Kidnapping and TV show-trials

21/01/2016: “China is entering a dark night of repression and detentions under Xi Jinping”

  China

Venezuela
Right-wing landslide

20/01/2016: First electoral defeat suffered by the Chavistas since Hugo Chávez was first elected president in 1998

  Venezuela

Leningrad
‘Hero City’

19/01/2016: 900 days of siege in World War Two

  History, Russia

Britain
Police infiltration of Socialist Party exposed

19/01/2016: Untold distress caused to women in relationships with undercover police officers

  Britain

US
Socialist response to State of the Union 2016

15/01/2016: Kshama Sawant replies to Obama’s "State of the Union" speech

  US

 South Africa
Campus workers strike against outsourcing

14/01/2016: For the mobilisation and support of all students, permanent workers and communities across Tshwane

  Africa, Solidarity, South Africa

Britain
Steps towards setting up Trade Union Momentum

12/01/2016: Potential for inclusive, anti-austerity trade union based movement with effective alliances in workplaces and communities

  Britain

Scotland
Politicians have a choice

11/01/2016: Implement Tory austerity or set no-cuts budgets

  Scotland

Sweden/Denmark
Closing borders

07/01/2016: The EU’s nightmare continues

  Denmark, Sweden

 Pakistan
Nestle workers solidarity campaign update

06/01/2016: Union leader, Muhammad Hussain Bhatti, released on bail

  Pakistan, Solidarity

 Taiwan
Solidarity urged for insurance workers’ strike

05/01/2016: Determined battle for pension rights and an end to contract labour

  Solidarity, Taiwan

China 2015
A year of unnatural disasters

04/01/2016: Corruption, poor oversight and chase for profits, maim thousands

  China

Britain
Corbyn’s supporters want resistance against the right

01/01/2016: Edited extracts from an article by Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, that will be published in the first 2016 issue of the Socialist (7 January).

  Britain

 Review
Alexandra Kollontai

29/12/2015: A life of socialist struggle

  Review, Women

Review
Revisiting Animal Farm

27/12/2015: Allegory of the terrible betrayal of the Russian revolution

  Review

Review
Charlie Chaplin

25/12/2015: Playing the underdog

  Review

Spain
Elections mark shift to the Left

23/12/2015: No government majority as Podemos partially recovers

  Spain

Environment
A world of change

23/12/2015: Human beings have radically altered the Earth, adapting nature in the struggle to survive and thrive…

  Environment

Pakistan
Hundreds protest against religious extremism and increased intolerance

21/12/2015: Rally organised by Socialist Movement Sindh in Mir Pur Khas

  Pakistan

China
Regime cracks down on labour activists

19/12/2015: Arrests in Guangdong province as workers’ struggles multiply

  China

Kazakhstan
Fourth Anniversary of Zhanaozen oil workers massacre.

18/12/2015: Book launch in London remembers the dead and injured and all political prisoners in Kazakhstan.

  Kazakhstan

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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