Author Archives: CWI Reporter

Spanish State/Catalonia: Government repression against Catalonia’s right to decide

Statement by Esquerra Revolucionària (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Catalonia/Spanish State)  The Catalan people have the right to decide! After days of a police and judicial offensive, without quarter, in which democratic rights have been trampled on with fury, the Spanish Partido Popular (People’s Party/PP) government decided to use massive repression to prevent the people of Catalonia from ...

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Myanmar: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya causes worldwide outrage

By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers International (CWI- the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated)  What was a slow-burning conflict between the government of Myanmar (Burma) and the Rohingya people of Rakhine, has escalated in the last three weeks into a major humanitarian crisis. More than 400,000 people fled the country towards neighbouring ...

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Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis & critique of capitalism

By Robin Clapp, from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was ...

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Venezuela: Imperialist offensive sharpens following Assembly elections

By Izquierda Revolucionaria Venezuela & Socialismo Revolucionario (sister organisations of the Socialist Party in Venezuela) On 30 July, elections were held to elect members of the “National Constituent Assembly” (ANC). In the days prior to the election, US imperialism and the MUD (the coalition which unites the right and far-right in Venezuela) backed a campaign of threats and violence to stop ...

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“Finland Station” and the struggle for socialism today

At the end of June, in the midst of a growing discussion about socialism in the United States, Bhaskar Sunkara ,editor of the US socialist magazine Jacobin, published an important op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past.” Below is a reply from Alan Jones, a member of the National Executive Committee of Socialist Alternative, ...

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Scotland: Second referendum on independence?

By Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland The Scottish parliament will vote next week in favour of triggering a second independence referendum. With a pro-independence majority in the parliament among MSPs the vote is a formality. The exact timing of the referendum is not clear. Nicola Sturgeon has said that a new indyref should take place either in the autumn of ...

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The “fake news” hysteria in the US

By George Martin Fell Brown, Socialist Alternative in the US Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election signifies a war on workers, on women, on immigrants, on LGBTQ people and racial minorities. But for some, it signifies a war on truth itself. The Oxford English Dictionary has gone so far as to name “post-truth” it’s word of the year ...

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US: We need mass resistance to Trump & a new party of the 99%

Here we publish the latest analysis of Socialist Alternative (SA) in the US, following Trump's victory. Last night (9 November), Socialist Alternative organised mass marches and rallies across the US as a first response to Trump's election. Tens of thousands of people attended, at only hours' notice.

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Hungary 1956: Revolt against Stalinism

‘Hungary ’56’ was the most dramatic uprising against Stalinist dictatorship. Weeks of fearless street battles and countrywide general strike action temporarily broke the machinery of totalitarian rule. The heroism, combativity, resourcefulness and humanity of the students and workers matched those of the Paris Communards of 1871 – who, in Marx’s words, ‘stormed heaven’ – and of the Bolshevik workers and ...

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Statement from Kshama Sawant: End political repression against Standing Rock protesters

Statement by Seattle City Councilmember and Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) member Kshama Sawant on the brutal repression against those protesting against the North Dakota pipeline. “Thursday in North Dakota, a police force backed by corporate paramilitary agents and armored vehicles moved against indigenous people and other activists courageously protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. ...

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