Author Archives: CWI Reporter

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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US: Colin Kaepernick’s stance against racism spreads

When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem at NFL football games it is unlikely he realized the scale of the impact it would have. Already, this protest has spread like wildfire through the NFL, high school, and college athletics and launched a new wave of discussion around Black Lives Matter in society. ...

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Austria: Far right candidate loses narrowly on Presidency

By Sonja Grusch Since Saturday 23 April, a series of physical earthquakes have shaken Austria. But the most significant was the political earthquake resulting from the 24 April first round of the presidential elections. Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the far right, FPÖ (Freedom Party), led with over 35% of the vote. Far behind that, with 21.3%, came the favourite of ...

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Brazil: Dilma’s fall unleashes anti-working class offensive

A new stage in the class struggle has opened in Brazil. The country is living through the deepest economic and social crisis in its history. Together with this, a massive political crisis has arisen. This flows from the undemocratic manoeuvres of the traditional right and big capital against workers’ rights. At the same time, it is the product of the ...

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