Author Archives: CWI Reporter

French workers and young people fight anti-worker labour law

By Clare Doyle France’s ‘Socialist’ president – Francois Hollande – has this week taken the fight over the country’s labour law to a new level. After months of protests and demonstrations, the bill was heading for defeat in the National Assembly. Nearly 5,000 amendments had been submitted and at least 40 parliamentarians were going to vote against it, including 20 ...

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“Nuit Debout”: French workers and young people take to the streets

By Naomi Byron Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation. This was the latest day of action in a growing movement against a labour law ...

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Climate Conference: Empty cheers after Paris agreement

By Arne Johansson. From Offensiv, newspaper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister party of the Socialist Party in Sweden) An historic “turning point for the world”. This is how US President Barack Obama and other top politicians referred to the 31-page climate agreement adopted by196 governments in Paris. Some major environmental organisations and the media made similar assessments. The head of the UN ...

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Greece: New Left force launched following Tsipras’ betrayal

Interview with Andreas Payiatsos, Xekinima (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece), by Lucy Redler, After 43 Syriza MPs (out of 149) refused to back the third memorandum package in mid-August, Tsipras resigned as Prime Minister. His plan was to strengthen his support with fresh elections, due to the fact that many Greeks still support the government, because the ...

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Kurdistan: Democratic autonomy or socialism?

Articles on Öcalan’s ideas and Rojava, originally published in sozialismus.info, the quaterly magazine of SAV (German section of the CWI) Below we publish translated, reworked and updated versions of two articles originally published in German in the issue 26 of the quaterly magazine of SAV (sister party of the Socialist Party in Germany), sozialismus.info. The first article, written by Claus ...

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Israel: Netanyahu mobilises far right to win election

By Yasha Marmer, Socialist Struggle Movement (Sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Israel-Palestine) “The rule of the right-wing is in danger. Arab voters are heading to the polling stations en masse. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them in buses”. This bluntly racist statement was published during polling day by no other than Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The statement was a peak ...

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Review “The Entrepreneurial State” by Mariana Mazzucato

By Tim Heffernan Somewhere along the line, we’ve all heard these arguments in favour of capitalism: progress is based on competition, risk taking and innovation – capitalism encourages risk takers and rewards them;we might need state ‘enterprise’ for essential infrastructure like water and electricity but, in the area of new technology, the dynamism of the private sector will always outperform the bureaucratic, ...

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How can the struggle for Palestinian national liberation be won?

Over the past few weeks billboards have appeared on buses and bus stops across Dublin calling for the Irish government to recognise an independent Palestine. The following article, written by Judy Beishon (a Socialist Party member in England and Wales) in May 2013, gives a comprehensive socialist analysis as to how the struggle for Palestinian national liberation can be won. The US Secretary ...

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Eurozone time-bomb

By Lynn Walsh, article from Socialism Today Mired in recession, the eurozone is haunted by the spectre of stagnation. Quantitative easing will not provide a magic solution. The election of a Syriza government on an anti-austerity programme has raised the possibility of a showdown with the leaders of German capitalism and their allies. An explosion is being prepared, however long ...

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