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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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Greece: Syriza retreats under Troika threats

By Nicos Anastasiades, Xekinima (CWI Greece), Thessaloniki On 20 February, Greek negotiators agreed a four month extension of the current bailout programme with its creditors (the Troika – EU, IMF and European Central Bank). It is reported that the Greek delegation were subject to outright blackmail by the eurogroup (finance ministers of the eurozone). The Greek Syriza government was told ...

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Review: Fifty Shades of drivel

The following article was written is a review of the book Fifty Shades of Grey written upon its release in September 2012. A film adaptation of the book was released last Friday. The article is written by a member of the Socialist Party in Australia. Fifty Shades of Grey. Reviewed by Kat Galea, Socialist Party Fifty Shades of Grey has been hyped as a love ...

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