Author Archives: CWI Reporter

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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Greece: If the Troika does not back down?

Let the Greek people decide! By Andros Payiatsos, Xekinima (The Sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece) On the evening of 11 February, 100,000 people demonstrated in central Athens in support of the Syriza government’s stance in negotiations with the Trioka and EU leaders. Tens of thousands also took to streets of Salonika and other Greek cities. In polls, ...

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Greece: “This is not “negotiation, it’s war”

Statement by the Editorial Board of Xekinima (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece) Syriza’s first days in government have brought back, at last, smiles, optimism and pride to millions of workers in Greece. The new government’s public commitments and the first steps for the restoration of minimum wage to €750; the abolition of anti-working class legislation,; the reinstatement ...

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Holocaust week: Who was responsible and what we should remember?

By Robert Bechert Deep emotions were aroused by January’s week-long ceremonies to mark the 60th anniversary of the Red Army liberating the Auschwitz extermination camp complex. For survivors of all the Nazi extermination and concentration camps the terrible memories came back of death, torture, starvation and, particularly for those who were children then, suddenly losing parents, brothers, and sisters, as ...

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Greece: Prospect of Syriza victory raises workers’ hopes

It’s generally accepted here and internationally that Syriza will win. In the last week there is a small increase for Syriza in the opinion polls – of about 1%. Really this is a stabilisation of Syriza’s lead. Including abstentions, Syriza’s support stands around 25-27%, discounting these it rises to about 30-33% – close to, but not sufficient for, a majority government.

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