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Horrific terror attack in Christchurch

By Meredith Jacka, member of the Socialist Party in Australia On March 15 a brutal terror attack was carried out on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. 50 people were killed with dozens more wounded. Already thousands of people have attended solidarity events and vigils in sympathy with the victims. These acts of standing together against racism ...

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8 March: International wave of mass struggle

International Women’s Day 2019 once again became a day of struggle around the world. It is, however, difficult to get an overview of all protests writes Elin Gauffin from Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Sweden) . In some countries, the movement has declined somewhat while at the same time, new movements have emerged in other countries and ...

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100 Years since the founding of the Communist International

By Per-Ake Westerlund, member of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Sweden) 100 years ago, on March 2, 1919, 53 delegates from left and communist parties gathered at a congress in Moscow, with the goal of forming a new international. Within six months, the Communist International, the Comintern, had one million members. Socialists today need to study ...

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US: Bernie Sanders campaign garners mass support

By Kshama Sawant, member of Seattle City Council and Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US)  Bernie Sanders has formally launched his 2020 run for the U.S. presidency, vowing to mount “an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least one million people from across the country.” In the first 24 hours, he ...

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Spanish State: Early election announced

Statement from Executive Committee of Revolutionary Left, (CWI in the Spanish State) “Defeat the right in the ballot boxes and in the streets!” Pedro Sanchez’s term is over. A government formed eight months ago after the vote of no confidence against Rajoy, has been brought down by the negative vote in Parliament to the budget proposals. But beyond parliamentary arithmetic, ...

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Belgium: Mass movement forces minister of climate to resign

Mass protest can force ministers to leave. After two months of protest, mainly pushed forward by young people, one of the four Belgian ministers responsible for climate had to resign. The Flemish regional minister, Joke Schauvliege, of the Christian-Democrat party, CD&V, announced his resignation on February 5. Earlier blunders by the same minister had been made in the past, but ...

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For a Catalan republic of workers and the people

Statement by Esquerra Revolucionària (our sister organisation in Catalonia and the Spanish State)  The trial against political prisoners accused of organising the 1 October referendum once again highlights the anti-democratic and reactionary nature of the Spanish state and the decision of the PSOE government to disregard the democratic aspirations of the people of Catalonia. By jumping on the bandwagon of reactionary ...

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International capitalism rallies behind Venezuela’s right-wing opposition leader

From editorial of the The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales  The social, political and economic crisis which is currently rocking Venezuela poses crucial questions and lessons for socialists and the international working class. It is also a stark warning of the threat that will be posed to a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government should it attempt ...

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US: Threat of workers action leads to Trump retreat

By Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in the US As we go to press, President Trump’s has been forced to retreat from his demand that the Democrats agree to fund a border wall as the price for reopening the government. But while the Democrats refused, under pressure from their base, to cave to this demand, they were in ...

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Storm clouds gather for world economy

By Paul Murphy TD The longest ever rising stock market in history came to a dramatic end in December 2018. Share prices which had been rising since the lows of the crisis of 2008, buoyed by the cheap money made available by the Federal Reserve and Central Banks worldwide, dramatically plunged by 20% within a few days – going from ...

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