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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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Repressive EU strengthens “Fortress Europe”

By Laura Fitzgerald Imperialist intervention into the Middle East by the US and key EU powers, aided by the Irish state with warplanes refuelling in Shannon, is at the root of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Today, over 50% of Syria’s population are displaced, many of whom have already been bereaved of loved ones, have been traumatised by seeing their home ...

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The Marxist left, the national conflict and the Palestinian struggle

Article written by members of the Socialist Struggle Movement, the sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Israel-Palestine. The article outlines how the struggle for Palestinian liberation can be won and a just and democratic solution can be achieved on the basis of a common struggle of Palestinian and Jewish working people against Israel’s capitalist regime. The Socialist Struggle Movement ...

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Unprecedented polarisation in US elections

By Eddie McCabe Extraordinary things are happening in the race for the presidency in the US. The once impervious two-party system that defines politics in the US is being convulsed from within, as mass social inequality and polarisation in society has seen unprecedented momentum generated for two candidates outside of both political establishments, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Sanders’ political ...

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Polarisation grows in US Presidential elections

Article by members of Socialist Alternative, the sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US, on the Bernie Sanders’ challenge and how a new party for the 99% can be built. Bernie Sander’s political revolution will be strangled if it remains imprisoned within the corporate-controlled Democratic Party. Sanders needs to run all the way through November and lay the ...

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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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Stunning victory for socialist in Seattle

By Carah Daniel The amazing victory of Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant in the election to Seattle City Council is definitely a clear indication of the desire for a genuine alternative to capitalism on the part of working class. Not only was she elected in 2013, she was re-elected too at the beginning of November! An unapologetic socialist She has ...

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The Bernie Sanders challenge

The established political order in the US has been shaken up by Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Not only has he tapped into a widespread anti-corporate mood, he has also fired up interest in socialist ideas. TOM CREAN reports on the impact of his campaign, and the tasks it sets for the workers’ movement. The 2016 US ...

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Q&A: Socialists and the Corbyn campaign

The Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) was recently approached by New Statesman magazine to respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Unfortunately our answers were not used in the resulting article. Below are the responses of Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe to the questions asked. Does your party view Corbyn’s rise as Labour leader ...

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Oppose imperialist intervention in Syria

Editorial from “The Socialist”, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales.  After four and a half long, bloody years of civil war in Syria – with over a quarter of a million dead and eleven million displaced – there is still no end in sight. On the contrary the entire region faces being drawn into a sectarian civil ...

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