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USA: Federal troops pushed back in Portland and Seattle

By Steve Edwards, Socialist Alternative USA In a victory for mass protests in downtown Portland and in defense of democratic rights, the federal government has agreed to “phase out” all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers from the city starting Thursday, according to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Similarly, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced late Tuesday night that federal troops were leaving Seattle.  ...

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Why the 1% are to blame for climate breakdown

By Sam Belton The word ‘crisis’ has by now become synonymous with the year 2020. It has been punctuated by highly broadcasted events such as the the US drone-killing of a top Iranian general, the apocalyptic Australian bushfires, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, intensified trade wars between the US and China, an unprecedented economic crash, and explosive uprisings against police brutality ...

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USA: Blazing the path for a new left party

By Bryan Koulouris & Ginger Jentzen Socialist Alternative (USA) A rebellion has broken out, beginning in Minneapolis (where both authors of this article live) and spreading throughout the country. The uprising was sparked by a brutal racist police murder of George Floyd, and the underlying anger is based on deep injustices. A multi-racial movement of predominantly working-class people is emerging ...

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Amazon TAXED! Lessons of the Tax Amazon Victory in Seattle

By Logan Swan, Socialist Alternative (USA) The Tax Amazon movement and Seattle’s working class won a historic victory on Monday, July 6. Following a three year struggle against the richest man in the world – Jeff Bezos – and his political establishment, we’ve won a tax on big business in the Seattle City Council that will raise an estimated $210-240 ...

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Hong Kong: National Security Law — Xi Jinping’s “Nuclear Option”

By Per-Ake Westerlund and Vincent Kolo (ISA) The effect of the Chinese regime’s new law is similar to a military coup or second “June 4 (Tiananmen)” but using laws, secret police and massive levels of cyber surveillance instead of tanks. The scope of the new law has horrified legal experts and democracy activists, not only in Hong Kong. The law ...

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World economy scarred by Covid-19: IMF downgrades forecasts

By Manus Lenihan Covid-19 has hit the world economy even worse than expected, according to a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released this month. In countries where Covid-19 is relatively under control, economic recovery is proving slower than expected. Capitalists are not investing, and are reconfiguring their supply chains so that another shock like this doesn’t hit them ...

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Yemen & Covid-19: Pouring oil on a humanitarian blaze

By Haritha Olaganathan Amidst a drawn-out civil war with ongoing violence, Covid-19 has inflamed the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” taking place in Yemen. Even before the country’s first confirmed case in April, half of Yemen’s population of 28.5 million people were on the brink of famine, largely caused by the bloodthirsty Saudi Arabian regime’s indiscriminate bombing of farms and food ...

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Covid-19: Capitalism Rushes to Re-Open as Pandemic Grows

By Bill Hopwood, ISA Canada Around the world, countries are lifting the restrictions that were introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being allowed to leave their homes, and workplaces, cafes and stores are re-opening. The sharp closures of society and the economy were needed to reduce the level of infection and death from the virus, only because of ...

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Oppose Israeli Government’s Annexation Threat in the Occupied West Bank

The Israeli power-sharing coalition government is threatening to launch, with the support of the US Trump administration, an official annexation of up to 30% of the occupied West Bank to the State of Israel By Shahar Benhorin, Socialist Struggle Movement — ISA in Israel-Palestine Starting on July 1, the new Israeli power-sharing coalition government is threatening to launch, with the ...

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A vicious circle: Climate change and environmental catastrophe in Siberia

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa (ISA in Russia) If Siberia were a country, it would be the biggest in the world, stretching from the Arctic to Mongolia and Central Asia, from the Pacific Ocean to the Ural mountains on the edge of Europe. It contains incredible nature including the magnificent Lake Baikal and the remote and terrifying mountain ranges of Kamchatka, with ...

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