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France. Build for an indefinite general strike everywhere!

By Nicolas Croes (our sister organisation in Belgium) The first day of strikes and protests against French President Macron’s proposed reform of the pension system was a resounding and historic success. On Thursday 5th December, there were nearly 250 demonstrations across France attended by no less than 1,5 million people. This compares with the first day of the movement against ...

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British elections – Final countdown

By Claire Laker Mansfield, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland)  The final countdown has begun. With less than a week left of election campaigning, Corbyn and Johnson took part in the final televised head-to-head on 6 December. The debate revealed a contrast that could barely be clearer. In some ways, Johnson’s posh-boy debating society demeanour illustrated ...

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Iraq – a tinder-box waiting to burst into flame

By Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa – our sister organisation in Russia In 2003 the imperialist powers launched a brutal ‘shock and awe’ campaign intended to remove Saddam Hussein and establish a new democratic order in the Middle East. At least that was the official cover, in reality it was as much an attempt by western imperialism to get its ...

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France: Massive support for general strike against pension ‘reform’

By Simon D. LSP/PSL (our sister organisation in Belgium) According to an IFOP survey, 64% of French people believe that the general strike of Thursday 5 December is justified. President Macron’s pension reform is going badly. The list of sectors calling for a strike has grown steadily (railway workers at SNCF, transport workers at RATP, air traffic controllers, transport, energy ...

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Seattle City Council election: Socialists defeat Jeff Bezos and Amazon

By Michael O’Brien It is not typical for a city council election contest in the US to be the subject of national and international attention. Socialist Alternative (US sister organisation of the Socialist Party) councillor Kshama Sawant’s successful defence of her seat was one such case. The concerted attempt by wealthy Republican Party donors and big corporations to unseat her ...

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2019: A turning point

By Per-Ake Westerlund from the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated  2019 marks a definite political turning point globally. Particularly in the last months, we have seen mass struggles and general strikes around the world with revolutionary characteristics. This is a mass explosion, a result of accumulated ...

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Prince Andrew: a stomach-churning example of the unaccountable, super-rich elite

By Jacqui Berry, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England and Wales) “Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do” sneered Prince Andrew as he struggled to contain his disdain for ordinary people.  In an astonishing interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew spectacularly failed in his attempts to distance himself from convicted sex offender ...

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Bolivia: No to the coup!

Fight the right-wing and imperialism throughout Latin America By Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução – LSR (our sister organisation in Brazil) On Sunday afternoon (10 November,) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, and Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, announced their resignation from their positions in a process that can only be characterized as an ultra-right wing coup d’état backed by landowners, the military ...

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US: How socialists defeated Amazon’s bid to buy Seattle’s elections

Jeff Bezos’s bid to buy Seattle City Council has backfired. Despite big business dropping unprecedented cash behind Amazon-backed candidates in all seven council races, Seattle voters rejected this attempt to flip the council to the right in all but two of the seven council races. In Seattle’s most-watched, most expensive, and most polarized council in decades, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant ...

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British elections: Fight for a Corbyn-led Labour government!

Build a mass movement to win- Organise to fight for socialism December’s general election has the potential to mark an historic turning point. It is an opportunity to build a mass movement to demand a society that works for the millions. It’s a chance to kick out the Tories and put Jeremy Corbyn in number ten. Corbyn can win this ...

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