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While billions suffer, billionaires benefit from economic crash

By Brandon Byrne Since the beginning of the current global pandemic the world has seen the profits and wealth of corporations and billionaires increase staggeringly despite the economic crash. Between the months of March to the end of August, the S&P Index (a benchmark measure of stock performance in the US), has seen a continuous climb to a new five ...

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Fire in Moria: refugee lives matter!

By Kevin Henry The horrific fire that has destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp, Moria, on the island of Lesbos in Greece, has once again shone a light on the ongoing human tragedy of the refugee crisis. Thousands of refugees have had to flee the camp and are now stuck in the surrounding hills and on a road outside the island’s ...

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USA: Revolt for black lives in Kenosha

By Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative USA Jacob Blake: unarmed, Black, father, and paralyzed from the waist down. Seven shots in his back at point blank range from a cop’s gun in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The video footage taken by a bystander witness is unmistakable.  Just as in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police, the ...

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California wildfires: A socialist perspective

By Elliot Bartz, Socialist Alternative USA Remembering one’s experience of a wildfire is like assembling a series of fragments from a broken picture: Startled awake at 3am to an unprecedented dry lightning storm. Lightning illuminates the sky and thunder rumbles nearby. A sense of foreboding rises in our stomachs. This weather belongs in the midwest, not coastal California. 2pm the ...

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The U.S.-China Cold War: Towards a bipolar global economy

Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info “There’s no floor under the U.S.-China relationship. We keep finding new lows,” says author and China expert Richard McGregor. The conflict between the two biggest imperialist powers is escalating at dizzying speed. In July, the U.S. ordered the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, which was followed immediately by the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu. ...

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USA: Kamala Harris’ real record

With the announcement that Kamala Harris is to be the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, many people are wondering who Harris is and what she represents. We publish here an article by Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US), written during Harris’ unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign. By Erin Brightwell Following the explosion in ...

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Belarus: Election fraud spills out onto the streets

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa — ISA in Russia At the time of writing, protests in Belarus against the obvious falsification of the results of yesterday’s Presidential election seem to be spreading, and are meeting with increasing repression. In Minsk, Brest, Grodno and a dozen other cities thousands have come out onto the streets and in many places have been ...

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Lebanon: Explosion in Beirut

Statement by Yassine Laabadi, Tayaar al’Amael al’Qaaedi (ISA in Tunisia) The huge explosion that occurred yesterday evening in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in the heart of the commercial port, has shocked many people the world over. It resulted in a large number of victims. Extensive solidarity was displayed on social media from various parts of the world, especially after photos ...

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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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