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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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China: Has the Pandemic Strengthened or Weakened Xi Jinping?

By Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info On 15 June the National Bureau of Statistics cancelled its press conference in Beijing. It was due to present May’s economic data, showing that China’s economy continues to “gain momentum” following the shocking crash of the first quarter. The cancellation was forced by the new wave of coronavirus infections in Beijing, which caused authorities to sharply reverse ...

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Brazil: Fight the three plagues — Bolsonaro, the pandemic and inequality!

Brazil is moving quickly towards the abyss. We are the victims of three plagues that terribly affect the lives of workers and the Brazilian people — the pandemic, the authoritarian and genocidal escalation of the Bolsonaro government, and the dramatic deepening of the economic and social crisis and the inequalities that mark the country, including structural racism. To contain the ...

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US: Minneapolis Council Makes Big Promises in Response to Rebellion

By Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Two weeks after the dawn of a working-class rebellion, led by young people of color, shook the political establishment to its core, there is a growing discussion about where the movement should go from here. Because of the strength of the movement, the same Democratic Party politicians who presided over the ...

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Mass movement against racism sweeps the U.S.

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) At 8:25 pm on May 25 George Floyd stopped breathing. Moments later his pulse stopped. It was two minutes before Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead. On the day of George Floyd’s death, we had ...

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