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Iran: Teachers’ strikes and protests show the way forward

By Nina Mo, a member of ISA in Austria On 23 December, a national day of action, tens of thousands of teachers and retired teachers — with women workers at the forefront — protested in over 100 cities in Iran, demanding higher wages, a decent and free education system and more. The workers protest at low wages, unpaid wages, a ...

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Climate catastrophe demands a revolutionary struggle for democratic socialism

By Arne Johansson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna — ISA in Sweden The pitiful outcome of the Glasgow climate summit, COP26, has been greeted with anger and frustration by the world’s climate activists. Completely inadequate and ineffective market solutions mean a continued rapidly shrinking “carbon dioxide budget”. This has led Greta Thunberg to call the summit a “Global North greenwash festival” and the ...

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Capitalist world leaders are to blame for COVID nightmare

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US “Everyone has COVID.” If you live in New York, you’ve heard or seen someone say this in the last 24 hours. For the second day in a row, the state broke its single-day COVID case record. Just like in March 2020, New York City is giving us a glimpse ...

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2021: Age of Disorder, Year 2

By Danny Byrne, International Socialist Alternative International Executive. From beginning to end, 2021 was a year of a perfect storm for world capitalism. This rotten and decadent system has rarely if ever before, faced such deep simultaneous crises on so many fronts. It has never been more over-ripe for replacement, and the 2020s are only getting started. Starting, and ending ...

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United States: Unionise Amazon — save workers’ lives!

By Michael O’Brien The circumstances in which six Amazon workers recently died, and 95 of their colleagues had to be rescued from a warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, which collapsed during a tornado, brings home the fact that the lives of workers are literally at stake when it comes to the task of organising the unorganised. Those Amazon workers were forbidden ...

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Hong Kong: Record low turnout in Beijing’s fake election

By Zuo Ren, Socialist Action The first Legislative Council (Legco) elections since Beijing’s “makeover” will be held on December 19. The Chinese dictatorship (CCP) has increased the size of the Legco to 90 seats, only 22 of which are elected. In addition, candidates must first be approved by the national security organs to ensure the dictum of “patriots ruling Hong ...

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Election in Chile: Defeat of the far-right opens the road for new mass struggles

By André Ferrari, Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução (our sister organisation in Brazil) Gabriel Boric, of the “Apruebo Dignidad” (Approve Dignity) coalition has defeated the far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast in the second round of the Chilean elections. Boric obtained 55.8% of the votes, almost one million more than Kast. This reversed the situation of the first round, where Kast had won ...

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Intellectual property rights: Big pharma makes billions from vaccine apartheid

By Cathal Curran In the month since the discovery of the Omicron variant, it has already spread across the globe, brought about the return of harsh restrictions on the lives of millions, and made shareholders in vaccine manufacturers billions. In the first week after the strain’s discovery, the eight top Pfizer and Moderna shareholders made over $10 billion as their ...

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Britain: Is this the end of the line for Johnson

By Tom Costello, Socialist Alternative ( our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) This past Sunday marked two years since the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. Far from delivering on his promises to usher in a new age of ‘levelling up’, Johnson’s repeated car crashes and blunders means his authority is reaching the end of the line. ...

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Oppose the US extradition and persecution of Julian Assange

By Eddie McCabe WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can now, and likely will, be extradited to the US following a High Court ruling in the UK last week. If Assange loses his appeal his fate will rest with Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel, which essentially means his extradition is assured. Ironically, this judgment, which relates to a case that has profound ...

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