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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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Sweden and Covid-19: “Corona strategy” failed to protect the vulnerable & elderly

By Jonas Brännberg (Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna- our sister organisation in Sweden) Three months have passed since the corona pandemic reached Sweden, and although it has a significantly higher death rate than neighbouring countries with no improvement in sight, the government and authorities have so far escaped wider criticism, partly because of the uncertain state of knowledge but more because of the ...

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Billionaires profit from a pandemic!

By Haritha Olaganathan US billionaires saw their collective wealth increase by $282 billion in the first twenty-three days of lockdown. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest financial reaper, as shares in the social media company have surged by almost 60% over the past two months. Another profiteer includes CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos, whose wealth has increased by $25 ...

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US: Mass, Coordinated Action Needed to Win #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

By members of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US, in Minneapolis George Floyd gasped “I can’t breathe,” again and again, for nine long minutes. This is murder. It is murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Yet the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless cases of racist police murder over the ...

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US: George Floyd killing was racist state murder

By Harper Cleves  On Monday, the 25 May, George Floyd was tragically murdered by a Minneapolis policeman. Police arrived in response to a call from a shopkeeper about someone attempting to use a counterfeit bill and arrested Floyd. Security cameras demonstrate that Floyd willingly went with the officers, despite claims of violent resistance.  Witnesses recording the incident later show an ...

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Power grab by Xi Jinping to smash democratic rights

Dikang, chinaworker.info Events in Hong Kong have reached the point of no return. The Chinese dictatorship’s decision, from the platform of its pseudo-parliament the National People’s Congress (NPC), to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong means it will take direct political control over the territory, bypassing Hong Kong’s own governmental institutions. Hong Kong’s limited political autonomy within ...

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Governments Seize On COVID-19 to Extend State Powers

By Stephen Boyd, International Socialist Alternative The Economist (3/28/2020) has described it as “the most dramatic extension of state powers since the second world war.” Across the globe governments have implemented draconian legislation akin to that of police states under the pretext of protecting society from the COVID-19 virus. For many the global lockdown has been implemented brutally. In the ...

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Britain: Cummings affair sparks government crisis

By Tom Costello, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Working class people have had to make endless sacrifices under lockdown. Parents have been denied entry to hospitals where their children are receiving treatment. Elderly relatives in care homes have gone unvisited for months on end. And for the vast majority of us, we don’t have the ...

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How Big Pharma blocks our healthcare

By Summer Conneely   Within the current Covid-19 crisis, there are important negotiations occurring among the world’s leaders on how to develop and distribute any potential drugs or vaccines, with Donald Trump adopting an “America first” approach, and the EU largely supporting a voluntary patent pool.  A resolution in favour of a voluntary patent pool is expected to pass at an ...

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