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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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Covid-19, Disaster Capitalism & the Urgent Case for Socialism

By Eddie McCabe & Keishia Taylor, from the Summer 2020 edition of Socialist Alternative, the political journal of the Socialist Party. Capitalism must go. Virtually everything about the world today screams this. Take for example that in the midst of a global pandemic, when 1.6 billion people are in “immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed”, according to the International ...

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The fight for the wellbeing of LGBTQI+ people continues!

Today is the 17th of May, international day against LGBT phobia. Activities and parades normally take place in several countries on this day. However, considering the current corona crisis, hardly anything remains of this. Besides cancelling and/or postponing symbolic and political events and demonstrations, the corona crisis has brought extra repression, violence, isolation and discrimination for many LGBTQI+ people.  While ...

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United States–A Deadly Cocktail: COVID-19, Race and Capitalism

In early March, the first known cases of COVID-19 began to emerge in the United States. It has taken the lives of over 75,000 people across the nation. The deadly combination of COVID-19 and the economic recession has led to a deep crisis for working people and the poor trying to survive this perfect storm. Even before the tsunami of ...

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Existential threat of climate change looms large

By Sam Belton While the world reels in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change crisis ominously looms in the background as an ever-developing existential threat. Both crises are of course interconnected, as the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – was in part driven by global biodiversity loss and the destruction of finely-tuned ...

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How Deep is the Global Depression?

By Per Ake Westerlund, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (International Socialist Alternative in Sweden- ISA is the international socialist organistion to which the Socialist Party ) The world economy is being shaken as never before. 2.7 billion workers around the world — 81 percent of the labour force — are under lockdown or travel bans. Hundreds of millions risk acute starvation. And yet, ...

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