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Another disaster caused by imperialism: Taliban close to taking over in Afghanistan?

By Arne Johansson, ISA in Sweden [Since the article was written, 3 August, the Taliban has taken control of the provincial capital Kunduz.]  After almost 20 years of counterproductive war, the United States’ rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan means that the country is about to be tipped back into the hands of the Taliban. A negotiated solution with the long-time Western-backed ...

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Covid Crisis: Mandatory vaccination?

By Sonja Grusch, ISA Austria Large protests have shaken France and its President Macron, who wants to implement mandatory vaccination for at least health and care staff, firefighters and a number of other professions. Reports that 100,000 attended one protest and 160,000 another indicate that the issue worries not just the usual believers in crude conspiracy theories or far right-wingers. ...

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Israel-Palestine: New capitalist government of occupation

By Shahar Ben Horin, Socialist Struggle Movement (ISA in Israel/Palestine) 12-year-old Muhammad al-`Alami, was shot to death by the Israeli army on 28 July while sitting in a car with his dad in the town of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank. During his funeral, Israeli soldiers killed Shawkat `Awad, 20. Both funerals saw thousands of residents courageously facing ...

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Climate change: Prepare for mass protests at COP26

By Connor Rosoman, International Socialist Alternative We are living through a decisive period in the fight against climate change. A recently leaked report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that at current rates, we are heading for 3C of warming — well above the 2C limit set by the Paris Agreement to avert a climate disaster. But ...

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Haiti: President assassinated amid a deepening crisis

By Eric Jenkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) On July 7, Haitian President Jovenal Moïse was surrounded in his home by 28 “bodyguards”/mercenaries belonging to the Miami-based “CTU security”. Several then went inside of his home and shot him more than 12 times. Immediately, the shock from many Haitian people was also the confusion of how ...

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Kshama Solidarity: Seattle’s billionaires target socialist city council member

By Ty Nolan The right-wing in Seattle is trying to undemocratically recall the city’s only elected socialist in 100 years.  Kshama Sawant is Seattle’s socialist city council member responsible for spearheading movements to win a $15 minimum wage, the Amazon Tax to fund affordable housing, and the first-in-nation ban on the use of weapons against peaceful protests.  Winning victories  Since ...

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Tunisia: No to Saïed’s “Palace Coup”

By Serge Jordan, International Socialist Alternative Just over ten years since the popular uprising forced Tunisian dictator Ben Ali from power, new convulsions are rocking the country. Now the President has dismissed the government and frozen Parliament for 30 days. Late on Sunday, 25 July, Tunisia’s President, Kaïs Saïed, took the unilateral decision to suspend the Parliament, sack the government ...

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Pegasus scandal: Big brother threat to our democratic rights and privacy

As the world continues to be ravaged by the pandemic and the signs of climate catastrophe are becoming all too apparent, a new bombshell dominated global media on 19 July. The Guardian, alongside 16 other media outlets, reported on a major new assault on democratic rights: Pegasus spyware. This technology, it noted, is capable of: “…bypassing your phone’s security and ...

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Unprecedented floods in Europe: Solidarity as the last line of defence

PSL (Left Socialist Party)-reporters in Liège, our sister organisation Belgium On Friday, the provisional death toll from the floods and extreme weather in Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium, rose to 18. Apocalyptic images followed one another without interruption. The only constant over the last few hours has been the enormous solidarity among the population and the heroism of the ...

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Food Riots in South Africa — Build organised working-Class struggle against the criminal capitalist class!

By Workers and Socialist Party (WASP–our sister organisation in South Africa) South Africa is currently engulfed in food riots. Scenes from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and the North West have shown masses of people rushing to secure what little they can from malls, grocery chains, and other shops. Many buildings have been set alight as well. At the time ...

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