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Massacre in Barcelona

Solidarity with the victims! Down with terrorism and imperialist war! Their wars; our dead! On 17 August, a brutal terrorist attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona saw a van drive more than half a kilometre, running over hundreds of people in its path. The tragic result of this attack was the death of 13 people, with more than 100 injured ...

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Cultural Vandalism in Swansea University

Artists and activists campaign to save a much loved gallery from closure Ceri Richards, who died in 1971, was one of Wales’ greatest, internationally renowned artists. His works are to be seen in Tate Britain, and the National Museum in Cardiff. In 1984, as part of its new Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University opened an art gallery dedicated to him, ...

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US: neo-Nazi violence reawakens resistance

Mass demonstrations and a left alternative needed to fight the right This is a statement from Socialist Alternative, the Socialist Party’s co-thinkers in the United States. You can also read the statement at Socialist Alternative’s website. The vicious white nationalist violence in Charlottesville and across the country this weekend has acted as a collective wake-up call. A powerful left challenge ...

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Glasgow jannies win famous victory against council cuts

Glasgow janitors, after an industrial action campaign lasting almost two years, have won an inspiring victory. The Unison members have secured pay rises, a guarantee of one janitor per school and extra jobs have been created. Below we print the statement from Glasgow City Unison on the outcome of the strike, which proves yet again the potential for workers to ...

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Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism

Robin Clapp, Socialist Party National Committee The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was “a great economist”. These endorsements are a ...

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RMT slams rail privatisation by Welsh Labour

The rail union RMT has condemned the plans of the Welsh Labour government to further privatise the Welsh rail network. Private train operating companies currently operates the trains in Wales on tracks owned and maintained by the publicly-owned Network Rail. The franchise for operating the South Wales valley lines is coming to an end and is currently held by Arriva ...

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Venezuela: only mass socialist movement can solve the crisis

Only the working class taking power from capitalists and bureaucrats can defeat reaction Izquierda Revolucionaria Venezuela & Socialismo Revolucionario On 30 July elections were held to elect members of the “National Constituent Assembly” (ANC). In the days prior to the election, US imperialism and the MUD (the coalition which unites the right and far-right in Venezuela) backed a campaign of ...

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Bron Afon support workers to step up action

Support workers at Bron Afon Housing Association in Cwmbran have just completed their fourth day of strike action with growing support from the trade union movement. They are taking action against a £3000 a year pay cut and an end to collective bargaining with the introduction of spot wages (see earlier article). But still the housing association board, which is ...

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Labour MP attacks London student over anti-austerity art project

The Socialist Party, formerly the Militant, today condemned Labour MP Vicky Foxcroft for reporting a local student to the police – over an art project which proposes socialist policies. Foxcroft – who nominated Blairite Owen Smith to challenge Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity leadership in 2016 – is seeking action against the artist behind imaginary MP “Ana Key.” Socialist Party member Ellen ...

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Abolish tuition fees and student debt!

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 July 2017 Jeremy Corbyn’s election pledge to abolish tuition fees, with the bold promise that this would be fast-tracked to come into effect from September, was one of the most attractive and popular offers in Labour’s manifesto. Combined with other socialist policies including a £10 an hour minimum wage, nationalisation and an end to austerity ...

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