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10 years since the financial crash and the ‘lost decade’ of capitalism

By Steve Score (Socialist Party National Committee) On 15 September this year, a posh get together takes place at a secret venue in London. At it, top bankers who were part of Lehman Brothers – once the fourth largest investment bank in the world – celebrate the tenth anniversary of its 2008 collapse with “cocktails and canapes”. Its demise was ...

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Antisemitism, Israel-Palestine, and the left

An article in the June 2018 issue (no. 219) of Socialism Today The Labour right wing and capitalist establishment are waging a colossal campaign to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and his anti-austerity policies. Particularly pernicious is the avalanche of antisemitism allegations levelled against him – and the left in general. This threat can only be answered ...

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International Women’s Day 2018: Capitalism oppresses women – fight for socialism!

The Committee For a Workers International (CWI) organises socialists across the globe. Over the days leading up to March 8th – International Women’s Day – the CWI web-site is carrying articles from around the world under #IWD : from Spain, Ireland, India, the USA, Britain, Brazil, Sweden and many other countries. It begins with the International Women’s Day 2018 statement from ...

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Turmoil to the left and to the right across Europe

The Committee For A Workers International (to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) held the annual meeting of its International Executive Committee earlier this month. This is Matt Dobson’s report of the discussion on European Perspectives: The CWI IEC discussion on Europe reflected the political instability and upheaval seen this year across the continent. Tony Saunois from the International Secretariat ...

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Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination

Editorial from The Socialist by Tony Saunois (Committee For A Workers International – CWI) The dramatic events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications. The decision of the Spanish government – led by the right-wing PP government under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy – to implement Article 155 of the constitution and end the autonomy ...

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Savage police violence met with resistance from Catalan people

Statement by Izquierda Revolucionària [Revolutionary Left], CWI in Spain, 2/10/2017 For a general strike on 3 October against repression and for the right to decide! Thousands of police and civil guards carried out savage repression in Catalonia to try to prevent the right to vote in the referendum on 1 October. The state forces smashed glass doors of schools used ...

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North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

By Niall Mulholland   The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, up ...

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Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the spectre of Venezuela has been held up as a warning of what a Podemos-led government would mean. The close links of Podemos ...

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How the Single Market blocks socialist policies

By Pete Watson, Nottingham Socialist Party The European Single Market is a major barrier to any incoming socialist or anti-austerity government. The capitalist establishment across Europe is wedded to privatisation and austerity. And it can rely on Single Market treaties and EU law to impede nationalisation and state investment while ramping up privatisation. The 2009 Lisbon Treaty is the legal ...

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