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France: mass demonstrations force president to back down

By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) After three weeks of increasingly angry mass protests, president Emmanuel Macron of France has suspended the massively contested tax on diesel. Whether this will defuse the mass movement calling for his government to resign remains to be seen. On Monday 3 December, when the French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, met opposition ...

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China: Xi Jinping’s u-turn

Editorial from Socialist (社会主义者‏) magazine issue 50, Winter 2018 Government abandons its campaign against financial risk as private companies queue for a bailout The Chinese economic slowdown is intensifying amid the most serious crisis in US-China relations for four decades. But so far the trade war with America’s volatile president Donald Trump is not the main cause of China’s economic ...

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Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shootings – Unite to fight anti-Semitism and far-right

By Pittsburgh Socialist Alternative (CWI in USA) On Saturday morning, 27 October, a man shouting anti-Semitic slogans opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the historically Jewish Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, in Pittsburgh. Eleven people were killed during the morning shabbat service, and during a bris, a ceremony welcoming a baby to the Jewish community. This horrific shooting is ...

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Brazil: The resistance begins now!

By LIBERDADE, SOCIALISMO E REVOLUCAO (LSR – CWI in Brazil) The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the second round of the Brazilian elections represents a huge political step backwards for the country and the Brazilian people. We do not share the cynicism of bourgeois analysts who speak about the legitimacy of the system and “consolidation” of the democratic institutions. A ...

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Israel/Palestine: Socialism Conference 2018

By Shahar Benhorin, Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI in Israel/Palestine) Over 160 people participated in the ‘Socialism Conference 2018’ event hosted in Tel Aviv by the Socialist Struggle Movement (SSM) on 27 – 29 September. Among the participants were workers and youth, trade unionists and left activists, Israeli Jews, Palestinians and some international guests. The event took place against the background ...

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Venezuela – Oppose Capitalist Reaction and Corrupt Bureaucracy

The recent attempted assassination of Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has once again focussed attention on the deepening economic, social and political crisis in the country. Izquierda Revolucionaria (CWI in Venezuela) in the following article explains that Maduro is using his party and the state bureaucracy not in defence of ‘socialism’ but instead to manage capitalism and retain power. By Izquierda ...

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Eyewitness account from Gaza socialist

By Rana Shubair, Gaza City teacher, and author of the book ‘In Gaza I Dare To Dream’ The following piece is an eyewitness report written by Gazan activist and author Rana Shubair, at the request of ‘Socialist Struggle Movement’ (SSM), the CWI section in Israel-Palestine. Bloody Monday May 14 was the first day of summer holiday for school kids here. ...

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Historic victory for social progress: Landslide vote to repeal Ireland’s abortion laws

Statement by Solidarity TDs and Socialist Party members, Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry The dramatic and clear-cut ‘Yes’ in the referendum is a political earthquake and turning point for Ireland. It is a huge victory, particularly for women in Ireland, who have thrown off the oppression of the 8th Amendment after 35 years. No delay can now be ...

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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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US: Tax Amazon movement led by socialists wins in Seattle

By Keeley Mullen and Calvin Priest, Socialist Alternative, Seattle On May 14, the Seattle City Council passed a historic tax on Amazon and other big corporations to fund permanently affordable, publicly owned housing. The driving force behind this victory was the strength of our #TaxAmazon movement. Under the leadership of housing activists, Socialist Alternative, Democratic Socialists of America and Councilmember ...

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