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July 2021

US imperialism slinks out of Afghanistan

In two decades of imperialist occupation of Afghanistan, the USA has failed in every one of its war aims, all the way down from the hubristic nation-building aspirations of the early years (disavowed now but trumpeted loudly at the outset) to its final two years of humiliating talks with the Taliban…

APL Presentation at the 25th SIPRAL: The United States—An Empire in Crisis

The Secretariat of the American Party of Labor prepared the following presentation that was given in Spanish by Spokesperson Alfonso Casal at the 25th International Seminar on the Problems of the Revolution in Latin America held by the ICMLPO in Quito, Ecuador. You can read our coverage of the prese…

South Africa in crisis: A toxic brew of grassroots desperation and factional warfare

The recent unrest in South Africa, seen by much of the outside world as a knee-jerk reaction to the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma, is rooted in the vicious factional upheaval within the governing African National Congress (ANC). South Africa’s systemic inequality, poverty, and the tidal w…

CPC and world political parties summit

As part of the celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Communist Party of China (CPC) convened a summit of leaders of socialist, communist, and ruling political parties from around the world. The conference took place via Zoom on July 6. This meeting of leaders of political parties continued a ser…

Ghosts: Self-sacrifice and protest against war

         “There are deaths which make one immortal” — Tran Dinh Van, The Way He Lived: The Story of Nguyen Van Troi Anyone who doubts the murderous nature of American capitalism need only glance at the war in Vietnam. Between 1964 and 1973 America dropped eight bombs per minute on peas…

Zero support for workers as Labour backs employers on zero-hour contracts – Counterblast

Labour's ambivalence towards workers' rights alongside its embrace of the neoliberal status quo is set to backfire, argues Lucy Nichols In a move that is shocking to few but disappointing to many, the Labour Party has once again fallen short when it comes to backing workers’ rights. In an intervie…

Autonomous trucks vs drivers’ pay

Still from promotion video of Autonomous Relay Convoys. Large trucking companies are teaming up with Bridgestone Corp., Locomation and Kodiak Robotics to inaugurate test runs of “Autonomous Relay Convoys” (ARC). In an ARC, an autonomous truck is programmed to follow a human driving a leader truc…

The fierce kindness of Dawn Foster

The flood of tributes for journalist Dawn Foster following her death at the age of 34 leave no doubt as to how valued she was by the British left. She was a committed socialist and a rare working class voice in the journalistic mainstream. As her friend, it feels absurd to try and contain her in a f…

Tokyo Olympics: Whoever Wins, the Workers Lose

The shambolic, much-delayed Tokyo Olympics are underway. The Games proceed without fans, and amidst general disapproval from Japanese workers and youth, who rightly fear the danger of spreading COVID-19, and are enraged at the cynical attempts by the bosses to force them to make up their shortfall f…

COVID: too soon to relax

    The COVID-19 virus is constantly adapting. The speed at which multi-celulars organisms evolve and mutate is slow. But viruses move fast, change fast, seeking a new advantage in their quest to exist and spread. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is proof.   First identified in India, the Del…

Whistleblower Daniel Hale sentenced to 45 months in US prison for drone leak

Reproduced from The Intercept with thanks. ***** Daniel Hale, a former US air force intelligence analyst, was sentenced to 45 months in prison on Tuesday [27 July] after pleading guilty to leaking a trove of government documents exposing the inner workings and severe civilian costs of the US militar…

Labour expulsions confirm need for new mass workers’ party

Link to this page: [] The Socialist newspaper, 28 July 2021 Lobby of the Labour Party NEC in support of the socialist Liverpool councillors, photo Dave Sinclair   (Click to enlarge)Lenny Shail, Socialist Party national committee The news that Labour's national executive committee (NEC) has proscri…

Marxism on the March Worldwide: IMT Congress 2021

Between July 24 and 27, more than 2,800 Marxists from over 50 countries around the world gathered online for the World Congress of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT). This congress had originally been scheduled to take place in 2020, but was cut across by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Germany’s Namibia Genocide Apology: the limits of decolonising the past

Heike Becker writes about the recent agreement between the German and Namibian governments for special ‘reconciliation and reconstruction’ projects to benefit the Ovaherero and Nama communities that were directly affected by colonial genocide. What are the international ramifications of the agre…

Zuma is still clinging to power, citizens are paying the price

28 July 2021 South Africa South Africa’s recent uprisings have revealed how much of a tinderbox the country is, argues Glen Retief. Former president Jacob Zuma, pictured at the 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa. Credit: Eric Miller/WEF Back when former president Jacob Zuma still seemed a hero a…

Support striking Iranian oil workers. Sign the petition here

Iranian oil workers have been on strike for weeks and they need your solidarity. Please consider signing the petition below. Socialist.ca is gathering signatures which will be sent to: Council for Organising Protests by Oil Contract Workers. Sign the petition by emailing [email protected]   Peti…

The “Descent of Man” by Charles Darwin came out 150 years ago this year

We've commemorated this year as the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. We must also celebrate the book of Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. The first edition of this book appeared in London on February 23, 1871, a few days before the working population of Pari…

Youth demonstrate for Medicare For All

Participants on July 24, 2021, demonstrating to demand healthcare and Medicare for all. Photo: Urszula Wislanka for News & Letters. A high-school youth from San Jose read her poem at a Medicare For All (M4A) Rally in San Francisco on July 24.  The author, Meriam Ahmad, is a high school junior in Sa…

End all evictions. Housing is a human right!

The vicious attacks by Toronto police on the encampments in city parks - with the support of a city council majority - is part of a long history of demonization and violence against people experiencing homelessness. It is not an aberration but a pattern. What has changed is the context. The people l…

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are burning, we need to build a just peace

By Abahlali baseMjondolo Abahlali baseMjondolo has always warned that the anger of the poor can go in many directions. We have warned again and again that we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. We have warned for too long that people cannot continue to live in terrible poverty only to be ignored yea…

Ethiopia – an “economic miracle” turned into a nightmare

The Biden administration, overturning the policy of Trump to some extent, has acted quickly but cautiously over the rapidly deteriorating internal war in Ethiopia, and more largely around the Horn of Africa, by appointing a retired diplomat, Jeffrey Feltman, as Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa…

Capitalism is dragging humanity towards a planet-wide catastrophe

In the space of a few weeks, all over the planet, climate catastrophes have followed each other at an alarming rate. In the USA, in Pakistan, in Spain or in Canada, temperatures have neared 50 degrees centigrade. In northern India, unbearable heat has caused thousands of deaths. 800,000 hectares of…

Labour: socialists and witch-hunters

Ian Allinson and Rachel Eborall take up the issue of Starmer’s purges in the Labour Party and respond to Conti and Woody’s claim that the party represents the progressive petty bourgeoisie. We welcome the contribution of comrades Conti and Woody in trying to understand the nature of the Labour P…

Flooding in Germany is a man-made disaster

From the 14th July, after a week of intense rainfall, floods began across Central Europe, in particular in Western Germany. As of writing, over 180 people have died in the floods, many more are still missing. In this article Mark Bergfeld, trade unionist and climate organiser, discusses these latest…

The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Promotional image for the 1936 People’s Olympiad Hitler’s 1936 Olympics were, in many ways, the first truly modern Games and set the tone for subsequent iterations: infrastructure as national pride, the inception of the torch relay and the first to be televised (by Leni Riefenstahl). Boycott cam…


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