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February 2022

For Peace and a Just Solution to the Conflict in Ukraine: Communist Parties

Joint statement by Communist and workers parties February 28, 2022 We the undersigned political parties welcome the statement of the World Peace Council of February 25, 2022, which: Calls on all sides to the Russia-Ukraine conflict to restore and secure peace and international security through constructive political dialogue, noting that the Russian…

Stop trying to revive local economies with prisons

Closing prisons and reducing the incarcerated population should be a good thing, but when local economies become dependent on the prison industry it creates many perverse incentives for keeping our inhumane system of mass incarceration going. Residents of Susanville, California, are experiencing this firsthand after the California Department of Corrections…

Langston Hughes: Progressive poet and wanderer

On a cool, tropical morning in the tumultuous year of 1931, the American poet Langston Hughes woke up snugly and confusedly on the inside of a large clay drainage pipe. The pipe, his home for the previous night, was one of a series of large pipes that sat estranged on the side of a mountainous road somewhere in rural Haiti, perhaps to later be placed…

Before Benjamin Smith, activists in Portland warned us about the far right’s deadly violence

At a racial justice demonstration in Portland on Feb. 19, well-known and respected activist June Knightly was shot and killed by far-right vigilante Benjamin Smith, who also severely injured four other activists before an armed protester opened fire on Smith. Activists in Portland have long warned of the increasingly brazen and dangerous violence from…

U.S./NATO is in the Grip of a Daemonic Death Wish and the Entire World is Threatened

Not wanting to sound hyperbolic, but I am starting to conclude that the nuclear madmen running the U.S./NATO New Cold War they started decades ago are itching to start a nuclear war with Russia.  Their hypocrisy and nihilistic thirst for death and destruction are so extreme that it boggles my mind.  They accuse Russia of starting a New Cold War when…

Doublespeak: Hygiene

Police “worried about hygiene” at the End the Mandates parliamentary protest have removed the new shower block. Up soon: stories about the “filthy protesters”.

RAND Corporation Urged Creation of the Horrors You’re Seeing in Ukraine

In 2019, the RAND Corporation tentacle of the U.S. Military Industrial Congressional “Intelligence” Media Academic “Think” Tank Complex published a report claiming to have “conducted a qualitative assessment of ‘cost-imposing options’ that could unbalance and overextend Russia.” Here was one of the “cost-imposing options,” one that…

Capitalism is war, war on capitalism! (International leaflet)

This is an international ICC leaflet being produced in a number of languages. We encourage all those who agree with it to distribute it either online or on paper (see the link to the PDF version). Europe has entered into war. It is not the first time since the second world butchery of 1939-45. At the beginning of the 1990s, war ravaged the former Yugoslavia…

‘The whole world order is being restructured right now’

The fact that so many across the world did not believe that Vladimir Putin would order Russian troops to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine is a testament to the drastic rupture in the post-Cold War geopolitical arrangement that we are watching unfold in real time. For the people of Ukraine and the rest of the world, what will the immediate and…

The Crimes of Imperialism and the War in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has ordered an all-out invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military. Horrific scenes of human misery and death have been splashed across our screens as the war is live-streamed across social media by tens of thousands of people in the war zone itself.There have been many “unprecedented” events in the last few years, from the economic…

Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties: No to the Imperialist War in Ukraine!

February 24, 2022 An independent struggle is needed against monopolies and bourgeois classes, for the overthrow of capitalism, for the strengthening of the class struggle against imperialist war, for socialism! 1. The Communist and Workers’ Parties signing this Joint Statement are opposed to the imperialist conflict in Ukraine, which constitutes…

World Peace Council: On the Open Escalation of Military Actions in and around Ukraine

Statement of the World Peace Council February 25, 2022 The World Peace Council is its deeply troubled with the recent developments in Ukraine with the recent military escalation. We call upon all sides to restore and secure peace and international security through a constructive dialogue through political means. The Russian and Ukrainian people as well…

Nationalise the buses!

Workers outside of London and the south east are set to lose as much as a third of their local bus services this spring, as private bus operators move to protect their profits now the government’s Covid subsidies are drying up. Bus usage reduced sharply through lockdown, when people were advised where possible to avoid public transport. Government…

CPI (Maoist): Central Government Is Failing To Protect Indian Citizens In Ukraine

Bhadradri Kothagudem District, February 28, 2022: The union government failed to protect Indian citizens in Ukraine and the measures taken after the war began were inadequate, CPI (Maoist) Central Committee Spokesperson Comrade Abhay said on Monday. Despite being aware that war was inevitable in Ukraine, the Indian government failed to help Indians…

California unions successfully demand return of COVID-19 sick leave

California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a measure earlier this month that reinstates supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave which expired last year, even as COVID-19 ravaged communities. This measure retroactively applies to January this year and will extend to Sept. 30. This will significantly impact workers across the state, who can now have time to…

General Strike Called By Chand Led CPN And Other Left Parties Against MCC Affects Sudurpashchim Province

Kailali District, February 28, 2022: The effect of a general strike called by communist parties including the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN is being observed partially in Sudurpashchim Province today. Six parties including Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav)-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), and the Mohan Baidya (Kiran)-led CPN (Revolutionary Maoist), Rishi…

Moving past the graveyard of Green New Deals

A People’s Green New Deal, from Max Ajl, constitutes a short and effective intervention into the wider conversations surrounding climate politics globally. Gus Woody finds an insightful critique of existing Green New Deal proposals, highlighting important directions of travel for ecosocialists. Max Ajl, A People’s Green New Deal, (London: Pluto…

NATO: the West’s war machine

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many have rightly condemned Russia’s imperialist aggression. In doing so, however, many have fallen in behind the instruments of Western imperialism, supporting and calling for sanctions and other actions by NATO powers that only escalate the conflict. rs21 member Andy Gammon argues that solidarity…

UN Chief: IPCC report a ‘damning indictment of failed climate leadership’

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Feb. 28, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. A landmark scientific report published Monday warns that the human-caused climate crisis is driving a “dangerous and widespread disruption in nature” and impacting billions of lives across the globe…

Socialist Cllr Donal O’Cofaigh, and independent councillors, muted trying to oppose council rates hike

Protest against muting of councillors opposing rates hike at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in Northern Ireland. Centre of photo, Donal O’Cofaigh, Cross-Community Labour Councillor and Militant Left (CWI Ireland) member Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in Northern Ireland has again descended into farce. At the latest meeting, the Democratic…

The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ struggle for sovereignty heats up in 2022

The first weeks of 2022 have seen the the ongoing struggle for sovereignty by the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga Nation) in New York State escalate dramatically.  On January 23, in Seneca Falls, New York, the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Council of Chiefs gave a press conference on their struggle for sovereignty. Sachem Sam George of the Council of Chiefs delivered…

The role of the Poutou candidacy

Philippe Poutou campaign meeting, Rennes, Frence, December 2, 2021. (Photo: Copyright NPA) Philippe Poutou’s campaign, backed by the Nouveau parti anticapitaliste (NPA), in the 2017 French presidential election was a small success: in the televised debate of 5 April, we gained a certain notoriety in the confrontation with the right and the extreme…

The Ukrainian conflict: is this the start of World War III?

It is often said that the first victim of war is the truth. Amidst this poisonous fog of propaganda, lies and half-truths, it is extremely difficult to give an accurate assessment of the military situation on the ground.The invasion of Ukraine has been met by a deafening chorus of condemnation from the imperialists. There is an avalanche of propaganda…

Communists of Sweden and Finland: “We do not choose between imperialists; we choose socialism!”

In a joint statement on the developments in Ukraine, the Communist Parties of Sweden (SKP) and Finland (KTP) point out the following: "We do not choose between imperialists; we choose socialism!"The undersigned communist parties in Sweden and Finland state, in the face of mounting contradictions in the region in and around the Ukraine, that we refuse…

Union Organizing at Amazon

Has the Labor Board Provided a Way Forward or Another Detour? In 2020, Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted on whether to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The union lost the vote, due in part to the hiring of the infamous union-busting agency the Pinkertons, and an extensive and intrusive anti-unionization…


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