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September 2022

Iran, women, and revolution

The Freedom Socialist Party takes great inspiration from the thrilling 1978-1979 Iranian revolution, which took down the last Shah, but ultimately resulted in a right-wing fundamentalist counterrevolution. From the beginning, we have taken special note of the role of Iranian women and their demonstrated and potential political leadership. As they rise…

Strike days: let’s go onto the offensive

We need wider and deeper co-ordination and escalation to win the strikes, argues Unjum Mirza Class war The Tories’ Growth Plan 2022 announced at the mini-budget is a declaration of class war. It has been delivered by a crackpot Tory sect whose ‘mandate’ for governmental office rests upon less than 0.1% of the population. It spells growth in riches…

Why a 19th century concept of “social murder” is very much relevant today

Social murder is a term coined by Friedrich Engels in 1845 in one of his seminal works, The Conditions of the Working Class in England. Engels was Karl Marx’s close friend and collaborator, co-authoring some of the most influential works that stimulated worker revolutions across the world. Engels writes: “When one individual inflicts bodily injury…

Victoria club statement on Housing demands

Sept. 19, 2022 The Scotty Neish Club of the Communist Party of Canada condemns the ongoing failures of local governments within the Capital Region District to protect the right to housing. Instead of providing housing for all, the local governments consistently avoid taking responsibility and instead choose to confront the unhoused with violence. Local…

History of the Hungarian People’s Republic (PART 7: The Mindszenty Case (1949) – Church vs the state

In February 1949 the leader of the Catholic Church in Hungary, Cardinal Mindszenty was put on trial. He was accused of smuggling money, black-marketeering, espionage and treason. But first, let us see how things developed before that point.Mindszenty was the strongest opponent of communism in Hungary, and he was later one of the leaders of the 1956…

Municipal Elections 2022: People & Planet Before Profit

The Communist Party in Ontario is fighting for the following policies during the municipal elections taking place on October 24th. A New Financial Deal for Cities Update the inadequate property tax system:Remove education from the property taxCut property taxes by 50%Generate revenues from commercial, industrial and corporate wealth not from working…

International Day of Peace

Today, September 21, the date declared in 1981 by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation reiterates its commitment to contribute to the mobilisation of as many as possible for the defence of peace, against the militarisation of international relations and against war.To celebrate the International…

The Basic Contradiction in Socialist Society (Part Two) — Dimitris Kaltsonis

[This is the second in a series of two posts by Dimitris Kaltsonis. The first post is available here.] Bureaucracy and bourgeois class The autonomy of the administrators does not render them bourgeois. The leading bureaucratic stratum should not be identified with the bourgeois class, and a socioeconomic system of this period should not be identified…

Socialist International condemns abuse of authority and human rights violations in Iran

The Socialist International strongly condemns grave violations of human rights, repression and violence by the Islamic regime in Iran, as citizens have taken to the streets across the nation to protest against brutal treatment and abuses of power by the authorities. People across the world have been shocked and appalled by the tragic case of Jina (Mahsa)…

White House, FBI attacks on constitutional rights continue – The Militant

[....] Washington’s political police are trampling on constitutional freedoms that working people have fought for and need. Regardless of who these forces go after today, tomorrow they will focus their attention and attacks on the working class and its vanguard. This is a law of history.Freedom to assemble, to speak out and organize, to protest are…

Death of woman arrested by Iran ‘morality police’ stirs protest – The Militant

In the Fog of the Seasons’ End

Alex La Guma, the South African novelist who was exiled for long in Cuba wrote the novel, In the Fog of the Seasons’ End, which the title of this editorial is drawn from. The use of this title reflects the end of the 2022 electoral cycle in Kenya. This electoral cycle culminated in the general elections that took place on August 9, 2022. Though politicians…

Of Moments and Memories in Leftist Kenya

15:20 p.m. in the age of the neocolonial state I sit down to write these reflections in a middle class neighbourhood in Nairobi. The elections are over amidst uncertainty, joy, fear, strain and heartbreak. This string of words is ever the pathos that informs elections on the African continent. I arrived in this beautiful African land at the tail end…

Overcoming “Lesser-Evil” Politics in Kenya, Reimagining alternatives

The just concluded 2022 General Election was a momentous event. A petri dish of capitalist pandemonium and instability – now prominent features of Kenyan bourgeoisie democracy. Through this chaotic election, we have witnessed the formation of the most bizarre alliances between purported communists and religious-fundamentalist capitalists, the elite…

Politics are for the Heart

An uneasy calm slowly envelopes the landscapes of Kenya; almost unwilling normalcy now returns.  Requests for peace and a speedy resumption to business, usually made after the elections, rent the air. Those who in their political choices emerged victorious winding down their celebratory dances to balmy delightfulness as those who lost, belch out their…

The Left and Bourgeoisie elections in Kenya: Experiences from Gem

The elections in Kenya on August 9, 2022, elicited mixed reactions. The elections were essentially a race pitying candidates with the shadow of capitalism cast over them, each faction promising a qualitative leap in the development of the Kenyan society. Elections in Kenya continue to be a competition of the rich, not for the people, but by the people…

The Struggle for Self-Determination in Mathare

“Though the battle might seem so big, Jah is fighting for we. Is fighting for me! See the shadows in dark ages, Take my soul and set me free. Jah love me, Jah love me.”What can and must self-determination mean in the twenty-first century?  This is a question that has oriented my inquiry ever since my encounter with the Kurdish Freedom Movement…

Editorial: On “Patriotic Socialism” and “MAGA Communism”

“The dialectics of history were such that the theoretical victory of Marxism compelled its enemies to disguise themselves as Marxists.” -V.I. Lenin, “The Historical Destiny of the Doctrine of Karl Marx.” By: Alfonso Casal, National Spokesperson of the American Party of Labor From its origins in the 19th century, the working class and socialist…

Reorganizing the Core: Precarity, Organizing and the Labour Process in South African Manufacturing

Much of the analytical focus on the conditions of precarious work has been centred in the Global North. This can, in part, be explained by the novelty of the phenomenon in contrast to the Global South where paid work, to some extent, has always been precarious. In South Africa, new precarious forms of subcontracted and casualised employment proliferated…

The Basic Contradiction in Socialist Society (Part One) — Dimitris Kaltsonis

[This is the first of two posts by Dimitris Kaltsonis. Read the second here.] Marxist theory has provided the basic element for the interpretation of social evolution. That is, the contradiction –a dialectical relation between productive forces and relations of production which drives evolution. This contradiction is not the only one. Yet it is the…

SI concerned by border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

The Socialist International is greatly concerned by the recent fighting on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which has resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people, many of them civilians. These clashes come in the context of a longstanding border dispute between the two countries that has persisted since the breakup of the Soviet Union…

Monarchy plays key role in capitalist rule in the UK – The Militant

Let’s look at a final example of the contradictions between the internationalization of capital and the national borders and institutions that still divide the imperialist world — the United Kingdom. The uneven development of capitalism there, and the forms it inherits from previous periods of class society, are being thrust forward into politics…

Victory for Angola

Press coverage:General Elections: Observers “impressed” by the smoothness of the processAfrica Press, 23 August 2022Africa-Press – Angola. The secretary general of the Socialist International, Luís Ayala, said he was “impressed by the way Angola has taken up the challenge of democracy, in a process that involves the participation of all political…

Visit of King George V (1910)

Transcribed by The James Connolly Society in 1997.Fellow-Workers,As you are aware from reading the daily and weekly newspapers, we are about to be blessed with a visit from King George V.Knowing from previous experience of Royal Visits, as well as from the Coronation orgies of the past few weeks, that the occasion will be utilised to make propaganda…

SI calls for urgent international response to flooding in Pakistan

The Socialist International is deeply moved by the plight of the people of Pakistan in face of the unprecedented flooding that is currently devastating the country. The record-breaking monsoons have already affected an estimated 33 million people and resulted in more than 1300 deaths. The thoughts and solidarity of our global movement are with Pakistan…


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