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June 2021: striking oil workers at a refineryThe widespread protests in Iran may have been sparked off by the murder in custody of a young woman arrested for “bad hijab” by the regime’s morality police, but they express a much deeper discontent throughout the Iranian population, with hundreds of thousands pouring onto the streets and confronting…

The shipwreck of government policy

There has been uproar in the UK about how the government has handled the refugee issue. More and more refugees are entering the country, daring to cross the Channel in rickety boats, over 40,000 people so far this year. While waiting for a decision on their asylum applications, these refugees are locked up in overcrowded detention centres under the…

Reply to Ferdinand

The text “Divergences with the Resolution on the International Situation of the 24th ICC congress (explanation of a minority position, by Ferdinand)” presents comrade Ferdinand’s disagreements with the ICC’s analyses of the current period. These disagreements, as he himself stresses (“Because I had similar disagreements as comrade Steinklopfer”)…

The Covid 19 pandemic and the dynamic of the class struggle

An exchange relating to the significance of the current wave of workers’ struggles in Britain and their connection to the period of the Covid pandemicFirst of all I agree with the ICC’s analysis of the current strikes in Britain and their potential as being “significant” along with the general perspectives arising from them. The proletariat…

Truss resignation shows the real nature of Britain’s “special relationship” with the US

The reader’s contribution published here is about a recent, unprecedented event in the history of British politics: Truss resigning after only 44 days and after several tumultuous weeks, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom. In that short amount of time one minister had had already been sacked and another…

All trade unions are against the struggle of the working class

A reader who recently took part in an online public meeting of the ICC has raised questions about our position on the trade unions, the Russian revolution and other vital questions. Here we publish part of the correspondence dealing with the question of the trade unions.Letter from R: “The historical justification from left-communists not participating…

The emancipation of women is only possible in a communist society

ICC IntroductionWe publish here an article by the Internationalist Voice group, which argues forcefully against the attempts of the international bourgeoisie to steer the mounting anger of the population in Iran towards the illusion of an “emancipation of women” inside the confines of capitalist society. The article was written before the end of…

The “Tory crisis” expresses the impasse of the whole ruling class

The resignation of Liz Truss after 44 days as Prime Minister is just the latest in an unprecedented and chaotic sequence of events in British politics since the Brexit referendum of 2016, and there is no sign that things are going to miraculously settle down into some sort of constitutional normality. At the time of writing, a new leadership contest…

The myth of neutrality and non-alignment exposed

The speed with which Sweden and Finland have joined up with NATO is a clear sign of the rapid development of militarisation in northern Europe after the invasion of Ukraine in February. The process, initiated by Finland, led to a historic shift in policy for the Swedish government, abandoning a more than 200 years policy of non-alignment, dating from…

Our strength as a class is solidarity in the struggle!

Since 27 September, the workers of the oil companies TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil have joined the struggle in ever-increasing numbers. At the time of writing, seven refineries out of eight are shut down. The workers’ main demand is clear; to deal with the surge in prices, they demand a 10% wage increase.All wage earners, retired and unemployed…

United States, Russia, European Union, Ukraine… all states are responsible for the war!

Bourgeois society, rotten to the core, profoundly sick, once again vomits its filthy torrent of iron and fire. Each day the Ukrainian butchery displays its cortege of massive bombardments, ambushes, sieges, with columns of refugees fleeing by the million the constant fire of the belligerents.In the midst of the flood of propaganda poured out by the…

An internationalist statement from inside Russia

ICC IntroductionWe are publishing a statement on the war in Ukraine by the KRAS, an anarcho-syndicalist group linked to the International Workers’ Association. We know that, in Russia, any protest at all against the war is being met with ferocious repression by the Russian state, so we salute the courage and conviction of the KRAS comrades in publishing…

Our rulers demand sacrifices on the altar of war

If you try to flee with your family from the war zones in Ukraine, along with hundreds of thousands of others, you will be forcefully divided from your wife, your children and your elderly parents if you are a male between 18 and 60: you are now conscripted to fight the advancing Russian army. If you stay in the cities, you will be subjected to shelling…

The ruling class demands sacrifices on the altar of war

If you try to flee with your family from the war zones in Ukraine, along with hundreds of thousands of others, you will be forcefully divided from your wife, your children and your elderly parents if you are a male between 18 and 60: you are now conscripted to fight the advancing Russian army. If you stay in the cities, you will be subjected to shelling…

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…

Against the manufacturing of impotence, communism alone offers humanity a perspective

The Sars-Cov-2 pandemic has given rise to a great number of works trying to establish the causes of Covid and proposing a number of alternatives. One of them, La Fabrique des pandemies by Marie Monique Robin, has aroused considerable interest. This work is presented under the form of a synthesis of studies made by the author along with around sixty…

Ukraine: the worsening of military tensions in Eastern Europe

The Russian army has been demonstrating its strength through large-scale "manoeuvres" along the Ukrainian border since January, the United States has been making almost daily announcements of an imminent Russian invasion, NATO troops have been sent to the Baltic States and Romania, the intense diplomatic ballet 'to preserve peace', the Russian media…

Workers’ struggles drowned in bourgeois faction fights

At the beginning of January, Kazakhstan was the scene of violent demonstrations and riots following the removal of restrictions on the price of gas, a major resource for the economic life of the country and the daily lives of the population. The increase in the price of gas was added to the increase in the price of food and many basic commodities, generating…

The working class is beginning to respond to the attacks

After a serious setback in the struggle during the first year of the Covid pandemic, workers in Europe, the US and elsewhere[1], are beginning to react to the attacks on wages and working conditions. While the pandemic is peaking at new heights with the appearance of the Omicron variant, workers are facing even more severe attacks on their living standards…

Tory divisions highlight the fragmentation of the ruling class

While the rest of Britain was subject to the strictest of lockdown restrictions, the Prime Minister and those close to him were partying behind closed doors or in the garden at 10 Downing Street. Johnson has apologised for or excused the hypocrisy over the parties - including an unprecedented apology to the Queen for parties held the night before her…

Against the attacks of the ruling class, we need a massive, united struggle!

In all countries, in all sectors, the working class is facing an unbearable degradation of its living and working conditions. All governments, whether of the right or the left, traditional or populist, are imposing one attack after the other as the world economic crisis goes from bad to worse.Despite the fear generated by an oppressive health crisis…

Why does the ICC defend the validity of the concept of decomposition of capitalism?

During our our French-language online public meeting in November 2021 on "the aggravation of the decomposition of capitalism, its dangers for humanity and the responsibility of the proletariat", several participants questioned the validity of the concept of the decomposition of capitalism, developed and defended by the ICC. Through this article, we…

USA: the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism, part 4

Raya Dunayevska with Charles Denby (part of the News and Letters group) and Etehl Dunbar, who contributed to Denby's book Indignant Heart. There are extracts from the book on libcom Testimony of a black worker - Charles Denby (libcom.org)The third article of the series on the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism in the USA…

ACG and identity politics: a very inadequate break

“Capitalist society, in the final phase of decline, is giving birth to a whole variety of "identity crises". The atomisation inherent in the system of generalised commodity production is reaching new levels, and this applies both to social life as a whole and to the reactions against the increasing misery and oppression spawned by the system. On the…

German Social Democracy 1872 – 1914: the fight against organisational opportunism, Part 1

The capitulation of the proletarian German Social Democratic Party to imperialism in 1914 is well known amongst revolutionaries. So is the fact of the opportunist decline of the SPD that led to this momentous betrayal of the working class.What is less well known is the continual struggle waged by the revolutionary wing of the Party since its inception…


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