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Sri Lanka: People should not be made to pay for the crisis. 

As we write protests continue to take place across Sri Lanka the day after protesters defied one of the strongest-ever curfews in place and gathered in many parts of the capital city and across the country on Sunday 3 April 2022. Despite repression and the arrest of hundreds of activists who are now held without charge, many have shown determination…

Skyrocketing prices provokes spontaneous eruption of struggle in Sri Lanka

Tamil Solidarity supporters on a protest at the Sri Lanka High Commission, London, earlier this year A spontaneous and countrywide eruption of struggle is now taking place in Sri Lanka. Many youth and workers are gathering in parts of the country to express their anger against the government. Prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed. While oil…

Thousands of protesters besiege residence of Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapakshe

Video still of Siritunga Jayasuriya, Secretary of the United Socialist Party, speaking on the protests in Colombo, Sri Lanka From about 7.30 on the night of Thursday, 31 March, thousands of angry protesters besieged the residence of Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapakshe. Buses and other vehicles were set on fire in what could be provocations…

Bosnian war 30 years on – capitalism continues to fuel nationalist and ethnic division

War damage to apartment blocks in Bosnia from the 1992-95 war (Photo: Michał Huniewicz /Flikr) Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia 30 years ago, on 5 April 1992. However, the referendum vote in favour of that decision was largely without the participation of the Bosnian Serb minority – around a quarter of Bosnia’s population…

“The working class has nothing to gain from war” – statement on invasion of Ukraine by Northern Ireland’s largest trade union

War damage in Kharkiv (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) The following statement on the war in Ukraine was issued by NIPSA (the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance), the largest trade union in Northern Ireland, on 28 March. The statement presents a class approach to the war in Ukraine and advocates the unity of the working class across all ethnic and national…

Iran: Stalled nuclear deal talks and rising industrial struggles

Hafttapeh strikers, Shush, Iran, 28 October 2020 (photo: Mohammad Ahangar/ Wikimedia Commons) The war in Ukraine and the further twist it has given to the sharpening of international relations is, amongst other things, now seemingly blocking a conclusion to the nuclear talks in Vienna. These discussions concern the renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal between…

France: Five more years of Macron?

Left candidate, Melenchon, speaking at a rally in Toulouse, 2017 (Photo: MathieuMD / Wikimedia Commons) Anger at rising prices, record profits for French multinationals and shareholders, the destruction of public services, the reduction of the rights of the unemployed, and isolated strikes on wages ongoing for several months. As in the rest of the world…

Ukraine war exacerbates global food crisis

Food banks have grown hugely since the 2008 financial crisis and are now set to expand (Photo: Flikr) “We were already having problems with food prices… What countries are doing now is exacerbating that, and the war is putting us in a situation where we could easily fall into a food crisis,” said Maximo Torero, chief economist for the United Nations…

War in Ukraine and the global refugee crisis

Ukrainian refugees crossing into Poland, March 2022 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) The Ukraine war has again brought to the fore the plight of refugees. It has created 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees, making it the largest refugee crisis faced by Europe since World War Two. Scenes of desperate people escaping bombs and leaving behind their possessions, homes…

India’s state elections strengthen prime minister Modi’s hand

India's prime minister and BJP leader, Modi (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Four of the five states in India that just recently went to the polls voted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept to victory in Punjab. The Congress Party, on the other hand, failed in all the five states – Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand…

The German workers’ movement and the war in Ukraine

Ukraine solidarity protest, Berlin, February 2022 (Leonhard Lenz/Wikimedia Commons) Russia’s war against Ukraine is a shock and, at the same time, a turning point, because for the first time, in a long time, the question of a military confrontation between great powers is concrete. There is fear of an escalation towards a ‘third world war’. At…

Suspension of Saftu secretary-general deepens crisis in South African workers’ movement

Delegates at the Working Class Summit, July 2018 The attempted suspension of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi, by National Office Bearers who are members of the  National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) sponsored Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP), threatens to throw Saftu…

Sri Lanka’s deteriorating economy fuels mass anger and protests

USP (CWI Sri Lanka) supporters campaigning in Colombo Tens of thousands took to the streets of Sri Lanka, on 16 March, demanding the government to act on the spiralling cost of all essential commodities. Street protests have become a common feature and take place almost daily. Food prices had increased by a record 25% this year and it continues to rise…

Iraq – Imperialism’s brutal legacy

US forces in Baghdad, Iraq, 2003 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Today, 21 March 2022, marks the 19th anniversary of the bloody and ‘illegal’ invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies. Below are two articles on the Iraq catastrophe, written in 2020 and 2019, by Niall Mulholland and Judy Beishon, respectively. They examine the various crises in Iraq…

War in Ukraine: Irish establishment moves to end neutrality

U.S. troops sent to areas bordering Ukraine in February 2022, as part of Nato forces (Photo: public domain) The Russian state’s invasion of Ukraine marks a sudden rupture in world affairs which will have long-lasting consequences. In the Republic of Ireland, it has been cynically invoked in yet another attempt to undermine military neutrality. A ferocious…

What does Ukraine president, Volodymyr Zelensky, really stand for?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo: Flikr/public domain) Since the outbreak of the Ukrainian war, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, has become a ‘war hero’. In the Western media, he has gone from being a TV comic to becoming the face of resistance to the Russian invasion. Addressing the British House of Commons, Zelensky emulated…

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the new era of global capitalism

Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) placard at 'no to war in Ukraine' demo in Britain, March 2022 The world has been plunged into another catastrophe on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, following the murderous Putin regime’s invasion of Ukraine. The war, which has raged for more than two weeks, has brought with it carnage and human suffering not experienced…

Nato, the bringer of peace or war?

Press briefing by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission Part of the background to the war in Ukraine has been the decades-long eastward creep in Europe of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) – the US-led western military alliance. Indeed, Putin has attempted to justify Russia’s…

Sindh Worker’s Alliance (women’s sector) hold International Women’s Day rally

Sindh Worker's Alliance (women's sector) IWD protest On 8th March 2022, International Women’s Day, the Sindh Worker’s Alliance (women’s sector) organized a rally from the Sindh Workers’ Alliance (Mirpur Khas) Office to the Press Club Mirpur Khas, led by comrades Sughra Khaskheli, Nasrin Awan, Asma Lashari, Leila Langhani, Aurangzeb Qurani. When…

International workers’ unity and action needed to stop Ukraine war

Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) members at the London STWC anti-war demo, London, 6 March 2020 The horror of war, of families fleeing for their lives as bombs fall on their cities and towns, is dominating the news. Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is being watched with fear and revulsion. His farcical propaganda claims this is a ‘special…

What strategy is needed in the struggle to end violence against women, sexism and oppression?

CHRISTINE THOMAS reviews two recent books by authors coming from different feminist perspectives and asks: what strategy is needed in the struggle to end violence against women, sexism and oppression in the new era? One effect of the Covid pandemic has been to shine a spotlight on gender inequality in capitalist society and on violence towards women…

International Womens Day – Women’s struggles in a time of covid, war and capitalist crisis

The Committee for a Workers’ International extends heartfelt greetings to working and poor women of all countries on the Day of International Working Women’s Solidarity. This special day in the calendar of socialists, established by the pioneers of our movement, comes at a time of mounting crises on a world scale. The catastrophic failure of capitalism…

India’s holds first state elections since farmers’ protest movement

Protest by farmers in India, 5 December 2020 (Photo: Randeep Maddoke/Wikimedia Commons) The five state assembly elections in the country were announced amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus. The ongoing elections – in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab – have caught the attention of the country. All eyes are…

Ireland North: Journalist’s murder and role of the State not properly investigated

Murdered journalist, Martin O'Hagan (Photo: Wikipedia)  A television documentary has uncovered new information about spectacular failings in the police investigation into the 2001 murder of Northern Irish journalist, trade unionist and socialist, Martin O’Hagan. The documentary established that a member of the Loyalist murder gang passed important…

Ukraine and the ‘national question’

Establishment of the boundaries of the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic in 1917-1928 (Image: Hellerick/Wikimedia Commons) Ahead of Russia declaring recognition for ‘People’s Republics of the Donetsk and Luhansk’ and invading Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a televised address where he attacked the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian…


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