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Thai government proves to be an unstable formation that betrays masses’ aspirations

Anti-government protest in front of Democracy Monument in Thailand on 14 October 2020 (Photo: Wikimedia commons) After successfully blocking the leader of the Move Forward Party from becoming the next prime minister of Thailand, the country’s military bureaucracy managed to collaborate with the second…

Ireland’s largest fresh-water lake on edge of ecological disaster

Lough Neagh (Photo: CC) Ireland’s largest fresh-water lake, Lough Neagh (also the largest lake across the islands of Ireland and Britain), is on the edge of ecological disaster. The reasons are a mixture of greed from private business, and inaction from the public authorities charged with enforcing…

Azerbaijani military forces overrun Nagorno-Karabakh enclave causing mass exodus of refugees

Armenians staged a protest in front of the UN office in New York over the Azerbaijani attack on Nagorno-Karabakh (VoA) Last week, in just under 24 hours, Azerbaijani military forces overran the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the south Caucasus mountains, at the cost of around 200 lives. Since then, nearly…

Finland: University occupations mark new phase in struggle against right wing government

CWI supporter, Edmund Schluessel, speaking at the Helsinki University occupation (photo: Viena Pentikäinen) A wave of student activism has swept over Finland as the Conservative-led government prepares to impose its first, austerity-led budget. Student groups have launched sit-in demonstrations at most…

Tory government makes substantial climate policy U-turns

Photos: Simon Walker/No 10 Downing Street/CC and Ryan Aldred The British Tory home secretary Suella Braverman says: “We’re not going to save the planet by bankrupting the British people.” She spoke to Sky News after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s plans for substantial climate policy U-turns were…

Right-wing populism in Germany and Europe – what can be done to counter it?

Sahra Wagenknecht (Photo: CC) On 16th September, the British magazine, “The Economist”, published an article entitled, “The hard right is getting closer to power all over Europe”. And indeed, right-wing populist and far-right parties seem to be the main winners from the current multiple crisis…

Johannesburg inferno that killed 77 an indictment of capitalist system in South Africa

Photo: ACDP The inferno at the end of August that claimed the lives of 77 people, the majority burnt beyond recognition, is one of the worst indictments not just against the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), but the African National Congress (ANC) government itself. Twelve of the deceased were children. This…

Hundreds of journalists strike at National World newspapers

Leeds NUJ picket line. March 2023 Photo: Iain Dalton Over 330 National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members in over 100 National World newspapers and websites across Britain and Northern Ireland struck on 18 September. The company imposed a 4.5% pay rise. That is despite £22 million in cash reserves…

Capitalist crisis consumes universities

It seems simpler to list the things which work in Britain in 2023 than to list what’s broken. Public services are literally crumbling. Prices everywhere for workers and young people continue to spiral above our wages and maintenance loans. Infrastructure is failing. The housing market is broken. Councils…

Car workers strike in US-wide dispute

ISG members stand in solidarity with auto workers. Photo: ISG On 15 September, members of the Independent Socialist Group (ISG) joined with United Auto Workers (UAW) members and other supporters at a practice picket in Mansfield, MA, to show support for a strike. Following the expiration of their contracts…

Conservatives make big gains in Norway’s regional and local elections

A map of the 2023 Norwegian local elections, showing the largest party in each municipality and county (simple version without vote share shading) Image: Gust Justice/CC The local council and regional election results of the 10th of September 2023 in the nationwide elections in Norway was a clear defeat…

Austria: Indefinite strike at Ardo points the way to an autumn of discontent

An indefinite strike at Ardo, a food processing and packaging plant, in Groß-Enzersdorf, near Vienna, is entering its second week. A warning strike was held on September 11, and the 150-strong workforce has now been on strike since September 13th. An offensive open-ended strike in Austria in an individual…

Germany: National congress of ver.di union to deepen ‘social partnership’

From 17 to 23 September, about 1,000 delegates at the ver.di national congress will discuss the future direction of the trade union. Ver.di is a public and service sector union and the second biggest in Germany with just under  two million members. The main motions on the table are intended to intensify…

Libyan Floods | An Avoidable Catastrophe

Storm Daniel (Image: CC) “I have lived through two civil wars and a revolution. I work in a hospital, I see people die from the armed conflicts but nothing like this. This is overwhelming.” This is how one doctor working in Benghazi described the devastating floods in Libya on BBC Radio. The death…

Iran | One year after the murder of Jina (Mahsa) Amini

Students protest at Amir Kabir university, Iran, 20 September 2022 (photo: Darafsh/CC) A year ago, Jina (Mahsa) Amini, then a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in the custody of the then recently re-activated so-called “morality police”. Her murder triggered a revolutionary process, initially led by…

China : A new economic conjuncture

The multiple problems facing China’s state capitalist economy have grown significantly during 2023. The western capitalist press is full of often self-serving analysis predicting the end of the ‘Chinese miracle’. In addition, ratcheting tensions between China and the US have led to severe trade…

INTERVIEW | Recollections of the Dictatorship, Its Fall & the Struggle in Chile Today 

CWI activists at commemoration events in Chile. Hugo Rodríguez, second from right. The Independent Socialist Group (ISG) interviewed Hugo Rodríguez, a member of Socialismo Revolucionario (then Workers Democracy), the Chilean section of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), with which ISG…

Project Cybersyn: Allende’s Cybernetic Plan 

Built, but never used, the then-futuristic looking OpsRoom nervecentre of the Cybersyn plan. (Image: CC) September marks the 50th anniversary of the 1973 coup in Chile led by General Pinochet, which overthrew the democratically elected left-wing government of Salvador Allende, and ushered in 17 years…

A Warning – What Militant said Before the Coup

Cartoon by Alan Hardman The article below appeared in Militant, issue no. 169, published on 17 August 1973, one month before Pinochet’s coup. Militant was the newspaper of the Militant Tendency, forerunner of the Socialist Party, the CWI in England & Wales, and Socialist Party Scotland, the CWI in…

Heroism was not Enough

(Photo: CC) Fifty years since it was crushed, the Chilean revolution of 1970-73 remains a reference point, not only in Chile, but internationally, for both the working class and its organisations and the capitalist classes. In Chile, in the wake of the 2019 mass movement, the legacy of the coup is again…

LISTEN | South Africa’s Deepening Political Crisis

Weizmann Hamilton address a workers' rally A general election is due in South Africa in 2024. It will be the seventh since the hated apartheid system of racial oppression and segregation was dismantled. Across South African society it is viewed as a virtual certainty that the African National Congress…

ANNIVERSARY | The1963 Iraq Coup

Billboard with image of Qasim taken down during the coup (Photo: CC) Rich in lessons for today One of the most important and tragic events in the history of Iraq took place on 8 February, 1963. The left-wing government led by Abd al-Karim Qasim was overthrown in a coup by the military wing of the Ba’ath…

India | A New Phase of Indian Capitalism and Challenges Ahead

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: Dimitris Papamitsos / CC) The extremely right-wing Modi-led BJP government has completed nine years in power, with elections scheduled next year. At this juncture, when we draw political perspectives, we need to assess the processes that have been unfolding…

US | Fissures Prepare Eruption of Political Crisis and Working Class Struggle

US President Joe Biden (Photo: Public Domain) by Lenny Shail (Socialist Party, CWI in England & Wales) The latest indictment of Donald Trump, his fourth criminal case this year, marks another new stage in the dysfunctional, chaotic, fractured current-day USA. “America is history’s most successful…

Outpouring of Opposition to Sexism in Spain, Football and Society

Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) by Heather Rawling (Socialist Party , CWI in England & Wales) The appalling actions of the president of Spain’s football body, Louis Rubiales, after the team won the women’s football World Cup, have highlighted aspects of women’s oppression…


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