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Governing Norwegian Labour Party declines sharply in polls, as workers and poor face cost of living crisis

Falling in the polls, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store (Wikimedia Commons) The ruling Norwegian Labour Party (Arbeider Parti) received 15.4 per cent support in a November 2022 Gallup poll. The AP seems paralyzed, unable or unwilling to help workers, students, and the poor. They are leaving working people poorer and paying for a crisis they didn’t create…

Iranian regime increases repression – step up international solidarity with the street protests and strikes!

Students of Amir Kabir university protest against Hijab, September 2022 (CC/public domain) The revolutionary youth movement in Iran has been going on for well over two months. In these 11 weeks, more than 18,000 people have been arrested and more than 400 murdered by the regime. Now a three day strike has been called from December 5 to 7, to rally the…

Centenary of Irish ‘Free State’ – bloody counter revolution carried through

One of the first actions of the 1922 Irish 'Free State' regime was the execution of opposition republican figures, including Liam Mellows (statue above, Galway), a leading anti-Treatyite figure and an influential exponent of the ideas of workers’ leader, James Connolly Today, 6 December, marks the formal centenary of the creation of the ‘Free State’…

Ireland North: Huge turnout opposes cuts at South West Acute Hospital

Cross Community Labour councillor, Donal O’Cofaigh, who is also a Militant Left supporter (CWI Ireland) addresses the mass indoor meeting against cuts to South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) on Friday 2 December Despite it being a cold, dark evening, an estimated 1,500 local people attended a protest meeting in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, on Friday, 2…

FIFA can’t stop World Cup politics seeping through

Iran football supporters protest against the Iranian government - Standardwhale/CC Well before a ball was kicked, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was mired in controversy – especially around corruption, and the Qatari regime’s treatment of workers, women and LGBTQ+ people. Unsurprisingly, new research from Opinium shows that three-quarters of UK football…

The roots of women’s oppression

Sozialistische Organisation Solidaritaet, the German section of the CWI, is publishing a new edition of the influential book, The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner, first printed in 1986. Below is the introduction to the new edition, written by CHRISTINE THOMAS. The Creation of Patriarchy is a useful contribution to the discussion about women’s…

Britain enters a ‘Winter of Discontent’ 2022 – build for a 24-hour general strike!

Selby-Royal Mail-Photo: Iain Dalton The ‘Winter of Discontent 2022’ is on. Forty-four years after millions of workers went on strike in the one of the biggest periods of struggle since the 1926 General Strike, the phrase has continued to haunt the bosses and the capitalist establishment. Like then, the current strike wave, building by the week…

“Strike week” gaining momentum in Austria

Retail workers march in Vienna for higher pay “Railways, breweries, shops and retail, telecom, hospitals, universities: Let’s all strike together! For cross-sector strikes and a joint movement!” is the slogan that the CWI in Austria has been using in discussions with workers on the verge of struggle. The media are already talking about a “strike…

Malaysian general election results in a hung parliament

Anwar Ibrahim pictured in 2013. Following the recent general election that delivered a hung parliament, the monarch appointed Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister (Photo: Firdaus Latif/CC) The general election in Malaysia resulted in no coalition being able to form a government with a simple majority. For the first time in its history, Malaysia…

Protests over covid policy sweep across China 

Vigil in China to mark covid policy related deaths (public domain/CC) Just five weeks after the national congress of the ruling ‘communist’ party in China endorsed a third term in office for President Xi Jinping, a wave of protest has swept across this, the most populous country in the world.  Demands for the president and his government to resign…

Afghanistan: ‘Woman – revolution – freedom!’

Afghan women in Bagh-e-Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2013 (Photo: Ninara/CC) Below is a statement by the Afghan Socialist Assembly on the International Day of Combating Violence Against Women, held on 25 November. The Afghan Socialist Assembly lost a comrade to Taliban attacks, last week, as reported on socialistworld.net, as part of a wider attack…

Afghan socialist activist, Aminullah Mali, killed by Taliban

Afghan socialist, Aminullah Mali, was amongst those killed by the Taliban in Daikundi province, central Afghanistan, last week Since the victory of the Taliban last year and its coming to power again, a vicious wave of repression has swept over Afghanistan, along with a widespread collapse of the economy and many aspects of society. The oppression of…

Socialist students mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Socialist Party members on the Sarah Everard vigil. Photo: LondonSP Below, we publish the text of a Socialist Students’ (England & Wales) leaflet for ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ on 25 November. socialistworld.net A recent National Union of Students (NUS) study showed at least 75% of female students have had…

Pakistan: How the Sindh Workers’ Alliance reacted to the flood disaster

The floods caused by the monsoon rains since mid-June 2022 have affected Sindh, Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces of Pakistan. According to official figures, the massive floods have, so far, claimed 1,033 lives and injured 1,527 people. The estimated number of affected people is around…

Britain: Socialism 2022 weekend event – a vital preparation for the new era of class struggle

The Socialism 2022 rally, photo Paul Mattsson The Socialism 2022 event, held in London, was a huge success. That isn’t just down to the great turnout of over 700 people present and more online, with a big proportion attending their first Socialism weekend, and even their first ever Socialist Party (CWI) event. It isn’t just because in every one…

UK Supreme Court rules Scottish parliament cannot hold independence referendum

Socialist Party Scotland (CWI) members at an independence demo in Edinburgh The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish parliament does not have the right to organise an independence referendum. The ruling will surprise virtually no one. However, it will cause anger and defiance across Scotland and will do nothing but spur on demands for a referendum…

Would a Starmer-led Labour government deliver for working people?

Sir Keir Starmer’s leader’s speech at this year’s Labour Party conference “was more John McDonnell than Tony Blair”, the former shadow chancellor under Jeremy Corbyn told the fringe meeting organised at the Liverpool gathering by the Socialist Campaign Group of left Labour MPs. “It demonstrated just what you have done throughout our movement,”…

Britain: 70,000 University and College Union (UCU) members set to strike

Photo Leeds UCU Over 70,000 University and College Union (UCU) members will strike in all UK universities on 24, 25 and 30 November. The workers are picketing on 24 and 25 November and then heading to London for a UCU demonstration on Wednesday 30 November. The Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) thinks the 30 November should be a massive trade union…

Kazakhstan presidential election

Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokaev, has brought forward the holding of the presidential election due in December 2024 to November 20th this year and extended the length of the term of office to seven years. This means there will not be another one until 2029. The Kazakhstan workers’ organisation, Amanat, is a country-wide independent union…

Austria’s second largest city “on the brink of bankruptcy”

Communist party led Graz council must fend off attacks with mobilisations for more finance – No to cuts! CP-Graz must not implement open or hidden cuts! Vacant posts must be refilled – no staff cuts! For wage increases above the current inflation rate! No to increases in council charges! CP-Graz must initiate nationwide protests for more budget…

Socialism 2022 Nov 19-20- A socialist forum of discussion and debate on ideas to change the world

Working class striking back, capitalist crisis and the case for socialism Rally for Socialism Saturday 19 November 5.30-7.30 pm (UK time) Watch the live broadcast here: www.youtube.com/video/u6ssbFZXc2k/ The rally is part of the ‘Socialism 2022’ weekend event hosted by the Socialist Party in England and Wales It’s a weekend of debate, discussion…

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…


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