16 September 2019

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Petty bourgeois deviations?

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 08:19

This contribution has been published in the July-August issue of Sozialistische Zeitung (SoZ) which is published since 1986 in Cologne.*

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What is the Rank-and-File Strategy, and Why Does It Matter?

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 10:35
We can't win socialism without workers fighting back. The rank-and-file strategy gives us the tools to do that. Socialism's recent resurgence has revived core debates about socialist politics and strategy: what do socialists want, and how do we get there? Whether figuring out how socialists should relate to electoral politics, how and to what extent socialists should push for reforms from the state, how socialists should engage with broader social movements, or simply what it means (...) - IV534 - July 2019 /

The Ever-Shifting 'Strategic Triangle' Between Russia, China and the U.S.

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:47

The U.S. trade war with China and Washington's prolonged standoff with Russia — over matters from Iran to Venezuela to arms control — are increasingly driving Moscow and Beijing toward each other. Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum June 6-7, but not before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier in the week. China and Russia have signed economic deals that span everything from 5G networks to hydropower plant construction to establishing a joint research and technology innovation fund.

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Ermine robes and baseball caps

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 07:51

The closest thing to a Hitler rally most people alive today will have seen was Donald Trump's audience in Greenville chanting “send her back”. An enraged white mob was pouring out its racist fury against Ilhan Omar and Trump was basking in their mutual hatred of her. These people are the heirs of southern lynch mobs and church bombers. It's virtually inevitable that before the year is over some Trump supporters will start murdering migrants and black Americans. That is the logic of his choice of rhetoric.

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The international solidarity campaign with Ali Wazeer and Moshi Dawar

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:19

An international solidarity campaign has been ongoing since late May, following the bloody repression of the Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM) by the Pakistani army. It is important to continue this, as the stakes are so high.

- IV534 - July 2019 /

Stike against sexual harrassment a powerful moment in labour history

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:09

What does it require to get management to take a sexual harassment complaint seriously? If the recent National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) strike is anything to go by, it takes about 290 striking workers remaining underground without food and clean water for nine days.

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The situation of youth in Hong Kong, the devastation of the LegCo, and the dynamics of the crisis

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 06:36

A correspondent of Europe Solidaire Sans Frontière (ESSF) spoke to Au Loong-Yu on the situation in Hong Kong.

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Chile's Nationwide Teacher Strike Has Thousands Taking to the Streets

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:56

Eighty thousand public school educators in Chile are out on an indefinite strike. Their target is the country's neoliberal education system — a cruel legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship that overthrew Salvador Allende.

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Trumpism goes global

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 12:12

“I've travelled 24 hours, from Manila to Rio, to be here, yet politically I feel I haven't left home.” Walden Bello, leading light of the ‘anti-globalisation movement' and former Filipino congressman reflected on the rise of authoritarian right-wing ‘strong men' from the Philippines to Brazil. I joined him in Brazil to assess what has changed in the 20 years since mass protests in Seattle brought the World Trade Organisation to a standstill, and announced the birth of a new, international movement to the world. “But 20 years ago, Seattle was an exclusively left-wing affair” Bello continued. “We need to understand how the far right managed to eat our lunch.”

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Giving Amazon's Side of the Story

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 16:50

The New York Times recently profiled life on the Amazon shop floor — chaperoned by Amazon management. Perhaps not shockingly, the result was a fawning portrait of work at Amazon that only a boss could love.

- IV534 - July 2019 /

The Violent Work of South African Gangs

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 07:14

Public debate about gangs doesn't really grapple with why ganging practices and cultures have been a part of the fabric of South African society, at least since the union of 1910.

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Sudanese and Algerian Uprisings: Vantage Points for Global Solidarity

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 18:54

Let's build on all the new elements and openings created by the Sudanese and Algerian uprisings. Let's create regional and international links on this basis to change the course of events in the Middle East and North Africa from endless wars, authoritarian capitalism, religious fundamentalism and imperialism to an emancipatory direction.

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Prepare popular resistance!

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 21:47

The outcome of the 7 July legislative elections has brought a surprise, which the French media had not foreseen. Certainly, the right-wing New Democracy (ND) party has won a big victory - about 2,250,000 votes and 39.85 per cent (1,526,000 and 28.09 per cent in the September 2015 legislative elections; 1,873,000 and 33.12 per cent in the May 2019 European elections). With 158 seats and leading in most regions, it can form the new government on its own, that was its goal. It is a big success, based on strong support from the media linked to the big bosses, for the heir to the Mitsotakis dynasty.

- IV534 - July 2019 /

The Politics of Climate Looting

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 08:27

On October 8, 2018 twin disasters were announced on opposite sides of the world:

• In Brazil, as votes were counted from the first round of presidential elections, Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote — enough to make it clear he would probably cruise to a second-round victory three weeks later.

• In Incheon, South Korea, the Intergovern¬mental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed the findings of its special report: limiting global warming to 1.5° C “would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” within the current generation.

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How many more wars?

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 09:17

Somewhere in the depths of his prodigious ignorance, it evidently dawned on Donald Trump that his national security advisor and the Secretary of State are pushing the United States toward war with Iran. That's exactly the kind of ruinous conflict that Trump said he'd avoid when he became President — but on an even larger scale than his predecessors' disastrous adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Algeria, Sudan...: The Seasons After the Arab Spring

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 16:27

Recent uprisings in Sudan and Algeria have avoided mistakes of 2011.

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Indonesia's Election and Polarization

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 08:23

The Indonesian elections of April 2019 were a competition between a disappointment and a thug. Incumbent president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo defeated former army officer Prabowo Subianto, but there remains little of the enthusiasm of his 2014 victory. But compared to Prabowo, a political criminal campaigning on a combination of authoritarian leadership, chauvinism and political Islam, Jokowi appeared to many as the preferable option.

- IV534 - July 2019 /

Help OKDE publishing house and headquarters

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 16:52

OKDE-Spartakos, the Greek section of the Fourth International, has its national headquarters in Athens. In our headquarters, we organize frequently seminars and meetings about current political issues, about the social movements, as well as about the history, the programme and the activities of our current, the Fourth International.

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Austerity Economics Russian Style: “The state never asked you to be born”

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 08:09

For two decades steadily rising living standards and high rates of economic growth have served as the standard explanations for Vladimir Putin's overwhelming support among Russian voters while a key theme of Russian state propaganda has been the championing of Putin-style “stability” (as opposed to the chaos and poverty of the 1990s) and the unfettered consumption that has been made possible in Russia today. The effectiveness of such propaganda never really depended on the extent to which its depictions of reality were true, as much as it did on confidence in its promise for the future: your salary might hardly make ends meet today, but it will grow tomorrow, this way you can keep your job while inflation stays in check.

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Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and Emily Thornberry are correct on Brexit

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 17:06

The Corbyn project is in crisis. The EU elections results were a disaster for Labour, brought about by a major failure by the Corbyn leadership. It was an election that Labour could have won and within the terms of the policy agreed by conference last year, but this policy was repeatedly watered down by the front bench.

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