Syria – The Final Chapter?

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The Demise of the Islamic State · Previously we wrote that the period of the Islamic State’s survival would be inversely proportional to the interests of the very imperialist states that had facilitated its birth (if not actually inventing it). We added that the development of IS, based as it is on the territorial conquests of parts of Syria and Iraq containing oil wells, would become a minor...

The War in Syria and Shifting Imperialist Positions

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Introduction · The following article is translated from the latest edition of Prometeo, theoretical journal of our Italian comrades of Battaglia Comunista. It should be read in conjunction with the article on Qatar we published on this site in July. The overall argument of both documents confirms the outlines of the analysis we published in Revolutionary Perspectives 09 entitled “Russia, China and...

Russo-phobic Propaganda and US War Aims: the Bourgeois Left Takes Sides

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Russia has taken measures to cut US Embassy staff in Russia in parity with the cuts of Russian Embassy staff in the US made by the previous US President. More immediately it was a direct response to the inevitable economic sanctions passed by the US Congress. Russian imperialism, having dispensed with the "wait and see" approach is now resigned to an inevitable conflict with American imperialism.

Corbynism – Leftists Illusions about Labour

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The Impact of Corbyn · The capitalist media expressed astonishment at the rise of a left-leaning Labour Party which appeals more to the young than anything since Blairism when it first appeared. In reality, the Corbynite phenomenon is not hard to understand. After decades where wages as a share of national income have continuously fallen and after almost a decade of austerity in which the rich...

Durham Teaching Assistants Fight On – Against Labour and their Unions

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There is much to admire in the resistance that the Teaching Assistants (TAs) of County Durham have put up over the last 20 months. Their resilience and solidarity was once again confirmed by their vote to reject the latest “offer” agreed by their unions and Durham County Council. · Background · For those who have not been following this saga, Durham TAs [1] are already amongst the lowest paid in...

A Crisis of the Entire System

The UK once had a deserved reputation for pragmatic and stable politics. That will not survive the spectacular mess it is making of Brexit. … In an unnecessary referendum, a small majority chose an option they could not understand, because it had not been worked out. Thereupon, a new prime minister, with no knowledge of the complexities, adopted the hardest possible interpretation of the outcome.

Grzech and Domski at the Fourth Congress of the Communist International (1922)

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In 1922, at the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, Władysław Kowalski (pseudonym Grzech) and Henryk Stein (pseudonym Domski) openly clashed with the leadership of both the Communist Workers’ Party of Poland and the Communist International. This article documents their contribution to the proceedings of the Congress to shed some more light on the Polish Communist Left.

The USA, Qatar and ‘New’ Imperialist Alignments

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The official story is that Saudi Arabia, supported by Egypt, the Emirates, Bahrain and other sidekicks in the Gulf, is trying to isolate Qatar from the rest of the Arab world as punishment for betraying the Sunni cause and for financing jihadhi terrorism. Like all lies, this one contains an element of truth which conceals other aspects of the situation which must not be brought to light, much...

Arthur Goldstein (KAPD): No to National-Communism!

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GIS Introduction · “Make the cause of the people the cause of the nation, so that the cause of the nation becomes the cause of the people!” is how the nationalist propagandist Karl Otto Paetel [1] encapsulated the quintessence of National-Bolshevist ideology, which is once again being adopted by the far right.

Grenfell Tower: A Tragedy Foretold

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We may never know how many people lost their lives in this horrific fire. The images and stories over the past few days have been unbearable; people trapped in blazing rooms, holding their children, waving for help. A mother dropping her baby from the tenth floor to a man below. A woman fleeing her burning flat on the 21st floor with her six kids, but only escaping the building with four of her...

Venezuela: The dead-end of the "Bolivarian Road to Socialism"

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The following article on the developing political, social and economic crisis is a translation from our sister organisation Battaglia Comunista. Its aim is the refutation of all those tendencies from the Labour Left via the Trotskyists to the Marxist-Leninists (i.e Stalinist) who falsely claim that Venezuela is “socialist”.

Anarcho-Corbynism and Support for Labour

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The following article by a sympathiser of the CWO is printed as a contribution to debate. · It is a fact that lately certain anarchists have placed themselves in the Corbyn camp. As Freedom News admits, "lots of anarchists have decided they’re going to vote to try and get rid of the Tories"[1]. Lest we be accused of taking seriously a few insignificant UK internet dabblers[2] and Class War...

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