TTIP: Trade Wars and Imperialist Manipulation

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On 11 October demonstrations organised by NGOs and charities like 38 Degrees, the World Development Movement and War on Want took place throughout Europe (in Hamburg, London, Ljubljana, Berlin, Madrid, Helsinki, Vienna, Paris) against the proposed so-called Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP. Many heard about TTIP for the first time that day.

Marx, Stalin and Katniss Everdeen

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The effects of the absence of revolutionary projects on the cultural consumption of youth · A well known effect of the current crisis of the mode of production is that it involves a loss of legitimacy resulting in it being challenged by a fringe element of the exploited. Faced with this revolt, Capital has many defences.

México - The nth Illustration of the Marxist Theory of the Capitalist State

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México - The nth Illustration of the Marxist Theory of the Capitalist State · “...the state is an instrument for the suppression of the working class, nothing else!” · At the time of writing, a rising tide of anger is shaking Mexico. International media broadcast images of masked youths administering violent reprisals against the police, some wielding machetes, some behind captured police riot...

The Titan Works and the Struggles of “Labour”

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The following article is translated from the front page of Battaglia Comunista which was distributed throughout Italy but particularly at the assembly of workers of Titan, a factory with which the organisation has long had links. We are publishing it here for the general issues it raises about the situation of the working class in the face of austerity throughout the world.

Morales re-election as President of Bolivia – What anti-imperialism? What socialism?

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"This victory is a triumph for anti-imperialists and anti-colonialists" said Evo Morales re-elected for a third consecutive term as president of Bolivia. To make matters worse and inflame the minds of many "anti-imperialists", he dedicated the victory to Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, the dead. Venezuelan president.

The Bloodbath in Syria: Class War or Ethnic War?

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The Arab Winter · How long three years seems. In early 2011 it seemed that a fresh wind of revolt was stirring from the East and spreading throughout the Arab world[1]. Massive protests and workers’ strikes in Tunisia and Egypt had terrified the ruling class to the point where they felt the need to depose their own heads of state.

IS – Imperialist Barbarism Continues

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There would be nothing new under the Middle Eastern sun, if it were not for the dramatic upheaval that triggered the birth of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. This continues to agitate the countries of the Coalition and those directly involved in the war, such as Turkey. · The Assad government, through its Minister of Defence, recently said that two MiG fighters, while flying over the airspace...

In Rojava: People’s War is not Class War

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Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce … · The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living … · The social revolution … cannot take its poetry from the past but only from the future.

“The Only War Worth Fighting is the Class War”[i]

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This year’s commemorations of the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War are very different from 50 years ago. In 1964 we lived under the shadow of a bipolar nuclear world. Two years earlier the Cuban Missile Crisis had brought humanity to the edge of annihilation. War and nationalist gestures were largely regarded as obscene.

We’ve done one day strikes and token demonstrations What Now?

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(Lead article from Aurora 32 for the strikes and demonstration week ending October 18 2014) · There’s no doubt workers need a pay rise. If the economic recovery meant change for the better, then the working class should at least be clawing back the losses of recent years. Pay deals are now supposedly above inflation, but in real terms most people’s earnings are falling.

Iraq, The New Caliphate, IS and the Wider Imperialist Manoeuvres

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Behind the ongoing Syrian crisis, another front has opened in the war-torn Middle East: the Iraqi one. After Mosul, the troops of Abu Bakr Ibrahim al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph and long-time jihadist, undisputed leader of Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) have now won new positions in northern Iraq.

Mining Land Grab Threatens Great Lakes Watershed

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Gogebic Taconite has come to northern Wisconsin and has started test drilling of what is potentially slated to be a 22sq mile (57sq. Kilometers) open pit mine taking up the southern end of the range of hills called the Penokees. North of that lies the parallel Gogebic range and the Bad River estuary in the Lake Superior watershed.

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