From the Heart of Darkness: Anatomy of a March in Poland

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The annual Independence March in Poland has once again made international headlines. [1] "Fascists march in Warsaw for Polish Independence Day", "White Europe: 60,000 nationalists march on Poland’s independence day", "Huge far-Right Polish Independence march that shocked the internet", etc. [2] Much of the controversy surrounded the manner in which members of the conservative Polish government,...

Zimbabwe – Crawling Between Imperialist Masters

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The coup which removed Mugabe from power in November represents a change in leadership in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mugabe and his wife, the detested “Gucci-Grace”, have been put out to grass while the previous vice president, Mnangagwa and a couple of army generals have been put in power. This has all been arranged by the army.

The Russian Revolution 100 Years On: Newcastle Meeting of the CWO

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This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the CWO has participated in a number of meetings to commemorate this. On 18 November the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle to discuss its legacy, the revolutionary events of 1917-1918 as well as the process of degeneration. The following document – The Russian Revolution: From Workers’ Inspiration to Proletarian Tragedy – served as the...

For a Class Analysis of the Housing Question

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We have translated this article from the latest edition of Battaglia Comunista, paper of our sister group in Italy, because it clearly frames the ‘housing question’ as a key part of the class struggle which must inevitably sharpen as the working and living conditions of the working class come under attack on all fronts.

AGAINST PATRIOTISM

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"Proletarians of all countries, unite!" is one of the key slogans of the Communist Manifesto. Some seem to have forgotten this exemplary principle and transformed it into: "Proletarians of all countries, unite with your bourgeoisie!" · When the bourgeoisie makes an appeal to swell the ranks of nationalism, there will never be a shortage of those who, with "progressive" talk, will want to drag the...

The Hidden Scramble for Africa’s Resources

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“Hidden”, because if it hadn’t been for the ugly media controversy on October 4th 2017 surrounding President Trump’s alleged disrespectful conversation with the widow of Sgt La David Johnson, one of the four US special forces troops in Niger who had been ambushed and killed by Islamist militants, few would even know the US had a military presence there, or indeed in dozens of other countries all...

The Imperialist Hypocrisy Behind 11/11

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Lest we forget · I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. (Remarque) [1] · Behind the wagon that we flung him in, · And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, · His...

Universal Credit – Universal Torment – Once More an Attack on the Conditions of the Whole Working Class

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The official line is that universal credit is being introduced to make things easier, simpler, gather a multitude of payments together to benefit people generally. As if fine-tuning bourgeois bureaucracy is a matter for anyone apart from itself and those it serves. The reality for those on the receiving-end is catastrophic to say the least.

China Openly Declares its Imperialist Ambitions

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At its 19th Congress last month, the Chinese Communist Party confirmed President Xi Jinping’s status as its most powerful ruler since Mao by formally writing his name into the party constitution. His crackdowns on corruption and dissent have helped him to consolidate power by removing rivals. "Xi Jinping Thought" [1] means that any challenge to the President will now be seen as a threat to...

From Catalonia/Spain: Against All Nationalisms

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The following two documents have been translated from the internationalist Spanish blog Nuevo Curso (New Way). The first was written after the supposed Catalan Declaration of Independence, the second before the flight to Brussels of Carlos Puigdemont and his cohorts. We have translated it and publish it as our common contribution to proletarian internationalism.

Durham Teaching Assistants – Not Finished Yet?

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Like so many workers in the North East, we have been following the doughty fight put up by the Durham TAs against the attempt by Labour-controlled Durham County Council to cut their earnings. In a period when one section of workers after another has been pushed back their example has been an encouragement to many.

On the Catalan “Revolution”

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The Form of the Struggle · Loyalism v Independence · There’s a gruelling battle going on between Madrid and Barcelona. ­On one side you have a massive loyalist mobilisation combined with extensive economic and political repression. On the other, demonstrators brandishing the flag of independence and democracy against "oligarchic" power.

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