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.

You Can’t Build the Party Playing with Paradoxes

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Beyond Bordigism and the Fraction · This following translation is from the penultimate chapter of Bordiga: Beyond the Myth, a collection of writings by Onorato Damen. This article is from the last decade of his life and is historically interesting for giving various arguments in defence of the founding and development of the Internationalist Communist Party (PCInt) in 1943.

Communisation

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Supplementary note on the structure of the argument · The following note is an annex to the text “The Period of Transition and its Dissenters” published in RP04. It is an attempt to analyse the structure of the arguments being advanced by the communisateurs. The text in RP04 only mentioned briefly their theory of the death of programmatism and their view of the impossibility of a struggle by the...

The Period of Transition and its Dissenters

Introduction · Capitalist society, like the slave and feudal societies which preceded it, are class societies in which the dominant class lives off the labour extracted from the subject class. Humanity has lived in class societies for an extremely short period of its history while for the overwhelming majority of its history it has lived in societies which can be described as a form of primitive...

Are Communists “Outside” the Class?

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“The conflict is between class and class not party and party, because in the end the dialectical revolutionary force is the class and not the Party. The Party sensitises and strengthens, and gives conscious guidance to revolutionary action. In this sense, the Party is part of the class within the class, not outside the class and distinct from it.

Social Democracy, the First World War and the Working Class in Britain

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The Working Class and the First World War · It is still Nation v. Class · Given this year’s barrage of state-sponsored propaganda over the First World War — a barrage which is set to continue long beyond the hundredth anniversary of its outbreak — we are republishing a document which has been long out of print.

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