Turkey, ISIS, Gas and the Shifting Imperialist Balance

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Turkish imperialism has been unleashed. Erdogan is attempting to create e new version of the Ottoman sultanate by fighting both internal and international enemies. At the same time he is collaborating militarily with the Americans, and with the Russian in the hope that with the building of the Turkish Stream pipeline it will become the most important energy hub in the Mediterranean.

Internationalist Comrades’ Statement on the 5th July Referendum

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“Before the Greek referendum the Internationalist Comrades who published Salpisma and Engymo published the following text on the Greek referendum. In the article they published which we share much of the analysis (and have quoted parts of it approvingly elsewhere) but we cannot accept the support for a NO vote even though the comrades make it clear that the vote is not the important issue facing...

United Auto Workers in Concessions Talks with the Big Three

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The Big Three automakers are now carrying on contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. This will be the first big contract negotiation since the bailout of the automakers and the creation of a “second tier” class of workers that are paid half the starting wage of the older “first tier” workers. The auto industry capitalists are out for blood.

Piketty, Marx and Capitalism’s Dynamics

Introduction · The book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty (TP) caused quite a stir in the world of bourgeois economics when it was translated into English last year. It won the Financial Times business book of 2014, has become a best seller and made the author a millionaire. The book contains a wealth of empirical material which TP has painstakingly culled and analysed from...

1915 to 2015 - A Century of Genocide

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We go to press around the twentieth anniversary of the massacres of 8,000 Bosniak males by the Bosnian Serb army of the Serb Republic under Ratko Mladic in 1995. Mladic has since been condemned at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The EU and US have now classed the massacre as “genocide” (but an attempt to have the UN pass a resolution on this was vetoed by Russia at the request of...

On the Supposed International Economic Recovery

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There is a lot of talk about the global recovery. In fact the figures suggest only a small rise in just a few sectors of production, while the rest of the economy is still trapped in the dead end of speculation. Meanwhile, world capitalism is taking a series of steps to solve the crisis ranging from quantitative easing to negative interest rates.

Of Migrants and Mariners: What’s Really Going On in Calais?

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The Ferryworkers’ Strike · We wonder if the strike of 600 ferry workers in Calais would have been reported at all if it were not for the impact it has had on the UK economy and those of its citizens taking their cars to the continent for a holiday? From the perspectives of those quaint and loveable humanitarians – Daily Mail, Express etc.

Telefónica Strikes in Spain

Reflections on the Class War in the Twenty-first Century · On March 28 this year the technicians and installers of multinational mobile phone company Movistar went on indefinite strike. Whatever its outcome the strike has turned out to be one of the most significant of recent times. This article outlines the nature of the struggle and reflects on what it shows for the future of the global working...

Greece and the World: Austerity and Capitalist Crisis Go On

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The article which follows is the editorial to Revolutionary Perspectives 06 which all subscribers should now have received. Besides a brief comment on the topical issue of Greece it also introduces the other themes of the journal. We will be publishing these over the next few weeks but if anyone cannot wait or would prefer a proper printed copy they can email the contact address uk@leftcom.

Greece - Notes Following the July 5 Referendum

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For all those who felt it was tactically correct to call for a NO vote in the Greek referendum. · The referendum trap was sprung twice. · The first, when the national-reformist Tsipras inevitably found he could not carry out his election promises. Faced with the ferocious demands of the Troika (before the debt can be paid, you have to make the necessary reforms such as increase VAT, reform tax...

Osborne’s Smoke and Mirrors Budget

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"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean ­– neither more nor less. "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master – that's all.

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