Manchester Arena Atrocity: An Initial Response

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Last night’s attack on people leaving Manchester Arena was truly horrific. Reports so far indicate 22 have died (including 12 children between 8 and 16) and another 59 are seriously injured. The attacker, a suicide bomber waited in the foyer of the Arena as people left a concert before he struck. His aim was simply to kill as many as possible, no matter who they were.

Fight for an End to Capitalism - The Only Way to a Better Life

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2007: 9 August, PNB Paribas shocks financial markets by freezing three financial funds, comprising “complex assets” of largely fictitious capital built around mortgages. · 14 September, As financial markets steer clear of mortgage-backed ‘securities’ Northern Rock has difficulty selling on its mortgages. Fears that the bank will go bust spark the first run on a British bank for 150 years.

The General Election – More Ruling Class Mystification

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The electoral trick – over and over again · In the last few years our rulers have laid on 2 Referendums, elections for Regional Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners, elections for at least three levels of local Councils and elections for "national" Assemblies/Parliament in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Against Exploitation, Crisis and War - No War But the Class War!

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Another May Day where imperialist tensions threaten to spread existing wars or stir up new ones. We are faced with a spectre of much wider and more destructive conflicts than in recent decades. The collapse of the USSR was presented by capitalist ideologists of all persuasions as the dawn of a new era of peace and prosperity. The reality, now obvious to everyone, is just the opposite.

The ANC’s South Africa: Kleptocracy and Exploitation

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The African National Congress (ANC) which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994 is once again in crisis. The President, Zuma, faced a no-confidence vote on 18 April but because the opposition parties demanded the vote be conducted by secret ballot the issue has been referred to the constitutional court so the whole process has been postponed.

With Europe, Against Europe? For Class Struggle and Organisation!

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The 1957 Treaty of Rome was a milestone on the European bourgeoisie’s road to create a unified imperialist pole that would keep up with the two dominant imperialist powers at the time: the USA and the USSR. · Since then, of course, many things have changed: the stagnation of the so-called countries of "real socialism” – which were really state capitalist – led to their collapse under the weight of...

It’s War

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Last night US President Trump, without the Pentagon’s consent, without waiting for the UN to finish its investigation as to whether the massacre of 72 civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun, was attributable to Assad or "collateral damage", gave the order to launch 59 missiles against the Syrian air base from which the gas attack would have been launched.

USA: Unions Welcome the New Boss

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As seen above, leaders from the building trades unions posed for pictures with the new President. The operating belief among these union leaders is that they will profit, as petty-capitalists, from hypothetical future national infrastructure projects. The leadership of the AFL-CIO came out in support of the new regime's trade warfare policies.

Radek on the International Situation in Spring 1918

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This is the second in our series of translations from the review Kommunist via the French version published by the Collectif d’édition smolny (www.collectif-smolny.org) as La Revue Kommunist: Les communist de gauche contre le capitalisme d’état (The review Kommunist: Left Communists against state capitalism).

Under a False Flag

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We are publishing here the full translation from German of the document written by our comrades of the Gruppe Internationaler SocialistInnen (GIS) on the ICT’s break with the Greek "Internationalist Comrades" (IC). We put out a very short English version of this in November in order to give as early a warning as possible to internationalists everywhere.

By the bullet or by the ballot – McGuinness's nationalism part of the capitalist order

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Martin McGuinness (1950-2017) · The death of the recently retired Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland produced a very predictable response from the establishment, particularly in Britain and Ireland. · The Mr Hyde McGuinness who had been a leading figure in the Provisional IRA (PIRA) was the epitome of evil incarnate.

Two Comments on Recent Events around SiCobas in Italy

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Unions have never been revolutionary but in the nineteenth century were “schools of socialism” through which workers fought collectively to improve their conditions. In the epoch of imperialism and state capitalism however they have become increasingly integrated into the capitalist legal apparatus, into the capitalist state itself.

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