The Vanishing Recovery of Global Capitalism

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In our last issue [1] we challenged the assertions of the major capitalist agencies like the IMF, OECD and various financial commentators who work for the major investment banks about the rosy scenario they painted for the growth of the international economy. They assured us that in 2015 recovery from the 2008 meltdown of the speculative bubble was already well underway.

Italy Update: Solidarity with the Warehouse Workers For the Overthrow of Capitalism

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On January 8, at the Bormioli warehouse in Fidenza, the riot police dismantled the “presidio” [1] set up by the warehouse workers belonging to Si.Cobas and their supporters, against the new contract agreement signed between the company, the CGIL, CISL unions and the cooperative CAL established by Bormioli, which runs the logistics business of the company.

The Housing Bill: Slamming the Door on Tenants

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The Housing Crisis · The housing crisis in Britain gets worse every month. According to Shelter, statutory homelessness is at a seven year high and nearly 100,000 children in England are now classed as homeless. The situation in London has now reached critical levels where the number of renters becoming homeless has increased 700% in five years, (most losing their homes due to the ending of...

Italy: Solidarity with the Workers of Bormioli di Fidenza

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On January 8, at the Bormioli[1] establishment in Fidenza (near Parma), the riot police attacked and dismantled the “presidio”[2] set up by warehouse workers[3] belonging to the rank and file union S.I.Cobas[4] and their supporters. They are fighting the agreement signed between the company and the main unions, the CGIL and CISL over the new contract between Bormioli and the cooperative[5] (CAL)...

Crisis, War and Migration: Capitalism’s Real “Hunger Games”

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"In the conflict between the gigantic concentration of capital on the one hand and growing mass poverty on the other hand, there is only one solution: social revolution" (Friedrich Engels) · After the Paris attacks it was clear that state emergency laws would be extended and the day to day hostility against immigrants would increase.

UK Floods: Another Predictable Capitalist Disaster

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Another wet winterval of woe in the UK. From Ballater to Blackburn countless homes have been rendered uninhabitable, small and larger businesses disrupted, and major and minor elements of infrastructure destroyed or severely damaged. In December 80,000 people were without power and some were still without it into the New Year whilst others lost phones and internet connections.

A Brief History of the Communist Workers’ Party of Poland

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The history of the German and Italian left is relatively well known, even if mainly within left communist circles. We know that similar currents existed in other communist parties, although much of that history is yet still to be documented. This article is an attempt at that. The first section is an introduction to the history of the Communist Workers’ Party of Poland (KPRP) and the second a...

In Memory of “Rowntree”

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It's with great sense of loss that we have learned of the sudden death of comrade Rowntree at the age of 55. Ian was never a member of our organisation but was well-known in the Communist Left in the UK. He joined the Aberdeen section of the ICC in the late 70's and left in '81 over the 'Chenier affair' with the rest of the Aberdeen comrades and joined them in the Communist Bulletin Group.

Poland: The 18th Brumaire of Jaroslaw Kaczyński

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It's been a month since the historic elections in Poland, in which the right-wing party Law and Justice (PiS), became the first party since 1989 to secure an outright majority which allowed it to form a new government. PiS achieved victory thanks to the mixture of social demagogy and nationalism, exploiting discontent with the ruling Civic Platform (PO), which imposed harsh austerity measures and...

British Parliament Votes to Bomb in Syria

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The vote in the UK Parliament to bomb IS will have little real meaning on the ground in terms of the fight against IS (or Daesh). But the vote was more than a purely symbolic affair. It was all about the positioning of British imperialism in the right place in the global imperialist pecking order. There was no obligation for the Government (which is already bombing IS in Iraq and used drones to...

Environmental catastrophe: Either social collapse or socialism

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The UN Conference on climate change, known as COP 21, which starts in Paris on November 29 is supposed to agree a legally binding treaty on limiting emissions of Green-House Gases (GHG). The main GHG is carbon dioxide, CO2. The intention is to limit the average global temperature rise this century to 2oC above pre-industrial levels.

Turkey Downs a Russian Warplane

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As you might expect the facts are disputed. Moscow accuses Ankara of a treacherous attack. Ankara replies that the Russian fighter, after repeated warnings, remained in Turkish air space and violated Turkey’s sovereignty, but this is irrelevant, given that the Turkish President himself gave the order to down the plane so triggering an international crisis.

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