Their First World War Commemorations and Ours

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100 years ago this month the First World War broke out. It began with the assassination of an Austrian archduke in Sarajevo on June 28 but it took a month for the Habsburg Empire to invade Serbia. Within days all the powers of Europe (except Italy) were at war. The assassination at Sarajevo may have provided the spark but it did not cause the war.

The Ongoing Barbarism of Two Nationalisms: Hamas and Israel exploit their mutual weaknesses to revive their national agendas within the increasingly critical Middle East region

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The pundits are scrambling around to explain the "usual" crisis between Hamas and the State of Israel. It appears they have nothing new to tell us. Hamas is attacking Israel which is repaying them with interest. On the one hand three young people dead, on the other, more than 150 are dead after Israeli raids.

“Inclusive Capitalism”? The Bosses Really are Worried!

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In the last week in May a conference of the great, and not so good, of the world capitalist system assembled at the opulent Mansion House in London. Their topic was “inclusive capitalism”. The final speech was made by the Governor of the Bank of England. As security staff “inclusively” prevented the uninvited from getting in, he told an audience, which included Bill Clinton, Christine Lagarde and...

Public Sector Workers Strike: Time to Go Beyond Rituals

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On July 10 the government faces the biggest “day of action” since it came to power. Perhaps as many as 1.4 million of us are striking that day. · Teaching assistants, refuse collectors, teachers, home helps, social workers, catering workers, environmental health officers and many more are set to join the walkout, along with local government workers in Unison, GMB and Unite.

South African Platinum Miners’ Strike

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SA threat to South African capitalism · The strike by South Africa’s platinum miners is now in its fifth month. It has become, not only the longest and costliness strike in the country’s history, but also extremely dangerous for South African capital for two main reasons. · • Firstly, the length of the strike means it is now starting to have a serious effect on the economy.

Ukraine’s Crisis – Local Players and Imperialist Games

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The respective domestic and imperialist forces clashing on the streets over the management of Siberian gas and for the superiority of Europe as a geopolitical centre, have produced a worrying situation of crisis that could further escalate at any moment. Ukraine is one of the battlefields. The Ukrainian and European proletariat are the likely victims.

Anarchism in the rear-view mirror

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our journey in search of revolutionary practice · "Anarchism is the punishment for the opportunist sins of the labor movement" Lenin · We must begin this text with a word of caution, this is not an attack on the militancy of our libertarian comrades. Their revolutionary commitment is more than sincere and we have nothing but respect for the courage they have shown in the struggles where we opposed...

In the wake of the Eu Elections …

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Our comrade Ant gives a view. · Fight for your class, you have no country · Recently we were treated to that rare phenomenon, the political ‘’earthquake’’ on the European political terrain as described by those commentators who were shocked that the parties who had doled out decades of decline to their populations failed to achieve a ringing endorsement from the victims.

The Imperialist Legacy of Boko Haram

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Exactly a year ago President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Nigeria’s north-eastern states to combat the insurgency of Boko Haram. He received backing from the United States which put the group on its list of terrorists. Neither step seems to have been very effective. Alongside the well-publicised abduction of 260 plus girls from their school in Chibok, Boko Haram has killed...

Turkish Miners: Soma Workers Murdered for Profits

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(Picture above: Angry workers confront police in Soma) · It is not clear yet how many workers have been murdered in the mining disaster in Soma, Manisa in Western Turkey. At the time of writing the official death toll stands at 304 though workers in the town claim that they are being lied to about the numbers, and many more have been killed.

What Common Front?

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The public sector negotiations are coming fast. Already, four trade union representing 400,000 workers have joined together in a Common Front for these negotiations. For many activists, this is an opportunity to finally prepare the response to the austerity policies that have succeeded one another since the 2008 crisis.

The Wages System - Heart of Global Capitalism’s Contradictions

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It may surprise the million or so people in Britain who work for the minimum wage (set to go up by 19p to £6.50 per hour in October) that they are considered part of the world’s richest 10 per cent! Yes, according to the latest report form the World Bank anyone who has an income of more than $10 (about £5.

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