Tragedy at Sea or the Barbarism of Profit?

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The Mediterranean is becoming one of the largest cemeteries in the world directly connected to the most squalid greed for profit. Every season, thousands of migrants die in the waters that separate the coast of Libya from Italy in a sort of tragic and repetitive voyage of no return. The latest tragedy has claimed the lives of 900 shipwrecked people packed like sardines in a tub of a boat that...

Our Task Today

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We need to bring back the idea of an alternative society · In the article "Let us commit ourselves to revolutionise this brutal reality," which appeared in the March issue of Battaglia Comunista, we stressed that the war on terror, exploitation, poverty, environmental devastation, are inter-connected phenomena and manifestations of the economic and social crisis.

Response to a Vile Slander

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Statement of the Internationalist Communist Party (Battaglia Comunista) · We have decided to denounce a very serious and disgusting campaign carried out by some former militants of our Party. · Their scheme has been to circulate disparaging rumours about some of our members, particularly the most prominent comrades.

Greek Anarchist Hunger Strikers

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Twenty two anarchist political prisoners in Greece began a hunger strike on 2nd March demanding the abolition of type C high security prisons, the abolition of "antiterrorist" laws, the abolition of concentration camps for migrants, the abolition of the so-called "hoodie law", a radical change in the process of taking and identification via DNA samples (which can then be used to plant...

Yemen’s Proxy War: From Failing State to a Failing System

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Just as the Islamic State (or IS)[1] is being pushed back in the battles around Tikrit, a new front in the wars currently raging across the Middle East has opened far to the south. The conflict in Yemen is not, and has never been, a mere “civil war”. It is directly related to the wars already being fought throughout the region and, more recently, to the prospect of a US-Iran deal on its nuclear...

Springtime in Québec

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The article which follows is a translation of the main item in L’Internationale (March 2015) the French-language intervention broadsheet of the Internationalist Workers’ Group (GIO) which was distributed in the current student demonstrations in Montreal and Québec in which thousands turned out to protest not only over cuts in the education budget by the PLQ ((Parti Liberal Québecois or the...

The Tunisian Attacks

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Let’s start with the facts: there is no end to jihadist barbarism. So far a single order from IS has led to 23 deaths in Tunisia during an assault on the Bardo museum on the outskirts of the capital. It is the first time since the ‘jasmine revolution’, which overthrew Ben Ali and gave way to the so-called Arab Spring, that such an attack has been made against civilians, foreigners and European...

Universal Credit – the Universal Disaster Coming Our Way?

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After the Budget it is clear that whoever wins the election so-called “welfare reform” will go on. Once upon a time “reform” meant improvement but since the post-war boom ended, as far as the working class is concerned, it now means “make things worse”. Capitalism in a historic crisis at the end of a cycle of accumulation can no longer afford what workers forced it to concede after World War Two.

Greek Internationalists on the SYRIZA Climbdown

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Woe to you, Hypocritical Scribes and Pharisees! · "We have reached a difficult compromise, sometimes painful, but today we are in a better position with better conditions, and can argue and apply another policy that we promised and we are aiming towards." · Decision of the Central Committee of SYRIZA after the Eurogroup Meeting of 20/02/2015.

Beyond Anti-fascism

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The CWO presents a (shortened) translation of reflections by a comrade of Battaglia Comunista on the anti-fascist demonstration in Rome on February 28. Nothing surprising, since we regularly translate our Italian comrades’ thoughts. However, on this occasion the Rome demonstration took place on the same day as CWO comrades were at the anti-PEGIDA demonstration in Newcastle so its message is...

Benefit Sanctions – A Cudgel to Beat the Sick and Powerless

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Benefit Sanctions – A Cudgel to Beat the Sick and Powerless · The smug old Etonians who currently have their hands on the national piggy purse tell us that jobless figures have fallen once again. We are strangely unmoved and ungrateful at this “good news”. It is not the reality that many of us live through. We have seen the removal of the sick and disabled from the unemployed numbers.

Bologna 1919: A page from history

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In this short piece Damen goes right back to the revolutionary period sparked by the October Revolution in Russia and considers why it took so long for revolutionaries in Italy to break from the Socialist Party (PSI). This is not an academic question, especially for someone who lived through those turbulent times when, as he says, the situation was ‘incandescent’.

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