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.

NHS: On The Critical List

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There can hardly be a household that has not been affected by the declining quality of medical services in the UK. From inaccessible GPs and hospital appointments cancelled at the last minute to some of the most harrowing experiences that anyone is likely to undergo. Local campaigns against ward closures, A&E closures, sometimes whole hospital closures have been going on for years.

Trump: The Problem is Still Capitalism

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The Rise of the Authoritarian Right · The avalanche of protests at the accession of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States is unprecedented in modern times. He is a reactionary, racist, sexist bully who peddles hatred and loathing. He responds to every criticism by attacking the messenger, a “technique” he learned from his one-time lawyer, and counsellor to the “Mob”, Roy Cohn.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 100 Years On

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Introduction · As our contribution to International Women’s Day we are examining the role of women in starting the February Revolution in Russia in 1917. Our research demonstrates that working class women not only played a major part in the revolution but did so in class terms – something opposed by Russian middle class feminists in the various women’s suffrage organisations.

February 1917 – Anatomy of a Revolution

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History as a whole and the history of revolutions in particular is always richer in content, more varied, more multiform in character, more lively and ingenious than is imagined by even the best parties... Lenin[1] · First, the chronology … · February 23 1917. A century ago, on International Women’s Day (February 23 old style/ March 8 today), women workers of both home and factory took to the...

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