Capitalism wants our old age! Pensions Cut to Keep up Profits!

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Municipal employees switch to cash! · Pension plans are a thorn in the side of municipalities. It is an injury they inflicted on themselves by not paying their share of contributions, but mainly because of the financial scam of 2008. To be sure this was a legal scam, but that it is far worse than corruption, since here we talking about billions of dollars.

75 Years Since the Soviet Invasion of Poland: The Nightmare of Imperialist History

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Today September 17, is the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Poland. This was the implementation of part one of the secret clauses of the Nazi-Soviet pact of August 1939. And today too more than a 1000 Russian troops are conducting an unannounced invasion of Eastern Ukraine to shore up the pro-Russian separatist forces there.

Cop-ocalypse in Ferguson

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There is a shocking display of police state violence occurring in Ferguson Missouri that is still ongoing. The National Guard has been called out to back up the local police. The original anger exploded over the execution style murder of the African American youth Michael Brown. While most media have covered the events, when they aren't being arrested or having rubber bullets shot at them, they...

The Scottish Independence Referendum: The Great Diversion

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Karl Liebknecht: “The basic law of capitalism is you or I, not you and I.” · One of the ruling class’s weapons in its armoury is its ability to mask the reality of the exploiter/exploited class relation. Its web of cultural constructs is aimed at obscuring that reality - and the weave of that web is religion, race, gender and above all, nationalism. · Nationalism isn’t “natural”. It is manufactured.

Iraq and the New Caliphate of the Islamic State (ISIS)

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As if the war-torn Middle East has not had enough, another front, has opened up in Iraq. · The self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr Ibrahim al Baghdadi, a long-time jihadist and unchallenged head of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has gained new positions in northern Iraq after his troops captured Mosul.

In Palestine and Israel: The Only War Worth Fighting is the Class War

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Around the world millions of people are protesting against the Israeli state’s latest murderous incursion into Gaza. The humanitarian instincts of the demonstrators do them credit. The Israeli state is waging “asymmetrical” war with a vengeance. Hamas may have provoked the war by launching 2000 rockets at Israeli cities but most have not reached them.

Another War for Oil on Libya’s Battered Soil

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The last time we looked at post-Ghaddafi Libya it was in chaos. The elections of June 25 were finally supposed to put this right. Nothing of the kind took place. Predictably the reasons that led to the war, to the killing of the Colonel and to the subsequent attempts to change the regime are still all there, weighing down on the population which, for the moment, cannot see a way out.

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.

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