Grenfell Tower: A Tragedy Foretold

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We may never know how many people lost their lives in this horrific fire. The images and stories over the past few days have been unbearable; people trapped in blazing rooms, holding their children, waving for help. A mother dropping her baby from the tenth floor to a man below. A woman fleeing her burning flat on the 21st floor with her six kids, but only escaping the building with four of her...

Venezuela: The dead-end of the "Bolivarian Road to Socialism"

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The following article on the developing political, social and economic crisis is a translation from our sister organisation Battaglia Comunista. Its aim is the refutation of all those tendencies from the Labour Left via the Trotskyists to the Marxist-Leninists (i.e Stalinist) who falsely claim that Venezuela is “socialist”.

Anarcho-Corbynism and Support for Labour

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The following article by a sympathiser of the CWO is printed as a contribution to debate. · It is a fact that lately certain anarchists have placed themselves in the Corbyn camp. As Freedom News admits, "lots of anarchists have decided they’re going to vote to try and get rid of the Tories"[1]. Lest we be accused of taking seriously a few insignificant UK internet dabblers[2] and Class War...

Don’t Vote - Prepare the Resistance

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Political and Economic Crisis · “You don’t know what you’re doing” is a familiar England football chant. The same refrain could be directed at the British (and global) ruling class. · For years the world capitalist system has been in economic crisis. No matter what policies various governments have tried (from increased spending, to privatisation and letting the banks speculate on anything and...

Nation or Class?

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These are dangerous and unpredictable times. Ten years after the global financial meltdown the world economy still isn’t fixed. · After decades of promoting globalisation, which has produced only fortunes for the few and misery for the many, our rulers are beginning to lose their grip. A growing number are turning to so-called nationalist “populism”.

Manchester Arena Atrocity: An Initial Response

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Last night’s attack on people leaving Manchester Arena was truly horrific. Reports so far indicate 22 have died (including 12 children between 8 and 16) and another 59 are seriously injured. The attacker, a suicide bomber waited in the foyer of the Arena as people left a concert before he struck. His aim was simply to kill as many as possible, no matter who they were.

Fight for an End to Capitalism - The Only Way to a Better Life

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2007: 9 August, PNB Paribas shocks financial markets by freezing three financial funds, comprising “complex assets” of largely fictitious capital built around mortgages. · 14 September, As financial markets steer clear of mortgage-backed ‘securities’ Northern Rock has difficulty selling on its mortgages. Fears that the bank will go bust spark the first run on a British bank for 150 years.

The General Election – More Ruling Class Mystification

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The electoral trick – over and over again · In the last few years our rulers have laid on 2 Referendums, elections for Regional Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners, elections for at least three levels of local Councils and elections for "national" Assemblies/Parliament in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Against Exploitation, Crisis and War - No War But the Class War!

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Another May Day where imperialist tensions threaten to spread existing wars or stir up new ones. We are faced with a spectre of much wider and more destructive conflicts than in recent decades. The collapse of the USSR was presented by capitalist ideologists of all persuasions as the dawn of a new era of peace and prosperity. The reality, now obvious to everyone, is just the opposite.

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.

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