The Hidden Scramble for Africa’s Resources

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“Hidden”, because if it hadn’t been for the ugly media controversy on October 4th 2017 surrounding President Trump’s alleged disrespectful conversation with the widow of Sgt La David Johnson, one of the four US special forces troops in Niger who had been ambushed and killed by Islamist militants, few would even know the US had a military presence there, or indeed in dozens of other countries all...

The Imperialist Hypocrisy Behind 11/11

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Lest we forget · I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. (Remarque) [1] · Behind the wagon that we flung him in, · And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, · His...

Universal Credit – Universal Torment – Once More an Attack on the Conditions of the Whole Working Class

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The official line is that universal credit is being introduced to make things easier, simpler, gather a multitude of payments together to benefit people generally. As if fine-tuning bourgeois bureaucracy is a matter for anyone apart from itself and those it serves. The reality for those on the receiving-end is catastrophic to say the least.

China Openly Declares its Imperialist Ambitions

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At its 19th Congress last month, the Chinese Communist Party confirmed President Xi Jinping’s status as its most powerful ruler since Mao by formally writing his name into the party constitution. His crackdowns on corruption and dissent have helped him to consolidate power by removing rivals. "Xi Jinping Thought" [1] means that any challenge to the President will now be seen as a threat to...

From Catalonia/Spain: Against All Nationalisms

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The following two documents have been translated from the internationalist Spanish blog Nuevo Curso (New Way). The first was written after the supposed Catalan Declaration of Independence, the second before the flight to Brussels of Carlos Puigdemont and his cohorts. We have translated it and publish it as our common contribution to proletarian internationalism.

Durham Teaching Assistants – Not Finished Yet?

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Like so many workers in the North East, we have been following the doughty fight put up by the Durham TAs against the attempt by Labour-controlled Durham County Council to cut their earnings. In a period when one section of workers after another has been pushed back their example has been an encouragement to many.

On the Catalan “Revolution”

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The Form of the Struggle · Loyalism v Independence · There’s a gruelling battle going on between Madrid and Barcelona. ­On one side you have a massive loyalist mobilisation combined with extensive economic and political repression. On the other, demonstrators brandishing the flag of independence and democracy against "oligarchic" power.

Durham Teaching Assistants – Conned by the Labour Movement

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The solidarity against injustice and the self-organisation of the Durham Teaching Assistants was, as we wrote in July, an inspiration to other workers throughout the North East and beyond (see Their refusal to allow 25% of their colleagues to be sacrificed for the sake of a sordid deal with Durham County Council has deservedly earned the TAs (or Lions of Durham as they were labelled) the...

Neither Chavismo Nor Anti-Chavismo: For the Autonomous Struggle of the Working Class

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Contrary to the cries of the Venezuelan government and its hypocritical Opposition, Venezuela remains, as before, a state-capitalist economy based on the extraction of oil rents. The Chavista government, which calls itself “socialist”, has fed on the surplus-value generated by the working class in Venezuela for nearly two decades.

Catalonia: Competing Nationalisms against the Working Class

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The conflict between the factions defending the existing Spanish state and those seeking a separate Catalonian state continues to accelerate. Whatever the outcome or the detailed twists and turns it is clear that class-conscious workers need to be equally independent from those arguing for either a separate Catalan state or the preservation of the existing state order – both represent the façade...

The Significance of the Russian Revolution for Today

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Our rulers want us to think there was little good in the Russian Revolution. After all it ended up in a monstrous tyranny under Stalin in which millions were murdered or died in labour camps in the 1930s and after. · But the horrors of Stalinism cannot wipe out the fact that in 1917, for the first and only time, the working class rose up to overthrow the ruling class in a major imperialist power.

Against the [AfD] Alternative für Deutschland — but not just against them!

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Nearly all commentators agree that the outcome of the German election is a “political earthquake”. Chancellor Merkel has come off badly, the Grand Coalition project has been punished. This underlines the declining credibility of the political establishment and the numerous crises that the previous government has kept under wraps, at least after a fashion.

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