Iran: On Oil and Troubled Water

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As we write, comrades are translating the bulletins emerging from the struggles of the oil workers’ strike committee in Iran which have now been ongoing for two months. They can be found on our website (and we publish Statement No. 12 below). The oil workers are not alone. Dozens of protests and demonstrations are taking place daily involving medical students in Kermanshah, fire department...

End of Lockdown, No End to Workers Paying for It

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Before the pandemic struck the global economy was on the brink of a fresh crisis. Massive speculation, debt and bankruptcies indicated what was coming. The Covid pandemic has provided a convenient scapegoat for the failings of capitalism itself. Everywhere states have injected trillions into their economies to prevent a complete economic collapse.

South African Riots: The Social Crisis Erupts

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In mid-July the social crisis in South Africa (SA) exploded in a week of rioting, looting and arson which swept across the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. By the end of the month over 330 people had been killed and a trail of destruction left across the major cities and shopping centres. An indication of the scale of destruction is indicated by the list of shops, warehouses and cash...

1971-2021: 50 Years Since the USA Reneged on Bretton Woods

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For the CWO, and indeed the entire political tendency to which we belong, it is axiomatic that we are living through capitalism’s third global economic crisis. For over a century the economic system (mode of production) which was once progressive for humanity, in that it created the material possibility of a prosperous world community without national borders or class divisions, has represented a...

After the Cuban Protests: Discussion with Proletarios Cabreados

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We are publishing here our translation of a further document on the Cuban protests in July, entitled Análisis de la actual crisis y revuelta en Cuba desde la perspectiva comunista radical, by a group in Ecuador which goes under the name of Proletarios Cabreados (Pissed off Proletarians). You can find them at · They have already published our document Cuba is the Latest Episode in the Death Agony...

Iranian Oil Workers Strike Update

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52 days have gone by since the start of the strike, which began when thousands of Iranian oil workers downed tools on 19 June and walked off oilfields across Iran. The Council for Organising Protests by Oil Contract Workers has issued 11 statements so far. In our previous article we published parts of their first 6 statements (see as well as giving a short explanation of their full context.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: The Madness of a Highly Speculative Capitalism

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Capitalism finds itself in a tricky situation. Since the end of the post-war boom in the 70s, despite the restructuring of production, and the attacks on the daily working conditions of millions upon millions of proletarians, it has become more difficult than ever to find profitable reinvestments for capital.

Iranian Oil and Petrochemical Workers' Strikes Go On

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Six Statements by the Workers Themselves · Since Saturday, 19 June, thousands of workers at oil and gas projects and petrochemical plants have been on strike across the country in several provinces. They are coordinating their action under the title of Strike Campaign 1400, which refers to the current year in the Iranian calendar.

Cuba is the Latest Episode in the Death Agony of (State) Capitalism

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The Cuban Economic Crisis · Thousands of Cubans took to the streets across the island nation on 11 July and subsequent days to protest chronic shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties and the government's handling of a worsening coronavirus outbreak, marking the most significant unrest in decades.

Sugarcane Stalinism

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(Originally published in Intransigence ( Issue 2 (July 2018)) · State capitalism and development in Cuba · "Nations, as well as individuals, cannot escape the imperatives of capital accumulation without abolishing capital.(1)" (Grandizo Munis, For a Second Communist Manifesto) · The official narrative concerning the nature of the changes to the economy and broader society ushered in by the Cuban...

Let's Get Political!

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(Leaflet distributed by the CWO at recent strikes and protests happening around the UK.) · Pay and pension cuts, redundancies, fire and re-hire, health & safety violations, precarity, evictions, anti-protest bills... The attacks are varied but they all point in the same direction: as always, it is the working class who will bear the cost of the crisis.

A Communist Left Critique of Platformism (Part II): The Platform and its Disciples

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In Part I ( we examined the Free Territory, or Makhnovshchina, the revolutionary movement in Southern Ukraine 1918-21. It was neither a peasant counter-revolution as portrayed in Trotskyist and Stalinist propaganda, nor an anarchist utopia. Rather it was part and parcel of the bloody process of the rise and fall of the Russian Revolution, itself a part of the post-war revolutionary wave.

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