Libya: A War as Long as a Pipeline

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Since 2011 Libya has been living with a continual war between internal factions, tribal struggles and the arrogant presence of all, or almost all, of the greatest imperialist powers in Europe and beyond. Gaddafi was removed from power basically for two reasons: · 1) He threatened to stop selling Libyan oil and gas in dollars but instead through a basket of currencies including the rouble, the...

Bloody Capitalism: Mean Wages Constantly Cut in Iowa's Meatpacking Industry

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Letter from the USA: An ICT comrade in the Mid West counters the Financial Times' capitalist perspective · Recently the Financial Times [1] published an article titled Abattoir economics: Trump's immigration policy tests Iowa. As is normal in the capitalist press, there is a lack of historical context alongside the claim that the economy is so great that there just aren't "enough...

A Class Perspective on the 'Women Question'

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1. The general terms of the ‘women question’ · The issues facing women have made an urgent political reappearance in recent years, ranging from the horrific numbers of women killed by their partners to the scourge of wage differences and harassment at work. · Clear evidence has emerged that gender equality – so often trumpeted by various politicians as the objective of public political intervention...

The Bombing of Belgrade: Twenty Years On

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Twenty years ago, from 24 March to 10 June 1999, United States and other NATO airplanes conducted bombing raids over what was left of Yugoslavia. Ever since the late 1980s, as capitalism’s world economic crisis sharpened and the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia went down with the USSR, rival war lords had been whipping up ethnic and religious divisions in order to carve out new state...

The Crisis in Care For the Elderly

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Another Sign of the Deeper Crisis of Capitalism · Elderly care is the fulfilment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. (Wikipedia) · Attitudes towards old people reveal a lot about a society. The UK is one of the richest countries in the world. But it is a world which is only managing to stave off economic collapse by piling up debt and turning just about every...

No War But The Class War (NWBCW)

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Internationalist communists oppose every war that the capitalist class and their governments create to defend their own selfish interests. This position is nothing new but is the legacy from previous generations who saw that "War or Revolution" is a choice that has to be made clearly and consistently. · 100 years ago communists met to found the Communist International.

Brexit or Not: Workers Have Their Own Battles to Fight

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The Brexit pantomime threatens to fracture the traditional political set-up of the British ruling class. Meanwhile the whole issue is diverting attention from the dire situation experienced by the working class. Theresa May has announced that austerity is over but the massive spending cuts that have been implemented over the last decade are not going to be reversed.

An Initial Response to the Comrades of the IGCL

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We are publishing below the answer to the critical remarks that the comrades of the International Group of the Communist Left made on our article "A Decade After the Financial Crash" ( appeared on this site and in Revolutionary Perspectives 13. The comrades published our article, translated into French and English, in no.

Ossinsky's Demand for Clear Answers (April 1918)

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It is often asserted by bourgeois and anarchist histories of the Russian Revolution that the Bolsheviks arrived in power in the soviets with a distinct plan in mind. The document which follows (which should be read alongside Ossinsky’s early criticism which we published as Ossinsky’s Criticism of State Capitalism in Russia at demonstrates quite clearly that the Bolsheviks had no plan at all.

The Origins and Capture of International Working Women's Day

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The Origins of IWWD · International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) was initially spawned from within the workers’ movement, with the aim of drawing in more working women [1] to the fight for the protection of female labour. These workers’ demands included insurance for mother and child, and political rights for working women. [2] · The first unofficial “Women’s Day” took place in the U.S.A.

Honda, General Motors: Global Crisis and the Car Industry

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Two articles on the recent developments in the US and UK automotive industry. · Trump and the Crisis of General Motors · The urban myth Donald Trump peddled during the election campaign was that the USA would be the first country to get out of the crisis: soon the economy would be steaming ahead and multiple new jobs would be created. · Not a word of this is true.

Founding of the Comintern - Then and Now

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Pictured: model of a proposed Monument to the Third International designed 1919-20 by Vladimir Tatlin and comrades. · A century ago, from 2nd — 6th March 1919, 52 delegates, more than 40 from various political organisations outside Russia, met in Moscow. During those five days the meeting became the First Congress of the Third International [1], also known as the Communist International,...

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