Sanders, Trump & the US Election

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The political system in the US is in a crisis. The bourgeois pundits are beside themselves at the political ascendency of Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders just walked away with a win in the state of Michigan where he was predicted to lose in the polls by double digits. So certain was the Sanders defeat that he himself was already off campaigning and didn't stick around to hear the results.

Junior Hospital Doctors Take Up the Class Struggle

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Junior hospital doctors are refusing to back off in their fight against the government’s scheme to impose a new work contract. The BMA has announced strikes for March 9, April 6 and April 26. Each will last for 48 hours — double the length of previous action. As always, the doctors will continue to carry out emergency care on those days.

The 1944 Manifesto of the Internationalist Communist Left

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CWO Introduction · The Internationalist Communist Party (PCInt) was founded in 1943 as the only party which unequivocally came out against all sides as imperialist in the Second World War. The PCint did not come from nowhere. It was created by former members of the Communist Party of Italy who had helped to found the party in 1921 and had led it in its early years.

Theses on the Role of Communists in the Economic Struggle of the Working Class

The history of all previous class societies has been driven by class struggle. But whereas all earlier rising classes in history obtained their economic and political domination through defending a certain form of property rights the working class, the proletariat, has no such property to defend. Our struggles therefore take on a different character from all previous contending classes.

Post-capitalism via the Internet (According to Paul Mason) – Dream or Reality?

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Introduction · The book “Postcapitalism – A Guide to our Future” by Paul Mason (PM) is creating a lot of interest amongst the political left in general and in particular amongst the anarchist and left-communist milieu. The book tries to identify the forces which have shaped capitalist society in the past and which at present are determining its future.

Let’s Put an End to the Madness, Irrationality and Violence of Capitalism Before it Destroys Us

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A different society is possible and it’s needed! Only the working class can build it! · “The true slave defends the master, he does not fight him. Because such a slave is not so much the one who is in chains but the one who is no longer able to imagine freedom.” · Silvano Agosti · Capitalism, i.e. the present, now centuries-old, model of society that we are told is the best of all possible worlds,...

Detroit Teachers Sickout

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The last few weeks have witnessed a sickout of Detroit teachers that almost completely shut down the public school systems. This has occurred outside and against the unions, and in opposition to anti-strike laws in place for teachers in Michigan since 1947. Almost all the teachers in the school district called in sick, for two non-consecutive days.

Imperialist Interests and Ideology in the Struggle for the Middle East

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The judicial murder on 1 January of the leading Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, by the Saudi monarchy has been roundly condemned by the UN, EU and US as “provocative” and “exacerbating sectarian tensions”. The response in Tehran was, of course, stronger, with attacks on the Saudi embassy and consulates by Shia religious hardliners.

Paris Climate Conference – Another Failure

The December climate change conference in Paris, or Conference of the Parties (COP21) as it is called, was the 21st such conference since the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) was set up in 1992. All previous conferences have completely failed to prevent the acceleration, let alone reduction, of global emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and the accompanying global warming.

The Vanishing Recovery of Global Capitalism

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In our last issue [1] we challenged the assertions of the major capitalist agencies like the IMF, OECD and various financial commentators who work for the major investment banks about the rosy scenario they painted for the growth of the international economy. They assured us that in 2015 recovery from the 2008 meltdown of the speculative bubble was already well underway.

Italy Update: Solidarity with the Warehouse Workers For the Overthrow of Capitalism

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On January 8, at the Bormioli warehouse in Fidenza, the riot police dismantled the “presidio” [1] set up by the warehouse workers belonging to Si.Cobas and their supporters, against the new contract agreement signed between the company, the CGIL, CISL unions and the cooperative CAL established by Bormioli, which runs the logistics business of the company.

The Housing Bill: Slamming the Door on Tenants

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The Housing Crisis · The housing crisis in Britain gets worse every month. According to Shelter, statutory homelessness is at a seven year high and nearly 100,000 children in England are now classed as homeless. The situation in London has now reached critical levels where the number of renters becoming homeless has increased 700% in five years, (most losing their homes due to the ending of...

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