Latin America’s socialist alternative to capitalist crisis and wars

31st July 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Stephen MacAvoy

The most advanced political struggles in the world today are taking place in Latin America where governments of the left not only predominate but where a number – especially the government of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela – are seeking to move beyond the capitalist framework altogether.

In July, governments, parties and social movements from the left in Latin America came together in the 18th São Paulo Forum to co-ordinate their response to the current capitalist crisis and the imperialist offensive in the Middle East.

Justice for Kenyan victims of British colonialism

22nd July 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Tom Castle

Three casualties of the struggle for Kenyan national liberation have taken their legal fight for justice back to the High Court in London.

The three, Paulo Muoka Nzili, Jane Muthoni Mara and Wambugu Wa Nyingi are pursuing their claims for compensation for their illegal detention and torture at the hands of the British colonial government. Africans have long demanded an admission of guilt and apology for the atrocities committed by the British authorities.

No ‘honeymoon’ for Hollande as French government continues austerity

20th July 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Abelle Moreau

The outcome of the French elections marks a turn in the political situation in France, which will now play out with implications for all parties.

Francois Hollande’s ‘honeymoon’ with French voters has been one of the shortest on record.

Having run his election campaign claiming he would reject Sarkozy’s austerity policies and insist on a ‘growth strategy’ alongside debt reduction, no new policies have materialised.