Mandela tributes show links between the national liberation struggles in South Africa and Ireland

18th December 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Frances Davis

One of the most inspiring moments in the days of tribute following the death of  Nelson Mandela has been the way in which it has highlighted the connections between the leaderships of national liberation struggles spanning continents – from South African to Cuba and to Ireland. The critical role of the Cuban leadership and people in helping defeat apartheid was given significant prominence in South Africa at the memorial service with the speech and presence of President Raul Castro.

In addition, and of particular note for the left here, was the prominence given to the connection between the Sinn Fein leadership and the ANC, where decades-long links with the struggle against apartheid and Irish republicans came to the fore.

Thai elites mobilise to overthrow reforming Yingluck government

10th December 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Jane West

The decision by Yingluck Shinawatra to call a snap election in Thailand in response to a determined attempt by the right to overturn her democratically elected government is a high risk strategy, despite the fact that her party would almost certainly win in any fair election. The right-wing monarchical elites and the army in Thailand know they cannot win in a free election and so are looking for an opportunity to delegitimise or distort the electoral process and impose an army or so-called technocratic ‘people’s council’ government instead.

Nelson Mandela: leader of South Africa’s first great revolution

8th December 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Tom Castle

Nelson Mandela is a hero to all those who have struggled for freedom, for black liberation and for revolutionaries the world over. He was hounded and imprisoned for almost half a lifetime by the apartheid regime, in close collaboration with the imperialist powers led by the US and Britain. In death he is rightly receive tributes from across the world, even including entirely hypocritical ones from the likes of Obama and Cameron.

South London People’s Assembly Against Austerity

7th December 2013 Socialist Action 0

South London People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Saturday 7th December at Goldsmiths College

Speakers and workshops drawing on local and national campaigns.

Speakers include Owen Jones, Josie Long, John McDonell MP, Billy Hayes, Francesca Martinez, Aditya Chakrabortty, Zita Holbourne, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Lee Jasper, Lindsey German, Kevin Courtney, Save Lewisham Hospital’s Dr Louise Irvine and many more.