By Frances Davis and Ian Richardson
The much-anticipated General Election in the southern Irish state, called for 26 February, has brought into sharp focus two clear political alternatives – a continuation of right wing austerity politics or a break with it, in favour of a left wing alternative. The fact that the election is taking place in the centenary year of the 1916 Rising also gives an added significance – and one which is not just based on an historic poignancy. Most of the fundamental tasks of 1916 are yet to be accomplished.
Support the junior doctors – on the frontline in the battle to save the NHS!
The Tories’ attacks on the NHS are intensifying, with huge numbers of NHS staff reporting that the health service is being pushed to breaking point.
To mark this year's centenary of the Easter Rising this website will be carrying a series of articles on the Irish liberation struggle, starting with Lenin on the Irish Rebellion of 1916.
Lenin was the foremost exponent of Marxism of his generation whose leadership was decisive in the success of the Russian Revolution. This was made possible by the development of a theoretical outlook which informed the anti-imperialist wing of the socialist movement which subsequently became the worldwide communist movement.
6.45pm Weds 9 March
Speakers: John McDonnell MP, Diane Abbott MP, Cat Smith MP, Helen Goodman MP, Maya Goodfellow, Shelly Asquith & Steve Turner.
The article below, by John Ross, on the lessons for Latin America from China's economic success, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
The following article by Sabby Dhalu, on the Tories’ renewed racist agenda, giving succour to the extreme right, was originally published by the Morning Star.
For the first time in a while, the National Front (NF) made headlines last Saturday. At its demonstration in Dover the NF were openly sieg-heiling — emulating Hitler’s nazis is unlikely to draw large numbers of support.
Assemble 12 noon 19 March Central LondonFollowed by march and rally in Trafalgar Square
Stop Trident National Demonstration
Assemble 12 noon • Saturday 27 February 2016 • Location Central London • Meeting point to be announcedMarch to Trafalgar Square Rally with contributions from a range of political & celebrity speakers
By Paul Lewis
Today's (7 March) Climate March marked the start of what needs to be a concerted push of popular protest in the run up to the critical inter-governmental climate talks in Paris this December.
Eurogroup, ECB and IMF seek Syriza’s unconditional surrender
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a weekend rally that Syriza’s international opponents ‘plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries,’ he said, adding: ‘and mainly before the elections in Spain.’
Speaker: Diane Abbott MP
Introduction: Ken Livingstone
Chair: Kate Hudson
7pm Thursday 5 March, at Conway Hall
Following the recent exposure of a coup plot in Venezuela, RT conducted an interview (linked to below) with Eva Golinger, the author of the Chavez Code.
Greece: EU still trying to impose austerity
The new Greek government’s struggle with the EU has started to unfold with the outcome of the first round of negotiations with the EU institutions. This has seen Syriza forced to make a number of concessions on their anti-austerity programme.
The Syriza government is in a fight with hugely powerful forces – Germany, the IMF, European capital – which made it clear to Greece they were prepared to unleash a whirlwind if its government does not comply. The clearest threat was of an engineered run on the Greek banks which would have brought the tills to a standstill and led to an immediate chaotic social and economic crisis. The consequences would have made the 2013 Cyprus crisis look like a walk in the park.
Black, Muslim, Jewish, all these lives matter
Events of recent weeks have provided an object lesson in why it is vital to build a united movement against all forms of racism.
The attacks in Copenhagen last weekend, one of which was on a synagogue, and the desecration of Jewish graves in France, have added to the deepened concerns in the Jewish community that – on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – they are facing a new wave of European anti-Semitism.
Greece confrontation moves closer – Syriza hasn’t blinked
The confrontation between the anti-austerity Syriza government in Greece and Germany – which stands behind the decisions of the financial troika of the European Commission, IMF and European Central Bank – is shaping up for a denouement as early as the end of this month. Greece’s current bailout programme is due for renewal on 28 February.
Unite against racism and fascism Conference Saturday 21 Feb
Syriza's victory continues to generate positive shock waves
The positive effects of the Syriza victory continue to be felt nationally and internationally. The new Syriza government has moved rapidly to make good its election pledges to roll back austerity.
The following article by Matt Willgress was originally published by the Morning Star. It sets out some of Correa’s achievements since he was first elected President, including poverty reduction, low unemployment and an economy growing at four per cent a year - all underpinned by a huge increase in state investment, whose proportion of GDP has trebled in eight years.
Eight years ago President Rafael Correa was elected in Ecuador and, as in many Latin American countries in recent years, there’s been a tremendous shift in the country.
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