Victory to Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott!
The mainstream press and the Labour right are in a frenzy, desperate to prevent Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership after an opinion poll has put him in the lead. The opposing candidates have been completely unable to mount a coherent or strong alternative to his clear anti-austerity message.
By Michael Burke
The Troika of the ECB/EU/IMF have imposed a harsh defeat on Syriza and all the anti-austerity forces in Europe. At every stage the concessions agreed by the Syriza leadership were not enough. The Troika, led by Germany, sought a political solution to the economic crisis; the complete rout of the anti-austerity forces and the humiliation of their first government.
There have now been violent right-wing protests in Ecuador for several weeks, calling for the ousting of the elected President, Rafael Correa.
The US-linked opposition has now released a new video that openly incites the police to engage in a coup, as previously happened in 2010 when five people were killed and the President was kidnapped. The video can be seen here.
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Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott - challenging Labour's rightward shift
Jeremy Corbyn's success in securing sufficient nominations to contest the Labour leadership election has galvanised the left of the party. The notion that Labour lost May's General Election because it was too 'left' will now be challenged in the contest. Corbyn will campaign for Labour to break with austerity and for a foreign policy independent of US diktats.
All out for Saturday 20 June – Join the People’s Assembly Against Austerity national demo
Just one month on from the general election the new Tory government has wasted no time in announcing it is intensifying the austerity offensive.
Tories launch new racist offensives
With the election now over, the Tories are decisively reasserting the scape-goating agenda that was suspended for fear of building up UKIP during the election campaign. Various reactionary measures were announced in the Queen's Speech on 27 May, including proposed legislation on 'extremism' and immigration.
The following article by Barry Gray, on Labour’s response to UKIP’s rise, originally appeared on Left Futures.
In the wake of UKIP's electoral advance, both at this year's General Election and last year's European Parliament election, the Labour Party has come under growing pressure, from inside and outside its own ranks, to adapt to UKIP’s anti-immigrant and English nationalist agenda.
By Paul Lewis
The central thesis of Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything' is that unless we ditch neo-liberal capitalism it won't be possible to preserve a climate that can sustain human civilisation:
Stunning victory for Podemos
The local and regional elections held in the Spanish state were a victory for the anti-austerity political insurgents of Podemos and its allies and a defeat for the ruling Partido Popular (PP). This is an important breakthrough ahead of national elections to be held later this year and is a significant boost to the anti-austerity forces across Europe, especially Syriza in Greece.
The outcome of the British election produced a collapse of the classic ‘centrist vote’ represented by the Liberal Democrats and a polarisation to both the right and the left of the mainstream political parties. This is a new situation as the new formations on the right and on the left are substantial and are a significant factor on the changed political scene.
Upturn in the anti-austerity movement
Since the Tories won the election just two weeks ago (7 May), with the support of less than 25 per cent of the electorate, significant numbers of people have got involved in the movement against austerity to resist what will be the most right wing, vicious government since the Second World War.
Labour would not have won by moving right - that is just a myth
Following Labour's defeat the Blairites and others have launched an offensive to shift the party rightwards and install a hard right-wing leadership. Backed by the Tory media, their barrage of attacks on Ed Miliband is creating the media myth of a leftward lurch that lost Labour the election.
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