Martin McGuinness was one of the greatest Irish Republican leaders of his or any other generation. Socialist Action sends its condolences to all his loved ones, friends and comrades.
By Ian Richardson
Geert Wilders’ far right Freedom Party did not make the big breakthrough in the Dutch general election that earlier opinion polls had suggested. But it did succeed in shifting the entire political spectrum towards increased racism and Islamophobia.
The fight over who will be the next leader of Unite is important for the direction of the labour movement in Britain and for the leadership of the Labour Party. On both counts Len McCluskey should be supported in his bid to be re-elected as General Secretary.
By Jane West
There are two distinct projects in Britain to drive down the living standards of the working class and so drive up profits. One is the project of European Union big capital, which is to drive down the share of the economy that goes to the working class and raise profits, through slow attrition meaning a permanent squeeze on public spending, reducing the welfare state and wage decline or low growth. The other is the Brexit project which is an immediate and ferocious assault on living standards, trade union rights and public services.
The first Russian Revolution of 1917 – known in all the historical literature as the February Revolution – actually began on International Women’s Day March 8, which under the old style Russian calendar falls in February. This revolution was led by women.
Notes from the front of 09-12-16
Liberal Democrats gain at expense of Tories on Brexit
The by-elections in England since the EU referendum, two of which have taken place this December, have seen Labour come under a new pressure from the Liberal Democrats.
The article below by Tom O’Leary provides an analysis of the recent Autumn Statement including the forecasts for growth and living standards that have been revised sharply lower by the Office of Budget Responsibility. A key point is that the OBR is clear: around 60 per cent of the cuts made to those forecasts are a result of the Brexit referendum vote. Brexit will make us poorer.
By Stephen Bell
‘There can be no doubt that dire poverty alone compels people to abandon their native land, and that the capitalists exploit the immigrant workers in the most shameless manner. But only reactionaries can shut their eyes to the progressive significance of this modern migration of nations.’
Gerry Adams’ tribute to Fidel Castro, reproduced below, was originally published on the Léargas blog.
Below is the official statement made by Chinese President Xi Jinping on the death of Fidel Castro. It is highly interesting as it could not offer greater praise to the Cuban leader. This indicates relations between Cuba and China and the character of the Communist Party of China itself. The message was formally addressed to Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba.
Today we mourn the loss of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, who holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Cuba, Latin America and all anti-imperialists and progressive people world-wide. His death on 25 November, at the age of 90, is a loss for the entire world.
By Michael Wongsam
The election of Donald Trump as America's 45th president has provoked many responses, from outright rage and protest in many urban centres through to resignation, acceptance and accommodation to the result on the part of the DNC establishment. Opponents have correctly characterised his campaign as a right wing populist call to arms aimed at mobilising rural and sub urban white communities against immigrants, Muslims, black and other minority groups around a reactionary conservative agenda. However, in order to understand this vote in its full significance it is necessary to take a longer, historic view of its place in the unfolding of US politics.
By Pat Tanner
Brexit is the most important issue facing Britain. If Brexit goes ahead it will have major negative repercussions on the British economy and society for at least a generation. How the labour movement, including the Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party, responds to this crisis is therefore decisive. How the Labour leadership responds to Brexit will largely determine whether it will be able to advance electorally and whether the Corbyn leadership maintains and sustains the progressive wave of primarily young people into the Labour Party that have allowed him to twice win the leadership.
The following article by John Ross, examining the significance of Donald Trump’s election for world trade, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
Trump’s election as US President means 2016 is ending with a stark public contrast between the positions of China and the US on global trade. The US has its first president proclaiming support for protectionism since World War II, while China states its support for increased international trade and economic globalisation.
Notes from the front of 17-11-16
The Democrats' loss of electoral support - update
The victory of a Tea Party Republican candidate in the US Presidential election has produced some significantly inaccurate analysis, particularly from the right wing. It continues to be claimed that Trump won due to a groundswell of support. Plus it is suggested that Democrat losses were primarily amongst white voters and that making concessions to racism is how the Democrats can win.
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