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 3-11-16
Labour right sides with Saudi dictatorship
On 26 October Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, moved a motion in Parliament calling for an independent, UN led investigation into violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen. It called for the British government to suspend its support to the Saudi-led coalition pending the outcome. The motion was defeated, with 197 MPs voting in favour and 283 against.
Notes from the front of 2-11-16
The attack on Corbyn is about Palestine not anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism is deeply reactionary, and in an extreme barbaric form was the cutting edge of Nazi ideology, that underpinned the Holocaust. Where ever it exists it should be opposed.
However, the claims that the Labour Party is seriously infected with anti-Semitism and that Shami Chakrabarti's report covered this up are part of an on-going campaign to smear Jeremy Corbyn and oust him as leader.
Notes from the front of 27-10-16
Shoring up terrorism in Syria and Iraq
Despite the orchestrated hysteria around the fate of Aleppo, imperialism’s role in Syria was very obvious in recent days. Attempts by the Syrian and Russian governments to re-open peace negotiations were thwarted by the refusal of the armed opposition in Syria to support the ceasefire in Aleppo, or allow the UN proposed evacuation.
Notes from the front of 24-10-16
Labour should push for vote before Article 50 is triggered – and oppose a general election
The most important issue in British politics is Brexit. Unless there is a major war with British involvement, then Brexit is also likely to be the most important issue for the foreseeable future. Everything else is subordinate to that.
Notes from the front of 21-10-16
There is no such thing as Lexit
Four months after the EU referendum the consequences of pursuing Brexit are starting to unfold, revealing the reality of its reactionary character. Despite negotiations between the Tory government and the EU-27 not having even started, Brexit's negative consequences are already being felt.
Corbyn was right to speak at Stand Up to Racism and Stop the War
Political history is littered with people who started out on the left, used the enthusiasm and support of all those committed to the same causes to reach office and then promptly ditched all their supposed principles. Jeremy Corbyn is not one of them.
The following piece by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was published on his regular Léargas blog. He argues that the attack on human rights lawyers by the new Tory Prime Minister should be strongly resisted. They are indispensable in establishing in truth and protecting civil liberties. Nowhere is this more true than in Britain's former and current colonies where human rights lawyers have been murdered because they have sought to expose injustice and to defend those fighting it. As we know, the same British governments who trample over human rights overseas also severely curtail them in Britain too.
Notes from the front of 13-10-16
Labour reshuffles to step up the fight against the Tories
Following his re-election as Labour Leader in September, Jeremy Corbyn has reshuffled his front bench team, and is again pushing the government on to the back foot.
by Liam Murphy
The entire Tory party conference was a jarring tune played on a racist dog whistle. By contrast, Jeremy Corbyn's Leader's speech to Labour Party Conference set out the opposite approach and challenged the wave of xenophobia and racism that has swept the country since the Brexit referendum outcome.
By Stephen Bell
On the 14 September, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) published its report, 'Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options'. Published immediately after David Cameron’s retirement from Parliament, the reception given to the report concentrated on his culpability for the political and economic collapse in Libya. But this convenient response ignored how deeply compromised the British government’s intervention actually is. That policy continues to evade parliamentary control; involves fighting on both sides of a civil war, and adds to the chaos facing the people of Libya.
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