The Greek referendum result is a blow to every politician, banker and boss who wants to impose austerity on workers. Working class people in Greece defied all of the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) propaganda and intimidation. Their “Project Fear” was intense—and virtually the entire Greek ruling class lined up behind them. Many bosses have been reported for trying to blackmail their employees into voting yes. But ordinary people refused to be bullied into accepting their rotten deal. Read more>>
The Greek government, led by the left party Syriza, has called a referendum on the austerity agreement that the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been trying to impose since Syriza was elected in January 2015. These bodies pushed through vicious austerity measures in “memorandums” with previous governments. They are now demanding further austerity measures including more cuts in pensions, more taxation and a 10 percent surcharge on electricity bills. This is on top of the privatisations and scaling back of minimum wage and welfare Syriza has already agreed to. Read more>>
Socialists in Britain were shocked when the Tories, the party of the bosses, managed to get re-elected. They have now formed a majority government – rather than the coalition they had before. But people are also angry and have shown that they will not accept the austerity and retrenchments that the Tories have promised.
During the first weekend after the election, 2,000 people protested outside the Tory Party Head Quarters and the following Wednesday 4,000 people joined a local demonstration in Bristol that had been called by secondary school students. Read more>>
The attacks on migrants from sister African countries in South Africa in March and April, which claimed not less than 7 lives with over a thousand rendered homeless, reflect the deepening crisis of capitalism and how this takes various shapes, including mobilisation along identity lines to divide the ranks of working people of all lands. The fact that such outbursts of xenophobia, has become recurrent with 67 persons killed in similar attacks 7 years ago, makes it even more worrisome and calls for deep reflections on what is to be done by working class activists. Several groups and governments have condemned this misguided rage of the dispossessed on the streets of the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, Johannesburg provinces. In several Nigerian cities, protesters have marched to the South African High Commission and multinational corporations such as DSTV, MTN and Shoprite demanding an end to the rampage and prosecution of its perpetrators, failing which South African multinationals will be picketed. Read more
The militant Jihadist group, al-Shabab killed 148 students of the Garissa University College, Kenya, on April 2 by. It was the worst attack of the sect in Kenya, since 2011 when the country’s army entered Somalia to contain al-Shabaab. Like Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabaab has waged a relentless guerrilla war against the Kenyan state claiming lives, after attacks were launched by governments that envisaged quick victories. The origins and evolution of the two armed sects lies in the crisis of capitalism and the politics of the ruling class.
Al-Shabaab means “the youth” in Arabic. It emerged in the early 2000s as part of the “Islamic Courts Union” (ICU) during the series of Civil Wars Somalia was thrown into after the fall of the brutal dicator, Siad Barre, in 1991. Barre whom the Nigerian government granted asylum for the rest of his life was a puppet of United States imperialism during the Cold War. He smashed the working class movement and various manifestations of resistance from below, building a totalitarian dictatorship. When he fell, the state collapsed. The country became several battlegrounds of warlords. Read more…
The waves of rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri, last year brought the lethal danger of racism in the United States to the fore, once again. This was after the killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year old African-American and the acquittal of Darren Wilson, the white policeman who killed him. But there have been several haunting killings of black youth and children even after Ferguson’s violent confrontation with institutionalised racism. One black person is killed every 28 hours according to Brian Becker, director of the Answer Coalition. Read more >>
The electoral victory of Syriza in Greece in January 2015 created huge optimism across Europe. After five years of struggle — with strikes, occupations and demonstrations — the government of austerity collapsed and a left party was elected. The Syriza ministers’ first declarations boosted this optimism: retrenched civil servants would get their jobs back, privatisation would stop and the immigrant detention camps would be closed. Read more>>