Frontline

How to turn around low turnouts: unions must fight!

A union strategy for actively fighting the attacks we face can rebuild workers' confidence.

Ritzy cinema workers' strike hots up

Ritzy cinema workers struck again on 20 July to demand a living wage. This time, the bosses tried to keep the cinema running.

Workers' Advice Centre: "The only liveable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution"

The Workers' Advice Centre, an independent union centre in Israel/Palestine organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, has published this statement against the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Lewisham Hospital Worker #44 — 22 July 2014

A workplace bulletin by Lewisham Hospital workers, for Lewisham Hospital workers.

Israeli left calls protest against Gaza bombing

This appeal for a demonstration in Tel Aviv has been put out by left-wingers in Israel.

The battle for the political heart of Syriza

Alexis Tsipras wants to convince Greek capitalism that Syriza is a "safe bet" in government. But the party needs to deepen the fight against capitalist austerity! A new left opposition is now opening up in the party.

Italy: 1.2 million more absolute poor last year

Sharp declines in standard of living for big majority.

End homophobia in the Commonwealth

Protest highlights how in 42 of 53 Commonwealth countries it is illegal to be LGBT.

Pro-Russian separatists regroup

By regrouping in Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian separatists are able to use the civilian population as “protection”: bombardments by air or land by the Ukrainian forces would inevitably cause major civilian casualties.

Impasse in Iraq

Shia-sectarian militias are mobilising against ISIS more effectively than the Iraqi army.

Obama to deport 52,000 children

The White House has announced plans to spend $3.7 billion deporting 52,000 children to Central America.

Support Calais migrants

Authorities in Calais have created a by-law prohibiting groups of people occupying or setting up camps across the town.

WP-ISL

Battle of Ideas

Swear You'll Never Forget (the First world War)

Do you remember the rats, and the stench Of corpses rotting in front of the front line trench?

Two nations, two states!

Since the latest round of Israeli air bombardments of Gaza began on 8 July, around 200 Palestinians have died.

A Popular Front for Russian Nationalism

Boris Kagarlistsky and others organise left cover for extreme Russian nationalism at Yalta "anti-war conference".

Israel: stop bombing Palestinians!

What Israel is doing to the Palestinians now is a political, moral, and military obscenity!

Lenin: The collapse of the Second International

Lenin's analysis of the collapse of the Socialist International at the outbreak of war in 1914

Czech Imperialism and the National Question in Central Europe (1938)

Between the two world wars Marxists considered Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Poland to be imperialist powers, because in these states there were oppressed national minorities

"Solidarity between Jewish and Arab workers is the only way to overcome the cycle of bloodshed" [2010]

Analysis of the situation in Israel/Palestine after the flotilla massacre from left-wing Israeli magazine Challenge.

Israel and the Mavi Marmara massacre (2010)

The Mavi Marmara massacre flows from the whole policy of recent Israeli governments.

Anti-semitism and anti-Zionism on the 1970s German left

Gerd Koenen, who in the 1970s, was a leading member of the Communist League of West Germany, an eclectic but numerically substantial Maoist (and pro-Pol-Pot) organisation, has recently published memoirs. He has learned some things over the years: and one of them, as this extract shows, is the rottenness of standard left "anti-Zionism".

1940: Max Shachtman's reply to Leon Trotsky - A “petty bourgeois” opposition?

Where Is the Petty Bourgeois Opposition? By the SWP Political Committee minority, March 1940.

THE COLLAPSE OF THE INTERNATIONAL in 1914

This is chapter 7 of Leon Trotsky's The War And The International, 1914

Collapse and resistance: the workers' movement facing World War One

Translated extracts from Alfred Rosmer's The Workers’ Movement during the First World War which tell the story of how the French trade union federation the CGT collapsed.

The Collapse of the Socialist International in the First World War

100 years ago, in August 1914, World War 1 triggered a collapse of the Socialist International into national fragments. Max Shachtman reviewed the experience on the 20th anniversary.

Rebuilding the left among young people

In building a new socialist awareness, young workers are central.

What was in the coffin at the funeral of socialism? (1990)

What collapsed when European Stalinism collapsed?

AWL: what we are, what we do and why we do it

We are still at the mercy of irrational social and political forces, even while our power to tame the irrational forces of nature, at whose mercy humankind has been throughout its existence, reaches an amazing and still increasing capacity.

Matt Merrigan: a fighter for the Third Camp in Ireland

Matt Merrigan (1921-2000) was a socialist and trade unionist and one of very few Third Camp Trotskyists in Ireland.

The Labour Party Ban on Our Paper and the Defeats of the Left in the 1980s (1990)

A critical survey of the Labour Left in the 1980s, written in July 1990, when the Labour Party banned Solidarity's predecessor, Socialist Organiser.

What is anti-Muslim racism?

There is a lot of reference on the British left to “Islamophobia”, but less actual discussion about what it means. Do Muslims in Britain suffer oppression as Muslims, and if so what kind?

Get religion out of our schools!

Religious indoctrination and religious segregation has no place in schools.

"Are You Making Slaves?"

If conditions ever justify hard-pressed adults 'smacking'children, 'smacking' children was 'understandable' in these conditions.

Better texts...better vision!

GCSE English Literature hit the headlines after outrage on social media at the “banning” of certain well-loved texts including John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

'Labour'

A poem published in Young Spartakus, the youth paper of the US Trotskyists, in 1932.

Politics, polemic and Marxism: Engels' Anti-Dühring

The great Marxist scholar of the Bolshevik Party and victim of Stalinism in the 1930s, David Riazanov, writes about Engels' great exposition of Marxism, Anti-Dühring.

What is the Muslim Association of Britain?

A briefing on the Muslim Association of Britain and its links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Campaigns

Crisis in Iraq: AWL London forum

24 July, 2014 - 19:00, University of London Union, Malet St, London WC1E 7HY. Speakers: Gona Saeed and Clive Bradley

Workers' Liberty summer camp (West Yorkshire, 14-17 August 2014)

Members and friends of Workers' Liberty are organising a summer event at Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Class Against Class: the miners' strike 1984-5

A new book from Workers' Liberty tells the story of the 1984-5 miners' strike in week-by-week detail.

Solidarity schedule for July and August 2014

Solidarity 331 is out on 16 July 2014; 332, on 30 July; and 333, on 13 August. Normal schedule restarts with no.334 on 2 September.

Events

Crisis in Iraq: How did this happen? How can we support the Iraqi left? (AWL London forum)

24 July, 2014 - 19:00

University of London Union, Malet St, London WC1E 7HY

Workers' Liberty Summer Camp 2014

14 August, 2014 (All day)

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

999 call for the NHS march from Jarrow to London

16 August, 2014 - 10:00

Leaves from Jarrow

AWL National Committee

6 September, 2014 - 11:30

Central London: call 020 7394 8923 for details

999 call for the NHS march from Jarrow to London

6 September, 2014 - 21:32

Arrives in London

TUC congress

7 September, 2014 - 16:00

BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP

AWL Unison fraction

20 September, 2014 - 11:00

London, tba

CLPD fringe meeting

20 September, 2014 - 18:00

Jury's Inn, Great Bridgwater St, Manchester

Labour Party conference

21 September, 2014 - 14:00

Manchester

CLPD fringe meeting

23 September, 2014 - 19:30

Jury's Inn, Great Bridgwater St, Manchester

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