Many responses from the left to the Ukraine crisis have ignored, sidestepped, or downplayed the right to self-determination of the Ukrainian people.
Communist Party of Britain and Morning Star
Ukraine got independence only in 1991. Ninety per cent of its people, west and east, voted to separate from Russia after the old bureaucratic command-economy regime collapsed.
“It is difficult to decide which camp in the Scottish independence debate makes the stronger case for voting the opposite way,” were the sensible opening words in the 21 February editorial in the Morning Star.
In his New Year's message to members, RMT rail union general secretary Bob Crow declared: "On the political landscape RMT will be backing a slate of No2EU, yes to workers' rights candidates in May off
Peter Fryer reported for the Communist Party's Daily Worker from Budapest during the Hungarian workers' revolution of 1956.
Talks are reported between leaders of the RMT union, the CPB (Morning Star), and the SP about reviving the No2EU election coalition.
Andrew Coates reports:
Socialist Worker last week reported on the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula — but in topsy-turvy world of the fast-decaying SWP, it denounced “imperialist war-mongering against North Korea” which “threatened to bring the region to the brink of nuclear war.”
Beppe Grillo’s 5 Star Movement (M5S) is tapping and now successfully channelling outrage, anger and hatred, has fabricated a massive internet-based “anti political radical populism” unique in Europe and it is now the largest single political force in Italy, with 108 seats in La Camera and 54 in the Senate.
The chief things to press in the unions are mobilisation now against the attacks; democratic discussion of a strategy of ongoing action to win; and clear union demands on a Labour government to replace the Tories.