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14 April protest

Workers' Liberty and other activists, especially from the Worker-communist Parties of Kurdistan and of Iran, are protesting against the Israeli shootings in Gaza and for a democratic political settlement in Israel-Palestine each Monday 23 April, through 30 April and 7 May, to 14 May. Place: Kensington Court, High St Kensington, London W8 5EA (opposite the Israeli Embassy). Above: our protest on Saturday 14 April.

A ring of roses with the words "socialism makes sense" in the middle.

Workers' Liberty summer school 21-24 June 2018, Birkbeck University, Malet St, London. "Challenges of a Labour government" is a major theme - how we can get such a government, how the labour movement can hold to its promises, whether Labour policies are adequate, what the left should demand... Thursday: walking tour. Friday evening: debate on socialism vs free market with Kristian Niemetz of the IEA. Saturday-Sunday - debates, workshops, film showings, and more. Book online here.

Victim of the chemical attack

After nearly seven years of unrest and civil war in Syria, Assad’s chemical attack on the civilian population trapped in Douma, a city near the capital Damascus, no longer seems shocking; it was the action of a regime that is able to kill and maim with impunity.

Border sign

The consequences in Ireland of Britain leaving the European Union are among the many strong reasons why Labour should oppose Brexit and demand a second referendum before Britain actually leaves the EU.

Anti Macron protests

A report on the movement in France against Macron in spring 2018, from Arguments pour la lutte sociale

Gaza protests

The Israeli army has killed 25 Palestinians, and injured hundreds more, after Israeli Defence Force (IDF) snipers opened fire on two demonstrations on Israel’s border with the Palestinian territory of Gaza, on Friday 30 March and Friday 6 April.

It is strange to see things for which Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty have long been despised and abused, among much of the left, the kitsch left, now being brandished as weapons against the Corbyn Labour Party by our political enemies.

Hundreds of UCU members on a picket line with placards and a purple smoke flare

Victory is in sight as UUK starts to back down, but UCU should push for more guarantees.

22 March strike

Around half a million people marched on 22 March against Macron's cuts to the public sector and attacks on rail workers' rights. Further action is planned. French socialists report.

UCU London demonstration

On Monday 12 March Universities UK and the University and Colleges Union (UCU) announced they had reached an ″agreement″ at ACAS in the ongoing dispute over the USS pension scheme.

As details of the ″deal″ came to light UCU members across the country were at first confused as to why the UCU would have agreed such a deal, and then angry.

World trade

On 1 March Donald Trump announced tariffs of 25% on steel imports, 10% on aluminium imports.

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Battle of Ideas

It is strange to see things for which Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty have long been despised and abused, among much of the left, the kitsch left, now being brandished as weapons against the Corbyn Labour Party by our political enemies.

Socialists and decent liberals should back an independent Palestinian state, in contiguous territory, alongside Israel. But on too much of the left, the “destroy Israel” strand dominates, and not the “help the Palestinians” strand.

The story of women’s suffrage is conventionally divided into the militant suffrage campaign led by the WSPU and the constitutional one led by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).

The return of racist science

Teachers' union spends £48,000 on “solidarity” holidays to Cuba. Text of a Workers' Liberty leaflet handed out at National Education Union conference on Saturday 31 March.

Erecting statues to oneself is the work of someone with state power. The purpose is to project permanence, grandeur, great dominance and authority. And to create veneration and devotion around the individual who demands power and control without accountability.

The working class and oppressed groups may need arms for self-defence, as in the late 1960s when the Black Panthers armed themselves for protection against the police. The problem, of course, is that the current beneficiaries of guns being freely available will not be revolutionary workers’ organisations but petty criminals, not to mention the kind of disturbed individuals who have carried out numerous shootings in American schools.

We should not peacefully exist in and with a society in which the precondition for workers to live is that they submit to being wage slaves, and accept that their productive energies are owned and controlled by employers who take a large part of the new wealth the workers create.

Fake news, the internet, and political scandals.

The charge that political organisations like Workers’ Liberty are “cults” is a common weapon in factional battles within the left today. This is our response to that line of argument.

Algerian feminist and scholar Anissa Hélie, in discussion on feminism and Islam.

Labour Party spokespersons should have asserted clearly, simply and repeatedly that migrants and refugees are welcome here, that our problems are caused by the Tories. Instead Labour has appeared mealy-mouthed and incoherent. Without a clear lead, continuing with Brexit is seen as “just the way it had to be”.

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.

Five reasons for distinguishing between political antisemitism and racial antisemitism.

Workers’ Liberty has been debating theories of racism and their relationship to left antisemitism. This contribution is by Carmen Basant. An alternative view will be published soon.

Paul Hampton argues there was never an inexorable, linear development from the Balfour declaration to the creation of Israel, or indeed, to the current injustice towards the Palestinians.

An interview by Arun Gupta from Jacobin magazine with Marxist academic Leo Panitch about Trump’s agenda

How socialists capitulated to the warmongers in 1914.

Epic poem marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution

"Crisis and sequels" is a book about the 2008 economic crash and its sequels by Solidarity and Workers' Liberty contributor Martin Thomas.

In the first of two articles Camila Bassi looks at racism and hate crime in Britain today and discusses academic understandings of racism.

Jan Willem Stutje's biography reviewed.

A review of 'A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas’ Victory'.

An interview with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the US socialist magazine Jacobin.

Review of The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony

Kautsky assumed modern socialism could be defined once and for all at one point — or at least during one period — and thereafter had only to be disseminated. This is wrong, because the world changes — for example, production and hence the working class is repeatedly restructured — so, unless we keep on developing them, socialist ideas can decay, and even turn into weapons in the hands of the ruling class.

Review of the new grouping involving Socialist Action (USA), A&R (France), and other groups.

The line between “anti-Zionism” and anti-semitism on the pseudo-left is ceasing to exist. Read this issue of Workers' Liberty online.

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