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Stalinism in the International Brigades

Buy online here: Lions Led By Jackals - Stalinism in the International Brigades, a pamphlet by Dale Street reporting research in newly-opened archives.

Out on 15 January 2016: Lions Led By Jackals - Stalinism in the International Brigades, a pamphlet by Dale Street reporting research in newly-opened archives.

Buy online now: £4 including postage.





A review of the pamphlet can be read here.

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Greek "communists" oppose civil partnership law

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Theodora Polenta

“Is sex dirty? Only when it's being done right”, Woody Allen

On Tuesday 22 December, the Greek Parliament ratified the Civil Union Agreement for Same-Sex Couples. The new legal framework for co-habiting couples is also a limited step (forward towards the abolition of discrimination for the LGBTQI community.

Greek civil partnership law passes, opposed by the church and the KKE

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Tubeworker 27/12/15 - After Leytonstone Attack: Unite Against Staffing Cuts and Racism

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Tubeworker

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

This issue includes articles on the Leytonstone attack, the ongoing fight against cuts to staffing levels, and cleaners facing short payment and immigration raids, plus your local and workplace stories.

To download the PDF, click here.

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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Inequality of wealth increases

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Martin Thomas

The Guardian of 19 December 2015 summarises the latest results from the Office of National Statistics.

The top 10% now own almost half of the country’s £11.1tn total private wealth. Since the previous survey two years earlier, the top tenth of households had seen a 21% increase in their wealth, including property and shares.

That was three times as fast as the increase over the same period for the poorest half of households, who saw their wealth rise by 7%.

A small minority owns most wealth, and an even smaller minority monopolises the wealth that brings power.

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COP21: worthless words

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Stuart Jordan

“Its a fraud really, a fake. Its just bullshit...worthless words. There is no action, just promises.” Professor James Hansen, Columbia University on the COP21 deal.

“Its a fraud really, a fake. Its just bullshit...worthless words. There is no action, just promises.” Professor James Hansen, Columbia University on the COP21 deal.

France: Against the FN and the Sarkozy-Hollande alliance, workers need their own voice

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Lutte Ouvriere
French socialists respond to the surge in support for the far right Front National in the December 2015 regional elections in France

Originally published by the French Trotskyist group Lutte Ouvriere (see their website here).

Although they were in a position to win in three regions, the Front National didn't win a single one. With a higher turn-out, there was a reflexive rejection of the FN right across the country.

No mandate for Prentis

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Ed Whitby

So Prentis has been elected on less than 50% of the vote, with less than 10% of the membership voting.

In the last 10 years Dave Prentis has gone from 185,000 votes to 66,000 votes losing 119,000 or two thirds of his vote.

This in an election where:

* There is known corruption in the important London region, with staff members on record as supporting Prentis against all the rules

* No hustings or debates to raise profile of alternate candidates

* No information in the unions two membership publications on the other candidates

So Prentis has been elected on less than 50% of the vote, with less than 10% of the membership voting.

Bakers' Union opposes expulsions of socialists from the Labour Party

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union has issued a strong statement against the expulsion of socialist activists by the Labour Party machine.

The Stop the Labour Purge campaign against the expulsions and exclusions of socialists from the Labour Party reports:

"The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union has issued the following statement (see here for the original on their website). We very much hope other Labour-affiliated trade unions will do the same, and are working with supporters in a variety of unions to promote the campaign in the labour movement."

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Condemn some bombing?

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Pat Murphy, NUT Executive (pc)
What happened when the National Union of Teachers national executive debated Syria.

On 10 December the NUT National Executive debated a motion on Syria. It was based on something the SWP had sent out earlier in the week but was moved by Dave Harvey from Outer London.

Leytonstone attack: unite against staffing cuts and racism

Tubeworker's thoughts today are with those injured in the knife attack at Leytonstone station last night - and with all our workmates and passengers who as a result are even more anxious about being around London Underground. We know from past experience that in times of war and terrorist activity, our job always becomes both more important and more stressful.

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The SNP on Syrian airstrikes - a parallel political universe

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Dale Street
SNP claim Labour is wholly in favour of airstrikes when the majority of Labour MPs voted against...

“”SNP independence has become the cocaine of the politically active. Fun to join in, but dulling the senses, jabbering on at a hundred words per minute while disconnected from self-awareness.”

In a recent article admitting that the SNP’s economic arguments for independence never stacked up, this is how Alex Bell summed up the delirious nature of the pro-independence political mindset. (Bell was SNP Head of Policy under Salmond.)

Unison regional officials caught cheating in General Secretary election

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By a Unison member
As ballots closed for Unison’s general secretary election, 23 minutes of audio recording were leaked revealing a covert campaign by Unison’s full-time staff to elect incumbent Dave Prentis in clear breach of Unison rules.

As ballots closed for Unison’s general secretary election, 23 minutes of audio recording were leaked revealing a covert campaign by Unison’s full-time staff to elect incumbent Dave Prentis in clear breach of Unison rules.

Left-wing challenger, John Burgess, has called for an independent enquiry led by respected labour movement representatives and for any result that secures Prentis’ victory to be declared null and void.
Burgess is right. Although this mess is probably illegal, the labour movement should hold its own to account and meet out its own justice.

Wake Up! bulletin November 2015

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Wake Up

Wakefield council workers' bulletin for November 2015.

Includes: Massacres in Beirut and Paris, join Momentum and fight, staff survey, and defend DOCAS!

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Wakefield council workers' bulletin for November 2015. Includes: Massacres in Beirut and Paris, join Momentum and fight, staff survey, and defend DOCAS!

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South Korea: Labour and youth protests

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Nolan Grunska

On Saturday 14 November, protestors took to the streets of Seoul for the largest demonstration in at least seven years.

Estimates of the number of protestors present range from 60,000 to 130,000, with over 500 injured by water cannons, liquified tear gas, and pepper spray, 51 detained by police, and one demonstrator, farmer Paek Nam-ki, left in critical condition. Protesters were also sprayed with blue paint, so they could be identified for later arrest.

Action against repressive labour laws planned for 5 December.

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’Tis the season for Marxism - Christmas book offers!

We have now sold out of copies of The Fate of the Russian Revolution: The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism, but fear not, a second edition of the volume will be going to print this week.

Until 19 December, you can buy both volume one and two of The fate of the Russian Revolution for £25 (including postage) and you’ll get a study guide too. Make sure to buy yours now!

Why not buy your socialist friends and family books for Christmas this year? We are doing offers on a whole range of our books, pamphlets and publications until 19 December, we’ll even gift wrap them for you!

US-UK bombing won't stop Daesh!

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Editorial

On Wednesday 2 December (after we go to press) the House of Commons will vote on proposals to extend UK air strikes to Syria. As Jeremy Corbyn has given Labour MPs a free vote, Cameron is likely to have a majority for extending the bombing.

Increased bombing in Syria is fundamentally not aimed towards ending the ongoing and vicious sectarian conflict there, and will not bring that end closer.

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National Union of Mineworkers stands in solidarity with Ukrainian workers against imperialisms east and west

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NUM

The National Union of Mineworkers in Britain recently affiliated to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (USC), a network building support for independent unions in Ukraine struggle against both Russian imperialism and EU/IMF-driven austerity. We reprint below their statement in response to criticisms of this stance, republished with permission from the USC website. Following this is a message to the NUM from Sergey Yunak, President of Ukrainian miners' union PRUP.

The NUM declares its support for Ukrainian workers' struggles against both Russian and western imperialism.

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The 13 November attacks in Paris: the terror of the Islamic State, the state of emergency in France, our responsibilities

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Pierre Rousset and François Sabado (Nouvel Parti Anticapitaliste)

Pierre Rousset and François Sabado are prominent members of the Nouvel Parti Anticapitaliste (New Anticapitalist Party, NPA), France's largest far-left party. They are both veterans of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (Revolutionary Communist League, LCR), the Trotskyist group which founded the NPA and then dissolved into it. This article was originally written for the Spanish-language site Viento Sur, and is online here.

Pierre Rousset and François Sabado, veterans of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (Revolutionary Communist League, LCR) in France and prominent members of the Nouvel Parti Anticapitaliste (New Anticapitalist Party, NPA) comment on the Paris attacks.

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