Solidarity 058, 23 September 2004

Putin uses Beslan to increase his power Daniel_Randall Wed, 09/22/2004 - 00:00

By Dale Street

The series of “reforms” announced by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Beslan school massacre have nothing to do with fighting terrorism. They are another stage in the evolution of Putin’s authoritarian and semi-dictatorial regime.

The Washington Post summed up the ‘reforms’ as: “An unambiguous step towards tyranny in Russia. There is no complexity or fuzziness about the significance of Putin’s actions.

Putin is imposing dictatorship the old-fashioned way. …Russia needs to fight terrorism.

March for Zanon

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 22 September, 2004 - 12:00

On 14 September a delegation of Zanon workers and participants in the Unemployed Workers’ Movement (MTD) travelled to Buenos Aires in Argentina to organise a national campaign to defend the factory.

Since March 2002 Zanon’s workers have run the factory under workers’ self-management without owners, bosses or foremen.

A necessary retreat on the Tube

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 21 September, 2004 - 12:00

The pamphlet Tunnel Vision is well produced and thought-out. It will be a useful tool in future actions. This said, there is one part that needs to be looked at again: pages 43 and 44.

The pamphlet glosses over an issue central to why the improved offer was accepted. The main problem was that the track workers and maintenance workers were facing privatisation within weeks. There was nothing that could be done at that stage to stop this, except all-out revolution!

Will the IRA dissolve?

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 21 September, 2004 - 12:00

By John O’Mahony

Tony Blair’s high-powered negotiations at Leeds Castle, Kent, on the future of Northern Ireland, have broken up in failure.
The Paisley Unionists and Sinn Fein (SF), the polar opposites in Northern Ireland politics, now have the support of most Protestants and most Catholics respectively, and agreement on a new Catholic-Protestant power-sharing Belfast government depends on them.

Yet the failure to reach agreement on that should not be allowed to obscure the most important event in Irish politics since the IRA declared a ceasefire in August 1994.

Against Bush, but US workers need their own party

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 21 September, 2004 - 12:00

The voice of the militant class struggle left in America may seem too quiet and abstract to bother with. But the future of American working-class politics, and of the world, lies with them.

There is just over a month to go before the US Presidential election. As someone said recently: this is an election in which everyone in the world would like a vote, but only the American people actually have a vote.

Speak up for Iraqi workers

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 20 September, 2004 - 12:00

Seventy-one per cent of people in Britain now want the government to set a date to withdraw British troops from Iraq.

Tony Blair replied on 19 September: “Whatever the disagreements about the first conflict in Iraq to remove Saddam… this conflict now taking place in Iraq… is the crucible in which the future of this global terrorism will be decided.”

True, the Islamist militias in Iraq are terrorist, against civilian foreigners taken hostage and then ceremonially beheaded, and against the civilian population of Iraq too.

Cut the roots of fascism

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 19 September, 2004 - 12:00

Note: this article includes details of the forthcoming by-election in Dagenham where the BNP threaten to win another seat.

Far right wins in E. London and soars in Germany.
Cut the roots of fascism - fight for a workers' government!

On 16 September, the fascist British National Party won a council by-election in Barking, East London, with over 50% of the vote.