This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), otherwise known as the Wobblies, in the United States.
Solidarity 3/64, 6 January 2005
Attacks by the Iraqi resistance have been made on member’s of the IFTU on the railway line between Basra and Nasiriyyah. Reports of the attack on the No Sweat website prompted this exchange. Abridged.
For the last 15 months, a number of left groups and individual members of the Socialist Alliance (SA) have grouped together under the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP). Our main aim has been to maintain the SA as a major focus for left unity as part of the process of building a new workers’ socialist party, organisation or network as an alternative to New Labour.
Christian Parenti is a San Fransisco based activist and the author of The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq.
At the end of 2004 he spoke to Solidarity about the nature of the Iraqi resistance
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s shameful decision before Christmas to cancel the play Behzti (Dishonour) was justified in the following way by Executive Director Stuart Rogers: “[Sikh] community leaders have been unable to guarantee to us that there will be no repeat of illegal and violent activities… we cannot guarantee the safety of our audiences… [W]e have decided to end the current run of the play on security grounds.”
Socialist Worker, the miners and the “downturn”
By Jack Cleary, from Socialist Organiser 6 February 1985
Socialists need realism, honesty and candour in assessing the world around us. On the other hand we should have no business with unnecessary or premature defeatism. Anyone reading what Socialist Worker says could not avoid the conclusion that the strike is lost.
Teaching assistants in Brighton and Hove are still in dispute over the council’s plans to cut the number of weeks a year they are paid.
Described by the National Organisation of Women as a “virtual tidal wave of anti-abortion and anti-contraception legislation”, women in the US are facing what is perhaps the greatest threat to their reproductive rights since abortion first became legal.
There will be no working-class socialist presence in Iraq’s elections on 30 January — assuming that they do take place. The Worker-communist Party of Iraq is boycotting the elections. The Communist Party of Iraq is running, but under the banner of a “People’s Union” with a political platform limited to the “stage” of “building the democratic establishments for a united, pluralistic and federal Iraq”; and it says it is doing that only because Shia and Sunni Islamists refused to establish a broader coalition with the CP (Al-Sharq al-Awsat, 29 December, translated by BBC Monitoring Service).
Argentina’s movement of occupied factories is an inspiration in the fight against neoliberalism, and an important symbol that another world is possible, necessary and emerging.