Solidarity 144, 15 January 2009

An appeal: unite for "two states"!

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:58 Author: Editorial

In the Gaza demonstrations, rational, nuanced, coherent politics has been eclipsed in an eruption of Arab and Islamic chauvinism that is only in part to be accounted for by the horror at Israel's onslaught on Gaza and a possibly healthy gut identification with the Palestinians and their organisations.

£20 billion more "socialism for bosses and bankers" shows market breakdown

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:54 Author: Martin Thomas

First, the Government semi-nationalised the banks. Now, it is quarter-nationalising the everyday process of trade credit, with the announcement on 14 January of Government guarantees for some £20 billion on loans made by banks to firms for "working capital", i.e. the cash they need to be able to pay wages and bills before their sales income comes in.

The reactionary right-wing politics of the Gaza demonstrations

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:49 Author: Sean Matgamna

[For those who have been directed to this article in reference to why the AWL opposes boycotts of Israel, see 'Why left-wing students should not support boycotting Israel'.]

The demonstrations all over Britain since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began on 27 December [2008] have been heavily fuelled by justified raw outrage at the human cost to the Palestinians of what Israel is doing.

Against job cuts: occupy, demand public ownership and shorter hours!

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:38 Author: Colin Foster

Thousands of jobs are being cut each week. Two recent struggles show that even when bosses are determined to shut down operations, workers can still fight back.

In December, workers at Republic Windows and Doors, in Chicago, occupied their factory for six days. In late November, workers at the Calcast car parts factory in Northern Ireland also occupied after the bosses had said the factory was closing down.

In both cases, the workers won better pay-offs rather than reversal of the closures. But both cases show that workers have bargaining power even in the endgame.

"Che": Revolution as icon

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:35 Author: Becky Crocker

Review of "Che: Part One"

This is a war film with a political backdrop. The action follows the revolutionaries’ landing in Cuba in December 1956, their trekking covertly through forests, taking of military bases, gaining support of the locals, street-fighting in Santa Clara to being days from taking Havana in January 1959. (The taking of Havana will come in Part Two).

While millions take pay cuts, union leaders rake it in

Submitted by AWL on 15 January, 2009 - 11:08

According to the website of the Certification Officer, the government official responsible for registering trade unions and employers' organisations, the payments made to the general secretaries of the ten unions representing the big majority of British trade unionists in 2007 averaged almost £80,000 a year - not counting generous benefits.

The median wage for a full-time worker last year was £24,908, a figure inflated by "high earners" ie non-workers at the top end.

Israel must withdraw from Gaza and the West Bank!

Submitted by dalcassian on 8 January, 2009 - 1:36 Author: Editorial
AWL Gaza poster

“An individual, a group, a party or a class that is capable of ‘objectively’ picking its nose while it watches men drunk with blood, and incited from above, massacring defenceless people is condemned by history to rot and become worm-eaten while it is still alive. On the other hand, a party or a class that rises up against every abominable action wherever it has occurred, as vigorously and unhesitatingly as a living organism reacts to protect its eyes when they are threatened with external injury — such a party or class is sound at heart.”

Marxist economists comment again on the crisis: 2. Fred Moseley - The bondholders and the taxpayers

Submitted by martin on 4 January, 2009 - 8:07 Author: Fred Moseley
Fred Moseley

The world economic crisis took a sharp turn for the worse in September 2008. Some of the Marxist economists who had discussed the crisis in our first series of interviews, March-July 2008, have commented again. No.2: Fred Moseley.

Israeli elections, 10 February: "Toothache, migraine or backache"?

Submitted by martin on 26 December, 2008 - 11:31 Author: Dan Katz

February's national elections are coming 18 months early. They were set in motion in September when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he would resign to fight corruption charges.

Before the assault on Gaza opinion polling indicated that Tzipi Livni’s Kadima was closing the gap with Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party.

The survey showed Likud winning 29 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, up from its current 12, followed by Kadima with 25. Kadima currently has 29 seats.

Lessons from three workers' struggles in the USA

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 25 December, 2008 - 9:55 Author: Adam Fischer

Every now and again, American workers issue a blunt reminder to the bosses, and to themselves, that the steady and moderate tone transmitted by their nation's great public-relations dream-machine can never fully lull them to sleep.