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Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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From 2008 to fighting capitalism

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Caroline Jeffries

When the housing bubble burst and a full-blown financial crisis developed in 2008 I was ten years old. I lived in an upper-class neighbourhood, so very few people around me were greatly affected by the crisis. 2008, however, would come to bother me for years after the recession ended.

Becoming a socialist in post-2008 crash America.

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Socialist ideas can beat Trump

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Only a resurgent labour movement, fighting boldly and unequivocally for a different world-view, and a different world, of co-operation and solidarity, can turn the tables. Not a bland, moderate, liberal defence of the status quo.

Donald Trump, who becomes US president on 20 January, threatens to push the USA, and maybe more of the world, back decades on women’s rights, ethnic minority rights, migrant rights, and civil liberties. He threatens to batter and marginalise the long-beleaguered US trade-union movement.

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Sam Bottone, 1926-2016

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New York Times

This obituary first appeared in the New York Times


Socialist activist, intellectual, and labor organizer Sam Bottone, 90, died on December 30, 2016 in Portland, OR of multiple chronic illnesses. Sam is survived by his wife of 42 years, Toni Propotnik, and his daughters Lisa and Andrea Bottone of Manhattan and Staten Island, children of his first marriage to the former Elsie Yacubovich.

Veteran of the "Third Camp" socialist left, Sam Bottone, has died, aged 90.

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Trump, Putin and the CIA

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Charlotte Zalens

The CIA’s report to US senators — that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to help the election of Donald Trump — is extraordinary. That’s not just because of the fact that Russia seemingly interfered in an election in the world’s most powerful country, but also because the US intelligence agency chose to make it public.

President Trump could normalise Russia’s annexation of Crimea and back pro-Russian fighters in the east of Ukraine.

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Dakota Pipeline halted, direct action continues

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Alex Nash

The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Yankton Sioux peoples continue their direct action against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Despite the recent positive news, some have voiced caution, noting that Donald Trump strongly supports the Dakota Access Pipe Line and the pipeline company itself could appeal the decision. “It’s a trick. It’s a lie. Until that drill is shut down it’s not over yet,” said Frank Archambault, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “Everybody needs to stay in place.”

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The left should not "Trumpify" itself!

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Michel Husson

On 23 January 2015, several days after being named as the Finance Minister of the new Greek government, Yanis Varoufakis answered questions from Channel Four. His first objective, he explained, was to take emergency steps to reduce the social effects of the crisis, and the third was to re-negotiate the debt. Between these two, and before even getting to the question of the debt, Varoufakis named as his target the system of oligarchy: “We are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system”.

The idea that the left should develop its own "national sovereignty narrative" plays into the hands of the xenophobes.

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The economic consequences of Donald Trump

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Martin Thomas
Beyond domestic regression, President Trump may also disrupt the large trends which have allowed capitalist growth for 60 years.

Newly-elected US president Trump will surely hack back migrants', workers', women's, and civil rights; speed environmental destruction; and raise risks of war, especially with Iran. He may also disrupt the large trends which have allowed capitalist growth for 60-plus years.

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Solidarity with water protectors!

On 27 October. police attacked Native American water protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota, after they had moved their encampment to be directly in the path of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction.

Police attack Native American water protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

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Trump win shows a sick system

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Donald Trump has won the US Presidential election.

He won by tapping into the reality of and the fear of poverty and failure among millions of working-class Americans.

He won by exploiting the deep racial divisions that have blighted the US for centuries. He attacked all Hispanic workers when calling Mexicans criminals and rapists. By scapegoating Muslims.

The necessity of remobilising the labour movement on socialist politics has just become many times more urgent.

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