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In Defence of Bolshevism

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 August, 2018 - 12:26
Lenin

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Max Shachtman's Under the Banner of Marxism, which forms the bulk of this book, deserves to be considered one of the classic polemics of the Marxist movement, alongside The Poverty of Philosophy, Anti-Dühring, and others. It defends the Bolsheviks, their revolution, their work to build a revolutionary socialist movement, and the continued relevance of their approach.

Where are the young ones?

Submitted by martin on 20 September, 2018 - 8:14 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour Party meeting

Above: a Labour meeting. It's good to see older activists coming back into circulation. But where are the young people who are the overwhelming base of Corbyn-Labour's support in society?

Even after the Corbyn surge, which has swelled Labour membership to a size not seen for decades, the average age of Labour members is 53, only a bit below the Tories' average of 57.

More Labour members (29%) are over 65 than are under 44 (28%). Only 4% of Labour members are under 24 - a lower figure even than the Tories' 5%.

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Build a new student activism!

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 1:51 Author: By Christie Neary, NUS Trans Committee (p.c.)
UCU strike

Over 70 student activists attended the Student Activist Weekender on 7-9 September, coming from campuses across the country to London for a weekend of education, organisation and establishing collaboration.

The event, a Student Feminist Campaign Day (7th) and the Student Activist Weekender (8th-9th),. was co-hosted by a range of student activist groups and campaigns including the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, People and Planet, Rent Strike, UCU Rank and File, Young Greens, Surrey Labour Students and Bristol Student-Staff Solidarity. 

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Stop Brexit! Fight Poverty!
Labour campaigning
SJWWed, 19/09/2018 - 12:15

At its conference on 22-26 September Labour has the chance to galvanise its new and enthused activist layer into becoming a serious force against the Tories, their disastrous policies for working-class people pushed through over eight years.

To do that Labour needs to overhaul its democracy and commit itself to a radical programme. Top of the kind of political shift Labour needs to make is on Brexit.

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The repeal of section 377

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 12:26 Author: Camila Bassi
Demonstration against section 377

In 1861, during British colonial rule, Section 377 was introduced into the Indian Penal Code: a law with origins in England’s Buggery Act of 1533. This marked, in Victorian language, India’s criminalisation of homosexuality. With the independence of India in 1947, Section 377 survived.

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TUC congress: one step forward, two steps back

Submitted by AWL on 14 September, 2018 - 9:38 Author: Walter Feather
TUC logo

TUC Congress 2018 closed with its accustomed dearth of fanfare, with little to suggest it will be a major political factor in British politics over the coming period.

The one glint of hope was the discussion on the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), where speaker after speaker stood up to make the case for self-determination on trans rights. Behind the scenes several union leaderships, including some regarded as left, have joined the chorus of opposition to changing the GRA on the grounds of women’s self-organisation.

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Brutal crackdown on China’s Uyghurs

Submitted by SJW on 11 September, 2018 - 9:01 Author: Ben Tausz
Uyghurs protesting in the USA

News of state repression against China’s Uyghur people have become prominent in recent months. Reports at the UN estimate up to a million are held in internment camps.
China denies the mass detention and points to constitutional guarantees of equality and religious freedom, but the mounting evidence is discrediting such pretences.

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Threat of US-backed coup as Venezuela crisis deepens

Submitted by SJW on 11 September, 2018 - 9:26 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Venezuelan opposition demonstrate

Amid economic crisis and civil unrest in Venezuela, the New York Times reported on 8 September 2018 that the Trump administration has been in secret talks with Venezuelan military officers to stage a coup against President Nicolás Maduro.

This follows Trump’s indications in August last year of a ‘military option’ for Venezuela.

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Do we need a new ANL?

Submitted by SJW on 29 August, 2018 - 9:08 Author: Dan Katz
ANL Carnival poster

My conclusions from attending a protest against a “Free Tommy Robinson” rally in London on 14 July were as follows:

• There were two anti-Robinson marches but combined they were still outnumbered by the right-wing mobilisation.

The Unite Against Fascism (UAF) marchers probably had an average age of over 50 and they were overwhelmingly middle class. The march was not stewarded. The Antifa march was younger and had a (purely verbal) stated intention of physically stopping the right.

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Austrian government attacks migrants and Muslims

Submitted by SJW on 29 August, 2018 - 8:45
Kurz and Stache

Q:How did the coalition government come about?

Following the collapse of the coalition between the Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the People's Party (ÖVP) in May 2017, the People’s Party won the resulting election but were without a majority in parliament. They needed to go into coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ).

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Thousands march against Nation State Law

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 12:08 Author: Ira Berkovic
Protest against Nation State Law

Tens of thousands of people, perhaps as many as 100,000, demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday 4 August to protest against the new “Nation State Law”, which opens the door to legally-sanctioned racism against non-Jews.

The law relegates Arabic from the status of official language, and asserts that “the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people”. Israel’s Arab minority, which makes up around 20% of the population, has formal legal equality, but faces frequent discrimination, which many fear the new law will intensify.

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Nottingham shows the campaign against Brexit can only be left wing
Manuel Cortes speaking at the Left Against Brexit
SJWWed, 08/08/2018 - 11:45

On Monday 30 July, 130 people gathered in Nottingham to hear left wing anti-Brexit speakers make the case for Labour to oppose Brexit.

Speakers included Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA rail union as well as local migrant workers and anti-racist campaigners.
The organisers had held stalls in the town, advertised at the local Pride and other festivals and covered social media. The meeting surprised even them. It was five times larger than a similar event that was had held only three months earlier. 

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IHRA definitions do not exclude criticism of Israeli governments

Submitted by AWL on 14 August, 2018 - 12:26 Author: AWL*
IHRA document

An open letter (printed in full below) is being circulated which calls on Labour’s National Executive to refuse to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) examples of antisemitism. Workers' Liberty thinks the Open Letter is based on a misunderstanding of the IHRA and thus will not help Labour's leadership deal with the controversy over the Party's new code on antisemitism.

Despite what is said, no IHRA examples, exclude criticism of any racist actions of the Israeli government.

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Submitted by Ollie M (not verified) on Fri, 17/08/2018 - 01:04

"Second its view of history is one-sided. The communal conflict at the formation of Israel was a major historical tragedy driven by right-wing nationalist forces in both communities."

This framing sounds like quite the excuse of a settler-colonial campaign of ethnic cleansing. Also the Palestinian leadership had been wiped out in the 1936-39 result, which I'd assumed would be known by people writing about this subject.

"They also opposed the war by Arab armies at the formation of Israel."

Here it seems we've actually slipped into the rhetoric pro-Israel propaganda. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine, by Israeli forces, started in November 1947. By the time it was nearly done (May 1948), Israel duly claimed independence - understandably given what they set out to achieve had been completed. The Arab armies' resultant 'invasion' was a mostly symbolic gesture with most of the forces not actually fighting. (the Jordanian army, the best equipped in the region, was under specific instructions not to fight the Israeli forces, except beyond the West Bank, the territory Jordan would subsequently annex). Again, it's odd that one would write about this historical topic while apparently not knowing some of the basic facts about it.

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The dangers of Germany's new left populism

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 11:05 Author: Dale Street
Sahra Wagenknecht addresses a Die Linke rally

Sahra Wagenknecht, co-chair of the parliamentary fraction of the German left-wing Die Linke party, has announced the launch-date and name for a new extra-parliamentary “broad movement”.

It will be launched on 4 September, and it will be called #StandUp.

On one level #StandUp — targeted at members of Die Linke, the SPD (German Labour Party), the Greens and those not members of any party — is a response to last year’s general election results.

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How teacher walkouts can revive the US labour movement

Submitted by AWL on 15 July, 2018 - 5:06 Author: Lois Weiner
Virginia teachers on strike

Lois Weiner is a socialist and teacher trade unionist based in New York. She is the author of The Future of our Schools: Teacher Unions and Social Justice (2012, Haymarket Books) and a member of the editorial board of the socialist journal New Politics. She answered questions from Cathy Nugent of Solidarity and Daniel Randall of the Labour Days podcast about the recent wave of teacher walkouts in the US, and the struggle to revive and transform the labour movement in the age of Trump.

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Don't leave fighting Labour Party antisemitism to the right

Submitted by AWL on 4 August, 2018 - 5:13 Author: By Sean Matgamna
corbyn sorry

There is something dreamlike in the turmoil in and around the Labour Party about anti-semitism. Episodes occur — Pete Wilsman on the seventy rabbis are pulled out of the memory hole; the meeting Jeremy Corbyn hosted back in 2010...

There are demands for confession, retraction and contrition. Corbyn goes through the motions of responding to the latest revelations, disinterred memory of old events. For sure, his opponents in the party and the Tory press are out to get him.

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Submitted by Jams O'Donnell on Thu, 09/08/2018 - 19:14

Your article is flawed by it's (deliberate?) exclusion of any Jewish commentators who are severely critical of Israel. For example, Dr Hajo Meyer, who was an Auschwitz survivor, said:

"there were parallels between the treatment of Jews by Germans in the Second World War and the current treatment of Palestinians by Israelis.
"The Israelis tried to dehumanise the Palestinians, just like the Nazis tried to dehumanise me. Nobody should dehumanise any other and those who try to dehumanise another are not human. It may be that Israel is not the most cruel country in the world ... but one thing I know for sure is that Israel is the world champion in pretending to be civilised and cultured."

Similarly, websites such as "Mondoweiss" and "Jewish Voice for Peace" and individuals such as Noam Chomsky, Hannah Arendt and Yeshayahu Leibowitz are even more severely critical of Israel than anything which has come out of the Labour Party.

But such sources are ignored by you, in favour of a mainstream Jewish opinion which is basically favourable to Zionism. The attitude of Workers Liberty stinks of prejudice. You should be ashamed to call yourselves "Socialists" - you are nothing of the kind, but the most craven of fellow travellers and stooges for the Israeli government propaganda machine.

And try reading:

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/08/09/the-faulty-logic-behind-the-attac…

Submitted by Jason Schulman on Fri, 10/08/2018 - 23:35

Remember this article, Sean?

https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2017-07-26/racism-and-division-inc…

Ever read these?

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/01/israel-education-sys…

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-this-is-zionism-as-racism-this…

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/black-lives-matter-israel-180…

https://972mag.com/when-racism-in-israel-becomes-the-legitimate-right-o…

And one could go on and on.

Saying that Israel is Not Racist....talk about bending the stick!

"Labour's Critical Friends of Israel"...Sean, it doesn't matter what you really mean by this. Honestly, Marxists aren't "friends" of *any* bourgeois state. All you do with this is sew confusion, at best. (BTW, "criticism" is a pretty damned "light" word, given the enormity of Israel's crimes over the decades.)

"The Jewish State"? I assume you DON'T mean "the state of all the Jews in the world." But when self-described Zionists say "the Jewish State," that IS what they mean. I promise.

Any time anyone argues that Israel should remain "the Jewish State" -- even if what they really mean is that it should be a state of all its citizens, a normal liberal-democratic bourgeois state that happens to have a Jewish majority -- it's essentially an insult to every non-Jew in Israel. You may not want it to be, you may not intend it to be, Sean, but it is. You wonder why others on the left consider you an Israel apologist? Because you use the language of an Israel-apologist liberal. Just please fucking stop it already, Sean.

Also, you write like the Morning Star idiots are a bigger problem than actually-existing-Zionism. Newsflash: the Israeli state is murdering people. Morning Star writers aren't. Priorities in order, comrade, please.

(Also, where Gaza is concerned, Israel has zero right to defend itself. Nada. Zip. Zero. Nothing.)

Submitted by Ben T on Wed, 29/08/2018 - 14:16

I've written a reply to Sean which is published here: https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2018-08-28/bending-stick-israel-an…

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The answer to Trump: rebuild working-class organisation
Trump demo
SJWWed, 18/07/2018 - 10:08

July saw the one-man circus that is President Donald Trump smear its rancid trail across Europe.

Most eye-catching was Trump’s support for the anti-immigrant racism of the European populist right. He re-told the standard cultural racist narrative to the Sun, saying that immigration had “changed the fabric” of the continent “I think you are losing your culture.”

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Bolivarianism and Bonapartism

Submitted by SJW on 5 July, 2018 - 6:01 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Chavez and Bolivar

El Cinco de Julio (July 5) is Venezuelan Independence Day. It marks the day in 1811 when a congress of Venezuelan provinces declared Venezuela’s separation from the Spanish Crown. In doing so, Venezuela became the first Spanish American colony to declare independence. For most Venezuelans, this is a day to commemorate not only the initial signatories to the Declaration of Independence, but also the major figures in the broader fight for national liberation from Spanish rule. Chief amongst these is Simón Bolívar, popularly known as El Libertador.

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Life and politics in Iraq

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 1:05 Author: Nadia Mahmood of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq spoke to Solidarity
Mutanabbi Street

We boycotted the [Iraqi] elections [of May 2018] with a very active campaign. Now many political parties and candidates in particular those who did no won seats complain that there was corruption.

The Prime Minister says that the vote count was so corrupt that all the votes need to be recounted.

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Robert Fine, 1945-2018

Submitted by martin on 12 June, 2018 - 1:30
Robert Fine at Lewisham 1977

The socialist writer and activist Robert Fine died on 9 June 2018, at the age of 72. We publish tributes from Workers' Liberty people and from others who knew and worked with him. Photo: Robert Fine with Jean Lane (in the clearing in the middle of the photo, slightly right of centre, holding Workers' Action newspapers) at the anti-fascist march in Lewisham, 13 August 1977.

For some of the writings by Robert Fine on this website, and a review of his latest book, click here or scroll down.

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Submitted by Jason Schulman on Tue, 12/06/2018 - 16:39

It's a classic. I can't think of any other book like it. Necessary Marxist reading. RIP, comrade.

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No relief for Yemen’s poor and starving people

Submitted by cathy n on 20 June, 2018 - 2:24 Author: Dan Katz
Saudi air strike

Saudi-backed forces are fighting to take control of the port city of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah, on Yemen’s West coast, has over half-a-million inhabitants. It is the only major port controlled by the Houthi insurgents who have had control of most of the populated areas of Yemen since late 2014. The Houthis have been battling a Saudi-led coalition which started a bombing campaign against them in 2015.

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Solidarity and Workers' Liberty: who we are

Submitted by martin on 5 June, 2018 - 2:14 Author: Colin Foster
Ideas for Freedom

Who are we? What are Workers' Liberty and Solidarity? We are a political strand in the flux of the broadly-Corbynite left, a flux which may be reshaping the left for a long period to come.

We are the socialist, class-struggle, consistently-democratic, internationalist strand in the left. That is why we meet such hostility from the NGO-politics, Stalinistic or semi-Stalinist, bureaucratic, nationalistic, and "kitsch anti-imperialist" bloc. That small but vocal bloc represents the deadweight inflicted on the left in the Blair-Brown-Cameron decades, but with feet.

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Defend Nic Shall

Submitted by SJW on 14 June, 2018 - 9:22 Author: a Bristol student
Defend Nic shall

This Friday, 14 June, a trans student and pro-trans activist, Nic Shall, will face the University of Bristol’s disciplinary board for writing an open letter to the University calling for the cancellation of the “A Woman’s Place UK” (WPUK) event in Bristol.

WPUK are an organisation campaigning against proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). These reforms would allow trans people to change the gender on their birth certificates by self-declaration without requiring a medical diagnosis through a long, intrusive, expensive and degrading procedure.

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Submitted by Zac Muddle on Thu, 14/06/2018 - 23:54

The location has changed, its now 31 Great George street, not Senate House

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Yarmouk: from refugee to “death” camp

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 12:09 Author: Simon Nelson
Yarmouk

Before the Syrian civil war the Yarmouk district on the outskirts of Damascus was home to almost 150,000 registered Palestinian refugees. It was probably the largest and most well-developed refugee settlement in the world; it was certainly the biggest in Syria.

In May 2018 the last Daesh fighters who had occupied the camp, along with other Syrian rebels, were driven out. The area now stands in ruins and is completely uninhabitable. There are plans for the complete redevelopment of southern Damascus, and the former camp residents may find themselves excluded.

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Submitted by Jams O'Donnell on Sun, 10/06/2018 - 18:39

"The livelihoods and rights the Palestinians once had in Yarmouk have been annihilated" and "Suggestions that Palestinians might be moved out to scrubland rather than returned to the area are clearly not unfounded" - clearly they are as yet "unfounded" unless there is further information which you have not included here.

Are you trying to suggest that this was Assad's fault? If so you don't explain why Assad would change from being "one of the most pro- Palestinian of regional leaders" to something else.

Submitted by Jason Schulman on Tue, 12/06/2018 - 16:29

Assad has a hell of a lot of Palestinian blood on his hands. See:

Victims Table

Special Reports

and

Press Releases

Submitted by Michael Karadjis (not verified) on Wed, 13/06/2018 - 07:47

The article is completely weird. The claim that most Palestinians in Yarmouk supported the regime is false; obviously, like any other group, they were divided, but the general sympathies of Yarmouk Palestinians to the people in revolt all around them (who often enough were relatives and friends) has abundant evident evidence. Most of the
Palestinian armed groups are pro-regime, because obviously they were the one's allowed to operate - a list is little more than the same list of organisations that Assad father spawned to split the PLO in the 1980s in Lebanon (PFLP-GC etc). The exception was the local cadres of Hamas who have been pro-opposition all along. The article also dishonestly conflates ISIS (which seized the camp in 2015, years after Assad's siege began) with the rebels. That is not to say all rebels acted well, as some didn't; or that Palestinians were thrilled with the FSA entering the camp, knowing it would result in Assad destroying them; but the regime's repression in the camp began before the rebels
entered, due to the activities of Yarmouk Palestinians as part of the civil uprising in solidarity with their Syrian brothers and sisters. And Assad was anything but one of the most pro-Palestinian leaders in the region: no other Arab leader has so much Palestinian blood on its hands, and that is long before 2011 and the siege and destruction of Palestinian camps in Syria.

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Far right anti-Muslim bigot to stand in Lewisham East by-election

Submitted by AWL on 1 June, 2018 - 12:34 Author: Rosalind Robson
Tommy Robinson and Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters from the tiny political party, For Britain, is standing in the Lewisham East by-election on 14 June. Waters is a far right anti-Muslim bigot and, as well as working hard for the Labour candidate Janet Daby in this election, we must be oppose her racism.

Who is Waters? Waters, was once a prominent Labour, secularist and LGBT activist; in the past she was seen to be on the left. She claims to have been involved in the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign but no-one in that campaign remembers her.

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Psychedelic drugs as therapy

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 12:14 Author: Todd Hamer
Micro dose

On 19 April 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffmann ingested a small dose of a chemical he had synthesised and experienced the world’s first LSD trip. His experience ushered in two decades of experimentation and clinical research into psychedelic drugs until it was cut short by prohibition in 1970.

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Officials suppress the rank-and-file at UCU Congress
Motion 10 at UCU conference
SJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 14:51

The congress of the University and College Union (UCU) on 30 May to 1 June was repeatedly shut down by officials to prevent discussion of motions criticising the General Secretary, Sally Hunt.

The 14 days of strikes this year to defend USS pensions in 65 universities, and a coordinated wave of local campaigns in further education colleges, have boosted union membership and pushed forward a new generation of activists.

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Build the left against Brexit

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 2:45 Author: Editorial
Anti Brexit protest

Pressure is growing inside Labour for it to take a firm stance against Brexit.

Some of this pressure comes from the right of the Party. On Sunday 3 June Sadiq Kahn called for Corbyn to oppose Britain’s departure from the single market. He advocated Labour supports an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which aims to keep Britain in the European Economic Area, effectively signing the UK up to the so-called “Norway option”, which would retain access to the Single Market.

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Submitted by AS on Mon, 11/06/2018 - 12:47

The article states Solidarity supports the PLP voting for amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would keep the UK in the EEA. Whilst this is an improvement on the prospect of a hard Brexit, I think it is the wrong approach to the question.

The AWL has been raising the slogan of 'Stop Brexit' and rightly so. Membership of the EEA is a poor substitute for full membership of the EU. EEA members must make budget contributions and accept regulations without having any say in decision making.

Furthermore, if we accept Labour is only arguing for EEA membership, we lose the opportunity for debate and give credence to the Labour right. The article correctly states their primary concern is for businesses to continue trading freely. Therefore whilst a Government defeat in Parliament is welcome, it will do nothing to aid our cause of building the left against Brexit.

Secondly, I think there is a typo in the phrase “A minority of Labour voters opposed Brexit”. From the context of the paragraph, I think this should read “A minority of Labour voters supported Brexit”. There were various arguments for a leave vote, from the Red Tories of Labour Leave to sections of the hard left peddling the myth of Lexit. In contrast, polling just after the referendum showed two thirds of Labour supporters voted 'Remain'. Today, opposition to Brexit is estimated at 80% among Labour members.

These statistics give further weight to having a proper debate on Brexit at this year's Labour Party Conference.

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France 1968: When ten million workers took capitalism by the throat

Submitted by AWL on 30 April, 2010 - 3:36 Author: Sean Matgamna
May 1968

[Published in 1968]

“I hate the revolution like sin” said the hangman of Germany’s 1918 revolution, the Social Democrat Ebert. Less direct, but equally clear after the events in France, is the recent statement of the parliamentary leader of the French Communist Party, Robert Balanger: “When we talk about the revolution we now think in terms of a political struggle in which our party agrees to fight the bourgeoisie with their own weapons.”

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Students: unite and renew the student movement

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 10:42 Author: Workers' Liberty students
UCU strike demo

The conference of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is being held in Sheffield on 8-10 June.

The conference follows a series of important industrial disputes in education — for lecturers’ pensions and against the destruction of further education — from which the National Union of Students has been shamefully absent. Those disputes form the background for our discussions.

A groundswell of solidarity from local student activist groups, Labour Clubs and others showed meaningful support for the strike where the NUS failed. This needs to be built on.

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Socialism Makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018

Submitted by AWL on 2 April, 2018 - 8:36
A ring of roses with the words "socialism makes sense" in the middle.

Socialism Makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018
21-24 June 2018
Saturday-Sunday: Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Friday evening debate 7pm at Nunn Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Thursday evening walking tour meet at 6.30pm, Bow Church DLR, look for the red flag.

image of agenda, see below for full agenda in text format

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Who was Karl Marx?

Submitted by Anon on 5 March, 2006 - 12:36
Karl Marx

Karl Marx (1818-83) was born into a middle-class family in Germany. At university he was one of many radically-minded philosophers. In his mid-20s, partly under the influence of workers' socialist groups he met during a stay in Paris, he decided to throw in his lot with the working class then emerging as a social force in Europe.

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War clouds gather in Middle East

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 2:50 Author: Colin Foster
Israel-Palestine protest 14 April 2018

Threats of war are piling up on all sides in the Middle East.

On 8 May US president Donald Trump is announcing his decision on whether the US will withdraw from the 2015 deal lifting many economic sanctions on Iran and restricting Iran’s nuclear program. He is expected to withdraw.

Trump’s new National Security Adviser, since 9 April, is John Bolton, a long-time advocate of the US bombing Iran.
On 14 May Trump will make the symbolic and provocative move of declaring the US Embassy to Israel officially sited in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv.

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The new deal we want: socialism!

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:17 Author: Editorial
nationalise energy

The TUC has called a march and rally for 12 May under the slogan of a “new deal for working people”. There is plenty to protest about.

The cuts since the 2008 crash are overwhelming. There has been a decline in real wages. The NHS has been brought to its knees. At the start of May we heard that one million more children are growing up in poverty since 2010, due to in-work cuts in benefit.

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Rewind Labour’s policy on Europe

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 12:54 Author: Martin Thomas
LCSM

Labour right-winger Chuka Umunna is using European issues as a device for self-promotion and to bash Corbyn, but on the Single Market he is right.

It will be abject if Labour ends up using its votes in the Commons to save the Tory government on a possible pro-Single-Market amendment which will be debated in the House of Lords on 8 May and may be backed by enough Tory rebels to defeat May unless Labour gives her its votes.

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Protest against Israeli shootings: For an independent Palestine alongside Israel

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:29 Author: Editorial
Gaza protests

The Israeli army has killed 44 Palestinians, and injured hundreds more, after Israeli Defence Force (IDF) snipers opened fire on demonstrations on Israel’s border with the Palestinian territory of Gaza, on Fridays between 30 March and 27 April.

One protestor, 18-year-old Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi, was shot in the back as he turned to flee IDF fire. Another victim was Gazan journalist Yaser Murtaja, killed by a bullet to the abdomen underneath his bullet-proof vest clearly marking him out as a member of the press.

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"We've really started something"

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2018 - 7:47 Author: By Olivier Delbeke
22 March strike

Between 400,000 and 500,000 demonstrators – on top of the 202,000 from pensioners' groups on demonstrations the previous week – came together across France, with around 60,000 in Paris, including the public sector and railway workers, came together on 22 March.

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Revolt in the degree factory

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 11:55 Author: A UCU member
UCU London demonstration

On Monday 12 March Universities UK and the University and Colleges Union (UCU) announced they had reached an ″agreement″ at ACAS in the ongoing dispute over the USS pension scheme.

As details of the ″deal″ came to light UCU members across the country were at first confused as to why the UCU would have agreed such a deal, and then angry.

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UUK backs down, but no deal yet

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 March, 2018 - 1:42 Author: Gemma Short
Hundreds of UCU members on a picket line with placards and a purple smoke flare

On Friday 23 March UCU members were emailed by the union with a ″proposal for resolving the dispute″ on pensions from Universities UK.

The new proposal is a significant step back by the employer, and shows victory could be within reach, but does not guarantee enough for strikes to be called off just yet.

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Editorial: Trump threatens trade war

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:28 Author: Editorial
World trade

On 1 March Donald Trump announced tariffs of 25% on steel imports, 10% on aluminium imports.

Other governments are alarmed by this shift towards trade war. The OECD, a consortium of the world’s 35 strongest capitalist economies, has criticised the move. Further argument will come at the meeting of the finance ministers and central bank governments of the G20 (20 strongest countries) in Buenos Aires on 19-20 March.

Socialists should be alarmed too, for our own distinct reasons.

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Support the May Day McStrike!

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:52 Author: a McDonalds worker
McStrike

Workers at five McDonalds restaurants (in Crayford, Cambridge, Manchester, and two in Watford) will strike on Tuesday 1 May. Richard, a Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) activist from Watford, spoke to Solidarity.

I first got involved through one of our organisers, Gareth. I’ve been a member of the union since before the September strike but we didn’t have the numbers in Watford at that point to ballot, but I attended the strike committee meeting in Crayford. I helped build up the campaign with workers from the other stores.

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Socialism Makes Sense

Submitted by SJW on 9 January, 2018 - 1:57
Socialism makes sense

The economic crisis of 2008 and its aftershocks cracked the mystique which the world capitalist system had built in the two decades after the collapse of Russian and European Stalinism. For the first time in 30 years the left is on the offensive in the Labour Party.

Socialism is again on the agenda — a society based on human solidarity, social ownership of industry and banks, and on political, economic, and social democracy.

This book confronts head-on the strongest arguments against socialism now in circulation, inside the Labour Party and beyond.

NUS Conference 2018: defeat the right, fight for left-wing, militant leadership

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2018 - 12:09 Author: AWL Students
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At last year’s National Union of Students conference, NUS’s broadly leftish leadership was displaced by a new, mostly more right-wing team of officers. President Malia Bouattia, whose re-election we critically supported, lost to incumbent Shakira Martin.

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Tories welcome “modernising” Saudi Prince

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:56 Author: Ralph Peters
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This month’s visit to the UK of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS), at the head of a large delegation of Saudi military and business leaders, marks a new low for the Tory government.

It also indicates a major strategic economic priority for the Tory government, as Emily Thornberry put it, “to plug the hole that will be left in Britain’s trade and growth prospects … after Brexit”.

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