Solidarity 413, 10th August 2016

Brazil: behind the OlympicsMatthewWed, 10/08/2016 - 14:02

On the day of the Olympic opening ceremony, 5 August, a demonstration against interim president Michael Temer closed off a main street in Rio de Janeiro.

With banners from the CUT union federation, the Workers' Party (PT, which governed Brazil from 2002 until the "impeachment" of president Dilma Rousseff on 12 May 2016), the left parties PSOL and PSTU, and from Brazil's two Communist Parties, PCB and PCdoB, the 15,000 demonstrators demanded "Temer Out" and condemned Temer, installed after the "impeachment", as a "putschist".

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 1:50 Author: Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Members of the RMT union on Southern Rail have struck again, this time for five days, as they continue their battle to defend the role of the guard. Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, a train company which operates other services, including Gatwick Express, wants to de-skill the guard's role, meaning the safety-critical on-board tasks would be carried out by the driver only.

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Reinstate Brighton District Labour Party!

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 1:23

Brighton and Hove District Labour Party was suspended in July after Corbyn-supporting officers were elected at its AGM. Mark Sandell, the newly-elected Chair, describes what happened.

Since Corbyn was first elected in 2015 our local party, which has a rather peculiar structure across three constituencies, has grown from 2,000 members to 6,000.

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When a class-struggle socialist stood for Labour

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 1:08 Author: Jill Mountford, Momentum Steering Committee, personal capacity

Jill Mountford, Momentum national Steering Committee member and campaigner in Wallasey in 1987, wrote this introduction to Workers’ Liberty’s reprint of the pamphlet How to fight elections.

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The life and films of Ken Loach

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 12:58 Author: Luke Hardy

People think they know what to expect from a Ken Loach type of film. It’s about working class struggle, collectively or as individuals. It’s political. It uses non-professional actors, alongside professional ones. It will be naturalistic and eschew studio filming or flashy effects. The welcome BBC documentary ‘Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach’ reminds us there is more to Loach.

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Towards a broad-based left party?

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 12:40 Author: Traven Serge

“Opportunities for the left have been created which never existed before.”


Submitted by Jason Schulman on Thu, 11/08/2016 - 00:06

...but now I just can't. Her choice of vice presidential candidate is simply reprehensible. For details, see:…

Yes, we need an independent leftist party in the U.S. But the Greens ain't it. And won't be.

Submitted by guenter on Sun, 14/08/2016 - 10:50

to jump from sanders to stein is the next death end row... given how rightwing most green parties in the world are since Long, how can there somewhere still be some leftwing hope in them?
when they had been in power in Germany together with the social democrats, they organised the biggest social cut Offs in our history and organised the war against yugoslawia, where the conservatives (in power before) hesitated to do so. nowadays they are hysterical shouting for an ar against russia.

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Why Sanders and his supporters are now backing Clinton

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 12:29 Author: Eric Lee

Over the course of the last year, millions of Americans voted for Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist candidate who offered a programme of radical change. According to public opinion polls, nearly all of them are now going to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton.

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