Socialist Party of Nigeria and seventy three other political parties de-registered – An assault on the right of political representation

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) vehemently condemns and rejects the action and decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to deregister the SPN and other seventy-three political parties, allegedly for failing to win elective posts or obtain 25% of any election in 2019 elections. This action of the INEC is undemocratic and represents an assault on the rights of working people for political representation.

Britain: ‘Post-Brexit’ era of crisis ahead

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Brexit Day has been and gone. Now Johnson is promising the “dawn of a new era”. According to the Tories’ optimistic script, a ‘Brexit bounce’ will mean more investment, more jobs and more money to ‘level up’ spending andContinue reading “Britain: ‘Post-Brexit’ era of crisis ahead”

Israel/Palestine: Trump ‘peace plan’ promises further conflict

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The recent ‘deal’ announced by US President Donald Trump, and enthusiastically endorsed by Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was billed as a ‘Middle East peace plan’. But as the Economist journal wrote: “As a blueprint for a two-state solutionContinue reading “Israel/Palestine: Trump ‘peace plan’ promises further conflict”

Libya: Civil war and chaos follow interventions by world and regional powers

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. It is almost nine years since the Nato-led military intervention in Libya, and the country is still a mess, split between conflicting forces, backed by western capitalist powers, Russia, and regional powers, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. An ongoing seriesContinue reading “Libya: Civil war and chaos follow interventions by world and regional powers”

‘Brexit Day’ – British capitalism enters stormy waters

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Tory Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, elated by his election victory and refreshed from his Caribbean holiday, now faces, in the words of a newspaper journalist, a long-postponed “rendezvous with reality”. Having secured a predictable majority for his Brexit WithdrawalContinue reading “‘Brexit Day’ – British capitalism enters stormy waters”

Iraq – Imperialism’s brutal legacy

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The start of 2020 saw the assassination of the top Iranian general Qasem Suleimani by US forces, recklessly destabilising the Middle East region. In the immediate aftermath of Suleimani’s assassination, millions poured onto the streets of Iraq and IranContinue reading “Iraq – Imperialism’s brutal legacy”

Taiwan: Landslide victory for pro-independence party

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. On 11 January, the incumbent president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was re-elected with a landslide. She won 57.1% of the popular vote – the highest figure ever recorded by her party –Continue reading “Taiwan: Landslide victory for pro-independence party”

“Real, deep anger” – Interview with a French striker

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The strike movement against the French government’s wholesale attack on pensions has gone on for almost two months. Many transport workers downed tools for 45 continuous days, joined by some other sectors on the unions’ national days of action.Continue reading ““Real, deep anger” – Interview with a French striker”

Workers’ struggle in France on the boil

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. After more than 45 days of strikes and 62 weeks of ‘gilets jaunes’ protests, French workers’ appetite for struggle endures. The trade unions counted 250,000 on the national day of action in Paris on 17 January. The demonstration wasContinue reading “Workers’ struggle in France on the boil”