After mass protests, the Chilean government calls plebiscite to try to put breaks on demands for real change 

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. In relation to the plebiscite that has been called for the 26 April 2020, it is necessary to make clear some issues before marking a Yes or No on the ballot paper. The result of the process initiated byContinue reading “After mass protests, the Chilean government calls plebiscite to try to put breaks on demands for real change “

India: General strike success, and missed opportunity

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. This year’s planned general strike on January 8th was massive. It broke all previous records in the numbers involved in a united class action in India. The strike was called by ten major trade union bodies under the bannerContinue reading “India: General strike success, and missed opportunity”

British Labour Party leadership contest – What policies are needed?

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The process to elect a new leader of the Labour Party is underway and poses an essential question. What will happen to the potential, opened up by Jeremy Corbyn’s unexpected leadership victory in 2015, to win a mass partyContinue reading “British Labour Party leadership contest – What policies are needed?”

Anger and renewed protests shake Iran: mass opposition can end the regime

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Build a socialist movement that can offer an alternative to the rich elite, poverty and capitalism! A wave of anger at what is seen as the regime’s lying and incompetence after the tragic downing of a Ukrainian aircraft, withContinue reading “Anger and renewed protests shake Iran: mass opposition can end the regime”

France: Struggle over pension rights; government in difficulty

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. After the biggest and most widespread strikes and demonstrations last week in the current fight over pension rights in France, Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced the suspension of the government’s proposal to increase the pension age from 62 toContinue reading “France: Struggle over pension rights; government in difficulty”

Massive Scottish pro-independence demo marks new stage in struggle against Tories

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. At least 80,000 marchers packed the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow in a mass Scottish pro-independence demonstration, on Saturday, January 11 January 2020. The date for the mobilisation was set hours after Boris Johnson’s general election victory last December. ThisContinue reading “Massive Scottish pro-independence demo marks new stage in struggle against Tories”

India: Huge numbers protest violation of human rights and Modi government’s repression

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. In December 2019, the Modi-led BJP government imposed a new citizenship law that threatens the rights of millions of people in India. By introducing the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), the NPR (National Population Registry), and the NRC (National RegisterContinue reading “India: Huge numbers protest violation of human rights and Modi government’s repression”

Suleimani’s assassination – Middle East thrown into turmoil

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Shockwaves went around the world, and outrage spread in the Middle East, as news broke of Trump’s unilateral decision to assassinate Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force and a key Iranian leader. Suleimani had aContinue reading “Suleimani’s assassination – Middle East thrown into turmoil”

Algeria: Election rigged…the struggle continues!

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Faced with mobilisation on the streets, which remains massive, the Algerian regime is in a state of panic. With no support from the people, it has tried relentlessly to stop the revolutionary uprising. The regime seemed to think thatContinue reading “Algeria: Election rigged…the struggle continues!”

Ireland North: Seeds for future growth sown by anti-austerity, labour and trade union candidate

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Caroline Wheeler, a prominent anti-cuts activist and trade unionist, was the only candidate standing on a genuine cross-community, labour and trade union platform in the recent Westminster election in Northern Ireland, in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency. CarolineContinue reading “Ireland North: Seeds for future growth sown by anti-austerity, labour and trade union candidate”