Austrian elections: Greens gain, while far-right and social democrats lose

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The September 29th Austrian elections saw a surge by the Greens and losses by both the far right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the social democrats (SPÖ). The former Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, whose conservative people’s party (ÖVP) came first withContinue reading “Austrian elections: Greens gain, while far-right and social democrats lose”

Catalonia: Two years on from the independence referendum

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The 1st of October marks the second anniversary of the independence referendum called by the Catalan government. This followed an upsurge in the demand for independence fuelled by the repressive, neo-liberal Partido Popular (PP) government of Mariano Rajoy. TheContinue reading “Catalonia: Two years on from the independence referendum”

Street protests return to Egypt

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Street protests in Cairo and several other Egyptian cities broke out on Friday and Saturday 20/21 September. Although only involving dozens or a few hundreds, at first, they grew in numbers and spread to other cities. Protesters chanted, “TheContinue reading “Street protests return to Egypt”

South Africa: Only workers’ unity can overcome xenophobia

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Over the past month, capitalism has once again bared its barbaric underbelly in South Africa in a wave of xenophobic violence. Thirteen have died, so far. Struggling small businesses, foreign national and South African alike, have been destroyed. ManyContinue reading “South Africa: Only workers’ unity can overcome xenophobia”

West Papua: Mass demonstrations erupt against Indonesian repression

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The Indonesian government has sent more than 3,700 police and military forces into West Papua following nearly three weeks of protests and mass demonstrations in the region. These were triggered when the Indonesian National Army (TNI) and right-wing vigilantesContinue reading “West Papua: Mass demonstrations erupt against Indonesian repression”