India is hyped as being very modern, yet in the midst of the towering buildings and corporate plazas there are huge swathes of ghettos overflowing with intense poverty and misery, where human beings are forced to live in bestial conditions of unhygienic and filthy dwellings. The artificial glitter and the facade of modernity fails to conceal the primitive social and economic conditions that prevail across India. These conditions are reflected in politics, and particularly in the elections that are being held in nine stages from 7th April to 12th May this year.
On 22 April a strike began at the six mines of PJSC "Krasnodonugol" in Krasnodon, region of Lugansk. The mines are owned by SCM, the company of Rinat Akhmetov, one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen and a key regional oligarch. 2000 miners gathered at the mine office, demanding the reinstatement of 30 miners who had been dismissed for participating in a rally in Lugansk. The striking miners demanded a wage increase to bring their wages up to the average wage of workers in the Donbas coalfield and the lifting of sanctions against their fellow miners.
A group of ANC veterans led by anti-apartheid stalwart Ronnie Kasrils are urging disgruntled ANC voters, rather than staying home, to either spoil their ballots at the May 7 elections or tactically vote for some of the small opposition parties. They are unhappy with their political home, but don’t have an alternative. The veterans are urging voters to spoil their paper rather than abstain because, in their view, this will send a clear message to the politicians.
The epoch of world growth fueled by globalisation is over. Two giant free trade deals are being thrashed out which would place the United States at the centre of its own strategically drawn up domain, stretching from both sides of the pacific to Eastern Europe. But far from being a means to open up the world to a further intensification of trade and to liberate capitalism from its own fetters, these deals engineered by US imperialism in its own interests would carve up the world into two or more power blocs waging economic war with one another. It is protectionism masquerading as free trade.
For workers and youth, it is clear that the fallout from the 2008 global economic crisis adversely impacts upon the majority of households in the UK. It is plain for all to see: as jobs are lost by the thousands, public services are cut to the bone, and the juggernaut of austerity ploughs on desolating communities, synchronously wealth continues to flow upwards into the pockets of the elite.
This Easter, as every year, socialists and Republicans across Ireland will commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Yet with only 2 years to go until the centenary, and with rumours that Her Majesty will attend commemorations in 2016 the aim of the Workers’ Republic that James Connolly, commander of the Irish Citizens’ Army and military leader of the rising in 1916 fought for, appears as far off as ever. Six years into possibly the greatest economic crisis since Ireland was partitioned in 1921 the left, if anything, has gone backwards. This reflects a bending to opportunism, short-termism and a lack of a far-sighted Marxist perspective within Labour or any of the small forces to their left.
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El viernes 4 de abril, el Tribunal Superior de Gauteng en Johannesburgo falló a favor del Sindicato del Metal NUMSA y de Zwelinzima Vavi, contra la suspensión de este último como Secretario General del Congreso de Sindicatos Sudafricanos (COSATU, en inglés). Vavi había sido suspendido ilegalmente como Secretario General de la Federación desde el 14 de agosto de 2013.
Los historiadores de la élite de Asia meridional han distorsionado deliberadamente ciertos acontecimientos dentro de sus archivos sobre la lucha contra el dominio imperial británico y la sangrienta separación posterior entre India y Pakistán. Uno de esos episodios significativos fue la lucha de la Asociación Revolucionaria Socialista Indostaní (HSRA) y su más famoso mártir, Bhagat Singh. El 23 de marzo de 1931, el revolucionario de veintitrés años y sus compañeros de armas Sujdev y el gurú Raj fueron asesinados en la Prisión Central de Lahore.
En la noche del 10 de abril se celebró la primera reunión del Diálogo por la Paz con Justícia entre representates del gobierno y la revolución bolivariana y representantes de la oposición. La reunión ha generado una viva polémica en el movimiento bolivariano sobre sus objetivos y límites. Publicamos la declaración de Lucha de Clases, la sección venezolana de la CMI.