"The feeling that all was not well was strengthened by my experience on the EC. Of course, Ted did most of the political leadoffs, which were to his usual high standards. But the contribution of most of the EC members was not on a very high level. Looking around the table I could not help thinking: all these years and all these successes, but where are the cadres? It was a worrying thought, but I immediately found a hundred reasons—or rather excuses—for the low political level of the organization, including its leadership. The comrades were all very busy. The organization had changed since I was last in Britain. There was the pressure of mass work, etc., etc. Still, something had to be done, or else we would be building on sand."
Ottawa was rocked on Wednesday by news that a lone gunman shot, and killed, a Canadian Forces reservist on Parliament Hill, before storming Parliament itself. This attack came just two days after a similar incident in Quebec. The fact that these two individuals recently converted to a fundamentalist form of Islam, and apparently expressed support for ISIS, has raised fears that Canada is now facing a wave of terrorist attacks.
Yesterday hundreds of thousands marched in Mexico city and tens of thousands more in dozens of other cities across Mexico to protest at the kidnapping of 43 student-teachers from Ayotzinapa. They were clear in pointing the finger squarely at the Mexican state. The actions were part of a widespread nationwide 48 hour student strike which continues today.
On Friday 17 October a condolence meeting was held for 23 year old Comrade Sajid Alam, area secretary of The Struggle for Malakand, who was killed in a tragic road accident. Killed by the intensely barbarous conditions found in Pakistan generally, and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular. As if this were not heartbreaking enough, the local Taliban tried to disrupt his funeral, calling him an infidel, making his grieving family's life an even worse hell on earth.
With banners, fists and voices raised high, the Marxist Student Federation rallied the largest number of student Marxists yet to join our voices with those of increasingly disgruntled workers at the national TUC demonstration ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ on 20th October. With students present from Leeds to Sussex, from Sheffield to Southampton as well as a strong presence from London and elsewhere, there was a sea of new revolutionary faces that had joined Marxist societies in the last few weeks, eager to raise the Marxist Student banners with those of the trade unions.
90,000 demonstrated in London last Saturday, and thousands more in Glasgow and Belfast, at the plight of Britain’s low paid. This followed a week of strike action involving hundreds of thousands of workers. It was the first time in 32 years that strikes had hit the NHS, so angry had staff become of being treated like dirt.
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La multitudinaria manifestación de ayer (23 de octubre), en donde los cálculos oficiales hablan de 50 mil manifestantes, pero es probable que haya sido 3 o 4 veces mayor que eso, marca un punto de inflexión en los acontecimientos políticos de nuestro país, punto de ruptura que tiene todas el potencial de extenderse como un torbellino por todo el país. Los medios de comunicación hablan de 75 centros educativos paralizaron sus actividades. En más de 18 Estados hubieron manifestaciones de repudio. Esta protesta tuvo un carácter marcadamente juvenil pero con presencia de organizaciones de masas como la CNTE, el SME, sindicatos universitarios y las bases de Morena.
Los horribles incidentes en los que oficiales de la policía abrieron fuego a estudiantes, matando a 6, hiriendo a 17 y después secuestrando a otros 43, atribuyéndoselos al crimen organizado, es una muestra contundente de la corrupción del estado capitalista mexicano. Estos hechos han demostrado hasta que punto sus estructuras están unidas con estos carteles y, finalmente, cómo no se detienen ante nada para eliminar a cualquier persona que se manifieste en contra de sus intereses.
El día sábado 19 de octubre del presente año se desarrolló una manifestación en frente del Embajada de México en solidaridad con los estudiantes desaparecidos de la Escuela Normal de Ayatzinapa y los estudiantes del Politécnico; por parte de los estudiantes de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, UNAH.