Scotland votes: reject national divisions; unite and fight for a socialist future!

Written by Rachel Gibbs, Michael Allan, and Paul Bolton - Glasgow Thursday, 18 September 2014

scottishflag-thWith the referendum vote finally here, we are at the end of two years of campaigning by both sides. Polls still remain to close to call, and whilst the “No” vote leads, “Yes” has had a recent surge of support that has terrified the Establishment.

 

Sweden after the elections – Instability and austerity will continue under a Social Democratic prime minister

Written by Avanti Editorial Board Thursday, 18 September 2014

lofvenEight years of cuts, privatisations and continuous high unemployment have finally led to the fall of the right in the Swedish election on Sunday. But despite the dissatisfaction with the right-wing policies, neither the Social Democrats nor the Left Party proved able to channel the anger felt in society.

 

New Zealand: Dirty politics and the 2014 election

Written by Miles Lacey Thursday, 18 September 2014

general-election-storm-clouds-gathering-thumb“Dirty politics” is the name of a book by investigative journalist Nicky Hager. In it he claims that New Zealand government ministers, including Judith Collins, passed on intelligence and other private communications about certain individuals to the controversial right-wing blogger Cameron Slater, known by his blog name Whaleoil. The book has highlighted a lot of the dirty and underhanded techniques used by this National-led government to undermine their critics.

 

Karl Marx: More Right and more Relevant than ever!

Written by Alex Grant Wednesday, 17 September 2014

marx-eng5The Communist Manifesto opens with the lines, "A spectre is haunting Europe." Over 160 years later it appears that the spectre of Marxism is as potent as ever, with supporters and detractors increasing daily. Why is it that an old German philosophy student, buried over 100 years ago in Highgate cemetery in London, excites such controversy?

 

Six years after Lehman Brothers’ collapse – another stage in the capitalist crisis

Written by Rob Sewell Tuesday, 16 September 2014

fallencapital latuff thSignor Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has tried to call up spirits from the deep like the Shakespearean characters Glendower and Hotspur. “I will take whatever it takes”, he said a few years ago. Such spirits were supposed to save the euro and restore growth. However, while the euro has stabilised, temporarily, the European crisis has certainly deepened. This time it is threatening to plunge the European Union into the nightmare of a Japanese-style deflation.

 

Pakistan: Irreconcilable Struggle Until Socialist Revolution

Written by a Marxist Internationalist from the USA Monday, 15 September 2014

IMG 0521This article looks at the situation in Pakistan, and describes on the one hand the effects of decades of rule by an inept and corrupt ruling class that has proven incapable of developing the country and on the other, highlights the immense work done by the comrades of The Struggle in building a Marxist Tendency in these every difficult conditions. [The text is a transcript of several talks given in the USA on Pakistan].

 

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