Flight MH17 – Imperialism and the art of hypocrisy

Written by Alan Woods Tuesday, 22 July 2014

malaysia-airlines-thThe death of almost 300 innocent men, women and children on a Malaysian airline flight has shocked the world. Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was travelling over the conflict-hit region when it disappeared from radar. A total of 283 passengers, including some 80 children, and 15 crew members were on board.

 

Poland’s Golden Age of Scandal and Corruption

Written by Ben Gliniecki Monday, 21 July 2014

Donald Tusk 3-thLast week saw the Polish Parliament vote on motions of no confidence in the interior minister and the ruling coalition as a whole. These motions, which were tabled in the wake of a massive corruption scandal involving politicians at the highest level, were both defeated. However, surviving the votes of no confidence will do little to rebuild the reputation of the ruling coalition and the ideas they represent in the eyes of Polish people. They are rightly being seen, now more than ever, for the corrupt clique they really are.

 

Stop criminal attack on Gaza!

Written by Fred Weston Friday, 18 July 2014

Israel-Palestine-Bombs-July-2014-thYesterday, the Israeli army embarked on a ground offensive into Gaza. Journalists on the ground have described the initial stages of the land invasion, recounting scenes of terror as Gaza is pounded by tank, cannons, airstrikes and missiles fired from Israeli warships off the coast. Israeli forces are bombing Gaza from the air, sea, and land.

 

The puzzle of productive and unproductive labour

Written by Rob Sewell Thursday, 17 July 2014

digging-a-hole-thIn their desperate search for profitable fields of investment, the capitalist class, especially the financial oligarchy, has presided over an explosive growth of unproductive expenditure that today threatens to undermine the very edifice of capitalism. As more and more surplus value is siphoned off into unproductive activities, the issue of “productive” and “unproductive” labour has once again resurfaced as a factor contributing to, and a reflection of, the present terminal decline of world capitalism.

 

Kashmir Regional Congress of the IMT

Written by Yasir Irshad Thursday, 17 July 2014

kashmir2-thIn spite of growing political apathy in society, a huge participation was observed in the congress of Marxists in Kashmir. More than 400 comrades and sympathisers from across Kashmir gathered in Rawalakot on 28th June to attend a one-day regional congress.

 

Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter Seven: The Tide Turns

Written by Alan Woods Wednesday, 16 July 2014

TG-speaking-thIn the early 1960s, the organization was going through a very difficult patch. We were very small: not more than about 50 in the whole country. We had no money, no full timer (Ted was still working as a telephone operator), no centre and virtually no paper. Nobody would have given much for our chances. But we had something that none of the other groups had: the ideas of Marxism, correct perspectives, and correct methods and orientation. However, we did make some mistakes and paid a price for them.

 

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