WWI – Part Nine: The USA and the War: War is good for business

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 17 April 2015

US soldiers wwi-thSomebody once said to Lenin war is terrible, to which he replied: “yes, terribly profitable”. The European war suited the American industrialists rather well. Capitalism in the USA had developed with whirlwind speed in the last decades of the 19th century. At the beginning of the War in Europe America was already a powerful young nation with a mighty industrial base. In this war it played the role of chief usurer and quartermaster to the European belligerents.

 

Britain: Revolutionary optimism on display at 2015 Socialist Appeal supporters conference

Written by Socialist Appeal Friday, 17 April 2015

As the General Election approaches, there is little enthusiasm amongst ordinary people for any of the main parties and the programme of austerity that they share. Meanwhile, the mood amongst the ruling class worldwide is one of deep pessimism, as the global economy splutters and stagnates and the Establishment lurches from one scandal to another.

 

The nuclear deal with Iran: What does it mean?

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Thursday, 16 April 2015

Iran announcement Lausanne-European External Action Services-thOn Thursday, April 2, Iran and the world’s most powerful nations signed a preliminary outline agreement about Iran's nuclear programme. It also dealt with the various sanctions imposed on Iran by the US, UN and the European Union. This marks the beginning of the end of a 12 year standoff between the US and Iran. But what lies behind the negotiations and what does the deal mean?

 

[HoV] Successful screening of new Hugo Chavez documentary in London

Written by Hands Off Venezuela Thursday, 16 April 2015

20150615 Rodan speaking-thOver 50 people attended the premiere of the Telesur documentary “Hugo Chavez: a portrait from Europe” and discussion on the recent sanctions levied by American imperialism against the Bolivarian revolution on Wednesday April 15th. Speaking were the director of the film, Pablo Roldan, and Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism (www.marxist.com). The event was co-organised by Hands off Venezuela and the Marxist Student Federation.

 

Is the leader of the Italian metalworkers about to form a new workers’ party?

Written by Alessandro Giardiello Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Is the leader of the Italian metalworkers about to form a new workers’ party?On March 28, more than 50 thousand people marched through the streets of Rome in a demonstration called by the metalworkers’ union (FIOM) against the so-called “Jobs act”, a law approved by the parliament that cancels many of the gains made by the Italian workers’ movement in the 1970s. The demonstration was a success, also because it was the first test for the “Coalizione Sociale” (Social Coalition), a proposal raised by Maurizio Landini, the general secretary of the FIOM.

 

What will socialism look like?

Written by Ben Gliniecki Tuesday, 14 April 2015

dead-end-thToday, we find ourselves in the midst of one of the deepest crises capitalism has ever faced. While the 99% are being asked to pay for the crisis, the 1% are amassing wealth at an ever accelerating pace. The saturating level of scandal and corruption in the establishment is alienating millions from traditional politics. All of this is causing a deep questioning of capitalist society. Many are looking for an alternative to the system that we have, and a growing number are looking towards revolutionary socialism for the answer.

 

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Eduardo Galeano, In Memoriam

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