The “Great Recession” may have “technically” ended in June 2009, but what really matters are full employment and a steadily increasing quality of life. Capitalism’s inability to provide this is not due to individual malice or indifference— though there are plenty of sociopaths on Wall Street—but because under capitalism, creating jobs and paying workers are mere afterthoughts to the real reason for the system’s existence: profits. This is the inner contradiction and absurdity of a socio-economic form that can exist only through the exploitation of workers, and yet is unable exploit all the able, willing, and available workers, millions of whom must humiliate themselves every day, offering themselves up for jobs (exploitation) that don’t exist.
On November 15, Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, was handcuffed by police and murdered execution-style. There must be justice! There has been no justice for Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, or Mike Brown. Terrance Franklin didn’t get justice when he was murdered in 2013 in the same neighborhood as Jamar Clark. How can we expect any justice from a system that systematically excludes and terrorizes whole layers of the population?
This morning the Turkish military shot down a Russian military aircraft on the border with Syria. It is unclear so far whether it was ground fire or Turkish jets that brought down the Russian plane. But that is a mere detail. What is quite clear is that this was a blatant provocation by the Turkish ruling clique.
What is behind the downing of a Russian plane in Syria? Alan Woods, editor of www.marxist.com explains.
The recent visit of Pakistan’s military chief previous Sunday has been shrouded in mystery and marked by controversies ever since it was announced. Apparently instigated by General Raheel Sharif, it comes just weeks after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with US President Barack Obama at the Oval Office to discuss many of the same issues said to be on his army chief's agenda, including Afghan peace talks and Pakistan's nuclear ambitions.
David Cameron is once again banging the war drum for intervention in Syria. Having been defeated on the issue in 2013, Cameron is now cynically using the horrific attacks in Paris to attempt to whip up support for military action, attempting to capitalise on the understandable outrage of millions against the barbaric ISIS.
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La gira de Stamatis Karagiannopoulos por el Estado español ha sido un gran éxito. En apenas 6 días, del 15 al 21 de noviembre, el compañero Stamatis ha participado en 10 actos públicos en las ciudades de Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Málaga, Zaragoza, Pamplona y Vitoria, con la asistencia de 400 personas.
En el último par de semanas, se han desarrollado acontecimientos sin precedentes en Afganistán. Cientos de miles de personas se han reunido en las calles de Kabul para protestar contra la decapitación espantosa de 7 personas, entre ellas una niña de 9 años, todas las cuales eran de la etnia Hazara.
La ciudad de Tánger conoce esta semana un movimiento masivo contra el alto costo de las facturas de agua y electricidad, y en contra de la empresa Amandes que gestiona el sector en la ciudad.