WWI – Part Eight: Victims and aggressors

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 27 March 2015

Serbian retreat WWIWhile the armies of the Great Powers were busy slaughtering each other in Flanders, Tannenberg and Gallipoli, their weaker brethren were watching with keen anticipation from the sidelines like vultures waiting to gorge themselves on the corpses of the defeated party. As long as it remained unclear which of the big bandits would prove the stronger, the little bandits had to be patient and wait for their opportunity to arrive.

 

Ukraine’s oligarchs struggle for the loot

Written by Jorge Martín Friday, 27 March 2015

Poroshenko KolomoiskyThe so-called “Maidan revolution” was supposed to stand for democracy and Western values while fighting against corruption and the oligarchy. The actual result was that the reign of one group of oligarchs was replaced by another, and now, those who benefited from the change are fighting each other for the loot.

 

Austria: Pegida dealt humiliating blow by Marxist led counter-protest

Written by Florian Keller Thursday, 26 March 2015

1On the 22 March the racist, far right group Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) tried to march in Bregenz/Vorarlberg in Austria. The following is a report of the counter-demonstration.

 

Quebec: thousands on the street as student strike kicks off

Written by Jack Rising and Joel Bergman Thursday, 26 March 2015

quebec-students-protest3On March 21st, thousands of students took to the streets of Montreal to protest austerity. The demonstration was part of the “Spring 2015” anti-austerity movement, organized by various student associations. On Monday March 23rd the student strike was officially kicked off with over 50,000 students commencing strike action which will continue for the next two weeks leading up to a big demonstration on April 2nd. Another 150,000 students will vote for strike actions in the coming days. Many people believe this is the beginning of another “Maple Spring” as was seen during 2012 with hundreds of thousands on the street for several months.

 

The British Ruling Class: Degenerate, Debauched, Deceitful

Written by Daniel Morley Wednesday, 25 March 2015

rich-pigThat the British ruling class has fiddled whilst Britain burns is no longer a metaphor, it is literally true. Now that the pandora’s box of paedophilic corruption at the top has been opened, an avalanche of vile revelations exposing the whole establishment spews forth each day.

 

Varoufakis’ mission “to save European capitalism from itself”

Written by Fred Weston Tuesday, 24 March 2015

varoufakisVaroufakis, the Greek Finance Minister, presents himself as a Marxist –albeit an “erratic” one – and is even described as such in the bourgeois media. We would argue that he is a classic reformist who believes that a solution to the present crisis can be found within the capitalist system itself, something which Marx never stood for.

 

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Written by Lucha de Clases - Spain Tuesday, 24 March 2015

analucia-election-resultsEl PSOE ganó las elecciones al Parlamento de Andalucía, pero retrocedió 4 puntos y perdió más de 100.000 votos con respecto a las elecciones autonómicas de 2012. Su victoria, con una mayoría simple, destacó más por el hundimiento del voto del PP que por el caudal de votos conseguido. El PP pierde medio millón de votos y pasa del 40,6% al 26,7%. El voto del PSOE baja desde el 39,6% de 2012 hasta el 35,4%, el peor resultado conseguido por PSOE en unas elecciones en Andalucía. El voto conjunto PSOE-PP bajó 18 puntos (del 80% al 62%).