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Canada: Defeat Harper, Vote NDP, Fight for Socialism

Written by Alex Grant Monday, 31 August 2015

thumb fight-capitalismMillions of workers and youth are looking for a way to overthrow the Harper Conservatives. After almost 10 years in power, the Tories are being dragged down by corruption, secrecy, vindictiveness and now they are presiding over a new recession. The key question is: how can we get rid of this capitalist government?

 

Fight the purge: defend democracy, defend Corbyn

Written by Socialist Appeal Monday, 31 August 2015

VoteforCorbyn-thThis Labour leadership election, hailed by Jeremy Corbyn as the most democratic party leadership election ever, is being stained by the purge of left-wing members and supporters from the Party. Last week saw a Kafka-esque wave of letters sent out by Party bureaucrats informing thousands of people that they would not be allowed to vote in the leadership election because they did not support the “aims and values of the Party” or because they support an organisation opposed to Labour.

 

The Bankruptcy of Puerto Rican Capitalism

Written by John Peterson Friday, 28 August 2015

The Bankruptcy of Puerto Rican CapitalismThe capitalist crisis is relentless, ravaging one region of the world after another. As exemplified by Europe’s “weakest link,” economic and political turmoil in even a small country like Greece can have a knock-on effect throughout the world system. In the Americas, there are many “weak links.” The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is just the latest of the world’s economies to be dragged down by the crisis. Made up of 143 mostly uninhabited islands, cays, atolls, and islets, it is formally an unincorporated territory of the United States, and is linked by countless economic, social, political, and historic ties to the US mainland.

 

Police repression in Mexico City - IMT members injured

Written by In Defence of Marxism Thursday, 27 August 2015

Police repression in Mexico City - IMT members injuredOn August 26, after the end of the demonstration for the 43 Ayotzinapa students disappeared by the state 11 months ago, the Mexico City police attacked a group of activists on their way home, injuring several of them. Amongst them were mothers of the Ayotzinapa students as well as leading members of La Izquierda Socialista (IMT) and the CLEP (Polytechnic Students Struggle Committee).

 

Lebanon: police repression as youth demand the resignation of the government

Written by In Defence of Marxism Thursday, 27 August 2015

Lebanon: police repression as youth demand the resignation of the governmentDemonstrators in downtown Beirut are under severe police repression. Dozens have been injured and at least 90 of the protesters have been arrested so far, but the count is likely to grow in the next hours. The sweeping protest of Lebanese youth, which took the name of the “You Stink” movement, started on August 22.

 

Stock market meltdown: Harbinger of new world slump

Written by Rob Sewell Wednesday, 26 August 2015

stock-brokerWorld stock markets have been in meltdown from Shanghai and Shenzhen to London and New York. A sea of red blighted the computer screens of the stock exchanges everywhere in a panic global sell-off. Shock and disbelief among investors was ubiquitous. Even as the Dow Jones claws its way back from its worst losses, extreme volatility pervades the entire system. Could this crash be a one-off event, which will quickly return to normal, or the beginning of a series of shocks in an unstoppable chain of events?

 

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Gran Bretaña: el auge de última hora en la campaña de Corbyn le acerca a la victoria

Written by Brian Adams, de la agrupación laborista de Hackney North y Stoke Newington Monday, 31 August 2015

VoteforCorbyn-thLa campaña de Corbyn por la dirección del Partido Laborista parece tener predilección por vuelcos de última hora. Corbyn sólo obtuvo los 35 avales necesarios de diputados para presentarse a las primarias dos minutos antes de que venciera el plazo. Y ahora, en las últimas 24 horas antes de que se cierre el período de afiliación, más de 160.000 personas han solicitado la membresía como militantes o simpatizantes para poder votar en las elecciones internas del partido. Nadie duda de a quien apoyará la mayoría de estos nuevos miembros.

 

El colapso del mercado accionario: el preanuncio de una nueva recesión mundial

Written by Rob Sewell Friday, 28 August 2015

stock-brokerLos mercados de valores mundiales han estado desplomándose, desde Shanghái y Shenzhen hasta Londres y Nueva York. Un mar de luces rojas invadió las pantallas de los ordenadores de las bolsas de todo el mundo provocando el pánico total y ventas masivas. La conmoción y la incredulidad entre los inversores eran omnipresentes. Aunque el Dow Jones [indicador de la bolsa de Nueva York] se ha recuperado de sus peores pérdidas, una volatilidad extrema impregna todo el sistema. ¿Será este un accidente aislado, tras el cual las cosas volverán rápidamente a la normalidad, o el inicio de una serie de choques en una cadena interminable de acontecimientos?

 

Represión policial en la Ciudad de México - Miembros de la CMI heridos

Written by En defensa del marxismo Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ubaldo Meneses injured-thEl 26 de agosto, después de terminada la manifestación de apoyo a los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos por el Estado hace 11 meses, la policía de Ciudad de México atacó a un grupo de activistas en su camino a casa, hiriendo a varios de ellos. Entre ellos se encontraban las madres de los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa, así como los principales miembros de La Izquierda Socialista (CMI) y el CLEP (Comité de Lucha de los Estudiantes del Politécnico).