The world situation can only be characterized as highly volatile and
unstable. The profound economic, political, social, and military
instability, outlined in previous issues of Socialist Appeal,
has intensified over the past year. Without a doubt, we are in the most
turbulent historical epoch since the end of World War II, if not the
most tumultuous in human history.
Today is election-day in British Columbia and the BC New Democratic
Party is trailing in the polls. After four years of right wing rule in
British Columbia the province’s social services have been decimated.
Only a year ago BC stood on the brink of a general strike, now all is
quiet on the industrial front. This election should have been a cake
walk for the NDP, but the drift to the right by the leadership has left
Amnesty International published a report last Wednesday, condemning the
US and UK betrayal of the cause of human rights in the so-called “war
on terror” and urged the US to shut down its Guantanamo Bay camp. The
report is a condemnation of the hypocritical policies and actions of
the two imperialist powers.
It is a cliché of Canadian political economy to say that if the US
sneezes, Canada gets a cold. When the US gets a cold, Canada suffers
pneumonia. The reason for this is very simple; the Canadian economy is
based on the export of manufactured goods to the United States. The Fightback Editorial Board looks at the world situation and how this affects Canada.
Once upon a time, during the dark ages in the Middle East when tyrants
and one party rule were the norm in countries like Egypt, Iraq and
Israel/Palestine, there lived a great and wise man who believed that
one day “freedom” and “democracy” would rule the earth. This man’s name
was George W. Bush.
Alan Woods provides some very interesting insights into the processes taking place within the Venezuelan working class, the discussions on what kind of workers’ control is needed, on what is the next step facing the Revolution, and so on. His notes from his trip to Venezuela in April reveal a growing socialist consciousness among the Venezuelan masses. See also pictures from the visit.