The recent gathering of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre showed clearly how the anti-globalisation movement
is becoming more and more dominated by career politicians, and groups and organisations that do not really represent
the millions of youth who look to this movement for an alternative to the capitalist system. The capitalist class
internationally is using a dual tactic. On the one hand, where they feel it to be necessary (as in Genoa) they use
the most repressive and brutal methods to try to crush the movement. On the other hand they try to corrupt the movement
and direct it away from radical anti-capitalist ideas.
Over the weekend of March 15-16 we have witnessed the biggest mass demonstrations seen
in Spain for years. Several demonstrations have been held in Barcelona against the EU
summit that was being held there. On Thursday about 200,000 trade unionists marched and on
Saturday half a million people took to the streets. These were protests against bourgeois policies in the
whole of Europe, and against capitalist globalisation. This is an eye-witness account of the
dramatic events that took place in Barcelona.
The "Battle in Seattle" announced to the world that even in the "belly of the beast",
there is outright opposition to the policies of imperialism. Around the world, subsequent
meetings of the IMF, World Bank, G8, and NATO have been met with a rising tide of
militant protest and increasingly ruthless repression by the ruling class. But the attacks
of September 11 cast a shadow over the movement in the US - anyone voicing opposition to
the policies of imperialism was considered unpatriotic and even a terrorist - "you're
either with us or against us!" Now, on April 20, the first major protest event against
the "war on terror" is being held in Washington, DC. The WIL and YFIS will
be there. Download and print our A20 flyer and meet us in DC!
The anti-war mobilizations in Washington DC, San Francisco, and elsewhere were the first mass protests against government policy since September 11. Many groups were represented, but all of them had one thing in common - opposition to the so-called War on Terrorism. The anti-globalization, anti-war, and labor movements need to unite under a working-class leadership to fight for a socialist solution to the problems facing working people in the US and internationally.
This is a report of the massive demonstration in Seville to protest
European Union summit. The very militant mood of the demonstrations
reflected the anger of the youth against the policies of the right wing
in Spain and internationally. Despite the propaganda campaign of the
government, which was aimed at scaring people off and turning them
the anti-capitalist mobilisations, the balconies were full of people
shouting words of encouragement and saluting
with their raised fists. By Julio Cruz, from the Spanish Marxist paper El Militante.
This is a letter we have received from Portugal regarding the Spanish authorities turning back
buses of Portuguese demonstrators bound for the anti-EU summit demonstration Seville, in violation of international treaties,
and the Spanish Civil Guard beating up two members of the Portuguese parliament!
Mick Brooks reports on the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, where representatives
of governments, big business and NGOs met to discuss the laudable aims of
eradicating poverty and environmental destruction.
The fundamental flaw behind the Summit is that it relies on market forces to deal with the problems of poverty and the environment.
But market forces are not the solution - they are the problem.
This is a report of the demonstration in Salzburg against the World Economic Forum from Der Funke.
The international "anti-globalisation movement" has reached an entirely new stage after the mass protests
against the G8 in Genoa and after the second World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. This attempt
to structure the movement into so-called Social Forums has been accompanied by the increasing political
influence of openly reformist forces.
This is the transcript of a speech given by Jordi Martorell at the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa on October 10, 2002. It sums up our understanding of the struggle against capitalism today and also provides many useful links to our articles on globalisation and the workers' movement internationally.
The 50,000 people taking part in the European Social Forum last week in Florence were far more than the organisers had expected. The last day, Saturday, saw one million people marching in Florence against the war in Iraq and the Berlusconi government. There was a thirst for revolutionary ideas among the youth who were present, not seen since the 1970s. By Roberto Sarti, of the Italian Marxist paper FalceMartello.
On December13-15 the European Union summit was held in Copenhagen. On the
agenda was the enlargement of the EU to the East and Turkey’s
application for membership. Marie Frederiksen in Copenhagen looks at the contradictions
that will emerge from the enlargement of the EU. On the basis of the developing crisis
of world capitalism the future for a more integrated Europe looks bleak.