An introduction to historical materialism - part four

Written by Alan Woods Thursday, 11 February 2016

crusadersIn this fourth part of the series, Alan Woods traces the history of feudalism from its rise to its inevitable downfall in the age of the bourgeois revolutions.

 

Is Canada on the Verge of a New Crisis?

Written by Marco La Grotta Thursday, 11 February 2016

Royal Bank of Canada02 thOn January 20, the Bank of Canada downgraded its 2016 growth forecast for Canada from an already meagre 2 per cent to 1.4 per cent. “Highly uncertain” were the words chosen by the usually optimistic bank to describe the economic environment.

 

Pakistan: Lessons of the PIA strike

Written by Lal Khan Wednesday, 10 February 2016

piaThe recent strike in Pakistan’s flag carrier airline, PIA, was a magnificent and extremely significant episode in the history of industrial struggles by the workers in this country’s history.

 

Goodyear, Air France workers criminalised – An appeal for International Solidarity

Written by International Marxist Tendency Wednesday, 10 February 2016

goodyearOn January 12th, eight former employees of Goodyear, including five elected members of the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT, one of the largest trade union confederations in France), were sentenced to two years in prison, of which at least 9 months must be served.

 

The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Four

Written by Daniel Morley Tuesday, 09 February 2016

Mao1946When the Sino-Japanese war began in 1937, the CCP had already been an exclusively rural party for almost ten years. As we pointed out previously, this was an improvisation born out of the party’s confusion at Chiang’s power grab. By 1935, when Mao became the undisputed leader of the party, this improvisation and temporary retreat had been transformed into the party’s raison d’être.

 

Pakistan: PIA strike against privatization – intervention of the PTUDC

Written by PTUDC Tuesday, 09 February 2016

pia-protest-ptudc1A total strike at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) started on February 2 nd after state forces opened fire on protesting workers killing at least two. Comrades of the PTUDC [Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign] all over the country had been intervening in the movement almost a month earlier with all the forces at their disposal. Here we provide reports of their intervention.

 

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Goodyear, Air France - Llamamiento a la solidaridad internacional

Written by International Marxist Tendency Wednesday, 10 February 2016

goodyearEl último12 de enero, ocho ex empleados de Goodyear, incluyendo cinco delegados de CGT, fueron condenados a dos años de prisión, de los cuales 9 meses son en condena firme.

 

EEUU: El "caucus" del Partido Demócrata en Iowa refleja el interés por las ideas socialistas

Written by Joel Ang, Tom Trottier y John Peterson Tuesday, 09 February 2016

Bernie SandersLos resultados del Caucus en Iowa están ahí. Bernie Sanders, que se identifica como socialista y pide una "revolución política contra la clase multimillonaria", fue derrotado por Hillary Clinton por un mero 0,3% -mucho menos que el margen de error estadístico. Hace un año, Clinton fue designada para alcanzar la nominación del Partido Demócrata sin oposición. Sanders fue retratado, en cambio, como un candidato de protesta irrelevante al que sacaba una ventaja de 50 puntos.

 

Pakistán: Huelga en la compañía Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) - atreverse a dar la batalla en la lucha de clases

Written by Lal Jan Monday, 08 February 2016

pia-protest-ptudcEl martes por la mañana, los sindicatos de trabajadores de PIA desafiaron la prohibición del gobierno de la actividad sindical, y continuaron con la huelga que estaba planeada contra la privatización de la compañía estatal. A diferencia de los anteriores enfrentamientos, el gobierno trató de utilizar una débil excusa legal como arma. En base a una ley de 1952 (que restringe las huelgas en sectores administrados por el Estado, NdT), el gobierno anunció la aplicación de dicha ley en PIA por un período de seis meses, prohibiendo las actividades sindicales en todo el país dentro y fuera de los grandes aeropuertos.