The repolling at four polling stations in South Waziristan was blatantly rigged. Ali Wazir the Marxist candidate for Parliament had his victory stolen. But while the Parliament is the final goal for corrupt career politicians, for the Marxists the campaign was just a step in the struggle against the rotten Capitalist system.
Yesterday the Guardian Council in Iran announced the names of the eight candidates for the upcoming Presidential elections. The Council is a 12-member body of theologians and jurists, appointed by the Supreme Leader and the head of Judiciary, with responsibility for vetting presidential candidates ahead of the elections, scheduled for 14th June.
The stream of distressing news seems to flow endlessly: School shootings from Colorado to Connecticut. Factory collapses and explosions from Bangladesh to Texas. Terrorist attacks from Pakistan to Boston. Crumbling infrastructure from Mexico City to Minneapolis. Kidnappings and torture from Ciudad Juarez to Cleveland. War and civil war from Syria to Somalia. Mass unemployment from Greece to California. What is at the root of this seemingly unstoppable wave of human misery, uncertainty, and chaos? What can the working majority of society do about it?
The New Scientist magazine carried an article recently, in its edition dated 13th April, with the title "Austerity’s Toxic Genetic Legacy". In the article the author explains how the high stress levels caused by high unemployment and a falling standard of living, such as the working class are experiencing now, can cause serious illness. Not only that but long-term psychological stress can cause long-lasting changes in genes that trigger chronic inflammation.
A new book details the human cost of capitalist crisis. "The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills" by economists David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu uses statistical analysis to discover the human effects of the recession. In a Guardian article, Stuckler describes the book as articulating “why austerity kills”.
Since the Pakistani general elections on 11 May this year, the forces of reaction have been manoeuvring to try to deny a democratically elected candidate his rightful place as an elected representative of the people of Pakistan. Tomorrow is an important day in this process as it will witness these reactionary forces doing everything they can to steal the victory of the Marxists.
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“The question whether objective truth can be attributed to human thinking is not a question of theory but is a practical question. Man must prove the truth — i.e. the reality and power, the this-sidedness of his thinking in practice. The dispute over the reality or non-reality of thinking that is isolated from practice is a purely scholastic question”. (Marx, Second Thesis on Feuerbach.)
Beethoven was a revolutionary in both music and politics. Inspired by the French Revolution, he expressed its very heart and soul in his music, and remained a revolutionary all his life. We are republishing today the article written by Alan Woods several years ago, which has been updated to include the musical illustrations that had been lost because of technical issues. We are sure that this article will arouse great interest in our readers, casting light on an important stage in the development of European and world culture, and underlining the vital link between music and revolution.
Publicamos una aportación al debate iniciado en Izquierda Unida sobre la conformación de un Bloque Social y Político, elaborado por un grupo de militantes de Ezker Anitza-Izquierda Unida de Álava, agrupados en torno al periódico y a la web Lucha de Clases. El texto hace eje en tres ideas: que el Bloque Social y Político que persigue IU esté anclado en la clase trabajadora; que IU debe volcarse a la organización y participación de la lucha en la calle; y la defensa de un programa socialista que plantee la nacionalización de las palancas fundamentales de la economía, bajo control obrero, para superar el capitalismo.
Ante los últimos acontecimientos, la radicalización de la huelga general convocada por la Central Obrera Boliviana y las movilizaciones en defensa del proceso de cambio convocadas por el MAS y organizaciones sociales, la Corriente Marxista Internacional declara: