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Iraq and the relations between the United Nations and the Bush administration

Written by Fred Weston Monday, 06 December 2004
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Some American Republicans are calling for the resignation of Kofi Annan as UN general secretary. The alleged reasons are accusations of corruption. As always the real reason lies elsewhere. It is part of the onging conflict between the major powers over the war in Iraq.
 

How Fords Made Their Millions

Written by Mick Brooks Thursday, 18 November 2004
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Henry Ford had a mythical reputation as a “people's capitalist”, a man who was smart enough to design a car that ordinary workers could afford, and a boss who paid his workers enough to buy Ford cars. Nothing could be further from the truth! The great lesson of labour relations at Ford's from its beginning is that every improvement for the workers was gained through bitter and unremitting struggle. By Mick Brooks (November 1978)
 

Thoughts on the American elections

Written by Alan Woods Thursday, 11 November 2004
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America’s presidential election is over and George Bush won. The result has caused a lot of disappointment, or even despair, both in the USA and on a world scale. On the face of it, the situation seems to justify the most pessimistic interpretation. In reality, however, the basis of this vote is extremely fragile and unstable. It will evaporate like hot water off a stove in the heat of the events that are being prepared nationally and internationally.
   

We Need a Working Class Solution to Working Class Problems

Written by the WIL Thursday, 11 November 2004
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A new leaflet from the WIL. The pre-election period has made millions of Americans much more politically aware and active. But the fact remains: working people do not yet have a party they can call their own. We need a mass party of labor based on the unions that can represent the interests of working people! Download the leadlet as a PDF file.
 

A First Look at U.S. Election 2004: “Democracy” Rears Its Ugly Head

Written by John Peterson Thursday, 04 November 2004
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The U.S. Presidential Election of 2004 marks yet another turning point in the rapidly changing consciousness of the American working class. The result, which should come as no real surprise to readers of Marxist.com, dashed the hopes of millions who sincerely thought they could get rid of Bush by voting for a “lesser evil”. The main lesson to be drawn from the 2004 election is that working people cannot rely on the representatives of another class to fight our battles for us. We can rely only on our own forces and organizations, and must build a mass party of labor that can truly defend our interests.
   

US election: A tipping point

Written by Michael Roberts Monday, 01 November 2004
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The news that Kerry has conceded defeat has just come through. We will publish a full analysis of the US election results tomorrow. In the meantime we are publishing this article which looks at the state of the US economy and traces its long term decline. Whether Bush or Kerry had won it would not have made a fundamental difference. They both defend US imperialism. They could not come out with fundamentally different policies for they are tied to the same basic economic interests. In fact the extreme similarity between the two explains why Kerry could not defeat Bush. Any policy based on the US economy as it is today means one thing: an attack on the living standards of American workers. To defeat Bush something else is needed – a party of the American working class.
 

Socialism: the Only Solution for Iraq and the USA

Written by the US Socialist Appeal Editorial Board Thursday, 21 October 2004
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The war in Iraq drags on and on, and the situation for working people here in the US continues to worsen, or at best stagnate. Working people and the youth are beginning to see through the lies of the capitalist class which could care less that entire families now live on the streets, or that 1.7 million people slid into poverty in 2002.
   

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