Antisemitism row: the double standards of Labour’s right wing

THE SUDDEN coordinated onslaught against Jeremy Corbyn over the weekend of 24-25 March was a transparent attempt by an alliance of rightwing forces to damage Labour’s strong lead in the run up to the May council elections, and to destabilise Corbyn’s ever-more consolidated leadership of the Labour Party. Things have not been going well for … Continue reading Antisemitism row: the double standards of Labour’s right wing

Marielle lives on amongst us!

Liga Socialista, Brazil  ON THE evening of March 14, Marielle Franco (38), a city councillor from the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro, was shot dead in her car in the street. Her driver died with her in a hail of bullets. Her secretary survived but was seriously injured. Marielle was a member of the … Continue reading Marielle lives on amongst us!

French railway workers prepare for decisive struggle

By Marc Lasalle PARIS - Strikes and demonstrations have taken place across France in a day of action called by a united front of most public sector unions. The action has been called in response to a new law which targets the rights of railway workers, as a precursor to a general offensive against the 5.3 … Continue reading French railway workers prepare for decisive struggle

Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Emergency

THE State of Emergency declared by the government of Ranil Wickremasinghe on March 6, initially for 7 days, was finally lifted on March 18. The attacks by Buddhist gangs on Muslim communities, which were the ostensible justification for the Emergency, left two dead and 450 Muslim-owned homes and businesses burnt out. Most of the violence … Continue reading Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Emergency

Brazil: From resistance to the struggle for socialism

Statement of the Liga Socialista to the Brazil Social Forum SINCE the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party (PT) we are essentially in a coup situation. Today it is also clear that it is not only a constitutional overthrow by Congress. There is a consistent front extending from the powerful entrepreneurial association … Continue reading Brazil: From resistance to the struggle for socialism

UCU: No capitulation – fight on to victory

Up and down the country university workers are holding meetings and rallies to reject the proposed deal proposed between the UCU and university employers. Dozens of branches have already voted to reject the deal before a meeting of the union's Higher Education Committee this afternoon. The proposed deal agreed between the UCU and UUK is … Continue reading UCU: No capitulation – fight on to victory

Statement on the State of Emergency in Sri Lanka

Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Sri Lanka The declaration of a State of Emergency by the government of Ranil Wickremasinghe and Maithripala Sirisena is further evidence, if more were required, that theirs is a government that cannot resolve Sri Lanka's long standing economic and social problems. The immediate justification for the State of … Continue reading Statement on the State of Emergency in Sri Lanka

Labour: making “irreversible gains for women”?

A decade of austerity has undermined many of the economic, social and political gains achieved by women since the 1970s. Job losses, cuts to welfare and social care, and the rise in part time and precarious work, are just some of the factors intensifying the problems faced by women who have to work harder for … Continue reading Labour: making “irreversible gains for women”?

Sylvia Pankhurst: fighter for working class women

Sylvia Pankhurst (1882 –1960) was a formidable figure; an internationalist and anti-imperialist, an anti racist, and for a period a revolutionary communist. But it is as a tireless fighter for the emancipation of women that she is best remembered. At the centre of this work, she dedicated herself to the self-organisation and activity of working … Continue reading Sylvia Pankhurst: fighter for working class women

USA: Our bodies – our choice

By Mekdela Ejigu THE limited legal abortion and women’s reproductive rights available in the United States exist in a permanent state of siege enforced by the Republican party and religious conservatives across the country. During President Obama’s terms, Republican House and Senate members repeatedly attempted to block abortion clinics from operating in their districts with … Continue reading USA: Our bodies – our choice