Israel marks its 70th anniversary by massacring Palestinians

By KD Tait OVER THE past four weeks, at least 37 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 4,000 wounded, by Israeli troops firing indiscriminately into demonstrations organised as part of the Great Return March. As usual, the US and British representatives on the United Nations Security Council have blocked any condemnation of the Israeli … Continue reading Israel marks its 70th anniversary by massacring Palestinians

Labor Notes 2018: successes pose new challenges for union activists

By Jeremy Dewar, Lambeth Unison delegate (pc) and Marcus Otono, Workers Power USA. THREE THOUSAND trade unionists assembled in Chicago for Labor Notes’ biennial conference on 8-11 April. Many there claimed it was the biggest Labor Notes conference ever. But numbers alone cannot convey the energy, the diversity, the militancy on display. Workers’ struggles At … Continue reading Labor Notes 2018: successes pose new challenges for union activists

The fight against antisemitism in Labour

BY KD Tait THE DECISION by Labour’s right wing to reheat the smear campaign accusing Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle antisemitism within the party is a deliberate attempt to sabotage Labour’s local election campaign, discredit the leadership, and silence critics of Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians. Though they have differing priorities and motives, … Continue reading The fight against antisemitism in Labour

French workers’ and students’ struggle at a turning point

By Marc Lassalle PARIS - After a month of militant but inconclusive strikes and occupations by railway workers and students, activists are organising to relaunch the mobilisation against the government attacks, with a national day of action in the first week of May. At the beginning of April workers on the state rail network, the … Continue reading French workers’ and students’ struggle at a turning point

The Good Friday Agreement: Northern Ireland’s sectarian peace

By Bernie McAdam THIS YEAR marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The ‘peace process’ that this initiated between the British state and Sinn Fein/ Irish Republican Army (IRA), with ceasefire followed by decommissioning of IRA arms and recognition of the police, was crowned with a power sharing government … Continue reading The Good Friday Agreement: Northern Ireland’s sectarian peace

The danger of a global trade war

By Markus Lehner "Trade wars are good" - Donald Trump Though Donald Trump's tweets often seem mere clowning, the decrees he signed imposing import duties on steel and aluminium, and subsequent threats of further punitive duties on Chinese imports, do have to be taken seriously. The US president has used a loophole that allows him … Continue reading The danger of a global trade war

The 70th anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre

By Dave Stockton THIS YEAR'S celebrations of the anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel were bigger than ever. They were held on 18 April, corresponding to a date in the Hebrew calendar that in the Gregorian calendar corresponds to 15 May. And this latter date is when Palestinians commemorate the 1948 Nakba … Continue reading The 70th anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre

Labour can lead the fight against imperialism and war

By KD Tait THE US, French, and British attack on the Syrian regime’s chemical warfare facilities, ostensibly in retaliation for the recent chemical attack in Douma, was little more than a cynical attempt by the Nato powers to avoid being made to look totally impotent by the Syrian dictator - whilst carefully avoiding a direct … Continue reading Labour can lead the fight against imperialism and war

Brazilian left unites in response to arrest of Lula

By Liga Socialista, Brazil THESE ARE tense days in Brazil. The political instability, which began with the parliamentary coup, heightened in the days leading up to the Federal Supreme Court hearing of Lula's request for Habeas Corpus last Wednesday, April 4. On the eve of the trial, the Army General, Villas-Boas, issued a social network … Continue reading Brazilian left unites in response to arrest of Lula

Pakistan: Tens of thousands at Pashtun defence meeting

By Shahzad Arshad, Revolutionary Socialist Movement, Pakistan A NEW mass movement is developing in Pakistan. On April 8, tens of thousands of supporters of the “Pashtun Protection Movement” gathered in Peshawar, the centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, KPK. Some estimates put the total attendance at more than 100,000. The meeting was the latest highpoint of … Continue reading Pakistan: Tens of thousands at Pashtun defence meeting