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Imperialism & The Holocaust

The Hitler genocide must be understood as a result of the function of fascism for the German ruling class and its war aims.

2019 – the year of Brexit?

The New Year will be a year of major political conflict in Britain – one that could spill out onto the streets. The Brexit crisis could in addition trigger the early onset of a recession, the first signs of which are already appearing in the world economy. A general election may come sooner rather than…

Labour members are key to stopping Brexit

Editorial As we go to press Theresa May is still trying to blackmail both wings of her party by threatening Remainers with a No Deal Brexit and hard line Leavers with No Brexit. The other threat she holds over them is the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street. Meanwhile Corbyn has set his face…

Channel refugees need help not hate

By Dave Stockton The Tories and the right wing tabloids are back at work after the midwinter break: stoking up racism. Their target is the 200 or so refugees who have crossed the English Channel since November, to claim their internationally recognised right to asylum. Harsh measures by British and French border authorities have made…

January 1919: The Spartakist Uprising

In 1919, having stopped the First World War and overthrown the monarchy, German revolutionaries attempted to spread the Russian socialist revolution to Europe by launching an insurrection in Berlin.

No to Tommy Robinson, no to Brexit

By KD Tait ON 9 DECEMBER, fascist leader Tommy Robinson will attempt to rally Brexit supporters in a march through London against what he calls the government’s ‘Great Brexit Betrayal’. This demonstration will mark Tommy Robinson’s first public appearance as UKIP ‘consultant’ on ‘grooming gangs’, a post arranged by the party’s new leader Gerard Batten,…

Free Jiand Baloch! Solidarity with Baloch missing persons!

International Executive Committee AT 3am on the morning of 30 November, Jiand Baloch, a sociology student at Multan University was abducted by security services together with his father Abdul Qayyum Baloch and his ten year old brother, Hasnain Baloch. They are the latest additions to a long list of forced “disappearances” across Pakistan but, in…

France: yellow vests but no red flag

By Marc Lassalle PARIS – WE ARE witnessing another of France’s powerful social movements. This time it is directed against the increasingly unpopular President Emmanuel Macron and his supposed eco-tax on petroleum products, which has seen the price of diesel jump 16 per cent in the last eight months. On November 17, more than 2,000…

Leeds becomes the first UK University to divest from companies complicit with the Israeli military

By Yousef Abdul-Fattah and Evie Russell-Cohen, Leeds Palestine Solidarity Group THE DIVESTMENT decision has been hailed as a win for Palestinians and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with student groups across the country replicating this campaign.

 Following an intense BDS campaign launched little over a year ago by the Leeds Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG),…

The Revolution That Ended WW1 Part II: The Road to Defeat

By Tobi Hansen Part I: War and Revolution The Role of the USPD The USPD was a centrist organisation that oscillated between reform and revolution, between radical struggle and adaptation to the SPD and, through it, counterrevolution. While the leadership of the SPD wanted by all means to strangle the socialist revolution at birth and…

Extinction Rebellion Has Opened A New Front In The Fight Against Climate Change

By Chris Close “WE WILL not be led quietly to annihilation by the elites and government… it is not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.” So reads the opening proclamation of Extinction Rebellion, the new environmental movement launched…

The Revolution That Ended WW1

By Tobi Hansen Part 1: War and Revolution The German bourgeoisie has always had an amibivalent attitude to the November Revolution of 1918. While it certainly showed that the war, the dominance of the military high command and the monarchy had to be ended, at the same time, it was a revolution that stopped halfway.…

Labour – kick May out but come clean on Brexit

  Theresa May faces the complete shipwreck of her Brexit negotiations and the 585 page draft Withdrawal Agreement she brought back from Brussels. Two cabinet ministers, including her second Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, and two junior ministers, have resigned from her government and more could follow. She needs 320 votes but only has 315 after…

Model Motion: Solidarity with the people of Brazil

This motion was passed unanimously by Thurrock CLP. Please let us know if you pass it through your ward or CLP. [Name] CLP notes: 1) The victory of the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro the Brazilian presidential election. He poses a deadly threat to Brazilian workers, peasants, black and indigenous people, women and LGBT + people. His…

Self determination for Kanaky! Down with French imperialism!

By Marc Lassalle PARIS – ON 4 NOVEMBER, 174,154 voters, from a population of 268,000, in Kanaky voted on the question: “Do you want Nouvelle Calédonie (New Caledonia) to access full sovereignty and become independent?” Kanaky, better known by the name New Caledonia given by James Cook to several islands (the largest is called Grande…

Against The Racist Endeavour

From the emergence of Zionism as a response to European antisemitism, through the duplicitous policies of Britain in Mandate Palestine to the establishment of the state of Israel and its role as the USA’s regional gendarme, Against the Racist Endeavour charts the struggles of the Palestinians against colonial oppression, invasive settlement, mass expulsion and war.…

The Central American Migrant Caravan: Let Them In!

By Tobi Hansen They have been on the road since October 12, a “caravan” of more than 7,000 refugees from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, heading for Tijuana on the US-Mexican border. Now they have reached southern Mexico. They have chosen this course of action because they no longer see any hope of a minimally…

Brazil: Their fight is our fight!

Statement – 29 October 2018 JAIR BOLSONARO’s victory in the presidential election poses a deadly threat to Brazil’s working class and progressive movements. His supporters have already unleashed a wave of terror against Black, indigenous, LGBT and social rights activists. US President Donald Trump congratulated Bolsonaro, claiming the two would form “great partnerships”. But claims…

France: The working class strikes back

By Marc Lassalle – PARIS WITH a successful day of action on October 9, the major trade unions, CGT, FO, Solidaires, FSU, which organise the most combative sectors of the French working class, have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with. In Paris, the demonstration was tens of thousands strong, with…

Motion: Build a united front against racism and fascism

This motion was passed by Dulwich and West Norwood CLP. Please let us know if you pass through your ward/CLP. Building a united front against racism and fascism This branch/CLP notes This year has seen the largest mobilisation of far-right forces on the streets of London in decades, with thousands marching under the banner of…

Victory at the Ivy House

By Jeremy Dewar When we heard about an unofficial strike at the Ivy House pub in our ward, Nunhead & Queens Road Labour Party invited the strikers to address our next branch meeting, where we unanimously passed a solidarity motion. Here is a transcript of what they told us. The Ivy House in Nunhead, South…

The Top 5 Worst Moments From Tory Party Conference

By Rob Schofield LAST week, the creaking, clunking engine that is the Conservative Party spluttered into Birmingham, an electoral vehicle that is out of fuel, lacking any roadmap, and whose exhausted driver is on the verge of being thrown out of the emergency exit by its petulant, baying passengers. The country watched wearily as this…

Germany: 250,000 march against racism

By Tobi Hansen, Gruppe ArbeiterInnenmacht SATURDAY’S “Indivisible” demonstrations in Berlin, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe brought hundreds of thousands out against racism and in solidarity with the refugees and immigrants who are its targets. There were very nearly a quarter of a million on the streets of Berlin alone. With their admittedly rather broad and vague calls…

The Workers’ Answer to Brexit

THE starting point for any socialist looking to determine their stance on Brexit is to ascertain whether it is in the interests of the working class. All other considerations – electoral impact, the finality or otherwise of any given referendum outcome, the attitude to Brexit of the big capitalists or Chukka Umunna – are all…

The Fight for Rank and File Democracy in the Trade Unions

By Andy Yorke THE rejection of proposals to democratise the selection of MPs and the nomination of candidates for the Leadership at Labour’s Liverpool conference threw a spotlight on the role of the unions in deciding party policy. Many first time delegates were shocked, and many more were infuriated, when, despite overwhelming support from the…

RCN: Nurses get payback

By Rebecca Anderson THE leadership of the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) is trying to fight back from members’ attempts to oust it, after it misled them over the pay deal which means nurses received on average less than half the three percent promised and voted on. A petition has already forced RCN GS Janet…

The Fight for Labour Party Black Sections

By Jeremy Dewar IT is fitting to mark Black History Month this year by focusing on a battle fought largely inside the Labour Party between 1983 and 1993 for two reasons. First, Black History Month was initiated by groups of mainly black Caribbean and Asian members of the Labour Party, who fought to make the…

The Crisis in South Africa

By Jeremy Dewar MANY SCHOOLS, Labour councils and community groups will be celebrating Black History Month by re-telling the inspiring story of the anti-Apartheid struggle. And so they should. But, only to tell the story, as if the struggle for equality had ended with the dismantling of the Apartheid system, would do a disservice to…

Mexico 1968: Massacre in Tlatelolco

By Dave Stockton OCTOBER 2, 1968 witnessed the massacre of between three and four hundred of the 10,000 young demonstrators who had gathered in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City. State forces under the orders of the authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) regime, claimed they had been fired…