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Nuclear Threat: Resetting the Doomsday Clock

3rd November 2019

On the morning of 13 January 2018 a message was broadcast by the emergency alert system over television, radio and mobile phones to the people of Hawaii. The message stated that there was an incoming ballistic missile threat and advised residents to seek shelter, ending with: ‘this is not a drill.’ It seems the Hawaiian […]

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Hong Kong: the struggle for political democracy

3rd November 2019

Socialists can only applaud when workers around the world struggle for political democracy and freedom to organise as this is essential for the eventual struggle for socialism. After all, if workers are not willing to struggle for what they hold to be legitimate democratic rights, they are unlikely to strive for the transformation of society, […]

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African Migration and the Looting of Africa

25th October 2019

There is a view that Africans are somehow “invading” Europe, even worse “swarming” into Europe. Anti-immigration rhetoric speaks of building fences and creating a Fortress Europe. It is as if there is a war, and Europeans must protect themselves against invaders.  A year ago, the UN’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng […]

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Australian members of International Forces East Timor (INTERFET), talk to a citizen in Dili, East Timor. (Photo by PH3 Dan Mennuto)

Indonesia: From Anti-Imperialism to Imperialism

24th October 2019

In August, East Timor (Timor Leste) celebrated 20 years independence from Indonesia. The 1974 left-wing coup in Portugal led to the dismantling of its colonies including what was then called Portuguese Timor. Indonesian forces commenced covert attacks, then invaded in 1975. An estimated 100,000 conflict-related deaths through the entire period 1974 to 1999, including 18,600 […]

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Capitalism’s Holy Grail

24th October 2019

Here’s an easy question – what’s your view of censorship? If you’re a socialist and a democrat, you’re probably against it. After all, you argue, the only really effective way to combat bad ideas is to bring them out in the open and put them up against good ideas, and you can’t do that if […]

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Dobbiamo davvero mettere Marx in soffitta?

31st August 2019

Il nostro movimento è per il socialismo rivoluzionario, marxista. Ma se venisse meno la fondatezza della critica economica di Marx al principio di funzionamento del capitalismo, verrebbe forse meno la fondatezza delle ragioni della nostra lotta? No, per almeno tre motivi.  1.    La teoria del valore-lavoro non è completamente stravolta, ha ancora una funzione per la lotta […]

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Africa: Can it help feed us all?

31st August 2019

Africa’s Potential Bread Basket ‘It is people who make the world: the bush has wounds and scars.’ – a Malawian proverb Global food security is one of the most serious concerns of our time. The global food system is at the root of many environmental and health crises. Humans have made the African savanna their […]

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El Socialismo nunca ha sido probado

26th August 2019

En nuestra egoísta sociedad actual, cualquier conversación sobre una sociedad basada en la solidaridad encontrará poco más que un gesto desdeñoso. “No me digas -¡otra colecta más para unos pobres diablos! Ya estoy harto de estas colectas, ya no creo en ellas”. Por tanto, cuando los socialistas tratan de explicar que una sociedad basada en […]

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SYRIZA: GREEK CAPITALISM’S REPAIR CREW

21st August 2019

In January 2015 there was dancing in the streets of Athens as a left-wing anti-austerity party, Syriza, a ‘coalition of the radical left’, made up of various left and Green groups, Eurocommunists and some Trotskyists, had just won the Greek elections. There was rejoicing too amongst like-minded people outside Greece. The fightback against austerity was […]

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AN AWFUL LOT OF COFFEE IN BRAZIL

21st August 2019

Two bumper harvests in Brazil have flooded the international market with so much coffee that the price farmers can get has plummeted to below $1 a pound (BBC News, 11 July ). Since coffee is a cash crop that farmers sell instead of growing food they could actually eat, when the price hits the floor […]

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