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Britain: Anatomy of a Failed Coup against Corbyn in the UK Labour Party

by SEYMOUR Richard

Worst. Coup. Ever.

2016-07-10 06 SEYMOUR RichardAs the Chilcot Inquiry report is released to the public, those MPs attempting to depose Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn—their leading lights inescapably sullied by having supported the war—are suing for peace. Over a week of high-profile resignations, statements, demands, pleas and threats have seemingly done little but consolidate Corbyn’s position. In record time, it has gone from being a coup to a #chickencoup to a #headlesschickencoup. 

This could be the biggest own-goal in the history of British politics. Journalists steeped in the common sense of Westminster, assumed that it was all over for Labour’s first ever radical socialist leadership. How can he lead, they reasoned, if his parliamentary allies won’t work with him? This, in realpolitik terms, merely encoded the congealed entitlement and lordly presumption of Labour’s traditional ruling caste. Even some of Corbyn’s bien-pensant supporters went along with this view. They should have known better.

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Brexit: Divided Britain in disastrous referendum vote

by CONWAY Terry

2016-06-30 03 brexitAfter a bitter and deeply reactionary campaign, Britain voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48% on June 23. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Nigel Farage, is celebrating his victory together with his chums on the hard-right Eurosceptic wing of the Tory Party. His far right friends across Europe, from Marine le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and similar people in Germany, Austria, Italy - and places beyond – are rubbing their hands in glee while working out how best to capitalize on this triumph. Conservative Prime David Cameron has resigned with effect from the autumn and it will be his successor – almost certainly prominent “Brexiter” Boris Johnson – that will lead divorce negotiations with the EU. Those that are now in the ascendancy in the Conservative Party are even further to the right that the defeated leadership of Cameron.

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26-J: El desconcierto de una noche de verano

Josep Maria Antentas

2016-06-30 04 estimacion-de-votoSin duda, esperábamos una noche mejor. Del sorPPasso a la sorPPresa, las elecciones del 26J marcan definitivamente el final de la primera etapa del ciclo político abierto con la irrupción de Podemos en las elecciones europeas del 25 de Mayo de 2014 que, a su vez, es producto, no mecánico, de la sacudida de Mayo del 2011. Los resultados de Unidos Podemos son en términos retrospectivos inauditos, pero han quedado claramente debajo de las expectativas y las posibilidades. ¿Por qué no fue posible el tan deseado sorpasso al PSOE? El fiasco nos coge a propios y extraños por sorpresa. No se trata de dar lecciones a toro pasado explicando un fracaso que nadie vio venir, pero si al menos intentar entender por qué aconteció. Algunas reflexiones, pues, aún apresuradas y sin disponer todavía de los análisis detallados del comportamiento electoral, se imponen:

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The EU, Britain & “Brexit”: Seeing the whole picture after the referendum

by HORE Charlie

2016-06-30 02 breaking-pointThe UK referendum vote to leave the European Union has upended politics from one end of the continent to the other—nowhere more so, of course, than Britain, where Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his resignation, and a scheme to unseat left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is in the making. SW is publishing views from the left on the meaning of the vote and next steps. The latest contribution comes from Charlie Hore, a member of revolutionary socialism in the 21st century.

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Ballottaggi: l’ambiguo ma sonoro schiaffo al PD di Renzi


Comunicato della direzione nazionale di Sinistra Anticapitalista

2016-06-30 01 sinistra-anticapitalistaSì, questa volta possiamo dirlo, le votazioni ai ballottaggi comunali del 19 giugno sono state proprio una severa lezione per il PD. La travolgente vittoria di Virginia Raggi e del M5S a Roma (che Renzi cerca affannosamente di giustificare con le conseguenze dell’ “avventura Marino”), ma ancora di più quella di Chiara Appendino a Torino, dove il PD sperava di capitalizzare il netto sostegno di tutti i poteri forti cittadini per il suo sindaco uscente Fassino, sono la prova della decisa impasse in cui si trova il Partito democratico.

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The Political Revolution Continues

by BERNIE SANDERS · WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 201

2016-06-23 02 bernie-01Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end. They continue every day, every week and every month in the fight to create a nation of social and economic justice. That’s what the trade union movement is about. That’s what the civil rights movement is about. That’s what the women’s movement is about. That’s what the gay rights movement is about. That’s what the environmental movement is about.

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Communiqué de Ensemble! La manifestation du 23 juin interdite : une grave atteinte aux libertés publiques

2016-06-22 02 ensembleLa préfecture de police vient d'interdire la manifestation du 23 juin, à Paris, contre la loi Travail, appelée par sept organisations syndicales.

La préfecture et le gouvernement voulaient cantonner les manifestant-e-s à un rassemblement statique. A juste titre, l'intersyndicale l'a refusé et a proposé des parcours alternatifs. En pure perte. Cette décision est une forfaiture, une atteinte intolérable à la démocratie, aux libertés publiques, à la liberté syndicale, aux principes constitutionnels fondamentaux.

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Interdiction de manifester : une nouvelle mesure de guerre sociale

2016-06-22 01 NPALe gouvernement a donc confirmé l’interdiction de la manifestation de jeudi 23 juin. Cette interdiction d’une manifestation syndicale est une première depuis… la guerre d’Algérie. L’état d’urgence, le 49-3, l’interdiction de manifester, le gouvernement utilise donc toute la panoplie des mesures les plus antidémocratiques de la Ve République, des mesures de guerre sociale.

Le gouvernement sait qu’il est ultra minoritaire, complètement illégitime au yeux des travailleurs et de la population. Il ne voit donc comme possibilité de faire passer sa loi que le passage en force, que d’empêcher les manifestations donc continuer à exercer leur pression.

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Britain “in or out” the European Union:

What position should the Left take on the EU referendum?

by THORNETT Alan

2016-06-19 02 THORNETT AlanFollowing the election and Cameron’s pledge to the right, there will be an in out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU at least by the end of 2017, and possibly in 2016. This article will examine the role and character of the EU, the implications of the referendum itself, and consider how the left should vote.

For the British capitalist class the referendum raises a major strategic issue in terms of Britain’s place in the world—europeanism or atlanticism. This is something they have grappled with, and been bitterly divided over, for over 40 years.

Michael Heseltine famously walked out of Thatchers cabinet in 1986 over the purchase of US rather than European helicopters. Heseltine and the pro-Europe wing of the Tory party looked towards the European market while Thatcher—despite her signing of the Single European Act of 1986—looked across the Atlantic to the USA and world markets.

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Ante el 26J. Mirando a Europa y buscando el desempate

JAIME PASTOR

2016-06-19 01 reparto-de-escanosCuando entramos en la última semana de campaña electoral, parece ya innegable que, pese a los esfuerzos de la mayor parte de las candidaturas por hablar poco de las “líneas rojas” que quiere seguir imponiendo la troika (recortes de más de 8.000 millones de euros y multa por incumplimiento del déficit), el referéndum del 23J en Gran Bretaña ha puesto la cuestión del futuro de la Unión en el centro de la agenda política. En efecto, sea cual sea su resultado y más allá de las consecuencias económicas que vaya a tener, no es difícil prever que el proyecto de “más Europa” va a pasar a mejor vida confirmando definitivamente el parón. Con él, también la tendencia a una geometría cada vez más variable en la UE buscando al mismo tiempo la preservación de la unidad de la eurozona: la primera, limitándose a ser un bloque comercial (justamente en momentos de negociación del TTIP con EE UU) y la segunda, tratando de asegurar una mayor cohesión interna a través de nuevos pasos (en medio de crecientes tensiones entre países del Norte y del Sur y entre Bruselas, Frankfurt y Berlín), hacia un federalismo autoritario.

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Manifestation du 14 juin et violences – Le gouvernement inverse la hiérarchie des responsabilités

par Union syndicale Solidaires

2016-06-16 01 Union syndicale SolidairesLa manifestation du 14 juin a été un succès vécu par tous ceux et celles qui y ont participé. Massivement, les salarié-es particulièrement mobilisés dans le privé ont fait le déplacement et ont participé ensemble à cette démonstration de force et de détermination.

Du coup, le gouvernement qui joue « droit dans ses bottes » comme Juppé en 1995 s’attaque aux manifestant-es et aux organisations syndicales, les accuse d’organiser la violence et les somme de renoncer aux manifestations et de renoncer tout court à leur combat. Cette exigence de renoncement fait suite aux pressions qu’il a déjà faites sur les grèves, les actions, les manifestations pour d’autres motifs : inondations, euro... Ce que Valls, Cazeneuve et Hollande mettent en cause, c’est le droit des organisations syndicales et des salarié-es d’agir avec les moyens qui sont les leurs.

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The ecological debt at the heart of climate issues

by Renaud Duterme*

2016-06-11 01 Renaud DutermeNow that the media craze surrounding the Paris Agreement has died down, it’s time to step back and ask ourselves what are the main reasons for the failure of these successive summits. Many of the problems are well known, particularly in activist circles, such as our leaders’ absolute belief of in unsustainable economic growth, as well as the way large multinationals and other lobbies insinuate into the hidden complexities of these negotiations.

Additionally, there is another aspect to this which we believe to be under-represented: that of the North-South divide within the climate debate. This aspect is indeed of paramount importance as it represents a choice as to the model of “development” which can satisfy the needs of most people / the 99% without having a significant impact on the planet (or, rather, with a little impact as possible). Therefore, a failure of cooperation between countries of the ‘Centre’ (the North) and countries of the ‘Periphery’ (the South) ultimately results in preventing fundamental changes which are essential to prevent widespread environmental and social disasters.

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