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Putine, Trump... – What Can We Learn from Vampires and Idiots?

by BUDRAITSKIS Ilya

2016 10 16 01 BUDRAITSKIS IlyaThe German socialist August Bebel once called anti-Semitism “the socialism of fools.” He had in mind that a fool from the lower classes, indignant at the existing state of things instead of seeking the genuine reasons for his discontent concealed in the capitalist means of production, found a facile but false target in Jews. The result of this fool’s bad decision could prove catastrophic: instead of joining the ranks of socialists, he became their fiercest and most dangerous adversary. “Socialist foolishness” merits neither indulgence nor understanding. It is, moreover, a formidable weapon in the hands of elites, who are wise enough to know how to exploit it.

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Italy: The ambiguous nature of the 5 Star movement

 by TURIGLIATTO Franco

2016 10 08 01 TURIGLIATTO FrancoThe victory of the 5 Star Movement (M5S according to its initials in Italian) and its young candidates, Virginia Raggi and Chiara Appendino, in the municipal elections of June 2016 in two symbolic cities of Italy (the capital, Rome and the main industrial city of the country, Turin) has revived many questions about the political role and the nature of the group founded by the comedian Beppe Grillo.

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PSOE: Sánchez dimite, la crisis continúa

Jaime Pastor

2016 01 01 01 Jaime PastorConsumatum est. Desde que, tras el pasado miércoles, con el golpe de silbato de Felipe González y la dimisión del sector afín a Susana Díaz de la Comisión Ejecutiva Federal, se iniciara una ofensiva en todos los planos, con PRISA a la cabeza, contra el todavía Secretario General del PSOE, era difícil pensar que el equipo encabezado por Pedro Sánchez fuera capaz de aguantar la presión sufrida durante la reunión de del Comité Federal. Y, efectivamente, al final ha tenido que tirar la toalla después de una votación a mano alzada en la que su propuesta de Congreso ha sido rechazada por 137 votos contra 105.

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Britain: Inside Labour is the heart of the class struggle

by STOWE Andy

2016 09 29 01 STOWE AndyAndy Stowe writes about Jeremy Corbyn’s election victory for leader and the process of change of the Labour Party.

The Labour right, its friends in the press, the commentariat and their allies threw everything they had at Jeremy Corbyn and he trounced them. He and his supporters were accused of antisemitism, intimidation and misogyny on the basis of nothing approximating to evidence and the charges were repeated endlessly throughout the mainstream media. Rarely has such a mendacious and well-resourced disinformation campaign been so utterly rejected by its intended audience. Corbyn increased his share of the vote to 62% from last year when he got 59.5%. He won support from 59% of party members, 70% of registered supporters and 60% of affiliated supporters. And that is despite a purge of many tens of thousands who would have voted for him.

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Mexico’s Teachers Movement –

From Class War to Death Squads

by LA BOTZ Dan

2016 09 22 03 LA BOTZ DanMexican Teachers Union (el SNTE), have also engaged in protest marches, the blocking of highways and railroads, the commandeering of government vehicles, and the occupation of government buildings.

The government has responded by docking teachers’ pay, firing them, sending the police to beat them, and issuing warrants and arresting teacher leaders. One can only call what has gone on in Chiapas and Oaxaca and to a lesser extent in Guerrero and Michoacán class war.

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Catalunya 11-S: El movimiento soberanista vuelve a mostrar en la Diada de 2016 su colosal capacidad de movilización y marca al Govern el camino hacia una República Catalana

Arturo Puente

2016 09 14 01 República CatalanaLa Diada de 2016 ha vuelto a convertirse, por quinto año consecutivo, en un grito masivo en favor de la independencia de Catalunya. El movimiento soberanista ha mostrado que su capacidad de convocatoria no decae, consiguiendo mantener el pulso en cuanto a afluencia de gente, y reforzando desde la calle el llamado "proceso de desconexión" que promete el Govern de la Generalitat. Las ciudades de Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, Salt y Berga han quedado colapsadas este domingo, con manifestaciones nunca vistas fuera de la capital.

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European Union referendum in Britain:

Was Brexit a Working-Class Revolt?

by MOODY Kim

2016 09 05 01 MOODY KimON JUNE 23 the British electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) by 17,4120,742 (52%) to 16,141,241 (48%) with a high turnout of 72%. The referendum gave voters the simple choice of whether the UK should “Leave” or “Remain” in the EU. It was called by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, as a result of pressure from “Eurosceptic” Tory (Conservatives) Members of Parliament (MPs) and the growing right-wing, anti-EU, anti-immigrant United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP, pronounced U-kip).

Although the Conservatives split between Remain and Leave factions, most of the other parties supported Remain. [1] Cameron and most politicians assumed a Remain victory. Instead a significant majority voted for Brexit (Britain + exit), as leaving the EU has become known.

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Barroso’s Gold-plated revolving door

by Corporate Europe Observatory

2016 09 01 01 Corporate Europe Observatory 01 Never before has a former European Commission official been criticised as much for their post-EU career as ex-Commission president Barroso since he joined infamous US investment bank Goldman Sachs earlier this summer. Despite its scandalous nature, his move did not come as a complete surprise, given previous revolving door cases involving former EU commissioners. Citizens have every reason to ask if Barroso’s move goes against the public interest: evidence already points towards a gross violation of the EU Treaty. It would only be fair if Barroso was forced to choose between his new position with the banking giant and his generous EU pension.

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NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS AWARDED TO KARL MARX; ACADEMIC ECONOMISTS SHOCKED, ‘DISMAYED.’

Dan La Botz

2016 08 25 01 Nobel[Stockholm - August 21] The Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded posthumously to Karl Marx (1818-1883) for his book Das Kapital, a decision that has shocked and “dismayed” the economic establishment.

Lars Enquist, spokesperson for the committee, said that awarding Marx represented “an attempt to rectify shameful past errors on the part of the bank’s award committee.” He then read a remarkable statement to the media and the public explaining this year’s award:

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Pas de “LEXIT” sans “Une autre Europe Possible” - à partir de luttes dans/hors/contre l'UE.

Par Catherine Samary

2016 08 19 01 Catherine SamaryDepuis le traumatisme grec – à la fois diktat néo-colonial de l'euro-groupe et acceptation par Tsipras de s'y soumettre malgré « l'OXI » populaire – la gauche radicale européenne débat de « plans B », sans aucun consensus stratégique ni tactique. Le référendum du Royaume-Uni (RU) en est l'amère illustration sans que la gauche anti-raciste et opposée à l'UE ait les conditions d'expression d'une alternative crédible aux institutions et politiques dominantes, nationales, européennes et internationales. Moins médiatisé que le Brexit, le referendum du 6 avril dernier aux pays-Bas, rejetant l'accord d'association de l'Ukraine avec l'UE illustre honteusement les mêmes « choix » piégés pour la gauche internationaliste.

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History of the CADTM’s anti-debt Policies – Part 1 – Against illegitimate debt: Origins

by LEMOINE Benjamin, TOUSSAINT Bruno, TOUSSAINT Eric

2016 08 09 01 CADTM logoInterview with Eric Toussaint, spokesperson and co-founder of the international network of the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM). Interview by Benjamin Lemoine.

This interview presents the genealogy of the anti-debt struggle, the campaigns for debt cancellation, the empirical foundation, the political battles and the concepts of the “illegitimate”, “illegal” or “odious” nature of public debt. In other words, how it is necessary for the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM) – formerly known as the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt – to ally with opposition forces and social movements, where the concepts and the people involved can challenge and overpower debt and its "system” once the government hears their voice. Yet, for CADTM the outright priority is to fortify the activities described below rather than lobbying.

From Africa to Latin America, citizens’ participation in audits ushers in hope. However, most of the time their purpose is lost due to the neglect of the crusaders-turned-rulers, where the rulers have the final say vis-à-vis the financial system. Yet, sometimes the audits are immensely successful. We review the experience of the audit of the Greek sovereign debt, full of intrigues and unexpected twists in which it took very little to tip the balance. When the hopeful dream for a new international cooperation (a conference in London on the Greek debt as requested by Alexis Tsipras) seems naive and where, according to Eric Toussaint, unilateral sovereign decisions are indispensable in order to reverse the balance of power.

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El Parlament de Catalunya desobedece al Constitucional

por Martí Caussa

2016-08-07 01 CatalunyaPese a lo que han dicho muchos titulares de prensa, la decisión del Parlament no ha sido abrir la vía unilateral a la independencia, sino la vía unilateral para ejercer el derecho a decidir, después de constatar que no era posible la vía del pacto con el Estado español. Este pacto ha sido reclamado muchas veces por el movimiento independentista y las tres principales entidades del mismo, ANC, Omnium y AMI (Asociación de Municipios por la Independencia) lo han pedido de nuevo en un comunicado de rechazo a las amenazas del gobierno español.

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