Monday, May 31, 2010

Iran: On The Character Of the Present Lull And The Tasks Of The Marxists

Written by Hamid Alizadeh
Friday, 28 May 2010

The Ashura uprising marked the beginning of a new phase in the movement of the Iranian masses that started last June. At the time we wrote that a point of no return had been crossed and that it was becoming increasingly apparent for vast active layers of the masses that the movement had to first of all topple the Islamic Republic with its state apparatus and military machinery. Ironically, the so called green movement have been seemingly in a lull ever since.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Ken Loach's Looking For Eric (2009) ****

Eric a football fanatic postman whose life is descending in to crisis receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where is North Korea Going?

This article written by Fred Weston and John Peterson in 2006, is dated, but the basic analysis is sound. With recent flare ups between North and South Korea, this article becomes relevant again. I would add since this article was written, the North Koreans removed from their constitution, all references to socialism.

By Fred Weston and John Peterson
Tuesday, 10 October 2006

North Korea has carried out an underground nuclear test, attracting the attention of the world media and infuriating the imperialists, in particular George W Bush. What is behind this move? But more importantly, what is happening to the North Korean regime and economy? This article attempts to give some answers.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Thailand

Written by Alan Woods
Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Photo by Timo Kozlowski

Bangkok is in flames as the counterrevolutionary violence in Thailand reaches a bloody climax. The long-awaited assault by the Thai army has already taken place, and will not cease until every trace of the protest has been wiped out. No-one can be sure of the number of casualties, but the final figure will certainly be more than what the authorities have admitted to so far. It seems that some red-shirts have responded by setting fire to banks, shopping malls and other buildings in the city, and there are reports that protests and violence is erupting in other parts of the city.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Iran: We Will Take Revenge for Farzad and His Comrades!

Written by Babak Kasrayi
Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Farzad kamangar

A few days ago the hated Islamic Republic of Iran executed five militant youth. Komalah, the Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party of Iran, has called for a general strike throughout Iranian Kurdistan. It is a call that the IMT fully supports. The regime can only be brought down by the mass action of the workers and the actions in Kurdistan should be spread to the whole of Iran, involving the whole of the working class.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Britain’s Contradictory Election Results – Unstable Situation Opens Up

Written by Rob Sewell and Fred Weston
Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The "hung" parliament, with Labour in red, liberals in yellow and tories in blue. Illustration by Dove.

Last week’s elections results have posed a dilemma before the British ruling class. They wanted a strong Tory government to introduce draconian anti-working class measures. The electorate denied them that pleasure. Now they are seeking to patch together some form of government that can guarantee them the same programme, but on a much more unstable base.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The First Shot Fired: SEIU Starting Third Party In North Carolina

In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told. That is from Greg Sargent's Blog

Renegade Eye Adds: The SEIU leadership naming their party the North Carolina First Party, is a signal, that they are not bidding for national dominance over the Democratic Party. At the same time, it reflects that there must be rank and file service workers, unhappy about the Democratic Party. This party is trying to get on the ballot, to run against House Democrats, who voted against healthcare reform.

In this period, that I'll call the school of Obama, we will see progressive movements taking on a different character than under Bush. They might be initially smaller, but of higher quality. Being against Bush was safe for liberals/left. Having to focus on Obama and Democrats as their opposition, raises the level struggle. The fake left will critique Obama and Democrats, and still vote for them. The positive alternative is to campaign for a labor party, based on the unions. With labor's resources, it can be a first party.


Sunday, May 02, 2010

USA: Immigrant Workers’ Struggle Not Over

Written by Socialist Appeal
Thursday, 29 April 2010

At the forefront of the workers’ movement in the last few years have been undocumented immigrants, most of them from Latin America. In the Spring of 2006, they poured onto the streets by the millions, as decades of discrimination and exploitation boiled to the surface. The traditional non-profits, labor leaders, and “progressives” in general were unable to control the movement when it first erupted. Lacking confidence in or an understanding of how the working class moves, they were taken completely by surprise.

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