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31 May 2017

South Africa: burning anger

The constant smoke from wood fires, as township residents attempt to keep warm from the freezing winter nights in their flimsy tin shacks, is just one of the reasons for the night-time smog surrounding Johannesburg

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5 April 2017

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies

Salomé Karwah was an Ebola survivor who returned to the hospitals of Liberia to tend to the sick and dying during the epidemic of 2014. Now she has fallen victim to the appalling healthcare endured by ordinary people in Liberia as across most of West Africa.

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29 March 2017

South Africa: Unity against poverty, crime and xenophobia

Over recent months a new wave of xenophobic violence has threatened to engulf South Africa.

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11 January 2017

Blair's multimillion plans to fight 'populism'

Fight anti-worker Blairite politics!: Tony Blair is to inject £9.3 million into a new not-for-profit foundation, the 'Tony Blair Initiative' (TBI). It will endeavour to counter "the new populism" and make "globalisation work for all."

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9 November 2016

South Africa: State victimises #OutsourcingMustFall activists

Two leading activists of the #OutsourcingMustFall movement, both members of the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP, CWI South Africa), are facing legal harassment for their role in supporting the struggle for free education.

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26 October 2016

Book review: Fighting racism in football

Non-fiction: Pitch Black: Raph Parkinson's letter in the Socialist issue 920 on racism in football highlights an issue which has sadly been long present in the game. A recent book by Emy Onuora - 'Pitch Black: the story of black British footballers' - looks at the history of racism in football, and the effect this has had on the footballers themselves.

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12 October 2016

South Africa: The battle for free education

University students have resumed their battle from last year against tuition fees hikes and for free education. In doing so, they have taken on South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) political establishment. Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp, CWI South Africa) activists explain what's at stake.

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21 September 2016

Libya: imperialist intervention helped wreck country and revolution

There was nothing for the Libyan people to celebrate in the damning report by a Commons parliamentary committee into the British government's role in the West's contribution to overthrowing the brutal Gaddafi regime in 2011. This was an intervention which helped lead to the almost complete collapse of the country.

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23 March 2016

Socialist Party national congress 2016

A serious, thoughtful, optimistic and lively national congress of the Socialist Party took place on 19-21 March.

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10 February 2016

International news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world. Irish general election, South Africa outsourcing victory and campaigning for workers' rights in Taiwan

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3 February 2016

CWI world congress success

130 delegates and visitors from 34 countries came together in Belgium from 25-30 January for the 11th World Congress of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI)

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29 October 2015

South African student solidarity demo

The power of protest was clear on 23 October. Angry students gave orders to a senior diplomat and prevented the arrest of a peaceful demonstrator.

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Tens of thousands demonstrated in London against the government\'s plan to escalate attacks on Syria, photo by Paul Mattsson

14 October 2015

Syria: Western governments' interventionist strategy in tatters

After four and a half long, bloody years of civil war in Syria - with over a quarter of a million dead and eleven million displaced - there is still no end in sight

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15 July 2015

The Marikana report - a whitewash

In August 2012, 34 striking miners were shot dead by South African police. Not unexpectedly, the newly released report completely exonerates the government.

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8 July 2015

Migrants flee horrors created by capitalism

For the rich there are very few obstacles to migrating to Britain. It is altogether another story for the majority of those currently fleeing war, dictatorship and conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

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May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

30 April 2015

125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles

This year marks the 125th International Workers' Day, or 'May Day'. The original call for workers' demonstrations around the world on 1 May was made in July 1889 at the International Socialist Workers Congress in Paris

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1 April 2015

South Africa: campaigning for a working class party

On 16-17 April Numsa, South Africa's metalworkers union, the largest union on the African continent, will be convening a 'conference for socialism'

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Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, photo Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer

25 February 2015

50 years on: the assassination of Malcolm X

21 February this year marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. As anti-racist protests continue across the US following last year's high profile police killings of two black men - Mike Brown and Eric Garner - the lessons of his life and struggle should be examined

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5 November 2014

Burkina Faso: Mass uprising ousts dictator

After 27 years in power, Blaise Compaoré was planning to die in his presidential chair. But recent events have changed everything in Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries

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8 October 2014

South Africa: "A workers' party must emerge"

The May general election in South Africa saw the ANC returned to power for the fifth consecutive time but there is widespread speculation that President Zuma will not see out his second term

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