International

25 January 2017

International news in brief

Short stories from other sections and co-thinkers of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), the global socialist organisation which the Socialist Party is affiliated to. CWI stands in Northern Ireland elections; socialists gather in Latin America; anti-sexism campaign launched in Belgium.

25 January 2017

India: struggle against land grab in Pune

Socialists and villagers wage tireless battle: India, especially in the past 25 years of neoliberal onslaught, has witnessed the massive plunder of land under the guise of major infrastructure projects. Nonetheless, such land-grabbing has provoked mass resistance movements.

18 January 2017

We can stop Trump's sexist agenda in its tracks

The election of Donald Trump is a call to action for women. His glorification of sexual assault is an insult to the courageous struggles over the last years to combat violence against women

18 January 2017

Inaugurate the resistance

The case for a united and ongoing mass mobilisation: Inauguration protests can serve as a launching pad for a massive grassroots resistance to Donald Trump's new administration, which can push back his agenda. But this will require an active ongoing mobilisation linked to a strategy of independent grassroots struggle.

18 January 2017

Mexico: Mass movement against "gasolinazo"

In recent weeks, mass protests have erupted throughout Mexico following a hike in gas and electricity prices - dubbed the "gasolinazo" - decreed by the right-wing Peña Nieto administration, writes Towards a general strike against the Nieto government!

18 January 2017

Resist Trump

No to racism, sexism and attacks on workers' rights: On 20 (the day of Trump's inauguration) and 21 January, we are joining with others to call for millions across the United States and worldwide to come out in mass demonstrations and student strikes to begin building a powerful grassroots resistance.

18 January 2017

USA: Seattle activists win housebuilding programme

Housing activists in Seattle, organised into the 'Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes', have scored a major victory, winning $29 million for affordable housing in the 2017-2018 council budget. They pushed through a final unanimous vote in the city council, despite fierce opposition from the city's Democratic establishment

11 January 2017

Palestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation

Discussion at Socialism conference in Tel Aviv: Just before Christmas the United Nations security council symbolically voted 14-0 declaring Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as illegal. A week earlier, Socialist Struggle Movement - the Israel/Palestine section of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) - hosted its annual Socialism conference in Tel Aviv.

4 January 2017

Northern Ireland: 'Cash for ash' scam shows need for non-sectarian, socialist politics

"42% of people in Northern Ireland live in fuel poverty and it is much higher among elderly households. 13,000 are using foodbanks and politicians do nothing, yet public money will pay for the heating of the Northern Ireland Ferrari showroom for the next 20 years."

14 December 2016

CWI: opportunities for substantial growth

90 CWI members and co-thinkers from over 35 countries attended an inspiring meeting

7 December 2016

Italy: Establishment routed - workers alternative needed

In January 2014, on the day that Matteo Renzi took office, Contro Corrente wrote that it was the beginning of the end for him

7 December 2016

Sudan: General strike in defiance of regime

A three-day strike between 27-29 November shook the regime in Sudan. According to reports from activists and supporters of the CWI in Sudan, universities, schools, market places, public transport and many private businesses, cafes, shops and restaurants were closed.

7 December 2016

Austria: Far right temporarily halted

Austria's far-right Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer failed to win the re-run election against former Green leader Alexander Van der Bellen.

7 December 2016

Portugal: No to witch-hunts - fight the capitalists not socialists

Socialismo Revolucionário (SR - CWI in Portugal) is being targeted by the leadership of the Left Bloc, with threats of expulsions and exclusions. An Inquiry Committee has been opened against our members.

7 December 2016

Spain: Government forced back by Student Union mobilisations

Just days after the last general strike that was called by the Sindicato de Estudiantes against the "Revalidas Fanquistas" (introduction of matriculation), we have been proved correct in what we always said - struggle works.

7 December 2016

Victory at Standing Rock: US authorities agree to re-route oil pipeline

US authorities (subject to possible appeal) have agreed to abandon the planned oil pipeline through Standing Rock, North Dakota, after a months-long standoff between protesters and armed police.

30 November 2016

Spain: militant struggle by Students Union succeeds

The government of conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy - under pressure from mass student strikes organised by the Sindicato de Estudiantes - has withdrawn its reactionary attacks on public education that include big cuts.

23 November 2016

Students' Union surges forward in historic congress

300 young revolutionaries from 26 cities - along with dozens of trade unionists and working class militants - met in Madrid.

23 November 2016

Hundreds rally to celebrate anniversary of Students' Union and Izquierda Revolucionaria

A joint recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Spain's Students' Union, and the 40th anniversary of Izquierda Revolucionaria, the revolutionary Marxist organisation which formed the union and continues to lead it.


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