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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2015

International news in brief

Iberian political school

Members of Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI, Spain and Portugal) recently held a successful weekend school to discuss the major political issues gripping the peninsula, including the national question in the Spanish state and the recent Catalan referendum.

There was also a public 'European forum' attended by over 40 people; speakers included Irish Socialist Party member and Anti-Austerity Alliance TD (MP) Paul Murphy, who put forward a programme for defeating the capitalists' austerity attacks on the working class.


Hong Kong: Socialist Action steps up election campaigning

Members of Socialist Action (CWI, Hong Kong) have been hitting the city's streets with a vibrant display of posters in support of their candidate Sally Tang Mei-ching contesting the forthcoming district council elections


USA: Happy birthday Kshama

A successful Socialist Alternative fundraising election campaign social event was held on the birthday of the party's incumbent Seattle councillor, Kshama Sawant. The 3 November election will pitch Socialist Alternative (SA) against the Democratic Party.

Kshama and SA has been to the fore in successfully championing a $15 an hour minimum wage, and campaigning for rent controls against the vested interests of big business and its Democratic Party allies in the city.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 21 October 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Strike to save the NHS

Hands off tax credits

1% owns more than half the world's wealth

Damning report on NHS staffing levels delayed by Tories

Labour MP refuses to back strike

Them & Us

What we saw


Socialist Party features

Corbyn campaign: Opportunity for raising socialist ideas

How can workers resist capitalist cuts and closures?


International socialist news and analysis

World economy: 'biggest danger to capitalism is capitalism'

Germany: refugee crisis and the fight against the racist right

International news in brief


Workplace news and analysis

For a fighting, socialist Unison general secretary, back Roger Bannister

Hull's Labour council in aggressive bid to remove all union convenors

Welsh Government should think outside 'the Box'

Determined mood at Napo conference

Sports Direct action over sacking

Rally opposes the Tory trade union bill

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Organising to defend Corbyn's anti-cuts mandate

Help fund the fight for socialism

Huge support for the Wales March for Homes


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Former war hero fighting for the future: a pensioner speaks out

'Britain First' - tiny and violent


 

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