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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2016
International news in brief
Sozialistische Alternative's 'Socialism Days' in Germany, 2016, photo by Sozialistische Alternative (CWI Germany) (Click to enlarge)
420 attend 'Socialism Days' in Germany
Against a background of growing polarisation and unease in Germany 420 people from eleven countries were in Berlin for Sozialistische Alternative's (SAV - sister section of the Socialist Party in Germany) 'congress against war, racism and capitalism'. New young members in particular put their stamp on the three rallies, 30 workshops and more. A special collection raised 2,000 for Xekinima (CWI Greece) and Socyalist Alternatif (CWI Turkey). 100 year-old Theodor Bergmann, who has been fighting against fascism, Stalinism and capitalism for almost 90 years, received a standing ovation. Frankfurt taxi driver Alexander said, "Wow! Full of energy and ideas."
Belgium: Anti-racists arrested while far right demonstrates
Eleven members of Linkse Socialistische Partij/Parti Socialiste de Lutte (CWI in Belgium) were arrested on 2 April. The previous weekend 400 hooligans led by far-right fascists were escorted by police to disrupt mourners of the Brussells terrorist attacks. This time hundreds of anti-racists turned out to guarantee the far right were opposed, but the police arrested dozens of anti-fascists, including members of LSP/PSL. See 'Scandal in Brussels' at www.socialistworld.net
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In The Socialist 6 April 2016:
Workers' action to nationalise steel
Tata steel: Act now - fight for nationalisation
My hometown lost its soul when the steelworks closed
Bosses' and union tops' "agenda of misery"
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Needed: a real living wage - not Cameron's sops
Library occupied in 'siege' against Blairite cutters
Save Pent Valley school demo demands a council u-turn
Butterfields tenants and supporters 'walk the walk'
London Labour councils purge housing waiting lists
Fighting fund target smashed, again!
Socialist Party news and analysis
Panama Papers: they're all in it together!
Getting the anti-austerity struggle onto the ballot paper
TUSC in 'surprise bid' for official exit lead
TUSC councillor calls on trust to reject new junior doctors contract
EU begins deporting refugees
Them & Us
NHS facilities to start paying market rents
Uber and Facebook tax dodge scandal
International socialist news and analysis
Sanders campaign: build a new party of the 99%!
International news in brief
Workplace news and analysis
Northern Powerhouse or Northern poorhouse?
Land Registry workers ready to fight privatisation
Workers and campaigners fight to save library
RMT protests against new Northern Rail franchise
Workplace news in brief
Socialist readers' comments
Homelessness holding kids back, says teacher
Stop divisive attacks on pensioners' cash
The Socialist 6 April 2016 |
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