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28 June 2007

World economy grows but workers lose out

IN 2006 the world economy grew by 5.4%. That annual rate is comparable with growth in the years of the post-war economic upswing of the 1960s. The ability...

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12 April 2007

Battling over the world's oil reserves

ALISTAIR TICE looks at the rivalry for access to the world's oil supplies and assesses the likely consequences for the world economy, and the continued dominance of US imperialism....

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1 March 2007

Congress to build the forces of socialism

Socialist Pary congress 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Pary congress 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

The Socialist Party's 2007 national congress took place during the three days 17-19 February...

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22 February 2007

North Korea: Talks achieve new accord

Another US retreat?THE POTENTIAL breakthrough reached in Beijing last week in talks over North Korea's nuclear programme, involves significant concessions by US imperialism....

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22 February 2007

Climate change - we have to act now

Why is climate change a problem?: The major capitalist countries (G8) are planning to meet in June in Germany to discuss climate change, among other issues...

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22 February 2007

No to Trident!

RIDING PILLION behind Bush, Blair has embroiled Britain in disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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7 February 2007

Darfur - another failure of Western 'conflict resolution'

OVER THE last three years, between 200,000 and 400,000 people died in the Darfur conflict, in western Sudan...

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7 February 2007

The writing on the Chinese wall

Can China achieve the transition from 'communism' to capitalism? How long will its turbocharged economic growth last? Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, reviews The Writing on the Wall - China and the West in the 21st Century by Will Hutton

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4 January 2007

Fighting the bosses' offensive

2007 - a new year of struggle worldwide: As the new year begins, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe looks at the challenges lying ahead for socialists in 2007

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15 December 2006

The wealth gap widens

The unleashing of free-market, capitalist forces has deepened the chasm of inequality between rich and poor, capitalist and worker, both across the globe and within all countries...

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28 September 2006

Capitalism's ruthless struggle for oil and gas

The geopolitics of oil: EVER SINCE oil became a crucial resource at the beginning of the 20th century, fuel for motor vehicles and modern warships, it has been at the heart of geopolitical struggle, writes Lynn Walsh.

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28 September 2006

Class unity is the only answer

NOTHING COULD more clearly demonstrate the toothless nature of the United Nations (UN) than its ineffectual posturing over the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Western Sudan, writes Keith Pattenden.

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1 June 2006

'Correction' or crash?

World economy: IN THE second week of May there was a convulsion in the world financial system. Shortly after rising to near-peak levels, shares fell sharply on world stock exchanges, especially in so-called 'emerging markets' like India and Turkey. Lynn Walsh examines these events and exposes the instability of the global capitalist system.

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20 October 2005

Take over the drug companies

THE SPREADING of the bird 'flu virus has shown up the complacency of governments and the big pharmaceutical firms' hard-faced profiteering...

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6 October 2005

China - new 'great power' or new revolution?

UNTIL RECENTLY China was seen as the main economic lifeline for world capitalism...

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25 August 2005

China/EU dispute: Crazy logic of the profit system

THE MEDIA has been resounding to waves of denunciation and counter-denunciation over the banning of imports of clothes from China to the European Union (EU) - the so-called 'bra wars'...

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14 July 2005

Mao - the story is known

Review: Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday: Peter Taaffe reviews Mao The Unknown Story - an exposť of the leader of the Red Army and the ruler of China for 27 years...

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12 February 2005

Longbridge workers still fighting to defend jobs

THERE ARE growing fears that up to half of the workforce at Birmingham's Longbridge car factory could be made redundant as part of a possible joint venture with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC)...

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29 January 2005

After Zhao's death, where is China heading?

FORMER CHINESE Communist Party (CCP) leader Zhao Ziyang died last week. He had been under house arrest since the crushing of the Tiananmen Square...

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28 February 2004

World Currencies - Turbulent Times Ahead?

ECONOMISTS WORLDWIDE are grasping at any sign of a revival in the US and world capitalist economies...

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