Fighting global capitalism

50,000 march at G8 summit - Police violence and the class struggle

By Stuart Jordan AS the forces of the anti-capitalist movement began to mobilise for for the anti-G8 demonstrations on Saturday 2 June, Vladimir Putin set the tone for the week by threatening to visit nuclear genocide on the people of Europe. Putin’s threat is obviously a bit of hard diplomacy before the talks begin, but the fact that these men find it acceptable to use the lives of millions of innocent civilians as a bargaining chip in the power plays of global capitalism merely reveals the utter lunacy of our political overlords and the system of exploitation that they represent. The...

Protest at the G8 summit!

“The credibility of the G8 is at stake,” warned Blairite charitymonger Bono on 15 May, in response to claims that the world's richest governments will use next month's G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, to renege on promises they made on aid at the 2005 summit in Edinburgh. The opportunism and cynicism of the G8 leaders is certainly something. Russia and Italy, for instance, are pushing to ditch the G8 countries' commitment to raise an extra £25 billion in development assistance cash by 2010. Russian officials justify their retreat by saying that in 2005 they felt sorry for Tony Blair...

The G8 agenda

The next G8 meeting takes place in Heilgendamm on 6-8 June and hosted by German chancellor Angela Merkel. What will be discussed? Investment, innovation and sustainability: The G8 will push on with free trade. The summit will also discuss protectionism, and the “free movement of investment and capital”. No doubt the G8 governments will carry on protecting their own economies while expecting everyone else to open theirs to multinational capital. Merkel met Tony Blair in February and afterwards announced that climate change would be the top item on the agenda of both her G8 and European Union...

$449,965 in NED/State Department funding for ACILS 'Solidarity Center' Program with Batay Ouvriye

By Joe Emersberger and Jeb Sprague for Z Net. The most prominent and well funded international labor organizations active in Haiti, the ICFTU, AFL-CIO, ILO, and ORIT, worked to support and strengthen labor organizations that agitated for the ousting of Haiti’s democratically elected Aristide government (2001-2004). Simultaneously they refused to condemn the massive layoffs and persecution of public sector workers and trade unionists committed by its illegally-imposed successor (the interim government of Gerald Latortue). The labor institutions chose to work soley with Haitian labor groups that...

Mexico on 1 December

The latest issue of Mexican Labor News and Analysis is now available online. I think this is one of the best sources on the real balance of forces in Mexico today.

It has a sober analysis of the situation with the inauguration of Calderón, the repression in Oaxaca and the Zapatistas. The editor...

Workers of the World news: Indonesia, Korea, Zanon, Houston cleaners

Indonesia The People’s Democratic Party (PRD) in Indonesia is to form a new political party at the end of November, according to website of International Viewpoint. Then the National Liberation Party of Unity (PAPERNAS) will hold a founding congress. The PRD says they want to overcome the fragmentation of the workers’ and social movements by forming this broad party. They estimate that there are around 12,000 independent workers’ organisations organised around local or factory issues, but they are without a authoritative centre. The PAPERNAS programme is organised around what they call “the...

Review of John Rees, Imperialism and Resistance (Routledge 2006)

You can guess how bad John Rees’ new book, Imperialism and Resistance is from the first page, where George Galloway is described as “simply the most implacable and eloquent opponent of imperialism I know”. (2006 p.xi)

Rees is the new pope of the SWP, establishing himself since Tony Cliff’s death...

Neither Washington nor London, but... er... anywhere? Why the SWP's anti-imperialism is sterile (2005)

The 1950s movie The Wild One is about a motorcycle “rebel” gang, led by Marlon Brando, invading a small American town and frightening the natives. Someone asks the Brando character: “And what are you rebelling against?” Famously, he replies: “What’ve you got?” The film was, for decades, banned in Britain. That may have been to protect impressionable British Marxists, especially the SWP, from mistaking the Brando character’s philosophy — whatever it is, I’m against it — for a serviceable political programme. It is now the core and only approach of the SWP. Look at Chris Harman’s review of the...

The workers or “the people”?

By Chris Reynolds Why should Marxists want to narrow our appeal to “the workers”, enrolling people from other classes only to the extent that they rally behind the working class? Why not seek a broader unity of “ordinary people”? These questions are live among “anti-capitalist” activists, and on the left generally. Our starting point has to be Marx’s critique of political economy. Pivotal to that is the concept of abstract labour, or universal social labour — labour as the expenditure under standard conditions of a quotient of average labour-power. Abstract labour, according to Marx, is the...

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