Solidarity 054, 24 June 2004

After the elections - Anti-European left must learn from far right success.

Submitted by Anon on 12 August, 2004 - 1:26

The advances made by the right, both the BNP and the UK Independence Party, in the European elections should send alarm bells ringing on the serious left. Not least because these advances demonstrate once more the inadequacy of the left.

The “IS tradition” and the birth of Respect - An open letter to an SWP leader

Submitted by Anon on 12 August, 2004 - 1:26

In the terminology of the Marxist movement, unprincipled cliques or groups have been characterised as political bandits. A classic example of such a group is the group known as “Lovestoneites”. This group, which took its name from the characterless adventurer who has been its leader, poisoned and corrupted the American Communist movement for many years by its unprincipled and unscrupulous factional struggles. The Lovestoneites were able and talented people, but they had no definite principles. They were wild-eyed radicals and ultraleftists when Zinoviev was at the head of the Comintern.

Protest vote in Sheffield

Submitted by Anon on 12 August, 2004 - 1:26

Following the SWP's wrecking of the Socialist Alliance, a number of comrades stood as 'Democratic Socialist Alliance' candidates in the 10 June local government elections. One of the most successful of these campaigns was run by AWL member Alison Brown, whose campaigned in the Burngreave ward of Sheffield.

Ban the Brands campaign

Submitted by Anon on 17 July, 2004 - 11:35

"We don't want your sweatshop goods"

Jotters sponsored by Pepsi, Coke machines stocking exclusively Coca Cola, Adidas-sponsored 'training days'. These are just some of the branded products that are finding their way into our schools in order to bombard school students with advertising from multinationals. But these companies, who are often involved in sweatshop labour and human rights abuses, are hardly 'role models' for young people.

The people who cleaned up after the TUC

Submitted by Anon on 17 July, 2004 - 11:33

By Jean Lane

It felt just like old times. Marching through the streets of London with contingent after contingent of union branches with their banners, whistles and music, chanting working class demands...
"The workers united…" sang the megaphones.
"T&G Fighting Back" declared the posters.
"Universal Benefits are a Universal Right"
"Retirement With Dignity For All"

Nike's Olympics start badly

Submitted by Anon on 17 July, 2004 - 11:23

Nike's multi-million dollar Olympics advertising campaign is in jeopardy.
Marion Jones, the record-breaking American athlete accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs, is in danger of being barred from the competition. She is under scrutiny by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Jones is paid $3m (£1.64m) a year to endorse Nike (from a total endorsement budget which now stands at an obscene $1.36bn a year).

But Nike has a record of standing by athletes involved in doping scandals.

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