International

Cyprus rape case outrage: Stop the victim blaming

We support and call for mass protests against this injustice and call for the workers’ movement internationally to take up this issue – organising to defend all victims of sexual violence. Ultimately this means demanding an end to the capitalist system which leans on and perpetuates women’s oppression.

Iran: Trump brings region closer to war

The headline and editorial in the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah newspaper “Al-Akhbar” on Friday read: “The martyrdom of Soleimani: It is war!” This is just one of the first angry reactions to the overnight US drone attack on the convoy leaving Baghdad International airport that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and at least six others, including several militia commanders who had been involved in the battle against ISIS. The shock waves quickly spread around the world – the price of oil jumped by 4% and the US equity market came under pressure as speculators sought ‘safe havens’ for their money. The terms ‘Third world war’ and ‘Franz Ferdinand’ trended on twitter. 

US: The “squad” endorses Bernie Sanders

October 16 was an important night for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. His performance at the fourth Democratic Party primary debate showed the continued fire behind his campaign. In a moment that has since gone viral, he defended his recent statement that “billionaires should not exist” by pointing to the unthinkable reality that three men own more wealth than the bottom half of the U.S. population.

Catalonia: Draconian jail sentences for pro-independence leaders

By Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in Spanish state) reporters The Spanish state has sentenced the leaders of the Catalan independence movement to long prison terms for “sedition”, for the “crime” of organising a democratic referendum on Catalan independence. 7 pro-independence leaders and politicians were sentenced to jail terms of between 10 […]

Rojava: No to Turkish invasion

A new stage of the war in Syria is now beginning after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish troops are ready to attack and occupy the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. The first wave of troops accompanied by widespread airstrikes has moved across the border leaving the population of the region in a state of ‘huge panic’. This comes just three days after Donald Trump, in a phone call with Erdogan, promised that US troops would be removed from North-East Syria.

Hong Kong: Movement against CCP dictatorship gains momentum

The only support that the movement can rely upon is workers in China and internationally. The movement must appeal to the struggling Chinese workers and youth for a joint challenge against the CCP dictatorship and to eliminate the exploitation and oppression that the authoritarian system means for Chinese and Hong Kong workers and youth. This means fighting for a democratic socialist alternative, run by and based upon the needs of the working class, rather than the super-profits of the capitalist tycoons and CCP elite.

Greece: SYRIZA failure sees right-wing return to power

Elections held in Greece on 7 July confirmed the developments seen in May’s Euro elections. New Democracy (ND) – Greece’s traditional right-wing party – won. Formerly governing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) lost votes because of their capitulation to austerity policies.