Marikana Support Campaign: urgent call for international solidarity

On the 16th August, South African Police fired live ammunition atstriking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, killing 34 and injuring 78. Many were killed were shot at close rangewhile trying to surrender. The Marikana miners were demanding a tripling of their salary to R12,500 (£950 or €1100) per month. In the following days, 270 of the Marikana strikers were arrested and charged with the murder of their colleagues under the Common Purpose doctrine, a law last used under Apartheid.... Read More

Statement on the 14 November General Strike – En Lucha / En Lluita (Spanish / Catalan / English)

CCOO y UGT han convocado una Huelga General (HG) para el 14 de noviembre en contra de las políticas de austeridad que están siguiendo las administraciones públicas, desde el gobierno central encabezado por Mariano Rajoy a las comunidades autónomas. Sin embargo, esta huelga es especial, se encuentra enmarcada dentro de una jornada de lucha europea. De esta manera la convocatoria de HG será simultánea a la de Portugal, probablemente Malta y Chipre y existen todavía posibilidades... Read More

DSIP: do not let anyone die in prison! (Turkish / English)

653 Kurdish prisoners in 58 different prisons in Turkey have been on hunger strikes for 42 days. Their demands are the recognition of the right to use one’s mother language in courts and improvements on the conditions of the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Today, DSIP (Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party) have issued the following press statement on the issue calling the government to meet the strikers’ demands which will pave the way for negotiations on peace... Read More

Class anger against cuts on streets of London, Glasgow and Belfast

The streets of London filled with people furious with the assaults on workers from the government today. And class anger ran through the demonstration. Watch photos of today’s march here on Flickr Many marchers delighted in yesterday’s resignation of Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell after he called a cop a “pleb”. Everywhere people carried placards declaring themselves “plebs” against the Tories. The anger also broke through when members of Disabled People Against... Read More

Mounting problems behind Chávez’ victory (Spanish and English)

El 7 de octubre, Hugo Chávez salió reelegido como presidente de Venezuela con un 55,4% del voto popular. Henrique Capriles Radonski, candidato de la oposición, recogió casi el 45%, o sea más de 6 millones de votos. Por Mike González (English translation below) Según la prensa extranjera, Capriles montó una gran campaña –es decir, una campaña moderna y efectiva, con amplios recursos publicitarios. Hizo todos los intentos posibles por representarse como algo nuevo:... Read More

Out now: new issue of International Socialism Journal

The new issue of International Socialism Journal is now online. With Alex Callinicos on the US presidential election, Esme Choonara and Yuri Prasad on the crisis of black leadership, Donny Gluckstein on democracy: fact and fetish, Alex Anievas, Adam Fabry and Robert Knox on Obama’s foreign policy, Paul Blackledge on the politics of John Holloway, Nicola Ginsburgh reviews Owen Jones’s ‘Chavs’, Guglielmo Carchedi asks “Could Keynes end the slump?”, Sebastian Zehetmair... Read More