Socialism From Below

The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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IST STATEMENT ON EARTHQUAKES IN TURKEY AND SYRIA

Sunday 12th February 2023

1. We declare our solidarity with all the victims of the terrible earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday 6 February. This is a huge human catastrophe. The death toll has already reached over 33,000, but insurance companies are assuming as many as 200,000 deaths. But this is not a ‘natural disaster’. Earthquakes are inevitable in regions such as this where they have been taking place since antiquity. The terrible death toll, however, is a consequence of human action and inaction, shaped by a capitalist system based on exploitation and driven by the competitive accumulation of capital.

2. Action – the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, based on the neoliberal Islamist AKP but now in coalition with the fascist MHP, has been in power in Turkey for more than 20 years. The economic growth of which Erdoğan boasts has been driven by a construction boom that has enriched ...

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After COP27: Climate catastrophe & the need for revolution

Sunday 4th December 2022

An online event hosted by the International Socialist Tendency. Speakers include:

· Muzan Alneel, Sudan
· Tuna Emren, Turkey
· Camilla Royle, Britain
· Gyekye Tanoh, Ghana

This year the UN’s climate conference COP27 takes place in the luxury resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt and will be chaired by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Sisi’s counter-revolutionary regime has viciously repressed protesters and activists. His regime helped destroy the Egyptian Revolution which gave millions of people hope when it brought down the dictator Mubarak in 2011.

Delegates will meet in the midst of a deepening climate crisis. From famine in the Horn of Africa, floods in Pakistan and Nigeria to wildfires in Europe and hurricanes in the Americas, 2022 has seen environmental disasters in almost every part of the world, which have hit the poorest people first and hardest, impacting across lines of class, race and gender.

Today, environmental movements cannot have any illusions ...


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International Socialist Tendency statement on Italian elections

Friday 30th September 2022

1. The victory of the parties of the right in the Italian elections means that for the first time since the fall of the dictatorships in the 1970s a fascist party will head a European government. In October 2022, a hundred years after Mussolini’s March on Rome, a fascist will once again be prime minister of Italy.

Giorgia Meloni is a skilful politician but she is no mere ‘conservative’, as the media endlessly describe her. She helped to create the Fratelli d’Italia as a rejection of the old fascist MSI’s evolution towards integration into mainstream bourgeois parliamentary politics. Her speeches are full of classical fascist rhetoric and coded antisemitism – in defence of family and nation against ‘cosmopolitan’ financial speculators.

Responsibility for this frightening development lies firmly at the door of the mainstream parties – notably the centre-left Partito Democratico and the supposedly ‘anti-establishment’ Movimento Cinque Stelle – that ...

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IST statement on Alain Krivine

Wednesday 16th March 2022

The organisations of the International Socialist Tendency were saddened to learn of the death at the age of 80 of the French revolutionary leader Alain Krivine. For us he always represented the indomitable spirit of the great revolt by French workers and students in May-June 1968. See the tribute from the British Socialist Workers Party here

Despite disagreements between the IST and the Fourth International, we had the opportunity to work together on many occasions. Alain was in London in 1968 actively supporting the LSE occupation and building the movement against the Vietnam war alongside IS comrades. Many decades later, we marched together in the streets of Genoa building the new anticapitalist movement.

But above all we are in debt to Alain and his comrades in the Jeunesse Communiste Révolutionnaire – the starting point of the LCR and now the NPA – for leading the way in reviving revolutionary ...

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