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 Ukraine crisis

Wednesday 16th February 2022

1- The crisis over Ukraine has brought Europe closer to a terrifying war. In its essence it is a conflict between the most powerful imperialist bloc in the world, the United States and its European allies, and Russia, a weaker but still vicious imperialist power. For both sides, Ukraine is merely a pawn. Working-class people have no interest in the victory of either side in this conflict. Revolutionary socialists in the states involved in this dispute must give priority to opposing their ‘own’ governments.

2- This particular crisis was sparked by the decision of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to concentrate troops on the border with Ukraine. He justified this threatening move partly by appealing to Great Russian nationalist mythology about the historic links between Russia and Ukraine and partly by repeating his long-standing grievances about the US policy of expanding NATO and the European Union eastwards. He ...

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Online conference: The Revolutionary Alternative to Capitalism’s Climate Disaster

Tuesday 19th October 2021

The conference is on Sunday 14th November.

Speakers so far include:

· Sabrina Fernandez (Brazil) · Alex Callinicos (Britain) · Özdeş Özbay (Turkey) · John Molyneux (Ireland) · Gyekye Tanoh (Ghana) · Michelle Robidoux (Canada) · Amy Leather (Britain) · Erima Dall (Australia) · Martin Empson (Britain)

Sessions include: The Limits of COP26 and Capitalist Solutions · Marxism, Class and Ecology · Stopping Environmental Destruction – Fighting for System Change

This November the UN COP26 climate conference will be in Glasgow. It will take place during a year of climate disaster and marks a quarter century of failure by mainstream politics to deal with the environmental crisis.

The free-market, neo-liberal solutions on offer at COP26 and its predecessor conferences will do nothing for ordinary people facing unprecedented disaster. Instead the powerful economies of the Global North will use COP26 to push their own agenda – solutions that enrich the 1% while failing the ...

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No to war in the Eastern Mediterranean!

Tuesday 14th September 2021

No to war,
We demand peace in the Eastern Mediterranean!
No to dirty energy,
Yes to solar and wind power in the Mediterranean

Tension has been rising between the states of the region over the search for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean and plans to build a pipeline to carry this gas to Europe.

The pipeline agreement signed by Israel, Cyprus and Greece has been supported by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and France. The issue of sovereignty over the seas, and the maritime boundary treaties between Turkey-Libya and between Egypt-Greece are raising tensions and giving rise to the danger of military conflict in the area.

Imperialist powers such as the USA, the EU with France and Germany at the forefront have started playing diplomacy in an attempt to produce a “solution” both to the conflicts in the region and to the war in Libya.

What we see in the Eastern Mediterranean is ...


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Release Frank García Hernández And His Comrades

Tuesday 13th July 2021

For years, indeed decades, we have denounced the blockade imposed by the US authorities against Cuba. We have denounced and continue to denounce the various policies and measures adopted by Washington since 1959-1960 to isolate, destabilise and attack Cuba. We are anti-imperialists and convinced internationalists.

We were therefore very concerned to learn of the arrest during a march of protest in Havana on 11 July of Frank García Hernández, Cuban historian and Marxist, Leonardo Romero Negrín, young socialist studying physics at the University of Havana, Maykel González Vivero, director of Tremenda Nota and Marcos Antonio Pérez Fernández, pre-university student. Frank García Hernández is an important scholar has achieved a worldwide reputation for his work on reevaluating the history of the Cuban left and organising an international congress on Trotsky in Havana in 2019.

We call for the unconditional release of Frank and all his comrades and for respect for the democratic rights of ...

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