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Mounting problems behind Chávez' victory (Spanish and English)

Wednesday 10th October 2012

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: joven (relativamente hablando), en buena condición física, buen aspecto, relucientemente blanco. La novedad consistía en una derecha que promete mantener elementos del programa de gobierno de Chávez en lo que a servicios sociales se refiere, y de ofrecer un capitalismo más suave (incluso blando, dice). O sea, algo distinto del neoliberalismo que tantos estragos ha hecho con América Latina desde la década de los noventa.

La realidad, sin embargo, es que ...

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Out now: new issue of International Socialism Journal

Wednesday 10th October 2012

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 and John Rose on Paul Levi, Amy Leather reviews a book on responses to the Bradford Riots, Laura Cooke on the impact of the recession on workers in Britain, Joseph Choonara rounds-up recent papers on political economy, Richard Seymour and Panos Garganas offer differing takes on the situation in Greece, and Jeffery R. Webber responds in the debate on Bolivia.

Read the entire issue on the International Socialism Journal website

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Zimbabwe socialists convicted for watching a video of Arab Spring

Wednesday 21st March 2012

From Socialist Worker

The conviction of six socialists in Zimbabwe on trumped-up charges highlights the brutality of Robert Mugabe’s regime, writes Ken Olende

A magistrate in Zimbabwe convicted six socialists of “inciting public violence” on Monday. The six had watched a video of news footage from the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Some 160 supporters in the public gallery showed their outrage. Riot police were positioned outside to control hundreds more demonstrating there. The verdict shocked protesters as the state’s case had looked as if it was collapsing due to lack of evidence.

One of the defendants, Munyaradzi Gwisai, said after the verdict, “The judiciary is being used by the regime to persecute and intimidate the opposition and civic society, to keep them confined by court cases that drag on, even if there is no case against them.”

Munyaradzi is general coordinator of the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), the Socialist Workers Party’s sister ...

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Greek Solidarity Statement

Wednesday 29th February 2012

1. Austerity now dominates the economic policies of the advanced capitalist world. In response to a global crisis precipitated by the speculative drive of the big banks, the Western ruling classes have chosen to shift the cost onto the backs of working people and the poor. Slashing public expenditure has trapped the world in slow growth. But it has also provided an opportunity to drive through more of the neoliberal ‘reforms’ that allowed the financial markets to escape control in the first place.

2. It is the unhappy fate of the Greece to be the main testing ground for these policies. The eurozone has just agreed a second ‘rescue’ package for Greece. This is a rescue of the mainly French and German banks that lent Greece the money that it now owes. This is made visible by the creation of an escrow account into which the new loans will be paid ...

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