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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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Obama's re-election: hopes of the poor and profits of the rich

Thursday 15th November 2012

Alex Callinicos analyses why Barack Obama won a second term as US president—and what his victory will mean for the future of US capitalism.

Barack Obama’s re-election is undoubtedly the best outcome for American capitalism. This may seem surprising. After all, the higher a voter’s income the more likely he or she was to support the hapless Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The stock market fell after Obama won.

Moreover, as the Financial Times reported before the election, “Although there are some notable exceptions in Hollywood, high tech and clean energy industries—big business and wealthy executives across the country are cheering for the US president’s defeat. Goldman Sachs, [along with] executives at AT&T and General Electric, are now putting most of their campaign contributions behind Mitt Romney. From industrial magnates like the conservative Koch brothers to Wall Street and big oil executives, most of whom never supported Mr Obama in ...

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IST statement: General Strike in Southern Europe on 14 November

Monday 5th November 2012

The decision by unions in Greece, Italy, Portugal, the Spanish state, southern Cyprus and Malta to call a one-day general strike as part of a European-wide day of action against austerity is unprecedented.

Greek translation below

It provides a magnificent opportunity to link up the mass resistance to cuts and attacks on workers’ rights that has been developing throughout Europe over the last two years. It also reflects the pressure by rank and file trade unionists on their leaderships to accelerate the fight back.

Not since the 1930s has a crisis on such a scale been seen. The vicious austerity programmes imposed by the Troika have ravaged millions of lives. Public services are on the point of collapsing altogether in Greece and are heading that way in Spain and Portugal. Wages have been forced down by 20 percent in most of the public sector; the numbers living below the poverty line are steadily ...

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Marikana Support Campaign: urgent call for international solidarity

Monday 29th October 2012

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. They were released on bail after public pressure forced the National Prosecuting Authority to provisionally drop the charges. Since the massacre the community of Marikana has lived under a virtual State of Emergency, with police patrols, raids and reports of unlawful arrests and harassment. Over half of the Lonmin Strike Committee due to testify before the Commission of Inquiry have been over the past days charged with murder.

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

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

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 between the Turkish state and the Kurdish movement (in Turkish - English translation below):

Hapishanelerde ölümlere izin vermeyelim

Hükümetin açlık grevi yapan Kürt mahpuslara karşı tutumu kaygı vericidir.

Adalet Bakanlığı’nın iddialarının aksine, bugün açlık grevinde 42. güne giren birçok mahpus ciddi sağlık sorunları yaşamaktadır.

Ölüme giden kritik eşiğe gelinmiştir ve boşa harcanan her dakika açlık grevindeki yüzlerce insanı ölüme terk etmek demektir.

Başbakan son günlerde birçok kez “Gerekirse İmralı ile görüşürüm” derken, açlık grevi yapanlar da Abdullah ...

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