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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Joint statement by revolutionary socialists in Turkey and Russia on the situation in Karabakh

Saturday 14th November 2020

Armenia, having suffered defeat in the area of the Lachin corridor and lost the city of Shusha, was forced to surrender to the forces of Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey. A few kilometers from Shushi, in which the Azerbaijani troops were successfully entrenched, lies the city of Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. This would mean that with the control of the Lachin corridor by the Azerbaijanis, the defeat of Armenia is only a matter of time.

Moscow took advantage of the unrest in Karabakh, the fall of Shushi and the threat of the fall of Stepanakert, which Ankara and Baku could not resist. Russia has imposed itself as a “guarantor” of peace between the warring parties, but, as many times before, Russian “peacekeepers” must be viewed as occupiers. As a result of such actions, we can observe the emergence of a new “Transnistria”, basically an occupied part ...

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Беларусь и борьба с режимом Александра Лукашенко.

Monday 31st August 2020

В Беларуси развернулось массовое движение забастовок и протестов, организованных против коррумпированного авторитарного правления Александра Лукашенко. Сотни тысяч людей вышли на улицы. Забастовки происходят на предприятиях обрабатывающей промышленности, в энергетике, металлургии, горнодобывающей промышленности, нефтехимии, средствах массовой информации и в других отраслях. Лукашенко и его союзники ответили репрессиями, развязав государственные силы для нападения на протесты и арестовав лидеров забастовок, что еще больше радикализировало и расширило движение.

Мы солидарны с борьбой в Беларуси. Это часть новой волны протестов, охватывающей также Ливан, Боливию, Мали и Таиланд, требующих политических и социальных перемен. Это следует за волной восстаний 2019 года, прерванной пандемией коронавируса, но теперь вновь возникающей, во многих случаях углубленной последствиями пандемии и связанным с ней экономическим коллапсом.
Движение в Беларуси сравнивают с так называемыми “цветными революциями” в Украине, Грузии или Киргизии, или с «Евромайданом» в Украине. Однако при этом игнорируется специфический контекст Беларуского восстания. В отличие от России и многих бывших советских республик, ...

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Belarus and the struggle against Lukashenko

Wednesday 26th August 2020

A mass movement of strikes and protests has developed in Belarus, protesting the corrupt authoritarian rule of Aleksander Lukashenko. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets. There are strikes in manufacturing plants, the energy sector, steel works, mining, petrochemicals, the media and other sectors. Lukashenko and his allies have responded with repression, unleashing state forces to attack protests and arresting strike leaders, which has further radicalised and broadened the movement.

We stand in solidarity with the struggle in Belarus. It is part of a new wave of protests—also encompassing Lebanon, Bolivia, Mali and Thailand—demanding political and social change. This follows a wave of revolts in 2019 that was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, but which is now re-emerging, in many cases deepened by the impact of the pandemic and the associated economic collapse.

The movement in Belarus has been compared to the so-called “Colour Revolutions” in Ukraine, Georgia ...

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IST statement on coronavirus pandemic

Wednesday 1st April 2020

1. The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is generally presented as a “natural disaster”, an “external shock” to the normal functioning of the capitalist system. But this is quite untrue. There have been various novel coronavirus and influenza outbreaks (SARS, MERS, H5N1): epidemiologists warned posed the threat of a global pandemic.. The conditions for these outbreaks have been created, as the work of Marxist biologists such as Rob Wallace have shown, by the spread of intensive factory farming and the penetration by the market and capital of remote areas where new viruses develop among wild animal and bird populations.¹ It is a good example of what Marx called the “irreparable rift in the interdependent process between social metabolism and natural metabolism” created by capitalist agriculture – and, more broadly, of the destruction of nature driving climate change. This is a thoroughly capitalist pandemic that, if not combated, would take ...

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