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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International solidarity against the threat of war

Monday 16th December 2019

The workers of Turkey, Greece and Cyprus have nothing to gain by the latest escalation of the dispute in the Mediterranean over Exclusive Economic Zones. On the contrary, we all have much to lose if this becomes a military confrontation.

The promises of our ruling classes that exploration for oil and natural gas in the sea will bring prosperity are false. It only brings super profits for the energy multinationals like Exxon, Total and ENI, it worsens the contribution of fossil fuels to climate change and it exacerbates the rivalries between imperialist and local powers in the area.

These rivalries are reactionary on all sides. The attempts by our governments to present their actions as “defense of the homeland” are not true and this is shown very clearly by the fact that the Erdogan and Mitsotakis governments are supporting different forces fighting in Libya. Bengazi is not part of a ...

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Against xenophobia! For working people’s unity!

Thursday 12th September 2019

Joint statement of International Socialist Tendency organisations in Africa:

1. International Socialists across the African continent categorically condemn the wave of xenophobic violence which rocked South Africa over the last week. These attacks against fellow poor working people and accompanied retaliatory action in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zambia and other countries are unjustified and senseless.

Xenophobia and racism have grown over the last decade of a global economic crisis. Rightwing politicians and interests have tapped into the frustration and anger of millions of people who have been thrown into the abyss of hopelessness and frustration.

2. Nationalism, racism, ethnicism and all forms of anti-foreigner politics are aimed at dividing the working-class, our communities and the unemployed. The enemies of poor South African working masses are not poor people from other countries.

They are the rich local capitalists and their foreign imperialist partners.
They jointly run the big corporations, which make billions ...

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IST statement on the racist drive in Europe

Friday 13th July 2018

1. The European Council meeting on 28 June marked a potentially very dangerous turning point in the racist drive against migrants in Europe. After Donald Trump’s election in November 2016 the European Union presented itself as a bastion of liberalism and tolerance standing out against the new American president’s racism ands sexism. But this latest summit saw the EU embrace Trump’s anti-migrant agenda.

2. Trump caused outrage when he detained the children of undocumented migrants separately from their parents. But the EU has decided to create detention camps – so-called “disembarkation platforms” – for whole families along its borders. Libya – a country dominated by warring predatory militias that already traffic, kidnap, torture and rape migrants – has been picked out for a special role in this. The summit gave the Libyan coastguard an exclusive role in “rescuing” refugee boats in the Mediterranean.

3. These decisions are a consequence of ...

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국제사회주의경향(IST) 성명 유럽연합의 인종차별 강화 규탄한다

Friday 13th July 2018

1. 6월 28일 열린 유럽연합 정상회담은 유럽에서 이민자 배척적 인종차별이 강화되는 분기점이었고, 이는 향후 아주 위험한 결과를 낳을 수 있다. 2016년 11월 도널드 트럼프가 당선한 이후, 유럽연합은 트럼프의 인종차별과 성차별에 맞서는 자유와 관용의 수호자를 자처했다. 하지만 이 회담에서 유럽연합은 트럼프의 반(反)이민 어젠다를 받아들였다.

2. 트럼프가 미등록 이민자의 아동을 부모로부터 강제로 격리시켜 보호시설로 넘긴 일이 대중의 분노를 샀다. 그러나 유럽연합은 아동뿐 아니라 난민 가족 전체를 북아프리카에 억류시키는 소위 “하선 플랫폼”이라는 난민 강제수용소를 만들기로 결정했다. 이민자들을 강간하고, 고문하고, 납치하고, 밀수하는 약탈적 무장조직이 전쟁을 벌이는 나라인 리비아가 적절한 장소로 선택됐다. 이 회담은 리비아 해안 경비대에 지중해의 난민선을 “구조하는” 독점적 권한을 줬다.

3. 이 결정은 헝가리 총리 오르반 빅토르, 나치 자유당과 연립정부를 구성한 오스트리아 총리 제바스티안 쿠르츠, 이탈리아 부총리 마테오 살비니 등으로 대표되고 유럽 곳곳으로 퍼지고 있는 극우 정부들과 트럼프의 동맹이 낳은 결과이다. 독일의 앙겔라 메르켈과 프랑스의 에마뉘엘 마크롱 등 더 관대한 척하는 신자유주의적 중도파 정치인들은 극우 세력에 양보함으로써 극우의 힘을 억누르려고 한다. 그러나 그런 타협은 ...

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