Red Flag issue 31

Is this the long-overdue Iraqi Spring?

Iraq is once again the scene of massive protests. In the capital and in southern cities thousands-strong demonstrations have been dispersed with tear gas, and police snipers using live ammunition. A huge rally in Sadr City in Baghdad – a district with 3.5 million people, was savagely broken up. UN officials in the city have […]

Dave Stockton  ·  24 October 2019

Democratic contest heats up

Millions of Americans hoping to evict Donald Trump from the White House have turned to the Democratic Party’s contest to determine their next presidential candidate for the 2020 election. While Trump has been blocked from enacting many of his pledges, he has done tremendous damage from the Oval Office: detention prisons locking up immigrant children […]

Workers Power  ·  23 October 2019

Workers step up resistance to Macron, but left continues to stagnate

Paris – a prolonged strike in Accident and Emergency departments throughout the country, a successful strike on the Paris metro on September 13, with an indefinite stoppage forecast for December, a national day of action on 24 September by the CGT: this accumulation of actions shows that there is a growing polarisation in French society and that the working class is again taking the road of resistance against the attacks of President Emmanuel Macron

Marc Lasalle  ·  23 October 2019

Haitians step up protests against corruption and poverty

After 18 months of on-off protests against president Jovenal Moise, tens of thousands of Haitians have stepped up the movement calling on him to step down, with weekly protests, barricades and clashes with government forces that have left dozens killed and wounded hundreds more

KD Tait  ·  23 October 2019

Haiti’s Black Jacobins

On 1 January 1804, Jean-Jaques Dessalines declared the independence and sovereignty of Haiti as the second republic in the Americas and the first country to abolish slavery.

Workers Power  ·  23 October 2019

CLR James: From Trotskyism to Pan-Africanism

Over 80 years ago, CLR James’ remarkable work, The Black Jacobins was published in London. Its author openly intended his book to “stimulate the coming emancipation of Africa”. And indeed it did, playing a part in developing a movement of young black intellectuals in London, who were paralleled by similar figures in Paris and New […]

Dave Stockton  ·  14 October 2019

US imperialism abandons Kurdish allies to Turkish invasion

Donald Trump has just signaled a dramatic shift in US policy in northern Syria, betraying his erstwhile allies the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in which the Kurdish YPG militia are the dominant force. The 60,000 SDF fighters had provided him – and Obama before him – with the boots on the ground that defeated the […]

Workers Power  ·  09 October 2019

Labour: the fight for free movement starts now

At Labour Party conference in Brighton, the internationalist Left scored a significant victory on conference floor with the passage of a motion on immigration which, in principle, commits Labour to maintaining and extending freedom of movement; a radical break from Labour’s previous enthusiasm for immigration controls. The motion also mandates Labour to reject any points-based […]

Urte March  ·  08 October 2019

Israeli election shatters illusion of two-state solution

Benjamin Netanyahu called the 17 September Knesset election in the hope that it would give him the majority he needed to create a new coalition and remain prime minister. He was not motivated simply by the desire to hang on to power but because as PM he would be immune from facing serious court charges […]

Robert Teller  ·  07 October 2019

Postal workers declare war on Royal Mail bosses

Company being restructured to destroy the public service and jobs

A CWU Rep  ·  07 October 2019

GM strike: permanent contracts for all!

Car workers in the US are entering their fourth week of all-out strike action as we go to press. The largest auto strike since 2007 is solid so far. In fact the strikers have elicited solidarity action from Mexican GM workers, and have now been joined by others in South Korea. On 16 September, 48,000 […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  07 October 2019

Review: Superior The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Tom Sherwood reviews Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Tom Sherwood  ·  07 October 2019

The global war on migrants

With the Brexit deadline looming and the debate around free movement of European Union nationals reaching its xenophobic zenith, the wider plight of international migrants is all too often neglected. Nationalism and anti-migrant rhetoric are on the rise internationally, and vulnerable people, fleeing war, oppression and climate disaster, are being refused entry into safer countries. […]

George and Dave Brody  ·  07 October 2019

Tens of thousands join Jammu Kashmir Liberation front march

Since October 3, more than 30,000 people have joined the Azadi (Freedom) March in Kashmir. The protest is organised by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, JKLF. Its declared goal is to pass the Line of Control, LoC, which separates the Indian and Pakistani occupied parts of Kashmir, and go on to Srinagar, which lies in […]

Workers Power  ·  07 October 2019

Why are postal bosses picking this fight?

Rico Back is pushing a five-year plan called “Journey 2024”, to build Royal Mail Group into a multinational parcel giant. This will go hand in hand with a “relentless focus on efficiency” to hike profits. The Universal Service Obligation that is the final shield legally protecting the public service, customer rights and the workforce itself […]

A CWU Rep  ·  07 October 2019

Approaching the Brexit endgame

As we go to press, the Punch and Judy show of Boris Johnson’s Brexit negotiations is moving into its final act with exchanges of a “Oh yes we will! – Oh no you won’t” type flying between London and Brussels. Certainly on neither side is this real negotiation: just an attempt to shift the blame […]

Workers Power  ·  07 October 2019

Domestic violence is the biggest killer of women

The United Nations has reported that domestic violence is the biggest killer of women across the world. The report looks at data from 2017, during which time 87,000 women were murdered and 58% of them by their partner or a family member.

Rebecca Anderson  ·  06 September 2019

F is for Fascism

In all its forms there is only one answer to fascism. Mass working class action, at the earliest opportunity, to physically and morally smash the fascist organisations.

Workers Power  ·  04 October 2018

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