Red Flag issue 33

Greta Thunberg refuses to name the enemy in the room

THE ANNUAL GATHERING of the global business and political elite formally known as the World Economic Forum met at the Alpine ski resort of Davos from 21 to 24 January. Among the 3,000 attendees networking with ‘key players’ from politics, NGOs and academia, were 119 billionaires worth $500 billion between them. An Oxfam report, timed […]

Leigh Nin  ·  29 January 2020

Vote Rebecca Long-Bailey for Labour leader

THERE ARE FIVE candidates standing in the contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party, but members are faced with a clear choice between two: Sir Keir Starmer for the right, and Rebecca Long-Bailey for the left. A sixth nominee, Clive Lewis, the only black contender, and the only one with a […]

Workers Power  ·  28 January 2020

Johnson’s victory, Corbyn’s defeat, and the battles to come

A DECADE OF political crisis, the last half of which saw three general elections, two referendums, and three Tory prime ministers, has ended with Boris Johnson in Number Ten. A long time Telegraph journalist where he retailed “politically incorrect” i.e. the sexist, racist, homophobic, “jokes” that pass for wit amongst his party’s rank and file, […]

Dave Stockton  ·  22 January 2020

Labour Transformed: an opportunity for serious discussion

LABOUR TRANSFORMED is an initiative of a group of activists to form an anticapitalist tendency in the Labour Party. Their inaugural public meeting was held in London just two days after Labour’s electoral defeat, which, it turned out, was ideal timing to capture the attention of about 150 activists looking for answers. Meeting Most of […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  21 January 2020

Iranians step up anti-government protests despite bloody crackdown

Rebuilding a mass antiwar movement to end sanctions and withdraw Nato troops from the Middle East is the best way to help the Iranian people's struggle for self-determination

Workers Power  ·  20 January 2020

Statement: Internationalist solidarity with Women’s Democratic Front

THE League for the Fifth International categorically condemns the seven-hour-long illegal detention of the Balochistan president of the Women’s Democratic Front, WDF, Jalila Haider. We express solidarity with WDF comrades in the wake of this harassment and intimidation by the Pakistani state. Haider was boarding her flight to the UK early on Monday morning, January […]

Workers Power  ·  20 January 2020

Hands off Iran: US/Nato out of the Middle East!

THE JANUARY 3 drone strike on Baghdad Airport that killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and responsible for Iran’s operations in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, along with nine figures from the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces is a heavy blow for the Islamic Republic. It is an act of […]

Dave Stockton  ·  15 January 2020

France: Government tries to split workers’ united front

ON FRIDAY 10 January, workers across France walked out for the 37th day of strikes and demonstrations against the Macron government’s attempt to raise the retirement age and introduce massive cuts to public sector pensions. The frontal attack on the public sector pension provision aims to introduce a single points-based system that would sweep away […]

KD Tait  ·  14 January 2020

UNISON members angry as leaders back Starmer

UNISON members were informed by email on 8 January that “UNISON backs Keir Starmer to be next Labour leader”. This decision was made by the Labour Link committee who decide on the union’s relationship to the Labour Party. The decision taken by that committee (with 14 votes for Starmer, five votes for Rebecca Long Bailey […]

Simon Hannah  ·  13 January 2020

The AWL and ‘regroupment’: programme first

IN THE face of the Tories’ overwhelming parliamentary majority, it is to be hoped that Hegel’s dictum, “victory divides the victors” will quickly be confirmed. At present, however, it is the divisions on the Left that are more obvious. Perhaps in anticipation of this, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, AWL, presented a call for “Left […]

Workers Power  ·  12 January 2020

Australia burns: who will douse the flames?

AS WILDFIRES rage across swathes of Australia tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in every major city to demand the resignation of the government and action on the climate emergency. For weeks global media has been awash with apocalyptic images of flaming skies, refugees, incinerated forests and the charcoaled remains of […]

Chris Clough  ·  11 January 2020

The Bolivian coup and the tasks of revolutionaries

BOLIVIA’S first indigenous president, Evo Morales, and his Vice President, Alvaro García Linera, were overthrown in a coup, which culminated on 10 November 2019. Both resigned and fled into exile in Mexico. Their resignations followed mutinies in the police force and the Commander-in-Chief of the army, General Williams Kaliman, “suggesting” they resign. Deputy leader of […]

KD Tait  ·  11 January 2020

Tories to use Brexit as cover for assault on democratic rights

AS JOHNSON’S Tory government consolidates its base with firm promises to leave the E.U. by next month, it is also setting out a social programme which will significantly roll back basic political freedoms. The Queen’s speech, delivered last month, affirms the government’s commitment to a series of authoritarian policies that featured in its election manifesto, […]

Marcel Rajecky  ·  10 January 2020

Tories turn on child refugees

Boris Johnson’s Tory government published legislation in December announcing their intention to scrap the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS). This would enshrine in law the Tories’ hostility to child refugees

Olivia Nightingale  ·  04 January 2020

Statement: Solidarity with the Indian student movement!

ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, the Delhi police brutally attacked students from the Jamia Millia Islamia University and residents of Jamia Nagar, who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The attack was not an isolated act of violence by the BJP Government of Narendra Modi. In many parts of India, people, in particular Muslims, rose […]

Workers Power  ·  12 December 2019

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