Reclaim Brixton: reclaim the future

By KD Tait 27 April 2015 Saturday 25 April saw the first demonstration by Reclaim:Brixton, a movement formed to defend the interests of residents against government policies which privilege property speculators and undermines the social fabric of our community. 2000 people from a cross section of Brixton assembled in Windrush Square under the banner ‘Reclaim […]

Workers Power  ·  27 April 2015

Ireland: the Socialist Party's dangerous times

By Bernie McAdam 20 April 2015 The Socialist Party in Ireland is deeply worried. Senior trade union officials like Irish Congress of Trade Unions President John Douglas and Jack O’Connor, leader of the south’s biggest union SIPTU, are courting Sinn Fein. They have responded by producing the article ‘Trade Unions and Sinn Fein: Dangerous Times’ […]

Workers Power  ·  20 April 2015

Podemos and the limits of responsibility

By KD Tait Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos (We Can) won 14.8 per cent and took 15 seats in elections to Andalusia’s regional parliament, doubling last year’s vote in the European elections. The meteoric rise of the fledgling party which is leading opinion polls ahead of general elections this Autumn has provoked intense debate across the […]

Workers Power  ·  07 April 2015

Vote to kick out the Tories

The importance of the 2015 general election is not just that it will be close-run and that new or previously fringe parties are gaining ground. In fact the fracturing of support for all three main capitalist parties reflects something far more fundamental. Britain is at a crossroads. We can either travel further down the road […]

Workers Power  ·  05 April 2015

Podemos fails to breakthrough in Andalusia elections

By Christian Gebhardt 4 April 2015 This is super election-year in Spain. In May, there are local elections across the country and in the coming months there are elections for several regional governments. Andalusia, whose regional parliament was elected on 22 March, stands at the beginning of this long series of elections and political battles […]

Workers Power  ·  05 April 2015

Pakistan caught in the crossfire

1 April, 2015 On 17 March, Pakistan was again shaken by terrorist attacks. In Lahore, two Taliban suicide bombers left 15 dead. The number would have been far greater had they been able to get inside the churches in the district of Youhandabad. Just a few days before, there were gun battles in Karachi between […]

Workers Power  ·  01 April 2015

General Election 2015: the choice is simple

All the experts agree the 2015 general election is the most unpredictable for decades. New parties, like Ukip on the right and resurgent parties like the Scottish Nationalists and Greens on the left, could hold the two big parties to ransom as coalition partners. Sections of the left have welcomed the rise of the the […]

Workers Power  ·  30 March 2015

Scandal or business as usual?

By Joy Macready 25 March 2015 Whose customers include drug barons, arms dealers, dictators, terrorists and blood diamond dealers? Why, a bank of course. Leaked documents from an ex-employee show that HSBC made huge profits for years through handling secret accounts for criminal, even murderous (but always wealthy) customers. HSBC may be the one in […]

Workers Power  ·  25 March 2015

Let Greece breathe: workers' solidarity to counter bosses' blackmail

25 March 2015 Despite the election of a government pledged to ease the intolerable burden of paying interest on Greece’s €320bn foreign debt and to renegotiate the terms imposed by the Troika (the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission) so far, no meaningful concessions have been allowed. The country faces a deadline of April […]

Workers Power  ·  25 March 2015

Israel votes for expansionism and war

On Saturday 7 March, only ten days before Israel’s recent elections, 50,000 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition. They were led by supporters of the Zionist Union, an opposition electoral list headed by the Labor party’s Isaac Herzog and former Likud and Kadima minister Tzipi Livni. Her present party, […]

Workers Power  ·  24 March 2015

War of words

By Bernie McAdam 21 March, 2015 “Sex Lessons at Five Under Labour”, “Sick Benefits – 75% are Faking”, “Immigrant Baby Boom” “Immigrant and Scrounging”… and so it goes on. Disgusting as it is predictable, this is a sign of what to expect from the Tory dominated press, as the election campaign gathers pace. And we […]

Workers Power  ·  21 March 2015

Order reigns in Tobruk

By Marcus Halaby March 21, 2015 Those on the left who supported Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship against its own people in 2011 occasionally cite the chaos and confusion in Libya today as proof that his dictatorship was a necessary evil, and that his overthrow would inevitably lead to Libya’s becoming “another Somalia”, a fragmented “failed state.” […]

Workers Power  ·  21 March 2015

NHS 'Devo-Manc' is thin end of the wedge

Dara O’Cogaidhin The NHS ranks consistently among the top three priorities voters care about. Yet a recent policy, which has barely showed on the political radar of most electors outside of Manchester, threatens to fragment and ultimately destroy the national character of the health service. Chancellor George Osborne intends to hand Greater Manchester control of […]

Workers Power  ·  19 March 2015

Nato escalation risks Russia war

A propaganda offensive against ‘Russian aggression’ orchestrated by the United States and its Nato allies aims to trigger a new arms race and shackle Europe into the USA’s strategic confrontation with Russia After 15 years of war in Afghanistan, Nato chiefs have signalled they have no intention of acquiescing to war-weariness and beating their swords […]

Workers Power  ·  19 March 2015

Stop the Stormont House Agreement

By Bernie McAdam 16 March 2015 A mass strike involving up to 50,000 public sector workers was held across the north of Ireland on Friday 13 March. NIPSA, UNITE, INTO, GMB and UNISON called out members in transport, health, social services, education and the civil service against the Stormont Executive’s plans to cut the Budget […]

Workers Power  ·  16 March 2015

Hawks v doves

Ukraine ceasefire exposes tensions between USA and EU The surrender of government forces surrounded in the town of Debaltsevo has brought some respite for the population of the Donbas but the Kiev regime is unable to stem the imminent economic collapse provoked by its punishing enslavement to the IMF. The ceasefire arranged at the ‘Minsk […]

Workers Power  ·  15 March 2015

Workers Power No.382 March 2015

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Workers Power  ·  13 March 2015

Saudi Arabia's unholy war

Marcus Halaby investigates Saudi Arabia’s role in the rise of ISIS Our rulers routinely present the beheadings of hostages carried out by the Islamic State (IS) as proof of their need to send their military forces into a region whose past experience of Western bombing, invasion and occupation created the very forces that they are […]

Workers Power  ·  10 March 2015

Whose party is it anyway?

By Jeremy Dewar 9 March 2015 The latest figures for party funding in the run-up to the election are revealing. Tory and Labour incomes are fairly equal at £29 million and £26 million respectively in 2014. Looking more closely at the last quarter, when funding for all parties increased, in anticipation of the election campaign, […]

Workers Power  ·  09 March 2015

Syriza's negotiated surrender

By KD Tait 5 March 2015 Syriza’s failure to secure concessions on Greece’s loan repayments shows the weakness of a strategy based on exploiting divisions within Europe’s ruling class. The priority now is to halt the retreat, and to prepare the working class to take all measures necessary to defy the Eurozone and carry out […]

Workers Power  ·  08 March 2015

Boko Haram: the forgotten Islamic State

By Jeremy Dewar 7 March 2015 Last year Boko Haram declared the area under their control an Islamic state, part of the Iraqi Islamist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s global Caliphate. How has its influence grown and what is the attitude of the West? Jeremy Dewar investigates An oil rich nation, once a colony, now exploited by […]

Workers Power  ·  07 March 2015

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