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France: Confusion on the left, reformist and revolutionary

“The director reminds all employees of the obligation of laicité (secularism) and neutrality. Read more...

Spain: PSOE scrapes home in Andalusia - has it stopped the rise of Podemos?

Spain: PSOE scrapes home in Andalusia - has it stopped the rise of Podemos? Read more...

François Hollande attacks the working class - French left in disarray

The French President, François Hollande, is trying to become the Tony Blair or Gerhardt Schröder of a country that has always tended to reject attempts to impose the neoliberal “reform” policies for Read more...

France: NPA congress fails to address, let alone solve, the party’s crisis

From 1-3 February, 231 delegates assembled in Saint-Denis, Paris, for the second congress of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste, NPA). Read more...

Ireland: United Left Alliance Breaking Up

Ireland: United Left Alliance Breaking Up Read more...

Alliance for Workers Liberty: apologists for imperialism

The leaders of the Alliance for Workers Liberty (AWL) argue that socialists should not fight for the withdrawal of US and British troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. They claim that, were the occupation to end immediately, reactionary Islamic forces would annihilate the Iraqi labour movement. Some comrades in the organisation are challenging this shameful position. To assuage their fears, Martin Thomas published a "questions and answer" in the run up to their conference. Simon Hardy and Luke Cooper unpick his arguments and find - unsurprisingly - that Thomas is an apologist for imperialism Read more...

Respect splits: Socialist Workers Party in crisis

Members of Respect have received emails from both sides in the dispute that is tearing their coalition-cum-party apart, with each blaming the other for “splitting Respect”. On one side stand George Galloway MP and the majority of the delegates on Respect’s national council. They claim that the Socialist Workers Party - Respect’s largest single component - is splitting Respect by encouraging four councillors in Tower Hamlets, East London to resign the whip and, allegedly, to stand against official Respect candidates. Read more...

Respect’s crisis is opportunity for new workers party

In early September Respect MP George Galloway circulated a letter to the Respect National Council entitled “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The letter appears to point to a possible early disintegration of the “Unity Coalition.” Galloway makes a series of bitter complaints about how Respect is run, ranging from complaints over office procedures to accusations of ineptitude in election work and a general lack of accountability and democracy. He ends by warning that Respect may be facing oblivion. Although he does not mention by name the organisation he holds responsible for all this, it is quite obviously the Socialist Workers Party. Read more...

Latin American left

International Workers League “Morenoites"

Nahuel Moreno started his political life in Argentina in the late 1930s and came to prominence in the struggles against Peronism in the workers movement. In the 1953 split in the Fourth International, Moreno sided with the Socialist Workers Party (US) and the International Committee, but 10 years later when the fourth International was reunified he became its leader in Latin America. Later he built the Socialist Workers Party in Argentina and his international organisation which came to dominate the continent Read more...

Presidential elections in France: the ‘Unitary Left’ shatters

The campaign for the French presidential elections, due on 22 April and 6 May, is now in full swing. The two front-runners: Nicolas Sarkozy for the right wing UMP party and Ségolène Royal for the Socialist Party (PS) have already launched their campaigns. Sarkozy is in the lead. These elections come on the heels of intense class struggles over the last two years – the successful campaign against European Constitution, the uprising by youth in the banlieues (the neglected outer suburbs of French cities) and the mass youth struggle against the CPE in 2006. Read more...