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Cracks in the American world order

Theses on the World Situation, January 2007

Since the summer of 2006, when the congress of the League for the Fifth International agreed its international perspectives, there have been a series of dramatic events in the world political situation. These have included a humiliating defeat for Israel at the hands of Hezbollah resistance fighters in Lebanon; an intensification of the crisis in Iraq and promises of more troops by the US government; and the huge mass movement that challenged the right's stolen election in Mexico, only to be lead to defeat by its leaders. Read more...

US imperialism at a turning point

George W Bush cuts a beleaguered figure these days. Most Americans disapprove of his performance, and a CNN poll last month showed 60% opposed the war in Iraq, while 48% believed the US would eventually lose the war. More than one in four Americans wanted all American soldiers withdrawn by the end of the year. Read more...

The last days of George W Bush

The USA after the mid-term elections

On November 7 the USA witnessed something of a political earthquake as voters went to the polls to reject the agenda of President George Bush – on Iraq, free trade, stagnating wages, and high-level political corruption – by throwing his conservative Republican Party out of power in both houses of Congress. Read more...

Boeing cuts jobs after making concessions to strikers

A four week indefinite strike by 18,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) dramatically curtailed production across Boeing, main facilities, forcing the giant aircraft manufacturer to concede on workers' pensions and healthcare. But just two weeks after negotiating a return to work, the bosses have demanded 235 job cuts at its Wichita plant. Read more...

The battle of Seattle

Seattle, 30 November 1999, was a defining moment for the global anticapitalist movement. This was day the movement, which had been growing over the previous five years, finally became conscious of its power. Read more...

Industrial Workers of the World: one big union

Mark Hoskisson looks at the history of the Industrial Workers of the World one hundred years on from its foundation Read more...

New Orleans: another Bush victim

The tragedy of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was both a huge natural disaster, and a product of poverty, racism and imperialism. The answer, argues Sean Murray, is a new American revolution Read more...

AFL-CIO split: When the Kings of Labor fall out

On 25 July two of the biggest US unions withdrew from the AFL-CIO trade union federation. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Teamsters left the federation criticising the incumbent AFL-CIO president, John Sweeney, for failing to stem the losses in union membership. Read more...

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