National Sections of the L5I:

Italy

Ya Basta – Disobedienti

The Ya Basta movement, cosponsor with RTS of PGA, has its origins in the Italian “self-managed social centres” for young people and the socially excluded. Its militants were also heavily involved in the squatters’ movement and set up a radio station (Radio Sherwood). Read more...

Genoa

300,000 thousand people were in Genoa to protest at the G8 meeting in July – the biggest anti-capitalist demonstration we’ve seen in years. Read more...

Grand inquisitor elected Pope

German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected head of the Roman Catholic church on Tuesday 19 April after one of the shortest conclaves in recent history. He will be crowned as the 265th Pope on Sunday, in the usual Byzantine ceremony, replete with the triple tiara, the ostrich plume fans, the gilded litter-throne that mark him out as supreme pontiff - hardly ‘a humble worker in the Lord’s vineyard’ as he described himself. Read more...

Pope of reaction – communion of suffering

As millions watch the funeral of John Paul II, the working class should remember why the capitalist politicians have praised this Pope so highly – from Bush and Blair the warmongers right through to the reformist leaders of the labour movement, including even ‘Communists’ like Italy’s Fausto Bertinotti.

Within the church he led (or, rather, ruled) for 26 years, Karol Józef Wojtyla’s papacy will be remembered principally for reversal of the liberalising trends of the 1960s and reestablishing a more autocratic leadership. In reality, this meant the rule of the Curia, whose candidate he was after the unexpectedly early death of his predecessor, and it is the same upper echelons of this Vatican bureaucracy who are now orchestrating the drive to make his conservative policy irreversible. Read more...

Florence ESF: Attac pulls the movement to the right

The European Social Forum, gathers in Florence this week. From 6-9 November a series of debates and forums will take place, followed by the assembly of the European Social Movements on Sunday 10 November. Read more...

Florence ESF: left-wing speakers attract biggest applause at Florence forum

In Florence on 8 November at a packed European Social Forum meeting in a huge hall in the Fortezza da Basso more than 5,000 people listened to speakers on the theme of “parties and the movement". This was certainly the most interesting of the large scale “conferences” of the forum. Read more...

Florence ESF: mass anti-war march in Italy follows historic conference of the left

Sometimes facts do speak for themselves. The biggest ever demonstration in Florence, the largest anti-war protest to date. At least half a million from all over Italy - possibly many more – poured out of trains and coaches into the city centre on Saturday afternoon to join the 35,000 who had been locked in the embrace of the Fortezza de Basso for three days at the European Social Forum – itself a unique political dialogue of the European anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation left. Read more...

Florence ESF: Revolution's declaration on the war against Iraq

The socialist youth movement, Revolution, agreed this declaration at a meeting in London in October. It asking that the conference of social movements in Florence discuss and adopt it. We appeal to all those people who agree with it to sign it. Read more...

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