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Athens ESF: For a working class women's movement

Resistance to the negative effects of globalisation, particularly through the conscious anti-capitalist movement, has shown that we can unify against a common enemy. While much of the process of globalisation has been to unify the process of exploitation around the globe, there is no doubt that some sections of society are more acutely affected than others. In particular, the rural and urban poor of the least developed countries, the migrants and refugees from poverty and war, and the masses of newly unemployed in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Across all the areas, and in the rich countries, it is women whose lives have changed the most, who suffer the greatest hardship, and who are absolutely key to resisting global capitalism. Read more...

Women fight back!

Women fighting back against globalisation, war and social oppression - what kind of women's movement do we need? Read more...

No one is illegal!

Abolish immigration controls - citizenship for all

31 March 2006 saw around a hundred trade unionists, anti-deportation campaigners and left wing activists come together in Liverpool to discuss how to organise migrant workers and challenge the host of racist immigration controls faced by workers coming into the country. The agenda was a broad one, covering everything from European anti-trafficking legislation, to the struggle of organised migrant cleaners, to local ongoing campaigns, such as the defence of the Sukula family in Bolton. Read more...

Denmark: The left, the racist cartoons and repression

Most parts of the Swedish left have met the controversy around the racist caricatures of the prophet Mohammed with caution. In the Swedish CWI weekly, the Danish left is, amongst other things, accused of “acting as an advisor for the Danish government”. That is a critique one can easily agree with, and a brief look at the websites of Socialistiskt Folkeparti and Enhedslisten gives an even worse impression than the wording of that article. Read more...

France: students and workers on the streets again

In scenes reminiscent of May 1968, albeit on a smaller scale, CRS riot police stormed the Sorbonne in Paris at four o’clock on Saturday morning, to drive out 200 students and others who had been occupying the building for four days. They used tear gas grenades, and batons to clear the main building. At least two people were injured and eleven arrests made. Read more...

Middle East, Asia: protests against racist cartoons need anti-imperialist focus

The publication of racist cartoons, depicting the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, by the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, sparked a series of protests across the Middle East and into central and south-east Asia.

One cartoon depicts Muhammad wearing a turban, which contains a bomb; another shows Muhammad welcoming a queue of suicide bombers to heaven, but telling them that there are no virgins left. Others depict Muslims as stereotypical terrorists. Accompanying the Danish cartoons was an article by Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s culture editor, claiming, “Modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims." Read more...

Palestine: Hamas wins election: All change?

"The United States does not support a political party that wants to destroy our ally Israel. People must renounce that part of their platform."

Thus George Bush greeted the latest result of his administration’s declared policy of spreading democracy throughout the Middle East. The people have spoken; rewrite the manifesto they voted for. Read more...

Australia: race riots rock Sydney suburbs

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there have been several nights of violence on along the eastern beaches train line of suburban Sydney. Read more...

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