National Sections of the L5I:

Issues

Paris ESF: develop the ESF into a democratic, fighting body

Our movement now plays a central role in the opposition against capitalist globalisation and imperialist war. We proved on February 15 that the forces gathered here can mobilise many millions of people on the streets. The challenges are getting bigger. The rulers of this world are hell-bent on carrying through their war against the workers, peasants and oppressed peoples of the worlds. Read more...

Paris ESF: what's at stake at the Paris ESF?

The gathering of tens of thousands of people in Florence last November and in Paris from 12 - 15 November this year marks a big step forward for the struggles against corporate globalisation and imperialist war. This year to the war-mongering of Bush has been added an all out offensive launched by the governments of the EU against our social gains and civil rights. The increasing involvement of working class militants from the trade unions, the Communist parties and even oppositional wings of the socialist parties should be welcomed. So too should leaders of these parties when they are actually fighting neoliberalism and war. Those participating in governments that are carrying out these policies or waging these wars should not be welcomed. Read more...

World Political and Economic Perspectives of the League (2003)

A - The world at a turning point

1. 1989-90 marked the triumph of the USA in the second cold war which reinforced the new phase of the imperialist epoch - globalisation. Neoliberal policies had been in operation for over a decade in the advanced capitalist countries and in some of the semi-colonial countries of the “Third World”. Henceforth they were to be unleashed on the entire planet. Read more...

Halt the bloody assault on Aceh!

The end of May saw the Indonesian military launch an all out offensive on Aceh. In a land, sea and air assault 40,000 troops and military police stormed into villages throughout the province. It was Indonesia’s largest military operation since the invasion of East Timor in 1975. The aim is to wipe out the estimated 5,000 guerrillas of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) who are fighting for independence. Read more...

Raffarain government rocked by protests

On Tuesday 13 May, two million French workers went on strike and took to the streets to protest against the government's plan to increase the length of time French public sector workers have to work before retirement from 37.5 to 40 years (this is the length of time that private sector workers have to work). Read more...

Paris ESF: action forum or talking shop?

On 25.-26. April, the preparatory meeting of the European Social Forum (ESF) met in Berlin. About 250 delegates from all over the continent and some observers from African and Asian initiatives discussed three major items:

• the programme of the coming ESF, which will take place in Paris in November this year.
• the anti-war work of the ESF
• the character and future orientation of the ESF Read more...

France: mass strikes defend pension rights

Twice over the last year Jacques Chirac has been able to convince the French working class to support him over decisive issues. Read more...

Defend the Zanon occupation!

Zanon is a ceramics factory in Neuquen, in the south-west of Argentina, which has been occupied for over a year by its workers. The Zanon workers continue to produce despite several attempts to evict them, which they have successfully prevented. Read more...