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Fifth International volume 2 issue 2

Editorial

This issue of Fifth International concentrates on several aspects of the deepening worldwide crisis of globalisation and imperialism. Despite the last four years witnessing the recovery phase of the world economic cycle and renewed media propaganda for free market capitalism as the only way forward, despite constant harping on the remarkable growth rates in China and India as proof of neoliberal capitalism’s unbeatable dynamism as a system, this has failed to convince millions to stop the g fight against it. Read more...

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...

Swedish moderates launch first attacks on working class

In the run-up to September’s elections, the “Alliance for Sweden” recognised that it would be disastrous to present itself as an opponent of the welfare state and close collaboration between government, employers and trade unions and instead described its policy as modernisation. Fredrik Reinfeldt, the leader of the Moderate Party, went so far as to describe his party as the new workers’ party, committed only to “streamlining” the existing system. However, the right’s electoral victory was less an endorsement of its vague and, as we shall see, duplicitous, election campaign and much more a rejection of the previous social democratic-led coalition. Read more...

The Indonesian Massacre of 1965

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Indonesia was estimated in the 1950s to be the fifth richest country in the world in natural resources, and had long been the target of a drive by US imperialism to dominate its natural wealth and to win its rulers to become part of Washington’s worldwide anticommunist alliance. This was the era of a series of military coups to produce “regime change” in semi colonial countries such as Mossadegh was removed in Iran in 1953, Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954. Read more...

Hugo Chavez : leading a socialist revolution?

We live in a period of great mass movements against neoliberalism and imperialism. In the past 10 years, millions of activists across the world have assembled to discuss building resistance to neoliberal globalisation - in both its economic and military forms. Conferences such as the World and European Social Forums have witnessed a ferment of political discussion on how the movements can move from resistance to victory. Read more...